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Location:

New Orleans,LA,

Member Since:

Dec 12, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

800m - 2:02.4h (2014)

1500m - 3:59.9h (2014)

3k (indoor) - 8:45.79 (2009)

5k - 14:53.45 (Portland Track Festival 2014)

8k XC - 25:09.86 (Sundodger 2011)

10k XC - 31:31 (WWU Invite 2011)

HM - 1:10:19 (Houston 2018)

Marathon - 2:29:15 (Kentucky Derby 2018)

Short-Term Running Goals:

1) sub-2:25 at Houston Marathon 2019

2) 1:08 half

Long-Term Running Goals:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Personal:

Married, working, training. While my wife has nixed all future attempts to grow glorious mustaches, she has been supportive of my crazy running dreams. Life is good.

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 35.00 Month: 236.60 Year: 2936.11
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 223.20
Lunaracer 3 Lifetime Miles: 506.80
Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 932.30
Streak 6 Lifetime Miles: 445.60
Saucony Zealot Lifetime Miles: 573.90
Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 210.40
Flyknit Streaks Lifetime Miles: 24.30
Peg 35s Lifetime Miles: 15.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
219.3018.000.008.86246.16
Brooks Switch Miles: 187.50
Night Sleep Time: 39.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 39.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

AM - 10 miles easy. 4 with Austin.

PM - Added an easy 4. 

Brooks Switch Miles: 14.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.008.000.000.008.00

Met at Kamiakin to run with Austin. 8 miles in 49:55.

Brooks Switch Miles: 8.00
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10.000.000.000.0010.00

An unusual day of training for me. I woke up and knew I was getting sick. Family and friends have been getting some type of fast-acting stomach flu and I was clearly well on my way. So I went for a run, hoping I could finish before the vomiting began. I did, although this was probably the most painful 10 miler of my life. Wish I'd had a thermometer, I'm curious what my temperature was at the time. Felt like it must have been well over 100. Finished and threw up 2 hours later and haven't thrown up since. In fact, some Tylenol took my temperature down and I'm feeling pretty good right now. I'm sure I'll be back on my feet tomorrow and it doesn't look like I'm going to miss any training after all. If I'm going to get sick, this is the way to do it.

Brooks Switch Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - Fever seems to be down so I went for a short run. Very shaky on the legs but managed 30:11 for 4 without feeling too bad.

PM - 6 miles. Spoke too soon. Very very painful. Bleh. 43:11

Brooks Switch Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 easy. Not feeling great.

Brooks Switch Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.600.000.000.007.60

AM - Easy run with some of the guys from Desert Hills. Legs felt like lead, I'm surprised at how much this bug took out of me. I was planning to run at the UW indoor next week but am reconsidering. We'll see how the tempo run goes next week.

Brooks Switch Miles: 7.60
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.004.000.000.0012.00

AM - 8 miles on the river trail. 57:13.

PM - 4 miles in 23:31. Good uptempo run. Felt good.

Brooks Switch Miles: 12.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 miles in 56:45. My legs are sore. I can't believe my legs are sore. A couple down days because of sickness and my legs get sore when I return to normal. I still ran 33 miles last week... how are my legs sore from one 12-mile day?!

Brooks Switch Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.100.000.003.0012.10

Tempo run today. Planned for 4 miles on the track at 5:15 but I've got a cold now and I went through 4800 meters in 15:57 and the pace was way too forced. So I called off the last mile. It felt like I could maintain pace for a few more miles but I was working too hard for 5:20 pace.

Finished my miles with some of the high school guys. 12.1 total today.

Brooks Switch Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

PM 1 - 6 miles in 43:00 with Phil, Evan, and Alan.  PM - Added an easy 4.

Brooks Switch Miles: 10.00
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10.000.000.000.0010.00

In Pullman WA for an interview. Ran an easy 10 on a bike trail that runs out towards Idaho. Boring and windy... not sure how I feel about moving here.

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Race: UW Indoor Preview (1.8645 Miles) 00:08:45, Place overall: 22, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.001.8611.36

Oh boy. I don't know where to begin. To summarize: I lied my way into the meet, lost my shoe 600m in, pr'd by 14 seconds, and will be cross training the next two weeks while the skin on my foot grows back. And I don't think I've ever had so much fun at a race in my life.

My older brother is finishing up his residency in Seattle and still competes in the pole vault. He placed 5th at state in high school and has kept at it ever since. And still kicks butt. So I stayed at his place and we went over to the meet together. Which was going to be awesome, except that I had messed up my registration and wasn't actually entered in the meet. And the meet director wouldn't give me the time of day despite my begging and pleading. I even offered to help clean up after the meet. And then bribed him. So I had to lie. Yes, my name is Todd and I competed in the pole vault this morning and I'm going to win the slow heat of the 3k this evening, so please let me in okay? Yes? Great. It worked.

