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Chicago 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: 3.00 Month: 63.02 Year: 1932.12
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
85.7030.220.000.00115.92
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
2.504.000.000.006.50

AM - 2 mile warm up outside with Finn and then 2x2 miles at MP with a 400 meter rest.  Did not feel comfortable today.  Something is “off”.  Travel out of town today for a management retreat with golf.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k on the golf course before sunrise at this resort near Cartersville GA called Barnsley Gardens - unfortunately my headlamp malfunctioned and I had to turn around because it was too dark to safely make my way around the cart path in the wooded areas.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles around Barnsley Gardens - really slowly.  Not feeling all that well. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k with Finn in the neighborhood.  Head to Chicago this evening. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
2.500.000.000.002.50

AM - 2.5 miles with Richie in Chicago around Grant Park.  Heavy rains and thunderstorms throughout the night - light rain this morning.  Richie has a cold - sounds like Doc. Holiday.   Heavy humid air and warm with rain forecast for tomorrow morning's race.  

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Race: Chicago Marathon (26.22 Miles) 03:26:46, Place overall: 5196
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
0.0026.220.000.0026.22

Chicago Marathon - I had a pretty good result today.  Richie and I had planned to run together after having missed a couple of opportunities to run earlier this year.  He ended up with a pretty bad cold but insisted that he was up for the race. He sounded terrible and was coughing a good bit.  Nevertheless he was running 8 min pace - which was probably slightly slower than my fitness but I wanted to enjoy the event with him.  I could tell though around 12 miles he started to “yo-yo” and when we approached the 15 mile mark - he told me that he was at his limit and was not going to finish.  We talked about it a bit but I think he could tell that I was feeling well and so we agreed that I would not hang back or coax him along.  

So - feeling the opportunity to maybe get down to a 3:25 finish - I did some quick math and thought I needed to run 7:30’s for the next 10 miles.  I proceeded to do that for the next 3 miles but seeing the strain on my heart rate - I moderated to mid 7:40’s.   Around mile 23 - the wind and the rain and the miles slowed me down a little.  When I could calculate that I was not going to get down to 3:25 - I ran the last 2 miles just around 8 mins - finishing at 3:27.   

I am pleased with the race.  Part of me thinks that I might have run a bit faster if I had not stayed with Richie as long as I had; but maybe the lighter effort helped me to sustain later in the race and negative split.  

I connected with Richie afterwards and he was fine and happy that I continued on and ran as well as I did.   All in all - a good day.  

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No running - had to travel to Baltimore for a conference yesterday afternoon following the race and my flight was delayed - got in late - plus my legs needed some rest. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 mile run very slowly around the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.  Two Navy ships were preparing to head out as I made my way around.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

PM - lunchtime - 3 miles on the treadmill at a recovery effort again.  Nothing really hurts or is sore, but definitely have some deep tissue fatigue in the upper legs.  Good stretching and rolling afterwards.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k in the rain with Finn from the remnants of Hurricane Michael.  Still feeling fatigue from the race on Sunday, but Finn really needed the exercise.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.500.000.000.003.50

PM - 3.5 miles outside at lunchtime at the office.  Weather is really nice - dry and cool - autumn-like finally.  Feeling a bit better gradually each day.  No more fatigue in the legs though still feel a bit like I need some more recovery days until everything gets back to normal.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

PM -  6 easy miles - no watch - with Finn. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.100.000.000.004.10

PM - 4.1 miles with Finn around the neighborhood in the evening. 

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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.  Finally starting to feel normal when I am running.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

AM - just under 4 miles this morning before work with Finn in the neighborhood.  Ran into Dan - he was actually hoping to find me out so that we could run together.  Nice chat with him.  As always we ran much faster than I would prefer - especially in the morning - but still conversational.  

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No running.

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No running.  Tracy was really sick and I had to tend to her and eventually took her to the hospital where she had to be admitted for pneumonia.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.100.000.000.003.10

AM - 5k with Finn to get him some exercise.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

AM - 4.5 miles with Dan and Finn around the golf course on a wet rainy morning.   

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

PM - 7 miles outside on a really nice weather afternoon.  I think the humidity was like only 26%.  Ran with Finn - maybe a little to fast, but felt good once I got going. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.200.000.000.006.20

PM - 10k with Richie around the office at lunchtime.  Nice run.  He was in town for business and we went to the Monday night Falcon's game last night. 

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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 a very aerobic pace.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.000.000.000.006.00

PM - 6 miles outdoors at lunchtime on a hilly route.  Not feeling all that great...may be catching something.  

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
3.000.000.000.003.00

AM - 3 miles in NYC - here on business.  Have some kind of virus with a fever cannot seem to shake it. 

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Sick!

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
85.7030.220.000.00115.92
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