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December 2013

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Location:

Shelby Township,MI,

Member Since:

Dec 28, 2011

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

PRs

16:52 Phillies Charities 5k (2016)

35:52 Beach to Beacon 10k (2015)

58:10 Broad Street 10 Mile (2016)

1:16:02 Philadelphia Rock and Roll Half Marathon (2015)

2:46:54 Philadelphia Marathon (2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

2020 Races

March 21: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile (Gravel Race)

March 28: Dirty 30 (Gravel Race)

April 4: Kal-Haven Trail Run (33.5-Mile Ultra) (Tentative)

April 18: Barry Roubaix (36-Mile Gravel Race)

May 30: Hellkat 50 (Gravel Race)

June 20: Cow Pie Classic 33-Mile (Gravel Race)

Sept 13: Uncle John's Dirty Ride (56-Mile Gravel Race)

Sept 20: Brooksie Way Half Marathon

October 18: Detroit International Half

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

I'd love to get my marathon time into the 2:3X range or under. Do some gravel races and cyclocross races to keep things interesting.

Personal:

I live in Michigan with my wife, Megan. I started running in September 2010.

(Please note that Strava links might contain blog inappropriate langauge)

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 125.20 Year: 3570.58
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Saucony A6 Lifetime Miles: 221.96
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 572.85
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 443.70
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 555.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 415.00
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 413.30
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 2140.05
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 698.35
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 465.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 737.87
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 718.30
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 6778.55
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 442.80
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault Shoe) II Lifetime Miles: 153.40
Saucony Kinvara 5 Viziglow Lifetime Miles: 61.90
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
126.350.000.000.00126.35
Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 18.65Newton Sir Isaacs (wide) Miles: 8.50Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 20.25Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 7.40Newton Isaacs Miles: 6.50Saucony A5 Miles: 41.10Brooks PureConnect Miles: 8.25Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 8.20Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

North side - 3.25 miles, averaged 8:32. First time on the road since Oct. 25. I sounded like a moose running. Hip felt fine.

Took the last week off because I wanted to see if I could get this thing healed. Need to try to get some miles in before ~Christmas, which marks the beginning of the Boston buildup.

Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 3.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

3.5 miles, averaged 8:28

I read Walter's post about a recent R2R2R venture and read a link he posted about his accident. I know Utah folks probably know about it, but I post it here for those who don't because rarely do I read something that I would call "inspiring" because I am often inspired in more mundane ways. But it is incredible.

Newton Sir Isaacs (wide) Miles: 3.50
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Off. Lazy. Grumpy.

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More of the same.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

North side - 7.25 miles, averaged 8:23. Needed it. Time to get back into training.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 7.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.400.000.000.007.40

Jefferson High School - 7.4 miles, averaged 8:10. Hip feels good. I even tested it by stubbing my toe and falling on it. Followed it up with my new favorite recovery snack: 2 slices of Ezekiel 4:9 toast, ~1/3 avocado, topped with Sriracha.

Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 7.40
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No run today. Stretching, core, and strength stuff in the evening. Plenty of triple lentil soup to cleanse the junk from my system. Nutrition is starting to get back on track. Think I might try more fish (generally don't do any meats at home). I absolutely love salmon.

Still eating when I am not hungry, so I need to get rid of some stress as well. Ho hum, as Bam might say.

Looking forward to actually using my Twitter account to track the gents running CIM tomorrow.

I generally slip and slide but I've seen a few Newton folks and Camille Herron use this method.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

No run. Lazy. Layed out a plan to get my nutrition back on track. Time to attack the Bam Weight Handicap goal.

Strength stuff later. A bit more consistent with running this week. 30-40 miles as the body allows. I like to be around my weekly average by the first of the year (~65 miles). Time will tell. Right now I very much does not want to get out of bed.

Pre-dinner - North side - 6.5 miles, averaged 8:19. Decided instead of complaining about being fat and out of shape I should probably suck it up and run. Trace amounts of snow. Slippery in places, but not bad.

