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Atlanta,GA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • RICE

Personal:

Miles:This week: 15.00 Month: 81.50 Year: 2532.90
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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: 29.50
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176.0026.200.003.00205.20
Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 20.00Kinvara3 Detroit Lions Miles: 22.50Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 5.00Red Slime Miles: 8.00Saucony Virrata Easter M&M's Miles: 8.50
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7 miles on pigeon hill road in hartford, CT. caught a train from hartford to newark airport where we boarded our second red-eye in two days. next stop is london. 

 

happy new fiscal year.

 

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7 miles around burnham beeches. this is a beautiful, wooded area with plenty of soft trails, lilypad ponds, grassy pastures (horses and cattle included), and MUD. we ran in the evening after attempting to sleep off the jet lag for most of the day (we landed in london at 7am -- midnight in utah).

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7 miles around burnham beeches. slowly overcoming our fuzzy head syndrome. 

afternoon -- saw the sites of london: the river thames, houses of parliament, big ben, the london eye, buckingham palace, and lots of olympic stuff. the most exciting thing was watching the setup of the marathon start/finish line at the mall.

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10 miles. last day in burnham beeches. traveled to shaftesbury in the afternoon to stay with james's granny for a couple of days. 

  

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15 miles. very tough, hilly run around the shaftesbury countryside. the town of shaftesbury is perched atop a giant hill and is surrounded by the rolling farmland below. we ran two big loops around the countryside -- the whole run consisted of dropping into valleys and then climbing back out (very steep both ways). great training for des news.

 

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10 miles. another hilly run in shaftesbury. i learned that it costs 20 pence to use a public restroom here. luckily james always carries british coins in his running shorts. 

"gold hill" in shaftesbury

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lots of traveling yesterday. we left shaftesbury in the morning and drove about two hours to exeter to see uncle dermot and auntie ann. from there we drove into torquay to see grandma jill. then we drove for another two hours to hayle (cornwall), which is in the southwest end of the country on the coast. it's beautiful here.

9 miles this morning. after running and breakfast we went out to the sea and explored st. michael's mount near penzance. 5 more miles on the footpaths along the hayle estuary in the afternoon.

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10 miles along the coast path at the beach in hayle. 

in the afternoon we headed out to land's end to walk along shore and see a few sites, but unfortunately we never made it because we got a flat tire. neither of us had working cell phones, so we flagged down a very nice couple who let us make a few calls to enterprise and helped us get everything sorted with the tire. 

enterprise sent us to a garage in redruth to get the tire fixed, which was about a 20 mile drive from where we were. by the time we got everything figured out, it was 4pm and our original plans were spoiled. we decided to just drive into st. ives, which is another coastal town in cornwall and was much closer to the place we were staying. we consoled ourselves from our misfortune with fish and chips and "flakes". unfortunately, a gang of seagulls snatched up a portion of james's meal...

   

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7 miles. big travel day today -- we drove from the southwestern coast in the bottom tip of england and headed north to the lake district near the border of scotland. we will be here until thursday morning. this is our last real stopping area before we make our way back to london to fly home on saturday. 

we are staying in keswick (pronounced kezzick), which is part of the lake district. it's a tourist hot spot -- the town center has nothing but gift shops, pubs, and bed & breakfasts. the lake district is spotted with several large lakes (naturally), and is surrounded by mountains that are much more significant than one would find anywhere else in the country. if you head into the main square in the center of town, everyone (yes, everyone) you see will be decked out in hiking gear -- solid boots, trek poles, waders, packs, rain jackets, maps, etc.

we are staying in a b & b called the "abacourt house". i accidentally said the word "dollars" at breakfast one morning, and the whole room fell silent. one woman choked on her tea, and our tablecloth spontaneously caught fire. 

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10 miles in keswick. this morning we ran up a bridle path and then ran along some trails in the mountains. lots of climbing and lots of downhill pounding.

after breakfast we set out to hike up mount latrigg. beautiful views of keswick at the top. it rained quite hard on our way back down -- the weather joke here is "if it's not raining right now, it will be soon."  it's actually an exceptionally cool and wet year across all of england -- lots of very serious flooding in many areas right now. 

