It's all relative Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:53:32 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Apr 23, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-23-2019.html <p>AM: 9.2 miles with the group.&nbsp; I did about 1 mile worth of work.&nbsp; Fitness-wise I felt fine, but I am still sore, so I will try again tonight and see whether to shut it down another couple of days to finish recovering.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 22, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-22-2019.html <p>PM: 10.5 miles solo</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 21, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-21-2019.html <p>AM: 10.5 miles solo.&nbsp; Felt mostly recovered today.</p> Sun, 21 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 20, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-20-2019.html <p>AM: 10.3 miles with Anthony and Elia</p> Sat, 20 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 19, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-19-2019.html <p>AM: 6.1 miles</p> <p>PM: 3.6 miles and lifted- arms and back.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 18, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-18-2019.html <p>PM: 6.5&nbsp;miles</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 17, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-17-2019.html <p>PM: 5.5 miles</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 16, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-16-2019.html <p>AM: 3 miles, then a ton of walking around Boston.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 15, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-15-2019.html <p>123rd Boston Marathon Race Report</p> <p>Training: As far as mileage, speed, and nutrition I was ready.&nbsp; I had very little marathon specific training, my weight was a little high (151), and almost zero tempo/speedy long run stuff at marathon pace.&nbsp; I&#39;ve been training pretty specifically for 5ks, minus all of the mileage.&nbsp; Not ideal, but definitely the best I&#39;ve done for a marathon.</p> <p>Goals: A goal- sub 2:40, B goal- sub 2:47 PR, C goal- Sub 3.</p> <p>The course: Everyone on this blog likely knows this course.&nbsp; very challenging course, downhill parts, uphill parts, headwinds, huge temperature/weather fluctuations.&nbsp; It is what it is.&nbsp; The support/crowds&nbsp;for this race are unprecedented which helps immensely.</p> <p>Weather: Started just like last year- humid, heavy rain, 45 degrees, steady winds with high gusts.&nbsp; I was soaking wet and cold before I even got on the bus, but I was smart this year and packed all my run clothes/shoes seperately/dry.&nbsp; Not making the same mistake as last year...&nbsp; The weather&nbsp;then, amazingly, got better from there- progressing&nbsp;evenly from 45 up to 65 degrees, still wicked humid, but the&nbsp;rain turned to mist then to clouds and then super sunny, and the wind (fortunately) was perpendicular the majority of the way.</p> <p>The race</p> <p>1st 5k- This was the worst most annoying experience I&#39;ve had in a race in a long time.&nbsp; I started way back in the corrals (was about 1,500-2,000th to cross the start line), respectively but figured everyone was fast so what&#39;s the big deal?&nbsp; Well, I ended up&nbsp;working&nbsp;incredibly hard trying to weave&nbsp;through people to be rewarded with a 6:40 &quot;mile 1.&quot;&nbsp; It truly was like being in bumper-to-bumper traffic going 20 below the speed limit.&nbsp; I was a bit dejected, but knew I had work to do and needed to move up out of this mess of runners.&nbsp; I couldn&#39;t believe the difference 3&nbsp;corrals made.&nbsp; We were stuck together almost at this pace, and I thought a 2:40 was pretty much out of the window even only a mile in.&nbsp; Eventually (mile 1.5) I found the&nbsp;edge that was full of puddles where the road (finally) opened a bit, and a bunch of runners and I made&nbsp;up a few hundred spots from there.&nbsp; This felt just like speeding in the breakdown lane, but it was envigorating.&nbsp; I made up a lot of ground here.&nbsp; 1st 5k was 18:55.</p> <p>10k mark split- 18:41.&nbsp; I got into a groove here, now moving up towards&nbsp;front of the hoard.&nbsp; This is the easiest part of the course.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>15k mark split- 18:48.&nbsp; Cruising.&nbsp;&nbsp;Also, I&nbsp;saw my family so I stopped and high-fived them all.</p> <p>20k mark split- 18:47.&nbsp; Cruising for the most part.&nbsp; I&nbsp;had a ton of soreness, but it had been there since mile one, so I didn&#39;t pay it much attention as far as a derailer.</p> <p>Halfway totals- 1:19:01.&nbsp; This sections is my favorite.&nbsp; You have the Wellesley girls, and well... I mean you have the Wellesley girls...&nbsp; Also the town center is bumpin&#39; so it&#39;s fun to high five and rile up the crowd.&nbsp; I saw my family for the second time here, and thanked them all again.</p> <p>25k mark split- 18:23.&nbsp; A lot of runners began slowing during this 5k.&nbsp; I just kept cruising.&nbsp; I felt I had more in me, but knew how deceiving marathons could be, so I figured it wasn&#39;t worth it.&nbsp; I was content&nbsp;with 6 minute miles.</p> <p>30k mark split- 18:44.&nbsp; Felt good- crowds helped.&nbsp; I moved up a couple of hundred people during this 5k.</p> <p>35k mark split- 18:56.&nbsp; The Newton hills were mostly in this 5k, but they weren&#39;t bad.&nbsp; I got to see my family for the final time, and I was in great spirits.&nbsp; Riled up the crowd again, which is always fun.&nbsp; Kept moving up in place.