Newton Isaacs Miles: 6.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

South side - 5 miles, averaged 8:28. Run sucked, but I have a bad attitude. I guess I should be thankful I can run again. Might start going back to the gym, but if I am going to walk two mile in the cold, I might as well run in it.

Ho, hum. Onward and upward.

Newton Sir Isaacs (wide) Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.000.007.25

Newtone - 7.25 miles in 70 minutes. Couldn't go much faster because my heart rate was up (120 before I even got on the mill). Wore my heartrate monitor. Apparently I was running about 180BPM for 70 minutes, which just doesn't make sense. I guess I will use it more of a fitness guage (where I am still ~3 weeks from any workouts). Did about 7 minutes at 4 % incline.

2 mile total walk commute.

Saucony A5 Miles: 7.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.100.000.000.008.10

Newtone - 8.1 miles in 70:15. Did 15 x 1 minute on/off descending paces for the first 10, back up and then down for the last 5. It will serve as a bench mark for now.

2 mile walk communute to the gym.

Converted my Newton Trainer 4s to screw shoes. I went with stainless because water and salt will probably eat away at the regular zinc plated ones after a while. I tested them out and tried a short uphill in my ice-covered alleyway, toeing in as much as possible. They work remarkably well. I was having so much fun I ALMOST didn't notice the 3 degree temps.

Saucony A5 Miles: 8.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.900.000.000.007.90

Newtone - 7.9 miles in 70 minutes. Did some strides starting around 10.5 down to just under 12. Starting to get some turnover back.

Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 7.90
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

South side (elements of different routes) - 13 miles, averaged 8:40. Dark for the last 40 minutes.

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 13.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.700.000.000.007.70

Newtone - 7.7 in 70 minutes. Did some strides. Got the legs in touch with some sub-5:00 stuff for the first time in 6 weeks.

Usual 2-mile commute walking, except today it was more like snow-shoeing. Not a ton of snow, but it is very wet and heavy.

Waiting for my scale to tell me I am thin and pretty.

Saucony A5 Miles: 7.70
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

Newtone - 8.25 in 70 minutes. To break it up, I did 2 x 12 minutes higher end aerobic intervals w/ long recovery. 2 x 1 minute pickups at the end.

Salmon, asparagus, and rice for dinner.

Brooks PureConnect Miles: 8.25
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.800.000.000.009.80

Newtone - 90 minutes

Saucony A5 Miles: 9.80
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

Newtone - 7.5 easy

Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.200.000.000.008.20

Newtone - 8.2 miles with 15 x 1 minute on/off. Little faster than last week. Going to play in the snow when I get to Maine tomorrow. 

Also, this. Cat wearing a shark costume while riding a Roomba. It's as cute as it is funny.

Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 8.20
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Day off. Didn't earn it, but I took it.

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Can't seem to remember my excuse for not running.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.500.000.000.007.50

Wingood/Cooper/Erskine - 7.5 miles easy.

Thought I might feel better getting out of Lafayette. Only marginally so. Run was slow. Felt just okay after. Ho hum.

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

Newtone - 8.25 easy

Saucony A5 Miles: 8.25
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Happy Boston Buildup Monday!

My hope was to get fit and see were SlowJoe was at and run with him, but I think I have fallen way too far off pace. I've never had such an important race, and I have never been less prepare for a marathon buildup. But I'm up for the challenge.

Sadly no run today given some time contraints and travel. I figured it was better if I spent my 70-75 minutes of running time getting to Toledo to see Megan (4-hour drive from here). Probably best as a fire has been lit under my...feet and I just need a couple short easy runs while I am there. I feel like I might get a little carried away otherwise.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
126.350.000.000.00126.35
Saucony Kinvara 4 Miles: 18.65Newton Sir Isaacs (wide) Miles: 8.50Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 20.25Saucony Kinvara 2 Miles: 7.40Newton Isaacs Miles: 6.50Saucony A5 Miles: 41.10Brooks PureConnect Miles: 8.25Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 8.20Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 7.50
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