I'm retired from racing. Really.

Sunrise Run 8k

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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, and 38th place, with 1 DNF 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Goals for 2016

  • None

2016 Race Schedule

  • None

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!

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Miles:This week: 28.00 Month: 153.50 Year: 1229.00
XT Wings 3 Lifetime Miles: 235.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Peak Lifetime Miles: 282.00
Fuel Trail 4 Lifetime Miles: 449.00
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Stinson Lifetime Miles: 454.50
Fuel 2 (road) Lifetime Miles: 448.50
Trail M2 2 Black Lifetime Miles: 263.00
Trail M2 3 Lifetime Miles: 155.60
Trail N2 2 Orange Lifetime Miles: 237.50
Road M3 Black And Blue Lifetime Miles: 287.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
56.000.004.005.000.0065.00
TS 6 Miles: 54.00Fastwitch Miles: 11.00
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Just posted my race report from my win at Chattooga River 50k last weekend.  Only a week late, I'm getting quicker at posting!

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PM- Back at it to see how 3 days rest treated my ankle.  Ran on the TM so I could stop anytime.  Felt no pain for 5 miles, then started bugging again.  Probably should have stopped at 7 or 8, but pressed on for the full 10 miles I had planned.  I think I'll be able to carry on a few more weeks till my 14k, then take a week or two off.  But I'm skipping the speedwork I had planned on doing to prepare for the race (other than an 8k race this weekend).  Not that speedwork will help me much against the likes of Bobby Mack, anyways.

TS 6 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

Lunch- didn't think my ankle would feel good after yesterday, but it didn't hurt at all.  Go figure.  Ran about 45 min with Joe, Phil, and Eric, then ran to Sams Club by myself through the mud.  Good times.  10 miles in all.

TS 6 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.500.004.000.000.008.50

AM- Meetings all day, so ran on the GE track this morning.  Wanted to do some speed, my first time in many weeks.  Warmed up about 4 miles, then started doing 6 x 1 lap (~1100m per lap).  Last time I did this was 3x3 laps, with avg pace 3:46-3:57 per lap.  I didn't think I'd be that fast, especially when the warmup was slow and tiring.  First repeat was 4:05, so I hoped that was shaking off the cobwebs.  Second was 3:59, then a pit stop.  The last 4 were better- 3:56, 3:55, 3:53, and 3:48.  Felt good by the end, if not in great top-end shape.  I guess we'll find out on Saturday at the 8k race.  8.5 miles or so.

TS 6 Miles: 8.50
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AM- it started raining yesterday afternoon and has now rained more than 3 inches. Wow. Anyways, ez 6.5 miles in the rain today before going to school for my kindergartener's last day.

PM- 10 on the tm.  Didn't feel like getting rained on. 

TS 6 Miles: 16.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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AM- only had time for 8 this morning, plus lunch meetings so no other runs.  8k race tomorrow morning, my first one since college.

TS 6 Miles: 8.00
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Race: Sunrise Run 8k (4.97 Miles) 00:28:01, Place overall: 16
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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AM- Sunrise run 8k, another of the Greenville Corporate shield events.  It's a fairly large race, with almost 900 people this year, and is somewhat top heavy.  I had never done it before and it was my first 8k since college.  I had planned to use this as a speed workout for my trail 14k in a few weeks, though I had hoped to be in much faster shape.  My ankle injury has restricted my for 6 weeks now.  Add on that this week has been very bad for sleep plus a slight cough, and I wasn't overly confident.  The GE team looked to be stacked, with maybe 10 people under 30 min.  My last fast race was the RDT 5k in January where I crushed my PR, finishing in 16:01.  My 8k PR is 27 min, so I hoped to be somewhere in that ballpark.  It's nice to wear my green shorts again, too, and even had a few people recognize me and thank me for my blog posts.

Woke at 5 am, ran a bit, drove to the race, ran more with the guys, then lined up.  It was warm (70 deg) and very muggy.  I planned to follow my normal philosophy of starting as fast as I can, assuming my endurance will let me hang on.  We started and I found myself around 10th place.  Mile 1 went by in 4:57, though everyone thinks it was short since it did not feel like we were running that fast.  Kyle was the only GE guy ahead of me, though Dan and Jim were immediately behind me.  I felt great through about mile 2, though Dan did pull ahead (I didn't see mile markers 2 and 3, so no splits).  I felt ok during mile 3 but just couldn't move as fast as I wanted.  Jim and Phil both pulled away from me rapidly around mile 4, though they both said that it was more me slowing down than them speeding up.  I was definitely not enjoying life and just wanting the race over- today, my go-out-hard philosophy didn't work well.  One more GE guy, Jacob Behal, pulled away a minute later and I was alone with my fatigued legs the rest of the way.  I turned the final corner as the clock counted to 28 min, with me finishing in 28:01.  My shirt was soaked with sweat, though most of the guys were so bad that even their shoes were squishy.  Ahh, summer races.  Winning time was 25:23 for the men, 29:24 for the women.  Results here.  

Overall, a very blah race.  I just didn't have a good run, and probably didn't deserve one based on training, sleep, etc.  Admittedly, 28 min 8k isn't bad.  Most years, it would have been top 5-10 at this race, and never lower than number 2 GE runner.  This year, though, I finished 16th overall and 6th GE runner.  Wow.  We definitely have a good team- I dare say we could be competitive at a normal college meet (not top level, but mid-level).  Not bad for a bunch of married-with-kids, 40-hr-a-week mid-age guys.  

Finished with a long cooldown, then went to REI garage sale.

Hopefully I can feel better at my next race.  Jim provided some words of encouragement, reminding me that he dropped out of a 5k last weekend cause he felt so bad, and now he ran well today.  Anyways, I plan to get in a few more speed workouts. 

Fastwitch Miles: 11.00TS 6 Miles: 1.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
56.000.004.005.000.0065.00
TS 6 Miles: 54.00Fastwitch Miles: 11.00
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