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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: 20.00 Month: 207.00 Year: 1897.66
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 194.70
Lunaracer 3 Lifetime Miles: 474.80
Triumph 3 Lifetime Miles: 727.30
Streak 6 Lifetime Miles: 272.90
Saucony Zealot Lifetime Miles: 240.00
Ride 10 Lifetime Miles: 15.10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
34.000.000.004.0038.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

1st run - I've got a little catching up to do on the blogging, but I got a few good workouts in during Christmas break. I missed a couple of runs, which wasn't good, but it was partly because my heart stopped for about 4 seconds while I was playing basketball with my family one day. Yeah, it stopped. It scared the living daylights out of me, but supposedly this is a normal phenomenon among athletes. Yikes!

Anyway, I ran 8 miles this afternoon in the glorious snow. 64:xx total time. I ran into Sasha on the trail running with one of his girls and chatted for a bit. I'll have to add a few more miles tonight.

2nd run - Added an easy 4 tonight. The roads were slippery - average pace was about 8:20.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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AM - 3 easy miles this morning. Again, the pace was at least 8:15.

PM - I showed up at the track this afternoon to run mile repeats with the team. I think that my expectations for myself just got bumped up a notch. I've been doing these on my own at around 5:00/mile thinking that I was doing a good workout. Today I averaged 4:49.

So after my workout Saturday, my confidence was lacking quite a bit. One of these days I'll get around to blogging it, but I ran 2xmile on the short track in 4:50 and 4:46, and it felt difficult. I was worried that I had lost fitness from being at sea level and missing some of my workouts. Coach wanted the slowest guys to start at 4:52 and work their way down. I figured I might be able to average 4:55 for the entire workout.

I started with a few of the rear guys, and came through the first one in 4:52. I felt very sluggish and didn't think I could run another that fast.

The second rep felt much better, and I didn't pay much attention to the time, but just to stay with the guys I was with. 4:45 on that rep. I was shocked. A little too fast, but I didn't start to tire till the final lap.

The third one was more conservative, and we ran a 4:49. Again, I didn't start to tire too bad till the final lap. The fourth rep was a lot more difficult, and the last two laps felt closer to race effort. I lost contact with the two guys I was with, but finished in 4:49 and was happy with it. They were 4:45ish.

So I am very pleased with this workout. It gives me confidence that I can run considerably faster than last race. The team is running a tempo on Thursday, but I figure I'll sit it out in the interest of saving my legs for my last shot.

Mile reps (4:45 - 5:00 rest):

4:52

4:45

4:49

4:49

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AM - Ran an easy 7 this morning. 56:10 total time. Ran into Sasha on the river trail and ran with him about a mile. My legs feel tired.

PM - Added an easy 4 tonight down 800 N.  

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Something very bad happened today. I slipped on an icy sidewalk and hurt my knee. I had it X-rayed and it's not broken, but it's in a lot of pain. Lots of swelling. Too much to run on. I'll have to rest up and see if it will be usable by Saturday, but I doubt it. I asked the doctor about getting a cortisone shot, but she laughed at me. Yeah, laughed at me. No sense of urgency in these doctors.

So I swung by Eyestone's office, he didn't seem too concerned about it. Just let it rest and heal up, either I can run Saturday or I can't.

I'm bummed.  

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No change in my knee from yesterday. I can't bend it more than about 15 degrees. I've kept ice on it as much as I can, but it's still swollen. I'll be able to run on it by late next week, if I'm lucky.

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This isn't looking good. I notice very little improvement over yesterday - my range of motion is still incredibly limited. I'm keeping ice on it, but it is healing a lot slower than I'd hoped.

Anyway, I went to the track to watch the men's 3k. Brandon Hebbert won in 8:31ish. The guys I was with during the workout with finished in low to mid 8:40s. It was fun to watch. With luck I can be racing again in a couple weeks. ISU has a meet in 2 weeks, I'm tentatively planning to run it. Some UVU guys I talked to today are going to drive up and split a hotel room and invited me to come along if I'd like.

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