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Location:

Fort Collins,CO,

Member Since:

May 15, 2003

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Local Elite

Running Accomplishments:

Unaided PR's:
5K: 14:48 (Track - 2001)
10K: 30:45 (Track - 2001)
10K: 31:32 (Bolder Boulder - 2013)
Half Marathon: 1:06:09 (Duluth - 2013)
Marathon: 2:17:54 (Grandma's) - 2014)
Marathon: 2:19:47 (Indianapolis Monumental - 2013)
Marathon: 2:19:49 (Indianapolis Monumental - 2010)

Aided PR's:
10K: 29:38 (Des News - 2011)
Half Marathon: 1:05:30 (TOU Half - 2011)
Marathon: 2:18:09 (St George - 2007)
Marathon: 2:17:35 (Boston - 2011)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis in June of 2008. Started taking Enbrel in March, 2009.

Run as much as I can, and race as well as I can. Make the most of however much time I have left as an able-bodied runner.

Training for the 2018 Colorado Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

  Run until I'm old, and then run some more. Stand tall.

Personal:

1 wife, 2 kids. 1 cat. Work as a GIS Specialist/Map Geek

Endure and persist; this pain will turn to your good. - Ovid

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. - Romans 5:1-5

 

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
142.3028.206.000.000.00176.50
Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 29.75Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 34.25Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 60.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 5.00Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.50
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.500.000.000.000.006.50

ez 6.5 miles, at about 8:00/mile

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We'll I haven't written in personal blog in...forever. So it's with great delight that I announce a (gasp) new blog entry on my (unofficial) Olympic Trials course map and elevation profile. For those who don't know me, I am a map nerd. I used to do maps like this "for fun" all time, but it's pretty rare now days. Fortunately the holiday weekend let me bust the rust off my keyboard and mouse.

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

am - easy 5 miles, Fossil Creek to Mason. Averaged 7:55/mile

pm - 8 miles, Mason Trail. Averaged 6:49/mile. Beautiful, warm day.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 8.00Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.006.000.000.0014.00

Medium Workout. Did 14 miles, with 6x1-mile LT intervals, 2-minute recovery. Power Trail to Spring Creek to Poudre River, and back. Intervals were 5:03, 5:01, 4:59, 4:57, 4:50, 4:43. Felt very good, gotta love tapering.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 14.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

AM - Power Trail, 4 miles, 8:05/mile average

noon - did an out-and-back to the west side of town. 9 miles, averaged 6:48/mile. Felt great.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 9.00Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

am - 5.5 miles, Fossil Creek to Mason, no watch.

noon - 7.5 miles, Fossil Creek Park. Averaged 6:50/mile. Did some strides.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 5.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

am - Power Trail, 4 miles, averaged 8:30/mile.

noon - out-and-back on Swallow Rd. 9 miles, averaged 6:50/mile.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 4.00Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 9.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
15.750.000.000.000.0015.75

Did a loop, Mason Trail to Spring Creek Trail, to Fossil Creek Trail. 15.75 miles, averaged 6:49/mile.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 15.75
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Fossil Creek park, 5 miles, averaged 7:30/mile.

Saucony Hattori Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.002.000.000.000.0010.00

Power Trail to Spring Creek Trail. Did 2 miles at MP in the middle, in 10:11 (5:04, 5:07). Averaged 6:22/mile for 10 miles.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

AM - easy 5 miles, Power Trail south. Averaged 8:15/mile

noon - easy 5 miles, home and back for lunch. Averaged 7:15/mile.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 5.00Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

Power Trail, south. 6 miles, no watch. Did some strides in the middle.

