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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)

Short-Term Running Goals:

1) Get back to racing weight

2) Survive the summer

3) 1:08 half

Long-Term Running Goals:

<1:05 Half marathon

and

<2:19 Marathon

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: 32.50 Month: 271.50 Year: 1258.56
NB 1400 Lifetime Miles: 352.00
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 135.20
Launch 3 Lifetime Miles: 528.00
Launch 3 (black) Lifetime Miles: 113.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
74.000.000.007.2081.20
Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 49.00Ride 7 Blue Miles: 26.00NB 1400 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

10 easy

Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

Ride 7 Blue Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 7.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.001.006.00

8xlevee sprints

Ride 7 Blue Miles: 6.00
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

Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Ride 7 Blue Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: Run on the Bayou 10k (6.214 Miles) 00:34:39, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.006.2012.20

I decided to scrap the RnR half for a 10k because I'm not in shape yet and I need a 10k time qualifier for the Crescent City Classic. CCC has a 35:00 cutoff to be seeded up front, so that was my goal. My plan was just to run right at 35:00 pace for 3 miles and then ease the pace down.

At the start another guy went flying from the gun, and he must've gone about 15:20 for the first 5k. I reminded myself I'm not in shape yet and to stick to my plan. 5:31 first mile... a little quick but it felt great. I passed 2nd place and he latched on about 5 meters back. It was odd... he stayed 5 meters back pretty much the whole race. I was sure I'd drop him as I caught him easily before mile 1, but he just stayed on my tail.

Miles 2-4 were uneventful. 5:36, 5:40, 5:35. My friend came up on my shoulder after 3 which was helpful to keep the pace honest. I was feeling fine. More importantly, I found that my watch was getting further and further from the mile markers, so by mile 4 I was 15-20 seconds back from the marker when I beeped. Not wanting to leave it to chance and rely too much on the course being measured exactly, I upped the pace. 5:29 for 5, and my friend was right with me. I continued to up the pace. I didn't catch the 6th mile exactly (had to weave around some 5k runners), but I think it was 5:13

Rounding the turn into the parking lot for the finish, my friend was right on my tail. I opened up my best kick, and found a lot more speed than I expected. I had not doubt I'd beat him. But... as we approached the line, I saw his form in the corner of my eye inching up on me and then passing by. I couldn't believe it. To rub salt in the wound, he's 11 years older.

Most importantly I ended up easily clearing 35:00, so now I can focus on getting myself in the best shape possible by April. I didn't feel completely wiped out, so I imagine I could have targeted low-34's in an all-out effort. Nice to have a baseline to work from. Training hasn't been consistent, but I think I can put together a couple good months from here.

NB 1400 Miles: 6.00Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 6.00
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

12 easy

Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 easy

Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 easy

Ride 7 Blue Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
74.000.000.007.2081.20
Ride 7 Yellow Miles: 49.00Ride 7 Blue Miles: 26.00NB 1400 Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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