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Houston Marathon

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Location:

New Orleans,LA,

Member Since:

Dec 12, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

1500m - 3:59.9h (2014)

5000m - 14:53.45 (Portland Track Festival 2014)

8k XC - 25:09 (Sundodger 2011)

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

HM - 1:10:19 (Houston 2018)

Marathon - 2:28:39 (Houston 2019)

Short-Term Running Goals:

1) Low-31s Crescent City Classic (April 20)

Sub-32 and beat the local guys, Azalea Trail Run (March 23)

2) 1:08:xx Indy Mini Marathon (May 4)

2) TBD at Grandma's 2019 (way too-early goal is 2:23:xx)

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: 24.50 Month: 244.31 Year: 814.54
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 253.95
Streak 6 Lifetime Miles: 535.40
Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 448.50
Flyknit Streaks Lifetime Miles: 203.45
Peg 35s Lifetime Miles: 560.10
Saucony Zealot 3 (green) Lifetime Miles: 199.60
Flyknit VFs Lifetime Miles: 47.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
196.2531.2017.483.90248.83
Mizuno Ekiden Miles: 7.50Saucony Zealot Miles: 40.50Peg 35s Miles: 92.00Triumph 3 Miles: 14.00Boston 6 Miles: 30.00Streak 6 Miles: 3.00Flyknit Streaks Miles: 61.85
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.600.003.002.4013.00

Starting off the New Year right with a track workout. 3 x 1600m (200m jog) + 3 x 3000m (400m jog) + 4 x 200m (200m jog).

5:19, 5:18, 5:18 (T)

3:03, 3:03, 3:04 (I)

34.4, 33.7, 33.1, 32.9 (R)

It poured during the 1600s. 1/4-1 inch of water in lane 1 all the way around. It stopped and the track mostly drained before the 1000s, though I was totally soaked. Relatively warm at 65°F. Everything felt pretty good. I kept starting the 1000s a little quick (72s 1st quarter).

This is the last speed work I do before Houston. There's a 4 x 2 mile scheduled for Saturday, and after that it's all taper and smaller maintenance work.

Mizuno Ekiden Miles: 7.50Saucony Zealot Miles: 5.50
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

Peg 35s 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
17.500.000.000.5018.00

AM - 12 very easy w/ 4 x 200m hill sprints. Also got a speed rep in during the first mile trying to get away from crazy doggo. I don't like when crazy doggo is loose, but man I can find a high gear when it happens.

7:57 avg pace. Hardly moving.

PM - 6 easy, 7:29 pace.

Triumph 3 Miles: 6.00Boston 6 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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

12 easy

Peg 35s 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
9.001.002.000.0012.00

Failed workout. I had 4 x 3200m on the schedule, but I wasn't feeling great on the warmup. Shortened it to 3 x 3200m. On the first 1600 I only managed 5:36. I stopped, jogged a lap to try to reset and started again. 5:23. Not so bad. Let's try another. 5:26 fading badly over the final lap. I pulled the plug at that point. There is a time and place for pushing through tired legs, but I don't feel that 2 weeks before the goal race is that time. 

Failed workouts never feel great, but I know myself well enough by now that I can shake this off and rest up.

PM -- Skipped the afternoon run in favor of a nap. 

Streak 6 Miles: 3.00Saucony Zealot 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
6.000.006.000.0012.00

6 x mile on the levee. 1:00 rests. Perfect weather in the low-50s and no wind.

5:20, 5:19, 5:19, 5:14, 5:17, 5:14

Felt great. Could have ran many more reps in the same range. I feel a cold coming on, so this will likely be the last significant work before Houston.

Flyknit Streaks 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
12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - 6 easy

PM - 6 easy

Peg 35s 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

Saucony Zealot 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
9.000.000.001.0010.00

AM - 4 w/ 8x200m levee sprints

PM - 6 easy

Triumph 3 Miles: 6.00Boston 6 Miles: 4.00
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

Peg 35s 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
4.754.004.000.0012.75

Levee workout. 2 miles @ T, 4 miles @ MP, 2 miles @ T (all 2:00 rests).

Windy morning that intensified throughout the workout.

10:38 (5:18, 5:20 down)

22:27 (5:41 & 5:37 up, 5:39 & 5:30 down)

11:02 (5:26, 5:36 up)

I was hoping to get a gauge on MP, but the wind made things difficult. 

 

Flyknit Streaks Miles: 12.75
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

Peg 35s 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. I started a round of antibiotics ahead of Houston. Have had this lingering cold/sore throat and want to get it taken care of.

Saucony Zealot 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
4.400.002.480.006.88

4 x 1k @ T on the levee. 3:23, 3:26, 3:17, 3:19. Took a little bit to get going as usual. Otherwise things are feeling good to go.

Flyknit Streaks Miles: 6.90
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 easy. Wanted to get a couple more but work was a little crazy today. 6am-noon & 7pm-7am Fri morning. Not ideal for a race week, but I had Friday off to catch up on sleep.

