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Grandmas 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

9 x NYC Marathon

 

 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Sub 3 hour marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Continue to enjoy running and racing as long as my body permits me.  

Personal:

Old guy - been running for 40+ years.  

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Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 108.10 Year: 1777.75
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
122.8526.203.000.00152.05
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
12.250.000.000.0012.25

AM - at sea for the day.  Got up late - did about 4.25 miles on the treadmill in some rough seas - making balancing on the machine a bit of a challenge.  

PM - when Tracy went to get a spa treatment- I did another run on the treadmill- but this time the seas were calmer and I felt good and got about 8 more miles in.  We arrive in Amsterdam early tomorrow and then transfer to the airport for the flight home.  It has been a sedate and relaxing experience.  Exactly what we wanted.  

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Travel day from Amsterdam back to Atlanta

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.750.000.000.008.75

AM - 5.25 miles with Finn in the neighborhood this morning before work.  Felt good and ran at more of a tempo effort. 

PM - 3.5 miles for a short easy run at lunch time.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

PM - lunchtime - a little over 6 miles.  Was not feeling it early-on, may have been nutritional - like I had not eaten enough.  Finished up considerably faster.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.500.000.000.005.50

AM - just a little less than 5.5 miles with Finn and with Dan before work this morning.  Dan has had a knee injury and had taken a few weeks off, so I expected a shorter/easier run, but he pushed the pace and insisted his knee was not bothering him.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.100.003.000.009.10

AM - 5k with Finn before work.  Late start, limited time. 

PM - lunchtime - treadmill workout:  4 x 800 @ 5:45 ppm with a 400 rest; then 1 mile at 5:45 pace.  Warm up and cool down.  Felt solid the whole time.   Pretty sure the treadmill's calibration is not accurate, but the HR effort is what I was seeking, which was right in the high tempo to threshold zone. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

PM - 4 miles very easy on the treadmill.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
10.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - 10 miles early with Finn on Brittle/Summit and Wood Road trails.  Rainy for a few days but we were fortunate to get about half of the run in dry before the rains resumed.  He was a filthy mess from the dirt roads.  Lots of wildlife and farm animals to check out at the daybreak including one very vocal rooster.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - very early start- 4 miles on the treadmill before a lengthy day of travel to Asia.  

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No run - traveled to Kuala Lumpur for business - 26 hours of transit - left Sunday morning and arrived Monday evening around 11 pm local time.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill in Kuala Lumpur- no time to figure out a run outdoors as the road/highways and buildings looked like a labyrinth below from my hotel in the dark. Travel to Hong Kong after a morning meeting.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.250.000.000.005.25

AM - 5.25 miles in a steamy humid mire in Hong Kong - did loops around Victoria Park. Early meetings and then off to Amsterdam.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.500.000.000.006.50

AM - cool damp morning in Amsterdam - ran from the hotel to Vondel Park.  Staying a little further away from where I usually stay when I am here.  Temps in the 50’s and cloudy. Felt like a fall day instead of June.   Here for 2 nights and then back home.  Not sleeping very well with all of the travel and time zone changes.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles quite early in Amsterdam- heading home today. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

PM - 3.1 miles with Finn - jetlagged - just wanted to get outside and stretch my legs.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

PM - 5 miles with Finn on Summit/Brittle and Phillips Circle - quite warm.  Felt a little rough for the first mile or so.  Warmed into it though. 

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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
5.000.000.000.005.00

PM -  5 miles on the treadmill at lunchtime. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - just under 3 miles this morning with Finn before work.  I awoke early enough for a longer effort, but decided I was tired and went back to bed; then got up and decided to squeeze a shorter run in, because Finn was jumping around and essentially begging that he wanted / needed some exercise.  Happy dog.   He was so pleased when he got back that he went back to sleep...and I went to work.  

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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
0.000.000.000.000.00

No running - travel day and race tomorrow.

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Race: Grandmas Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:13:27, Place overall: 748, Place in age division: 25
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.200.000.0026.20

Grandma's Marathon 2019.  I had a good day.   I had no reason to expect the result that I had, but I am very pleased with how I did and how things went.

I am 6 months - post-stent implant in the LAD (aka - "the widow maker" artery that supplies blood to the left ventrical) due to a 90% blockage.    Today I ran faster in the marathon than I have in 6 years.  

I had low expectations coming into this race even though I had a decent training period leading up to the race.  In the last 4 weeks I was traveling for vacation internationally, and then traveling for business both internationally and domestically - and though I was getting daily runs in, I was not really training or running very far.  

When I originally signed up for this race - I had two goals:  1. Finish (as a statement that I fully recovered from the heart issue in the Fall) and 2. Run a Boston Qualifier (3:25 for me at age 52) in order to run in 2020 where my middle daughter is in school.  

But I had pretty much tossed Goal #2 out of the realm of possibilities - because I just was not feeling as though I was fit enough to expect it.  My longest long run was just 17 miles and I did not have too many lengthy runs either.  Plus I was anxious about my health - although I had run a couple of 5k races and a 10k, this was going to be signficantly longer, and I wondered if I would I have a problem with such a long race.

So my race plan today was go with whatever my body would give me and to be conservative.   I was pleasantly surprised that the first mile which felt relatively easy was 7:39, and then I ran 7:20 and then 7:10 and thought to myself - ok, don't get greedy or too excited.  Run the mile you are in, and keep your HR at a manageable high tempo level.  If the pace slows, so be it.  Well, it really stayed consistent after that.  I ran between 7:10 and 7:20 per mile all the way until mile 17.  I slowed slightly from there on in, but still kept things between 7:20 and 7:30 and finished the last .2 miles at 7:15 pace.  

The weather was a huge bonus too.  They had predicted rain earlier in the week, and this morning the forecast called for 95% cloud cover and temps in the mid 50's.   Well, as it turned out, we got bright sunshine, temps in the mid to high 50's and blue skies with a nifty tailwind for most of the race.  Could not have asked for better weather - which brought out way more spectators than last year's event.  

So - in summary - I had a good day and I didn't die. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.000.000.000.002.00

PM - 2 easy miles on the hotel treadmill in Las Vegas - just a shakeout to see how everything feels.  Just a little soreness and fatigue but otherwise fine.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - 4 miles on the Las Vegas strip - toward downtown and back.  Easy effort.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles in Vegas before heading home midday.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k with Finn back home in the neighborhood.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Caught a cold...post-marathon - right on schedule.  No running 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.  Cold is still with me, seems to be getting worse. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.000.000.000.000.00

Still sick. No running 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

AM - 6 miles before church. Way harder perceived effort than I had planned. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
122.8526.203.000.00152.05
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