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Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

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10 miles with james. looped through sugarhouse and then ran down sunnyside. good run. 

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8 miles. sunnyside up. 

i'm looking forward to a good long tomorrow, which will put both my tibia and my endurance to the test. the result should give me a pretty good idea of what i can expect out of myself on race day. 

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this morning i went up to the ogden valley to run with jake, andrea and ken. we started up near causey reservoir and ran along the ogden marathon course until we reached the north rim of pineview. from there we connected with a nice trail to finish out the last five miles. the trail portion turned out to be a great simulation of the end of a race, as it took more effort both mentally and physically to keep up a good pace on the more technical, rolling terrain.

overall it was a great run. the first few miles were shockingly cold, but it warmed up nicely and the morning was perfect. the miles flew by and our pace was very consistent. this was a good mental boost for me leading into TOU, as i have a bit more confidence now that i can actually race for 26.2 miles (my first this year!). i think i have built back at least some of the endurance i was lacking at timp half in july, but i guess i won't know for sure until race day...

7:04 average pace. 

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boating and a bit of swimming at utah lake. the water level is still fairly high, so it wasn't neraly as gross as it usually is this late in the summer. 

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10 miles. millcreek loop. have a good labor day! looks like rain...

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8 miles. sunnyside up. soaked by some giant sprinklers about halfway through the run. 

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8 miles. sunnyside up again. it was really windy out this morning -- a crosswind on sunnyside and a strong headwind for the final 2.5 miles. i picked up the pace for the last mile of the run -- it felt like a 6:00 effort, but i only managed 6:35. 

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10 miles with andrea and jake through the neighborhoods in sugarhouse. it was another windy morning out. there were a few stretches (heading east) where we ran into a strong headwind, but otherwise the morning was pleasant and it was a really nice run. 

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8 miles. sugarhouse 10k loop with james. another 5k race tomorrow -- the layton classic. i'm only in it for the t-shirt. 

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Race: Layton Classic 5k (3.12 Miles) 00:18:24, Place overall: 1
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layton classic 5k this morning -- one final feedback point before top of utah next weekend. the race was very well organized and the course was legit. 

i warmed up with james and andrew (recently moved here from new hampshire). they both ran the 10k. we ran the full 5k course for our warm up to check things out and make sure i knew where all of the turns were (i've made a few wrong turns in my day). 

my legs were feeling good from the beginning, and i went out hard. there was one woman who was right on my heels through the first half of the race, so i was pushing the pace more than usual. we reached hill #1 about 1.5 miles in. it was short, but it stung -- a mean grade for the middle of a 5k race. i pushed up the hill as hard as i could, knowing i would have a good half mile or so of straight road to recover. it took me forever to get my breathing back under control (although it was never really under control). the second woman dropped back by about 15 seconds on this section. the last half mile went along a bike path through the park -- a few turns and another short but steep hill were the challenges here. once up the hill, the finish line came into view and i kicked it in. 

i am happy with the 18:24 -- it's 4 seconds off my PR (on an honest course) and it's my best race post stress fracture. it's also exactly the same time that i ran a week out from top of utah last year. it's not comparable, however, seeing as the race i ran last year was net downhill and had a few issues with wrong turns and traffic stops. i guess it's best to compare it to my other times on courses of similar difficulty such as draper days -- 18:38 this year and 18:31 last year before running 2:54 at des news.

i guess this race could actually be a PR effort given the difficulty of the course, but i'm not sure i should say that. the last thing i want to do is inflate my time or my fitness levels, as i have a specific goal in mind for top of utah and today was a gauge of whether or not i am ready for that. i've over-estimated my abilities in the past, which has led to some big disappointments. my confidence is not terribly strong, seeing as my summer training was interrupted and TOU will be my first marathon this year. i typically run 3-4 marathons a year -- one in the spring (where i usually lay an egg), one in the summer (to build up to the fall) and then the "key race" in the fall. my typical training and racing have not been there this year, but there is nothing that can be changed about that -- sometimes things just don't play out as planned. i have been very fortunate to come back relatively quickly from this injury, and i was able to get a solid 6 weeks of training in without any setbacks. i'm so glad that i am healthy and have the opportunity to run next week. i'm excited, but i am also very nervous. the outcome of today's race helped boost my confidence a bit, but i'm still unsure of what i can expect. one thing i do know -- it's my first and possibly my only marathon this year, so i'm putting everything i have into top of utah next weekend.  

