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WWU Invite (Lake Padden)

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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.

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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
66.400.003.0010.6780.07
Switch 4 Miles: 48.47LunaRacer Miles: 22.40
Night Sleep Time: 8.75Nap Time: 7.50Total Sleep Time: 16.25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Took the day off. Some would call this lazy, I call it listening to my body. Although lazy is probably closer to the truth.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.000.000.000.0014.00

AM - 4 easy from the apt

PM - 10 easy on the Urb with the team. 1:17 total time. 

Switch 4 Miles: 14.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.700.000.004.4715.17

6x1200m at the Lake Padden course. I felt fast and strong and really happy with how this workout went. I started out pretty hard to test how the legs would feel, and they never locked up with lactic acid like I expected. I did feel like I was having some breathing issues, but I attribute this to the congestion I had last week. It's been clearing up but isn't quite gone.

3:45 (2:30 rest, flat)

3:43 (2:30, uphill)

3:34 (2:30, downhill)

3:33 (3:30 rest by mistake, couldn't find the next marker; flat)

3:37 (2:30, net uphill through the rollers on the backside)

3:30 (66 second first net downhill quarter, then 2:24 flat 800)

For warmup and cooldown I ran from WWU to the course, about 4.75 miles. The longer warmup seemed to help clear the stomach better. 

Switch 4 Miles: 9.47LunaRacer Miles: 5.70
Night Sleep Time: 0.12Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.12
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

12 easy miles out to Whatcom. Feel pretty tired today. Finished my first midterm today, feels like it's about time for a nap.

Switch 4 Miles: 12.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 7.50Total Sleep Time: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.500.003.000.0014.50

AM - 4 easy miles from the apartment. Since when is it dark at 6am?

PM - 5 miles of 75 sec fartleks on the Urb. Don't know the pace for sure but it was somewhere around 5:00. Wierd thing I noticed today: I felt super tired on the warmup and cooldown, but perfectly comfortable at 5:00 pace. I'm not sure what that means.

Switch 4 Miles: 4.00LunaRacer Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.12Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.12
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

67 minutes on some trails around town, calling it 9 total. Our home invitational is tomorrow, and I'm actually a little nervous about it. We have some quality competition coming to town, and my plan is to try to hang with the top St. Martin's guys if they show up. They've been beating me pretty good so far this year, I'd like to really push the envelope and see if I can close the gap. It's going to hurt... 

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Race: WWU Invite (Lake Padden) (6.2 Miles) 00:31:31, Place overall: 6
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.200.000.006.2015.40

I rolled out of bed this morning feeling great. Looked out the window and saw some heavy mist rolling in off the bay and this cheered me even more since I love racing in gloomy weather. Despite all the apprehension I had coming into today, I felt calm this morning, finally convincing myself that my planned pace was within my capacity.

Besides a couple bathroom events, not much exciting happened between the apartment and the start of the race. The weather was perfect -- must've been in the mid-50s or so with the sun poking out here and there. It rained over night, so the trail was a little muddy here and there and the grass wet, which worried me about wearing my flats. But overall great conditions.

I located the SMU kids at the start to make sure I could find them later. As I was doing some strides, I recognized Sean's face from his blog and went over and said hi. Cool to see blog representation out here. Anyway, the race got underway, I started a little quicker than SMU #1 and had to ease off to let him get by me, then I latched onto his back.

He beat me by about 40 seconds at pre-nats 2 weeks ago, so I wasn't sure what to expect. But we reached 1k and the pace didn't seem too crazy. I actually felt good. Then we headed up into the hills and I just let him pull me along.

The hills on this course are nothing killer. Just some rollers that you run through at the beginning and end of the race. At this point, I hardly noticed them. Passed the mile in 5:06. Perfect.

The rollers continued and we passed 3k and headed down the final hill into the flats. 2 miles at the bottom in 10:13, 5:07 second mile. I was feeling really good.

