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Atlanta,GA,

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Jul 25, 2005

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Marathon Finish

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Miles:This week: 10.00 Month: 102.00 Year: 102.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
153.9027.000.000.00180.90
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Night Sleep Time: 136.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 136.00Weight: 0.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

5.5 miles. liberty park loops with james. early, dark, cold, narniaesque -- exactly what i needed today. thanks james. 

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2.000.000.000.002.00

2 miles very early, then off to the airport.

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Race: CIM (26.2 Miles) 02:53:43, Place overall: 35, Place in age division: 3
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splits: 6:38, 6:47 (i can explain!), 6:40, 6:37, 6:38, 6:34, 6:33, 6:37, 6:41, 6:33, 6:30, 6:44, 6:26, 6:28, 6:33, 6:29, 6:30, 6:33, 6:30, 6:43, 6:39, 6:44, 6:44, 6:44, 6:45, 6:49, 1:25 (.2)

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i am currently stranded in sacramento due to the fog/inversion in SLC. my flight doesn't leave until 6 am tomorrow morning...an opportune time to write a race report! 

so, to begin: my original plan this summer was to conclude my racing season with the top of utah marathon in september. i ended up recovering from that race rather quickly, and i felt great all through the month of october (i'll attribute this to the extremely beautiful fall weather we had this year). i was feeling good about my fitness and was really itching to run another marathon. after a PR at top of utah, i wanted to see if i could do better -- i realize now that i was asking too much...

i researched several different options for late november/early december marathons, and after a series of fortunate and "wow, it's a small world" events, i concluded that CIM was the right race for me. one of  the main reasons i was attracted to this race was the fact that they had set up a 2:45 pace group, specifically for women who were looking to qualify for the trials. while i didn't necessarily think i could qualify, i thought it might be a fun race to "go for broke," as there was really nothing on the line. my original plan was to start out with the pace group and see how long i could hang on. keep in mind that this plan was formulated in october when the roads were dry, the air was warm, the leaves were vibrant, and i was motivated.

enter november. enter daylight savings time. enter oppressive work schedule. enter dark, cold, snow and ice. needless to say, my training has been less than ideal over the past month. i tried my best to stay in decent shape by running 5k's on the weekends. the rest of my training consisted of early morning slogs through the snow and ice; quite pathetic, really.

so how long would i be able to stick with the OTQ pace group? not long. i figured if i had a perfect day, there was a 0.1% chance that i could actually run a 2:45. on a great day i might be able run a sub-2:50 (my actual goal for the race). 2:55 - 3:00 would have just caused me to be frustrated at myself for trying to force another marathon this year.so i guess today i fell somewhere between great day and frustrated...

i was one of the first runners to make it to the starting line (seriously, i was the only one on the shuttle bus and it was awkward). i kept warm in the tent and just tried to stay loose and relaxed. i was wearing my obnoxious pink nike frees, and one girl commented that she liked my shoes. i thanked her and said, "yes, i like them, but they are kind of obnoxious." she laughed and said: "you wanna see obnoxious?" she then pulled off her warm-up pants and exposed her hot pink and lime green leopard print spandex racing shorts. i laughed for quite some time...

i jogged around the starting area for a bit, then did a few strides. i was feeling good. the weather was great -- it had rained overnight, but the skies had cleared and the air was cool (but very warm compared to utah). the first two miles of the race were interesting. i decided to wear my compression sleeves since i have been wearing them a lot lately in training and have really liked how they feel (and the fact that they keep my legs warm). but for whatever reason, my legs weren't happy today.  i felt super, super tight in my calves, shins and ankles -- they were aching; throbbing. my second mile was 6:47 because of this (even though it was a very fast, downhill start). i am not sure this had anything to do with the sleeves -- my legs were just in freak-out mode. even so, i decided to remove them (my sleeves, not my legs). but removing compression sleeves during a race is impossible. it's hard enough even when you are sitting in a chair. everyone knows that you just end up rolling around on the floor having a fit like a toddler. removing the sleeves would also require me to remove my triple-knotted shoes and expose my bright white socks to the wet, muddy asphalt. not happening.

my next thought was that i could stop at an aid station and have a medic cut them off. surely they would have scissors in their first aid kits. then i thought about the time that would take. too long. and too dangerous. "now just hold still while i cut these...oops, sorry ma'am. looks like you need stitches."  i ended up just stepping off the course, and quickly pulled the sleeves down to my ankles while loosening them up as much as possible. 24.2 miles to go wearing tasteless leg warmers... 

after a few more miles, my legs finally started to calm down, and things started looking up. i was slowly bringing my pace down and feeling better and better with each mile. The sun came out and warmed things up nicely, creating an enchanting steam that rose off the wet roads. i was suddenly feeling very happy and very motivated.