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8 miles. sunnyside up. 

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6 miles. sunnyside up, truncated version. i ran two faster miles at the end in 6:08 and 6:01. they weren't all out, but i feel like i didn't get a very good return for the effort. it was very dark and i was hungry. wah. wah. 

bib#'s are out.  http://topofutahmarathon.com/runnersbib.pdf

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traditional day off. slept in until 6. this gave me a full eight hours of sleep, which is rare. felt so nice.   

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5 miles. out-and-back on 9th east. i'm anxious and antsy, but otherwise feeling great. 

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2 miles with james on the wood chips at liberty park. 

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Race: Top of Utah 2011 (26.2 Miles) 02:50:59, Place overall: 1
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marathon #20; TOU #7  

splits: 6:31, 6:25, 6:28, 6:23, 6:26, 6:25, 6:19, 6:18, 6:27, 6:32, 6:24, 6:17, 6:22, 6:13, 6:13, 6:28, 6:18, 6:23, 7:03, 6:24, 6:25, 6:51, 6:56, 6:51, 6:57, 7:01, 1:27 (.2)

first half: 1:24:01 second half: 1:26:58 

comparison to last year's race -- 2:51:11:

splits: 6:25, 6:30, 6:26, 6:28, 6:35, 6:24, 6:30, 6:21, 6:23, 6:27, 6:27, 6:27, 6:20, 6:15, 6:11, 6:25, 6:25, 6:25, 6:33, 6:41, 6:32, 6:53, 6:59, 6:53, 6:48, 1:27 (.2)

first half: 1:24:20 second half: 1:26:51

i signed up for TOU this year just a few days after i was diagnosed with a tibial stress fracture. my crutches were propped up next to me at my computer, and i was in a sulky mood about the circumstances. my time frame for recovery was 4-8 weeks, and i wasn't really sure how everything was going to play out. i had already missed a few spring races that i had signed up for and was on track to miss several more throughout the summer. i knew it was going to take some time for me to get back, but i was determined that i would be healthy enough to run TOU in september. i rode my bike to stay in shape throughout the month of june, then slowly started incorporating running again at the beginning of july. progress was slow at first, but i gradually increased my mileage throughout the rest of the summer, and was feeling hopeful that i could actually run a decent marathon in september.

i was mostly happy with the results of my races coming off my injury (one half marathon and several thousand 5ks), but my daily running wasn't going as well as i would have hoped. i was running with a constant "nagging" from my tibia. although i was certain it was fully healed, there was always that lingering soreness that had me worried i was going to do something horrible with just one wrong move. i continued on with my training and just hoped i could make it to the TOU starting line without any setbacks. 

two weeks out: james caught me checking the 10-day weather outlook for logan. he told me that not only would the forecast change over that amount of time, but that i shouldn't spend my time worrying about things out of my control. i told him the weather was a very important factor -- if the weather was horrible, it would ruin the race. he told me that the weather wouldn't ruin the race, but it may require an adjustment of my goals to better match the conditions. i liked that attitude, but as much as i wanted to not worry about the weather anymore, i checked the forecast everyday (multiple times).

race day: rain, and lots of it. luckily, it wasn't very cold. just wet. really wet. there was a nice downpour about five minutes before the start that left everyone scrambling for cover under the tent. it was pure terror. screaming, scrambling, splashing. i wasn't terribly happy with these conditions, but i remembered what james had said and i was not going to let a little rain ruin the race. i didn't really want to adjust my goal, but i was prepared to do it if conditions worsened.

start: the rain settled down, and all of the soggy runners filed out of the tent to line up. spirits were still high, and the energy was buzzing. the moment had finally arrived -- my first marathon of the year. i was excited, somewhat dazed, and incredibly nervous. i tried to relax and stay focused on the journey ahead. my goal for the day was to run under 2:50, but i knew that was going to take a perfect race to pull it off.

i started off in the lead for the women, running next to seth (pcseth). i used the first mile to test out the pace and see how everything felt. i knew i had run a 6:25 opening mile last year; i came through in 6:31 this year. the pace felt very comfortable and i was much more relaxed and loose than i remember feeling last year. TOU added a new element to their race this year -- pace groups. i was excited to learn that they had a 2:50 pace group set up, with joe wilson as the leader (ran in the trials in '04; won SGM and ogden in '05). there were about 20 guys running with him -- seth and i were about 30 meters behind. we decided it would be a good idea to catch up to them, so we threw in a surge and joined the pack.

