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Training from Week of 9/1

With the exception of Monday’s workout this week was a down week. I am finally starting to feel fit and am excited to see the consistent high miles pay off later this fall. I posted this already, but I am excited to be running the Baltimore Marathon again on October 18th. Before that I will run the Race for our Kids and the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon.

 

Monday 16 miles total on Hilly Roads

11 miles at 5:45–>5:20 in middle

8 miles total

6 x 1:00 hills (Lochinvar) with 2:00 recovery

2 x :30 HARD on grass fields

Tuesday 8 miles total with team

(Ran 2 x 1.5 miles and 1 mile at 6:00/mile with athletes during their workout)

Jay Johnson: Cannonball Routine
Wednesday 7 miles easy with team Jay Johnson: Grant Green Routine
Thursday 6 miles at Under Armour Brand House Harbor Easy (UA Run Club…come run at 6:30 am!) 9 miles total

3 sets of 1 mile/3 x :12 hill sprints (2:00 between everything) Mile Splits of 5:02/4:47/4:46 (Rolling pavement)

Friday 9 miles easy on flat grass fields (65 minutes) none
Saturday 8 miles total at McDaniel Green Terror Challenge XC

-5k XC with top guys 5:52/11:52/19:20

-3k XC HARD 1st in 9:44

(Extremely Hot Today!)

(Super excited that the women won both the individual and team title in the 3k!! #gostangs )

General Strength
Sunday 13 miles easy at Soldiers Delight General Strength
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Training from 8/4-8/10 (in Bald Head Island)

Here is my training from last week. Nothing too crazy. I kept my runs/workouts to less than 1 hour a day, but added more intensity.

 

 

Monday

Dirt Road (Bald Head Island…rolling—>flat)

– 10 minute warm-up

– 6 x 5:00 w/3:00 recovery

– 5:00 cool-down

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Tuesday

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52 minutes pushing Colin in stroller while Amanda and Evan rode bikes

Wednesday

Dirt Road (Flat–>rolling)

– 5 minute warm-up

– 40 minute tempo

– 3:00 recovery

– 4 x :30 HARD with 2:00 recovery

– 5 minute cool-down

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Thursday

45 minutes with Evan riding his bike

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Friday

Dirt Road (flat—>rolling)

– 7 minue warm-up

– 16 x 1:10 hard/1:50 easy

– 6 minute cool-down

30 minutes pushing Colin in stroller while Amanda and Evan rode bikes

Saturday

 

25 minutes with Evan riding his bike (several surges of 1:00-1:30)

Sunday

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I’m Alive…Update on Life and Training

I’m alive! I apologize for the delay in updates. It has been a whirlwind since Vermont City with the end of the school year and then starting my new position at Stevenson University. I had not been training much either. I had a scare with my peroneals on my right side and then it switched over to my left. I still have some lingering pain on my left side, but it has been getting better day by day. The promising sign is that it is getting better each day even with me increasing training volume and intensity.

I am going to make a longer post in the near future about my new position at Stevenson University and my journey leading up to this point….

Below is my training from last week and the first part of this week. The two weeks before that were all over the place, but significant workouts included 6 x 1:30 uphill one day and 3 x hill circuits on another. Everything else was just easy running with my peroneal issues.

Monday:

–          53 minutes on roads/sidewalks

Tuesday:

–          55 minutes easy on roads/sidewalks

Wednesday: (Grass Athletic Field at Jemicy School)

–          20 minute warm-up

–          12 laps of athletic field alternating 1 lap hard with 1 lap moderate (hard lap was around 1:20 and moderate around 1:40…I do not know the distance)

–          15 minute cool-down

Thursday:

–          1:22 on hilly roads/sidewalks

Friday:

–          55 minutes easy on grass

Saturday:

–          20 minute warm-up

–          16 x :30 HARD (3k effort) with :35-:40 recovery on flat section of dirt road (last 2 were run HARD!)

Sunday:

       – OFF (Traveling back from Pocomoke City, MD)

Monday:

–          1:46 minutes at Soldier’s Delight (25 minutes there and back, but everything else on trails) (1 x :35 HARD over last 2 minutes)

Tuesday:

–          30 minute warm-up

–          6 x :12 Hills sprints with 3:00 jog in between

–          12 minute cool-down

Wednesday: (Grass Athletic Field at Jemicy School)

–          22 minute warm-up

–          8 x 3:00 moderateàhard with 1:00 recovery jog (going through each lap around 1:23-25)

–          5:00 jog

–          1 lap Hard in 1:05

–          15 minute cool-down

Thursday:

–          2:15 in Soldier’s Delight (pictures below) (2 x :20 HARD/UPHILL over last 5 minutes)

Friday:

Saturday:

Sunday:

 

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Vermont City Marathon

By now most of you know that my Vermont City Marathon experience did not go 100% as I expected it to go. I want to start by saying, it’s only a race…everyone has bad days….there are many more races to run in the future. A friend of mine (Mike Simonds) brought to my attention that it is okay to have “off” days and everyone has them. He also mentioned that another thing that has helped him keep things in perspective is thinking of people like Sarah Defren who lost her life at the Frederick Half Marathon. When you think of it like that it really is just a race and you should take some time to enjoy the fact that you are actually able to be out there doing it and working together with every single other person in the event. Another example, my wife’s grandmother (Nanny) has been sick over the past couple months and today, after my wife had been through the stress of hearing about me being in the medical tent and wondering if I was okay, she received a phone call from her father saying that it did not look good and she should come down to see her asap. Now, I’m in Vermont and my wife and kids went to go say goodbye to Nanny without me… It is also not normal for me to travel without my family and I miss them immensely! I love experiencing new places with them…

