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Apr 15, 2007



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Running Accomplishments:

3:25:46 Marathon (Seattle '07)

1:36:56 Half Marathon (Whidbey '07)

1:34:30 Half Marathon - in race (Seattle '07)

53:02 12k (Rhody Run '07)

6:55 pace 14.52/185 mi relay (Northwest Passage '08)

Short-Term Running Goals:


June 1: 163  157!

June 8: 161  156

June 15: 159  156

June 22: 157  153

June 29: 155

July 6: 153

July 13: 151

July 20: 149  August 1: 149.6!


Oct 26: Cape Cod Marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Emulate my stepfather -- still running at 87!


I know a secret technique for opening mangos taught me by a Wolof sorcerer. I was briefly a political appointee at the U.N. I am intimately familiar with a disciple of David Hume.

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Well, that reeked. Objectives today were (1) 20 miles; (2) sub-8; and (3) negative split. Would have been happy with 2 out of 3. Hit none of them. Hit the turn-around in 1:17, feeling pretty good, but by mile 12 I could tell I was starting to break down mentally when I began to feel massive resentment at the big hills that separated me from home. Splits began to creep up into the 8s, and when I got to the top of the hill above Fay Bainbridge (13.66mi) got it into my head that I had a terrible blister which would make it impossible to run next week if I went any further on it. Stopped dead in my tracks. Took about a mile of walking before I pulled it together, and then I couldn't get above 10:00 pace. So I jogged home at that rate. Longest, most arduous 5 miles ever. Blech.

2:41 2500ft climb. Waverider.

Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Dallen on Sun, Oct 21, 2007 at 20:19:25

This sort of thing occasionally happens on long runs. Take it as a learning experience.

From Aaron on Sun, Oct 21, 2007 at 22:36:49

I learned I am a moron, since after bonking at mi 16 last week I vowed I would bring some gatorade along, which I failed to do. Nothing like a blood sugar crash to scramble your egg.

From MichelleL on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 09:47:52

I have read that your long runs should be about one minute a mile slower than marathon pace so perhaps a sub 8 goal is working yourself too hard on a long run? Better to learn these lessons on a long run than in the marathon. What marathon are you targeting or your BQ?

You definitely need fuel on your long runs. Do you use gu or shot bloks? I like both, but shot bloks a little more.

I have read your blogs a couple of times, it's very entertaining stuff!

From MichelleL on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 09:48:54

Sorry my previous post was a little "stream of conciousness". I should edit my posts a little more.

From Bonnie on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 13:44:29

Hi Aaron,

I also enjoy your blog! I agree with Michelle on finding your optimal pace for these long runs. Greg McMillan has a pace calculator that I use to pace my all of my runs( You don't put in your "goal pace" but rather your last race (since you are training for a marathon I would use your Whidbey result) ... sometimes the long run pace seems slower than you would like - but if you follow those paces you can add the type of workouts that are likely to help with your overall speed (tempo runs, etc.) while still keeping your mileage high.

Disappointing runs are a part of training - in my opinion. Look ahead!!

Good luck!


From Aaron on Mon, Oct 22, 2007 at 16:12:46

God help me, I am running the Seattle Marathon on the weekend after Thanksgiving. Please send antifreeze and towelettes. Still hope to BQ, though it will depend on race-day conditions as much as the next couple weeks of training. As for shotblocks--I had one of those during a bicycle road race (they put it in our packet), and wasn't too crazy about the experience. Maybe I'll try the gel. Too bad you can't eat a banana smeared with peanut butter while running, that's always been my favorite.

Bonnie- I'm pretty sure my natural MP is around 7:15 at this point, though it's hard to tell for sure until stretching it out over a long haul. Yesterday I was at 7:45 and quite relaxed until crashing. Would still like to give it one more shot, but will probably take it easier next weekend in the interests of logging a full 21-22.

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