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Location:

Arlington,VA,

Member Since:

May 31, 2012

Gender:

Male

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 Race Schedule

6/18        Battling Cancer 5K

6/24            Suds N Soles 5K

7/4                      Freedom 5K

7/7  Midsummer Night's mile

7/22    Crystal City Twilighter

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

 

 

 

Personal:

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.

 

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 38.50 Month: 317.00 Year: 2011.00
Saucony Ride 8 Lifetime Miles: 293.00
NB RC1600 Flats Lifetime Miles: 62.70
NB Vazee Pace Lifetime Miles: 348.50
Saucony Triumph ISO2 Lifetime Miles: 514.00
Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Lifetime Miles: 378.50
Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Lifetime Miles: 27.00
Total Distance
323.50
Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 71.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.2 Miles: 33.00NB Vazee Pace Miles: 48.50Saucony Ride 8 Miles: 34.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 104.00Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Miles: 14.00
Total Distance
4.00

4 miles easy + a few strides

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 4.00
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Race: Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run (10 Miles) 00:52:23, Place overall: 37, Place in age division: 12
Total Distance
14.00

Going into this race I was questioning my ability to race and be competitive as I had not had a decent race performance that I could be proud of for some time. I know it's hard to explain for someone who is not a runner but regardless of time or place, a runner knows deep down if they've done their absolute best and whether they had the determination to face their own doubts and go for it.  I had blown up at the St. Pat's 10K, raced like shit and was beaten badly in he UM 5,000, and was in a bad place as far as my confidence in running was concerned. Joe Henderson once said "racing is where you face the truth about yourself."Indeed, I feel like we need those moments to grow as a person and it gives us a chance to improve ourselves. I'm very happy with the race I've run today which is a rare thing.


I started out at a reasonable clip then slowed it a bit. After the windy third mile we went around a cone at the Kennedy Center and Greg and I picked it up with the wind at our backs. We were with a pack of a couple of GRC guys and a few others. Greg picked it up too quickly for my blood during the fourth mile and I let him go (sub five is nuts but did not know we were running that at the time). After going through 5 miles in about 26:00, I was with Royer and Balmer of GRC as well as some other dude. For the remainder of the race it was me and Royer surging and trying to break away to no affect. Miles 9 and 10 into the wind were really tough and I'm glad Royer was there to help me out. He was pulling away in the last mile but a quick surge and I was there with 800 to go. That's when the Pacers/GRC coach told Royer not to let me pass him. I blasted forward with a sprint and dropped him and by then the other dude who pulled away earlier. I was well on my way to beating these guys when my legs completely locked going up the hill at 400m to go. I had absolutely nothing remaining. The lactate overwhelmed my legs and I was going all out while my form was reduced to shit. At that point Royer and the other dude flew by me like I was standing still. I guess that leg speed was to be expected by a guy who ran a 14:07 5K in college!

I was not too angry though, as I truly raced with everything I had and at the end of the day if you've done that, you're a winner, regardless of your time or place. It's not easy to truly do your best in a race and it certainly doesn't always happen but it did here today! 52:23 for a new PR. Still, the runner in me was hoping to break 52:00 today, which I feel I'm capable of with a few training tweaks. 

A couple of notes to record for the future

1. My watch said I ran a 31:48 10K somewhere during the race. I don't know about that but my official 10K split was 32:18. My 10K PR is 32:06 and my last race was a 32:34 10K at St. Pat's last month.  I'll call that progress.

2. Our men's elite team did not beat GRC/Pacers. That group is a dominant force for competitive amateur running in the area, with scores of fast people coming out of college and into the group. However, considering the college PRs and the caliber of their team they put together we did not lose by much at all. Sloane outlasted Jerry and Graham, and Greg nipped Kieran by 0.1. It would have been interesting if one of our team's expats had not moved away. A Mills, a Fernandez, or a Smith on our side would have evened up the odds a little. Maybe in another world. We still did an excellent job!

GRC/Pacers: (51:17,51:38,52:06),52:18,52:40
CA/Runners:  (51:06,52:06,52:23),53:38,55:04

3. I had the intention of truly racing this thing so I set up my watch not to take splits and I didn't bother to look at my watch during the race. I knew that I'd truly reach my best simply by racing others and not worrying about splits and at they same time they'd probably reach their best by racing me. However, Strava automatically splits your miles after you upload it so I did get to take a look afterward and here is what my watch had:

5:11, 5:16, 5:12, 4:58, 5:12, 5:06, 5:05, 5:23, 5:25*

*a little longer than a mile as GPS recorded the course as long due to tangents, 180 turns, and GPS inaccuracy. I probably ran a tad bit more than 10 miles but that is normal with GPS splits.

Now lets compare the splits above to the previous "best race of my life given the distance" at Cherry Blossom 2015.  These were manual splits and of course the  course was reduced to 9.39 miles so they do not completely overlap plus there are only 8 splits

5:10, 5:17, 5:08, 5:05, xx, 5:08, 5:14, 5:16, 5:09

I was superior to the 2015 race for the splits we have in every aspect EXCEPT the last two miles. They were into the wind this year, which was worse.  I was also training 90-100 miles a week for a marathon in 2015. I had the endurance to run a 5:09 last mile then. I came up a bit short here. I'd imagine those other guys would have been toast had I thrown down a 5:09 for the last mile or maybe I ran a 5:09 because it was a shorter race. Who knows.  Apparently in 2015 my "converted 10 mile time" would have been 51:57. Well maybe. The fact remains that I set a PR today for 10 miles, equivalent to a sub 1:10 half or a 15:0x 5K.  I think I'll call this a win and be happy with it.
 

