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Member Since:

May 31, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

High School PRs (2003)

1600  4:32

3200  9:52

5K XC  16:34

Post High School Road PRs

Mile    4:30 (2016)

5K     15:24 (2017)

8K      26:30 (2012)

10K    32:06 (2015)

10M    52:23 (2017)

Half     1:09:45 (2015)

Mar.    2:29:41 (2015)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Stay injury free, consistently train, and enjoy running

PR in the 5K,10K,10M this spring.






Long-Term Running Goals:

2017 Fall Race Schedule

8/20                  Leesburg 20K

9/17        Navy Air-force Half 

10/8           Chicago Marathon

11/12         Veteran's Day 10K

11/23         Turkey Trot 5 Mile

12/9               USATF Club CC





Live near DC in Arlington, VA. Hoping to train tough and see what I've got before time and other responsibilities catch up to me.



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Miles:This week: 65.00 Month: 328.00 Year: 2751.50
Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Lifetime Miles: 30.00
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 72.50
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Lifetime Miles: 155.50
Adidas Supernova Lifetime Miles: 165.00
Adidas Adios 3 Lifetime Miles: 17.50
Total Distance

AM: 13 miles + stretch

PM: 5 miles + strides and drills + standard core routine

Did all of my strides and drills and legs feel much better. I need to do these more often


Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Miles: 18.00
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AM: 10 miles + stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 miles + a few hill strides + standard core routine

Hot and humid in the 90s. cold front moving in tomorrow. May be the last 90 plus day of the year.


Adidas Supernova Miles: 15.00
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AM: 8 miles slowly

PM: 5 miles + standard core routine

humid. legs are tired.

Adidas Supernova Miles: 13.00
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Race: Leesburg 20K (12.427 Miles) 01:09:54, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 2
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I wanted to do a race in the summer heat to make sure I'd be ok in the event Chicago was hot. Leesburg was a good choice as it wasn't oppressively hot but it was 68, 64 dew point, 88% humidity. Not bad for August, but certainly not good for fast times.

I did not have my garmin and I didn't take any splits but rather I ran by feel. The plan was to go out easy effort wise and start progressing after the half way mark. That way I could be conservative for longer into the race so that I wouldn't blow up. In that sense I was successful. However, I'm a little worried about the relatively slow pace I ended up averaging. I think I literally tricked myself into running slower than I was capable because I was afraid of blowing up, if that makes sense.

The friendly neighborhood Ethiopian was at this race and was gone in half a mile. I was running with two dudes and Bethany, who was really gunning it as I feel like we were going 5:40s. I relaxed and put in about marathon effort through 6 miles and then picked it up. However, I got tired pretty quickly at 8 miles and it got hot when that sun came above the trees. I didn't blast the last 5 miles to 5K as fast as I wanted. It's a good thing I was conservative cause the heat started getting to me as it rose to 72 by then. I was also able to drop the dude that was with me through 5.

All and all not bad since I felt really strong the whole way (except for the final two miles). However, I ran rather slow. I figured I could run under 5:30 pace but it was not to be. This race is never fast but I wanted to see my training go a little further with my fitness by now...anyway looking back at old results, Jerry, Graham, and Kieran have all ran close to what I've ran today at this race and they went on to have pretty fast fall races when the weather was better and they were more in shape.

Still have a lot of work to do but I'm on track (I think). It's nice to win $100 bucks too.


PM: 1 hr. pool run

Adidas Supernova Miles: 7.00Adidas Adios 3 Miles: 12.50
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Total Distance
Adidas Supernova Miles: 35.00Adidas Adios 3 Miles: 12.50Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Miles: 18.00
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