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NOTC City Park 2-mile

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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: 66.30 Month: 272.30 Year: 2586.96
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 202.70
Lunaracer 3 Lifetime Miles: 506.80
Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 884.30
Streak 6 Lifetime Miles: 402.50
Saucony Zealot Lifetime Miles: 433.00
Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 137.40
Flyknit Streaks Lifetime Miles: 24.30
Race: NOTC City Park 2-mile (2 Miles) 00:10:00, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.002.0018.00

AM - 8 easy, no watch. 7:40 estimate.

PM - Headed to City Park for the next in NOTC's summer 2-mile series. This one was on pavement in City Park. Local Hero (LH) was there and my only goal for the race was to beat him. I wanted to take control of the race somewhere between 1.0 and 1.5 miles and build a gap so his kick couldn't reach me.

It was 81/76 air temp & dew point at race time according to Wunderground. It felt super swampy. We got out quick and I let LH build a little bit of a lead since he likes to start fast. I was surprised when all of that lead evaporated on the first set of curves as I hugged the tangents and he didn't. It almost felt like cheating. Around the next set of curves the same thing happened, and I found myself right on his shoulder very early on.

The pace didn't feel as hot as I expected. Around 3/4-mile I slipped into the lead and he didn't try to take it back. I kept the pace steady, and as we reached 1 mile I was surprised to see only 5:04 on my watch. We turned left and we had a half mile of straight before the next turn. I eased the intensity up a notch and kept it there through that stretch. Little by little I heard his footsteps fall back until there was only silence around me. 

1.5 miles made another left and I cranked it up a little more. I reached a 1/4-mile to go and opened the throttle even more, making a final push in the last straightaway. I broke the tape about 13 seconds up on my rival. 4:56 for the last mile.

I'm not thrilled with the time, but I'm not reading into that in light of the humidity. Running a fun and successful race is what I wanted out of this, especially during a full week of training.

Mizuno Ekiden Miles: 4.50Triumph 3 Miles: 8.00Saucony Zealot Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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