once in the pack, i quickly settled into their pace and felt very much at ease. they were rolling along right around 6:25 pace -- it felt smooth and comfortable. it wasn't long before the pack broke up into two pieces. this time 12 remained -- seth and markP included.

once i had fully warmed up, i got into a groove and really started to feel good. this was right around mile 5. the pace was still comfortable and i was getting into a good rhythm. joe decided that he was going to start entertaining us with byu vs. utah jokes. that evolved into chuck-norris-goes-to-byu jokes, which evolved further into some ridiculous but entertaining stories (something about urinating on the run and walruses). then joe started talking about pacing again, and told us that it was "every man for himself" in the final mile of the race. he told us to save the 5:15's we had in our back pockets for that final mile. someone responded with "oh no, i dropped mine at mile 4." now it was my turn to attempt a joke. i hesitated, but then went for it: "don't worry, we can purchase more fast miles at the maverick at mile 18. i did it last year." (silence). oh. no. (recover! recover!). "ahem. er. it was a joke." (silence). "sarcasm." (crickets). then someone burped, followed by a "right on, man." and...no more jokes from me for the rest of the race.

miles 8 - 13 went by really quickly. i was still in a good place and i was right on target with my splits for the 2:49. we crossed the halfway mark in 1:24:01 -- target split was 1:23:59, so i was pleased with this. it started raining pretty hard toward the canyon exit, but i was staying warm and we were still right on pace. the pack dwindled down to ten in these miles, and from there to the end it turned into the "and then there were none" game. 

we exited the canyon and hit the first major crowd support area of the race at the turn onto hollow road. joe reminded us to stay in control and not let the energy of the crowd get us too exited -- we still had a long way to go. even with his pep talk, we were all feeling good and went through in 6:13. it was at this point that two more "back-up" pacers joined us -- two guys that joe used to coach was the only information i was able to gather. they were now labeled as the "two goons."

and then there were six...somewhere between the canyon exit and hollow road, we lost a few to bathroom stops, cramping, shoe tying, etc. we also picked up a few more ahead of us that we had reeled in. joe encouraged them to latch on, which they did. from this point on until the end of the race, joe took "roll call" every mile. allie? here. tim? here. matt? here? drew? here. etc. each time we lost someone it was kind of sad -- matt? silence. matt? oh shoot. and then there were five...

we ran through another downpour in the middle of hollow road, and now it was certain that i was soaked from head to toe. our shoes were squeaking on the pavement and we were all kicking water up off the ground into each other's faces. we made the turn off hollow road and onto the straight highway towards the maverick. i said nothing.

miles 19 - finish are definitely the hardest miles of the race, not just in the sense that it's the end of the race, but that the course is significantly harder than anything before it. the road starts to incline ever so slightly, and tired legs are very good at detecting the uphill. the course also starts turning/winding a bit through the neighborhoods, and it really makes you work. 

and then there were three...myself, tim and drew were the only ones that remained in the pack at mile 22, along with joe and the two goons (i didn't get their real names, and they seemed fine with calling themselves that, so i will too). we were all struggling here, evident by the fact that we were no longer running in a tight pack and the moans and groans increased significantly. joe finally broke all of us somewhere in mile 23. we all slowly started to fade back from him, each one of us spacing out a little further from the other. and then there were none...

joe took off with goon #1, and i was just behind goon #2. i called out to him for help, telling him he needed to get me to main street because i needed to see my family. he said okay and then sped up. i tried to stay with him as much as i could, but i was hurting. he kept turning and yelling "come on allie!" -- over and over. even though i wasn't responding pace-wise, this was extremely helpful for me. he finally slowed down and let me catch up a bit, but as soon as i caught him he took off again. even though i was frustrated i couldn't go with him, he was doing just what i wanted him to do. he was keeping me going. he was not interested in jogging my pace to the finish -- he was going to make me fight to the end, and that's what i wanted (he was keeping my hopes for a PR alive -- sub-2:50 is a stretch at this point, but still possible).