</p> <p>40k mark split- 18:32.&nbsp; Brookline/Boston.&nbsp; I LOVE this section.&nbsp; The crowds are unreal, and I love grabbing a beer from the crowd.&nbsp; You can feel the end of the race coming, but to be honest I could run this section infinite times and I do not believe it would get old.&nbsp; My first hamstring misfires began here, but I knew I&#39;d be fine being so close to the finish.&nbsp; They take a couple of miles to onset fully.</p> <p>Finish 2.2 k.&nbsp; Final mile was a 5:42 or so.&nbsp; I didn&#39;t feel like I was moving that quickly, but I was still passing people.&nbsp; There is that one final dip/hill in this section under Mass Avenue which is a pain.&nbsp; The crowds are so dense that you kind of feel bad for not gunning it at this point, but any hills at this point are tough.&nbsp; I ran this entired section with a pretty big smile on my face.&nbsp; You feel like a movie star with all of the people watching!</p> <p>1st half split- 1:19:01, 2nd half split 1:18:35, finish time- 2:37:36</p> <p>5k splits- 18:55, 18:41, 18:48, 18:47, 18:23, 18:44, 18:56, 18:32, finish (2.2k)-&nbsp;8:00</p> <p>Final thoughts- I know this course isn&#39;t about running a specific time and isn&#39;t the kind of course you &quot;pace&quot;, but&nbsp; I am happy with both of those aspects.&nbsp; Running a negative split&nbsp;really helped me mentally.&nbsp; I also finally put to rest my PR from 2015 by over 10 minutes, and definitely see a ton of room for growth if I want to stick with marathons.</p> <p><img alt="" src="https://scontent.ftpa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/57431203_10104812961877629_3572111372231639040_n.jpg?_nc_cat=109&amp;_nc_ht=scontent.ftpa1-1.fna&amp;oh=ab8f62d1713c86cfac7f6c4e6dfa5f14&amp;oe=5D77190C" style="width: 614px; height: 455px;" /></p> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 14, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-14-2019.html <p>AM: 2 miles easy, then flew to Boston.&nbsp; BOSTON.&nbsp; Let&#39;s go!</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 13, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-13-2019.html <p>AM: 3.2 miles easy</p> Sat, 13 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 12, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-12-2019.html <p>PM: 4 miles</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 11, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-11-2019.html <p>No running</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 10, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-10-2019.html <p>PM: 4.5 miles</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 09, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-09-2019.html <p>AM: 4.7&nbsp;miles easy</p> <p>PM: 7.3&nbsp; miles, 4 of them fast and continuous at 5:45 pace.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 08, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-08-2019.html <p>PM: 8 miles easy</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Apr 07, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-07-2019.html <p>Noon: 10 miles with 10 hill repeats easy.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 06, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-06-2019.html <p>AM: Went to Clermont hoping to get the course record in the Clermont Parkrun 5k.&nbsp; Did a TON of striders, trying to prime my super sore legs.&nbsp; That helped a bit, but I still felt achey at the beginning.&nbsp; I was aiming for a 15:29 flat.</p> <p>Then the race just happened- and it was over in the blink of an eye.&nbsp; I missed the record by 5 seconds.&nbsp; It was definitely mental, I know I am faster than that.&nbsp; I just lost control,&nbsp;did not relax, and didn&#39;t use the watch to my advantage.&nbsp; I felt my blood boiling a bit when I finished, since I knew I wasn&#39;t tired enough to have had just given a fully effort.&nbsp; Final time was a&nbsp; 15:44.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>5k Splits- 4:59, 4:59, 5:13, Finish 0:33</p> Sat, 06 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 05, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-05-2019.html <p>PM: 5 miles</p> Fri, 05 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 04, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-04-2019.html <p>PM:&nbsp;9.6 miles slow, and 0.5&nbsp;miles of striders inside.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 03, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-03-2019.html <p>PM: 10.1 mile recovery pace.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 02, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-02-2019.html <p>AM: 10.3 miles, ~2 miles hard effort, including a 2:22 800m running with Javier.&nbsp; Geez that dude is fast- and I don&#39;t think he runs many miles at all.&nbsp; No split times other than that one, I don&#39;t usually focus on anything over than effort on Tuesday morning track.</p> <p>PM: 8.1 miles on some hills back and forth, with a 5 mile tempo in the middle.&nbsp; This was my first tempo in forever, but I felt controlled and wasn&#39;t breathing too hard.&nbsp; The rest of the guys were doing intervals style, so I just would keep&nbsp; going and then catch them on the return.&nbsp; It was pretty fun to time it, and definitely made the time pass much easier.</p> <p>Split- (5 miles consecutive after two miles easy)&nbsp; 29:47</p> Tue, 02 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 01, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-01-2019.html <p>PM: 10 miles, easy.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 31, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-31-2019.html <p>Noon: Went out late today.