Peg 35s Miles: 5.00
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

6 easy + 6 x 40s pickups @ MPish

Boston 6 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

4 easy + 90s pickup @ MP

Flyknit Streaks Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: Houston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:28:39
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

2nd marathon in the bag. I'm happy to improve on my 2:29:15 from Kentucky Derby, and I feel happier about this PR than the 30ish second improvement might indicate. I wanted to be more aggressive over the last few miles. I wanted to push my limits over the final stretch, to see if I could sustain a long drive to the finish, or see if I could hold it together if it went south. Obviously I didn't get my stated goal of sub-2:27, but this is progress all the same.

Weather was cold (33°F at the start) and a little breezy, but much better than the 15-20 mph winds the forecast showed early in the week. Miles 11-18 were breezy. That stretch wasn't much fun.

The splits tell the story pretty well (watch recorded 26.44, but I was only about 0.1 off the mile markers until the last few miles):

5:40, 5:38, 5:30, 5:33, 5:40, 5:28, 5:35, 5:38, 5:35, 5:39, 5:37, 5:45, 5:31, 5:41, 5:46, 5:37, 5:36, 5:38, 5:31, 5:28, 5:30, 5:40, 5:38, 5:49, 5:56, 6:06, 4:19 to the finish

My early pace yo-yo'd a bit and I struggled to find a group. I started conservatively like I wanted and dropped down a lot when the elite women went by. Decided that wasn't a good idea and slowed back to 5:40. Then dipped again catching a pair of women HM'ers who held 5:35s to the split at mile 7.5. 5:30 felt fine, but those miles may not have been the best thing early on.

Self-check at the course split said the pace didn't feel great. Aerobically fine, but legs were uncomfortable. I took that as a bad sign but opted to take hope in the aerobic feedback. I tempered my time expectation a little and worried I might blow up early. I briefly considered scaling back the pace, but that was only for a moment. I wanted an aggressive pace, and I was okay with going through a blow up if it happened.

After the split I had a hard time finding people to run with. I caught a guy in mile 9 who went 1.5 miles with me but then started to drop back. We reached the 10-mile marker in 56:02, and I felt good about that. Sub-2:27 pace. The next miles were got harder, as expected. I glanced behind but didn't see anyone nearby. One guy in the distance ahead but otherwise alone. 11-13 were a little windier than I'd hoped, and 13-18 were about as windy as I expected. Less than 10mph, but it adds up over those miles. I had a 5:41 and 5:46 back-to-back and just kept telling myself it would get better when the course turned at 18.

Every self-check through here gave me the same info as at mile 7. Aerobically fine. Legs uncomfortable. Not sure how long I can hold a good pace. The turn finally came just before mile 18 and brought relief from the breeze as we turned towards downtown. There was a pack of 3 women not too far ahead, and I put them in my sights. It was time to go. It only took a small increase in effort and 19-21 went 5:31, 5:28, 5:30. 

By mile 22 the pain in my legs was real. However, I had 2 decent miles (5:40 & 5:38) and thought I might hold it together. But the small rolling hills over the final miles were enough to break whatever I had left. 24-26 was 5:49, 5:56, and 6:06. My right hip flared, which I'm sure was due to my deadened legs compensating with whatever muscles could fire. 

Afterwards I hobbled into the convention center and lay on the ground shivering and waiting for my body to return to some semblance of normalcy. One of the med volunteers pressured me into going into the medical tent, and I reluctantly went. I just wanted a blanket. Took awhile to get out, but the fluids and blankets helped a bunch.

This race was tough. Tougher than Kentucky from start to finish. My one regret is not finding a group, but I feel like I didn't have much control over that. The elite women were too fast, although they did have a van blocking the wind for them. I thought that wasn't allowed, but it was hard watching that wind block pull away. And behind them there was a big void. 

Goals for the next training cycle: Improve 5k/10k fitness and get in more quality long runs. I optimistically believe 5:30 can be marathon pace for the next one.

Flyknit Streaks Miles: 26.20
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

AM - 2 very, very slow. My left hammy appears to be strained, so I cut things short.

PM - 30 min elliptical

Triumph 3 Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

3 slow

Peg 35s Miles: 3.00
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

AM - 4 slow

PM - 45 min elliptical

Saucony Zealot Miles: 4.00
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

6 in 7:57 avg.

Peg 35s 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

6 easy, no watch. Hammy is feeling stronger but still tight. Right hip is still hurting from the race. I think it will calm down, but I'm keeping a close eye on it.

Saucony Zealot 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
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - 8 at a normal pace (finally). Hammy felt 100% for the first time, but I'll give it a few more days before trying some strides. Hip is improving.

PM - 30 min elliptical. I wasn't planning to go hard but it turned into a 5:00 WU, 20:00 hard, 5:00 CD session. Added some small sets of weights (deadlift & bench).

Peg 35s 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. Hammy good, hip worrying me a little.

Boston 6 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
10.000.000.000.0010.00

10 easy

Peg 35s 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
196.2531.2017.483.90248.83
Mizuno Ekiden Miles: 7.50Saucony Zealot Miles: 40.50Peg 35s Miles: 92.00Triumph 3 Miles: 14.00Boston 6 Miles: 30.00Streak 6 Miles: 3.00Flyknit Streaks Miles: 61.85
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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