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Wissahickon Wanderers Winter Solstice Trail 10k

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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: 14.60 Month: 210.90 Year: 2294.35
Newton Flat 5 Lifetime Miles: 198.50
Miles With Megan Lifetime Miles: 511.20
Nike Zoom Streak LT2 White/Orange Lifetime Miles: 189.95
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 376.80
Altra Escalante Lifetime Miles: 536.65
Altra One V3 Blue Lifetime Miles: 365.50
Altra One V3 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 380.00
Specialized Diverge Pro Lifetime Miles: 1317.10
Saucony ISO Freedom Lifetime Miles: 533.20
Saucony ISO Freedom Black/Green Lifetime Miles: 295.10
Saucony Kinvara 5 Blue (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 688.77
Saucony Kinvara 5 Teal (Vault) Lifetime Miles: 615.25
Cross Training Minutes 2019 Lifetime Miles: 3722.50
Saucony Kinvara 6 Lifetime Miles: 91.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
52.500.006.000.0058.50
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Miles: 10.25Kinvara 5 Blue Miles: 22.25Kinvara 5 Miles: 26.00
Weight: 0.00
Race: Wissahickon Wanderers Winter Solstice Trail 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:46:22, Place overall: 10
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.006.000.0010.25

Decided to do this race since it was free and a short warmup to my usual stomping groups, but with the added "fun" of running through the hills and switchbacks above the creek and my baby, Forbidden Drive. I knew I didn't have a chance of winning, but I wanted to mix it up with some of the faster local runners. It also forced me to get out of bed before 10 or 11, which was good for me.

The course starts on Forbidden Drive (hard packed dirt) for about a quarter mile and then runs mostly through single track and some horse trails that look like narrow creek beds (and they are steep). There are plenty of rocks, roots, and downed trees.

My quads would burn like crazy on the uphills then I tried to kamikazee the downhills. I passed a few guys but also got passed. My effort was up throughout. Second place was around 42 minutes and first was under 40. Running 6:25 through those trails is pretty crazy.

The splits don't really tell the story, so I'm including links. Since Philly I run with my watch but I run my miles and don't show time or pace, which has really helped. If I want to go back and look at splits, Strava puts them in "auto lap" for me since I shut that feature off on my watch as well.

2+ up/2 down

http://www.strava.com/activities/231525642

http://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/654435967

PM: Light stretching + light core for about 15 minutes

Inov-8 Roclite 295 Miles: 10.25
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.250.000.000.0010.25

Forbidden Drive (NW) - 10.25 miles, averaged 7:52

Kinvara 5 Blue Miles: 10.25
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Day off. Driving to Toledo with Megan for the holidays.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

University of Toledo Bike Path - 13 miles, averaged 7:38

50 and misty with a little rain. I'm not used to running on such flat terrain anymore. Nice trail though.

 

 

Kinvara 5 Miles: 13.00
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Took the day off just because. Could have squeaked in a few miles, but hung out with Megan and her family instead.

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University of Toledo Trail + Wildewood - 12 miles, averaged 8:06

Ran 3 with Megan before she turned back. We did 9:00-9:20 pace, then I did 9 miles at 7:42 with 3 on the trails in the park where we got married. 48 and sunny, but breezy (not complaining).

Per. tendon is feeling off, but I deal with the issue once or twice a year, but I can still run fine and I know how to take care of it. I suspect the trail race was the culprit.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I didn't get a chance to wish folks one yesterday. 

Kinvara 5 Blue Miles: 12.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.000.000.000.0013.00

University of Toledo Trail and Wildwood (Prarie Trail and Blue? Trail) - 13 miles, averaged 7:46

Not what I planned for mileage this week, but I'm have a relaxing time with Megan and her uncle. Got some decent runs with time on my feet. I've got about 11+ miles per day to finish out an even 70 miles/week average. I've had a darn good year. Tomorrow is my blogiversary.

Kinvara 5 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
52.500.006.000.0058.50
Inov-8 Roclite 295 Miles: 10.25Kinvara 5 Blue Miles: 22.25Kinvara 5 Miles: 26.00
Weight: 0.00
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