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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)

10K        31:48 (2018)

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, half marathon






Long-Term Running Goals:

2018 Race Schedule

2/3               For the Love of It 10K (1st overall 32:57)

3/4               St. Pat's 5K and 10K (3rd overall 32:51)

3/18             Shamrock Half  (4th overall 1:09:56

4/8               Cherry Blossom 10 Mile (53:10)

4/29             Pike's Peak 10K (31:48)

5/6               Broad Street 10 Mile (52:38)

6/9               Lawyers Have Heart 10K (33:03)

7/4               Firecracker 5k (15:45,3rd)

7/13             Midsummer Night's Mile (4:33,3rd)

9/1               Kentlands/Lakelands 5K (16:01 2nd)

9/22             Clarendon Day 5K (15:29, 10th)

10/7             Army 10 Mile

11/3             St. Rita's 5K

11/10           Richmond Half Marathon

11/22           Alexandria Turket Trot 5M

12/9             Jingle All the Way 15K





Live near DC in Fairfax, 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: 58.00 Month: 210.00 Year: 3390.00
Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Lifetime Miles: 91.50
Adidas Adios 3 Lifetime Miles: 90.00
NB Vazee Pace.2 Lifetime Miles: 91.50
Saucony Zealot Lifetime Miles: 98.00
Adidas Supernova.5 Lifetime Miles: 141.00
Adidas Sub 2 Flats Lifetime Miles: 15.00
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Adidas Glide Boost 7 Miles: 41.00Saucony Triumph ISO.2 Miles: 13.00Saucony Kinvara 5.1 Miles: 9.50
Race: Delaware Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:10:55, Place overall: 3, Place in age division: 2
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Greg invited me to run this race and we wanted to go 1-2. But of course the allure of big money for the course record attracted an Olympic Trials Qualifier to the field. As a sub-elite, or a good club runner as some would call me, you always run the risk of running a smaller race that has a shitty course or very bad management. Overall the Delaware half wasn't that bad. The good: It was free to enter, we had an elite tent, we had free food, beer, and other swag from the race. The weather was perfect, at 54 degrees with a light breeze. This was the good news.

The bad news about Delaware: 1. The course was full of constant turns which were not all correctly marked. Greg and I had to slow to a jog once to figure out where to go. we had no bike escort. We also took a slight wrong turn at another spot because there was no one there to direct us and the marshals/police just ignored us since there were relay runners around us. 2. The relay runners. At mile three we slammed right into four-wide relay joggers who were impossible to weave around and we couldn't take the tangents. Seriously, what kind of race puts a relay right in the way of the faster half marathoners? It was obnoxious. It was obvious the race only cared about making a profit, jamming as many races onto the course as possible without regards to running a smooth operation. 3. The course-it was awful as far as the number of turns and the ELEVATION.  We were cruising a 5:16 pace through 5 miles. at mile 6-7 we dropped a 6:01 climbing a hill. after that my legs were crap and Greg managed to get a gap on me on the rolling hills portion that I could not make up. by then the legs were shot and the downhill portion seemed not to help at all.  see my splits and elevation below:

As you can see from 6-7 sucked ass and I was never able to recover my legs:

splits: 5:24, 5:15, 5:12, 5:19, 5:18, 5:18, 6:01!, 5:30, 5:28, 5:28, 5:25, 5:20, 5:27, .25

The good news: 1. I made $150 bucks. 2. I was able to keep up with Greg for longer than I used to.  3.  Here are the PRs of the top three in the race, their times today, and difference:

1. Andrew Weaver: 1:04:27 time today: 1:08:49  Difference: 4min 22 sec.

2. Greg Mariano:     1:08:31 time today: 1:10:24  difference: 1 min 53 sec.

3. Matt Deters:         1:09:45 time today: 1:10:55 difference: 1 min 10 sec.

So the course took its toll on everyone and obviously it wasn't just me with a slow time. It also mean, at least to me, that I can crack 1:09 for sure in a race with flat terrain and a few less turns.

Considering how sore and tired I am, I call today a very good race for me, despite my time.



PM: 45 min. pool run

Total Distance

AM: 8 recovery + standard core routine, lots of stretching and foam rolling

PM: 5 slow. tired

legs are pretty destroyed today, that course was downright abusive with the hills late in the race. Tired.

things I've learned from yesterday: I was lacking in strength to hold pace over the gauntlet of hills and my legs would not cooperate to maintain a sub 5:20 pace after the hill.  This is not surprising because I've not done a lot of long, drawn out runs and tempos. Marathon training will remedy this when I run some halfs this fall.  It's also interesting to note that the elite coordinator at Delaware emails all of the semi-elites entered and detailed all sorts of drug testing, etc. Funny thing that the two fast Morroccan guys entered never showed up.

Adidas Glide Boost 7 Miles: 13.00
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AM: 8 easy + standard core routine, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 easy

I was just thinking about how ticked I was when I physically could not break 5:20 on those hills after mile 6 on Sunday. It was not for lack of will that I could not keep up with Greg. I went all out on the downhills, thinking I could catch him, but my legs were just shot and I really trashed them getting after it way after I was tired. It's just amazing some people can run well under five minute miles for twice the distance.

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AM: 8 easy + alt. core routine, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 easy with 5x30sec strides


Saucony Triumph ISO.2 Miles: 13.00
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AM: 8 easy + alt. core routine/lifting, stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 easy w/5x30sec strides

Another overcast, rainy day. Apparently the 14th day in a row with measurable precipitation according to the radio

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AM: 2.7 WU 2x3200m 2.5 CD  10:33, 10:19

PM: 4 easy

not too bad this morning. I didn't feel last weekend's half in my legs until the endupf the second 3200 but I'm still recovering from the Delaware ordeal. 

Saucony Kinvara 5.1 Miles: 9.50Adidas Glide Boost 7 Miles: 4.00
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AM: 11 easy

Adidas Glide Boost 7 Miles: 11.00
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Adidas Glide Boost 7 Miles: 41.00Saucony Triumph ISO.2 Miles: 13.00Saucony Kinvara 5.1 Miles: 9.50
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