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Baltimore Marathon

The Baltimore Marathon is on Saturday! I apologize for not posting in a while, but I have been extremely busy with my new job as the head cross country coach at Stevenson University. Training had been going extremely well up until about 3 weeks ago when my left hip/glute area started bothering me. As with a number of my other injuries it was something minimal that turned out to be much more. In the past it it happened after slipping on ice or mud. This time it happened by stepping in a hole while running in a field with high grass. I am not sure of the exact mechanism of the injury, but I feel like it is a strain to my rectus femoris origin up by my hip/groin area and/or my psoas. I feel like something is contracted in defense and won’t let go…not sure if that makes sense. Anyway it causes a misalignment of my pelvis and a number of issues come up.

With all of that being said I am still running the marathon on Saturday. It was never a thought of mine not to do the race. It is such a great event with such wonderful people. I have been able to get some strong NSAIDs and with the help of them and some adrenaline/endorphins I feel like I will be ready to go for the race.

Also, here is an interview done by Kate Amara from WBAL:


I am looking forward to seeing everyone at the race!



Training from the week of 5/5

Good week of training under me….recoverd well from the Frederick Half Marathon and had an excellent marathon specific workout on Friday. Less than two weeks to go until the Vermont City Marathon!



Monday 50 minutes easy on treadmill none
Tuesday 42 minutes easy on turf (last 10:00 barefoot) 40 minutes easy (first 20 pushing kids in stroller…second 20 on grass fields)
Wednesday 50 minutes on turf fields with 6 x :15 striders over last 10:00 MASSAGE from Nic Ebright at nicebrightmassage.com  Helping me stay healthy and get to the Vermont City Marathon in one piece!
Thursday none none
Friday Valley Centre Loop

– 10 minute warm-up

– 3 x 2 loops with 1:00 recovery (4:23/4:22/4:21)  4:55–>4:53/mile

– 10k in 32:13 (16:10/16:03)

– (3:00 jog)

– 3 x 2 loops with 1:00 recovery

(4:19/4:19/4:18) 4:51–>4:50/mile

– 10k in 31:56 (16:03/15:53)

– 5 minute cool-down

Saturday none 40 minutes easy on turf (last 10:00 barefoot) Left hip/groin/glute/hip flexor off…
Sunday none 65 minutes total on roads/turf…worked from 7:00—>6:00/mile with last 10:00 barefoot

Training Summary for Week of 4/28

Great week of training. One longer workout, one shorter workout, one set of hill sprints, and a half marathon race. Definitely a dense week training wise. I was happy with every workout and the race. I’ve been feeling stronger every week and getting excited for the Vermont City Marathon in only 3 weeks. 

Today I got a chance to get in and see Nic Ebright for a massage. I have never consistently used massage as a recovery tool before and I really feel like seeing Nic is making a big difference. If you live in the Baltimore area you should definitely take some time to get in and see him. He is based out of Columbia, MD. 

The race was the Frederick Half Marathon and I ended up winning in 1:07. My splits were 5:11-4:55-4:54-5:05-5:54-5:00-5:11-5:05-5:10-5:12-5:18-5:19-5:05. I ended up really getting after it from 1-6 miles. I felt good and it ended up allowing me to break away around the 4-5 mile mark. I was able to really enjoy the atmosphere over the rest of the race. Corrigan Sports did a great job with the event (as they always do) and I will definitely be back in the future. Here are some pictures and articles about the race:



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85 minutes total (first 55 minutes on rolling roads/sidewalks…rest on turf fields with last 15 minutes barefoot…4 x :15 striders over last 6 minutes)




Valley Centre

– 10 minute warm-up

– 24 x 1 lap with :45 recovery..all laps at 2:13-2:10 (last 10 all at 2:10 with last one in 2:05) (The 2:13-2:10 comes out to 5:00—>4:50/mile)

– 10 minute cool-down


55 minutes regeneration on treadmill (8:30–>7:30/mile)



40 minutes total with 12 x :11-:12 all-out hill sprints with 2:00 recovery jog (Sams Club Hill)

short weight/stability session…not time to fit in another run


55 minutes total on turf fields 6:30 down to last 20 minutes at 5:30/mile with last 10:00 barefoot



Fun Time helping out with the last lap event in Baltimore for Marathon Kids

30 minutes plus 5 x :15 striders


Frederick Half Marathon 1:07

Splits: 5:11-4:55-4:54-5:05-5:54-5:00-5:11-5:05-5:10-5:12-5:18-5:19-5:05

XC Team Wins Conference Championship for 2nd Straight Year!!!

Very proud of my cross country team at the Garrison Forest School. Yesterday they won the IAAM “C” Conference Championship for the second straight season!