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December 2016

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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:

Running Races 2019

Detroit Marathon or Indianapolis Monumental Marathon

Gravel Races

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 25 or 50 Mile

Cyclocross

November 16: Bloomer CX

Nov 30: Le Frost

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: 19.30 Month: 147.70 Year: 2231.15
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 500.70
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 368.30
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 536.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 348.80
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 371.80
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 1264.60
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 533.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 279.90
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 688.77
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 600.65
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 3505.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 91.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
260.6015.002.001.00278.60
New Balance Zante Miles: 89.60Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 73.10Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 45.40Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 70.50
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Off. Took two naps.

Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

PM: 12 miles easy to moderate.

Felt better than the 48-hour funk I just emerged from.

New Balance Zante Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

PM: 12 miles.

Fairly certain I am going to training for my first ultra. It's a 33.5 mile race in western Michigan. It's flat, point-to-point, and on packed trail. I've been going back and forth for a while about racing plans and I don't have the time to do my typical marathon training (running twice a day most days) and with a workout day and some long long runs each I think I can get into decent shape.

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

PM: 12 miles

Had a complete meltdown with a family whose dog was chasing me. It turned out to be a young dog, but I couldn't see with my headlamp. Dogs aren't allowed in that park. My throat is a bit sore from screaming and swearing. It's the only place here I feel comfortable running and any other place I have to drive to, which I don't have time to do. Felt like they were taking that away from me, and I got really angry.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.0010.000.000.0016.00

PM: 16 miles, averaged 7:03

4 up/2 down

10-mile tempo in 65:12 (6:31 pace)

Keep the effort above aerobic threshold so that the effort was "could push on for a few more miles." Mostly hung out in the mid- to low-6:30s with a faster mile at 6:14 on the end.

I'm not really sure what my approach should be for flat ultra training. Presumably similar to marathon training with longer long runs and slightly slower, but longer tempos. I'll also alternate in some progression runs like the ones I have been doing so I get into the LT zone.

New Balance Zante Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

PM: 10 miles

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

PM: 10 miles easy to moderate.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.000.0016.00

PM: 16 miles easy, averaged 7:36

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

PM: 10 miles easy

Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.001.0010.00

PM: 10 miles.

Did a fast last mile in 5:36. I think my fastest Michiagn mile and probably my fastest since April or possibly May.

Dead tired from working very early and tutoring late.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

PM: 4 miles easy

Ran in the snow and dark. Wasn't feeling it, so I just ran 4. Icy snow cutting into my eyes. The Yaktrax I have kind of suck. Screw shoes are much better but don't last if you run on dry pavement at all. I'm thinking of a pair of Katoolas.

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

PM: 11 miles 80 minutes on the treadmill.

+ very light core

Started at 8.0 and increased .2 every mile through the hour. Couldn't quite hold 10.0 and cut the pace back down for the last two minutes.

Signed up at Planet Fitness. I think it will work for my needs, and it's cheap enough that I don't feel guilty.

Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.600.000.000.008.60

PM: 8.6 miles on the treadmill in 60 minutes.

Waited on a tired for the car and didn't have time for any more so I ran more moderately than I might have otherwise.

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 8.60
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

PM: 10.5 miles on the treadmill in 76 minutes

Did a progression run of something like:

5' @ 7.5

15' @ 8.0

15' @ 8.5

15' @ 9.0

10' @ 9.5

16' @ 7.5

+ short core work session

Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.001.000.000.009.00

PM: 9 miles in 70 minutes on the treadmill, mostly easy with a mile at 10.0 at the top of the hour to boredom bust.

Not a great week. Mileage has been up and down. That's okay overall as I'm not needing to be as committed as I usually am but I still don't like it.

New Balance Zante Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

PM: 10 miles in 75' on the treadmill + 10' on the StairMaster

Did some hills: 10' up @ 1.0 them 8.0 @ 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 3.0, 2.0. Strides after the hour.

Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.300.000.000.0010.30

PM: 10.3 miles in 73:20 on the treadmill. 

+ core

 

New Balance Zante Miles: 10.30
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
18.000.000.000.0018.00

PM: 18 miles on the treadmill in 2:10

First hour was fairly easy. I ran 8:30 pace for a while until my legs came around and did 9.0 from 50 minutes to the 2-hour mark (70 minutes total) after resetting the treadmill.

Officially my longest distance (but not time) on a treadmill. I hope I get some breaks in the weather because running for three to three and half hours on the treadmill will take some concentration.

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 18.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Off. Worked early and went home for a long nap. Woke up testy and didn't feel like driving back to the gym. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.300.000.000.0010.30

PM: Treadmill - 10.3 miles in 75 minutes. Did some strides.

New Balance Zante Miles: 10.30
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.004.000.000.009.00

PM: Treadmill - 9 miles. Pulled workout.

Woke up with a sore throat and cold.

Got through 5 miles of warmup. Got through 3 miles of a 60-minute tempo and could feel things going south and finished 4 miles. Did 35 minutes on the StairMaster.

+ core

Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Feel lousy. Didn't get much sleep and none of it quality. Took a nap after work and decided running wasn't going to help. I usually just run, but I don't think you gain much.

Training is already looking too inconsistent for what I wanted to do for my first ultra (33.5 miles) in April. I think I'll do what I can and see what happens. I know I can complete the distance but of course that's not the only goal.

 

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Off. Still have a cold and feel run down.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

PM: 4.5 miles easy

The park is closed so outside running likely won't happen unless I drive somewhere. Blah. Nice to get some air. Still feeling sick but better.

Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 4.50
Weight: 0.00
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Off. Megan and I were in Toledo and we were going to go to the park, but I got up late and put sme christmas magic in my coffee. We had a nice time at her parents'.

A belated Merry Christmas to FRB.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.000.009.50

PM: Treadmill - 9.5 easy in 77:20ish

Cold is still present but getting better.

New Balance Zante Miles: 9.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.400.000.000.001.40

PM: 1.4 miles

I was excited to go to Paint Creek Today. I thought with all the rain and 50-degree temps with low fog that the trail would be clear. Thick, chunky ice. Didn't feel like slipping through a run and was too off mentally to go to the gym. Feeling pretty bi-polar with my runnining the last 6-8 months.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 1.40
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.002.000.0012.00

PM: Treadmill - 12 miles in 88:20 w/ 2 miles @ 10 MPH

Happy blogiversary to me! 5 years. I appreciate all the advice in its various forms over the years. I like Strava but I consider this my training journal/diary of existential laments.

New Balance Zante Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.000.000.000.0012.00

PM: Treadmill - 12 miles in 1:32:something. 60' easy then 32' moderate

Megan met me at a brewery down the street called Brown Iron Brewery. We don't go out much, but the food we've had here has been lackluster. This was excellent and I was pleased. We had burgers. I had some ridiculous thing topped with smoked pork, bacon, and a fried egg. Great selection of beers too. This area is growing on me. Slowly.

Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

PM: 10.5 miles on the treadmill in 78:30. Did some strides.

Still have a cold that won't go away.

New Balance Zante Miles: 10.50
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.000.000.000.0020.00

PM: 20 miles on the treadmill in 2:25-2:27 (I forgot the exact time)

Considerably lower mileage Thanh 2015 (about 700 miles worth) or 2013 and 2014, but I had a lot of zeros this summer. I'm doing a top 10 runs of 2016 and a brief reflection but that won't be for a day or two.

Happy New Year. Be safe and enjoy.

Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 20.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
260.6015.002.001.00278.60
New Balance Zante Miles: 89.60Kinvara 5 Black/White 2 Miles: 73.10Saucony ISO Triumph 2 Miles: 45.40Nike Lunar Racer Miles: 70.50
Weight: 0.00
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