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10 miles around lake derwentwater & friar's cragg in keswick. 

today we walked out to the castlerigg stone circle -- very similar to stonehenge except this time it was free and we could walk right up to the stones. basically, it was a bunch of stones laid out to form a circle in the middle of a grassy knoll. the cool part about it is that it was in a very central part of the valley and offered a 360 degree view of keswick, including all of the major crags/peaks. no one really knows what exactly it was used for, but it is estimated to be at least 4,500 years old.

after that, we walked down to lake derwentwater and rented a rowboat. we cruised (splashed and trudged) around the lake for an hour and formed some solid blisters on our hands. we originally started out taking turns rowing, but soon discovered that neither of us were strong enough to row alone. we both ended up sitting on the tiny center seat of the boat and operated one oar each. we made a terrible rowing team -- i don't think we made even a single stroke in sync.

 

stone circle

stroke!

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last day is keswick. 10 miles along a rail path + a few miles at lake derwentwater.

in the afternoon we drove to hebden bridge to visit james' aunts joan and bren and his cousin joss. then we hit the road yet again and drove to bradford to see his aunt dot. we spent the night at dot's house to break up the long drive back london.

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8 miles through the forests of bradford. today is our last day here. we spent most of it in the car driving back to london, but fortunately we had a great reward waiting at the end -- the aviva london grand prix diamond league track meet! 

it was actually quite a stressful drive from bradford to london. there was lots of traffic and we had a few mishaps/wrong turns that led us off course for more time than we had bargained for. we also had to catch a train to crystal palace where the meet was being held, and it was a 90 minute ride one way. we eventually made it to the meet just in time to see the women's 5000m, followed by the women's 1500m, the men's 5000m, and the men's 100m final. it was so cool to see it live and up close.

 

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no run today. right now it's 1:30am london time on friday night/saturday morning. we have a direct flight to LA, so the flight time will be 12 hours...i'm sure we will be doing a lot of sleeping to pass the time. we're due back in SLC at about 10pm tomorrow night, and since we magically gain seven hours during the flight, it will be a 22 hour day of traveling for us. aye!

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10 miles around salt lake city, USA.

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9 miles. sunnyside up. 10 x 1 minute on/off. 

i actually did this on tuesday...i guess i could just change it but my knees hurt so i'm just going to be lazy and type out the fact that i made a mistake in my blog and i have no intention to fix it ever.  

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apparently i have no idea what day it is. i took monday off. tuesday's run is listed on monday. wednesday's run was listed here but i just deleted it and moved it to wednesday. tomorrow is sundae. 

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5 miles after work. the taper is on in full force -- less than a week to go. 

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7 miles. fun to be back with the JAJAK group this morning. my schedule changed at work, so everyone was kind enough to change from our typical wednesday run. as an interesting historical tidbit, JAJA was acutally born on thursday but eventually changed to wednesday to accommodate my fickle schedule. i'm so difficult. 

some data for des news...

2009 – 2:56:41

2010 – 2:54:35

2012 – 2:53:00 (Goal)

1 – 6:04

1 – 6:21

1 – 6:12

2 – 6:07

2 – 6:05

2 – 6:16

3 – 6:08

3 – 6:06

3 – 6:05

4 – 6:11

4 – 6:18

4 – 6:14

5 – 6:12

5 – 6:32

5 – 6:27

6 – 6:51

6 – 6:57

6 – 7:07

7 – 7:30

7 – 7:25

7 – 8:12

8 – 7:16

8 – 7:08

8 – 7:05

9 – 6:26

9 – 6:34

9 – 6:13

10 – 6:37

10 – 6:47

10 – 6:48

11 – 6:28

11 – 6:30

11- 6:25

12 – 6:33

12 – 6:26

12 – 6:16

13 – 6:37

13 – 6:29

13 – 6:27

14 – 6:41

14 – 6:31

14 – 6:30

15 – 6:35

15 – 6:35

15 – 6:19

16 – 6:40

16 – 6:39

16 – 6:28

17 – 6:46

17 – 6:35

17 – 6:49

18 – 7:00

18 – 7:03

18 – 6:41

19 – 6:47

19 – 6:42

19 – 6:17

20 – 6:49

20 – 6:40

20 – 6:49

21 – 7:22

21 – 7:04

21 – 6:57

22 – 6:30

22 – 6:26

22 – 6:10

23 – 7:06

23 – 6:32

23 – 6:36

24 – 6:42

24 – 6:24

24 – 6:35

25 – 7:03

25 – 6:49

25 – 6:40

26 – 7:50

26.2 – 8:44

26.2 – 8:16

 

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sugarhouse 10k loop with james. 

draper days 5k tomorrow. 18:30, 18:31, 18:36 -- those are my times from the past three years. i would really like to go under 18:30 to feel better about my goal for des news. 

