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Location:

Ames,IA,USA

Member Since:

Jan 01, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Olympic Trials Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

3K: 8:58 Pocatello, ID 2003 (indoors at Idaho State)

5K: 14:55 Salt Lake City, UT 2010 (Law Day 5k)

10K: 29:33 Salt Lake City, UT 2010 (Des News 10k)

1/2 marathon: 1:06:59 Provo, UT 2010 (Utah Valley Half)

marathon: 2:21:59 St. George, UT 2009 (St. George Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

To get running higher mileage more consistently without getting injured

Sub 2:19:00 marathon

Personal:

I used to run competitively, and maybe I will do so again someday.  Right now I am primarily running to try and get in better shape, and to maintain both physical and emotional health, but also for the simple joy that comes when I run.

I am also the proud daddy of five little ones.  I love the opportunity that I have to be a daddy, and my challenge is to balance my family responsibilities with work and running.

Miles:This week: 32.40 Month: 98.70 Year: 241.50
Asics Speedstar Lifetime Miles: 2020.05
Asics Gel Ohana Racer Lifetime Miles: 2278.30
Adidas Adizero Lifetime Miles: 1364.30
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 183.10
Nike Free 5.0 Lifetime Miles: 2207.85
Saucony Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 749.35
Puma Faas 200 Lifetime Miles: 329.00
Puma Faas 250 Lifetime Miles: 421.40
Altra Adam Lifetime Miles: 1732.35
Baretrek Lifetime Miles: 225.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles in 44:55.

I ran the same route that I ran on Thursday.  I was very surprised when about 4 miles into the run I had a guy pass me.  Normally I don't ever have people pass me, even when I am running close to 9:00 pace early on in my runs.  I sped up and followed him for a minute or two, and then continued to run a little faster than normal because there was a race going on and I got excited even though I was running in the opposite direction of the race participants.  As a result, I ended up averaging close to 7:00 pace for a 2+ mile segment of my run.

Altra Adam Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.100.000.000.005.10

5.1 miles in 39:30.

It was cooler this morning than it has been on other days lately as we had a big rain storm last night.  It felt nice.

Altra Adam Miles: 5.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles in 47:47?

I ran 6 miles this morning and finished in 47:47 according to my watch.  However, I am a little confused because at about 4.4 miles I thought I was about 90 seconds under 8:00 pace, but by 5 miles I was only about 20 seconds under 8:00 pace.  Either I looked at my watch wrong at 4.4 miles, or I mishit the watch button when I tried to stop it to go to the bathroom.  This is one area where using the GPS watch would have been beneficial, because it would have recognized that I stopped and recorded it as such online even though I have the auto-pause function turned off.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.100.000.000.005.10

5.1 miles in 38:46.

I felt pretty good while running today despite starting the run with a temperature of 83 degrees, and finishing the run at 86 degrees.  I just kept things easy like I have been for a few weeks, starting off with an initial mile of 7:49, followed by averaging 7:34 per mile for the rest of the run.

Altra Adam Miles: 5.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.100.000.000.005.10

5.1 miles in 38:56.

I hit my estimated mile marker in 7:58 this morning.  It is the first time in the past few weeks that I have run the opening mile of my run in under 8:00.  My achilles didn't feel too tight either (that is usually why I have been starting off so slow).  Focusing on eating more in general, but also eating more of some specific foods seems to be really helping lately.  I also wonder if just taking things easy and not running any speed workouts has also helped my body to adapt better to the mileage I am running, as despite the low overall mileage I am still running consistently more than I have at any point in the past 3.5 years.

Altra Adam Miles: 5.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.100.000.000.005.10

5.1 miles in 39:39.

I felt decent after the weekend.  I was less stiff than I expected.  I feel like the things I have been doing to try and get myself to feel better have been working (mostly just eating more).

Altra Adam Miles: 5.10
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
32.400.000.000.0032.40
Altra Adam Miles: 26.40Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.00
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