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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)

Completed all 6 of the World Marathon Majors 2024

Completed each of the 5 majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin) at least twice.

8 x Boston Marathon (1999, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2014, 2020 (virtual due to covid) 2021, 2022)

13 x NYC Marathon (1997, 1998, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022, 2023)

 

 

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.  

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Miles:This week: 25.50 Month: 55.00 Year: 448.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
32.750.000.000.0032.75
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles up and down Freemanville - as it was a Sunday morning the traffic situation permitted it.  Another decent pace effort - the third in a row. I am enjoying the trend.  Also, I read a book called the Plant Paradox - which advocates for a mostly plant based diet and even more restrictive - the types of plant based foods are even further restricted.  Anyway, one of the more interesting things in the book is crazy as it sounds, whole grains are generally NOT good for your gut inhibiting absorption of key nutrients.  Having consumed a mostly whole grain diet at least for breakfast for the last decade and correspondingly losing ferritin more rapidly each year - I did an experiment this week of eliminating whole grains from my breakfast...by the end of this week my morning blood pressure was down and my pace on daily runs improved considerably.   Could be a coincidence.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - just under 5.25 miles with Finn from Redd Road along the horsefarm roads.  Effort felt a little strained even early-on but had a couple of 8 min miles to end up with an average pace that was previously in my "normal" range of pace - though my HR is still probably about 5-7 bpm avg higher than what I would normally expect.   Perhaps that is just an indication of my current fitness, or still some lingering of the post-virus HR issues.   Quite a bit warmer today, and it almost felt like shirtless weather.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - just under 4.5 miles at Milton HS - which was very quiet since it is Spring Break.  Ran with too much effort again today - pace was great but HR was too high and given how I have been running the last 5-6 days, it is not sustainable without potential for injury.  Fortunately I think it may be raining tomorrow morning, which means I will opt for the treadmill which in turn can allow me to keep my effort measured and in the right HR zone.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.250.000.000.003.25

AM - 3.25 miles at recovery run effort - much needed easy day.  Avg pace just under 10 mins avg. HR 122.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles today fairly easy.  Decided out of curiosity to use the "Garmin Coach" to train for the next few months.   Today was a benchmark run for 9 mins - which I did but then added some distance.   I think it is adaptive and uses AI.   

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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 - ran to feel / effort keeping it easy to moderate.  Legs and hips were less achy today and felt more solid.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.500.000.000.008.50

AM - 8.5 controlled long run paced miles - and this was the longest run I've done in over a month so far.  Felt good keeping the pace with a HR just under 130 and averaging about 9:20.  I could not do that a month ago or even two weeks ago for this distance - so this is good progress.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
32.750.000.000.0032.75
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