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North Face Endurance Challenge

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Location:

Rochester,IL,USA

Member Since:

Aug 10, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Marathon PR - 3:05 (3:06 at Boston)

Completed a dozen marathons and a handful of 50 mile ultras.

Short-Term Running Goals:

Make a come back from setbacks and build aerobic base. Pacemaker implant for Symptomatic Bradycardia in 2016.  Cardiac ablation for SVT in 2019.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Lose about 50-60 lbs. and maybe complete another marathon.

Personal:

Enjoy doing stuff I wasn't built to do.  Married with children, and two fluffy dogs. 

Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  1 Cor. 1:20

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 26.90 Year: 876.74
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
218.850.000.000.00218.85
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
14.500.000.000.0014.50

Felt good all around.  Just wish I had more time to put in a few really long runs.  Oh well, no doubt I'm feeling much improved over last year as far as speed and strength are concerned. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
17.100.000.000.0017.10

Hot and humid struggle.  Several walking breaks.  Felt light headed throughout entire run.  Average pace was 9:10.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Ran 7 miles at 7:20 average pace.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.100.000.000.008.10

Weight training later in the day. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.600.000.000.007.60

Hedley-Meadowbrook-Washington Loop.  Legs felt good and tired.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
11.100.000.000.0011.10

Ran with friend Becky out to power lines by DOT pond.

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No run, just jumping rope throughout weighting training session.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
5.000.000.000.005.00

Middle mile fast (6:14).  Everything feels good, no pain at all, just hope endurance is there.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.500.000.000.004.50

All easy, overall more muscular, but will it help?

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
4.000.000.000.004.00

Lazy 4 miles.

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Rest

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Race: North Face Endurance Challenge (50 Miles) 06:00:00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
35.300.000.000.0035.30

My very first DNF at mile 35 during the Gore-Tex 50 mile.  Race day weather was perfect and I was only 20 minutes away from the start staying with some relatives.  I had a really good feeling about the race because everything was coming together perfectly.  My conditioning felt really good and I was much stronger compared to the 50 mile race last year.  The course is hardly technical, very scenic with changing forest and open prairie views.  There are a lot of hills with total elevation change of 6300 feet.  Overall, environment, weather, and race support volunteers were top tier in my opinion. 

Reasons for the DNF.  Hard to pin down one reason/excuse for stopping at mile 35.  At that point, I was simply out of gas and moving slower due to a slight injury.  I just lost a boat load of time during last 7 miles so was mentally cashing out.  My inner left leg around the knee was giving me trouble on the up hills, but wasn't an issue on the downs.  Other factors were very sore feet, stomach went on strike starting at mile 28 so wasn't eating enough, had a really bad bonk between miles 28 and 35, and getting some strange feeling I was doing internal damage (can't explain this one).  The lights were going out fast so I exited stage left, sat down, and iced my knee at the aid station.  My wife was persistent just enough and then agreed it was time to pull the plug on this one.  Really bummed because the setting was perfect for a great result.  Stomach really shut down because I didn't feel like eating for about 30 minutes after stopping, which isn't typical for me.  The only thing I felt like was the sugary drinks.

I have another race coming up so can't sulk about this race result.  Just need to recover quickly and get back on the horse. 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
6.900.000.000.006.90

Getting back at it, easy run during lunch hour. Left quad and calves were still sore.

Weights after work.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Legs felt recovered so ran a bit faster with all miles in the mid 7s pace.

Weights after work.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.400.000.000.007.40

Easy paced run over the lunch hour. Breaking in the legs after changing my weight training program this week to fewer reps and much heavier weight.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
16.000.000.000.0016.00

Lounged around with my morning coffee and then got out the door around 9am. Nice sunny day but windy. Pace was all over averaging out to 8mpm. Have some hot foot or neuroma going on in my left foot. Comes and goes after 10 miles.

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3 x Circuit: Jump rope with bounds + Leg Raises + Dips + Ball Crunches+ Pull-Ups

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.200.000.000.008.20

Washington-Old Salem loop.  Felt really good and strong.  Comfortable.  Longer stride.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.000.000.000.007.00

Cool run after it rained all morning. 

Weights after work.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.700.000.000.008.70

Very solid effort.  Legs were slow/clunky feeling, whiich makes sense.  Too many sets during weight training last night.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
7.700.000.000.007.70

Legs a bit better, hamstrings are still a little sore.  Breaking up Squats & Deadlifts on different days from now on.

Weights after work.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.450.000.000.008.45

Longer run over lunch hour.  Great weather.  Legs are coming around again.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
19.000.000.000.0019.00

Nice and easy endurance run.  Morton's neuroma in left foot was only pain issue.  Starts after 1 hour and flares up off and on thereafter.  At one point it was completely gone and then came back near the end.  Average pace 8:27.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
8.300.000.000.008.30

Beautiful run outside in California.  Will be here all week for work.  Did some weight exercises afterward.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTotal Distance
218.850.000.000.00218.85
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