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Striders Winter Racing Circuit 5k

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Location:

Greenville,SC,

Member Since:

Feb 24, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I also maintain a blogspot running blog. Check it out. 

5k- 16:01, 1/2 marathon- 1:11:37, marathon- 2:34:16, 50k- 3:58, 100 mile- 15:19

Former World Record holder in 100 x 5k relay 

Ultra history:

8-100 mile, 1-100k, 9-50 mile, 2-40 mile, 14-50k-ish

12 wins, 5 CR's, plus four 2nd, five 3rd, 4th, 4th, 5th, 5th, 9th, 16th, 20th, 28th, 38th, and 62nd place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals 

None for now

Long-Term Running Goals:

Unretire at some point

Run a sub-6 hr 50 miler

Win a 100 mile ultramarathon

Personal:

I have five cute kids. And I have some rockin short green racing shorts- I wear them mainly because it embarrasses my wife so much. I like ultimate frisbee, trail running, reading, and cheering for the Denver Broncos!   And I have the absolute best wife in the world.  And I used to run for the now-disbanded national Team Pearl Izumi- Ultra!

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 40.00 Month: 117.00 Year: 1906.60
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 521.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 463.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 263.00
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 369.10
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 430.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
152.808.006.203.000.00170.00
Adrenaline 2 Miles: 44.00Adrenaline Miles: 62.00NB 768 Miles: 36.00Tangent 2 Miles: 18.00NB 767 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Pizza day at Planet Fitness!  I ran a few miles, ate a piece of pizza, ran a few more miles, ate pizza... you get it.  10 miles in all at about 7:30 pace, a bit slower at the end when I was weighed down.  I figure it's good practice for fueling during an ultramarathon.  Foot hurt a lot less than last week.

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

8

Adrenaline Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.500.000.000.000.007.50

7.5

NB 768 Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.500.000.000.000.006.50

6.5

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Just seeing if anyone is still watching the mileage board.

NB 768 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Race: Striders Winter Racing Circuit 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:26, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.003.000.0010.00

Time for the first Striders race of the year- the 5k.  I knew I would not be as fast as last year- I am about 4 weeks behind in my training as compared to 2008, which means about 50 miles less in the past month.  The course if very hilly, with 350 feet of climbing in the first 1.5 miles.  Ben VanBeekum and Chad from last year were not there, but Tim Wight, Nate Pollard, Walter, Cody, Jeff MacArthur, and a mystery man (who ended up being Trever Ball and kicking all our trash) all came ready to race.  The temp was about 30 deg- most people wore tights and/or long shirts.  I was the only person (dumb enough) to wear just shorts and a singlet.  It wasn't too cold, though, and it's only 3 miles.

Last year I ran a 17:57, with splits of 5:59, 6:00, and 5:24.  This year definitely started faster, with a first mile of 5:49.  I was in 7th place by this point.  Second mile was a painful 6:29- you can't fake a lack of base miles when racing uphill.  Cody absolutely pulled away from everyone at this point (except Trever, who was far ahead) and laid down the hammer the last half of the race.  Third mile was 5:33, and the last .1 was 33 seconds.  I had someone right behind me who pushed me the last 1.5 miles but never caught me, though he came close on a few of the icy turns when I slowed down out of caution.  I pushed the whole way, with breathing bordering anaerobic even on the downhills, and ended up in 7th and 1st in my age group (though I would have been 4th in the 35-39 age group).  My time was 29 seconds slower than last year, which is about what I expected.  I still want to place top 3 in the series, which means I really have my work cut out for me the next few months.  My foot is mostly better, though, so I plan to resume regular training.  Congrats to everyone, especially Cody and Walter.  Add in a few miles warm up and cool down with Cody, Walter, and a few others.

PM- Added a solid hour of snowshoeing while carrying McKinley, wandering up and down the mountains with the family.  Tiring.  We'll count it 2 miles crosstraining.

Tangent 2 Miles: 3.00Adrenaline 2 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles, though it felt a lot longer than that.  One of those days.

Adrenaline Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

AM- Bagel morning at Planet Fitness.  I arrived at 4:35 and watched them set up the bagel table as I ran.  However, there were no bagels yet.  I ran 6.5 miles and felt much better than yesterday- I even threw in a few miles at 6:30-6:45 pace.  The whole time I eyed the table- no bagels yet.  I took my shower and left at 5:40- still no bagels!  Grrr.  Paul says they arrived about 10 minutes after I left.  I was hungry and looking forward to them.  Oh well- I'll just have to make sure I eat extra pizza on pizza Mondays as retribution.

