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Philadelphia Half Marathon

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Location:

Mooresville,NC,

Member Since:

May 01, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

2007 Highlights:  Litchfield Road Race (7.1) in 58:36

2008 Highlights:  New Jersey Marathon in 4:12, Bay State Marathon in 3:10:30

2009 Highlights:  Boston Marathon in 3:13:26, Litchfield Road Race in 49:30, New Haven 20k in 1:25:03, Bay State Marathon in 3:09:09

2010 Highlights:  Bradley 10k in 39:58, Litchfield Road Race in 48:06, New Haven 20k in 1:23:59, Ghost Trail 1/2 Marathon in 1:29:12 (trail), Philadelphia Marathon in 3:06:59

2011 Highlights:  Litchfield Road Race in 47:44, Ghost Trail 1/2 Marathon in 1:28:35, Goshen Turkey Trot in 40:46, Jingle Bell 5k in 19:05

2012 Highlights:  Finished Boston Marathon in 3:41:59 in 89 degree heat, broke the top 100 in Litchfield Road Race (82nd), 1st Place (overall) in Solstice 5k, Hogsback 1/2 in 1:29:36, and bq'd in Bay State Marathon (3:14:20).

Personal Records

1-mile:  5:39/track (2008)

5k:  19:05/Jingle Bell (2011)

10k:  39:58/road race (2010)

20k:  1:23:59 (2010/New Haven)

1/2 marathon:  1:28:35 (2011/Ghost Trail)

marathon:  3:06:59 (2010/Philly)

 

 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub-3:05 marathon in Fall

Sub-1:23 in New Haven 20k

Sub-46 min in Litchfield RR

Sub-19 in 5k

Sub-5:30 in mile

Upcoming Races: 

     TBD

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Running Goals:

sub-3hr marathon

sub-5:15 min mile

become a competitive master's runner

win age division in smaller marathon

 

Personal:

Married w/six daughters (9 year age span)

Pastor a church in NC

Enjoy travel and recreation with family

Began running in November of 2007

 

 

Miles:This week: 17.00 Month: 17.00 Year: 1545.75
Barefoot Lifetime Miles: 114.25
Pureflow 6 (black) Lifetime Miles: 422.50
Brooks Launch (spotted) Lifetime Miles: 358.00
Nike Free RN Lifetime Miles: 373.55
Kinvara 9 Lifetime Miles: 382.30
Kinvara Silver Lifetime Miles: 374.00
Saucony 9/white Lifetime Miles: 323.00
Saucony Silver Lifetime Miles: 319.50
Brooks Anthem 2 Lifetime Miles: 126.00
Silver Kinvara Lifetime Miles: 307.75
Kinvara 10 Lifetime Miles: 322.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
40.7013.106.200.0060.00
Brooks Launch Miles: 41.80Asics-16 (red) Miles: 10.00Asics Dc-racer Miles: 8.20
Weight: 0.00
Race: Philadelphia Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:30:24, Place overall: 223, Place in age division: 19
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.5013.100.000.0013.60

The plan was to run a marathon.  I was lacking a bit of confidence going in- mostly due to low mileage training.  Last year I ran Philly w/320 miles of running in October and a 1/2 marathon pr 2 weeks preceeding the race.  This year I ran 205 miles in October and pr'd once again at the same 1/2 marathon preceding the race...Anyway, started off feeling great.  Ran the first 10k in 41:46 (pretty close to my same time last year) and then on the second hill around mile 9 or 10 my legs started to stiffen.  I switched to a 7min pace, hoping I could find a new groove and still pr in the marathon (needed sub 3:07).  Fortunately, I was able to maintain 7min/pace alright, but unfortunately I was beginning to feel a bit like I normally feel around mile 18 or 20.  Saw the 12 mile marker pointing half-marathoners to the right and decided to cruise into to a half-marathon finish so and save myself a month's worth of recovery time beforing training for the Boston Marathon. 

