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March 2007

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Location:

Spanish Fork,UT,USA

Member Since:

Jan 15, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Age Division Winner

Running Accomplishments:

Lifetime PRs:

Marathon: 3:07:59 2013 Big Cottonwood Marathon 

1/2 Marathon: 1:24:30 2008 St. George Painters

10K: 38:39 2008 SLCTC

5K: 18:44 2009 Nestle Art City Days 

55-59 AD PRs:

1/2 Marathon:???

10K:???

5K:??? 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

2021 plans: 

  • Work on core strength
  • Lose 5 lbs
  • Overcome lingering injuries
  • Have fun!

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

Consistently place in the top 5 of my age division as long as my body will allow it.

Beat Terry Bean at any distance at least one time before I depart this earth.

Take care of mind and body so I can be in it for the long haul. Don't do STUPID THINGS!

Run until I'm 99 with Kim by my side and remember that EVERY RUN IS A GREAT RUN!

Peace of mind by striving to live like this

 

Personal:

I've been married to the lovely Kimberly for 34 years. We have 5 great kids.

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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: 21.00 Year: 1344.24
Saucony Fastwitch #1 Lifetime Miles: 65.50
Asics Gel Excite #6 Lifetime Miles: 316.02
Asics Gel-Nimbus23 #1 Lifetime Miles: 55.60
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3.500.000.500.004.00

Crosstrain 40min: Bike/Stair

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Ran early with the SF running crowd. Would have liked to run with the Relay Team but had too many committments for later in the day.

Had a nice long run other than a few portions of the run where we about froze our fannies off. As we ran near the mouth of SF canyon with the windchill I'm thinking it was effectively around -10 degrees. I don't think my face has ever been that cold before, I could hardly even talk. But we were rewarded later as we got the wind at our back and the sun came out to warm us up.

I was pleased with this run in that for once in a long, long time I didn't feel totally exhausted and out of gas the last few miles of the run. I had intended to run 18-20 miles but ended up with around 21 by the time I finally got home. I think part of what made the run better is that I ran the first 6 miles by myself (from 5am to 6) before the main group met and I did these miles particularly slow (9-9:30 pace). The rest of the miles running with the group I ran my normal long-run pace of around 8:25-8:50 to ended up with an overall average pace just below 9:00. Not very fast but in line with what I intend on doing for Boston. Next Saturday I'll plan on running few miles (12-16) but at faster pace (8:00-8:30).

 

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Not a good run for me today. Had to go earlier than normal since I had a lunch conflict so couldn't run with the other guys up EagleView. Decided since I'm running a 5K this weekend I would try inserting some 1/4 to 1 mile intervals at what I think should be my current 5K pace (6:30 to 6:45). It was obvious real quick I just didn't have it going for me today. Felt very sluggish. Perhaps the longer-than-planned 21-miler on Saturday took more out of me than I first thought. Hopefully things will go better on Saturday. My body seems to be telling to either train for a marathon or train for a 5K but NOT both at the same time.

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Took it easy somewhat today since I'm running 5K on Saturday. I did 4 1/4 mile bursts at miles 1, 2, 3, 4 trying to run them at 15-30 seconds faster than my anticipated 5K pace. Like Monday I still felt much more winded than I think I should have. Not feeling too confident going into the 5K. I guess we'll just have to see how it goes.

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Cross-train: 30 minutes instead of usual 40, tapering a bit for 5K race on Saturday.

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One of those days when I'm tempted to bag this blog as I have little desire to report on what was the worst 5K I've run in years. I'm not even going to flag this one as a "race report" as it isn't even worthy of being called a good training run. This to top off one of the worst running weeks I've have for quite a while.

I had hoped at least the weather was going to be nice but this wasn't the case. It was obvious after the 1st mile (or even 1/2 mile) of the race that I was way off my game. I went out at a conservative 6:45 pace but was feeling lousy at less that a mile into the race. The best way I can describe it is kind of like hitting the wall in a marathon, but only after a mile into the run! I ended up not even being able to hold the 7:00 pace that we've been meeting or exceeding during Wed training runs (I think my ave pace ended up being around 7:10). So I suppose I'm officialy in a 'rut'. Also soon after I got home I ended up Saturday/Sunday battling fever, sore-throat, cough, etc. Suffice to say it was a lousy weekend and I must say daylight savings is not my friend so far.

Looking at what might explain the poor week I suppose there are plenty of possibilities. Most likely the 21-miler last week took a lot out of me and maybe weakened my immune system so that I was coming down with a cold/flu by Saturday. Also amidst all the hubbub of getting my boy into the MTC a week and a half ago I had a mild ulcer on Wednesday/Thursday (2/28-3/1). I get these occasionally when I'm under stress and/or I take Ibuprofen or Aspirin on an empty stomach. These ulcers are accompanied by a bit of blood in the stool. I recall a couple years ago when I did a fool thing and donated blood and then tried to run a 10K 3 days after. It was NOT good. In fact it took me 4-6 weeks to get my wind back after giving blood. I don't I lost much blood due to the ulcer but I wonder if it's a factor.

At any rate I think I better take it easy a bit this week and hope I have some stamina back by the weekend for the next 20 miler. Luckily I haven't yet signed up for the Rex Lee 10K on the 24th like I had originally planned. I think I'll bag the short races until after Boston.

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Somewhat laid-back run up EagleView with Paul and Cory. Thanks guys for going easy on me today.

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Crosstrain day.

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Still fighting a cold. No energy. No fun. Just looking forward to when I start feeling normal again.

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Crosstrain day - Bike/Stair. Still fighting cold and/or allergies. Hope I feel better by Saturday for schedule 20+ miler.

