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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: 83.00 Year: 715.50
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: the woodlands marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:56:04, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

marathon #28; woodlands #3

splits: 6:52 (it's going to be a long day), 6:38, 6:39, 6:28, 6:26, 6:39, 12:54 for 2 (6:27 pace), 6:28, 6:28, 6:35, 6:37, 6:37, 6:41, 6:35, 6:41, 6:40, 6:46, 6:51, 6:36, 20:43 for 3 (6:54 pace), 7:05, 15:53 for 2.2 (7:13 pace).

flat kersplat. muggysticky soaked skin and clothes. brick legs. old lady back cramps. salty forehead.

  • my goal today was 2:52, but i knew (way too) early on that it was not going to happen. i never got it going, the pace felt forced most of the time, and i was feeling like it was mile 23 at mile 13. that made the second half of the race extremely long and painful. i spent every mile just willing myself to the next mile. just find 15, 15, 15, 15. now get to 16, 16, 16, 16, 16. i don't usually fall in the pain pit until 21 or 22, so it was just a long long race trying to keep myself from completely falling apart, or just falling over and rolling into the woods to hide.


  • this was my third year running this race, and each year the course has been different (single loop this year). i do not know exactly how the courses compare (in terms of this year's time vs. 2012 and 2013), but they were all pretty similar. i planned to run 2:52 on this version of the course, and i very much missed the mark. threither way, all three courses went around the mostly flat, almost-sea-level woodlands, and this is the type of coursre i will have to run if i ever want to make an attempt at the trials standard...13+ minutes off isn't close at all. reality check today.


  • thank you to the woodlands race management. they have a great elite program and they are always so nice about everything. in spite of my somewhat negative experience with the race today, i did like the new course and everything was very organized and well-marked (except for a few missing mile marker flags at the end of the race).


  • miles 13-15: there was a boy, maybe 7 or 8 years old, riding his bike along path next to the course. he was spewing with trash talk -- he hated me. "i am going faster than you. i am going to kick your butt. i am still ahead of you. i am going to obliterate you. you crazy lady. i am still beating you. hey lady. hey. lady! i am still beating you. i am going to beat you down. still beating you. hey lady! hey. you are losing." this was fueling me. he disappeared after 15 and i was sad because it was the only interaction i had and it took my mind off the negative noise in my head. but yeah, i don't like being called lady. ladyface is fine though.


  • i recognize that i didn't properly prepare myself to run this race. i got some good workouts in, but i only did two long runs and zero tempo/mp work. it showed. my races and workouts were faster leading up to this race than they were last year, but i was missing some key elements and it's a good reminder that you can't neglect this stuff. you can't fake it. and you can't rush it.


  • ^ oh my dearie, you would think i would know this by now.


  • i've lost some fitness since last fall, but i think i can get it back with smarter training and a more patient approach. i am going to take it easy for a couple of weeks, then turn my focus to the 5k. i am planning to run the tucson 5000 in may, and hopefully i will be prepared to go after a PR there. after that, i will go back to marathony stuff (des news!!)

Skechers Laser Tag Miles: 26.00Skechers The Fifth Miles: 26.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Jenruns on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 13:23:52 from

Way to keep it together during those hard miles. 3rd place is still a wonderful accomplishment! Emily and I thought about you this morning when we ran 13 miles. We said, "Man, I can't believe Allie is racing 26 miles today!" We were super impressed. As for that little should find out where he lives and totally scared the crap out of him while he's asleep tonight. Pay back!

Let's get some good tempo's/MP runs in together. Those are totally the secret behind good marathon training. Overall, nice job today Allie. As always, I'm impressed :)

From SpencerSimpson on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 13:49:53 from

cool report with bullets. I love the "I want my two dollars back kid on the bike" Texas Humidity. Makes for some great running...not. hey, you hit it on the head. You will have a great rest of the year. Your training and workouts have been solid. I didn't know you only did two long runs. That will do it on today. No worries. You are strong and will continue to make progress toward one day OTQ. madeithappen...

From artichoke on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 14:25:34 from

Great race Allie! Congratulations! You're off to another great season!

From Burt on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 14:46:37 from

Way to stay strong, ladyface.

