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Location:

FL,United States

Member Since:

Feb 08, 2015

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Certified course PR's:

Mile: 4:28.0 (Florida, Jan 2020)

5K: 15:12 (FL, Jan. 2020)

10K: 31:44 (FL, Feb. 2020)

15K: 49:03 (FL, Feb. 2020)

1/2 Marathon: 1:10:34 (FL, Feb. 2020)

Marathon: 2:26:57 (WA, July 2019)

100k (63.3 miles, trail): 9:11:00 (FL, Jan. 2019)

Personal:

I started running in 2010 and have (mostly) kept it a habit ever since!  

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AM: 20.2 miles

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AM: 11.1 miles

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AM: 10.2 miles

PM: 11 miles total, 3 fast on the treadmill.

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PM: 11.1 miles 

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AM: 8.1 miles

PM: 5.3 miles

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PM: 10 miles

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AM: 10 miles and then the Weedon island parkrun 5k. Ran a 15:54. Felt super easy, and the weather was on point.

Late AM: gym and 3 more miles.

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PM: 20.1 miles at effort.  I think this might only be my second PM 20+ miler ever.  Finished after 10pm.  It was a nice change running at night as I just felt so much looser.  I went into this run with no expectations, so it was nice just to roll through 20 miles on a random run.  I suppose I always try to go long on Sundays, so it might just be out of habit.

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PM: 11 miles

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AM: 12.5 miles at the track, 3 of them faster, marathon-ish pace, maybe half marathon pace.  Probably didn't accomplish anything on my end, but it did help the other runners pace themselves.

PM: 10 miles, 2.5 fast.  1x10:00 at 5:00/mile pace, then some hill repeats at a steep incline.  Also did some gym work.

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PM: 11.1 miles

Well, it is not looking good for the Boston Marathon.  Although I definitely do not expect to make it to the starting line in peak fitness, I did expect to be decent, and I CERTAINLY expected to have a terrific time.  With the NYC half being cancelled, the governor of MA declaring a state emergency, and a overall pretty hysterical set of humans who do not understand how transmission works, I am afraid they may just do elites only so their consecutive streak stays intact. 

How annoying would that be?  I do not even think I'd go watch them run, but would probably stay inside and watch on TV or a bar somewhere in Boston.  The irony is, I could probably go catch a Red Sox game with 37,000+ people after they cancel a race of 35,000 people.  I understand there is a huge 500,000 person crowd watching, but just tell them to stay home, and let the runners go.  We know the risks.  The incredibly minute risks.  

I guess option two would be to find some random nothing marathon somewhere and run that.  There is also option three of knocking out that 100-miler which would definitely be easier than a hard marathon.  My only concern on that is- there has to be a pretty strong contingent of ultra runners that just run to 104.8 miles just to complete the fourth marathon of the run, right?  Half (if not more) are walking a lot of the time anyway, so what's another 4.8 mile stroll?

 

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PM: Boston marathon was cancelled, so I decided to get out some much needed frustrations on the running end of my life.  Ran a pretty decent treadmill workout.  3.5 miles on the treadmill at 5:00/mile straight, then right into a 30 second recovery followed by 6 intervals of hills on 10.0 incline at 90-95% effort, with 30 second active running recoveries at low incline.  It.  Felt.  AWESOME.  But then again, I was seriously motivated today.  

Motivation is a tricky animal.  Self-motivation is even more flighty.  Extrinsic motivation at least sticks for a couple of days, but that intrinsic motivation, man, is it hard to re-focus that energy correctly.  It really boils down to discipline.  Today I was going to skip my run completely (after hearing about Boston being cancelled.)  I went and bought a pizza, didn't run after work, and drove all the way home- just to find myself putting on my run clothes.  Then checking the gym.  Then putting on my shoes... and out the door I went.

Discipline is such an interesting beast.  But not gonna lie, definitely went home and ate half of that extra large pizza.  At least it felt earned!

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PM: 9 miles

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Noon: 10 miles

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AM: 20.1 glorious miles on Croom trails with Steve.  Worth the drive.

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AM: 10 miles

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AM: 10 miles at the track.  4:00minute repeats at effort.  Then a good cool down with some fun people.

PM: 7.3 miles, with a workout.  10x400 with ascending rests starting at 10 seconds.  Averaged a 1:12-1:13, but was really ready for it to be over at the end.  Super hot and humid... Florida is baaaack.

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AM: 10.1 miles.  They flew by today.