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Did a wimpy weights workout today. Was a slacker, can't seem to get rid of cold and/or allergy that's plagued me all week.  No sure how planned 20-miler tomorrow is going to go.

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Well I'm very relieved to get this run under my belt. I thought it could go badly based on the last couple of weeks but all in all it went pretty well. I slowed my pace a bit compared to other weeks and was able to finish without too much of the exhausted, no-stamina feelings I've had during most of my runs lately. I think overall my average pace was around 8:55 with a few marathon pace miles thrown in along the way (8:00-8:30 pace). So I'm hoping maybe I can pull out of the rut I've been in and at least enjoyed some degree of improved endurance even if my speed has taken a step back. Also I think my cold/allergy problems are near an end.

I even went a couple of bonus miles, the reason being I had the choice of either run the last 3-4 miles alone to finish with 20 miles OR run 22 miles with some companionship, so I opted for the companionship with no regrets (yet.... maybe Monday I'll have a different story)

I've found it helps me out quite a bit to run the 1st 6-7 miles solo, starting an hour early (5am) before meeting up with the SF main running group at 6am. I run these solo miles pretty easy and I found I seem to have alot more energy for the next 13-15 miles running with a group.

I'm planning on 1 more 20+ miler in 2 weeks before I taper for Boston which is on April 16.

 

 

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EagleView run at lunch, finally starting to feel 1/2 normal again. Still not 100% but at least the run was enjoyable. Still a bit sore from the 22-miler on Saturday. Cory went a few minutes early today due to 1pm meeting, I left a few minutes after Cory and before Paul in hopes of catching Cory and then joining Paul later for perhaps a 2nd go up the hill. Unfortunately Cory and Paul were too fast so I never did catch Cory and Paul caught me sooner than expected as he was cranking out some good sub 7:00 miles to get his legs warmed up for his 10K on Saturday.

Forgot my watch so I'm not sure exactly what my pace was.

 

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Due to BrainShare duties during the day I did a treadmill workout in the morning. The allergies are still bothering me but I was feeling pretty good so after 2-mile warmup I set the treadmill to 6:58 pace and did 2 miles. I was hoping to do 3 miles straight but wimped out a bit and stuck in a .25 mile break between the 2nd and 3rd miles.

Although I set the treadmill incline to 1 I feel like the treadmill is easier than the equiv workout on the roads. Next week I'm curious to try some 7-min miles on the lakeview course to see how I'm doing since I had my 'setback'.

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Best run I've had for quite a while. I think maybe I'm finally getting my legs/endurance back again. Wanted to push the pace a bit and do most miles around the 8:00 pace. Was happy that I was able to do this without totally running out of steam around mile 8-9 as has been the case previously. My mile splits were as follows:

1 - 9:08

2 - 8:07

3 - 8:08

4 - 8:20

5 - 7:53

6 - 7:53

7 - 7:37

8 - 7:48

9 - 7:48

10 - 8:16

11 - 8:36

12 - 8:16

13 - 7:57

14 - 7:56

15 - 9:43

One other thing I noticed after today's run I want to mention so I remember for later reference......with the spring weather as a family we worked thru most of the day doing some spring cleaning, mostly in the yard so I was on my feet moving around all day after the run. Previously after long runs I've done a lot of sitting/laying around and have felt pretty sore in my legs thru the day and the next day. BUT today with all the moving around my legs feel great! I guess I already knew that a walk after long run was helpful but I had forgotten what a difference it can make! I'll need to remember every Saturday after the long run to keep moving thru the day. As a side benefit it makes the wife happy too to have me taking care of all the honey dos!!

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Oh it's so nice to finally be out of the March slump I was in. Finally felt like I could push the pace today without feeling totally dead after 1 mile. Did a 1.6 mile warmup on treadmill then ran 4.9 mile EagleView course with Paul and Nate. Paul and Nate both had good reasons to hold back a bit with Paul having just run a great 10K Saturday and Nate coming off a nasty cold and not having run much for a couple of weeks. Thanks in large part to Paul's "motivational" trash-talking from behind me (it's not often that Paul is ever behind me) I was able to finish this run in what I think is my best time yet. My Garmin measured the following 'run' times (we stopped for about 1:45 total at 2 different stop lights):

1 - 7:53

2 - 7:52

3 - 7:49

4 - 7:00

4.9 - 6:15 (6:57 pace)

Total run time: 36:50 (7:31 ave. pace)

Total time including stops: 38:35 (7:52 ave. pace)

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Crosstrain day: Bike/Weights/Stair. Worked a bit harder than recently since I've been feeling good lately. Hopefully I won't overdo it.

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Treadmill workout today since the weather was nasty. As I've been feeling pretty good this week I decided to go with the flow and try running some near 7:00 pace miles like we were doing a few weeks ago before I had my 'slump'.  After 2 mile warmup, happilly I was able to hold the pace (6:58 on treadmill) for 3.5 miles before I slowed down for a cool-down mile.

However I'm always a bit skeptical about treadmill workouts as they always seem to be a bit easier than the equivalent road workout -- at least for tempo/speed workouts. I put the incline on 1.0 (1% ???) to try to counter the lack of wind resistance but I'm still not sure if I could duplicate this on the road. If the weather permits I'll give it a shot next week on the roads and see what happens.

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Crosstrain: Bike/Stairs (20 min. each)

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For some reason when I first entered blog for today it didn't submit properly for some reason. Paul and Kerry both document the run quite nicely on their blogs and I don't feel like repeating everything I did 1st time around so suffice to say had a good run up Provo canyon up to Trefol and back down. Enjoyed the run, feeling good to have 3 20-milers under my belt prior to Boston and looking forward to marathon.

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