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Race: Draper Days 5k (3.107 Miles) 00:18:18, Place overall: 4
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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18:18 at draper days today -- 5:44, 5:42, 6:15, :38

i'm very happy about this and i feel like i finally had a race that i can call a success after several flops so far this year. this is also a 5k PR -- my previous PR on a flat and accurate course was 18:20 at tremonton in late 2010 when i was in decent 5k shape. 

the race was very fun and competitive as usual: 

1-susannah hurst 18:03

2-janae richardson 18:09

3-stefanie talley 18:17

4-allie s'moore 18:18

5-devra vierkant 18:26

while i know that anything can happen in the marathon, i thought that if i could break 18:30 it would be a good indication that i am prepared for des news. i'm hoping the outcome of today's race means my goal of sub-2:54 is reasonable. then again, it's des news -- i could end up running 6:37.

Des News Build Up

2009

2010

2012

Six Weeks Out Mileage

42.5, 53.1, 50.5, 56.6, 67, 46, (38.7 on race week)

43, 53, 52, 55, 68, 53, (44.2)

62, 64.5, 61, 63.5, 70, 55, (51.7)

Finish Time

2:56:41

2:54:35

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Spring Marathon Time

3:04:04

3:03:35

2:59:31; 3:00:37

Draper  Days Time

18:30

18:31

18:18

Mileage to Date

1457.5

1490.4

1668

ruth's for breakfast -- eating on the course is a must on race week. 

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day off. i'm sore from yesterday's race. cripes!

james and i went to see WICKED this afternoon -- i got the tickets way back in november as a christmas present, so we've been anticipating this for eight months. definitely worth the wait. 

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one loop around liberty park. 

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Race: Des News Marathon 2012 (26.2 Miles) 02:57:16, Place overall: 2
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marathon #23. des news #6. second place #3 for 2012. 

splits: 6:40, 6:19, 6:19, 6:12, 6:21, 6:06, 6:41, 7:20, 7:05, 6:21, 6:37, 6:29, 6:29, 6:33, 6:29, 6:28, 6:59, 6:20, 6:58, 6:45, 6:54, 7:41 (i'm in trouble), 6:29 (reborn, but it won't last), 6:58, 6:56, 7:17, 8:01, 1:36 (.2) 

ouch. i am mentally and physically broken right now.

the short version goes like this: i thought i was ready to run a 2:53 today, and i thought i had experienced the course enough times to know what was coming and to deal with it appropriately. i felt more prepared and ready to do what i wanted in this race than i ever have before. but maybe my arrogance in thinking i had des news figured out was where i went wrong. it ate me alive and very clearly and painfully reminded me that the des news beast rules all. it was certainly a humbling race today. 

i finished four minutes off my goal time and took second place overall. i give all the kudos in the world to annie o'donnell, who was the female winner of the race. not only did she run des news as her first marathon, but she won it, and she won it handily (2:53:49). she showed a remarkable level of toughness in doing what she did today. she went all in on this race, and i was too chicken to match her move. i held back with the intent to try and catch her in the later miles, but it never happened. not even close. she battled on while i died a slow death. i will admit it was tough to watch this unfold and realize i was never going to make up the ground, but she has all my respect for her determination, grit and talent. 

the morning began with the usual lone bagpipe player standing in the weeds, serenading our warm up. i spotted annie at the start and we introduced ourselves. she took off right from the gun, but i stuck with my usual strategy of a very conservative start. 

i was running in the wasatch running center pack consisting of trent, brad, brett and myself. we were all in WRC singlets of different design and color, which i found amusing. i hung with these guys until we began the ascent up little mountain, and then they moved ahead and i couldn't match their pace. 

i stayed right on track up the hills, and even banked a bit of time from my target splits. i was finally warmed up and feeling good when i reached the top (although i had to fake not being tired for zazoosh), and i felt great running down the other side as we dropped into emigration canyon.

i passed by annie at the turnaround section and she was looking strong and solid (i was on my way in while she was on her way out). i also saw james, which was delightful.

