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New Orleans,LA,

Member Since:

Dec 12, 2007



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


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

Met up with Sasha this morning, we headed out for a 5-mile tempo. The goal was 5:30 pace, Sasha was set to pace us through the run. I ended up at 27:22 (5:28.4 pace), and this was a great run for me. Also a PR over 5 miles.

We went through the first mile in 5:25 feeling good, and I made Sasha back off the pace a touch for the second mile. I kinda spaced out here, though, and didn't notice two miles when it came and went (Sasha says we passed in 10:55). In fact, when we reached the turnaround, I was still thinking we were in mile 2, so it was a nice mental boost to see we were half way done.

Mile three passed in 16:27, and compared to last week's tempo, I was feeling pretty good. I started to get the funny heartbeats during this mile - it makes me a little nervous since a few people have suggested PVCs don't happen at high heart rates. I've only averaged about 5 hours/night of sleep, so I'm sure that is contributing. Anyway, with about 1.5 left I was starting to feel more tired, but I was still surprised at how good I felt.

We passed mile 4 in 21:57 (another PR!), and I wanted to push the last mile as much as possible. I find that at the end of races I'm too conservative about pushing the pace, so these tempo runs are a good chance to focus on a fast last mile. Even so, the last mile wasn't that fast, at least not as fast as what I felt it should be. I tried to go by Sasha a few times(who was puking all day yesterday, by the way) but he wouldn't let me and kept a decent gap. I didn't open the throttle too much until the last 200m (see what I mean? I need to push sooner.), and by then Sasha had about three seconds on me. I closed the gap, but didn't quite catch him.

 So huge confidence booster here. These were the splits: 5:25, 5:30, 5:32, 5:30, 5:25.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
From josse on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:22:40

You are on a roll great job on all the PR's

From Paul Petersen on Fri, Mar 21, 2008 at 15:41:32

Nice job. It's always fun to PR during training runs.

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