&nbsp; I wanted to do a workout of 7x200, 3x5k with 3:00 jog recoveries in 17:50 per 5k, but I just didn&#39;t have it and bailed before the final two 5ks.</p> <p>Splits 0:40, 0:38,&nbsp;0:36, 0:32, 0:32, 0:32, 0:29;&nbsp;17:55, ----, ----</p> <p>It was definitely 90% mental and 10% physical although I tried to convince myself otherwise.&nbsp; It&#39;s amazing to me- one day you can run a 5k and have it feel easy and like you&#39;re floating, and then the next day feel awful.&nbsp; How I was able to run&nbsp;the 15k and follow it up the next day with a 1:13 half marathon in February, yet today I can&#39;t even muster a 17:50 5k a day after breezing through a short 5k is just so odd.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 31 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 30, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-30-2019.html <p>Noon: Competition/kind-of-a-workout: Ran as part of a relay team at a dri-tri competition at OTF- the running portion.&nbsp;</p> <p>I warmed up with 10 hard&nbsp;striders in the parking lot after a 5&nbsp;mile run to tired myself out.&nbsp; And then got in the gym and got ready.&nbsp; The goal was to max out the treadmill for the duration of the 5k when my turn came, unless I had a lead.</p> <p>The competition is a 2000m row, 300 repetitions in the gym of 6 varying exercises, and then a 5k treadmill run with a 2&nbsp;incline.&nbsp; I was part of a 3-person relay.&nbsp; I was excited!</p> <p>They got to me with a couple of seconds lead on the second place team, so I jammed my fingers into the buttons and&nbsp;set the treadmill up in incline and&nbsp;to the max it could go (12mph) and the second place guy got on about 10&nbsp;seconds after me and did the same.&nbsp; Fortunately, I was able to hold it the entire 5k and we were able to roll into first place!&nbsp; It was motivating having someone else fast next to me, but my mind kept playing games on me with, &quot;what if he gets ahead of me?&quot;&nbsp; I knew the treadmill only went to 12mph so it literally wasn&#39;t possible, but I kept running through scenarios in my head.&nbsp; That was an odd experience.</p> <p>I felt fine and wasn&#39;t breathing very hard.&nbsp; The treadmill is markedly easy, especially with people running hard next to you.</p> <p>Treadmill splits: 5:00, 5:00, 5:00, 0:31</p> <p>The competition: What a cool idea!&nbsp; Fun, easy, competitive, loud music, people yelling, cheering you on- I really dug it.</p> Sat, 30 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 29, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-29-2019.html <p>PM: 5 miles</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 28, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-28-2019.html <p>PM: 11+ miles, 4.4 as a continuous&nbsp;workout at marathon pace&nbsp;with striders/surges mixed in to work on bringing my heart rate down, and then the gym to work the chest, tris, and abs a bit.</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 27, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-27-2019.html <p>PM: 13.15 miles solo</p> <p>Random toughts- yesterday has me a bit worried for Boston.&nbsp; In the end my mindset seems to always be &quot;just sub 3 and you&#39;re good.&quot;&nbsp; I seem to make this mistake whenever I have a marathon lined up- I never actually train specifically for them (with speed in mind anyway), or with a plan.&nbsp; I really just walk out this door and wing it the majority of the time. My mileage is always decent, my speed is often okay, but I never give tempos or marathon race-pace much of a thought during the build up.&nbsp; I&#39;m a bit too close now (18 days) to really add anything worthwhile, but maybe writing this will hold my future self a bit more accountable if things go awry on Boston race day.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 26, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-26-2019.html <p>AM: Track in SH, 10 total miles, ~2 of them fast pacing a couple of people.</p> <p>PM: 11.2 miles at track in East Lake with Steve, Nick, John, Jeremy, and Brian.&nbsp; Jeremy, John, and Nick are actually doing what they&#39;re supposed to be doing and practiced for Boston with some Yassos- I still decided I am in a fast mindset, so I did 12x400s, 1x200.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was tough this afternoon having run so many miles the last couple days.&nbsp; My legs felt trashed both before the workout and in between each 400.&nbsp; I was fine while floating along during each interval although- I don&#39;t know how.&nbsp; I did 5 miles of warmup before the workout as well waiting for everyone, which doesn&#39;t help either.</p> <p>Splits- 1:13, 1:14, 1:14, 1:14, 1:12, 1:12, 1:14, 1:10, 1:04, 1:10, 1:10, 1:09, (~20 second rest)&nbsp;0:32</p> <p>All good except for the 1:04.&nbsp; I was pacing off the slower runners who were going a bit faster than they had said they would.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 25, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-25-2019.html <p>PM: 13 miles.&nbsp; Went up to Brooker Creek, but the back trails are still flooded out.&nbsp; Oh well- was something different.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 24, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-24-2019.html <p>AM: 11.3 miles solo</p> <p>PM: 5.8 miles and the gym.</p> Sun, 24 Mar 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 23, 2019 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-23-2019.html <p>AM: Paced a marathon with Rona.&nbsp; Very cool memory I will always have!</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2019 06:00:00