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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 Fall Race Schedule

8/20                  Leesburg 20K

9/17        Navy Air-force Half 

10/8           Chicago Marathon

11/4                     St. Rita's 5K

11/23         Turkey Trot 5 Mile

12/3           Run with Santa 5K

12/9               USATF Club CC

12/31                 Fairfax 4 mile

 

 

 

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: 27.00 Month: 247.00 Year: 3776.00
Adidas Takumi Sen Flats Lifetime Miles: 33.50
Saucony Kinvara 7 Lifetime Miles: 218.00
Adidas Adios 3 Lifetime Miles: 57.50
Adidas Supernova.2 Lifetime Miles: 104.00
Saucony Ride 10 Lifetime Miles: 15.00
Total Distance
92.50
Adidas Supernova Miles: 56.00Adidas Adios 3 Miles: 13.00Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Miles: 15.00Saucony Kinvara 7 Miles: 8.50
Total Distance
17.00

I went in this race with high hopes (as usual). Afterall, it’s always best to be confident, right? My training was going great and everything felt very easy. I felt like I could run 5:30-5:40 pace forever the last few long runs and the mileage never made me too tired. Then the weather changed. It was in the 50s- low 60s and dry for most of the big workouts during the last few months. But it was 68 with 100% humidity for this morning’s race. I should have been smart and dropped down to the 5 miler or ran the half much more conservatively.

Sadly, in my excitement to race I ran with the lead pack for the first 6 miles—which felt so easy it was a joke to go low 5:20s. Then out of nowhere my legs started to get heavy. I wasn’t breathing hard or anything but my legs just weren’t moving fast enough to keep up with the pack. Then we started going uphill and my pace slowed even further. I tried to surge several times but my legs were all but shot 7-8 miles in and then it just got worse. I was not even suffering that much but rather my legs simply refused to move. It’s happened in nearly all of my races lately.

My guess is my legs are tired from a full marathon buildup without the taper. I took a day off and an easy day and it was obviously not enough to allow me to recover. I’ve come to this conclusion due to the fact that it felt so easy for 6 miles and that if I had tapered or had been doing short long runs, I’d have been able to hang on to the pack longer as my legs would have been fresher.

It’s really disheartening to suffer through yet another awful race. It’s safe to say that I will NEVER run this race again. I always say I’ll never run it again but this time I mean it. The weather is always terrible and you can’t get any worse this time of year than 68-70 with a 68-70 dew point.

update: after a few days I think a combination of things happened but mostly my legs just were not recovered enough going in to truly run my best and the heat just made it worse. I need to make sure I rest up for Chicago.

Results

Me breaking off the pack to get a bottle of water from my teammate. I felt like a million bucks here and it was at mile 5 or so. All of a sudden after mile 6 or so my legs felt very heavy and they refused to move. Guess all that mile caught up with me. Humid as f$ck too.

Adidas Supernova Miles: 4.00Adidas Adios 3 Miles: 13.00
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Total Distance
8.00

AM: off/rest

PM: 8 miles + standard core routine

Well, my run felt fine. Legs are a little tired. I just can't let my shitty prep races get to me as I begin my taper and mental preparations for Chicago.

Adidas Supernova Miles: 8.00
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Total Distance
15.00

AM: 10 miles + stretch, foam rolling

PM: 5 miles. humid

Hilly and slower this morning. Take a look at the forcast below. My question is "where did fall go!?" Well, it's got to cool off when October comes, right?

Adidas Supernova Miles: 15.00
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Total Distance
15.00

AM: 10 miles + stretch, foam rolling. Very humid

PM: 5 miles + standard core routine

Hot and humid

 

Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Miles: 15.00
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Total Distance
14.00

AM: 8 miles + stretch

PM: 5 miles with 6x20 sec strides

humid again. Supposed to be over 90 a few days next week. the average high this time of year is 76. Glad I'm tapering.

Adidas Supernova Miles: 14.00
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Total Distance
13.50

AM: 2.8 WU 3200, 1600 2.7 CD    10:36, 5:10

PM: 5 miles + alternate core routine

Nice and easy this morning. It's almost hay in the barn season as I have two weeks until the marathon. Sunday I have 16 progression and that's really it for anything too hard.

 

 

Saucony Kinvara 7 Miles: 8.50Adidas Supernova Miles: 5.00
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Total Distance
10.00

AM: 10 miles

Getting warm. slept in

Adidas Supernova Miles: 10.00
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Total Distance
92.50
Adidas Supernova Miles: 56.00Adidas Adios 3 Miles: 13.00Saucony Triumph ISO 2 Miles: 15.00Saucony Kinvara 7 Miles: 8.50
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