About Me

I'll be the first to tell you I'm not very fast. But the race does not always go to the swift. God gave me a body, so I should train it optimally. And God gave me a brain, so I'd better use it too.

I could give you a list of stats and accomplishments, but what would that really tell you about me? Besides, chances are if you are reading this you already know where to look that stuff up. If you really want to know what someone is like...

-Look at one's friends. All of my friends are runners, and they all think that I am the crazy running guy.

-Look at one's parents. My dad is quiet, stoic, and patient almost to a fault. He was the captain of his football team in high school, he translated Russian messages for the US Army during the Cold War, and after that he became a career police officer in charge of department hiring & internal affairs. He married another Buckeye-an intelligent, assertive, spitfire translating Morse code on the Army base. My mom worked full time as a nurse and did most of the child rearing while my dad worked long hours. They have had a long, stable marriage in a time where non-traditional families have become tradition, and they taught me about morality, fiscal responsibility, and perseverance.

-But most of all, look at one's spouse. The person you chose to be with the rest of your life, and the person who also chose you. If you want to know who I am, look at how I treat my wife, and look at what kind of a person she is, for she defines me.

Every day I pray to God to grant me the strength to follow the right path.

"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another" -Romans 13:8

Discussion Posts

Topic/Message
7 years ago fast times
We went up to McKethan Lake from Land O Lakes my last two years of high school. I typically ran a...
7 years ago Do Florida HS athletes have a disadvantage in national outdoor track competitions?
@Coach80016003200 I agree with gpc3-huge advantage for all Florida track athletes, including dist...
7 years ago Coach Keppel's Link to the Brooks' Most Inspiring Coach Award
When Coach Keppel took the helm of the cross country team at Land O Lakes in 94, there was litera...
8 years ago Usain Bolt vs. Mo Farah at 600
@Pennstate Bolt, by a full second. Farah is used to running a slower pace (compared to how he fin...
10 years ago Site Admin Privileges
@jason I'm not sure if this is related or not, but I noticed yesterday that the UT Distance Carni...
10 years ago Lukas Verzbicas leaves Oregon
@coachboza Okay, I didn't think anything of this at first. But several people have said this to m...
10 years ago Lukas Verzbicas leaves Oregon
http://www.usatriathlon.org/news/articles/2011/11/111011-verzbicas.aspx COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo...
10 years ago FHSAA Finals (State Track & Field Meet) goes to UNF!
Good news for the revenue stream of Waldo-LoL
11 years ago Article Comment: Interview with Cyle Sage of On Running
I just went for my first run in a pair of On shoes this evening. They are very different than the...
11 years ago FL Relays 1600M-Best Florida distance field ever?
[quote=jdpsu]Can anyone think of a more "loaded" distance race than the 1600? [/quote] @jdpsu ...
11 years ago College Eligibility
@jason Yeah, my guess is you could run one or two seasons of cross country if you started in ...
11 years ago College Eligibility
@huntman21 First of all, if you are even thinking about competing in an NCAA sport, whether y...
11 years ago 800m running shoe
@sobchak Oh my gosh, I fell out of my chair when I saw that picture LOL
11 years ago Fastest 1600/3200 We'll See This Season From Florida Boys
Personally, I would be surprised if 3-5 Florida guys all go sub 9 in the same race. Also, I w...
11 years ago FSU MEN and WOMEN!!! (Spoiler)
As a former athlete under the tutelage of Coach Braman, I can attest to his character and ability...
11 years ago Upcoming young runner Kari Grippo
Obviously her family, coaches, and some of the local runners are already familiar with Kari, but ...
11 years ago Creaky Bones 2010
http://www.active.com/running/st-petersburg-fl/creaky-bones-vi-5k-runwalkthe-pierst-pete-2010
11 years ago Article Comment: GPS: The Shortest Distance Between Two Points is NOT a Straight Line
Jason, I can't believe you've resorted to using things like math and geometry to prove your point...
11 years ago Virginia bans energy drinks in athletics
