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Location:

Las Vegas,NV,USA

Member Since:

Jan 13, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

1600M - 5:51 (Corp Challenge 2009)

5K - 19:38 (Tule Springs Stake 2009)

10K - 42:30 (Spectrum 2008)

Half-Marathon - 1:28:23 (Fontana 2009)

Marathon - 3:29:28 (St. George 2008, Monsoon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Train well enough to run a BQ 3:15 marathon.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to train well stay healthy and enjoy running for many years to come. 

Personal:

Married with 4 children ages 8-14.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 0.00 Year: 0.00
Asics 2170 Grey/Green Lifetime Miles: 448.80
Asics 2170 Grey/Green 2 Lifetime Miles: 25.10
Race: St. George Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:49:43
Slow milesFast milesTotal Distance
26.200.0026.20

This was by far my best St. George marathon experience to date.  Not because it was my fastest time, but because I was able to actually run the race without crashing and burning as I have done all 8 times previous.  My only stops during this race were to drink at aid stations and a 1-2 minute pit stop in a temple of doom.  I never hit the wall.  I never stopped to walk because of fatigue.  I picked up the pace in the last six miles and I actaully ran a negative split for the first time ever in my 8 attempts at this race.  I got to the end and felt like I could have run the race a little bit harder than I did, but my training leading up to this race wasn't such that I had confidence that I could have run any faster, so I didn't.  My top goal was to come in under 4 hours for the first time in 3 years.  I even printed up a 3:50 pace band to try and make sure I made it in under 4 hours giving myself a 10 minute cushion to aid in my usual crash and walk along Diagonal Street.

The only things I did different this year that I can attribute the non-crash to are:  I ate a peanut butter and honey sandwich at the house before heading to the busses,  I took about 6 salt capsules during the race,  I ate a small clif bar at around mile 20 and I ate about 6-8 sugar wafers during the race.

I did have a pretty good 16-18 week training block leading up to the race with three 20 milers mixed in there.  I also incorporated 10-12 mile mid week runs mixed in with my usual 6 milers and averaged about 40 miles a week on 5 days/week training and absolutely no speedwork whatsoever.  Average pace for the year according to Garmin has been around 8:45/mile...so slow.

I was nursing a couple of injuries leading in to the race with what feels like a high calf strain on my left calf and an achilles issue on my right heal with swelling and pain that goes away after about the first mile and really becomes a none issue after that....not sure what that is.

Anyway, to end this babbling I am absolutely happy with my effort and I look forward to hopefully improving upon this effort and lessons learned in future marathons.  Not sure I will continue blogging beyond this entry, but who knows.  I'm totally sore in my quads and struggle to go down stairs at all.  I guess that's what happens when all you do is train mostly on the flats.

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