right on cue, my family appeared at the base of the hill on main street. every year they are there and it always amazes me how much this energizes me. they were all there cheering and holding sweet (as in nice, not as in sweeeeet) signs. it's always an amazing boost to see familiar faces, if only for a brief moment. i had all but fallen apart at this point, but somehow i managed to put my sloppy form together and make it up the hill. i rode that small wave of energy to the turn on 300 north, but then i lost it again. the good news: only one mile to go. the bad news: it felt like five. my hands were tingling, my head was spinning and my calves felt like they were on the verge of exploding. one more push up a small incline and then a short little downhill -- the second cheering location for my family. i pushed with everything i had to crest the hump and see them at the bottom. i came slapping down the hill wearing my latest grimace and saw james and the rest of my family standing at the bottom. the motorcylce was right in front of me with its flashing lights, and at that moment everything became calm and quiet in my head. it was finally certain that i would finish this race in once piece. an overwhleming sense of relief came over me, and my emotions started churning. 

two turns to the finish -- turn #1 and you see the 26 mile marker,  turn #2 and you are on the home stretch to the finish line. the sub-2:50 was long gone (clock was ticking at 2:50:28), but i heard james screaming at me that i could still PR if i pushed, pushed, pushed. i felt like i was standing still, but i was watching that clock tick off its seconds and i wanted the sub-2:51 no matter what. i crossed the line right at 2:50:59. the clock was kind enough to give me the one second, but it's a 2:51. 12 seconds faster than last year.

i crossed the line and just sort of walked straight through everything in a daze. i went over to the gatorade/water table looking for something to drink, feeling very emotional. i then saw james coming toward me and couldn't hold it together anymore. i started crying uncontrollably. i have never in my life felt that emotional after a marathon -- i was a soaking wet crybaby with blue lips. quite a sight indeed.

post race thoughts: i did not meet my goal today of running 2:50, but i am positive that i couldn't have gone any faster in those final few miles. the end-of-a-marathon slow down happened. i rolled with it the best that i could, but i was at my limit. maybe i could have gone out faster in the first half, but i suspect i would have had even more of a slow down in the second half with that strategy. the split comparisons at the beginning of the report are just to help me see the differences between my race this year and last year. i definitely faded more this year in the final miles, but i had a stronger first half. this follows exactly what i suspected would be the case -- i think i have better base speed this year but lack the endurance due to the training that i missed this summer. overall, i am extremely happy. conditions weren't ideal, but they weren't awful either -- i was actually very comfortable for most of the race (the wet shoes and socks weren't my favorite though). 

i would be remiss if i didn't give a shout-out to the many people who were there for me today -- my family went above and beyond to come see me race, driving two hours in the dark and rainy morning. they were all there cheering enthusiastically and showing their support. i was truly humbled by this, and i deeply appreciated their support. james -- he is so positive and sensible about everything -- he offers a lot of encouragement when i start rambling off my doubts and fears. he also endured my whining for the past two weeks about the weather ("what if it rains at TOU? i will probably die"). he had a sweet (as in sweeeet) race today, and i was very proud of him. 

i also need to thank pacer joe wilson, the two goons, and everyone who worked together in the 2:50 pace group. everyone did a great job of encouraging and motivating each other, and joe was phenomenal in his pacing abilities -- he finished in 2:50:01.  

TOU does a great job with this race every year, which is why i have come back seven times in a row. i love everything about the race. it is so well-organized and the course provides a nice mix of enjoyment and turmoil. it's a challenge for sure, but every year i learn a little bit more.

i'm extremely grateful that i had the opportunity to run today. i feel very fortunate to have been able to come back from this injury and get to a place where i felt confident that i could get through a marathon without re-injuring myself. i have definitely learned a lot from this injury, both from an attitude standpoint, as well as how i need to approach my training in the future. my biggest goal out there is to qualify for the olympic trials, but i know i need more time (as in years). i'm just not at that level, and i'm not sure i will ever get there but it's still fun to think about. a 12 second PR is a very small step, but it is indeed a step. i'll just keep trying to chip away at that -- accomplishing the smaller goals (sub-18:00 5k) as i work toward the larger ones (telling jokes that are well-received). 

-herald journal article

-photos of the race  

-official results

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i was sort of in a daze all day -- i was very tired and took several naps. james came over in the late morning and we went for a long, slow walk around liberty park.

while there, we ran into jeff shadley, who was in town for his wife's bike race. he was very kind and congratulatory about our races and it was nice meeting him.

several more naps and ridiculous feasts throughout the day. wiped out.  

