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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 6.00 Month: 75.50 Year: 1860.50
TypeA8 Test Lifetime Miles: 170.00
Kinvara Test Lifetime Miles: 292.00
K9 Test Purpleberry Lifetime Miles: 287.00
Haunted Phoenix Lifetime Miles: 269.00
K9 Test Arctic Blueberry Lifetime Miles: 250.70
K9 Test Pinkerton Lifetime Miles: 244.00
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
139.0034.203.100.00176.30
Night Sleep Time: 22.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 22.00Weight: 102.33
Race: Eugene Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:03:35, Place overall: 17, Place in age division: 3
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0.0026.200.000.0026.20

eugene marathon

at stake: a year's supply of krusteaz pancakes.

splits: 6:37, 6:50, 6:57, 6:42, 6:56, 6:38, 6:40, 6:49, 6:59 (shoe tying frenzy), 6:49, 7:03, 6:59, 7:01 (half - 1:29:06), 7:03, 6:59, 6:51, 7:03, 7:04, 7:04, 7:05, 7:09, 7:03, 7:17, 7:10, 7:19, 7:18

pre-race: i left my hotel at 5:15 am and caught a shuttle to the starting line. it was a bit cold waiting for the start, but the conditions were ideal for running --- a few clouds but no rain, with a very slight breeze. i forgot to pack gloves before i left. no worries, i could just buy some at the store. forgot to do that, too. oops. i sort of panicked about this because my hands are ultra sensitive to the cold and i have a knack for losing circulation in my fingers. i did remember to bring my wannabe arm sleeves fashioned out of cheap black socks with the toes cut out. i figured i would lose them after about 2 miles, but i ended up wearing them the entire race. as for my shoes, i went with the nike frees. a great racing shoe with a bit of pink pizzaz. and as for my pre-race fuel: 2 bananas, 2 pieces of mango fruit leather, water + orange emergen c. all stomach-friendly.

starting line: i knew there was going to be a fast field of female runners, but i was not expecting so many. there were at least 20 going for an OTQ time. i knew it would not be wise to try and stick with them at 6:20 pace. i had already decided that i was fit to run 6:50-6:55s but not much better than that. the pack went out hard at the gun but i hung back and stuck with my plan.

the race, course, competition, atmosphere, location...it was all exactly what i was looking for. i really wanted to measure my abilities on an unaided course and just enjoy the experience. i had originally planned to go for an OTQ time but realized that i still need much more time and training to get ready for that. it may even take 4 more years (i.e. 2016 qualifying year) to build up the aerobic base to run that kind of time. it is going to take patience and work, and i have not yet put in the work necessary. so with that goal out, my focus was to use the race as a test --- where am i now and where can i go with it this year? i thought i might be able to sneak in under 3 hours and that ended up being my main focus for the race.

the first 10 miles felt smooth and controlled. i did stop at mile 9 to tie my shoe (ahhh!). my gloveless fingers were numb so it took me a good 12 seconds to fix. i surged to catch the fluorescent brooks men i had been running with and tried to get back into a good rhythm.

there were quite a few people around me through the first 11 miles, but then the course split and the half marathoners veered to the left. this cleared the road considerably and i ran alone for the remainder of the race. this was fine with me for the most part, except there was a nagging headwind that really started to irritate me in the later stages of the race. 

i went through the half in 1:29:06 and was feeling strong. however, i was plagued mentally by all of these negative thoughts and scenarios and i stopped believing that i could actually keep the pace up. "i am going to fall apart, i am going to fall apart." i tried to focus on other things and stay relaxed, as i really wasn't feeling bad and the pace was manageable. but i just kept picturing myself blowing up at mile 17-18 and crawling to the finish. i finally just stopped thinking about the 26.2 distance and focused on getting to 20. then i could break it up from there and survive 1 mile at a time.

the last 9 miles of the course were on a bike path --- a giant loop along the river bank. the scenery was beautiful with lush, green trees...but their shade, coupled with the water-front running and the headwind, left me feeling very cold. my hands were so numb that i struggled to push my split button on my watch. there was also plenty of cotton flying through the air and i was trying to avoid it at all costs. luckily it was not causing any allergy trouble, but if one of those came near my face i am sure it would have sent me into a sneezy, wheezy frenzy.

i made it to mile 20, and i hadn't yet fallen apart. the negative thoughts began to dissipate, although i knew i still had a long, long way to go. i kept up the effort, but the pace started to slow a bit. 21, 22 and 23 were very difficult. i went into countdown mode. one mile to the next. "if i can get to 21, i will be able to get to 22. once i get to 22, i only have to get to 23. once i get to 23, i only have a 5K left. and i love 5Ks!"

