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June 2009

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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
82.850.005.500.0088.35
Brooks Switch Miles: 21.75
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

AM - 8 miles easy from Sasha's house. Ankle is tender, but not bothering me much during the run.

PM - Easy 4 down the river trail.



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9.000.000.000.009.00

Got out a little later than normal for an easy nine. 

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AM - 9 miles down the river trail. I banged my left knee on something Monday and it was hurting quite a bit during the run. I iced afterwards, but it has been hurting since.

PM - Headed out for the second run, but there's too much pain in the knee. It wasn't unbearable but felt like it could quickly become so, and I decided to play it safe and try to get it feeling better.

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I'm taking today off to rest up the knee. Kept ice on it for about 4 hours last night and must have killed enough cells that it doesn't feel as bad today. Still, I want it feeling better than it does now before I put any serious stress on it. If I feel adventurous I might try a mile or two tonight, but the best things will probably be to let it rest.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.750.000.000.000.75

Tried to run.... too much pain. Made it about 3/4 mile.

Brooks Switch Miles: 0.75
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.700.000.000.003.70

I showed up to the cross country practice this morning in hopes that I might be able to run a little. I started doing some leg extensions and it seems to be helping. We only did a few miles, and the knee hurt a little but was bearable. If I can get it to keep improving while I put in a few miles a day, that would be ideal. We'll see. It doesn't feel fantastic right now.

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Easy 3

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5.000.000.000.005.00

Easy 5. The knee seems to be feeling better, so I went a little further on it. It was fine for 3 miles on asphalt, then the 2 on grass were somewhat painful. 

Most of the kids have gone to a running camp in Montana, so I've been running with the few that stayed behind. One is a freshman who looks like he's got some talent. A 56 quarter in 8th grade, and he has an easy, natural stride. With some mileage under his belt, he'll be pretty good. He just looks like he's made to run. 

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3.800.000.000.003.80

Easy 3.8, about 7:30 - 8:00 pace. Knee hurt a little... apparently the grass wasn't so good for it.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.004.000.008.00

AM - 4 easy miles

PM - Took a couple of the guys on a 4 mile tempo. We were told to go out hard enough that we could come back at a faster pace, without killing ourselves. First two miles were 11:48. We stopped for about 4-5 minutes, then came back in 11:01. I was shocked at the 11:01 as I was sure we weren't running a second faster than 6:00 pace. I was running with a 17:00 5k guy, and he was struggling about 3 minutes into the return trip. I can't figure it out... I'm 99% positive that we were running 6:00  pace or slower, but my watch was running each time I glanced at it and it's never given incorrect times before. I'm left scratching my head as I don't think I'm suddenly magically in the kind of shape that 5:30 pace feels that easy. 

In any case, the knee felt okay. Not great, but okay. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.100.000.000.006.10

AM - Easy 3 this morning. The knee felt fine till I got on some grass. And then it was fine after I was off the grass. I figure I'll try 45 miles this week and see how it goes. I made an appointment for physical therapy, so hopefully I can get it behind me. The leg extensions I'm doing are making my legs uneven... my right hamstring is especially feeling it (the left knee hurts)... so I guess it's important to strenghten other things as well.

On another note, the dynamic of this high school team is interesting. This is the first time they've had so much talent (2 sub-9:20 guys, a 9:30 guy, and 3 others between 9:45 and 10:00, plus 2 or 3 others who have sub-9:40 talent, barring injury). But they've gotten in the habit of running hard every single day. Example: The 17:00 5k guy I paced last night ran this morning's 3 miles at 6:30 pace. That's his standard training pace. The top guys rarely run slower than 6:30 pace, more often hanging around 6:15. They were only running 30-35 mpw this spring but want to work up to 60-70 mpw this summer, and it seems to me that they run the risk of hurting themselves out at higher volumes. I'm not sure how to get them to slow down, but I think this team has some serious potential if they don't kill themselves first.

PM - Coach had the boys doing a flag drill tonight, so I joined them for a few. I ran barefoot through the grass, more than anything to test my knee had sprint pace, and it seemed to hold up fine.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

7 easy miles by myself. Couldn't get out later, so I ran through 95 degree heat... very painful. My knee acted up on me a little towards the middle of the run with up and downhill stuff, but nothing horrible. It's getting better.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

Met with the guys in the evening for an easy 6 but somehow ended up with 5.5. Oh well.

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AM - Went to therapy yesterday and was told I have bursitis above my knee cap and maybe a little tendinitis. Had ultrasound and shock therapy done and was told to keep doing the leg extensions for strenghthening. And lots of icing. I'll probably do some cross training next week, but I want to give it a few days to see if it will get better without cutting out running.

Anyway, an easy 5 this morning.  

PM - Added 42 minutes of biking. Heartrate at the turnaround was 132. 

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3.000.001.500.004.50

Paced some of the freshman boys for a 2400m time trial tonight. 

You'd think that physical therapy would've strenghtened my knee, but it has suddenly become much worse. The pain feels like it moved to my IT band and I could feel it snapping across the side of my knee. Not good. I'm taking a few days off and seeing what happens... trying to train through is obviously not working. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
82.850.005.500.0088.35
Brooks Switch Miles: 21.75
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