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New Palestine,IN,USA

Member Since:

Oct 23, 2007



Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

5k - 18:59 (3/09)
4M - 25:06 (9/09)
10k - 41:01 (11/07)

Half - 1:25:58 (11/09)

Marathon - 3:06:33 (12/09)

Short-Term Running Goals:

1:25 for the half marathon
Sub 39:00 for the 10k.
3:07 marathon
18:30 5k

Upcoming Races

Long-Term Running Goals:

Break 3:00 for the marathon.


Married, two daughters (18 and 15).  Masters runner trying to get competitive in my age group.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Saucony Ride 5 (Red) Lifetime Miles: 372.70
ASICS Excel 33 Lifetime Miles: 152.00
Saucony Ride 7 Lifetime Miles: 249.00
ASICS DS Trainer Lifetime Miles: 212.20
Asics Cumulus 16 Lifetime Miles: 241.30
Race: The Ripple Effect (4 Miles) 00:25:06, Place overall: 11, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

After yesterday's 17 miler I hadn't even planned on running today much less running a race but my wife and daughters were off doing different things and I was left with some free time on my hands.  They had a Sunday night race in town because of labor day tomorrow so I decided to jump in it.  I did a 1.5 mile warmup and my legs felt pretty tired.  It was a little better at the end of the warmup but I didn't know what to expect.  I decided to just go out at around 6:15 pace and see how long I could hold it.  I got off to a good start and here are my splits:

1st - 6:10

2nd - 6:25

3rd - 6:25

4th - 6:04

The second mile was into the wind and had a long gentle rise to it.  My legs were feeling pretty weak so I was concerned I wouldn't be able to hold it.  Around 2.5 miles there were two guys up ahead of me and I noticed that I was gaining on them slowly.  I just focused on them and set out to catch them.  I started feeling a little better around this point as well and felt like I was picking up the pace.  At around 3 miles I caught one of the guys and was gaining on the other one.  The last mile I just started pushing as hard as I could trying to catch the other guy.  I finally caught him at around 3.75 and kept running hard past him so he wouldn't come back on me.  Based on how I finished the last mile I think I might have been able to push the 2nd and 3rd miles harder.  This is around a 1 min PR for me but I have only ran 4 mile races a couple of other times.  I am very happy with the result considering the 17 miler yesterday and that last week was my highest mileage week of the year.

From Barry on Sun, Sep 06, 2009 at 23:01:32 from

WOW, you did awesome! And it looks like you beat your PR by almost a minute, that is awesome.. Then running this right after your seventeen mile run. I think you are in really good shape. Congratulations....

From dutterman on Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 16:17:21 from

Excellent race! Good job Jim.

From Jon on Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 17:36:02 from

Yes, nice job for a spur-of-the-moment race!

From rockness18 on Mon, Sep 07, 2009 at 19:51:41 from

Impressive run Jim...great week for you!

From jtshad on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 10:12:01 from

Great job, way to run strong in a "last minute" race and pull off a PR after a hard long run!

From JimF on Tue, Sep 08, 2009 at 12:28:00 from

Thanks everyone! It was a fun race and something I am trying to do more often. Starting to realize that everything don't have to be perfect to get into a race and get some benefit from it.

From Mark on Wed, Sep 09, 2009 at 11:49:03 from

Belated congratulations on the race, great push through the last mile. Running on tired legs from 17 miles the day before must not have helped but sure shows what you are made of.

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