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Location:

Columbus,IN,US

Member Since:

Jun 13, 2011

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

A bunch of 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:

 

5/16: G. Canyon - R2R2RGot It!! (about 13 hours)

6/22: Series 5k - 17:xx   17:47

9/28: Mill Race Marathon - 2:49:xx

11/9: Tunnel Hill 100 - Let's Finish the distance !  

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

R2R2R in Grand Canyon  5/18/19 

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, now 4 and 6.  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: 37.20 Month: 216.15 Year: 216.15
Barefoot Running Lifetime Miles: 4.00
Swimming Lifetime Miles: 6.20
Elliptical Lifetime Miles: 81.50
Vilano Road Bike Lifetime Miles: 964.88
Vilano Bike On Mag Trainer Lifetime Miles: 234.75
Saucony A5 - Green Lifetime Miles: 180.34
Saucony Peregrine - Black Lifetime Miles: 426.07
Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Lifetime Miles: 635.80
Hoka One Infinite Lifetime Miles: 891.17
Red Peregrine Velcro Lifetime Miles: 267.10
Red Peregrine NO Velcro Lifetime Miles: 133.30
Clifton 4 Blue 1 Lifetime Miles: 752.55
CLIFTON 4 Blue 2 Lifetime Miles: 727.43
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
31.8139.380.000.0071.19
Brooks Adrenaline 15 - White Miles: 53.99Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Miles: 10.30Saucony Ride 7 - Black Miles: 7.00
Weight: 148.20
Race: Chicago Marathon (26.219 Miles) 02:59:53, Place overall: 993
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
13.9013.000.000.0026.90

Chicago is a big fun city and I enjoyed spending a couple of busy days with Nathan's family experiencing it together.  I drove up Saturday and met them out our hotel close to Midway and hopped the train to go downtown for expo/packet pickup.  It was a solid 1 hour ride downtown.  We saw a bunch of the sites when we got off at the wrong stop.  Soldier Field is very cool.  Lots of decent pictures.  The expo was crazy and fun and we went through fairly quickly to get back and off our feet.

Race morning we left around 5am to give us plenty of time for transit.  We met some cool new folks in our travels and missed our stop at Roosevelt when the doors shut very quickly.  Got down there in plenty of time for me to take about 4 bathroom breaks... more on that.

Sat around a bit shivering and made our way next to A corral.  I jogged for about 5 minutes and we made our way in to the corral around 7:10.  Cool to see the Amer.DevPrgm elites getting loaded into the elite corral and here the elite-elites announced.  A seemingly decent morning weather-wise. About 55 degrees and a bit windy.  Away we went - I seemed to be in about the correct place as we started clicking off 6:15-6:20 pace.  Feeling decent and into a good group with not too many annoying chatty folks.

My troubles start at about 8 miles and get worse.  Energy levels plummet and shortness of breath.  A comparison of splits between timing mats and GPS data are a bit conflicting:

Split Time Of Day Time Diff min/mile miles/h
05K 07:50:13AM   00:20:04 20:04 06:28 9.29
10K 08:09:51AM   00:39:42 19:38 06:20 9.50
15K 08:29:39AM   00:59:30 19:48 06:23 9.42
20K 08:50:02AM   01:19:53 20:23 06:34 9.15
HALF 08:54:34AM   01:24:25 04:32 06:40 9.02
25K 09:10:57AM   01:40:48 16:23 06:46 8.89
30K 09:32:37AM   02:02:28 21:40 06:59 8.61
35K 09:55:02AM   02:24:53 22:25 07:14 8.31
40K 10:19:26AM    02:49:17 24:24 07:51 7.64
Finish 10:30:02AM   02:59:53 10:36 07:47 7.72

GPS:

Mile Pace GAP Elev  
1 6:06 /mi 6:09 /mi -12 ft  
2 6:10 /mi 6:05 /mi 10 ft  
3 6:24 /mi 6:26 /mi -5 ft  
4 6:17 /mi 6:17 /mi -3 ft  
5 6:11 /mi 6:09 /mi 7 ft  
6 6:12 /mi 6:15 /mi -10 ft  
7 6:18 /mi 6:16 /mi 5 ft  
8 6:12 /mi 6:11 /mi 1 ft  
9 6:27 /mi 6:24 /mi 8 ft  
10 6:29 /mi 6:29 /mi -1 ft  
11 6:23 /mi 6:25 /mi -5 ft  
12 6:29 /mi 6:31 /mi -6 ft  
13 7:11 /mi 7:11 /mi 1 ft  
14 6:30 /mi 6:27 /mi 5 ft  
15 6:39 /mi 6:41 /mi -4 ft  
16 6:53 /mi 6:52 /mi -1 ft  
17 6:50 /mi 6:50 /mi -1 ft  
18 6:48 /mi 6:48 /mi 3 ft  
19 7:20 /mi 7:17 /mi 7 ft  
20 7:07 /mi 7:07 /mi -3 ft  
21 7:13 /mi 7:12 /mi 0 ft  
22 7:09 /mi 7:14 /mi -15 ft  
23 7:40 /mi 7:39 /mi -2 ft  
24 7:52 /mi 7:46 /mi 15 ft  
25 7:51 /mi 7:51 /mi -3 ft  
26 7:53 /mi 7:52 /mi 2 ft  
0.4 7:19 /mi 7:13 /mi 9 ft

Another epic fail.   :)

So, the answer to why I have been crushing everything else up to half marathon in races and doing pretty well in long runs in training, yet, can't put together a good marathon? 