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
7.00

AM: 7 miles, very slowly. legs are destroyed from yesterday's race

PM: 1 hr. 8 min. pool run

Adidas Glide Boost 8.2 Miles: 7.00
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Total Distance
13.00

AM: 8 miles + standard core routine, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 miles

Legs still sore, especially my calves and hamstrings from sprinting all out after running 9+ miles during Sunday's race in light racing flats.

 

Adidas Glide Boost 8.2 Miles: 13.00
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Total Distance
13.00

AM: 8 miles + stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 miles with 4x25sec strides

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 13.00
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Total Distance
15.00

AM: 5 miles + alt. core routine, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 3 WU 2x2miles with 5 min recovery. 2.5 CD

Still a little tired from Cherry Blosson. Light workout to awaken the legs. First two were downhill on trail. second two were uphill on trail. 10:28, 10:45

 

NB Vazee Pace Miles: 10.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.2 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
8.00

AM: 8 miles 

PM: off

very tired this morning as I had to do an evening workout last night and then had to get up and run at 5:30 this morning. Did not feel good after work. Really tired and run down so skipped the second run

Adidas Glide Boost 8.2 Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
11.00

AM: 11 miles + standard core routine, foam rolling.

PM:

 

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 11.00
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Total Distance
17.00

AM: 16 mile progression run with a mile cool down

PM: off. a little walking the clear the legs

Getting some decent long runs in before Columbus. This  one was a good run but I got pulled out a little too fast a little too early in the run but not too bad. Last 8 miles: 6:14,6:03,5:49,5:40,5:29,5:27,5:27,5:27

Saucony Ride 8 Miles: 17.00
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Total Distance
13.00

AM: 8 miles easy

PM: 5.3 easy + standard core routine, stretch, foam rolling

another early non-run-commute day. Warm, with hobby joggers and fair weather cyclists clogging the trails.

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
15.00

AM: 2.7 WU 2x800,2x1600,800 2.5 CD

PM: 5 miles + alt. core routine, stretch, foam rolling

2:32,2:28,4:56,4:53,2:23. Could have done another rep but George thought better of it and called it. I think he's right. This was the fastest workout I've done in awhile. Better to not over reach. Hot this afternoon, about 85 degrees and humid. gross

NB Vazee Pace Miles: 10.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
13.00

AM: 8 miles + stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 miles

humid this morning.

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 13.00
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Total Distance
14.00

AM: 5 miles easy + standard core routine, foam rolling

PM: 3 WU 3200,1600 cruise intervals 2.5 CD

Tired and flat today but kept it light since I'm doing a 4321 workout this weekend. 10:38.5:15

 

NB Vazee Pace Miles: 9.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
14.00

AM: 6 easy + alt. core routine, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 8 miles around Crystal City, and cooling down with Jenn

Tired and slow this morning.

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 14.00
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Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 miles easy over hilly terrain and trails

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
17.00

AM: 432 MP long run workout. Averaged about 5:37

PM: 70 min pool run + hot tub

Very hot and windy on Haine's Point today. I started feeling sick at the end of the three mile portion. Very dehydrated, I ended up skipping the last fast mile as I had to walk a few times and was parched for water.Way too hot and not used to the weather. Need more water, less beer.

Saucony Ride 8 Miles: 17.00
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Total Distance
5.00

AM: off. Too tired to run this morning

PM: 5 miles + standard core routine, stretch, foam rolling

Needed to allow my bosy to catch up after the mess yesterday

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
14.50

AM: 2.5 WU 2x(1600,800),2x200 2.5 CD    

PM: 5 miles + lifting routine, stretch, foam rolling

Short workout before a 5K this Friday and then a taper week next week before the big Half marathon. 5:04,2:24,4:53,2:19,30,30.5

NB Vazee Pace Miles: 9.50Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
12.00

AM: 7 miles + standard core routine, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 miles 

 

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 12.00
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Total Distance
10.00

AM: 5 miles 

PM: 5 miles

 

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
9.00

PM: 2.5 WU 5k race 3 CD

forgot my flats and ran the race in trainers after work. Hot, 80 degrees and humid. Ran like shit too: 5:02,5:03,5:16

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
13.00

AM: 8 miles

PM: 5 miles + standard core routine, foam rolling

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 5.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
9.00

AM: 9 miles

PM: 1hr. 10min. Pool run

 

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 9.00
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Total Distance
9.00

PM: 9 miles home in mud and rain

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 9.00
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Total Distance
13.00

AM: 2.5 WU 800,1600,1600,800 2.5 CD    2:28,5:03,5:00,2:24

PM: 3 easy + lifting/core routine, stretch, foam rolling

Light workout to get the legs in gear for this weekend. Taper time

NB Vazee Pace Miles: 10.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 3.00
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Total Distance
6.00

AM: 6 miles easy

PM: rest

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 6.00
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Total Distance
5.00

AM: 5 miles with 6x25sec strides included on the trail + light core routine, foam rolling

PM: rest

ready to race. Hopefully it's not so damn humid in CBus. Just too humid this time of year

Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
4.00

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 4.00
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Total Distance
16.00

Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 2.00Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Miles: 14.00
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Total Distance
323.50
Saucony Triumph ISO2 Miles: 71.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.2 Miles: 33.00NB Vazee Pace Miles: 48.50Saucony Ride 8 Miles: 34.00Adidas Glide Boost 8.3 Miles: 104.00Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Miles: 14.00
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