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Location:

Atlanta,GA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

Miles:This week: 10.00 Month: 102.00 Year: 102.00
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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
147.000.0013.003.00163.00
Nike Free Strawberry Kiwi Breeze Miles: 45.00Nike Free II Miles: 22.00Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 3.00Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 14.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 54.00Red Slime Miles: 22.00
Night Sleep Time: 2.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 2.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

3 miles on the grass at liberty park. happy new fiscal year.

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Race: NSL 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:30:40, Place overall: 117001, Place in age division: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

this morning james and i ventured north to the aptly named city of north salt lake. nan is currently in town and told me about the NSL 5k, which she was planning on running with her family. i was very interested in running this race for two reasons: 1) to see nan, of course! and 2) to "officially" get back into the running scene after my month-long hiatus.

the last time i ran a 5k was on memorial day, and it ended horribly (i.e. i couldn't walk). that race was also the last time that i ran on pavement, so i knew i needed to be very careful today. i found nan at the start line -- she was running with her daughter breanne (who, by the way is very fast; 5 years old and a natural runner!). i knew i wanted to stick with them and try and keep up with breanne as much as possible. i was inspired by her determination and athletic prowess, and i knew i would be lucky if i could stay with her through the first mile.

it turns out that nan and i were able to hang on until about half way through the race, but then she dropped us both and flew through the second half at 6:00 pace. nan and i picked up the pace to try and catch her, but it was futile; she was long gone. i am not quite sure what pace we were running once we picked it up (my internal garmin needs to be re-calibrated), but i know that it was the fastest i have gone since i started running again (faster than a jog). my leg felt good and it held up just fine, although my breathing felt somewhat labored. but that is fine by me -- the fitness will come back someday.  i was just glad to be out there running again. nan was kind and hung with me to the end and it was great to run with her for a few minutes and catch up. thanks for the great suggestion, nan!

*the city of north salt lake has incredibly immaculate park bathrooms. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

i had planned to run the freedom 5k this morning in slc, but after warming up along the course i decided it was too downhill for my liking -- the race started in the avenues and went downhill to the state capitol. it's a fast course that i would love to run someday, but not until i am healthy. i was just too nervous about my leg and i am certainly not going to take any chances at this point. so i decided to scratch the race and just jog the course down to the finish line. i was actually more interested in seeing the finish of the half marathon anyway, and i am very glad that i didn't miss it. james had a spectacular finish (i will leave it up to him to give the result...)

we saw catherine and eric at the finish with their very cute new baby, as well as andy and his family. overall it was a very fun and festive morning.  

after the race james and i ran one loop of liberty park on the wood chips. this gave me a total of 6 miles for the day without trouble, which i am very happy about.  

 

Nike Free Strawberry Kiwi Breeze Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 3 miles. ran to sugarhouse. 

PM - 3 miles. liberty park.

weights, core work, heel/toe walking.

i also performed the "hop test" and passed. 10 hops on the injured leg. a few weeks ago when i went to the doctor he asked me if i thought i could hop. just the thought of doing that made me shudder -- there was no way. my leg has improved dramatically over the past two weeks. still not quite there though... 

Nike Free II Miles: 3.00Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 3 miles around liberty park in the nonconformist direction.

PM - 3 miles around liberty park with james and his roommate chris. nice evening out.

heel/toe walking, icing and stretching.

i just bought some new shoes -- the 3.8 oz. saucony hattoris.  they look like a mix of water socks, altras and five fingers without the fingers. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

just 2 miles this evening around liberty park. i decided to pull things back a bit after feeling some soreness in my leg last night. on sunday i was all excited about my weekly plan to run 6 miles/day, but now that seems like it's not a very good idea (in fact, it's a terrible idea).

basically, i just went out to test my new shoes. i love them. i wore them without socks, which seems to be how they were meant to be worn, and it felt great. it's a snug fit but i like the feeling (although i do worry about the smell factor). they feel very similar to the five fingers, but they are 10x more comfortable to me and they don't seem to bother my calves as much (although i only went 2 miles). i could never wear my five fingers longer than 6 miles due to my imperfect toes that didn't quite fit in their assigned compartments. i like the "mitten" style of the hattori's much better. i think i may actually end up liking these better than the nike free...

Saucony Hattori Miles: 2.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

7 miles. two loops of the river trail in spanish fork with james, merri, lily and susan -- a fun group. there were a few times when i almost fell off the back because i am just plain out of shape, but they were all very kind and pulled me along. this marks my longest run since may and everything felt really good today. footwear seems to be helping a ton. 

breakfast at ruth's diner afterward. 