A chase pack had solidified by this point and me and both SMU guys were in the middle of it. As we got further into the flats, I got antsy and wanted to push the pace. So I left SMU #1's shoulder and pulled in line with the leader of the pack and was startled to see the lead pack about 20 yards ahead of us. I invited him to go after them with me and he goes "Cool it, bro. We got 4 to go, they're coming back." Which I decided was good advice and stayed in line with him. I couldn't help noticing the sun breaking through the clouds on the opposite side of the lake. It was a beautiful scene.

We passed 3 miles in 15:17, 5:04 for that one, then 5k in 15:50 or so. I couldn't help feeling a bit ecstatic at how good I felt. We entered a patch of grass that turned us in a gradual 180 to go back around the way we'd come. At 5k, the lead pack was almost close enough to touch, but all of a sudden they were pulling away. Alaska Anchorage #1 must've made a move, I thought.

So I figured I'd had enough of the chill dude I was running with and started to pull away. He didn't resist. But I heard footsteps trailing me and figured SMU was on my tail. The 4th mile came and went at 20:20 if I remember right, so 5:03. The lead pack was the same distance away, and one guy had fallen off the back. I smelled blood and picked it up some more.

I caught him just after 4 miles and what was left of the pack was stringing out. I focused on the next guy. I caught him just before leaving the flats, saw it was AA #4 and tried not to think about getting beat by 3 guys from the same team.

Heading up the first hill kinda hurt. It's the longest and steepest, but it drops away on the back side and I focused on letting loose and allowing the downhill to rest me. There were still footsteps on my tail. I tried to pick it up some as AA #3 was about 20 yards ahead and I wanted to lose the SMU runner. I was starting to feel the race in my legs, but I still felt ecstatic about how things were going. And I knew I had plenty left for the finish.

The rollers continued rather uneventful. Each downhill I'd put distance on SMU, but then he'd reel me in. Passed 8k in 25:2x and 5 miles in 25:32, 5:12 for the uphill. SMU made several attempts to pass me, but I held him off and knew from how he settled on my shoulder he was hurting. This made me happy. Not because he was hurting, but because it meant my training is coming together. He destroyed me 2 weeks ago, and here I was shoulder to shoulder with him, 8k into the race, and he was hurting. AA#3 still had 20 yards on us, and I didn't want to go after him alone, so I invited SMU to go get him with me. He dug deep and pulled alongside my shoulder.

I came off the last hill into the final flat loop into the finish. AA#3 was still about 20 yards up, and I decided I would catch him. I quickened my stride and suddenly he was drifting back. SMU fell back. With about 400 to go, I pulled even with him and went past. No resistance. The turn back into the finish was about 200 ahead and I put what I could into gaining distance. It wasn't enough.

I came off the turn facing the finish and sprinted at what I thought was full speed. AA#3 blasted past and SMU was right behind. I put my head down and pulled a hideous grimace and found a little more speed. SMU started coming back and I thought I'd nip him at the line, but he saw me and managed one last squirt of speed to edge me. There's nothing I hate more than getting outsprinted. But there's plenty of time left in the season to work on that.

And then something happened. Something that has never happened in all my years of running. I heaved. Nothing came out. I heaved again. Again nothing. I heaved a third time and my oatmeal from this morning came flying out of my mouth and onto the ground in front of me. Proudest moment of my life as a runner. 

I feel so happy about how today went and all that it means. My training is finally coming together. I am so grateful to be able to run, that my body is cooperating and staying healthy and injury free. I can't describe the feeling of joy I have after today. This is a beautiful sport we have.

LunaRacer Miles: 6.20
Night Sleep Time: 8.50Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 8.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
66.400.003.0010.6780.07
Switch 4 Miles: 48.47LunaRacer Miles: 22.40
Night Sleep Time: 8.75Nap Time: 7.50Total Sleep Time: 16.25
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