Well, that's just about it for the taper. Tomorrow is my travel day, and I plan to take it off, other than some walking or maybe some light jogging to work out the flight. Friday is an easy 3-4 miles, probably on the course. Saturday is the race. I couldn't have asked for better weather this winter to train in. I have been able to wear shorts more often than not. Other than losing a few days to moving and to having a slight headcold, it's been a great December. And I am of the opinion that runners are too anal, and missing a day here or there really makes no difference. ;-) So I'm ready to go.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 6.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

travel day, I took the day off running. Travel out to Houston was good and uneventful. Met Karen from the blog and chatted with her during the shuttle ride. Arrived at the host hotel at about 2pm. Checked in with USATF, checked my race gear (they are wayyy anal). Then got a 20 minute massage that turned out to be 50 minutes...and very deep. Both good things, although I'm glad I got it today and not tomorrow. Showered, then ate dinner. Everything here is very nice. My roomate is Peter Gilmore, although he has not arrived yet. Wish that my family were here, although Zoe got sick last night, so it's a good thing on multiple counts that they stayed. Now that I'm here I really realize how much I've moved on...I know very few people, and rather wish I was at home rolling around with my kids. Well, if I can just make it to Saturday, I will feel "at home" once I start running

 

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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

Easy three miles on the dourse, with some strides at the end.

After breakfast, took a course tour, then met a client who lives out here and also runs, and we checked out the Houston Marathon expo. Then had lunch, went to the technical meeting, got my bib, and then dropped off fluid bottles. After that had about an hour free before dinner. Mer Emily Bates for the first time while waiting in line for dinner, so my blogger count is up to two. After dinner, I've been killing time with the NFL Network (aka - the Tebow Channel). Definitely ready for the main event.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 3.00
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Race: Olympic Trials Marathon (26.2 Miles) 02:20:31, Place overall: 55
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.8026.200.000.000.0027.00

2:20:31, 55th place. Went through a lot of rough moments, but fought hard and didn't quit on the race. Was rewarded with a memorable last 4 miles. Will write more later. Thanks everyone for the support.

Splits: 5:00, 5:09, 5:06,  5:09 (44th place), 5:03, 5:07, 5:12, 5:06, 5:29(!), 5:18, 5:10, 5:13, 5:05 (1:07:03 for 13 miles), 5:13, 5:27, 5:17, 5:37 (now in 71st place), 5:29, 5:38,  5:51, 5:52, 6:01, 5:47, 5:24, 5:30, 5:17, 1:10 (55th place).

Results with splits are listed here, and also here. It's actually quite fascinating to me, to recreate the race from numbers. For the first 16 miles or so, you can see nice packs, people running the same splits...but the last 6 miles are just total chaos. Everyone's splits were all over the pace, people making huge moves upward, and other people going through epic crash-and-burns. Utter carnage. Cool stuff, I'm glad they had timing mats at every mile.

Here's kind of a photo journal for my race report:

The pace early on felt great. Just clicked off 5:05-5:10 for the first 8 miles of the race, got in a great rhythm. Was it too fast? Oh, definitely! But I wanted to roll the dice. And I was excited about it. Maybe I could be the Trent Briney of this year? I know others had similar thoughts. Unfortunately, side stitches threw me off after Mile 8, and I had to slow down for miles 9-10 to try to work them out. I worked a bit of it out, and then latched on to the next pack who had caught me, and got a good pace going again through Mile 14. But then during Mile 15 my legs quickly became toast. Yup, too fast early one! A death-march soon started. It was dispiriting knowing that I had 11 miles left and that my legs were gone. Side stitches came and went the whole race, which made things even worse, and threw off whatever rhythm I could muster. I acknowledge that I probably could have ran better if I went out more conservatively, but I don't necessarily regret it. Since I ran the 2008 Trials, and this would likely be my last Trials, I had nothing to lose, and I didn't see much to gain by running 2:18-2:19. Trying for 2:14-2:15 sounded a lot more interesting.

My face was sore afterward from grimacing so much. :-) It's definitely the tensest I've been during a marathon, due to the side stitches. I had a hard time relaxing my arms and shoulders too.

