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Chasing Tail 5k

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Location:

Seattle,WA,

Member Since:

Dec 30, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

2018: 5:02 mile, 9:58 3k,16:52 5k, 27:42 8K, 36:11 10k, 55:10 15k, 1:18:16 HM

Third Consecutive Intown 10k win (37:13)

Post Mayan Apocalypse PRs:

200 31.13 (2016, ATC all comers)

400 69.96 (2015, ATC all comers)

800 2:19 (2016, ATC all comers)

Mile 4:58 (2017, ATC all comers) 

3000 9:34 (2017, ATC all comers)

5000 16:52.7 (2018, CNW all comers)

5k 16:58 (2018, Freemont 5k)

8k 27:42 (2018, Beat the Bridge)

10K 35:16 (2017, Eastside Beltline)

15K 55:10 (2018, Magnuson Park Memorial Day)

10-mile 60:29 (2017, Atlanta 10 mile)

HM 1:18:16 (2018, Seattle Rock and/or Roll)

30K 2:01:56 (2014, Striders WRC 30K)

Mar 2:50:07 (2013, Sojo Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

5/20 Beat the Bridge 8k (27:42)

5/26 Memorial Day 15k (Goal=PR=sub 55:42) (55:10)

6/1 Freemont 5k (Goal=PR=sub 17:03) (16:58)

6/10 Rock and/or Roll Seattle Half (Goal=PR=sub 1:18:31) (1:18:16)

Long-Term Running Goals:

where the brave dare not go

Personal:

Crop rotation in the 14th century became considerably more widespread after John.

Miles:This week: 27.10 Month: 174.10 Year: 2044.30
Adizero Rocket Lifetime Miles: 323.35
Asics Hyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 369.13
Mizuno Waverider Lifetime Miles: 509.70
Adistar Ride Lifetime Miles: 520.40
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 253.60
Adistar Rideb Lifetime Miles: 236.30
Waveriderb Lifetime Miles: 466.70
Nimbus Lifetime Miles: 570.30
WhiteHyperspeed Lifetime Miles: 268.50
RedFree Lifetime Miles: 405.55
Saucony Hattori Lifetime Miles: 46.10
NimbusFIRE Lifetime Miles: 260.50
WhiteHyper2 Lifetime Miles: 100.20
WaveriderC Lifetime Miles: 203.95
NimbusVampire Lifetime Miles: 357.50
CelticMirage Lifetime Miles: 312.00
NeonFree Lifetime Miles: 17.80
Nimbus FireB Lifetime Miles: 2.50
Nimbus FireC Lifetime Miles: 0.00
Total Distance
307.10
Adizero Rocket Miles: 36.50Mizuno Waverider Miles: 88.50Saucony Type A Miles: 46.50Adistar Ride Miles: 78.00Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 24.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
Total Distance
20.50

Did 2*(2 loops of sugarhouse park).

First set 10:49,10:47

Second set 10:45,10:56

Fell victim to Captain Slowdown at the beginning of the last lap, but I picked it up and was able to maintain. Pretty pleased with this workout. (It used to be difficult to do even 1 pair under 22 mins)

Adizero Rocket Miles: 17.50Mizuno Waverider Miles: 4.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
15.50

11.5 am

4 pm

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
13.50

9.5 am

4.0 pm

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 13.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
10.00

Two loops of Sugarhouse with Kevin. It was much easier to do this in the light as I didn't have to duck to avoid trees so much. First lap was 10:20 (faster than I've ever done for a stand alone loop) and the second was 10:28. 20:48 total, super duper fast. I also felt sick today.

Adizero Rocket Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
10.00

I felt much worse today sickness wise. 

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: Chasing Tail 5k (3.1 Miles) 00:16:48, Place overall: 2, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
14.00

Very much a repeat of last year with my coming in second behind Josh Steffen. I was 15 seconds slower than last year, but I was 20 seconds slower at the mile. I tried to stay with Josh, but I wasn't really in the mood for taking any big risks. I know that I am sick right now, but I felt OK during the race. Anyway, I decided to just run a really long cool down because I'm busy today.

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 1.50Saucony Type A Miles: 12.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
14.00

Did 4 miles in the morning.

In the evening did 10 in 58:08. I felt somewhat sick during the run and it got worse as I went on. I could never really get comfortable running 5:40 pace and was never going all that fast.

Saucony Type A Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
17.00

Adistar Ride Miles: 17.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
17.00

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 17.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
19.00

A workout that can only be described as awesome sauce.

