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October 19, 2018

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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
10.000.004.500.5015.00

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
Comments
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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