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Chasing Tail 5k

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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
179.000.000.0014.00193.00
Nike Free Seaside Miles: 20.50Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 26.00Red Slime Miles: 36.00Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 44.00Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 49.50Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. sugarhouse loop in reverse (up, up, up 1300 south). leaves everywhere!

Nike Free Seaside Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. first ice encounter of the season, most likely caused by negligent sprinkler management. the sidewalk was a mess. 

weights and core later this evening -- i'm on the "90 days to tirunesh dibaba" plan. sub-18.  

Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(19)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.750.000.000.007.75

JAJA in the AM. 

Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 7.75
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(21)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. emigration market loop. warm morning. 

chasing tail 5k tomorrow at wheeler farm. i'm preparing for a muddy and snowy race.  

Red Slime Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Race: Chasing Tail 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:20:22, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.250.000.003.0010.25

chasing tail 5k this morning -- a fundraiser for therapy animals of utah. "friendly dogs on a leash" are encouraged to participate with their owners. the course loops 2.25 times around wheeler farm and finishes in front of the big barn. 

i woke up to heavy snowfall, which continued to fall off and on throughout the morning. most of the course runs along the dirt and/or gravel path through the farm, so the snow was accumulating nicely with no way of clearing it. the snow actually ended up being a good thing as far as footing goes, as there was more traction on the snow than there was on the slick and slushy road sections and in the mud puddle traps. i wanted to run around 18:20 and beat my time from last year, but knew i had to throw that out the window and just treat the race as a hard (and messy) workout.

the first loop: decent. i kept the effort honest even though i was running in the high 6:50s. i took all the corners wide, slowing significantly and taking small, choppy steps so as not to fall in the goose dung mud (it was an eerie yellow-green color and slippery and thick -- reminiscent of split pea soup).  i was running completely alone -- james and two other guys were ahead of me and there was no one close behind. it was very quiet and all i could hear was the sound of my breathing, the schlopping of my feet through the snow soup, and the occasional "thud" of a snow clod falling from a burdened tree branch. 

the second loop: i lost focus and fell out of racing mode completely. i started catching up to the dog walkers about a quarter mile into the second loop. this is expected in this race (it's part of the fun!) and the dog owners are very good about moving to the side when other runners start coming through. however, i had to slow down almost to a walk at one point, as there was a doggy delay in a narrow and uneven section of the course (big rocks sticking out of the snow). i even paused briefly to give a head pat to a beautiful (and huge) german shepherd.

i got myself going again but it wasn't much faster than a jog. my breathing had stabilized (not a good sign in a 5k), and i was feeling comfortable with a half mile to go (also not good). i surged a bit to remind my legs that they were in the middle of a 5k, but i didn't get much response. the final turn was on a cobblestone path and it was super slick. i took it very gingerly, heeding the "don't fall!" warning from a course volunteer. at this point i could see the finish clock and it said 20:xx. wah. wah. i finished in 20:22 with mud-splashed legs (although not as dramatic as i'd hoped) and pink-purple skin (to match my singlet). 

i wasn't thrilled with the time, but i can't be too disappointed or take it too seriously.  i knew i wasn't going to run very well given the conditions, but i did feel like i got a good workout in, which is the main reason for the weekend 5ks.

cooled down with james with four more loops around the farm. thanks to TAU for putting on a great race.

Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 10.25
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(16)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. 

Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. ahhh, but i wore different shoes...

Red Slime Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(14)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. emigration market. freezing cold run under the light of a nightmare-before-christmas-ish moon. 

Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

JAJA run through sugarhouse and yalecrest.

Nike Free Seaside Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. sloooow through sugarhouse. i'm sick -- fever and all. this hasn't happened to me for a long time. my immune system is weakening with age.

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(14)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

still sick this morning, so no turkey trot tune-up for me. 

i was warming up around sugarhouse park with james when i decided it really wasn't wise for me to be running. i developed a deep chest cough last night, and my head was pounding with each step. we ran back to the track and i sat around and coughed while everyone warmed up. i then had the honor of starting the race with a raspy "go!" 

i took some photos and tried not to spread my germs on jake and andrea's cool camera. my throat and lungs were hurting too much to cheer, so i just stood there snapping photos and watched everyone run around in the wind. everyone looked good and ran well, but the way i was feeling i was glad i wasn't out there. i do wish i could have been more helpful in rounding up the geese for the raffle.

thanks to jake and andrea for organizing another race. even though i haven't been able to participate yet, i do appreciate what they are doing and i hope to make it out to the next one. 

after the race james and i traveled to provo to watch the NCAA mountain region cross country championships at east bay golf course. it was very exciting! i had a lot of fun despite being cold and coughy. 

 

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple 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
0.000.000.000.000.00

after nine hours of sleep, a nap, an orange carrot karma smoothie, and positive affirmations from a fortune cookie -- i'm feeling better. back to it tomorrow. 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. emigration market loop. i was still congested this morning, but felt 10x better than saturday. the best news of all is that i finally felt like i had my legs back. my first pain-free run in 57 days...

Red Slime Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(17)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. meadowlark park. needed to blow my nose the whole time. cough. sniffle. hack. 