PM- 6.5 more.  My 767 shoes finally kicked over 500 miles and are officially retired.  I think I will use them to replace the 765's which have been my everyday shoes for the past 5 years, since they are really wearing out in the sole.

NB 767 Miles: 5.00NB 768 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.003.000.000.000.008.00

PM- 8 miles.  5 at about 7:30 pace, but I wanted to get a bit of a workout in the middle.  I did two miles at 6:15 pace and one at 6:00 pace, followed by one mile cooldown.  Felt fine.  I am giving blood tomorrow, so will only get one run, plus a very easy run Fri.

NB 768 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Sick, fever, no run today.  But I'm skipping work tomorrow, so if I feel better I can easily do a double to make it up.  If I'm still sick... well.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

Still very sick. No work, and I can barely even stand up. Ugh.

I have been trying to figure out why I get sick so much over the past 6-8 months.  I have always been very healthy, maybe catching a flu or cold a couple time a year, but nothing else.  But I have been very sick a lot recently.  I know I have never gotten enough sleep, which I think is the biggest player.  Add to that a new kid 8 months ago and a new, very stressful job (with sometimes long hours, like when I worked 14 hours yesterday), and I think it has pushed me over the edge.  Solution?  Not sure- ideally, more sleep, but that is easier said than done.

What do all of you think?  Causes and solutions?

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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I've lost 6 pounds in 3 days.

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I ran 23 miles this morning to make up for lost time.

No, just kidding.  I'm actually home again from work, still sick.  But I am seeing a doctor later this morning.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

PM- 6 miles.  Felt about how you would expect for the first run in a week after being sick.  But it was good to be back on my feet.

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

9 uneventful miles.  I'm gonna get my butt kicked this weekend.

Adrenaline Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles on the Willow park/Planet Walk loop.  Dark and icy.

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 5.00
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Race: Striders Winter Racing Circuit 10k (6.2 Miles) 00:39:28, Place overall: 13, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.800.006.200.000.0015.00

Sheesh, that was pathetic, far more so than expected.  I had nothing in me today.  Almost 3 minutes slower than last year and 11 places worse.  And I got chicked for the first time in a long time, at least the first in my 2 years on the blog.  Huh.

Splits 5:51, 5:27 (big downhill), 6:01, 6:26, 7:08 (big uphill), 7:09, 1:24.

To top off the day, I even got lost on my 6 mile cooldown with Fiddy, Cody, and Walter and ended up adding an extra mile. Congrats to Fiddy, Cody, Walter, and everyone else who ran a great race!

Tangent 2 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

9

NB 768 Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.005.000.000.000.0012.00

12 miles, with 3 at 6:30 pace and 2 at 6:00 pace.  Good run.  I only planned on 10, but had a little extra time so kept going.  Besides, I needed to make up a few miles from yesterday, when I decided to watch the Presidential address instead of taking a late night run.  I think it was a good decision.

Adrenaline 2 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

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Adrenaline Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
15.000.000.000.000.0015.00

AM- my alarm went off 3 days this week at 4 am but I was always too tired to get up.  I finally dragged myself out of bed today and got in 6 miles while watching the latest NFL free agency news on ESPN.  I have another run planned later tonight.

PM- 9 more.

Adrenaline Miles: 15.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
16.000.000.000.000.0016.00

Long run with Paul and Cody.  Cody and I started at the end of hollow road and ran 2.5 miles to the junction near Blacksmith Fork canyon.  The temp was 11 deg, and there was a very strong and cold headwind (windchill was probably below zero!), so Paul had the great idea of driving to the top and running down rather than freezing and fighting the wind.  We drove to the Hyrum hydro park, ran up a bit, then ran all the way down to Cody's car.  We averaged about 7:00 pace down the canyon.  At the bottom, the tail wind was so strong that my back got cold!  Once we got to the bottom, we drove back to Paul's car.  Cody and I finished off with a few more miles- a bit stiff and sore after sitting in the car, but it went fast.  Overall run of 16 miles at 7:14 average pace.  Cody bought us danish's on the way home- yummy.

Today was my longest run since St. George.  It was also a new weekly high mileage since SGM, 10 miles higher than my previous high.  Plans for next week are 60 miles with 2 hard workouts and an 18 mile run.

Adrenaline Miles: 16.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
152.808.006.203.000.00170.00
Adrenaline 2 Miles: 44.00Adrenaline Miles: 62.00NB 768 Miles: 36.00Tangent 2 Miles: 18.00NB 767 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
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