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no running today, or for the next few days. my body feels fine, except for my calves. it feels like all the typical marathon soreness that would normally be spread throughout my body is all concentrated in my calves. it hurts just to touch them, and it makes me walk funny. i'm blaming the type A4's for keeping me on my toes the whole race. this isn't a bad thing, of course, but the aftermath is...ouch. 

feeling better today as far as fatigue goes -- i just couldn't snap out of it yesterday. 

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another day off. calves are significantly better today, but still not runnable. i experienced tight calves after the SLC 1/2 marathon this year but continued to train. i ended up injured, so i am being extra cautious this time around. 

no running = more time to eat. thai food!  

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i'm basically feeling back to normal today -- but i won't know for sure until i run tomorrow morning. this short break and mental/physical "reset" has been nice, but i am anxious to get back to training again -- the weather is perfect right now. 

i got an entry for CIM today -- the race is on december 4th. there are a few other races i am looking at, but i liked this race a lot last year and i think it would be fun to go back. i still have a few weeks before entry deadlines will force me into a decision. right now i'm just hoping i can stay healthy and resume training without trouble.  

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today i made it exactly one block before both my calves completely seized up on me. i walked home.

wow. this has been the most interesting marathon recovery ever. the longest i usually take off is 5-6 days after des news. it usually takes me 2-4 with TOU, but this time around it's different. i haven't been terribly sore, but my calves took a beating and they can't seem to get over it. no rush...

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one more day off. heading to seattle for the weekend...

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went to seattle with james for a wedding. ran 5 miles around mercer island on a cool, misty morning. we ran along winding roads and through lush forests on soft dirt trails -- it was beautiful. this was my first run back from the marathon after taking a full six days off. my body kept telling me it wasn't ready, so i kept holding off. my calves felt tight in the beginning, but they slowly loosened up throughout the run and i was feeling good by the end. it felt nice to get moving again -- my recovery from TOU took extra long this year, but it was necessary. 

PM: my first ferry ride.  

 

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another 5 miles around mercer island -- this time with more trails involved. it rained overnight so the air was fresh and the dirt trails had just enough moisture on them to make for perfect footing. james pointed out several landmarks/areas of interest and we got some nice views of lake washington and the snow-covered mt. rainier. it's a beautiful place. 

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6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. great weather! wow. one loop on the wood chip trail at liberty park -- there's a fresh layer of chips on the south and west sides of the park, so it was extra cushy. now they just need to fix the north end with all the exposed roots. i used the soft surface to warm up, then left the park and ran to sugarhouse. i finally felt like i had my legs back today. 

Nike Free Seaside Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. just dawdled along.  

i'm currently wear testing the hattori 2 lace -- hattoris that have laces instead of the velcro strap. one of the reasons i like the regular hattoris is the fact that they are laceless, but the new model with the laces actually works very well. they are just as light, but the laces allow the shoes to slip on a bit easier. they also eliminate the "hot spots" i was experiencing on the tops of my feet when i first started wearing the velcro strap model. they now look more like regular shoes rather than water socks. mine are lime green with purple laces and trim, which is awesome because it clashes with everything. that's what i go for.

 

Saucony Hattori 2 Lace Miles: 8.00
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

6 miles. sugarhouse obstacle house loop. 

PM: 60 minute bike ride. 10 minutes of plank.  

Nike Free Seaside Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(22)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles with james. sugarhouse 10k loop. i planned to go 8 today, but had to stop abruptly because my foot/ankle started complaining in a way that i didn't like. i'm not sure what it is, but i'm not taking any chances. we bagged the rest of the run and walked home. apparently my body is still trying to recover, so i need to back off again for a few more days.  

Saucony Hattori 2 Lace Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(10)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

3 mile jog. everything seems to be okay as long as i keep the pace slow. 

60 minute bike ride. plank workout. arm weights.  

Red Slime Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
150.5026.200.003.00179.70
Nike Free Seaside Miles: 30.00Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 48.50Saucony Hattori Miles: 12.00Red Slime Miles: 11.00Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 8.00Nike Free II Miles: 15.00Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 31.20Saucony Hattori 2 Lace Miles: 24.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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