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Jul 25, 2005



Goal Type:

Marathon Finish

Short-Term Running Goals:

  • 5/20 - beat the bridge 8k
  • 5/26 - magnuson series memorial day 5k
  • 6/16 - magnuson series seattle solstice 5k 
  • SUMMER - CNW all comers T&F series 
  • 7/4 - magnuson series summer spirit run 5k
  • 8/18 - magnuson series summer fitness day 10k
  • 9/30 - bellingham bay half marathon 
  • 10/13 - escalante canyons marathon
  • 11/25 - seattle half marathon 

Long-Term Running Goals:

qualify for the 2020 olympic marathon trials in ATL (sub-2:45

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 85.50 Year: 493.50
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
Freedom Cut Me Loose Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Bubonic Plague Lifetime Miles: 365.00
Orange Splats Lifetime Miles: 219.00
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8. mostly easy with a fast finish.

spent most of the run thinking about how these next few weeks are going to play out. i am seriously questioning my fitness level for the TOU 1/2 on saturday. a great (miraculous) day for me would be sub-1:20. a more realistic and achievable goal would be 1:22-1:23. today i was laughing at those times. now i am feeling like 1:25. my 5k is probably 19:45 at this point.

i am grateful that i have been able to continue running, but ever since des news i have felt "off". i am starting to think it has nothing to do with des news. it's been over a month; no more post-marathon excuses.

the most frustrating thing for me has been to watch the days tick by without ever feeling like i am progressing. each day gets closer and closer to TOU, and i don't feel like i am getting any quality or substance out of my workouts. so while the mileage is somewhat there, the confidence is not. it is not fun going into a race questioning your fitness, your speed, your health. i guess i will know for sure where i am at on saturday morning. i will be racing with a textbook strapped in front of my's the only way i am going to get any studying done this weekend.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Marissa on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 00:42:21 from

if you're anything like me, the start of school throws everything off-I'm sure you'll do awesome Saturday-good luck!

From redrooster on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 01:10:49 from

you have a lot going on right now with commuting, school, teaching... I say don't put too much pressure on yourself, just have fun on Saturday, if you have a good day, great, if not, there's always the next race. And anyway, you will beat me no matter what!!

see you Saturday, don't oversleep!

From jun on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:16:51 from

That's good advice. You could use the half as a way of remotivating yourself. Don't go in with any expectations outside of having fun and you may find you exceed those and also feel more motivated for TOU a few weeks later. This is the worst time of year, for sure.

From Nevels on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:38:15 from

I'm not the most qualified to make half-marathon suggestions, but I've often found that in situations like yours, where you aren't quite confident of your current fitness, that if I don't worry too much about the race, relax, and just let the race happen (while still executing any previously determined race plan, just with a more relaxed attitude), then I tend to do a little better.

Just my $0.02

From allie on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:50:12 from

marissa - thanks. are you running the half as well? if not, i hope to meet you at TOU in a few weeks. good luck with the rest of your training. if you ever want to go for a run, let me know!

scott, jun, nevels - the advice/$0.02 is much appreciated. i know there shouldn't be any pressures or expectations for this race, but for whatever reason i can feel them hovering over me and i can't seem to shake it. this sport is so tricky when you throw in the mental aspect of it all. oh, and i won't sleep in. i have invested in three alarms for the purpose of race mornings. :)

From Cal on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 11:50:14 from

as i recall, you weren't feeling overly confident going into DesNews either... so, it sounds like a better-than-expected big performance is due tomorrow too!

That's what i'm betting on. Run well!

From Smooth on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:02:00 from

allie ~ Lotsa advice/0.2 given. I'm not gonna offer any. Just want you to know that I am thinking of you and I will pray for you to have a joyful run no matter what. LOVE YA!!!

From AmberG on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:10:24 from

You will do GREAT!! You always do:) Stay positive!!!!!

From RivertonPaul on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 12:31:25 from

Good luck, strong runner!

From JulieC on Fri, Aug 28, 2009 at 17:56:16 from

Don't go out too fast. A major factor for some at Hobble especially with this heat. Decide some pace just under desired overall pace and try for a speedy finish. Relax and BELIEVE!!!

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