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Mt. Lemon Marathon

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Location:

Lake Havasu City,AZ,

Member Since:

Sep 29, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Boston Qualifier

Running Accomplishments:

20 marathons (2 DNFs)

6 Bostons (2007-2011, 2017)

3 Half Ironmans

2 50 Milers

1 Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim

Marathon PR:

     2:59:00 St. George 2008

     2:58:03 Boston 2010

 1/2 Marathon PR:

     1:25:41  Havasu Half 2009

     1:24:09 Painter's St.George 2010

 Half Ironman PR:

      5:25:02  HITS Havasu 2014

5K PR:

       18:23  LHC Turkey Trot 2014

        18:22  LHC Turkey Trot 2017

50 mile PR:

        7:56:14 Avalon50 2016

Short-Term Running Goals:

Break 3 hours again

Doing it a Boston would be sweet!

It was sweet!

Break 3 hours again, but now as a masters runner. It's been 9 years since my last sub 3. I better do this soon as I'm not getting any younger.

 

UPCOMING RACES

Jan 12 San Diego Trail Marathon

April 27 Mt. Charleston Marathon

Long-Term Running Goals:

Keep on running.

Complete a Full Ironman

 

Personal:

Married

4 kids

Optometrist

 

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 48.00 Month: 135.00 Year: 2294.20
BareFoot Lifetime Miles: 26.00
Altra Superior Lifetime Miles: 403.00
Salomon Wings Pro 2 Lifetime Miles: 441.00
Altra Lone Peaks Lifetime Miles: 300.00
Kinivara 8- Grey Lifetime Miles: 446.00
Kinivara 9 Lifetime Miles: 390.00
Nike Pegasus 35 Lifetime Miles: 228.00
Kinivara 9 Blue Lifetime Miles: 54.20
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
135.100.000.003.100.00138.20
Kinivara 9 Blue Miles: 33.20Salomon Wings Pro 2 Miles: 31.00Altra Lone Peaks Miles: 25.00Nike Pegasus 35 Miles: 23.00Kinivara 9 Miles: 26.00
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
2.000.000.000.000.002.00

1 mile slow then 1/2 mile at mp and another 1/2 easy for a total of 2 miles followed by very light core work and rolling my legs.

When I signed up for this race I was excited that it all was going to be downhill.  Well now I get the real scoope in an email from the race.  Here is there description of the first 4 miles:

"Starting at almost 7900 feet evelvation, the first 3 miles of the course are challenging.  From the very start, the first half-mile of the race gains about 100 feet elevation, which is nearly identical to the famous Heartbreak Hill in The Boston Marathon. Mile 2 loses roughly 250 feet of elevation and can be extremely fast, with an overall downhill grade of -4.7%.  Mile 3 and 4 are where you can expct to slow down the most.  Mile 3 gains over 290 feet of elevation, and that is at altitude of roughly 8000 feet.  Breathing will be difficult, and the climbing will be tough.  Mile 4 offers a little less of a challange, but it still has about 150 feet of gain."

I'll have to admit.  Those first 4 miles have me a bit intimedated especially since I live and train at 500 feet evelvation.  I figure I'll probably lose about 5 minutes off my goal pace in those first 4 miles.  That's a lot of time to make up over the next 22 miles, but they really are downhill so who knows.  I just plan on running by how I feel and not try to hit specific splits. Hopefully I will be able to run a smart race and finish strong.

Kinivara 9 Blue Miles: 2.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
0.000.000.000.000.000.00

This is the most bizarre thing. I slept in this morning, didn’t run, drove to Tucson, got my race packet, went to my hotel and felt great. Then when we went to dinner my left calf, which is not the one I recently injured completely knotted up and won’t loosen back up. I tried gentle stretching, massage, and I brought my stick so I tried that also. I sure hope it loosens up while I sleep or I won’t be running the marathon tomorrow. 

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Race: Mt. Lemon Marathon (26.2 Miles) 03:09:15, Place overall: 33, Place in age division: 5
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
26.200.000.000.000.0026.20

Mt. Lemon Marathon

It was a tough lead up to the race having nursed an injured right calf from about 5 weeks out.  I was able to semi train the last five weeks with a lot of supplemental elliptical work and about 10 days out it finally felt 100% so I was at least feeling healthy, although a little undertrained heading to Tucson on Friday.  My son, Chase went with me. We showed up around 3:00 at the race expo and did that stuff and then checked into our hotel and sat around for a couple hours watching football.  Then we headed out to dinner when I noticed my left calf, not the one that had been injured, hurt when I walked.  By the time we got to dinner, I could hardly walk on it.  There was a knott in the upper medial muscle that was so tender it really hurt to touch it.  After dinner we went back to the hotel and I tried everything to loosen it up and nothing worked, so I went to bed.  It kept me up durring the night, as every time my other leg touched it the pain woke me up.  When I got up in the morning it still hurt to walk so I went outside and tested it out running and hopping and surprisingly enough, it didn't hurt to run or hop on it, only to touch it or walk, so I decided to give it a go.  I was very nervous that I was not going to be able to finish the race though.

They bussed us up to the starting line in nice busses, good thing because it was over an hour on the bus.  When we got up there I was surprised to see there was a lodge up there that they allowed us to wait in. That was nice.  Some of the busses were late getting up to the start so they delayed the race about 15 minutes, but let us hang out inside until right before the race.  It was cold up there, just above freezing. 