out of the turnaround, it's five miles to the bottom of the canyon. i put it on cruise control and i felt good. my splits were right where i wanted and they were coming easy. i went through the half at 1:26:00 exactly. i was feeling loose and relaxed, although i was getting anxious to see how the race would unfold. annie was nowhere in sight, but this has happened to me before -- twice. the other two times i was worried the race was already over, but in the end the front runners came back to me. patience.

i came out of the canyon and approached the welcomed hill up crestview to wasatch. what a relief to stop using my quad muscles for a brief moment. it started raining at this point. bring it. england prepared me for this one. it didn't last long and it was very refreshing. 

wasatch was tough as usual, but i sensed my legs were more fatigued and sore than they have been in the past. this is where the first sense of worry and doubt creeped in. i know wasatch is tough, but i also know there is much harder stuff to come. was i prepared to deal with it? i didn't know, but i decided stewing over it was only going to draw more attention to my tired legs, so instead i started singing "jar of hearts" to myself (the dark tune seemed to fit the mood). 

just before the short-lived downhill on thunderbird, i caught up with a guy i thought i recognized. he introduced himself as one of the goons that ran with me at top of utah last year. i instantly remembered him and how encouraging and helpful he was for me, and i was hoping we could work through the next tough section along foothill together.

unfortunately, he was not feeling great, and he waved goodbye as we turned onto foothill. facing foothill alone? shoot. i really lost a lot of momentum here. the stretch along foothill is downhill for the most part, but there are a few undulations that really get to you. the positive side to foothill is that it's a long stretch with a good view of the race ahead. i could make out annie's teal top waaay off in the distance. she was a speck. now was the time to go after her, but unfortunately i had no go. my stride was heavy and flat, and my HR started going up. i knew what this meant -- pain is coming. lots of it. i wasn't even to mile 20 yet!

somewhere along here i saw my dad and kimmie cheering me on. i was briefly lifted, but i was also very tired and didn't "perk up" as much as i normally do when i pass by familiar faces. they informed me that annie was about 2 minutes ahead. while that was quite a gap, it was not an insurmountable one. motivation to keep going.  

i somehow managed to keep a bit of focus through the small uphill near the sunnyside intersection, but getting up it completely drained me again and i could feel my pace faltering. that is right about the time that i started seeing more familiar faces -- adam, kam, andy. they were all very encouraging and i was briefly revived. the long downhill stretch down 500 south was also a nice boost to my pace. it was here that i saw michelleL (!!! in the USA!), melody and josse running up the course. i so much appreciated their cheers and encouragement, but the best thing i could manage was a floppy wave and a giant frown. sorry. but thank you. 

all of the above encouraged me by telling me i was gaining on annie. i could see she was closer than she was when i first got onto foothill, but the gap was still great and i had a lot of ground to make up. i was so tired. my brain was hurting because i was longing to catch annie and i just couldn't find the gears i needed to close the gap. i was so drained physically at this point, but the mental anguish of chasing someone down who was only very slowly getting closer (if at all) really started to take its toll.

the hill at 1300 east onto south temple didn't help my chances. my pace once again came to a standstill and i started feeling dizzy. why am i doing this instead of sitting at my desk at work? oh, right. it's voluntary. 

there's more downhill to work with on south temple, but i was just trudging through it. any sort of ground i had made up on annie seemed to be gone at this point. i could still see her off in the distance, but she was now a mini-speck. beep, beep, beep: "morale is low."

i turned off south temple onto 300 east and winced as i ran down the final stretch of downhill. my quads were toast -- and the cross-section would reveal the scrambled eggs to go with it. annie was clearly not coming back to me at this point. there wasn't enough course left to make up the ground. the only chance i had was if she started walking and i somehow magically sped up, but i knew the latter wasn't happening. i have never been in so much pain at the end of a race. watching the race slip away from me meant i had no mental safety net to keep me going when the physical strength was gone. 

my pace continued to fade along with my hope. the final mile was just awful. i put my head down and took tiny little steps to try and avoid using my leg muscles. clearly i wasn't thinking clearly.