A random acquantaince through the QuaffON! group stuff clued me in to a little thing I have heard thrown around and never really paid much attention to:  iron deficiency.  I literally randomly bumped into her today as we were exiting the 27th mile party at Grant Park.  Of course, I went straight to whining/complaining about low energy/shortness of breath, and hating gels when she asked about my race... SO I read up on it online (so now I'm an expert, right? )  - lots of coffee and bathroom stops race morning and lots of coffee in the regular diet during training.  Shortness of breath, dizziness at times during and after the race, and low energy level for seemingly no reason.  I mean, come on! Mile 8? After a good training buildup, proper taper and PR at every distance this summer?  Some other factors to consider:  I have gone vegan, cut out eating Total cereal religiously every morning (100% DV of iron), and drink lots of coffee all the time (like 3 cups a day).  It all adds up it seems.

Got my free beers out of the deal, at least.  I admit, after 4 months of not drinking and being dehydrated, the Goose Island IPA tasted like piss. :)  So now, it looks like I no longer consume caffeine, either.

Brooks Adrenaline 15 - White Miles: 26.90
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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Off work today for Columbus Day.  Off running today also.  Nice to sleep in and take it easy.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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OFF

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

Lunch run - easy 3 miles.  Legs feel decent.

PM after bed - 3 miles easy - 26 min.  Lower caffeine in-take has me cranky.

Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Miles: 3.00Saucony Ride 7 - Black Miles: 3.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM before work - TM at gym - easy 30 minutes - 3.6mi. 

Lunch easy jog with co-worker - 22 minutes for 2 miles

Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Miles: 3.60Saucony Ride 7 - Black Miles: 2.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.700.000.000.005.70

AM TM easy run - 30 min. w/ hill sstrides - 3.7 miles

Lunch run with Karlei and Greg - 2miles easy

Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Miles: 3.70Saucony Ride 7 - Black Miles: 2.00
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Race: Indianapolis Marathon (Fort Ben) (26.219 Miles) 03:00:11, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.7126.380.000.0027.09

AM Marathon up near Indy, Fort Ben  - about an hour drive from the house.  This is a good race - scenic course, well run, nice course set up with water stops, etc. that is being taken over by the competing company owner of the Indy Monumental Mar., I think.  The full marathon is going away next year, and will be a half marathon and 5k only.  Found somebody selling their bib cheap, to boot.  So, really didn't want to miss out. So, 6 days after Chicago, I am running another marathon :)

Went in with a conservative mindset, and with a plan to test out a nutrition plan only drinking sports drink.  Its a pretty hilly course, and I planned on taking the climbing portions extra conservatively, also.  Aside from the bathroom break at mile 11, the nutrition and gut issues went pretty well, but, were likely due to much cooler conditions (37-45 degrees).   

I was surprised to find that the sports drink kept me enrgetic, and full (enough) feeling.  Don't know if the bathroom break was avoidable.  I really crashed hard in the last 10k, but, I'm chalking that one up to the recent marathon.

Splits

Mile Pace GAP Elev  
1 6:22 /mi 6:39 /mi -58 ft  
2 6:27 /mi 6:42 /mi -49 ft  
3 6:52 /mi 6:23 /mi 85 ft  
4 6:30 /mi 6:21 /mi 27 ft  
5 6:21 /mi 6:25 /mi -16 ft  
6 6:32 /mi 6:32 /mi -2 ft  
7 6:27 /mi 6:29 /mi -8 ft  
8 6:32 /mi 6:56 /mi -83 ft  
9 6:37 /mi 6:37 /mi -5 ft  
10 6:44 /mi 6:40 /mi 11 ft  
11 7:08 /mi 6:48 /mi 50 ft  
12 6:43 /mi 6:31 /mi 35 ft  
13 6:32 /mi 6:50 /mi -61 ft  
14 6:30 /mi 6:40 /mi -35 ft  
15 6:28 /mi 6:26 /mi -2 ft  
16 6:26 /mi 6:28 /mi -4 ft  
17 6:32 /mi 6:33 /mi -2 ft  
18 7:36 /mi 7:33 /mi 2 ft  
19 6:43 /mi 6:45 /mi -10 ft  
20 6:46 /mi 6:45 /mi 1 ft  
21 6:46 /mi 6:41 /mi 4 ft  
22 6:44 /mi 6:42 /mi 4 ft  
23 7:12 /mi 7:11 /mi 1 ft  
24 7:35 /mi 7:25 /mi 10 ft  
25 8:03 /mi 7:58 /mi 10 ft  
26 8:11 /mi 7:41 /mi 79 ft  
0.3 8:00 /mi 7:45 /mi 14 ft  

Almost toughed out the sub 3 hour again... :)  On to the next one.  IMM on Nov. 7.  Hopefully, I can just keep on going... seems to have worked well so far... (JK) 

Brooks Adrenaline 15 - White Miles: 27.09
Weight: 148.20
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
31.8139.380.000.0071.19
Brooks Adrenaline 15 - White Miles: 53.99Saucony Kinvara 6 - White Miles: 10.30Saucony Ride 7 - Black Miles: 7.00
Weight: 148.20
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