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.002.508.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. 

i incorporated a mini-pre-workout fartlek into my run this morning: 3 x 5 min: 1min on/1 min off (5k target pace; just went by feel). i plan to add more of this into my training over the next few months, especially as the weekend racing winds down. 

one thing that is greatly lacking from my training: workouts. i decided to throw them away in 2010 because i kept burning out/injuring myself. i look back on those workouts from 2009 and early 2010 and just cover my eyes and weep. what was i thinking? there is no need to do a yasso workout and a 5 mile tempo run in the middle of a 20-miler on a treadmill on a monday morning.

anyway, the purpose of these pre-workouts is to remove all the dust that has been building up in my "fast system" over time. i've gotten used to sweeping it all into a corner for races, but it's still there -- piled high. it needs to be cleaned out so that i can start doing more serious stuff in the spring (with no injuries!).

Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(5)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 mile JAJA through sugarhouse. jake and andrea are super fit and at the tail end of their marathon taper. james is primed for the seattle half next weekend. they all commented on how great they were feeling. i said nothing as i brought up the rear, hoping they couldn't hear my creaking joints and heavy breathing. 

Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(9)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside down. warm and windy out this morning. 

flat as a pancake 5k tomorrow -- looks like another snowy day for racing.  

Red Slime Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Race: Flat as a Pancake 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:47, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.003.008.00

flat as a pancake 5k at west jordan high school. they changed the course this year -- a simple out-and-back so james wouldn't get lost. it started on the track and went along the road for a bit, but the bulk of the race was on a snow-covered canal trail. footing wasn't great (snow, mud, gravel), but it wasn't as bad as chasing tail a few weeks ago. 

18:47 -- 11 seconds faster than last year but the course was much easier (minimal turns and no grass sections). james kindly stuck around to pick up our awards (jamba juice!) since i had to dash off to work (covered in mud). 

Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(23)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

10 miles with james. 27th south loop. cold. snowy at times. hungry at times. 

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(8)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside down. 

PM: weights and core. a shift in my work schedule threw off my weightlifting groove (not that i lift weights all the time, but i've been trying). i haven't been able to get into a consistent routine just yet, but i only have three more weeks until my schedule changes again, at which point i can get more serious. the end goal is power quads and at least one bicep. 

Nike Free Seaside Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(7)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. sugarhouse loop. it was a warm and beautiful morning. the leaves on the ground have turned from fresh and soggy to old and crunchy. the trees are dead. the grass is brown and speckled with dry, orange leaves. the sun is out. the air is chilly yet refreshing. it's thanksgiving weather at its finest. 

cottonwood heights 5k tomorrow. it looks like it will be 30 degrees warmer than last year. i have never broken 20:00 on this course (hilly), so that will be my main objective. that will wrap up my racing for 2011...

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 6.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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Race: Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:19:34, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.003.009.00

cottonwood heights thanksgiving 5k this morning -- officially 37 degrees warmer than last year. i was thankful for that. the course is pretty challenging with a few good hilly sections, so i was happy to break 20:00 today.  

immediately after finishing i jogged back up the course to look for my grandma. i found her at at about the halfway mark and we walked the rest of the way in together. she picked it up to a jog every two minutes or so, and she was really motivated to pass people and not get passed. her shoe came untied in the final mile and she was mad that she was "losing time to tie the stupid thing." she finished in 53:40 and took home the gold in her age group.

my grandma is a remarkable woman -- she has a zest for life and an amazing amount of energy that she puts to good use every single day. i am very grateful for her and the positive influence she is in my life. 

happy thanksgiving, everyone.  

 

grandma elaine in her "dew tour" hoodie 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.500.000.000.0010.50

group run this morning on the jordan river parkway. RAD, QP, smooth, kelli, chad, annette, wendy, amy (steam8), catherine, and eric (and cute elliot in the jogging stroller). it was such a fun and friendly group and i really enjoyed it. 

the sun was out and the temperature was very pleasant for running. i had a nice time chatting with amy and smooth. we talked a lot about injuries -- bones, ligaments, joints, surgeries, stress fractures, ganglion cysts, etc. in the wise words of smooth: "nothing makes you feel more alive than running while in pain."


Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 10.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(10)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles on the provo river trail with melody, josse, and marie. it was so (emphasis added) cold running up the canyon. there was a nasty headwind and my face was numb to the point that i was having trouble forming words. we turned around at bridal veil falls and it was much more pleasant on the way back. great run. great company. 

Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(8)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. there was a family of deer hanging out in sunnyside park. i counted 14 before they saw me and dashed/pranced/blitzened away. 

Red Slime Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(12)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside down.

PM - weights and core. return of the wall sit.  

Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(8)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.002.508.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. spent the last 30 minutes of the run doing some speed play with coach timex:

3 x (5 x 1 min. @ 5k pace/1 min. recovery). 

Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
Comments(11)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
179.000.000.0014.00193.00
Nike Free Seaside Miles: 20.50Puma Tfx Roadracer Ghastly Orange Miles: 26.00Red Slime Miles: 36.00Kinvara2 Pomegranate Miles: 44.00Brooks Launch Purple Pineapple Miles: 49.50Saucony Type A4 Glow-in-the-Dark Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
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