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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

7 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021

11 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021)

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  

Personal:

Old guy - (grandfather even) been running for 40+ years.  

Favorite Blogs:

Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 134.55 Year: 2081.46
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
139.2526.200.000.00165.45
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - jog/walk with Richie in Clearwater.   We came down last night for a wedding here over the weekend.  Richie drove from his place in St. Pete and we walked/jogged a little over 3 miles - Feeling better every day. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Richie and Justin and a new friend of Richie's named Brian in downtown St. Pete.   They were planning a long run, and I just wanted to see some old running buddies for a few easy miles - they went on to run 18 at around 10 min pace - so, I circled back to my car as they continued on.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 solo miles on roads before sunrise on Clearwater Beach.  Lots of memories here - including races - enjoyed the time just trotting along in the early hours.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - back home - ran with Dan this morning on the trails in some on and off rain.   Pace ended up being a little over 8:30 per mile and though my HR was a bit higher than it normally would be at that pace - I felt good.  Steady improvement on a daily basis recovering from the procedure.  

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3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - heavy rains through the night and when I awoke persuaded me to run on the treadmill this morning.  3 miles - last mile was right at 8 min pace.  1 week post-op from the stent #2.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Dan and the dogs in the rain at times near his new place around Cambridge HS.   

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3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Dan and the dogs in the old neighborhood.  Still rainy out - but not while we were running.  

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4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with the guys and two of the dogs on the trails.   Averaged under 8 min pace - felt normal.  HR may have been a bit higher than I would expect to see at that pace, but it was quite warm and humid today - in the low 70s with some drizzle (and I did just have a heart procedure 10 days ago).   I see the cardiologist as a follow up this afternoon before heading to Boston - hopefully she gives me the green light to run Boston on Monday.  

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AM - 4 miles from my daughter's apartment in Cambridge to the finish line area on Boylston.   Just happy to be here.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 5k shakeout miles early.  It will likely be in the upper 50s to low 60s at the start but also on the humid side with an east wind.  Not terrible but it will not be a dry cool day with a tailwind either.  :)

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Race: Boston Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:36:30, Place overall: 6351, Place in age division: 394
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.0026.200.000.0027.20

125th Boston Marathon.

Less than 2 weeks ago I had to have a stent implanted in the left anterior descending artery - the second such implant in less than 3 years for a recurrent signficant blockage.   At the time, I was quite disappointed and frustrated that it would probably mean that it would not be recommended that I consider running this event so soon after the procedure.   The first time around they recommended no running for 7 days and then only permitted 3 miles per day for 6 weeks.  But much to my surprise, both of my cardiologists said that with as much running as they were aware that I have been doing - they said that as long as I was feeling up to it, they saw no undue risk in my participation in the Boston Marathon.

Honestly I was a little bit nervous about how I would be feeling and frankly whenever I told people that I was running so soon after the procedure, they were understandibly either surprised that my doctors were onboard with it, amazed that I would be able to recover so quickly, or questioned whether it would be too risky.  But I did see my cardiologist on Friday who confirmed the "green light" to participate and wished me good luck. 

Each day of running post procedure has been an incremental improvement.  However, I could feel that I was not fully there yet to how I would normally feel, fitnesswise a few days before race.   In fact on Saturday morning - in an "easy" run of about 4 miles - I was running about 8:45 pace - but my HR was proably a good 15 bpm faster than I would normal see on that type of an effort a few days before the event.   It was way better than it was 5 days earlier, but I expected to have a difficult time running any type of pace below 8 mins per mile on race day without my HR being near threshold.  And I really did not want to push myself into anaerobic HR - which for me is around 161-163 bpm, so soon after the procedure - at least not for any signficant period of time in the race (e.g. like maybe in the last few hundred yards or on the hills of Newton).

In any event, things turned out a bit better for much of the race than I had expected.  

Due to COVID - the race directors set up some new protocols.  Everyone was required to have proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test in order to pick up a race number.   A wrist band was affixed and was required to be worn the whole weekend until after the race as confirmation of the above.   Aside from the elite competitions, the remainder of the participants would not have a traditional corrall/wave line up at the start.  Everyone was assigned a bus pick-up time from Boston Common - and then when your bus arrived at Hopkinton - you were shuttled about a mile to the starting area, and told that you could begin when you were ready - in a rolling start fashion after the elite competitors' races had all commenced. 

I arrived about 15 mins early for my bus pick up time, and ended up loading onto a bus with folks who were in the bus pick up wave ahead of my schedule - each of them having red bib numbers and mine was white.   The bib numbers and colors were to correspond to the qualifying times - with the faster qualifiers being given early pick up times.   So, when I got to the starting area - the men's elite race was just about to start, and then the volunteers asked that the red bib numbers be allowed to roll into their starts, before the white bibs.   I probably had about 10 mins standing to the side before we were permitted to begin.   

