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Member Since:

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: 6.00 Month: 34.00 Year: 769.50
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: utah valley half marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:21:11, Place overall: 3
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance

i do not know what happened today. the goal was sub-1:20 and i was pretty confident i could do it. not only did i not meet that goal, i ran a minute slower than last year. nothing felt right today. my legs were shot to hell by mile 5, and mentally everything was very negative. i kept trying to pull myself out of it and find some fire, but the only things going through my head're weak. you're slow. you're running like a clunky dinosuar (it's true, i could see it in my shadow).

i was so out of it that i ran straight into a giant fluorescent orange "road work ahead" sign. i whacked my shoulder hard and it left a nice mark. my brother asked if i had been shot with paintball gun.

it's a sign...


i didn't use my watch, so i don't have any splits, but it's probably for the best that i wasn't seeing how poorly things were going. i saw the clock at 1:20:33 when i still had 200+ meters to go and knew i wasn't even going to go under 1:21. i was really mad at myself at this point. i never got into the race and i didn't compete at all. i ran alone basically the entire time. i could see natalie and sariah up ahead but i had no speed, power, or will to even try to get up with them. eventually they built a big enough gap that i knew i would never catch them. just a really poor performance and attitude from me today.

so...a derailment. i feel like i have been teetering and today i cracked. now i have to decide what to do -- rework my training and/or goals for des news, or stay the course and hope i can bounce back from a bad race.

i went on a long cooldown to try and degrump but it didn't seem to work. sorry for the negativity.

go ray allen.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00
From Hille on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:34:28 from

Sorry it didn't go as hoped for you. You looked strong up ahead as I was trailing behind you.

From allie on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:39:39 from

i hope you didn't hear the words i had for that sign. :)

From Jake K on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:41:01 from

Whatever you do, don't make rash/panic decisions/adjustments. Trust me, those don't work out. Bad races coming off good training are disappointing, but it doesn't mean you can't run a great marathon at Des News next month. You just can't let it get into your head too much. The marathon is a completely different race.

At least you didn't smack your head into a stop sign.

From Hille on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 12:46:21 from

I am sure you did more damage to that sign than it did to you!

From CollinAnderson on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 14:07:42 from

Everyone has days like this. I could point to numerous races of my own that were really awful shortly before making a big breakthrough in more important ones. 1:21 low isn't really that far off from sub-1:20, so I wouldn't be too disappointed if I were you. Just last week, you had a great race, so you're obviously fit.

From james (runmehappy) on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 15:08:22 from

Allie I am sorry it didn't go that great for you. It is alright to be frustrated and can take time to put it behind you. I have a fraction of your experience and so you already know all of this. Just remember there are many of us out here that get inspired by you and are here to support when you need it.

From josse on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 15:57:23 from

I felt like a clunky dinosaur too. I'm glad you said that it made me smile:)

From Smooth on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 16:32:18 from

allie, so sorry it was a bad day! listen to Jake, he knows! do not doubt your training! you will do fantastic at desnews! :) darn road work sigh @&%*!!!

From Teena Marie on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 16:46:52 from

You ran that fast feeling like nothing was "right" from the get go??? Take solace in that!!! My two cents is this: See how fast you recover. If it is similar or even quicker than usual than go for broke at D-News. If not, reconsider your question then. :-)

From kevin212 on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 16:46:54 from

Sorry about the tough day Allie - sounds almost exactly like the physical/mental process I went through without the complete implosion. I'm sure you'll bounce back though. I also hate road work signs, so I hope you showed it who's boss.

Not that it helps any, but literally EVERYONE I know/follow had a bad race today. Somebody's poisoned the water hole!

From Tara on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 17:36:55 from

I vote for no calculated judgements when you feel less than great about your performance. We know you're capable of amazing results, it will come again.

Hey, nice sketchers!

From Jenruns on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 17:37:02 from

I'm sorry you had a rough race. Hitting that sign must have been salt in the wound. Damn that sign. Tell me which one it was and I'll make sure it never sees the light of day again!

I think we need to discuss your future race plans over the magical healing powers of Wheeler Farm's dirt. Let me know when you want to run this week.

