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Location:

Pittsfield,MA,

Member Since:

Jul 02, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

 

 

  •  2006 Mohawk Hudson River Marathon (NY)
  • 2007 Vermont City Marathon (VT)
  • 2011 BPAC 6 Hour Run (NY)
  • 2011 Mind the Ducks 12 Hour (NY)
  • 2012 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #1 (IN)
  • 2012 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #2 (IN)
  • 2012 BPAC 6 Hour Run (NY)
  • 2012 Mind the Ducks 12 Hour (NY)
  • 2012 Memorial Day Marathon (MA)
  • 2012 Around the Lake 12 Hour (MA)
  • 2012 Hancock Shaker Village 50 (MA) 
  • 2012 Bay State Marathon (MA)
  • 2012 First Descents Marathon (DE) 
  • 2013 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #1 (IN)
  • 2013 Maple Leaf Indoor Marathon #2 (IN) 
  • 2013 Circular Logic Marathon (IN)
  • 2013 Lake Waramaug 50M (CT)
  • 2013 BPAC 6 Hour Run (NY)
  • 2013 Ragnar Cape Cod Ultra Team (MA) 
  • 2013 Memorial Day Marathon (MA)
  • 2013 Relay For Life No. Berkshire (MA)
  • 2013 Ragnar Adirondack Ultra Team (MA)
  • 2013 BayState Marathon (MA)
  • 2013 One Day At the Fair Marathon (NJ)
  • 2013 West Palm Beaches Marathon (FL)
  • 2014 Arena Attack XL Center Marathon (CT)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #1 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #2 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #3 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #4 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #5 (IN)
  • 2014 Maple City 6-Pack Marathon #6 (IN)
  • 2014 Circular Logic Marathon (IN)

 Personal Bests:

  • 400 - 1:01 (2004)
  • 800 - 2:16 (2004)
  • Mile - 5:12 (2004)
  • 2Mile - 11:27 (2004)
  • 5k - 19:44 (2005)
  • 10k 40:46 (11/22/07)
  • 15k - 1:07:40 (11/11/07)
  • 13.11 Half - 1:38:31 (12/9/07)
  • Marathon 3:59:18 (1/25/14)
  • 50 miles 11:44 (5/14/11)

Eagle Scout with Bronze and Gold Palms (2002)

Biked from Ticonderoga, New York to Old Orchard Beach, Maine in August of 2005 (Total of about 290 miles

Short-Term Running Goals:

200 miles @ 72 Hour Race in May

Under 200 #

Sub 4:00 Marathon

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

QUALIFY AND RUN IN THE BOSTON MARATHON.

Personal:

I am 27.  Have done 33 marathons and ultras. Really trying to get in shape to get back to running the miles I want to. I love to read and worked for four years in a bookstore. I like to keep track of the books I read. Currently I work as a 6th & 7th grade history teacher at the only charter school in Berkshire County, as well as serve as the coach for the cross country team! Been experimenting as a pescatarian (eating only fish) since August 10, 2011. 

 

Just earned my Master's Degree in Adolescent Education for Social Studies. I have the most wonderful WIFE in the entire world.. EMMA! October 16, 2010

Run when you can, walk when you have to, crawl if you must. Just never give up! - Dean Karnazes -

We are all teachers and we are all students in this sport. - Dean Karnazes -

The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward at an accelerated rate can be one of life's greatest - and simplest - pleasures. ~Dean Karnazes 

"Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny." - MK Gandhi 

"The marathon mercilessly rips off the outer layers of our defenses and leaves the raw human, vulnerable and naked. It is here you get an honest glimpse into the soul of an individual. Every insecurity and character flaw is open and on display for all the world to see. No communication is ever more real, no expression ever more honest. There is nothing left to hide behind. The marathon is the great equalizer. Ever movement, every word spoken and unspoken, is radiant truth. The veil has been obliterated. These are the profound moments of human interaction that I live for." - Dean Karnazes 

