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Flat as a Pancake 5k

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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: 74.00 Year: 609.50
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
Race: Flat as a Pancake 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:18:58, Place overall: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

this is the third weekend in a row that i have subjected myself to the inevitable pain of running a 5k race. i had no intention of running another one after last week's diamond in the rough, but james came up with this crazy idea midweek and i couldn't resist (he knows how to pick out the good races). 

the race started and finished at west jordan high and ran along a very fun xc style course. this included track, asphalt, gravel, dirt, grass and rabid dogs. add in the extreme wind blowing from the south and this race was a true adventure.

although my final time does not reflect it, i felt like i had a good race. i think i am finally figuring out the pacing for this distance. other than the grass loop portion of the course just before heading to the track for the finish line (i died here, mostly mental), my effort and pace were more consistent than previous races, and i felt controlled in that uncontrolled 5k type of way.

Nike Free Hyper TR Miles: 11.00
Night Sleep Time: 7.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 7.00Weight: 0.00
From TexasLindsey on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 11:29:58 from

I would love to go to a race where the overall winner was a woman! I've never seen that... I bet you surprise people at every race. That's awesome!

From allie on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 13:03:01 from

hi lindsey. thanks for the comment. i should clarify that the "place overall" is referring to the women's division only. i did not win the race (james took care of that). i hope you had a nice recovery week after your awesome marathon last weekend!

From Bonnie on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 14:10:27 from

I think that 5K are especially one of those distances where you have to "learn" how to race them effectively. The good thing is you can run one pretty much every weekend until you get it "right" -- which I am sure you will get soon!! Dean was a 5K guy in college ... he also thinks that a season of 5Ks is a really good training stimulus for your next marathon.

You rock allie -- and cool that you and fiddy took the race!! GO FRB'ers!

From Dan on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 14:36:57 from

Good race! Hey you figure out the pacing, let me know (there will be something special in a bag from the mayor if you do).

I would come up with something clever, but Bon is right - you rock!

From AmberG on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 17:26:29 from

Hey congratulations again Allie. . . You are a fearless 5k'er!!! Great job tackling that event, it's way more difficult than a marathon in my book! . . . .

My Dad always said, "That which ye persist in doing becomes easier, not that the nature of the thing has changed, but that your ability to do so has increased"

I'm so glad you judged your successful race by effort not time, true success I think!!!

Great WIN!!! I'm proud of you, , , , is the turkey trot still on your schedule this coming week? I may be out of the loop, but did you register for CIM?

From allie on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 17:45:58 from

bonnie and dan - you guys are great. thanks for always leaving such nice comments on my blog. it helps a ton and i very much value your feedback (so does the mayor).

amber - thanks. congrats to YOU as well. and thanks for the quote; i love it. i will be running a turkey trot this week, but i will not racing -- i am planning on pacing my sister. as for CIM, yes, i am running it. it's a long, long story on why i made this decision, but i am looking forward to one more race this year. i just need to get through these next two weeks of bad weather and frigid temps (seriously, a low of 5 on thanksgiving? yikes!)

From fiddy on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 18:04:00 from

Yeah that race was pretty cool wasn't it? Especially the hats. More people need to do this race!

Is there a story behind doing CIM other than you want to do a Sea Level marathon? Seems reasonable to me.

Also congrats on the conquering the world. (I conquered the universe though, just saying.)

From fiddy on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 18:05:30 from

PS you are awesomesauce at the 5K. I rarely use that word but sub 19s in situations like that are legit.

From allie on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 18:15:06 from

james - yes, this is great race. as i said, you know how to pick them.

you definitely conquered the universe yesterday, seeing as you went home with a hat AND a bowling pin. how often does that happen?

From Smooth on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 18:47:49 from

CONGRATZ Allie!!!! You're a courageous 5K conqueror! That sounds like a tough 5K course xcountry style! Love your awesome effort and attitude! You are amazing!!!! :)

From JulieC on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 19:03:28 from

three in a row TIC TAC TOE!! WIND AND MORE WIND, obstacles too!! good job!! I have been putting off the 5k. FRankly I am afraid of seeing how out of shape I have become. But its the 5k that makes me stronger in the LONGER runs so I must. AND YOU WILL BE THE BETTER HAVING RUN THREE IN THREE!!

From PRE on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 19:48:11 from

Nice job Allie.

First place. And not in age division...overall.

Sounds like a fun time with all the adventure.

From Burt on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 21:36:12 from

yeah, 18:58 doesn't reflect a very fast time. Whatever!

From Oreo on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 22:59:08 from

Nothing but Butter..Sweet.

From rAtTLeTrAp on Sun, Nov 21, 2010 at 23:57:29 from

Another solid race! I wish I could crack 19 and still feel like I could have done better :) Let's hear more about those rabid dogs...

From Bec on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 00:37:27 from

I'm with Burt. There is no way I could ever run a 5k under 20. You are a pretty talented runner.

From Scott Ensign on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 12:06:06 from

nice job Allie. see you thursday for farmington. weather forecast is ideal- mid 50s, no wind, looking great. trust me not the weather forecast, those guys no nuthin. ok you better be there. if I have to suffer so do you.

From Snoqualmie on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 12:54:43 from

You are such an amazing runner! By now all the other fast women just sigh when they see you pull up at the 5ks.

From JD on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 13:59:38 from

Congrats on YET ANOTHER win! This regular 5k racing has got to be making you strong!

From JulieC on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 16:12:38 from

Allie are you running another 5k on Thursday? Scott seems to think you are. YOU GO GIRL!!

From Nan on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 16:21:24 from

Awesomesauce....mmmmm....sounds yummy.

Scott-I wish you were right. Then I wouldn't have to pack three layers of tights and long sleeves. Allie is doing CW though. Its Aaron and me you get to break the wind for in Farmington.

Allie-Congrats on a sweet CC 5k finish!

Do you wanna do a workout on the grass in Sugarhouse park this Saturday? I'm serious. My Coach told me to. We'll just go by feel since we're both racing Thursday and our legs may be a little flat. Its either that or an easy recovery run together on Friday. Or both. You decide. Either way, Aaron and I will be doing about 20 minutes worth of intervals (plus warm up and cool down) on the grassy hills in Sugarhouse park this Saturday around 7 a.m. ALL FRB SLC LOCALS WELCOME!

From allie on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 17:24:15 from

scott - unfortunately, i can't make it to the farmington race. i will be running in cottonwood heights and cheering on my grandma to her 75+ AG win. i am holding you to that weather forecast you promised though...

nan - i most definitely want to join you in SP on saturday. intervals on grassy (snowy) hills sounds torturous yet enticing. i will be there.

From DonGardinero on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 17:57:08 from

Allie, congrats on yet another win. Very cool.

Hey, I'm plannin on CIM next year. Maybe you can give me ideas on where to stay, eat, etc.?

From Lysa on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 19:57:37 from

Nice job Allie!!

From seeaprilrun on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 21:50:22 from

Sounds like a super fun race! I like how you feel you have a handle on pacing--controlled in an uncontrolled 5k way--nice!

From Scott Ensign on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 22:34:05 from

Nan, I hate to break it to you but there won't be any grass in SLC for about another 4 months. put on your yak trax and enjoy your snow run. me, I am going into hibernation.

From runningafterbabies on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 16:33:57 from

Nice race - another sub-19 in the bucket for you. I hope you bring your 1.5 inch spikes for the WO saturday. That WO could be the key to unlocking your sub 18!

From Rossy on Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 19:42:37 from

Allie, a belated nice race and it sounds like you are getting a good feel for the 5k! Have fun running in the snow!

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