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Carmel Half Marathon

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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
62.550.0014.780.0077.33
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 22.35Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.50Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.30Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 11.00Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 27.18
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.600.000.000.007.60

Evening - 7.6 miles, averaged 7:58

Took Megan back to the airport today. That's never fun. Great weekend though.

Best of luck to the Boston-ers tomorrow. Run hard, say hello to the ladies at Wellesley for me, and let it rip when you see the Citgo sign.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 7.60
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.800.000.000.0016.80

AM: North side - 6.5 easy, averaged 8:17

PM: Vinton Woods - 10.3 miles, averaged 7:15

Didn't know what else to do, so I ran a bit longer and a bit harder than I normally would. Such a strange, tragic day. I hope all bloggers are safe and for the best for those who were less so.

Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.50Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.30
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

18th street and Fink Cemetery - 11 miles, averaged 7:28. Pouring rain. On the colder side.

Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 11.00
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AM: North side - 5.25 miles, averaged 8:12. Trying to keep it on the turtle end of the lawnmower scale until Saturday, with a brief sharpening workout this afternoon or tomorrow.

Still thinking about Monday, of course. 

PM: North side - 7.9 miles, averaged 7:19 w/ 6 x 400m @ half marathon goal pace as a sharpening workout. Basically ended up about 1:30 on/off x 6. A little fast, but not too bad. Legs feel okay, but the range of motion isn't there, so I did some strides and they responded beautifully. Pushed it down to low 4:20 pace. They felt really good.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 5.25Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 7.90
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Needed a day today. 80 days on is definitely a record for me by about 60 days. Need to get my legs worked out. They were a bit tight last Friday during the workout and were tight yesterday. I imagine today will do me some good.

Evening: ate too much. Stretched and did my routine core work and strength stuff. Rolled my legs well. Decided to run some numbers for the last 80 days:

80 days or 11.43 weeks:

929.59 miles, 11.62 per day, 81.34 per week

33 doubles or 41% of days (not quite 3 per week), 6 long runs of 18-24 miles not counting races (this number could have been closer to 1 every 9-10 days rather than 1 every 13+), but I got some quality long ones in there.

5 weeks @ 80+, 2 weeks @ 90+

Not sure of the number of work outs because I didn't take the time to check. The new Garmin Connect is nice, and yet missing a few of the good features of the prior version.


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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

North side - 5.25 miles, averaged 7:48

Goals for tomorrow 

A+ Break 1:20:45

A Break 1:21:00

A- Break 1:21:30

B Break 1:22:00

Did some more number running. The last two good half marathons and the rough plan for tomorrow:

April 2012

Total: 1:33:44 (7:09)

10-Mile Split: 1:12:19 (7:14)

Final 5k: 21:25 (6:54)

 

September 2012

Total: 1:25:28 (6:32)

10-Mile Split:1:06:00 (6:36)

Final 5k: 19:28 (6:16)

 

April 20, 2013 (Projected)

Total 1:20:30 (6:09)

10-Mile Split: 1:02:00 (6:12)

Final 5k Split: 18:30 (5:58)

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 5.25
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Race: Carmel Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:21:23, Place overall: 6, Place in age division: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.0013.280.0023.53

Course is being re-certified due to flooding. It came up very long for many. It's not officially certified at this time. Yadda yadda excuses. I just went for broke and I need the morning to be a baby and eat my pancakes. Full report later. 6:07/6:08 pace on the watch. I still wouldn't have broke 1:20 I don't think, but 1:20 would be nice. Bam, I need you state side to slap me and steal my pancakes. I still ran a 4 minute PR.

AM: Carmel Half Marathon. When I picked up my packet yesterday I noticed some flooding in the area and sure enough they were making changes to both the half and full course. The re-certifications were submitted last night (I'll change my numbers when everything is approved). Got there about the time I wanted to, but was somehow running a bit late. I only had time for a 1.25 mile with some low-intensity strides (it was probably for the best). I had what I believe was a Joe Bell (from the blog) sighting. He was running the full. I thought I had to use the john, but I think it was just nerves ("race pee" is what I call it). We had a prayer and moment of silence. Lined up a bit in front of the 1:30 pace group because I didn't want to get caught up in the elite runners (the woman pacing was a 2:37 marathoner). Things went off fine and I ran in a group of 6-minute folks for a little while (~3 miles) before taking off and running on my own for the rest of the way with no one passing me (about dang time Dodgey). I usually hate running alone, but I decided I didn't want anyone around me today and I was going to shoot for sub-1:20 on my own. It was sometimes hard to tell if I was on the course or not, but once I got to the turns, signs or people confirmed my direction. This is already getting long so I will get right to the rich chocolatey goodness.

Splits: 6:09, 6:08, 6:15, 6:06, 6:10, 6:17, 6:15, 6:00, 6:00, 6:20, 6:11, 6:00, 6:00, 1:35 (.28)

Garmin Activity

I tried to set my watch to manual lap before the start but couldn't figure it out because it's new. I know I was pretty much dead on or a touch early to the halfway point. After that I noticed a big difference in split timing with mile markers (incidentally not long after I was running the improvised section). Ultimately it doesn't matter (even though it still hurts a bit. Could you tell?); I just hope everything is all set for any course records so folks can get their prize money.

Cooled down 4.75 miles. I saw Jesse Davis coming down finish in 2:20-2:21. I think he's a 2:18 guy. I have no idea if he won. He ran the Olympic Trials last year.

I am very pleased with the effort today despite my earlier grumbling. Even though 13.1-13.14 would have put me at 1:20:24-1:20:36 :)   All this really means is I have to run 1:18 in September at Philly RnR. Overall, I wanted to place in the top 10 and race (as well as run) well. The first part I accomplished (running 6th), and I think I did the second part as well.

PM: 4.25 mile shakeout (~35 min)

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 4.25Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 19.28
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
62.550.0014.780.0077.33
Saucony Kinvara Miles: 22.35Newton Trainer 4 Miles: 6.50Saucony Fastwitch Miles: 10.30Newton Trainers 3 Miles: 11.00Newton MV2 (3) Miles: 27.18
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