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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Jul 25, 2005

Gender:

Female

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: 75.50 Year: 1860.50
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
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.500.000.000.0020.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

what is the deal??? 

it is so #@$&* COLD out there!!! holy cow. you know we are stuck in deep-freeze when cars are driving around with a foot of snow on top and it is not coming off. frozen solid to the roofs. brrrrrrr. 

well, i ran 8 miles today, total time was 61:27, so average pace was 7:38. my foot was feeling a little twingy again today. monitoring it closely.

i have been worrying a lot lately about my next marathon. it is now less than two weeks away and i know i have not adequately prepared. i have had too many weeks in a row of inconsistent training. i know i would be able to finish, but i am not sure that i would be able to finish well. it will probably be one of those crash and burn races, where i hit mile 18, cramp to death, struggle through the last 8 miles in pain, and then struggle through more weeks of inconsistent training as i try to recover.

so after thinking about all of this, i have seriously been contemplating the idea of switching to the half marathon. the race information states that runners are able to transfer between races, so it wouldn't be a problem. and i don't have to re-register or fill anything out, i just show up a the half-marathon start and i am good to go. this is good because it allows me to make the final decision on race-day. i would like to run the full marathon, as it is my favorite distance by far of any race. but i am not sure if i want to sacrifice my body for a mediocre marathon if i have the chance to reserve the distance for my spring and summer races...by then i will have had a chance to put in the proper training and will be fresh and ready to go for some of my goals.

i got michael phelps' book for christmas and i am almost finished reading it. it's called "no limits" and although it is entriely about swimming, it easily relates to running or any other sport, and it is really inspiring to read. i bring this up because both he and his older sister suffered stress fractures in their backs just as they were peaking in their careers. michael's sister swam through the pain, which kept getting worse, and it eventually sidelined her from the pool and ended her career. michael, on the other hand, saw what his sister went through and decided to take some time off to heal properly. once he healed, he worked hard to regain his fitness and came back in the '08 olympics to be better than ever. so when i read about this i started thinking of my foot...it keeps getting better, then i run too hard and everything comes right back. i am capable of running this marathon, but i don't want to do any permanent or even temporary damage. my foot is not strong right now and i don't want to start out the new year with a big gap in my training.

 so these are just my thoughts right now. maybe i will feel like i am ok to run it by the end of the week, or even by the end of next week. but if i am not feeling it, i don't see a point in forcing anything. i don't have major goals or expectations on this race, whereas the marathons i am planning on this summer i have set very specific and serious goals that i will not obtain if i don't treat my body properly.ok, that's all for now. stay warm!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

6.5 miles. cut short because of my foot. treating it cautiously to ensure it will hold up for the race. i think my decision is official...i am switching to the 1/2. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

oh boy, foot pain is back. not unbearable, but uncomfortable. and annoying. i ran loops around liberty park. not laps. when i think of laps, i think short and fast. loops are loooong and leisurely. so i ran loops. most paths were clear, but there were a few snowy patches that were super slick and slushy. wet. wet. wet. but the temps. were much nicer today.

i am so glad there are other race options besides the marathon, otherwise i would be out major bucks. i used my enitre christmas bonus for this race so i am glad it is not going entirely to waste. just a little waste and a little heartache that i won't be marathon racing. 

 i watched the end of "spirit of the marathon" again today. i am not sure why. but it's fun to watch the race at the end. it gives me chills every time. a good motivator, i guess. 

 now it's time to get started on this school stuff. i have to get back into "study mode" for the next 4 months. this could be difficult. FOCUS!!!!!!!!!!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
20.500.000.000.0020.50
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