From Sariah Long on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 18:14:32 from

I totally understand how you felt today. I to did not have my watch and I to am glad I didn't see my splits. Learn what you can from it and continue on. That's all we can do. I hate getting beat from out of state people although she was really nice. =)

From Toby on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 18:57:00 from

I'm so sorry it didn't turn out as you wanted today! I saw you around mile 8. I was across the street and wasn't even sure you could hear me. You had a girl desperately trying to catch you but you kept pulling further and further ahead. I think you were frustrating her :)

Thank you for your honesty and for telling it as it is. It's not as fun to write the craptastic race reports. But hopefully we (you and us, the readers) learn from it. Then move on.

I still think you are a rock star :)

From Rob on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 at 19:53:20 from

Well, if this running thing doesn't work out for you, you still have a career in stick figure art.

From Burt on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 01:34:03 from

Rub some butter on that arm.

From allie on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 12:39:34 from

thanks all. i will heed your advice -- learn from this and move on. des news is the bigger goal and i need to stay focused on that.

rob - i have been the head animator at disney for 14 years.

From Rob on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:09:35 from

I loved your work in Frozen, didn't you do the soundtrack for "Let it go" too?

From allie on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 15:23:25 from

never heard of it.

From Josh E on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 17:30:25 from

Your visuals are very helpful. Sorry it wasn't the race you wanted but I no one did what they wanted yesterday.

Go anyone other than Ray Coattails Allen.

From Seth on Sun, Jun 15, 2014 at 19:36:06 from

Sorry this didn't go how you thought, but a pretty good time considering your mileage for the week. Good luck on your decision.

From Eric Day on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 09:02:46 from

Sorry for the "thunk" Allie. Did things get better after the sign?

We shall keep cheering for you !!!

ANIMO !!!!

From ACorn on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 13:53:10 from

Still a good time given the conditions! Keep it up, your stick figure art made me laugh. You've got a good sense of humor.

From Sasha Pachev on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 15:54:10 from

I would say this would have been worth sub-1:20 with the normal wind conditions for that course. Provo Canyon, when undisturbed by clouds/rapid temperature changes, consistently produces a nice tail wind. However, on the rare occasion when that change takes place the wind sometimes turns around, and just had to happen when we raced.

Note that headwind can mess with you mentally. Moving legs create music of sorts which gives you a reason to push through the pain. With the headwind the air resistance increases in proportion to V^2 and if the wind is strong enough, V^3 of your running speed relative to the air. So you have this progressive income tax effect of diminishing returns - working a lot harder does not make you run much faster. That kills the leg music, now you just have the pain.

So I would say this really says nothing negative of your preparation or attitude. Remember - the mood of a tortured POW depends on what kind of chemicals the enemy is injecting to make him talk. You kept running, you finished respectably, you were the POW that kept the secret in spite of the torture.

From Jason D on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 17:20:16 from

You're allowed a little negativity, Allie, especially given your humor and general positivity (and creative repurposed images) on the blog and no doubt outside it. Keep working. No revenge mileage/workouts, no scraping everything. Des News is coming, and as I recall it's one of your favorites.

From SlowJoe on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 14:11:00 from

I'm late to this but for some reason I now think we should have a flat tax rate in this country.

You're in great shape. Looking forward to the next race report.

From SpencerSimpson on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 16:49:12 from

sub 1:20 will come good woman. Nice job and podium. Sorry I missed you and James there. Look forward to more this year. MIH

From Mikal Epperson on Tue, Jun 17, 2014 at 20:13:12 from

Sorry for the tough race. :( I am confident that you have many breakthrough performances ahead. Hopefully by the time you read this, the post race fog has lifted and you'll be ready to charge forward in pursuit of another stellar performance at Des News!

From Rachelle on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 09:39:34 from

I am sorry you are unhappy with the results of your race. Running a time slower than we know we are capable of is frustrating. But you really were not that far off and it could have been much worse. You weren't feeling it the entire way and you only ran 71 seconds off of your goal time. I'd say that is kind of awesome actually. Throw logistics and math (James's big clunky calculator!) out the window. We all know what you are capable of and you should not let this race get you down.

From Nancy on Wed, Jul 09, 2014 at 07:22:03 from

I'm sorry your race didn't go as you planned. You still did great. The hardest part of life is learning lessons we would rather not learn.

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