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Location:

Columbus,IN,US

Member Since:

Jun 13, 2011

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

30 Marathons -- PR - 2:48:53 (Fall 2014)

A bunch of Half Marathons -- PR - 1:19:20 (Aug. 2015 - Converted)

10k - 36:30 Unaided // 35:25 (July 2014 - Aided)

5k - 17:28 (Aug. 2015)

1mi. - 4:58 (July 2014 - Track)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Get back into Ultras. 

8/11/18:  Hot Hot 100k in Morehead, KY

9/8/18: Lake Cumberland Half Marathon

9/22/18: Mill Race Marathon in Columbus, IN

10/13/18: Ind. Trail 50 mile

11/10/18: Tunnel Hill 100 mile

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

As many Ultras and adventures in exotic/scenic places as possible:

R2R2R in Grand Canyon, Wonderland Trail, JMT,

Marathon < 2:45

Half Marathon < 1:18

Top 10 in Bluegrass 10k

5k < 17

Personal:

400m/800m competitively in track in high school.  Took 15 years off. Started running again in 2010.  Married to my beautiful wife, Tiffany, with 2 little boys.  6' tall and fluctuate around 150lbs.  I'm a civil engineer working for the Indiana DOT in Seymour, IN.   I live in a slightly larger town about 20 miles north - Columbus, IN.  Originally from Lexington, KY.

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 125.75 Year: 2638.49
Barefoot Running Lifetime Miles: 4.00
Swimming Lifetime Miles: 6.20
Stationary Bike Lifetime Miles: 96.10
Grand Canyon Hiking Lifetime Miles: 71.20
IN State Park Hiking/Trail Running Lifetime Miles: 217.95
Elliptical Lifetime Miles: 81.50
Vilano Road Bike Lifetime Miles: 964.88
17 - Salomon Speedcross 3 - Black Lifetime Miles: 454.46
Vilano Bike On Mag Trainer Lifetime Miles: 125.25
Saucony A5 - Green Lifetime Miles: 119.94
Saucony Peregrine - Black Lifetime Miles: 424.57
Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Lifetime Miles: 584.36
Hoka One Infinite Lifetime Miles: 880.17
Hoka Arahi Lifetime Miles: 937.05
Saucony Iso Lifetime Miles: 71.80
Blue Clifton 4 Lifetime Miles: 762.15
Red Peregrine 7a Lifetime Miles: 118.20
Red Peregrine 7b Lifetime Miles: 127.60
Hoka Clifton 5 Lifetime Miles: 386.30
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
76.8328.199.601.25115.87
Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 99.14Brooks Ghost 4 - Red Miles: 8.62Blue Nishiki 10 Speed Bike Miles: 16.00Saucony Kinvara 2 - Black/Gold Miles: 4.11Brooks Ravenna 3 - Blue Miles: 4.00
Weight: 153.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

2 mi. jog with the dog

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 2.00
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Race: Indy Monumental Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:00:24, Place overall: 87, Place in age division: 25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.440.000.0026.44

Well - my left leg felt shaky in the easy 2 mi. jog the night before and it showed in the later miles today.  35 deg., overcast, and a little drizzle here and there - almost perfect weather.  I tried the no warmup miles approach this time - just some dynamic stretching and moving around, but no jogging or strides.  I noticed that I was a little tight for the first 2 miles, but nothing worth writing off this strategy (especially when a little injured). 

I felt very comfortable at 6:35 pace for about 15 miles, and then the left leg really started tightening up.  It started with the hammy and eventually worked its way down and became extremely painful in my calf as well - this progressively got worse from about 15 miles on. 

Splits really tell the story:

6:17, 6:29, 6:21, 6:33, 6:34, 6:34, 6:34, 6:35, 6:40, 6:35, 6:34, 6:35, 6:36, 6:32, 6:29, 6:37

6:51, 6:49, 6:50, 6:46, 6:50,

7:00, 7:09, 7:22, 7:15, 7:41, 7:54, 0.44 - 3:45

Yep - I somehow pick up alot of extra distance in marathons - my "tangent running" must be terrible :)  I was quickly slowing in the last 2 miles.  But, I'm happy that it afforded me the chance to witness something that inspired me, and remind me of one of the many reasons running is so fulfilling:

As I slowly approached the finish line shuffling with every step with a grimace on my face, about 0.2 from the finish I hear this guy yelling crazily behind me, "Come on <random girls' name>!  Come on <random girls' name>!  I need a sprint out of you!!  SPRINT <random girls' name>!!!"  So this girl shuffles past me with the same pained stride (only considerably faster)  and I here her labored grunts... so she finishes a couple hundred yards before me - very close to the 3 hr. mark.  I see them later in line at the results tent and ask her if she got it - she gets her print off and turns around crying and hugs the guy that was yelling at her - she had broken 3 hrs :)

I love running :)

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 26.44
Weight: 148.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.000.000.001.00

easy 1 mile jog, another mile of walking also.  Lot of icing on my wonderful days off from work :)

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 1.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

easy 2 mile jog - legs are returning to life... slowly.  Still lots of icing and Advil

Brooks Ghost 4 - Red Miles: 2.00
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16 miles - moderate effort on bike - over to chipotle and back.  Just under an hour ride.  It was quite an adventure with the rush hour traffic leaving Cummins :)

Blue Nishiki 10 Speed Bike Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

PM Easy 4 miles - 31:45.  Cruise to the Bahamas next week! 

Brooks Ghost 4 - Red Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

All day traveling today. 