In a way, I kind of liked that approach.   No lengthy time congregating at the middle school track infield, no standing in corrals until the race gun goes off, no long speeches or instructions.   I did however miss chatting in the corrals to runners around me, and listening to the national anthem and generally getting excited for the race to start.  

Once I was underway, I ran completely by feel for the first few miles - as my garmin watch was not synced well with the mile markers for autolapping at every mile - (in some places it was as much as .40 miles behind) all I used the watch for was to check on my HR.   Unfortunately because I kind of started with the faster qualifiers, I really did not have the opportunity to latch onto a group of runners to settle into a pace.   I felt like I was being passed by runners or being left in the dust by those in front of me.  So that meant I just had to run my own race.  

I knew that I was running sub 8 min pace early and I did my best to keep the HR at or sliightly above 150.  But I was so excited to be there and was really enjoying how well I was feeling - that I allowed myself to just run at a perceived comfortable effort - and if on occassion it felt a little uncomfortable, I would check the watch and generally it would show my HR creeping up close to 157 or 158 and I would back-off for a few minutes.  

There was some drizzle before the start and low cloud cover for the early part of the race, but it was humid and in the low to mid 60's with forecasts to bring in some sun and clouds and low 70's.   As a result I knew I would likely pay for my early exhuberance when I had to start climbing the hills after mile 16 and the temperatures would begin to rise.   

As I had expected, but had optimistically hoped would not happen, my efforts up the hills, though measured and conservative, caused my HR to push all the way up to 163 and by the time I crested Heartbreak at Boston College, the sun was out and I was a bit cooked.   At that point I had 5 or so miles left, and decided to back-off partly because I really was starting to feel the wheels coming off (and it was less of a choice) and partly because I was concerned about putting too much pressure on my cardio system.   So when I got to perhaps mile 23, I even walked a little bit to allow the HR to drop down and then I did so again at least 2 more times before the finish.

With less than a mile to go, I heard my daughter Riley call out my name as we went under the tunnel/overpass just before the turn onto Hereford Street and looked up to see my wife and waved to her as well.   I soaked in the last half mile down Boylston at a pedestrian effort - but happy to see the finish finally in sight.  

With the exception of feeling a little rough over the last few miles and slowing a bit, and given the circumstances of the recent medical procedure - was quite pleased with the result.  Interestingly, I just missed a qualifying time by 31 seconds.  

 

 

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - met Dan for a morning-after shake-out with the dogs on the trails.   I arrive a bit early and did a short walk/run for about a mile and then when Dan arrived we did another 3 more miles together and I had a chance to share my stories of the marathon from yesterday.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood.  Legs still sore with post marathon fatigue. 

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3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 easy miles with Finn in the neighborhood...legs are improving. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles with Finn before my workday starts.  Cooler fall weather to begin late Saturday and early Sunday.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

AM - 6.25 miles with the guys and the dogs from downtown to the Greenway and back.   

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7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 7 good paced miles with Dan and with Finn on a crisp fall morning with temps in the upper 40's.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - just about 4.5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails.  39 degrees - first time below 40 since last spring. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

AM - 5.75 miles with Dan and the dogs on the golf course.  My garmin did not record a map and thought we started the run at 3:30 am.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Dan from his house.  I brought Finn but Dan kept Rosie inside - as she was limping after yesterday's run.   Different/new route - good conversation.  

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3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - met Dan early at the trails as he had an early flight this morning - so we kept it short as well with just over 3 miles.   Feeling very good with running the last few days with my avg HR being at or under 130 at 8 min or better pace per mile.   It is cooler, but also, the recovery is coming along nicely from both the procedure and the marathon last week. 

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5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - Day 600 on my streak of running everyday.  5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood - thunderstorms overnight left the roads wet and the air humid and a bit warmer than normal for this time of year.  

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10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 miles with Greg and the dogs on the Forsyth trail - great weather in the upper 40's to low 50's - felt great and averaged around 7:30 pace which was conversational the entire way   

 

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3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles easy around the neighborhood before church. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles with Finn before my workday.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and the dogs on the trails before work.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Dan and Finn in the neighborhood - good bit colder today.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles with Finn in the neighborhood during a timely break in the rain.   Really did not want to go out in the cold rain, and Dan decided to cross train, but Finn whined and ran to my dresser drawer where my running clothes are located...so out we went.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - 5.5 miles with Dan and Finn from Dan's house in a light drizzle.   My Apple watch decided to end my run a little over 4 miles in, and then switched it to a bike ride recording, and then recorded it as an outdoor walk.   So I finished with a "triathlon" of activities according to my watch.  Might have been caused by rain hitting the watch face as I had not "locked" it.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - hilly 8 miles at sub 8 min pace with Dan and Finn on a dreary drizzly fall morning. Good run with good conversation.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles very easy before church. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
139.2526.200.000.00165.45
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