just after mile 8, i made a friend -- mike. he was a 30-something guy from virginia, running his 40th marathon. he was going for a sub-2:55, so i knew i wanted to stick with him. we also had another runner join us off and on (he was a surger). his name was jeff. we had a funny moment at one point when jeff was trying to get our names. first he said, "it's nice to meet you, sally." then mike said, "nice to meet you, chuck."  then i said (wheezed), "it's allie. with an a."  then "chuck" said, "it's jeff, with a j-e-f-f."  you follow? we didn't talk much after that.

i felt great at the halfway point, and just as with TOU, miles 13 - 17 were the best of the race. i found a nice rhythm, i had energy, and mentally i was in a good place. i felt this way up through mile 22 or so, and then i really started to struggle. my pace slowed and my effort increased.

mile 23 -- 5k to go!  i thought about the turkey trot i ran last week in 5 degree temperatures on icy hills. today i was warm and was in no danger of frostbite or hypothermia. so as bad as i was feeling, i knew i could survive the last 3 miles.

mile 24: hands down, THE hardest mile of the day. "i bet it has been at least three minutes."  [check watch]...30 seconds have elapsed...

final mile: i realized i was going to be cutting it close to go under 2:54, so i put everything i had into keeping my pace somewhat reasonable. i saw the clock at 2:53:30 and mustered a lame "kick" to come in under 2:54. happy to be done.content (but not thrilled) with the time. 

post race: i am very glad that i ended up doing this race -- definitely no regrets. it was a beautiful course and was extremely well-organized. the volunteers and spectators were great, and the finish line at the state capitol was lovely. overall i had a lot of fun (other than the fact that i may lose my job for not showing up to work tomorrow). i am just trying to figure out why i don't run as well at sea level. this is my fourth sea level race where i have failed to meet or exceed my times that i have run at elevation. this is not to say that i am disappointed with the race, just a little perplexed is all. good think i have 7 more hours in the airport to mull it over.. 

 



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made it home from the airport at 10:30 am and went straight to work. i still have my job. and i was told i looked "frazzled". twice. 

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i had a bunch of errands to do today, so i did them all on foot. i have no idea about the distance, but it was a good 1.5 hours of walking. soreness is actually very minimal, and is all contained in my calves (which is odd). 

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one more day of no running. maybe two. 

i decided to bring back the plank. i used to do this religiously as part of my core routine, but then one day i "forgot" to do it and have been lazy about it ever since. i once had this goal of doing a 5:00 plank, but i never made it that far. i have actually set this goal 3-4 times before, but never achieved it. so here's to another attempt...i made it to 2:00 today, but it was not without suffering.  

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zero. tomorrow is the day. all soreness is gone. and i really should drop one of these chins. looking forward to running in the "warm" temperatures that i have been missing out on all week. 

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

5.5 miles. sugarhouse loop. very warm out. 

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7.500.000.000.007.50

7.5 miles. 7:10 average pace. brickyard loop. i was comfortably warm in shorts and one pair of gloves.

PM - a flailing, uncoordinated game of racquetball. i need more practice...

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

7 miles. 7:08 pace. millcreek + sugarhouse park. 50 degrees. december is kind. 

plank: 2:03 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

8 miles. sunnyside up. it's been a couple of weeks since i ran this route. hilly and slow as usual. 

plank: 2:20  

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7.000.000.000.007.00

7 miles. brickyard + sugarhouse park. snow, slush, slop, mud, goop, glop. lots of fun. i ran at 2:30 pm in the sunshine. yet it was still colder today than it was on my run yesterday at 4:30 am. winter. 

 plank: 2:33

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very short on time today, so i shortened my route. this was fine with me, as i was tired and very hungry at the time. dilworth loop.

if you are ever bored, the new york times and google are always a good combination for entertainment.

plank: 2:35  

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6.000.000.000.006.00

6 miles. short sugarhouse loop. very cold with a random, biting wind. i tried to eat an apple when i got home, but my face was too numb. 

plank: 2:41  

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8 miles. millcreek loop. good, crunchy snow made for easy footing and a beautiful run.

plank: 2:43 

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10.000.000.000.0010.00

10 miles. millcreek loop + sugarhouse park (including one ski-slide down the giant hill).

plank: 2:52. i was going for 3:00, but couldn't quite make it. maybe tomorrow.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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8 miles. sunnyside up. 

 

plank: 3:01

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7 miles. brickyard loop. it was extremely wet and slushy out. the sidewalk on 3300 south literally had a river running down the middle of it. i came home completely soaked and covered in melted snow-mud-slush-water. 

plank: 3:02

 

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10 miles. millcreek loop + sugarhouse park. the roads were wet, but the giant puddles and sidewalk rivers have all but disappeared. it was actually fairly nice out; i was comfortable in shorts and my hands stayed warm. i also ran to the tune of a 180 bpm metronome, although not the whole time because it became irksome.

plank: 3:05 -- it's getting much harder to do this now, and my collapses are becoming more and more dramatic.