So in the morning I went out for an easy 7 since I needed the miles... Wow, Seattle is fun to run through. I hopped onto the Gilman Burke trail or whatever it's called by UW and ran down to Fremont and back. It was foggy, wet, and I loved every minute of it.

My cold was still lingering and I had some tightness in my chest, but I thought I could still run sub-8:50 if I got in. I watched the early heights of the pole vault and then spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around my bro's apartment.

There was a scratch in the first heat of the 3k and they were kind enough to let Todd the pole vaulter take his place. 30 guys in the slow heat, which is absolutely horrific on a 5-lane indoor track. The runner who scratched was kind enough to leave me a seed time that placed me on the inside of the first of two rows and the other runners were kind enough to go out slow enough to let me squeeze into the top 5 and stay clear of the main pack. Things were looking good.

Except that the pace was too slow and I was tucked right against the rail with bodies on all sides of me. We reached the quarter in 72 and I knew I had to get out or get left behind when the pace picked up. There was a small gap on my right shoulder, and I tried to pull Bernard Lagat's move from World's last year and jumped the gap into lane three. Except I wasn't as smooth as he was and I caught a spike on my foot that pulled my heel free of my own shoe. Maybe a little aggressive of a move, but I had 3 runners who were going to move up on my outside while the leaders got away. Anyone conditioned to Utah driving would have done the same. Shoe was still on but slipping. I tried to stamp it back in but no luck. I thought of trying trying to stop and put it back on. But there were so many people on the track I knew I'd get lost in the crowd and never make up the ground. So when it finally came off at 600m I kept going. The track actually felt pretty good to my foot right at first.

The pace really picked up then and I went through the mile in 4:38. I think I was 2nd or 3rd at that point. It felt fast but my body felt awesome and I knew I was going to win my heat. 1st place had moved up about 10m and I closed the gap and drafted on him for a lap. With 2 laps to go I made a move and grabbed the lead. I knew the win was mine, I could feel the strength left in my legs and was sure no one could stay with me. That's when the blister on my foot must have ruptured and all the skin around it slid off my foot. I was suddenly in agony. I had opened about a 5m gap but all at once I couldn't accelerate and the pack ganged back up on me. And then with a lap to go went around me. One by one until I was in 4th. I tried to accelerate but I could do nothing. The winner put 7 seconds on me in 300m. I looked down at the finish and saw the bloody footprints I was leaving on the track.

I don't know how long I'll have to cross train, but I can't run right now on this thing. Which sucks, but I'd make the same choice if I had to do it again. I pr'd by 14 seconds on one shoe. That feels pretty awesome.

There's a video of the race here:

http://www.runnerspace.com/video.php?do=view&member_id=1067&video_id=18957

I'm in a white top and red shorts. You see the shoe fly off at 1:33.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

70 minutes on the elliptical. Top Gun was on TV... I'm not sure which was more painful. Measured HR twic, once at 35 minutes and once at the end, 138 and 150 respectively.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

70 minutes on the elliptical. HR in the 150-160 range.

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10.000.000.000.0010.00

70 minutes on the elliptical. Went a little harder than yesterday.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

Did 3 miles on the treadmill and the foot feels fine. Can't even tell I hurt it when I run now. Planning to add 8 later tonight. Amazing to me how fast things are healing.

Added 8 miles at home. Felt fine. 

Brooks Switch Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Evening run, 6 miles with some of the guys. 41:30

Brooks Switch Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

Met with Anthony, Austin, Alan, Taylor and Taylor's little bro for a longer run. 9 miles around Thompson Hill, total time of 59:51.

Brooks Switch Miles: 9.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - Easy 5, river trail.

PM - Easy 7, 6 with Austin and Anthony. 

Brooks Switch Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00
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12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - Woke up at 5, so just went on my morning run then. Easy 4.

PM - 8 total, 6:40ish pace, 7 with Anthony and Austin. 

Brooks Switch Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 5.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.906.000.000.0010.90

Met with Phil at the high school in the evening for a 6 mile uptempo run. 36:13 for 5.96 on Phil's watch. Felt pretty good. Phil hung tough through about 5 miles - pretty dang good for an early season tempo.

Brooks Switch Miles: 10.90
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

Met with Austin at the high school. Ran 5.x with him, then finished out the run for a total of 1:09. Calling it 10, probably was a little more. Did not feel very motivated today, but things felt pretty good towards the end. Always satisfying to get out and do it when I'd rather go take a nap.

Brooks Switch Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

Easy 11 tonight from the high school. 7 with Alan, Anthony, and Austin.

Brooks Switch Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 6.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.200.000.004.0016.20

Went by Richland High this morning for a 6400m tempo. Felt pretty relaxed, finishing in 20:42. Splits were 5:15, 5:16, 5:11, 5:00 with a 68 final lap.

Afterwards, drove over to the middle school to run an easy 10 with some of the guys. 67ish total time.

Brooks Switch Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 9.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
219.3018.000.008.86246.16
Brooks Switch Miles: 187.50
Night Sleep Time: 39.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 39.50
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