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500 Festival 5k

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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

March 24: Ann Arbor Half Marathon

April 28: Glass City Marathon

July: Pure Detroit 5k

August 3: Beach to Beacon

September 22: Brooksie Way 10k

October 20: Detroit International Half

Gravel Races

March 16: Waterloo Grit and Gravel 32 Mile

March 30: Dirty 30

April 13: Barry Roubaix 36 Mile

July 28: The Divide 34 Mile

September 8: Johns Dirty Ride 56 Mile

September 28: Michigan Moutain Mayhem 40 Mile

Cyclocross

September 7: Alma CX

September 15: Big Bad Wolf

October 12: Beer City Growler

October 26: Bloomer CX

November 24: Detroit Invitational

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: 12.70 Month: 116.10 Year: 3279.34
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 416.80
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Cross Training Minutes 2018 Lifetime Miles: 4094.80
Altra One 2.5 Black Lifetime Miles: 498.85
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 359.75
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 187.10
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 272.30
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 314.40
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 129.60
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 70.50
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 167.22
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 111.80
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
63.686.000.004.3774.05
Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 17.25Saucony Kinvara Miles: 13.00Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 21.50Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.50Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 5.50Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 10.30
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.000.000.0010.25

South side, back home, north side - 10.25 miles, averaged 8:24

Not the run I was looking for. Oh well.

Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 10.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.505.000.000.0018.50

AM: North side - 4.5 miles, averaged 8:25

PM: 231 out and back - 14 miles, averaged 7:27 w/ 5 mile AT tempo: 6:58, 7:05, 6:50, 6:54, 7:05

Had to slow down a good bit because my stomach was kicking the tar out of me. Too bad too because I was started to feel really relaxed. Wanted another mile or 2, but at mile 5 Coach Stomach said to call it a day and hit the cool down.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.50Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 14.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

9th street out and back - 6.5 miles, averaged 8:15

Have what I think is a stone bruise on the bottom of my left foot. Thought for a moment it was Morton's neuroma and dismissed it, but now that I read the symptoms again it may be that. The other day I did have a pebble in my shoe, but I can't remember which foot.  No discomfort running or walking down stairs. Two years ago I had to hug the handrail to get down the steps.

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.380.000.001.1211.50

AM: North side - 4.5 miles, averaged 8:34

PM: Jefferson High School - 7 miles, averaged 7:49 w/ 4 unstructured intervals @ 5:49 (faster end of what 5k pace probably is) to get an idea of effort and turnover: .28 @ 5:54; .29 @ 5:58; .37 @ 5:49; .18 @ 5:36

Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 7.00Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.350.000.000.157.50

South side - 7.5 miles steady, averaged 7:26 w/ brief pickup @ 5:28

Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 7.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.501.000.000.005.50

North side - 5.5 miles, averaged 7:48 w/ 1 mile @ MP toward the end because of some strides (6:56) around 5:20, dropping to 5:00

Legs felt good once I got moving and 5:48-5:55 pace felt doable. Not easy, but legs had that day-before-race-day feel where the same pace should about right once the gun goes off.

Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 5.50
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Race: 500 Festival 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:06, Place overall: 14, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.200.000.003.1014.30

I kept moving my goal down as I approached this race. Sub-19 seemed silly given recent fitness gains and workouts. 18:30 seemed reasonable, but after I looked at my speed work I decided it would be tough, but that I would take a crack at the 17-minute mark even though I have never run a sub 6-minute mile and nothing under 19 minutes.

I was darn close today. Warmed up 3 miles, dynamic stretches, then some more running with several strides for 3.6 total. Gun went off. The first mile is flat with a slight downhill and a 180 degree turn around at about .9. By the clock I hit mile 1 in 5:48 (5:51 on my Garmin). Then slight uphill, enough to cost me some seconds from the pace I was on. The clock at mile 2 was either 11:43 or 11:45. I remember the last two digits being close but less than the last two digits of the first mile split. So mile 2 5:58ish by the clock (6:01 on my watch). I could tell I was at the right effort, but having to work a bit. Across the bridge and down the river trail. Passed by the track (anyone for some 400s after the race?). Kept pushing. Didn't see a clock for mile 3, but Garmin said 5:52. I tried to go by the person who won the woman's division, but I was promptly crushed. No one passed me though (well, not anyone already behind me). I could see 17:53 on the clock and I tried to kick harder, but I didn't have much else. It was going by 18:0X when I was just nearing the timing mats. Managed to hit 5:19 average for the partial. 

Caught my breath and snagged a cookie and a water.

Thawed my hands and got my results (18:06) inside. I found my throwaway and cooled down on the canal trail and around Military Park for 3.6 miles. I fell in front of some folks on the canal trail. I suppose these things do happen. 

 

PM: 4 miles, no watch

 

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.00Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 10.30
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
63.686.000.004.3774.05
Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 17.25Saucony Kinvara Miles: 13.00Newton Trainer 5 Miles: 21.50Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.50Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 5.50Newton MV2 (Black) Miles: 10.30
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