About the race:

After going out in 5:30 for the first mile I ran 5:11, 5:11, 5:07, 5:18 for the next four miles. My original goal was to run 5:17/mile and I definitely think that those early faster miles could have been a little “too” fast. I noticed I did not feel “right” as soon as 3 miles into the race. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but it was definitely a feeling of the pace not being right. In hindsight I should have probably gone out a little slower, but it sounds like the heat eventually got to everyone. By 10 miles I knew it was going to be a “long” day and I started to slow down significantly. I told myself that I was still going to finish the race as I had come all the way up to Burlington and did not want to let down the race organization, my family, and anyone else that was pulling for me. Unfortunately everything started to go downhill fairly quickly. 6:00/mile ended up being hard and eventually between 17 and 18 miles I almost blacked out twice. After the second time I almost blacked out I decided to try and continue running until I saw the next race official. When I eventually saw a race official I felt like very muscle in my body was cramping up….from my feet all the way up to my neck. I ended up sitting on the road with the help of the volunteer and they called for medics. I had expected a car or ATV to come and pick me up and take me to an “official” medic tent, but the local fire department paramedics ended up coming to get me. In hindsight I am glad they came as I was not doing well and had never felt that way before.

Now, of course I am trying to figure out what I did differently, why did it happen to me, how am I able to get in 20-30 miles in training and not have issues like this….. I can say that one main fact that stands out is in training I do not take any fuel. I complete almost every workout in a “fasted” state and only take in electrolytes and maybe some caffeine. I have to get over the fact of thinking that during the marathon I should take in carbohydrates and go crazy with carbo-loading in the days prior. I need to stick with what works. Sure I think it might be beneficial to take some carbs later in the race, but I need to stick with what works. In the future I am going to do that….and maybe carry a gel or two and use them late in the race when I actually feel like I need them…..

With all of that being said I do realize that it is just a race and that there will be many more opportunities to run races like Vermont City in the future. 

I also want to thank the organizers at Vermont City….Joe Connelly, Lyman Clark, Zeke Tucker, and all of the other wonderful volunteers for making it such a great experience for me. It is definitely a race that I would love to come back to in the future! I’m glad I had the opportunity to come up to Burlington and be part of such a great event!

 

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

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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

Incredible Marathon Specific Workout Today

I’m finally feeling fit again! I had a great marathon specific workout today. I ran it on my flat parking lot loop at Valley Centre. The loop is 715 meters around so it makes it a little tough with figuring out the paces, but I have done enough workouts on that loop to know what the actual mile pace is per loop. I also know that 5k is just short of 7 laps.

Here are a few lap splits with actual per mile paces: 2:35/lap= 5:48/mile, 2:30/lap=5:37/mile, 2:20/lap=5:15/mile, 2:15/lap=5:05/mile, 2:08/lap=4:48/mile. I know this is confusing, but it puts an actual pace to times that may seem irrelevant.

Details:

-10 minute warm-up

– 4 laps at (9:17–4:44/4:33)

– 2 laps recovery (5:11)

– 4 laps at (9:14–4:38/4:36)

– 2 laps recovery (5:04)

– 10k at   (32:17——->16:18–>4:42/4:40/4:39/2:17  15:59–>4:35/4:34/4:36/2:14)

– 2 laps recovery (5:10)

– 4 laps at (9:08–4:33/4:35)

– 2 laps recovery (5:06)

– 4 laps at (9:04–4:34/4:30)

– 1 lap recovery at 2:30

– 1 lap hard at 2:08

– 1 lap hard at 2:28

– 1 lap hard at 2:08

– 6 minute cool-down

Combining the hard running along with the moderate recovery you get 30k worth of work at an average pace of 5:17/mile for a total time of 1:38:40.

Great workout and great confidence booster. This is really my first marathon specific workout in a long time and it was a big one!

 

Training Week of 4/14

Here’s my training from last week…nothing crazy, but definitely progressing nicely. The GW Parkway 10 miler made me more sore than I expected. In the long run it is going to be good as I am going to heal and be stronger than before…

 

 

Monday 40 minutes spinning on bike (legs sore!) none
Tuesday 55 minutes running (last 10 minutes barefoot) stability/core routine
Wednesday 50 minutes easy on treadmill 40 minutes easy pushing boys in stroller with Amanda
Thursday none 45 minutes easy on turf fields
Friday Golf Course Road Hill Circuits

-15:00 warm-up

– 8 x Hill Circuits with 4:00 recovery jog in 2:35/2:35/2:31/2:29/2:26/2:24/2:23/2:21 (Circuit consists of :20 hard running in between Skipping/Bounding/Butt Kicks/finishing with last 250+ meters hard up hill and ending with 10 x squat jumps)

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Saturday none 1:50 minutes total on roads/trails/turf (all over the place…threw in 2 x mile at 5:45 in the middle of the first hour…rest at 6:10-20…then from 1:20-1:45 I did 8 x 1 lap hard/1 lap moderate around the turf (:57-1:15) (comes out to 4:45-50/mile and 6:10-15/mile)
Sunday 52 minutes easy on turf fields (last 12 minutes barefoot) none

Remember the Tree Hugger 5k is on Sunday at Irvine Nature Center…come on out. Great course/cause! Stick around afterwards for Springfest.