Speaking of side stitches, here's a shot that captures that. Yup, nothing like trying to sustain 5:10-pace while clutching your gut with one hand. The guy in orange chucked his yellow PowerAid all over the course a little bit later in the race...made me grateful that my stomach problems were not of that variety. 10 minutes later he passed me again, though, much to my surprise. I ended up passing him for good with a couple miles left. "Battle for 60th". Those are the dramas that they don't show on NBC but definitely should. I do respect Luke Watson a lot for heaving the entire contents of his stomach, and then regrouping enough to finish the race. Most people wouldn't. There were a lot of unheralded performances like that out there within the mid-packers that people will never know about.

More grimacing. Right here I'm thinking: "Man I hate this. I'd better grimace to make myself feel better." It didn't work though. I never came so close to dropping out in a marathon. Miles 15-17 were absolute low points. I almost did drop before the last lap, but then thought of all the friends and family back home, on the Blog, at my work, and yes even on Facebook, who had been SO supportive of me. And I knew then that I needed to finish at any cost, even it it meant 7 minute miles and a lonnngg period of pain. This is Trials baby, can't quit! I prayed to God for the will to finish, and He granted me that. Before the start of the last lap, at Mile 18, I made the decision to keep going. I was rewarded by not just finishing, but finishing well.


 Here's the thing, though: we ALL felt terrible. Just look at these other guys. That was one thing that kept me going, knowing that if I just stuck with it, other people would die worse than me. And eventually the side stitches went away, I passed some people, and received some positive feedback and mental encouragement from that. My legs responded to my positive emotions, and I ended up running the last 5K in about 16:45, and passed about 15 people. The big lesson: never quit on a marathon. You just never know what can happen. I've never dropped to 6-minute pace and then bounced back to 5:20 pace, but there's a first for everything. The last 4 miles were certainly painful, but very exhilarating.


Above is the photo of the sprint to the finish. One last guy to get...I was pretty pumped though. This was my 20th marathon, but the first time I ever had someone to sprint with at the finish. I tried to encourage the other guy as I went by, "hey, we made it!!" Meb, Abdi, and Hall were standing near the finish wearing American flags...I gave them a thumbs-up as I went by. Ah, the cheesy things you do when you finish marathons...

Glad I had the honor to run again, glad that I persevered. 2:20:30 is still one of my better times. Placing 55th out of 111 starters is almost an exact median, which the stats geek in me thinks is kind of cool. Funny that I finished in almost the exact same spot as 4 years ago (I was 52nd), but ran almost exactly 2 minutes faster. So it's a Trials PR? Gotta find a PR in everything. Also, it's my half marathon PR, so there was some fruit today.

What's in the store the rest of the year? Probably just some local stuff, as I lie low and get to know the Colorado racing scene. I think this will be my only marathon for 2012, since I've done 4 in a 12-month span I probably need a year off. But I'm sure I'll re-evaluate later. Thanks all for the support. T


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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
4.000.000.000.000.004.00

Power Trail, 4 miles, about 7:30/mile. Felt crappy.

Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 4.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.750.000.000.000.003.75

3.75 miles, averaged 8:08/mile. Gotta start somewhere.

Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 3.75
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.750.000.000.000.005.75

Power Trail, south. 5.75 miles, averaged 7:15/mile.

Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 5.75
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.500.000.000.000.006.50

Lunchtime run. 6.5 miles, averaged 6:40/mile. It's amazing how much better I feel each consecutive day I run. Legs have some pop in them again.

Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.50
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.250.000.000.000.007.25

Horsetooth Rd over to Mason St and back home for lunch, then back to work. 7.25 miles, averaged 6:28/mile.

Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 7.25
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
142.3028.206.000.000.00176.50
Brooks Launch (3) Miles: 29.75Asic DS Trainer (2) Miles: 34.25Brooks Launch (4) Miles: 60.00Saucony Hattori Miles: 5.00Saucony Kinvara Miles: 6.50
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