4 by 2mile with 5 minute jog on the field house track.

10:31 (5:15,5:16), 10:38 (5:17,5:21), 10:41 (5:21,5:20), 10:41 (5:21,5:20)

It is really fun to do workouts like this on the indoor track. I could have done another rep of this without much difficulty, definitely a good sign.

Adizero Rocket Miles: 9.00Adistar Ride Miles: 10.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
13.00

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 11.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
15.00

Went to the Mountain Regional meet in Rose Park. It was a great spectator course and I was so pleased to see a student of mine (Amanda Mergaert) get 8th overall and qualify for nationals. The team battles were exciting also.

Anyway, I did a kind of tempoish run with Kevin Smith between the races and then following did some more running. Then I got home and did more running in Liberty Park, barrel of laughs I am.

Adistar Ride Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
15.60

AM 5.5

PM Did my 2700s loop in 57:50 (29:42,28:08). Huge workout PR! Previous best was 59:58. Pace for the whole thing is 5:44 but 5:33 adjusted, very pleased with this workout.

Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 10.10Adistar Ride Miles: 5.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
15.00

AM 5.5

PM 9.5

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 15.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
11.50

Adistar Ride Miles: 11.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
13.00

I did 2*(2 loops of Liberty Park) with Kevin Smith. It was a good workout, but my legs felt oddly tired today (pretty much all day actually). Times were 16:57,17:00 which is definitely good although I ran on the grass(faster) instead of the woodchips like I normally would.

Saucony Type A Miles: 13.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
8.00

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 6.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: Flat as a pancake 5k (3.33 Miles) 00:17:55, Place overall: 1, Place in age division: 1
Total Distance
11.00

First time doing this race, I can highly recommend it though. There was a steady wind blowing from the South and as the race starts out going South, I didn't think that I would take the lead at the start. I anticipated there would be lots of highschoolers in the race, but it seems like the kids on the XC team where actually organizing the race, not running it.

Anyway, the fast starting highschoolers did not start out all that fast and I decided to take the lead after less than 200 meters. I ran pretty controlled the first k until turning out of the wind, then I really started to pick it up.

Unfortunately on the final turn there was no one to direct me so I went the wrong way. I was very confused when I couldn't find a finish line. I stopped and asked people which way I should go and eventually refound the course but I lost a lot of time and there was no way I was going to find the pace that I was on.

I still ended up winning, but I lost a lot of time. It was really my own fault as I should have checked the course more carefully. I did win a hat though and hats are fantastic.

Adistar Ride Miles: 8.00Saucony Type A Miles: 3.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
8.00

One last try doing a workout in my Type As. Of course, due to the snow I went to the field house track. The plan was to go fairly easy and see how it felt to pick it up. I ran 5:59,5:49,5:47.5:53,5:42,5:40,5:48,5:50. After 5 miles my ankles were sore so I switched directions. Then my knee started to hurt so I slowed down at the end. The Type As don't seem to give me enough support to go around a tiny track.

Saucony Type A Miles: 8.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
13.00

1.8 miles into this run I crossed over 500 miles on my Mizunos. About a half hour later, I started to feel as though my left knee was collapsing outward slightly (I didn't realize I'd hit 500, I just decided then and there that the shoes were done).

I played Chicken with the "Blizzard" at my office. I eventually left at about 6pm and ran home in a light snow. It was very pretty and I wrote "JMZ RULZ" in the snow at stoplights, which made it prettier (beauty is truth, and truth beauty).

Mizuno Waverider Miles: 9.50Adistar Ride Miles: 3.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
0.00

Off today because of travel. I did jog over to the airport and I actually slipped on the ice and went down on my butt. I really, really wish I had a video of it. Both feet went forward and I went back and I probably slid about ten feet down the sidewalk. Fortunately I was wearing two backpacks so I didn't hurt myself.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
10.00

What I wanted to do today was a 9 mile base run so I can see how fast I am at Sea Level. The problem was that there was quite a bit of snow on the ground and that precluded fast running. Also, my legs just felt terrible. It seems like every muscle in my Pelvis is sore somehow or tight. This is probably a good sign as before my last two big races I've felt quite bad. I was getting concerned that perhaps I was feeling "too good". Fortunately I felt terrible.

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
7.50

Did 7.5 miles around the South of Mercer Island. Because I did it last year, I did a mile relaxed around the middle school track 79,79,79,76. That's 5:13, 9 seconds faster than last year. That means that I should run 1:09:15, I will most emphatically take that.

Also, my butt is really, really sore and I've been sitting on a block of ice all day basically.