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Comments(18)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - drove to the top of big mountain to the des news start line. james had a long run scheduled, so i came along to give him water and powerade at a few key locations so he could test out his hydration strategy for the race. driving along that course makes me want to race so much...

PM - 4 miles around liberty park. 

 

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Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 3 miles. ran to sugarhouse and back.

the plan for this week is to get 40 miles in (running twice per day), and then run the draper days 5k on saturday (it will be ugly).  

PM - 3 miles in the rain on the wood chip trail. weights and core.  

Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 3.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. ah, sunnyside up.

it's been 77 days since i last ran this route. excellent lung and calf burn going up the hill. i thoroughly enjoyed it. this is the best i have felt on a run since mid-may. i'm still getting there physically --it's the mental aspect that has me feeling so good. this injury was weighing on my mind long before i actually found out what was wrong, and i finally feel like i can go out and enjoy running rather than being in pain or worrying about breaking something again. very happy. 

9:06 pace for the run. yeah!

Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

4 early miles in the dark around salt lake city. dangerous? maybe. this put me at 12 miles in less than 12 hours, which doesn't sound like much but it's a lot for me right now. my legs feel very tired. endurance has all but vanished... 

Nike Free Strawberry Kiwi Breeze Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. ran to the u of u field house. 45 minutes of weights and core. ran home. 

Saucony Hattori Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(15)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. i met james at liberty park and we ran a 10k loop around sugarhouse/slc. 

draper days 5k tomorrow. 

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Race: Draper Days 5k 2011 (3.1 Miles) 00:18:38, Place overall: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.003.0010.00

draper days 5k this morning. i look forward to running this race each summer because i like the course and there is always great competition. this year i was a little apprehensive going into the race for two reasons: 1) although my shin has pretty much healed, it still feels fragile and i really wasn't sure how it would respond to 5k pace; and 2) i was worried that my out-of-shapeness was going to be revealed to me in a very painful way.  

i honestly had no idea where i would fall today, because i haven't done anything since may that would help me gauge my current fitness level. i set a goal to finish under 20:00, but i wasn't terribly confident that i could pull that off.

i started out rather conservatively just to be sure that my leg was okay with the faster pace. i ran the first mile in 6:01. the feedback i was getting from my leg was: "i haven't done this in awhile, i'm not terribly happy that you are making me do this, but i am not going to break again. carry on."

the second mile was 5:45 (slightly downhill) and i sped up to try and pass a few people along this stretch. i was feeling alright here, although my leg turnover felt sluggish and my form felt sloppy. aerobically i was hanging on (not fine, but not dying), so i was actually surprised to see the 5:45 split (maybe that mile was short?)

the last mile is a bit more challenging with the slight uphill and a few turns, but this year it seemed much more manageable than before, probably because i had gone out slower so i wasn't in complete oxygen debt. i approached the finish line and could see the clock at 18:30. i really wanted to run 18:32, just to keep my pattern alive (2009: 18:30; 2010: 18:31), but i was too far away and i certainly didn't have much left for a kick (no turnover! no form!). i crossed the finish line and had a brief moment of extreme wooziness. i wanted to fall into the dirt and die. no, just kidding. but really.

after i stopped feeling black-outish, i was able to comprehend my time a little better and i was very happy with it. it wasn't a spectacular race by any means, but my 5k's never are. the time is right there with most all of the other 5k's that i have done in the past year, which is very encouraging for me after a month layoff and two months of very little running. it makes me think i didn't lose too much fitness after all (thank you, wal-mart bike). however, the endurance is gone. my legs are completely beat up (especially my calves) and i have a lot of work to do to get back into marathon shape.

after the race i cooled down with james along the course and then we added a bit more on the porter rockwell trail. another fun race morning!

10 miles today and 40 miles for the week. happy to meet that goal with no problems or setbacks. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

60 minute bike ride in the evening just to get my legs moving. they are sore.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

3 miles on the wood chips at liberty park. i wanted 6 today, but my body wasn't up for it. staying healthy is much more of a priority than mileage right now. 

i put together a (very flexible) training plan for TOU last night based on what i was doing last year. nothing "fancy" is on the schedule until august 1st, which is the date i really want to get into training feeling strong and able to go at it full speed. this gives me two more weeks to build back the mileage but still take it relatively easy. then i have 6 weeks of training and a 1 week taper. my body seems to have responded well to this cycle in the past, but we'll see what happens. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. sugarhouse loop. my legs felt much better this morning. i cleared out most of the sidewalk spider webs along 13th east as community service. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside down. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

