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Grandma’s Marathon

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Location:

Milton,GA,USA

Member Since:

Jul 27, 2010

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

PR's -

Mile - 4:38    (High School)

2 Mile - 10:12 (High School) 

3 mile - 15:51 (High School)

10k - 35:19 (High School)

Marathon - 2:59 marathon (London -2013)

Half marathon - 1:25:18 (Deseret News 2013)

Ran all 5 of the World Marathon Majors (NY, Chicago, Boston, London & Berlin)

5 x Boston Marathon

Triathlete - sprint to half-ironman distance

Climbed Alpe d'Huez on my bike 

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to improve times on all distances from 5k to marathon

Personal:

Married with three daughters - each of them are recreational runners.

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 139.51 Year: 1262.63
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
130.9526.200.000.00157.15
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles easy on the treadmill.  This week I have been intentionally running at a good bit slower pace than what I normally run - to solve for the string of "bad" runs I have been having for a while.  Seems to have been effective - as I have felt much better and enjoyed the runs much more even if they are slowly paced.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
9.500.000.000.009.50

AM - 3.5 around the neighborhood with Finn. 

PM - 6.0 miles on the treadmill. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.250.000.000.004.25

AM - 4.25 miles with Finn before church.  I really enjoy running at sunrise on Sunday mornings with the dog in the spring and summer when I am the only one out on the roads except for the occasional car.  I just need to remind myself of that when I opt for a few more minutes of sleep instead.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

PM - 6 miles at lunchtime on a truly spectacular weather day.  Cool front passed through early morning and all humidity dropped significantly.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles easy on the treadmill at lunchtime. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.750.000.000.005.75

PM - 5.75 miles outside at lunchtime.  Warm, but not humid.  Felt reasonably strong. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

Only time for a 2 mile walk with Finn after work.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.250.000.000.008.25

AM - later morning run with Finn for part and with Riley for part.  Lots of ups and downs and quite warm and humid.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

PM - 3 miles very easy on the treadmill after dinner.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles early before work today; ran into my neighbor Dan just as I was leaving my house and we ran together.  I kinda think he may have been looking for me to run together - so it worked out.  He's much too fast for my normal training pace - but I enjoyed chatting with him and getting a quicker run in than planned today.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k with Finn before work. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

AM - 3.5 miles with Finn; ran into neighbor Dan again (twice in 3 days) about a mile in, and ran about 2 miles with him, quite a bit faster than what I had planned, but it was fine.  Mile 1, 10:08, mile 2, 8:05 mile 3, 7:25...but it was good conversation and the fact that I was still conversational at that pace was somewhat reassuring.  

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Race: Grandma’s Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:39:02, Place overall: 1463, Place in age division: 71
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

 

My first Grandma’s Marathon - I was not trained for the race as originally I registered to run with my daughter, but she became injured and had to back out fairly early-on.  I was also supposed to run with Richie who was registered - but he has a lot going on outside of running and I expected that he may not be able to participate.  However about 3 weeks ago he said he was committed and that since neither of us were trained enough to run well - that we would just go and run it as a long training run in preparation for a fall marathon.   Unfortunately he came down with a case of shingles last Friday.  So... I thought I would cancel as well since it is not too much fun traveling alone to out of town races and moreover - I was undertrained.   Nevertheless (with a little coaxing from Rob who said I should do it) I decided about Wednesday this week that since I had to travel to Chicago for a business conference on Sunday - I might as well just run.

So my plan was to run this as a long training run - keeping my HR in the 140’s and just enjoy this unique event. We were fortunate with the weather that had been threatening with thunderstorms in the forecast (in fact there was discussion about delaying the start or canceling if the storms were severe.) But we got none of that.  Foggy and cloudy with some misting rain in the latter miles and temps in the mid-50’s.  Most of my splits were between 8:15 and 8:25 with a couple faster and a couple slower.  Really enjoyed the day with the racers quietly making their ways between the pines on this rolling country road along the shores of Lake Superior.   I was pretty fatigued by the last few miles and my HR climbed considerably but I kept the same pace relatively from start to finish.  Got a nasty blister on my left little toe and was quite cold making my way back to my car - but overall - I was pleased with the effort and glad I decided to do it.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

PM - in Chicago for a business conference.  Really warm here - temps in the upper 90's.  Went out after 6 pm for a shake-out and systems check from yesterday's marathon.  All good.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k around Chicago’s Grant Park and Soldiers Field.  Very slow recovery effort. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on a cooler morning after some rain overnight in Chicago.  Still running slowly in recovery mode.  The blister on the little toe is annoying.  Have to be in San Francisco tomorrow for a business meeting scheduled at the last minute  ... seems to have worked out to be quite a bit of travel in the last week.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Travel day - was up at 3:30 am for a flight to San Francisco midday - and then back on a flight at 5 pm to take me back to ATL - and arrived at home at 1:30 am.  No time for running. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

PM - 5 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime.  With limited rest/sleep my run was not so great - as I had expected. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

PM - easy miles around the neighborhood. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 2.5 miles very easy on a soggy humid former golf course with Finn.  Grass is getting high and buggy.  Finn was antsy to exercise since I was out of town for nearly a week.

PM - a few more in the afternoon.  Blister finally healing.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

A little over 5 miles of running today.  Some with Finn and Riley on the golf course.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Long day of business travel.  Up at 4 am - flight to Dallas for the day - then long weather delays for return to ATL; got home at 1:30 am.  No running. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.250.000.000.006.25

PM - lunchtime - easy effort 6.25 miles - quite warm and hilly. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

PM - in the lunctime heat 5.5 miles - new route - more hills/climbing than I probably wanted - but still felt good, though very slow.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

AM - 2 miles with Finn before a thunderstorm sent us back home.

PM - 5 miles easy on the treadmill at lunchtime, another thunderstorm - so I stayed inside. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.250.000.000.002.25

PM - a couple of easy miles on the golf course with Finn and Riley in the heat of the day. Planned to do more later, but never happened. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.000.000.000.008.00

AM - got an early start with Finn - high humidity and dew point of 71 at 6 am.  8 muggy miles.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
130.9526.200.000.00157.15
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