i had not passed any female runners the entire race, and none of them had passed me. i ended up catching and passing 3 of them in mile 24. apparently there were a lot of blow ups at this point in the race. almost everyone that i talked to afterward said that they hit the wall on the 24th mile. it ended up that only 2 runners achieved the OTQ standard (winner was 2:44:21, 2nd was 2:45:16). even so, the race was still relatively fast with the top 14 female runners coming in under 3 hours. my hope faded for the sub-3 when i got stuck in my low 7's rut after the half-way mark. my new goal was to come in under 3:04 and beat my SLC and TOU times from last year.

at mile 26.1, just before entering the stadium, i encountered the stroller of marathon death. stroller lady didn't see me coming (don't ask me how, my shoes are blinding pink!) and she jutted out right in front of me. i was heading into a turn and she stopped me dead in my tracks (the other option was to diveroll or hurdle over the stroller --- a feat i may have been able to pull off at 25.1 but NOT 26.1). needless to say, she threw off my groove and sent shockwaves of pain through my legs. i didn't have the energy to even say anything. i think i just put up my hand and made some sort of pathetic whimpering noise. i am just glad there was no falling involved. i was able to get my form back together before entering the stadium.

running the curve and final straightaway at hayward field was a fun experience. my fatigue faded for a brief moment and i was energized by the track, the crowd, the cow bells and the sight of the finish line.  i ended up finishing in 3:03:35. 17th female.

my hip didn't give me any trouble at all while running, but it tightened up significantly once i stopped. it was sore throughout the day yesterday and is still nagging a bit, but overall it feels much better than i thought it would. i walked around eugene for 2+ hours after the race and i think that helped a ton.

today (monday) i am actually feeling quite good. soreness is minimal, other than my back (i had a funky hotel bed). as for the outcome of the race, i am satisfied. it is not a PR and not even close to an OTQ time, but i feel like i put in my best effort and ran as strong as i could. even though i slowed a bit at the end, i don't feel like i ever hit a wall. i certainly need to build more fitness throughout the summer, but i think this is a good base to start from. time to make some summer racing plans...





 


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1 hour spinning. 16.7 miles.

pupusu:

push: 15, 15, 15

pull: maybe later

sit: 120 + 50 reverse

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5 elliptical miles in 39:40 with 5 x 2 minutes hard. 

sit-ups: 150 + 50 reverse

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pupusu:

push: 16, 16, 16

pull: 2, 1, 3

sit: 150 + 50 reverse

pseudo graduation today!  i am participating in the spring hooding ceremony but i won't actually be finished with my last class until june 12th. still, i am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. and it's the freight train of reality.

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Race: Renaissance Academy Race for Literacy (3.1 Miles) 00:19:23, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
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this morning i ran in the renaissance academy race for literacy put on by blaine hawkes. the race was well-organized and the course was flat and accurate.  the best part of all was that the weather was great (as opposed to last year's torrential rain). overall it was a fun morning and i enjoyed getting some miles on my legs again.

i knew this was going to be an interesting race since i hadn't run a step since the marathon. i kept up on cross training throughout the week but i wasn't entirely sure my legs would be up to the task, especially my hip. i ran a two mile warm-up and everything felt fine, although i was overly winded for the pace i was running. i could tell there was a bit of fatigue left over in my legs but i didn't feel stiff or sore. 

about 10 seconds into the race i met steve and we ran together for a good portion of the race. i hung with him as long as i could, which helped me to put more effort into the race than i probably would have if i had been running on my own.

steve was running strong and i knew it wouldn't be long before he dropped me completely. i was redlining it, while steve looked comfortable and his breathing was steady. yep, i was doomed. he took off at about 2.4 and i had no go to follow him. from here i was just hanging on and hoping i didn't  fade too badly. i was hurting. i've mentioned before how i love the 5k. i do. i really do.

steve cruised into the finish effortlessly and i huffed and puffed in behind him. done. onto the 10k.

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AM - 6 miles. allergy attack loop. both hips were sore...but not broken.

PM - pupusu

push: 16, 16, 17

pull: 3, 1, 2

sit: 120 + 50 reverse; 3x1 minute speed round AMAP

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my hip was acting up ever so slightly again this morning, so i opted for a 60 minute spin on the bike instead of running. no sense in pushing it right now.

and then...a stressful day of work trying to set up an "independent study" version of my class. woo!

followed by...150 + 50 reverse sit-ups to decompress.

as a

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crazy mud run. set out on a 6 mile loop but was feeling good so i expanded it to 10 miles. 7:50 pace overall. 