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11.000.000.000.0011.00

i had a great christmas eve run this morning with a fun group: RAD, QP, smooth, kelli, scott, chad, cal and tom slick. we ran on the JRP in lehi out to the muddy forest/eerie hot springs before turning around and heading back to rachel's car for some delicious post-run snacks. thanks to rachel for organizing the whole thing, and for letting me tag along. it was a lot of fun.  

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christmas run! i went out at 6am and enjoyed a brisk run through the quiet and ultra foggy morning. i'm staying at my mom's in highland, so i didn't really have a route in mind. i just ran aimlessly around the city, and enjoyed the opportunity to run in the middle of the empty streets. merry christmas. 

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i like visuals. i like colorful graphs. and i like data. here is what i have learned from the above:

a) my build ups for spring marathons are either too long, or i do too much too soon. either way, both years i have had a significant build up in mileage but ran poorly in my spring marathons (3:04 in 2009 and 3:03 in 2010).

b) attempting odgen in 2009 was a bad idea. bad. idea.

c) an 11 week build up for des news seems to work well for me, but other factors have contributed to running better at this point in the year, namely warmer weather and improved fitness from my winter/spring base.

d) take a full week off after des news. my lack of doing that ruined TOU in 2009. being 100% healthy allowed me to train more consistently for TOU 2010, and that made all the differenece.  

e) i should have taken a bit more down time after TOU and before CIM. the build up for CIM may have been two weeks too long. 

f) i had a lot more low mileage/down weeks in 2009 because i was constantly dealing with nagging injuries. consistency was the key in 2010. i have been very blessed to have been healthy all year (other than that dip on week 12 when i was hit with food poisoning. thank you, trader joe's).  

plank: 3:10

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8 miles. millcreek loop. icy. 

plank: 3:11  

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8 miles. sunnyside up. it was freezing out there this morning, and from what i hear, things are only going to get worse weather-wise. 

i have been spending a lot of time this week looking at houses, because i am seriously considering moving. i would like to have a little more space (ahem [kitchen]). if you knew how little of a space i currently have, you would think it's funny. since you don't, i will just tell you: it's funny. 

plank: no  

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10 miles. millcreek loop. the snow storm hadn't quite made it to SLC yet, but the wind was blowing relentlessly. about a mile into the run, i tried to cinch up the hood on my jacket but i pulled it a bit too hard and it broke. the end of the elastic string was stuck inside the hood, with a 10 inch string hanging out the back. every time there was a big wind gust it would swing around and whip me in the face. it was very irritating, but not enough to stop and fix it -- that would have required the removal of my jacket + two pairs of gloves (plus i would have had to stop running, and it was too cold for that). 

plank: 3:15  

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8 miles. millcreek loop. the conditions were atrocious today. i ran through ankle to shin-deep snow for most of the run. underneath that was a layer of pure ice, so traction was basically non-existent. it ended up being a 67 minute calf workout. i was wearing my yaktrax, and that helped, but nothing can combat deep, slippery slush on a bed of black ice.

but all of this ice-running hoopla was just the beginning...

about a mile from home, my nose started bleeding. profusely. this happens to me every winter, but it has never happened while on the run. i had blood all over my face and gloves. i even got some good splatterings on my broken-hooded jacket. the best part was that my neighbor came out of his house just as i was skidding to a stop on my driveway. he looked at my blood-covered self with wide eyes and nervously asked me if i was okay. i apologized for my appearance and told him that running is not a glamorous sport. i hung my head in shame (as more blood spewed out) and went inside, thoroughly embarrassed. 

it is runs like these that are archived in the mental toolbox and pulled out at mile 24 of the marathon.  

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6.400.000.000.006.40

6.4 miles. 2010 top-off run. short sunnyside up loop. dark, cold, icy, snowy. 

i've been told that bad luck comes in bunches. someone broke into my car last night. luckily, i recently removed all valuables from my car after hearing bonnie's story, as well as hearing that my neighbor's house had been robbed. i still had some stuff stolen, but none of it was important. it actually may qualify as the poorest robbery ever.

thankfully, they left me with my really nice subZero sleeping bag and my snowboarding boots (i have since removed them from my car; don't try and rob me). curisouly, they stole all of my CDs (which were burned mixes of random songs), two 5-pound dumbbells, and my large moose trophy from the TOU marathon this year (i hadn't found a place for it yet, so i have been toting it around in my car since september).

i find it extremely funny picturing someone running off into the night carrying two dumbbells and a giant moose trophy (sharp sticks included). they also took a few other random things -- water bottle, textbooks, first aid kit -- but nothing too valuable that can't be replaced. i am just perplexed at the things they saw as valuable vs. not, but i thank them for finally helping me decide what to do with the moose. 

happy new year, everyone.  

*for anyone who is interested: rob rohde has planned a new year's day group run for tomorrow. we are meeting at 8am at the park & ride lot just east of the maverick off the highland/alpine exit (#284). it will be brutally cold and lots of fun. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
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