Good for them. Just because caffeine is a legal drug and is socially acceptable in our societ...
11 years ago Article Comment: A New Star is Born: Kacy Smith is Queen at UF Mountain Dew
Can you really expect a bunch of us nerdy runners to meet in a an online forum and [i]not[/i] com...
11 years ago Article Comment: A New Star is Born: Kacy Smith is Queen at UF Mountain Dew
I've never run the UF 5k course, but I ran my college 8k PR and my post college 8k PR at there. A...
11 years ago Can't wait to some XC racing?
@spikeprice I didn't think Florida Southern is going to be competing at the UT Early Bird thi...
11 years ago Changes to McKethan Lake
[quote=olderguy]Yea you are a little wacked in the head and very un mainstream. [/quote] @olde...
11 years ago Changes to McKethan Lake
@olderguy "I don't know a single good college cross country coach that recruits based on [b]c...
11 years ago UT Early Bird 2010
@soccer10josh You need to contact Coach Dror Vaknin (coachdror@aol.com) ASAP, though you may ...
11 years ago Changes to McKethan Lake
[quote=olderguy]McKethan Lake is centrally located.Lets think about the teams fron Belleview,Lees...
11 years ago Changes to McKethan Lake
@Coach_Loth As far as Flatwoods goes in my opinion... -The south side of Morris Bridge wou...
11 years ago Changes to McKethan Lake
@Coach_Loth What about Flatwoods?
11 years ago Changes to McKethan Lake
[quote=Coach_Loth]In that case sounds like the ideal locale for the 3A District 3 race! (despite ...
11 years ago Human Evolution and Running Barefoot
[quote=jason]We never made a habit of it, but we very often due our cool-downs barefoot in high s...
11 years ago Human Evolution and Running Barefoot
[quote=CoachRaposo]FUNDING DISCLAIMER: Research presented on this site was funded by Harvard Uni...
11 years ago Human Evolution and Running Barefoot
[quote=CoachRaposo]jason said:Comments! First that guy is landing on his heel, which defeats the...
11 years ago Human Evolution and Running Barefoot
[quote=jason]Interesting story on a topic that always sparks differing opinions! Comments![/...
11 years ago Running 5k
[quote=Pennstate]Okay once Wesley Chapel gets a coach in place i will get with them and ask them ...
11 years ago Middle School XC State Meet Discussion
If the goal is to get more young people involved in the sport, I strongly suggest a marketing cam...
11 years ago Running 5k
[quote=Pennstate]Okay so if i have to do at least 60 miles a week, about how many miles on the da...
11 years ago citrus summer showdown
Excellent race as always, Milton :D
11 years ago Running 5k
How many total miles per week have you been running over the past month?
11 years ago Summer Training Runs in Tampa/St Petersburg
[quote=STrack]Good idea to reintroduce the clinics, Kris. The Running Center will start the mini...
11 years ago Need Feedback on a Summer Running Clinic & Track Meet
Will the track meet portion be in the morning or in the evening after the clinic?
11 years ago Summer Training Runs in Tampa/St Petersburg
Anyone else setting up some regular Tampa/St Petersburg summer training runs feel free to add to ...
12 years ago May Classic 5k and other local road races
Even 18 minute 5k 10 year olds are not necessarily always appropriate for being on the starting l...
12 years ago May Classic 5k and other local road races
This past weekend was a very crowded start at the May Classic 5k, as have many local road races. ...
12 years ago New Middle School State 1600/800 Record
Not to be a debbie downer, but I'm pretty sure that's not even a pasco county record. If I rememb...
12 years ago Bring Back the Mile!!!
[quote=garycohenrunning]I think that the general premise behind this topic has been missed by som...
12 years ago Bring Back the Mile!!!
[quote=garycohenrunning]Yes, it would be more practical and in step with the rest of the world to...
12 years ago Bring Back the Mile!!!
Wouldn't it be more practical to change the distances to 1500m and 3000m?
12 years ago UT Distance Carnival Results
[quote=coachboza]Mike Hill You and your Elite Timing team did an outstanding job timing so many r...
12 years ago Sneaking and cheating at the Tampa Distance carnival
Personally, I would prefer to see seed times at big invitationals be pulled only from times the a...
12 years ago UT Distance Carnival starting time?
Does anyone know the meet starting time? I can't seem to find it anywhere.