 


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irish wristwatch. 

just a test to see if burt's blog has trouble speaking that to him.

pupusu:

push: 16, 17, 17 (slight improvement)

pull: 3, 3, 3 (BREAKTHROUGH!)

sit: 150 + 50 reverse (stagnant)

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still searching for life in my legs. tired. tired.

best of luck to all the ogden runners! 

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super long but super fun day at the ogden marathon. i was originally supposed to help at an aid station but they needed help monitoring traffic in the canyon so i did that instead. they even gave me a bright orange vest and flag. i was referred to as "the crossing guard" on more than one occasion.

it actually ended up working out great because i had a front row seat at mile 21. there wasn't a lot for me to do in terms of controlling traffic since the canyon was closed, so i spent the majority of my time watching the race and cheering on the runners. i was very much inspired by the performances yesterday, especially the fast women's race including the awesome sub-3 finish by amber. congrats to everyone that ran.

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my two weeks of loafing are over. time to resume training, although i still don't know what that means for me or how i should go about it. 

north logan loop.  7:35 pace.


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zollinger park out-and-back via the TOU marathon course. 7:42 average pace. 

whhhhindy but no rain just yet. 

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north logan loop. another crazy mud run, but this time it was more serious. i was running on what looked to be dry dirt, but it suddenly became deceivingly goopy. i started sinking almost immediately and began to scramble and slip around to keep my shoes from being sucked into the depths of the mud. i mushed my way back onto the road and ran the rest of the way home flinging mud glops off the bottom of my shoes. the back of my jacket and my legs also received a nice splattering. thank you, rain.

pu: 4, 4, 3

pu: 17, 17

su: 150 + 60 reverse

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downright torpid. 

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mt. road. cold hands today.

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seven seas. so soggy. 

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last monday marked the beginning of my final two summer courses. 4 weeks. M-F. all day. fun! to make things a little more interesting i randomly picked up two more days at work (plus saturdays). so now i am commuting to SLC 3 x per week instead of 1. school all day, work and commute all night. really fun! 

so this week i am revising my running strategy a bit to ensure i get some quality miles in on the tighter schedule. shorter runs, better quality. 3 weeks to go...

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2 miles warm-up, 4 miles MP (6:59 (hill), 6:42, 6:41, 6:17), 2 miles ez with 1-2 min. surges @ 6:00-6:05 pace.

felt good today, although i am soggy again. rain is good.

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the ideal:

"when you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all of your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a great, new, and wonderful world. dormant forces, faculties, and talents become alive, and you will discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." (yogi patanjali)

 the reality:

"sometimes i feel like a rhinoceros who doesn't see well and whose power of concentration is terrible; he charges at something that's a long way off, then forgets where he's going and stops to eat grass." (unknown)

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long day. i had a huge presentation for a project i have been involved with since january. i was nervous from the second i woke up and didn't run well because i felt like i couldn't breathe. it was pretty terrifying, as public speaking is certainly not a strong point of mine. but somehow i survived. from there i literally ran across campus (in a skirt), jumped in my car, and drove to slc to work. i made it with 4 minutes to spare. got home last night by 12, wrote an essay, and was in bed by 1. glad it's all over.

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wowzers, today i felt really good. i have been stressed about my presentation for months and it is finally over. i am sure that had something to do with it. 10 miles north logan loop. 7:24 average. a bit of a tempo run the final 4 miles: 6:41, 6:50 (hill), 6:13, 6:03. 

 overcast but warm out. i overdressed.

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a bit chilly out this morning...cold hands WITH gloves. it was a beautiful morning though, with no wind. ran an 8 mile loop covering parts of the TOU course (the "hilly", turny parts). 

i am moving. to a house. in sugar house. one block away from sugar house park, to be exact. i'm a bit sad to be leaving logan (again) but not at all sad to get away from loud music/loud laugh man next door and ceiling crashers/stomp walkers upstairs.

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apparently logan stole all the rain today. but i dodged it because i was in american fork. 8 mile loop. felt great. 7:22 pace. 

50 miles again this week. not great, but i'm fine with it. i will be happy just to maintain this volume for the next 2 weeks. then i am hoping to get up to 65-ish again. and i'll go from there...

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took advantage of the time off school today to get a bit more miles in. 15 miles total in 1:55:49 (7:43 average). out-and-back on the TOU course. i ran pretty slow and sluggish on the way out but picked it up on the way back. legs felt good and the morning was beautiful.

have a great memorial day everyone. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
139.0034.203.100.00176.30
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