2 miles easy on the treadmill in Orlando, FL at 10pm - tired and stiff... 17:08

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 2.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.200.000.000.005.20

easy 5.2 mi. - AM run around resort area in Orlando - we stayed about 2 miles from Seaworld and Disney World stuff.  Getting on the cruise ship this afternoon.

 

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 5.20
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM run on the cruise ship treadmill - 5 mi. - 39:30.  Diet this week will be awful :)

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.001.007.00

4 mi. - laps around cruise ship upper deck "jogging"track w/ 8x pickups,

3 mi. on treadmill w/ 3 x 0.25 mi. pickups

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.001.750.500.254.50

cruise ship treadmill.  4.5 mi. buildup to 12 mph.  I have put on at least 10 pounds this week :)

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 4.50
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off- traveling all day - Orlando to Atlanta to Lexington, KY.  exhausted - now i need a vacation to recover from the vacation.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.400.000.000.003.40

PM easy 3.4 mi. buildup around the neighborhood loop in Indiana - 25:08

attempting another CR Series 5k tomorrow - should be bad :) 

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 3.40
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Race: Tree City 5k (3.11 Miles) 00:19:07, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.003.110.004.11

Wow - good thing there weren't too many people running this race.  Me and another CR Series regular ran out in front the whole way.  I probably could've pushed and ran a little faster, but was feeling the effects of the 10 pounds I gained in both knees.  Course had a portion in a deep fine grained gravel that may have slowed me down a bit, but really, I am just in bad shape, now :)

19:07, 2nd.  Okay - turkey trot 8k on Thanksgiving next and 2 more CR Series races.

Saucony Kinvara 2 - Black/Gold Miles: 4.11
Weight: 155.00
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off - I'm feeling awful

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.300.000.000.009.30

PM Run around Grandview Lake with a couple of the CR Series guys.  Tom and Jeff.  Left from Tom's house at about 5:30 and ran about 45minutes in the dark.  Tom and Jeff both had headlamps, fortunately - not too many streetlights out there.  Good run on a hilly course.  1:07:24 for 9.3 miles.

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 9.30
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

easy 2 miles - man, I feel sluggish

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 2.00
Weight: 156.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

easy 2 mi. around the hood - 16:22

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 2.00
Weight: 155.00
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Race: Seymour IN Turkey Trot (4.97 Miles) 00:30:20, Place overall: 8, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.010.004.990.006.00

Turkey Trot 8k, part of the CR Series in Seymour, IN.  7:30a start time, about 35 degrees.

A good running buddy, Ron Brooks, came up from Louisville to run this morning, so that was cool.  Its become a good core of runner family with this series.  Like somebody said somewhere once, "Running mates is like automatic friends..."  

I ran fairly well today - very even splits - 6:05's almost every mile.  I don't feel like I'm in that great of shape - about 10 lbs over race weight and low mileage.  My left knee is still giving me some trouble, as well. 

Strides before the race to warm up, about .85 after to CD.

I think this is a PR at 8k distance, though it didn't really feel that good :)

4.99 according to Garmin - 30:20

 

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.620.000.000.002.62

moderate effort - 2.6 mi. in the PM around the neighborhood - 19:15.  I ate a whole lot of food yesterday :)

Brooks Ghost 4 - Red Miles: 2.62
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Off - Um, we ate at Stir Crazy in Greenwood , IN for lunch and I recieved a wonderful little bug from something.  Had trouble holding anything in my stomach, and then about 2:30am woke up with what felt like a near fatal temperature spike (I think).  My wife wnated to take me to the ER, but once it finally peaked I guess my body decided that the bug had been cooked and I immediately felt better.  Not fun :(

Anyway - I am thankful that I survived and taking today and tomorrow off.

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Off - refer to Saturday's entry for a scary story...

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.300.000.000.009.30

Weekly Granview Run - 15k around Grandview Lake with Jeff and Tom - slightly slower than last week, but still a good workout considering the elevation profile.  9.3 mi. - 1:08:10.

The plan isto start ramping back up for spring marathon.  Hopefully, I will also be able to fit the Dances with Dirt Ultra or 50 miler (mid-May) in to my schedule a couple weeks after the marathon.  The course is only about 20 miles from my house...

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 9.30
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.001.000.005.00

PM short track workout:

2 mi. WU w/ strides,

4 x 0.25 mi. w/ 0.25 mi. rec. jog -- 1:17, 1:16, 1:15, 1:13

1 mi. jog back home

Those repeats were at about what I'd like my mile pace to be... soon :)

I'm making a conscious effort to start watching my diet and shed the weight, again.

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

3.25 mi. w/ the dog - easy effort.

30 minutes core, legs, light circuits,

1.75 mi. easy on the treadmill

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

easy 4 mi. - 31:35.  It sucks - its getting dark at 5:15 now.

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Blue Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

easy 2 mi. around the neighborhood with the dog, 15 minutes core/legs, 2 mi. around the neighborhood.

Another weekly group run organized for Sunday mornings with 4 dudes that are all faster than me :)  Should be really good for me.  CR Series 8k tomorrow, 12 mi. group run Sunday morning.

Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
76.8328.199.601.25115.87
Brooks Ravenna 3 - Orange Miles: 99.14Brooks Ghost 4 - Red Miles: 8.62Blue Nishiki 10 Speed Bike Miles: 16.00Saucony Kinvara 2 - Black/Gold Miles: 4.11Brooks Ravenna 3 - Blue Miles: 4.00
Weight: 153.50
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