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Member Since:

May 31, 2012



Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

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:

2018 Spring Race Schedule

2/3               For the Love of It 10K

3/4               St. Pat's 5K and 10K

3/18             Shamrock Half 

4/8               Cherry Blossom 10 Mile

4/29             Pike's Peak 10K

5/6               Broad Street 10 Mile





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: 16.50 Month: 187.50 Year: 953.50
Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Lifetime Miles: 59.50
Adidas Adios 3 Lifetime Miles: 74.00
Saucony Ride 10 Lifetime Miles: 327.50
Adidas Supernova.3 Lifetime Miles: 308.50
Saucony Kinvara 7.1 Lifetime Miles: 47.50
Total Distance
New Balance 890v.2.4 Miles: 38.50
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21 mile progression run with Jesse and CAR. Beautiful weather.  I am loving my new training group so far.  There are a few guys at my level who are great to run with.

The plan for today was to start slow and move into easy for 1/3 or so then pick it up the next 1/3 and cruise at marathon pace for the end.  Here are my sections:

7:17, 7:27, 7:45, 7:15, 7:21, 7:10, 7:02

6:43, 7:01, 6:14, 6:32, 6:28, 6:28, 6:17

5:55, 6:02, 5:47, 5:47, 5:59, 6:00.

I couldn't make it the full 21 because I really needed to use the bathroom!  Luckily a port-o-john was there before I exploded. 

New Balance 890v.2.4 Miles: 20.50
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8 easy. Beautiful warm weather with a wind but not as strong of a wind as it has been.

New Balance 890v.2.4 Miles: 8.00
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5 easy at lunch

2.5 mile WU

6 x 1/2 mile at 5K pace with 2 min jogs

2.5 CD

Ran with the team.  Took it easier since I'm racing this weekend. Broke in my new Saucony Fastwitches.  Getting excited! Rest time. 

New Balance 890v.2.4 Miles: 5.00
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5 easy then drills and a few hill sprints.  Ran barefoot on the treadmill for a bit.  Standard Core.

New Balance 890v.2.4 Miles: 5.00
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Off.  I feel as though I need the day of rest for my legs.  I will warm up and stretch tomorrow with a few strides.

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mile shake out wiht some strides.

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Race: Rock N Roll USA Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:14:37
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Today started well.  No rain and I felt good.  I got to the start and then I warmed up and stretched after going to the bathroom twice. The first problem started when I got in line to check my bag.  It was a total clusterfuck.  The lines were everywhere.  The volunteers were doing all that they could but the system was screwed up. I handed my bag in with 10 until start.  I had to pee so I got in line but I ran out of time.  I was going to pee behind some construction equipment but it was on National Park grounds and I felt bad.  The real reason why I didn't was that I was wearing the colors of my new training team and if I got into trouble I didn't want to disgrace the team so I said whatever and ran to the line.  

I got across the mat 10 seconds after the start.  I caught up to Jesse and settled into mid 5:30s pace.  I couldn't believe how easy it felt and I noticed I was picking up the pace so I settled down a bit.  It was all good until about mile 6 or 7 when we climbed the Rock Creek Parkway hill.  It was a monster.  Jesse and I dropped a 6:20 and he took off after that but I couldn't maintain.

It felt all wrong.  Since I'm used to 10Ks and 5Ks I kept trying to push the pace and felt as though I wasn't going fast enough but I also didn't want to dig myself into a hole (which I did anyway).  I lost my pack and did half of the race by myself.  I tried to put in a few surges but my legs were not having it.  Again I was too afraid to hammer (good thing).  We kept going up hill and the downhills were short.  The course was really rough.  In fact, I've learned that the Boston course has nothing on this half course.  Anyway I held on the best I could running by myself.

I went through 10 in a new PR of 56:27 so I wasn't too bad but I wanted to be with Jesse in the 1:13 pace range.  I just couldn't do it.  There are no miracles in distance running.  Since I knew his mileage was was about 20 mpw more than mine I should accept it but I feel as though I didn't execute the race correctly since I overestimated my fitness and went too quickly.  I have to realize half and full marathoning are completely different ball games compared to 5 and 10 ks.

All in all it wasn't an outstanding race for me but it wasn't a bad race for me.  I also haven't been targeting half marathon fitness.  I feel like I should have incorporated a tad slower but longer (8-12) mile tempo runs.  The problem is is that I don't have the time.  I'll try to get a solid long tempo in after my file 21 mile long run two weeks from this Sunday.

Since the race was hilly, it is a good indicator of my goals for Boston.  I plugged my time into McMillan and it came out with 2:37.  6:00 flat pace.  Easy and perfect as a goal for me at Boston.  If I can run that, I will be much happier with my performance there than I was with my performance today.

P.S.  This is only the second half I've ever run. the first was two years ago.  A 9 minute PR isn't too bad.

Today's result:                                              

You will notice that I slowed down in no-mans land.  NO GOING OUT TOO FAST for me in Boston.  Lesson learned.




For shits and giggles:  Me two years ago at my first half. a 9 minute PR today! 



Total Distance
New Balance 890v.2.4 Miles: 38.50
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