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1600m Time Trial -- Richland High

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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.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 170.00 Year: 2163.66
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 202.70
Lunaracer 3 Lifetime Miles: 506.80
Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 798.30
Streak 6 Lifetime Miles: 329.50
Saucony Zealot Lifetime Miles: 298.00
Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 36.40
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9 easy miles tonight. Not much to report, and I'm sleepy. It's bedtime....

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Wow. I just realized that May 2 is Friday..... not Saturday.

I can't believe it, I am such a moron. That means my race was run today while I was making final preparations on getting there tomorrow. How did I manage to miss that little detail?

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Race: 1600m Time Trial -- Richland High (0.9944 Miles) 00:04:24
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I'm not going to lie, I feel really stupid and really disappointed about missing my race. But I tried to make the most of it, and went to a local track to do an all out mile. The track didn't have a mile start line, so 1600m was the best I could do.

I thought I could do a sub-4:20 if I ran right, but it didn't happen today.  I had projected 63, 65, 66 and 65 for my lap splits, but I ended up with 65, 67, 67, 65 -- so a little short of my goal but I'm okay with it. In a race I should be able to shave a few seconds off. It felt good to end on this note... there was something satisfying about the higher-speed burn that I don't get from the 5k races.

So this wraps up my track season -- now it's time to move into cross country mode. I'll reduce my miles a little this week to rest my legs, then it's base-building time. A couple of guys on the team told me to peak for the try-out races, since my chances are slim to begin with. Sounds like a plan.

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Got back from Washington today and didn't do much running. The ankle flared up a little over the weekend, so I'm icing it and making sure it's healthy. I've got a few nagging hot spots I want to make sure are okay before going full bore into training again.

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Took today off as well. I'll get back into things tomorrow.

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4.5 miles this evening. I went to the track with Miki, and she's running better and better every week. When we started out, she was struggling to do even a 15 minute mile -- last night she did 11:30 and it looked easy. I figure we'll keep doing a mile a day through this week and next, get her down around 11:00 pace and then start increasing the distance slowly. Our goal is to get her doing 3 miles at 11:00 pace or under -- it will take awhile, but she's already making big improvements. If only she would start a blog.....

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AM - Okay, time to get serious again. I've been enjoying sleeping in the past few days, and it was tough to get out of bed this morning for the run. So 7 moderate miles around Springville, 6:50 average pace.

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AM - 3 easy miles... enjoyed the cool morning.

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Met at Sasha's house for an easy 10 miles, but my ankle started bugging me about 3 into it. By 4 it was hurting and I stopped to walk back. I put some ice on it today, but it may need a little rest. Apparently running the 5k was too much stress for my weak training.

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Race: Magna Classic 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:15:28, Place overall: 9, Place in age division: 3
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I let a little too much time slip by, I've been busy and the race slipped my mind until I called Sasha on Tuesday or Wednesday. Training hasn't been great, I think I've been getting 20-30 mpw since my mile time trial, but I thought I could hit a sub-15:30 on this course.

The race started fast, I went through the mile in 4:35, and Sasha and Jeff were right in front of me. The pace was too fast for me, even on the downhill, so I backed off a little and they got a bit of time on me over the rest of the downhill.

The course turned left, leveled out and headed slightly uphill. I think Sasha had 10-12 seconds on me, so I focused on reeling him in now that the pace had slowed. I made up a little through 2 miles (9:35), and I think he had about 9 seconds on me. Over the remaining uphill, he and the guy he was with came slowly back, but I was quickly tiring. The effects of the low mileage caught up to me quickly, and the final mile was probably the most painful I've had in a long time.

My arms felt heavy, the legs were slowing and I just wanted to be done. I heard Sasha screaming here and there up ahead, and he was still coming back slowly, but I was pretty sure by that point that I wouldn't catch him.

The course turned right and headed down a short hill.... I should have gained some decent ground here, but I actually slowed down, my legs were jello. We turned right onto the final straightaway and I tried to kick. I think a better kick was there, but I couldn't pull it out. Sasha was not coming back any faster and it was clear that I wouldn't get him. I staggered over the line, glad to be done.

The race was a blast, though, and I'm sure I'll be back next year. I don't know when else I'll go through the first mile of a 5k in 4:35, there's something satisfying about that.

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Met at Sasha's house for an easy 10 miles, but my ankle started bugging me about 3 into it. By 4 it was hurting and I stopped to walk back. I put some ice on it today, but it may need a little rest. Apparently running the 5k was too much stress for my weak training.

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Didn't run today, the ankle hurt a little to walk on. Kept the ice on it tonight and will try a few miles in the morning.

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Gave myself another day to rest to make sure the injury heals.

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AM - 4 easy miles, things are feeling better. The injury's feeling stronger, I should be able to increase mileage again soon.

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AM - Did 5 easy miles this morning, I should be out of the woods now on the ankle, it feels stronger.

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5 easy miles in Springville, still feeling strong.

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