800 south. if des news hasn't gotten to you yet, it will get you here. slight uphill, hot sun and a never-ending row of orange cones that let you know just how far you have to go. too far. it was here that i saw sweet amiee ride by a couple of times on her bike. she was very encouraging, despite my obvious tribute to hobbly wobbly. i said something along the lines of: "help me i'm dying" as she went by. thanks for the cheers, amiee. 

i finally made it to 600 south, and mustered one final push to the finish on 9th, but it was pretty pathetic. i basically jogged it in. i was spent and i was defeated. i really, really wanted that today, but it wasn't my day. annie had more speed, more talent, more guts, more determination, and more life at the end and i couldn't match that. again, so much respect for her amazing race today. she has a ton of potential.

post-race: i am so sore it is not even funny, and it's not even tomorrow yet. des news is by far the race that beats me up the most, but i don't think it's ever been this bad. i flattened out on the asphalt at the finish line and parked myself there for quite sometime (something i never do, because -- ick! there are rocks and leaves and bugs on the ground). james and i walked home, both in a pretty sorry state, although james seems to be faring much better at this point. he keeps displaying his ability to go up and down the stairs, whereas i haven't moved from the couch. 

i apologize for the melancholy tone of this race report. although i never go into a race thinking i will win, i always go into a race wanting to win. my competitive side is very competitive. it's also tough to see my finish time that not only is so far off from my goal, but is also slower than my last two races at des news. i don't know how i could have prepared better, and i really thought i was ready, which is why it's disappointing to me. obviously something was/is amiss and i need to think about where my training will go from here.

all of that said, i also want to say how happy and how thankful i am that i was out there running today. last year i was a spectator at the finish line, and although that was a fun and positive experience, i most definitely would rather be racing.

i have been healthy all year and have been able to run three marathons with no injury interruptions in my training. i'm grateful that i have the opportunity to run and to compete and to experience what i love to do so much. toeing the line of a marathon is a frightening experience because it exposes you -- your strengths and your weaknesses. you can't fake it. you are out there moving yourself along a great distance with nothing to power you but your own body and your will. although it's tough when it doesn't go as planned, it's a thrilling experience and it's always worth it. 

on to the next one. 

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walked around liberty park for an hour this morning. progress from yesterday, but still very sore.

this photo sequence cracks me up -- james and my grandmother. her job was to hand out finisher medals, and she was determined to get it done. 

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today is the last day of my five full days off. i took full advantage of the recovery time. i really needed it. i'll get back to it tomorrow, as it's time to start training for TOU. 

here's what the next seven weeks will look like (six weeks of training + taper week):

week 1: 46 miles / 5k on saturday; mid-long run of 11 miles

week 2: 60 miles / 5k on saturday; long run of 17 miles

week 3: 61 miles / 5k on saturday; long run of 18 miles

week 4: 65 miles / half marathon workout (1:30 pacer) on saturday

week 5: 70 miles / long run of 22 miles

week 6: 53 miles / 5k on saturday 

week 7: taper week -- 48 miles including marathon on saturday (pedicure and updo on friday) 

it may look like i'm on 5k overload, but it's by design. it's a good way for me to get at least one good workout in each week, and it also gives me weekly feedback. although i know it looks rather silly, it has worked for me in the past and i'm hopeful it can work again. i get very motivated for races, whereas i have a hard time performing in workouts when i'm running alone in the dark (which is 90% of the time). relentless weekend racing is the best way to ensure i get the workouts in. 

also by design, the mileage isn't going very high. i'll top out at 70 again, and have just three weeks at 60+. this follows the exact plan that i have used for TOU the past two years, and until it stops working (which could very well be this year), i'm going to continue to follow it.  

i've also tentatively set up my fall racing plans post-top of utah. right now it's filled with several 5ks and another marathon (CIM the first week of december). i'm actually still thinking about CIM; the alternative would be the seattle marathon on thanksgiving weekend. nothing is set in stone until i make it through TOU...

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.002.50

my TOU training plan that i was so excited about yesterday is off to a roaring start: 2.5 miles. i ran to the store and bought pineapple. 

Saucony Virrata Easter M&M's Miles: 2.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. infuriatingly successful espresso stand/potential location for a waffle truck loop. 

Saucony Virrata Easter M&M's Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
176.0026.200.003.00205.20
Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 20.00Kinvara3 Detroit Lions Miles: 22.50Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 5.00Red Slime Miles: 8.00Saucony Virrata Easter M&M's Miles: 8.50
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