Not being sure about my calf I decided to just run the race by feel and everynow and then it would remind me to slow down a bit.  Luckly the first 4 miles are the toughest, especially at 8000 feet so I had some time to warm up my calf and just ran what felt comfortable.  Here are my splits, remember I ran the whole thing by feel so my splits are all over the place.

1- 8:14 startig with a steep climb

2- 6:32

3- 8:50 almost 300 foot climb

4- 8:35 150 foot climb up to 8200 feet

5- 6:37

6- 6:26

7- 6:13 my fastest mile, must have been really steep downhill

8- 6:31

9- 6:26

10- 6:29

11- 6:46 there was a nice little climb at the beginning of this mile

12- 6:30

13- 6:17, my quads were screaming at my by the half

14- 6:37

15- 6:22

16- 6:57 anthor small climb

17- 6:57

18- 7:04 lack of traing catching up with me

19- 6:48

20- 7:01 starting the mental games

21- 6:52

22- 6:43

23- 6:41not sure how I'm still running fast

24- 7:13

25- 7:10 wheels are coming off

26- 9:28 hit the wall hard, walked for the first 2 minutes of the mile

26.2- finished last .2 running well.

Avg pace miles 1-4:  8:03

Avg pace miles 5-25:  6:42

Avg pace entire race: 7:13

Total time 3:09:15 for what I thought was a 15+ minute BQ, but did anyone else notice that on the Boston web page, starting in 2020 all times are 5 minutes faster so now I need 3:20 for my age.

Kinivara 9 Blue Miles: 26.20
Comments(9)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
7.000.000.000.000.007.00

After taking a week off with no running or any real exercise, I was excited to get back out running this morning. I hit the trails for the first time since the snake incident about 6 months ago and just took it easy for 7 miles.  My right hammy was still a bit tight from my marathon 8 days ago but otherwise my legs felt fine.  I plan on rebuilding my cardio base with a lot of slow miles and a lot of that on trails for the next few months.

Salomon Wings Pro 2 Miles: 7.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

I got back out on the trails again this morning.  My hammy had loosened up but the tightness moved to my knee. By the end of the run it was improved.

6 fun easy miles. 

Altra Lone Peaks Miles: 6.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
6.000.000.000.000.006.00

6 more miles on the trails. My legs felt like they had a little spring back in them today.  The little post marathon aches and pains seem to be mostly gone.  Hopefully that means I'll be able to run a decent 5k this Saturday. 

Altra Lone Peaks Miles: 6.00
Comments(1)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Trail run followed up by some strides, totalling 5 miles.  It felt good getting my legs turning over quickly with strides. 

Salomon Wings Pro 2 Miles: 5.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

I kept it short with a few strides at the end so I will hopefully have some juice in my legs for tomorrow's 5K.

3 miles.

Nike Pegasus 35 Miles: 3.00
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Race: Havasu Turkey Trot (3.1 Miles) 00:18:59, Place overall: 4, Place in age division: 2
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
1.900.000.003.100.005.00

Today was the annual 5k Turkey Trot here I Lake Havasu City. Our high school cross country runners showed up this year to give us a faster field than usual. Dan of course led the race from the start and ended up finishing around 16:30. He’s only 3 years younger than me and is still blazing fast. One of the cross country kids did his best to hang with him and finished about a minute behind him. Then there was the next group which I was in. I managed to pass them all but one who I was trying to kick and catch at the end but just didn’t have it today. It was nice being able to run with other runners that pushed me.

I ended up finishing in 18:59 which I was both happy about and a bit disappointed in. I was happy to be under 19 but was hoping to challenge my PR of 18:22 which I set last year in this race. I’m guess with only two weeks since running a hard marathon, I didn’t fully have my legs back yet. All I n all it was a fun morning. BTW, the weather was amazing! 50 degrees, sunny, and no wind. 

Kinivara 9 Blue Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
9.000.000.000.000.009.00

I’m up in Utah for Thanksgiving so I got out and ran the mountain trails this morning. 

9 miles with 2000 feet of elevation gain. 

Salomon Wings Pro 2 Miles: 9.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
3.000.000.000.000.003.00

I survived the annual family thanksgiving day turkey bowl without pulling a hammy this year so I’ll count that as a victory and 3 miles running. I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful day with their loved ones. 

Kinivara 9 Miles: 3.00
Comments(3)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
5.000.000.000.000.005.00

Cold, breezy, and snow flurries all day so I did a TM run. 

5 miles

Kinivara 9 Miles: 5.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
8.000.000.000.000.008.00

8 mile trail run. This was actually yesterday’s run and the one I posted on yesterday was today’s. 

Kinivara 9 Miles: 8.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

It's time to get serious about logging miles.

10 nice and easy then core

Nike Pegasus 35 Miles: 10.00
Comments(2)
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

10 easy then core

Kinivara 9 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
13.000.000.000.000.0013.00

I had a couple hours to run this morning so o went out and enjoyed the trails. 

13 miles then core. 

Altra Lone Peaks Miles: 13.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

10 more at a nice slow pace then core.

Nike Pegasus 35 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
10.000.000.000.000.0010.00

10 on the trails then core. 

Salomon Wings Pro 2 Miles: 10.00
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Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesCrosstraining milesTotal Miles
135.100.000.003.100.00138.20
Kinivara 9 Blue Miles: 33.20Salomon Wings Pro 2 Miles: 31.00Altra Lone Peaks Miles: 25.00Nike Pegasus 35 Miles: 23.00Kinivara 9 Miles: 26.00
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