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AM: 10.5 miles.  A big increase in the number of people outside exercising the last couple days, which is nice to see.  Of course, we were all keeping a healthy distance from one another.  Everyone seems positive, which makes it invigorating.

PM: 7 miles with 5k worth of bridges/hills at effort.

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AM: 10 miles.  Heading to Croom again tomorrow, hopefully with a couple of people.  I love running out there.  I have no reason to be running this much, but I truly just enjoy it.  Tomorrow will be fun.  There will be five of us, so should be pretty easy to socially distance.  I think you can be smart about this and still find ways to enjoy time with others, so hopefully no one on this blog is hoping to chastise me.

Conversely, I think I will still keep in mind my own goals for training.  I still have two obvious milestones to work towards- a sub 15-minute 5k on a certified course, and a sub 1:10 half on a certified course.  I think the sub 1:10 is obviously easier to do, I just don't have a race to do it on!  I mean, I almost did it twice in February, with each instance having run 15k hard literally less than 24 hours prior to the attempts.  Really, a much lower goal is in the cards.  Now, the sub 15-minute 5k is a bit more confusing as to how I will achieve the goal solo.  I really need to be decisive, purposeful, and honest with my workouts if it's to be done.  

My marathon goal of 2:24 is another story.  Boston's date is definitely questionable.  The course is also already challenging- now add in high temperatures, humidity, and having to train in Florida garbage all summer and I think a 2:29 is the best I could hope for even if conditions are relatively favorable.  A 5:40 is ten times easier than a 5:30.  That one might be a throwaway marathon.  Just run it, enjoy it, and whatever happens, happens.  Similarly, it's a bit crazy to think the race will even occur given the current climate in racing.  

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All that being said, all of that is on hold, so the only logical thing to do is to run a bunch of miles, build a nice base, and become a better, more efficient runner.

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AM: 20 miles in croom with Brian, Sarah, Steven, and Jeremie.  Had a great time.  I wish I could run there every week.  First time I've ran two 20-milers in a week since training for my ultra.  

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AM: 12 miles with Jeremy, Chris, Stephen, and John.

PM: 6 miles

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AM: 10.2 miles

PM: 7.5 miles

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AM: 11.2 miles at the track.  800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800 at effort.  I really just tried to keep it under 5:30/mile pace for the first half and then would speed up on the last 200 or 400m of the interval.  It wasn't so easy today with the recent heavy mileage, but that's a bit expected. No splits on this workout, just enjoying the process.

PM: 9.1 miles at the track again.  6x800 with long 400 recovery jogs.  Kept it all right around or under 5:00/mile pace.  Splits- 2:34, 2:31, 2:31, 2:26, 2:26, 2:28.  After this morning I am happy to see these results.  

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AM: 10 miles.  Was planning on this being my day off, but I needed a stress reliever.

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AM: 10.1 miles

PM: 8.1 miles, 3 fast with Jeremy, John, and Steve over the bridges/hills.  Recovered down the opposite sides and just repeated it until we got to three miles of hard efforts.

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AM: 8.6 miles

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AM: Had to run again just to get to triple digits.  What a terrific run!  Ran with Alan.  By the time we finished, there were just a refreshing number of people out and exercising.  Although we kept our distance as did they, everyone was super friendly.  

Really is an odd dichotomy of personalities at the moment with this virus.  I can't imagine what it would be like to be one of the ones with a super anxious mindset- that seems entirely too stressful.  I suppose I never feel the need to be that overtly in control though, so that's a fortunate diffuser.

 

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AM: Amazing run at Holloway Park in Lakeland.  It's a (mostly) exclusive-use cross country course that is regular manicured for the specific purpose of running!  It was my first time ever on the course, but it was definitely enjoyable.  The pace was slow, but it was worth it to hang/chat with the group of guys I was able to get out there.  Steve, Elia, Brian, John, Jeremy, and Chris all made the long trek and socially distanced themselves far enough away to make it a fun experience.  I wanted 20 miles, but I am supposed to have a down-mileage week, so I stopped  when everyone else did.  I think 70-80 this week should be good enough.

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Noon: 8.8 miles

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AM: 12.15 total miles at track. 1600, 1200, 800, 400, 4x200 with 400 recoveries between the long intervals, and 200 recoveries for the short intervals.  Splits- 5:20, 3:46, 2:24, 1:07, :35, :31, :31, :31.  

PM: 7.25 total miles at track with Steven and John.  Ran 6x800 with 200 super slow recovery jogs in between.  Splits- 2:31, 2:27, 2:27, 2:28, 2:27, 2:28.  

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