7 miles. sugarhouse loop. finally cracked sub-8:00 pace this morning. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles around liberty park with andrea and emily. the pace was much quicker than i have been running the past few weeks, but it felt great. it was nice to get my legs moving better, especially after my very sluggish start to the week. great company and a very nice morning out. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.000.000.000.0011.00

11 miles. ran a big loop around sugarhouse with james on the bike (tapering). i had a few random aches and pains in the general shin area at various points during the run, but nothing significant. afterwards we had breakfast at eggs in the city. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

i experienced des news from the other side of the fence this year. it was a busy morning running around on the course and around the finish line, but it didn't add up to as much as i thought. about 3 miles total. originally i was planning on biking along parts of the course, but then i discovered that my back tire was flat when i went to load it in my car. i zoomed to wal-mart at 3:30 am for a new tube, and spent the next 45 minutes in the parking lot with a $1.88 wrench, but it was to no avail. i didn't think i was entirely incompetent at the simple task of changing out an inner tube on a bike, but for whatever reason i was having a lot of...problems. (can i blame the bike?) 

anyway, it was a fun morning seeing all the runners -- some awesome performances in both the 10k and the marathon. congrats to everyone that ran. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. 2 grass loops at sugarhouse park, followed by some neighborhood looping. i'm planning on running the timp 1/2 on saturday, although i am not yet sure if it is the best idea. i'm 85% confident that everything will be fine, but that other 15% makes me nervous. i'll just have to see how the rest of the week goes. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. sugarhouse out and back via 900 east. they are repaving a lot of the roads around here, so the air was filled with the smell of hot tar. the run was pretty slow for the first half, as i was still trying to wake up after another wipe-out wednesday (16 hour work day, starting with a 4am run). i am feeling more phantom pains this week than i was last week, and it's so hard for me to tell whether or not they are legitimate. i may have to slow things back down again if they don't go away. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

5 miles. ran a few loops on the wood chips around liberty park with james. we kept the pace slow and easy, as james is recovering from des news and i am planning to run the timpanogos 1/2 tomorrow. i'm fairly confident that my leg will be okay with this, but if anything feels "off" i may have to pull up and jog it in, or possibly even stop completely. this probably isn't the best attitude to have going into a race, but i want to at least make the attempt because i think there is a very good chance that my leg won't bother me at all. if that is the case, i will get some good training out of it, which will be very beneficial for me right now as i try to claw my way back into shape before TOU. 

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Race: Timpanogos Half (13.1 Miles) 01:21:20, Place overall: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
1.000.0013.000.0014.00

splits: 6:01, 6:08, 6:09, 6:17, 5:15 (are you sure?), 5:59, 5:37, 5:45, 7:28 (momentarily forgot i was in a race), 6:23 (regroup), 6:32, 6:34, 6:28

i'm really happy with how the race went today, although the final five miles were some of the hardest i have run for quite some time (more on that later). i was nervous going into the race because i wasn't sure how my leg was going to respond on the downhill course. i read some race reports from the AF Canyon Half (mostly the same course), and the descriptions of the course left me feeling even more nervous that what i was doing was a bad idea. i decided to at least start the race, and if my leg wasn't feeling it i would just jump in the river and float my way down the canyon. 

i could feel my leg as i jogged around the start line, but it was nothing significant. i conducted a "hop test" (10 jumps on the bum leg with no pain = great sign) and it was successful. anything to reassure myself that i wasn't about to do something i would regret. the top of utah marathon is my main goal right now, and i would hate to miss out on it for doing something stupid. i told myself i would pull out of the race if there was even the slightest bit of trouble. 

i lined up on the very edge of the very tiny timing mat and gave one last rub down/pep talk to my leg. i saw rob rohde and we exchanged a few words (in the friendly type way). it was nice to see him there, as he is also getting back into it after a stress fracture. back in may when i was first spiraling into injury doom, i remember reading a post from rob saying that he signed up for the timp half because he wasn't going to be able to run des news. my heart sank for him as i thought to myself, "that is too bad. at least i don't have a stress fracture. i will not miss des news." well, i missed des news. hive five, rob! i also met kristin ogden for the first time this morning, which was great. she was very nice and said some encouraging things about post-stress fracture pain (she's been there, and she didn't seem worried by what i was about to do). 

i started out faster than i normally would, but it was strategic. i was not kidding when i said the timing mat was tiny, and everyone had to file over to one corner of the start line to cross the mats (and the masses were being held in by tiny orange cones). i was certain it was going to end in a terrible, bottlenecked frenzy. i'm not sure what happened since i was in "fend for myself" mode, but it seemed like it actually worked out okay. 