Anyway, now I'm going to go put my chip in my car so I don't have to drive back home to get it, because, you know, that would be really dumb.

Adistar Ride Miles: 7.50
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Race: Seattle Half Marathon (13.1 Miles) 01:14:16, Place overall: 5, Place in age division: 2
Total Distance
16.00

I know why I did "poorly" today, but I'm still a bit frustrated. I've been feeling progressively more and more sore all week even though I've been resting. It's as if someone has been sneaking into my room while I've been sleeping and hitting my legs with a tire iron. Just to be sure I jammed my desk chair under the door handle before going to sleep, but it didn't seem to help.

I still had pain in my hip and butt, but I knew that there was nothing I could do about it so I just headed off to the race.

The good news was that it was much less cold than I thought it would be, the bad news was that I was nervous and had to run into an out of the way area and throw up a bunch of times. I was concious of my butt while I was warming up, but I otherwise felt good.

At the start Aiden Irish took a slight lead and I sat back with eventual winner Steven Crane. Just before the mile Steve and I caught Aiden and we all slowed down. I felt like the pace was a bit slow and thought about picking it up, but then I suddenly found myself losing ground. I hit the first mile in 5:20 and knew I was in trouble. Off of such a slow opening mile I should have been able to catch up to the leaders, but I couldn't I had nothing. The top two gradually opened a gap on me even though I ran 5:18 for the second mile.

I was still unable to close the gap as we left downtown and turned onto the express lanes, which was where I really picked it up last year. Instead I only managed a 5:33 and just felt like I was stuck in a slow gear. My legs were also starting to ache already and I knew it was going to be a long day.

After this point I kind of settled in at basically maratho pace. My splits were a bit erratic because of the terrain and I kept training to surge to get myself going. I could still see Aiden ahead of me and I felt that I could still get 2nd if I just kept up my pace. I did 5:28 for the 4th mile which is downhill and then 5:42 for the 5th. This mile is generally slow because it has a steep, wet winding path. In the 6th I got passed but still ran 5:25. I now had 2nd and 3rd in my sights for the next few miles (5:47,6:14,5:29,5:42). After mile 10 I lost sight of the guys ahead of me and I began to go to a dark place mentally, from which I would not emerge until I called Allie after the race. Mile 10 was uphill 5:42, mile 11 was downhill 6 flat (I did 5:25 for this mile last year). I was feeling very sore and I just couldn't find the motivation to keep going. Somehow I did mile 12 (which has a big hill) in 5:52 (5:41 last year). I got passed right as I passed the 12th mile marker. I stayed with the guy on the next downhill bit, but he just broke me on the uphill (this race has a lot of those).

I didn't talk to anyone after the race. I just straight through the finishing area and tossed my medal in a dumpster. I was in my car crossing the floating bridge and the marathoners were still on it! They started after me, but still, I left very quickly.

So, not really sure what to think now. It' pretty clear that this was not the best I can do. I ran a 5:11 downhill mile to close out a 10 mile run two weeks ago and only managed 5:33 today while racing someone. Last year, my muscles were totally seized up after the race and today they felt fine except for the sore butt. Since I got sick at the end of September my workouts have been off the charts good, but my races have all been kind of "meh". I can understand not running great 5ks because everything was done at HM pace and I can understand not running great at the half because when I've run my best halfs, I've run with complete fearlessness. It's hard to do that when you're sore/sick.

This is not the first time I've trained for a long time and had nothing to show for it. My Junior Year of Track in college, I got sick a whopping three times, including stomach flu, during crucial points in the year. I was supposed to run the 10K at one meet but I hadn't been able to eat anything for several days because I was sick. My warmup consisted of lying on the ground because I was too dizzy to run. Somehow, I was only 4 seconds off my PR despite my shoe coming untied with 400 to go and a first mile of 5:08 (and a second mile of 6:00). Anyway, long story short. I had some short term disappointment, but all my work paid off the next year. Here's hoping that this solid block of training makes me better in the future.

Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 14.00Mizuno Waverider Miles: 2.00
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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Total Distance
0.00

Part of my new, ultra minimalist training regime. Zero miles.

And just because, I had a cranberry-grape-spinach-feta salad.

Can I make it to 4000 miles this year? Let's see...

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Total Distance
307.10
Adizero Rocket Miles: 36.50Mizuno Waverider Miles: 88.50Saucony Type A Miles: 46.50Adistar Ride Miles: 78.00Asics Hyperspeed Miles: 24.10
Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00
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