I'm not one to like to quit, so it was a difficult decision.  At the same time, I knew deep in my heart I had not put in the proper mileage to really race the marathon distance.  My finish time for the half was 1:30:24 (my chip time for the half last year was 1:29:12).  I think I made the right decision and now look forward to running with my wife on this Thursday's 10k Turkey Trot. 

Briefly met Jake and Andrea who are on our blog.  They both "went for it" and although they fell short of their posted goals, they both did awesome! 

Also, prayers go out to the families of two runners who died in the race today.  I don't know any details, but it was just reported on CNN news a few minutes ago. 

Brooks Launch Miles: 13.60
Weight: 0.00
Comments(6)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

10 miles slowly...felt ok, but don't like my asics trainers that much- too much friction in the sole of the shoe. 

Asics-16 (red) Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.200.000.000.0011.20

A friend of mine wanted me to run with his 11-year-old son to pace him for this Thursday's Turkey Trot 10k.  It's a very challenging course w/steep hills.  I ran a 5-mile warm-up before he arrived and then ran the 10k w/him in 52:25 (8:27 pace).  Pretty awesome for an 11-year-old.  My pr on that course is over 3-minutes slower than other 10k courses.  Ended up with 11.2 miles for today. 

Brooks Launch Miles: 11.20
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

4 easy miles at the gym + 40 minutes w/weights.  I want a solid month of weight training to renew core and overall strength going into the new year.  Think it may help prevent nagging injuries. 

Brooks Launch Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Race: Goshen Turkey Trot (6.2 Miles) 00:40:46, Place overall: 20, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.006.200.008.20

My wife and I entered the Goshen Turkey Trot- it was mid-30's, sunshine, and windy.  The course is very challenging- 1/2 is made up of trails and contains 5-6 steep hills, including a steady incline from part-way through mile four all the way through mile 5.  My previous pr for this course is 43:05, so my goal going in was to break 42 minutes.  500-600 runners lined up at the start and we were off with the gun...

Mile 1- 6:12 (Lots of downhill on this, so I disciplined myself to hold back)

Mile 2- 6:06 (Rolling hills, yet surprised by this time, since the last 1/2 mile was uphill)

Mile 3- 6:31 (Rolling hills, yet very pleased- passed alot of runners on this stretch)

Mile 4- 7:01 (Flat for first half and then steady incline up a trail- conserved for the next mile which is the toughest)

Mile 5- 7:07 (This was the most challenging- ran it last time in 7:42)

Mile 6- 6:46 (Very pleased- steady downhill for 1/2 mile and then steep uphill for 2nd half mile- mile legs were doing just fine)

Last .2- 1:13/6:06 pace (Finished the hill and then kicked it in for the finish- more of a 5:40 pace once things levelled out).

Overall, I exceeded expectations and finished in front of a few local guys who usually beat me.  Very happy with the effort and time and was able to take home a ribbon and a homemade apple pie.  My wife finished in just over an hour and capped off a very emotional week.  She ran the course on Monday with a handfull of friends and stumbled upon a man in his late 40's who had committed suicide.  His daughter is in one of my daughter's classes at school.  My wife stopped with her friends at that point in the course to place flowers around a cross they had made. 

Thanks to those who read the report and may you have a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Asics Dc-racer Miles: 8.20
Weight: 0.00
Comments(4)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Ran 4-mile progressive run w/my daugher today- 9:16,9:01,8:16,8:06.  She's getting ready for a 5k next weekend and looking good.  I felt fine, but want to make sure not to over do it.  Feel as though I could easily do a 70-mile week, but will be careful to ease back into it.  With a 10-miler tomorrow, this will be my first 60-mile week since September.  Hope to get back to 70 within 2 weeks and keep it there through March for Boston.  We'll see. 

Brooks Launch Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.000.000.000.009.00

9 miles nice and easy. 

Brooks Launch Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
40.7013.106.200.0060.00
Brooks Launch Miles: 41.80Asics-16 (red) Miles: 10.00Asics Dc-racer Miles: 8.20
Weight: 0.00
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