kristin set a brisk pace from the beginning, and mary ann followed. i held back a bit and tried to stay in-tune with my leg. it wasn't hurting. or was it? it wasn't enough to alter my form or limit me in any way, so i decided to continue. i was running right with kacee houle, who currently runs for georgia state and previously ran for the university of utah. she was a freshman at lone peak high school when i was a senior, and was a budding star in track and cross country. she was a tenacious competitor and i remember being inspired by her work ethic in practice and her performances at meets. it was fun to be running alongside her and we were able to get into a nice rhythm. her breathing was calm and her stride was smooth and relaxed. i tried to follow suit and this helped me feel at least somewhat in control of my pace (for the moment). we talked briefly here and there, but we were both pretty focused on kristin and mary ann up ahead. we were slowly gaining on them with each mile. 

another leg assessment just before mile 5, as i knew there was a steeper section coming and i didn't want to get too crazy. everything still felt fine. actually, it felt great. i was finally feeling like i was running smoothly, which hasn't been the case for awhile. ever since i started running again a few weeks ago, i feel like my form has been clunky and lopsided. it was nice to finally get back into "racing mode" again and feel a bit more smooth and in control of how my body was moving.

about a mile or so from the canyon exit, we caught mary ann. kristin was also getting very close, but she looked strong and i knew it was going to take a lot of work to catch her. i also saw smooth near the bottom of the canyon who was making her way through a tough and crazy marathon. she looked awesome and it was so fun to see her there. we exchanged cheers (in the friendly type way) and the boost helped me pick up the pace just a bit here. kacee fell back slightly, but i knew she wasn't far behind. i also knew that she had good strength for the rollers in the golf course once we exited the canyon. i came so close to kristin at this point (maybe 5 seconds back), but once we reached the canyon exit, the fun ended (began?)...

the next part of the course went along the paved trail through the cedar hills golf course. overall it was a net decline, but there were some good little climbs in there that came at just the wrong times (for me anyway). about a half mile into the trail i saw james, and he jumped in with me for a bit. i told him i was done. several times, actually. remember, 7:28 split here. i felt horrible. he offered some words of encouragement and told me to focus on my turnover. i was really hurting, but wouldn't you know it, my shin wasn't hurting at all so i had no excuse to drop out.

the paved trail went on for quite awhile, and the whole time i was trying to get my breathing under control and somehow bring some more life to my legs. it became very clear to me that my endurance is still very much sub-par. aerobically i didn't feel great, but it was sustainable. the slow down was occurring in my tired, throbbing legs and i was just slogging through those final miles.

once off the path we ran down some long, lonely farm roads. the orange-vested volunteers and bright cones indicated the turns, and each time i looked to the distnace they seemed like they were an eternity away. one of the hardest sections came in the 12th mile, as there was one last small hill and i just didn't want anything to do with it. i was running for 2nd place now, as kristin had clearly kicked it into gear and was now gapping me by over a minute. there was a "photograhper ahead" sign just before the hill, and james reminded me to look happy (i tend to look extremely angry in race photos). i crested the hill and gave them my best attempt at a race glamour shot. i'll post it when it becomes available. alternatively, look for it on all the upcoming race advertisements.

there was a nice downhill in the final half mile of the race, which offered just enough momentum to finish it out. i was spent. with just .1 mile to go, we saw a very wobbly marathoner who was weaving all over the road, and then eventually collapsed in the gutter. he looked green and was speaking nonsense. it was very scary. james stopped to help and i kept going, yelling to the crowd that a man needed help. they all looked at me like i needed help, but eventually a few people took action and went to his aid. i really hope he is okay. 

i came through the finishing chute and saw i was going to be well under 1:22. i gave a quick high five to my ever-supportive mother and then crossed through the line, sufficiently exhausted.  i was happy with the time but wasn't too happy with what it took to get there. i felt so much more in control during SLC half this spring, where i ran over a minute faster on a slightly slower course. today i just didn't have the training under me. as i said after draper days, my fitness seems to have stuck around somewhat with all of the bike riding, but i just don't have the miles in my legs to pound through the tail end of a race when things get tough. this is hopefully something that i can remedy before TOU with some good long runs and a few solid workouts and/or races. 

james and i hung out for a bit after the race, but i was feeling pretty tired so we didn't stick around for too long. we ran into carina and walter on our way out and had a nice chat with them. on our way back to SLC we stopped at IKEA. i missed the exit twice because i couldn't see the building.  

 

Nike Free II Miles: 14.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
147.000.0013.003.00163.00
Nike Free Strawberry Kiwi Breeze Miles: 45.00Nike Free II Miles: 22.00Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 3.00Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 14.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 54.00Red Slime Miles: 22.00
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