From Jake K on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 14:59:39 from

I'm glad you met my son on the bike, Little Jake. He's a sweetheart.

I think you really need the long runs and marathon-specific work... those runs often mean more than the total mileage volume. Woodlands is pretty much a season-opening rust buster for you. If you run a course like this in summer/fall marathon shape, that 13 minute gap might not even exist :-)

Good job and see you for bowling.

From Josh E on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 15:11:20 from

Agreed with Jake that this is a decent result for where you are right now. You've been improving your top end speed so there is no reason to think it will not come together for you.

From steve ash on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 15:11:30 from

So much for crowd support... But great negative reinforcement I guess if you want to look at the glass half full.

Still a pretty good race Allie, just keep working and it'll come.

From SlowJoe on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 15:14:44 from

Good run Allie. That humidity in Houston is not fun; I'm surprised they thought it was a good idea to have a marathon in March...there's maybe a 2-week window in January when it's marathoning weather.

Anyway, solid effort and interaction with the locals. That kid sure showed you who was boss.

From Matt Poulsen on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 15:17:46 from

Good rust-buster. Nicely done. Sorry it wasn't quite what you wanted. It will come. You know what you need to do to improve. Your fire has been fueled. This will be a great year for you.

From Kori on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 15:57:59 from

Good job today! That race was brutal for me and I live here!!! Weather was terrible. Sorry about the kid on the bike. Those miles are near my house. I'd blame my kids but they didn't even make it out to see me! I'll track him down for you :).

@slowjoe- this is the first time the weather has been this warm. He last two years were perfect. Two days ago the weather would've been fine. It's just been crazy weather lately.

From JulieC on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 16:03:58 from

Wow! However did u keep yoirself from not wanting to ram a stick in his bike....wait sorry that is a bad thought....i am unsure what i would say? Maybe something like...get off your bike buddy and run a few with me...then ....lets meet back here next year....and every year after that! Seriously awesome!

From SlowJoe on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 16:30:27 from

Kori - yeah, I grew up in Houston, it certainly ebbs and flows doesn't it?

Anyway I'm just saying don't try to draw any conclusions from the results here. When you run your OTQ it will be cool and dry!

From Tara on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 16:53:35 from

Hey, this lady thinks you ran very hard on a hard course ( compared to hard but different courses in utah.) I really admire your mental toughness. I really got an eye opener of it with your Des News 2013 report. You are simply amazing to me. Amazing.

3rd place money on a not-so-good-feeling-kind of race? I say heck yeah, Ladyface!

From Nancy on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 17:19:54 from

Great job Allie. I always enjoy your race reports.

From Russ on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 17:27:29 from

allie, you did a fantastic job today. heat & humidity win a lot but you powered through for a solid performance. way to be an FRB champion.

From CollinAnderson on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 18:58:36 from

Good run for just getting back in the saddle!

From Fritz on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 20:31:23 from

Nice job toughing it out and still running a great race. The LRs as Jake said and as you know are crucial to holding up for 26.2. That together with the hard work you've put in to build up your speed will get you where you want to go.

From flatlander on Sat, Mar 01, 2014 at 21:10:58 from

I'm embarrassed I did not even know you were here today. For some reason I thought you had decided not to run this year. I was a DNS, but was walking around at the rodeo in the weather and could not believe how hot it was, we all got sunburns and it was easily the hottest day of the year, don't expect to see this again until April at the earliest. To put things in pespective, it is forecast to be back in the 30s in a couple of days. Really sorry about our weather and about that kid, never heard a story quite like that -- I'll string him up if I can find him. Honestly, anything under 3 hours in today's weather is quite remarkable. Even a 2:30 or 2:40 runner can easily run 3:00 or 3:15 in conditions like these if he or she hasn't been training in them. I would not try to extrapolate today's results to anything else, just a unique day that you handled very well. Safe travels, hopefully we will see you here next year.

