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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 

Enjoy running, stay fit (and maybe lose a few pounds)

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: 23.00 Month: 15.00 Year: 1294.00
Fastwitch Lifetime Miles: 82.50
Trail N1 Lifetime Miles: 86.50
Road N1 Lifetime Miles: 31.00
Trail M2 Lime/black Lifetime Miles: 231.50
Road N2 Black And Green Lifetime Miles: 420.00
Road N2 3 Grey Lifetime Miles: 221.00
Road M3 Black And Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 233.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
72.000.0021.000.000.0093.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
19.000.000.000.000.0019.00

AM- easy 6.

PM- 10 with the jogging stroller, most with Cody, as well.  8:00 pace.  Then 3 more alone at the end.  13 total, ~7:50 avg.  Hot.

Adrenaline- 495, 768- 173

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
14.000.008.000.000.0022.00

AM- 6 easy miles, but probably my fastest morning run ever.  I set a new record- 14 holes!  I usually get somewhere between 11-13, but never more than that.  Got 14 today with a minute to spare.  Oh, I'm being followed by a moon shadow... moon shadow, moon shadow...

PM- Big Workout.  Ran to Cody's, then to Paul's.  Ran into Providence and took a quick potty break/drink.  Then we were off for an 8 mile tinman tempo on the Providence/Millville hill loop- first mile is uphill, then the rest is downhill, flat, or rolling.  First 3 miles were 7:05 (uphill), 6:17, 5:58.  Then I had to stop for another potty break.  2 more miles, then another potty break- ugh.  Ridiculous.  Then 3 more miles.  Working hard and very tired by the end- 8 miles is a long way to tempo, especially when it is 90 degrees.  Total tempo time was 49:00 even (6:07 pace).  Tired.  4 miles very slow cooldown, 16 total for the run in 1:51:00, 6:56 avg.

41 miles in 2 days.  Either 12 or 18 more planned for tomorrow (depending if I can drag my lazy butt out of bed).  At least I am second on the mileage board right now...

Adrenaline- 501 (retired, already in the trash!), Tangent 2- 56

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
18.000.000.000.000.0018.00

AM- 6 easy miles.  Started at 7:45 pace, finished at 7:20.  My morning runs today and yesterday have been quicker than usual for some reason.  I guess my legs feel good despite the high mileage.

PM- Ran from first dam up to Stokes Nature center, where a familiar face met me unexpectedly- it was Paul.  He told me the trail was closed a half mile up, so we turned around and ran the very hot and hilly Bonneville Shoreline.  I was tired and going slow- so slow I walked up some of the steeper hills (there are some steep ones).  Paul turned around at 1900 N, while I ran up Green Canyon for about 3 miles.  Hot and tired.  Very tired.  Only one water fountain and it was inundated with about 200 wasps, so I drank fast.  Slow run.  12 miles, 1:38:00. 

I am tired.  I have never run more than 53 miles in any 3 day period, and I am at 59 now.  Tired.

767- 403, 800- 40

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PM- 8 mi w/ 8 striders, 58:43.

768- 181

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
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PM- 6 mi.

767- 409

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Race: Top of Utah 1/2 Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:11:37, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.0013.000.000.0020.00

TOU 1/2 today with a good blog crowd- Seth, Paul, Cody, Sasha, Walter, and others.  My 1/2 marathon PR of 1:14:07 was set on this course last year.  I was hoping to break 1:13, with a stretch goal of 1:12.  I also was gunning for Sasha and wanted to prevent Paul from beating me, which was his goal.  Last year I did a partial taper for this race, this year I had no taper- in fact, this week is my highest running mileage ever.  Ever.  So I was hoping that wouldn't affect me.

Warmed up 2 miles at home, then 2 miles at the starting line.  I was all business today- no talking, joking around, etc.  Even wore my race day warm up beanie despite the warm temperature.  Felt a new tightness in my right achilles and tried to stretch it, but to no avail.  It twinged a bit during the race and hurts after, but didn't slow me.  It was 50-55 deg at the start, overcast, swirling winds (i.e. no great canyon wind to help today).  Splits were as follows:

Mile 1- 5:34- too slow, wanted sub-5:30, but felt good.  Seth and Taren are already ahead, Josh Steffan and Sasha are 10 seconds up, Paul and Walter are right behind me.

Mile 2- 5:28

Mile 3- 5:23- finally a good pace, though faster than my 10k pace a few weeks ago...

Mile 4- 5:25- feeling fast yet good, Paul dropped off a bit here

Mile 5- 5:17- Fast, fighting a bit of a side ache

Mile 6- 5:20 (10k split of about 33:20, just off PR pace)

Mile 7- 5:18- not much tail wind compared to last year.  Bummer.

Mile 8- 5:30- out of the canyon, fewer hills, slight headwind

Mile 9- 5:32- Paul is still only 10-15 seconds back, Sasha is about 1 minute ahead.  My 15k PR is 53:56, which I would have broken by about 3:30 today.

Mile 10- 5:29 (10 miles in 54:21)- semi-brisk headwind along this stretch

Mile 11- 5:38 (59:59 total time at this point)- Mile 10.5-12 is uphill, with 150' climb

Mile 12- 5:47- Sasha really coming back to me now, Paul isn't catching up

Mile 13- 5:23- pushed it real hard to the finish

0.1- 0:26- made up 30 seconds on Sasha, put about 15 seconds on Paul in the last 5k

Total time was 1:11:38 (1:11:40 official, though I think the official clock was 2 seconds slow by everyone's watch).  5:28 pace, 2:29 PR.  This was about 1 minute faster than I realistically thought I could go, and the race was about 30 seconds slower than last year due to different winds.  I am very excited.  I was tired at the finish, but within about 2 minutes felt much better and could run at a normal pace again- much faster post race recovery than normal.  

I'm happy with the race today.  A few blisters, very tight achilles (I'll have to watch that), but feel great.  This predicts a 2:28:14 St. George (and a 32:19 Des News 10k, and 1:09:30 on the new Hobblecreek, in case anyone was wondering for today's comparison).  My St. George goal is to break 2:30, so this goes a long way to making me belive I have a shot at it.  Sasha predicted 2:27:30 at SGM.

By the way, Clyde-science predicted 1:11-something, with him not even knowing the course.  Maybe Clyde-science is the new Sasha-science.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
72.000.0021.000.000.0093.00
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