 

Benn Griffin


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Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Vibram Five Fingers KSO Lifetime Miles: 367.52
Vibram Komodo Sports (yellow) Lifetime Miles: 570.38
Vibram Bikilas (red) Lifetime Miles: 655.87
Vibram Bikilas (blue) Lifetime Miles: 414.89
Altra Lone Peak Lifetime Miles: 155.19
Lizzy Miles 2012 Lifetime Miles: 58.60
Vibram Komodo Sport (black) Lifetime Miles: 195.60
NB Trail Minimus (orange) Lifetime Miles: 101.74
Altra Instinct (grey) Lifetime Miles: 389.78
Vibram Bikilas (red #2) Lifetime Miles: 10.60
Vibram Bikilas (green) Lifetime Miles: 230.05
Altra Adams Lifetime Miles: 2.00
Merrell Road Glove Lifetime Miles: 46.11
Running MilesSwimming YardsBike Miles
38.000.000.00
Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 31.00NB Trail Minimus (orange) Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Round 2, Day #85: 5 miles easy in 47:16. Legs don't actually feel too poorly. Worst feeling is going down stairs. I am looking forward to working with Jake and Justin to help take my training to the next level. Got to get smart to get faster!

Into the wild,
Young men's souls grow too restless
whilst cooped in an office.

"I never expect to see a perfect work from an imperfect man." - Alexander Hamilton 

Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 5.00
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Round 2, Day #86: 4 mile recovery run in 37:45 right before bed. Legs feel a little better, but just so tired and beat! Have to force myself to get up early early to get everything that needs doing done. Today was a taxing day but an affirmation that like training, teaching is not easy but worthwhile in the long run. Excited at the potential that this year has in store for me. Going to reassert myself to work harder than ever for breakthroughs. 

Into the fog we
trudge, for the potential lies
inside inner doubts.

“If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.” - James Michener

Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Day #87: 4 miles in 37:30. MCAS is starting to take its toll but the kiddos are by and large pretty darn good!

Springtime fun it's just
so easy to celebrate
the little things dude!

"If you want more then you have to require more of yourself." - Dr. Phil 

Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Round 2, Day #88: 5 easy miles at 8:45 pace after work.

Dustbunnies hide from
condescending eyes.. quiet!
Is that a dust mop??!

 

Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Round 2, Day #89: 5 miles on the legs. Healing up rather nicely from the marathon it seems like. Now to concentrate on the next goal!

To think is to act
rather than to watch the world
pass you by.

"Judge others by their questions rather than by their answers." - Voltaire 

Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 5.00
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Round 2, Day #90: 5 miles - 3/4 of the way done with the challenge the second time around. Feeling stronger. Excited to be working with Jake and Justin soon to take my training to the next level and hopefully my weight down a level (or seven).

Popcorn buttmonkeys
Run and hide from the chasers.
Ruby gato surprise!

"It is better to risk saving a guilty person than to condemn an innocent one." - Voltaire

Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 5.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Round 2, Day #91: 10 miles. 7 miles with Emma going up Greylock on Cheshire-Harbor Trail in 1:15 and then plummeting down in :35 minutes. Probably just about the most fun I have had on a run in nearly a year! We were laughing, falling, sliding, and getting sucked in by the snow! When I got home I did another 3 in 27:30 (9:10 pace). At one point on the descent down Greylock we were hitting in the 6:30-7:00 range for a half mile! One lady said to me at the top, "I wish I wore shorts". Boy howdy. Gorgeous day. 50 degrees and sunny. Finished with some Bartlett's apple cider!

Sunshine paradise,
Until those snow traps of death!
Watch out for the poop!!!!

"All we ask is to be let alone." - Jefferson Davis

NB Trail Minimus (orange) Miles: 7.00Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Vibram Bikilas (green) Miles: 31.00NB Trail Minimus (orange) Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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