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STG Training - Week 1: Cross Training Schedule & 6 Miles in the Soup

STG Training – Week 1: Cross Training Schedule & 6 Miles in the Soup

20140526-150847-54527222.jpgWhile this is technically the first week of my training plan for the St. George Marathon, the first scheduled run doesn’t happen until Saturday. However, I’m hoping to get in some good mileage leading up to the weekend.

Last Week:

After getting off to a good start last Tuesday & Wednesday, I turned into a lazy bum the remainder of the week. The only real positive is that I got in 4 solid days of…

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Good Start to the Running Week

Good Start to the Running Week

Tuesday

After struggling to hit my “easy” run paces last week, and having a miserable run on Sunday, I felt really smooth during my 6-mile run yesterday afternoon on the Harpeth River Greenway. The temps were in the mid 80s, but I still hit my target pace for every mile, except the first by 2-seconds when I was still warming up. Here are the splits (goal range 8:26 to 9:05):

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My legs were a bit…

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Putting My Legs Through the “Paces”

Putting My Legs Through the “Paces”

In the lead-up to the beginning of my training schedule for the 2014 St. George Marathon, my goal is to keep building my base to prepare for the higher mileage weeks, and to practice the designated paces from the Hansons Plan for various types of runs. During this week I’ve been practicing “Easy” pace, which is supposed to be between 8:26 and 9:05 per mile. I nailed this on my Monday run, but was…

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Soggy 6-Mile Run

With early morning thunderstorms in the area this morning, I decided to come home from work a bit early and try to squeeze in an easy 6-mile before midweek Bible study. It was cloudy, windy, and a bit cooler (mid 70s) when I started but the humidity was NASTY. I also knew more heavy rain was on its way so I was hoping to knock out the run before it arrived.

I parked my car across from the Old…

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2014 St George Marathon - I’m In!!!!

2014 St George Marathon – I’m In!!!!

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Just found out about an hour ago that I was selected in the lottery for the 2014 St George Marathon! So excited to be participating in this race. Definitely one of my bucket-list marathons and a chance for redemption after dealing with multiple injuries over the past 18+ months. It is also the perfect race to celebrate my 40th Birthday! Can’t wait!!!

Now, I’ve got to work-out travel arrangement…

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Well…tomorrow is the day I find out whether or not I made it into the 2014 St George…

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Well…tomorrow is the day I find out whether or not I made it into the 2014 St George Marathon. Feeling a little nervous, because I REALLY want to do this race to celebrate my 40th birthday and return to marathoning. If I don’t get in, then I hope to quickly select an alternate race. Either way I plan on mapping out my training plan ASAP, and am strongly considering doing the Hanson’s Advanced…

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The Hay is in The Barn

The Hay is in The Barn

Not sure about the quality or quantity of the hay, but whatever I have is in the barn for the 500 Festival Mini Marathon tomorrow in Indianapolis.

I was able to get in 2 tune up runs this week. The first was an easy 4-miler on Wednesday through the streets of Bellevue at approximately 9-minute pace. After taking 3 days off I was surprised at how bad my legs felt. I guess this was a lingering…

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No Running But Still Got In a Workout

No Running But Still Got In a Workout

Since this is race week, I’m only going to run 3 days at the most before the race on Saturday. Here is my plan:

Tuesday – 3 to 5 miles easy
Thursday – 5 miles with 3 at race pace
Friday – 2 mile shakeout run

After my dreadful 13-miler on Saturday I have no idea what to expect in Indy. I was hoping to better my 1:41 from the Tom King Half in early March, but I’m honestly just going to run according…

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Glad I Didn’t Bail on Track Tonight

Glad I Didn’t Bail on Track Tonight

Today’s Run

As usual for Thursday, tonights run was a track workout with the JSRC. I have been feeling crummy the past two days, so I almost didn’t go. However I knew I would regret it if I bailed.

Since almost everyone from our running group ran Boston on Monday, there were only 3 who showed up at the track. I ended up running all of the repeats with Andy, who is WAAAAAAAAAYYYYY faster than me…

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2 Running Posts in 2 Days?? ….Yep

2 Running Posts in 2 Days?? ….Yep

Today’s Run

After a hard progression tempo effort yesterday afternoon, today’s run was a little more conservative. I ended up doing an easy 5-miles utilizing the flat section of the Blue Trail in Edwin Warner Park and the Harpeth River Greenway. The weather was perfect with sunny skies and temps around 78º with a gentle breeze. My legs were quite tired and heavy from yesterday, but felt a lot…

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So Is This A Running Blog or What?

So Is This A Running Blog or What?

So Is This A Running Blog or What?

It’s true that this blog has been little more than a mirror of my Instagram feed and a place for my Bible class notes for the past 6-months or more.  Honestly, my running has been fairly aimless since returning from my many injuries in the fall of last year, and there hasn’t been a lot to write about. I have been making goals each month, but very inconsistent in…

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Updated Race Log and Personal Records

I just updated my Race Log and Personal Records page with results from today’s Tom King Classic Half Marathon.

Updated Race Log and Personal Records

I just updated my Race Log and Personal Records page with results from today’s Tom King Classic Half Marathon.

The Next Chapter: February to March & First Race in 13 Months!

The Next Chapter: February to March & First Race in 13 Months!

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As we move into March, the slow rebuilding of my running endurance and speed continues to go well. In February I completed 2 runs of 15-miles, and had a great, hilly 12-mile race-pace workout with my group that was a big confidence builder. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I continue to see small improvements each week.

Tomorrow will be a big step for the NEXT Chapter, as I attempt my first…

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Next Chapter: Rebuilding My Base (Reviewing January Goals)
Rebuilding my Base

So far my running in January and February has gone really well, other than a…View Post

Next Chapter: Rebuilding My Base (Reviewing January Goals)

Rebuilding my Base

So far my running in January and February has gone really well, other than a…

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This breaks my heart » “$70,000 in Newtown donations missing” (26.4.26 Foundation)Just over a year ago, on December 22, 2012, I participated in the first “26.4.26″ run in Nashville…View Post

This breaks my heart » “$70,000 in Newtown donations missing” (26.4.26 Foundation)

Just over a year ago, on December 22, 2012, I participated in the first “26.4.26″ run in Nashville…

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