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Location:

New Orleans,LA,

Member Since:

Dec 12, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

1500m - 3:59.9h (2014)

5000m - 14:53.45 (Portland Track Festival 2014)

8k XC - 25:09 (Sundodger 2011)

10k XC - 31:31 (WWU Invite 2011)

HM - 1:10:19 (Houston 2018)

Marathon - 2:28:39 (Houston 2019)

Short-Term Running Goals:

1) Low-31s Crescent City Classic (April 20)

Sub-32 and beat the local guys, Azalea Trail Run (March 23)

2) 1:08:xx Indy Mini Marathon (May 4)

2) TBD at Grandma's 2019 (way too-early goal is 2:23:xx)

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: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 1876.49
Mizuno Ekiden Lifetime Miles: 260.15
Streak 6 Lifetime Miles: 535.40
Boston 6 Lifetime Miles: 506.05
Flyknit Streaks Lifetime Miles: 300.80
Saucony Zealot 3 (green) Lifetime Miles: 520.60
Flyknit VFs Lifetime Miles: 72.00
Saucony Zealot 3 (green X 2) Lifetime Miles: 361.85
Nike Zoom Fly Lifetime Miles: 199.00
Saucony Ride Iso Lifetime Miles: 7.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
83.500.000.0010.7094.20
Switch 4 Miles: 24.00Switch 4 (2) Miles: 37.50LunaRacer Miles: 22.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
19.000.000.000.0019.00

Starting the week out right with a beautiful run to the top of Galbraith. Had to take it pretty easy on the way down--all that downhill was working my knees pretty hard.

Switch 4 Miles: 19.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

12 easy down Boulevard and out on the Urb. 8xstrides. I'm starting to have a little pain in my left shin--I'll have to keep an eye on that.

Switch 4 (2) Miles: 12.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.004.5012.00

6x1200m workout at Padden today. This was not the most organized workout we've ever done. We ran the 10k course, but rests varied anywhere from 1:30 to 3:00. 7200m of total work, but I didn't feel like it really worked me all that hard. And on the other hand, I felt sluggish today. It was just really hard to get my legs turning over. But oh well, I'm pretty sure I'm just feeling all the work from last week and Sunday's long run. That stuff adds up.

3:55, 3:44, 3:38 (downhill), 3:43, 3:40, 3:42.

Switch 4 (2) Miles: 7.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
17.000.000.000.0017.00

AM - 5 easy, Cornwall loop.

PM - 12 easy on the Urb. I feel pretty tired today. I've been getting plenty of sleep, but I think I need more. 

Switch 4 Miles: 5.00Switch 4 (2) Miles: 12.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

Fartlek run around Lake Padden. Only 2.6 miles of 75 sec on, 60 sec off to freshen the legs. 

LunaRacer Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 easy on the Urb.

Switch 4 (2) Miles: 6.00
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Race: WWU XC Invite (6.2 Miles) 00:32:10, Place overall: 21
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.006.2016.20

I'll fill this in more later. Nice race today, there were highs and lows to this one, but overall, I'm coming along. Not sure why I'm still running slower than last year, but there's time for that to be worked out.

Ok, so I was feeling a lot of pressure today to repeat my performance from last year. I've put in a lot more miles, and I always feel like more miles should equal faster running. For some reason I haven't been able to duplicate the results I had by this point last year, even though I'm averaging about 15 mpw more.

The start of the race was crazy and crowded. I had to really focus on protecting my space and trying to avoid going down on the uneven first 800m. I quickly found Dylan and Tanner and latched on to them. Our plan was to hang together at 5:10 pace for awhile and then see how things went.

We went through the mile in 5:13 and 2 miles in 5:12 for 10:25. The front group was still bunched and congested. Mile 3 started at the bottom of the hilly section, and I was able to find some room and start working my way up. 5:04 third mile for 15:29, reaching 5k in 16:03. Fourth mile was pretty uneventful, other than feeling really good. I reached 4 miles in 20:31, so 5:02 for that one. Miles 3 and 4 felt so good, I thought I was going to be able to hold that pace through the finish, but I rolled my ankle going into mile 5, and I guess I lost a lot of steam going up into the hills. I reached 8k in 25:45 and 5 miles in 25:54, so 5:23 for that one. I was really feeling the race by this point, and I struggled to finish in a 5:10 final mile.

I'm really encouraged by how good the middle miles felt. If I hadn't laid an egg so bad on the 5th mile, I might be really happy with this race. At least it's a step in the right direction. I'm hoping that I'm just peaking later than last year. I'll start to slowly bring my mileage down from here on out, we'll see how that affects things. 

LunaRacer Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
83.500.000.0010.7094.20
Switch 4 Miles: 24.00Switch 4 (2) Miles: 37.50LunaRacer Miles: 22.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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