From allie on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 08:46:54 from

all -- thank you. after sitting in airports and planes all day, i had plenty of time to stew over what went wrong yesterday.

my 12 week half marathon plan morphed into a 6 week marathon plan. i was putting in marathon-type mileage, so i decided that i may as well do a marathon. i knew the cycle was going to be weak in terms of hitting all of the runs i needed, but i figured i could get through it just fine on past experience and mileage alone. not so.

after 28 tries, you would think i would know better, but i still got it wrong. i was overly confident that i could get by because my body would know what to do. it's amazing that no matter how many times you run this distance and seemingly perfect all of the little details, it can always find a way to humble you.

the other issue was the weather, which was another thing i just didn't take seriously. james told me i had to be very careful about hydration and fueling in those conditions, and i just brushed it off, saying that i do fine in warmer conditions -- at least better than when it's cold! the muggy air was a whole new thing though. i don't usually touch the water stations until half way, and sometimes in cooler races (like TOU), i will go through 15-17 before taking anything. yesterday i was grabbing every cup i could get my hands on starting at mile 5. i was soaked with sweat after the first mile and was feeling light-headed by 10k. that is not where you want to be when you have 20 miles ahead of you.

anyway. i appreciate the feedback and the kind comments. i have plenty of time before des news to do this the right way and give the marathon the respect it deserves.

the little boy was harmless (i think). i have no idea where he came from or where he went, or why he decided to pick on me, but it was good, unexpected mid-race entertainment, and his taunting kept me going at one of my lowest points.

kori & flat (and joe!): i'm sad i missed all the texas FRB folks yesterday, but i had a nice time there and i enjoyed the warm weather very much, other than the time i spent running in it. hopefully i can make it back there again. btw, the dallas airport has a vending machine strictly dedicated to orange soda. state beverage?

From Paul on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 08:55:57 from

Good bulleted report...fantastic for people like me with short attention spans and can't read more than 3 lines of text at a time.

Oh, and nice race. I know not what you wanted, but it's only March.

From JD on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 14:56:02 from

congrats on another quick marathon. sounds like you take a lot away from each race - you must be close to earning your PHD in Marathon.

From Tom Slick on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 15:06:05 from

Oh Ms. Allie I wish I could have been there to cheer you in to your finish at this race. Wow, with all the distractions you describe you only missed your finish line prediction by 4 minutes. Get off the Pity Party Wagon and celebrate a great finish!!!! And next time some snot nosed kid on two wheels starts spewing trash talk at either "flip" him off or you jam a stick in his front wheel spokes!!! That will cure the little "A-Hole" of sucking eggs, ya know what I mean! What is your next race?

From Jason D on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 19:40:07 from

Nice work to keep pushing. It speaks to your abilities that you can run sub-three-hour marathon (lucky #13 in fact) on an off day, but I understand it's not what you wanted.

I would say that humidity is not something you adapt to or get used to unlike elevation (it's an thesis for which I have almost no evidence) and if you aren't used to running in it, it can get the best of you.


From RileyCook on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 20:53:16 from

Sounds like a rough race. But third place is still a solid showing.

I talked to Bryant Jensen about the race (he also ran there) and he said the humidity just completely blew him up. And Bryant is a very good marathoner. So, I think the humidity may have taken a bigger toll on you than you may think.

I think you're on the right track with your training and additional thoughts in this entry. I look forward to seeing the results of your 5k cycle.

From Superfly on Sun, Mar 02, 2014 at 21:17:27 from

Solid race. Way to push it out.

From Rachelle on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 at 11:19:20 from

I am sorry you did not meet your goal Allie. But it sounds like the weather was completely miserable and humidity is really tough to run in. Congratulations on 3rd place and for holding it together when things got painful. You are an incredibly strong competitor and I admire your mental strength.

From Oreo on Mon, Mar 03, 2014 at 12:07:25 from

2:56... Enjoy it. Great time and race.

From Eric Day on Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 16:19:12 from

Hey Coach Lady,

Great time and only a 4 min difference. So no big deal considering you know where you need to work harder...# 28? Wow...I don't think I've run that many (HM & M combined) ... ;)

From kevin212 on Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 22:37:35 from

Sorry it wasn't what you hoped for Allie, but way to gut it out to a podium finish. Yeah, one thing I definitely don't miss about living on the east coast is trying to run in the humidity. That sounds like it would be downright miserable for a marathon.

Sounds like you've easily identified some of the training issues though and you have quite a bit of time to build up to the next big one. Go get 'er done!

*makes a mental note to bike alongside you in the latter part of Des News*

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