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6/2/13 5:51 P

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You are getting ever closer, such a shame about the back problems. Those long distances give more opportunity for any thing to happen. I looked at your last year's Newport run, so laid back because it was a training run. Did you down any oysters for race fuel? I have read that is a feature of this race. Without a doubt you will BQ, you are so fit and also you are wise about training and improving while safeguarding against injuries. You are keeping us all in suspense about WHEN it is going to happen.

Congratulations on the PR !!

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6/1/13 8:54 P

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Great results given the back problems! You'll get it next time. emoticon emoticon

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Overall looks like a very good run. Too bad you had the back problems and missed qualifying for Boston.
Congratulations on setting a new PR.
I'm sure you'll be back out there running again next week.

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Great job!! I'm sorry the back issues ruined a BQ. I'm proud of you for persevering :-)

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6/1/13 7:49 P

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SATURDAY
5-10' Easy running
Newport Marathon, close but no cigar
Distance: 26.34
Time: 4:36:57 (PR)
Ave Pace: 10:30

Mile Splits: 9:34 / 9:50 / 9:52 / 9:49 / 10:00 / 9:22 / 9:47 / 9:46 / 9:51 / 9:51 / 9:51 / 9:49 / 10:03 / 9:48 / 10:03 / 9:48 / 10:07 / 10:07 / 10:14 / 10:53 / 12:11 / 12:26 / 13:58 / 10:36 / 10:53 / 11:20 / 11:29 / 11:34 / 10:19 / 9:41

Notes: I woke up this morning with a stiff back, always a risk for me with hotel beds. I did some rolling with my trigger point balls and stretched my glutes. The back loosened up and I thought it would be ok. And it was for the first part of the run. It started to bother me in mile 16 and by mid way through mile 17, it was a real problem. You can see from the splits where the wheels sort of came off for a while. I had to do a lot of walking to get it to relax. It did calm down, but never really was "OK" for the rest of the run. Up until mile 19, a BQ was still theoretically possible, but that 13:58 in mile 20 put it out of reach. I was able, however, to resume running more than walking in mile 21, and my goal became to hang on to my PR.

Up until the back problems asserted themselves, I was pacing my run exactly as I had planned. It was going very well and I was feeling cautiously optimistic. Just shows you how quickly things can change when you are running 26 miles.

The challenge of the last 4, really the last 6, miles was that the clouds were gone and it was getting warm (not Texas warm, but warm enough). The water stops in this race are spaced every 2 miles. That wasn't enough for the conditions in the last hour. I was desperately thirsty through those last miles and that was almost all I could think about. That, and not stopping. Fortunately I had an 8 oz water bottle with me that I refilled at each water stop. It wasn't really enough, I could easily have drunk twice that had I had it, but it was enough to keep me going.

The irony is that last year I carried a 20 oz water bottle in this race, but I never used it because it was so cool and cloudy (how I wished it was raining this year like it did in 2012). So I carried the smaller bottle this year (in my belt) rather than the larger hand held. Just goes to show, again, how hard it is to predict just the right combination for a race. Each race is different in some way. You can only do your best to deal with what the race throws at you.

But even though I didn't BQ, I am still proud of this race. It was a tough one.

Edited by: LIVE2RUN4LIFE at: 6/1/2013 (19:53)
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6/1/13 6:59 A

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Wow!
I'll be thinking of you.

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Will be thinking about you today....
Looking forward to hearing all about today's race....

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"I am still learning." Michelangelo

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5/31/13 10:15 P

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Tune Up Run
Distance: 2 miles

Mile Splits: 9:06 / 9:28

Notes: Whoops, going to have to be careful at the start of the race. My brain was clearly worried about Wednesday's sluggish 3 miles. I ran really easy during the run segments in the second mile, so I think I've calmed myself back down. I was using :40/:10 today. I'll go back to :45/:15 for the race.

Catherine

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5/30/13 10:03 A

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Settling into a short run after a long day of travel will be tough. The meal would not have made it easy. Enjoy the wineries.

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April 7, 2013 Go St. Louis Half Marathon 2:05:55
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That is a great run after the travel and food.

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Awesome that you were able to run so well! Relax, you'll be fine.

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Long day....


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Travel
Marathon Tempo Run
Distance: 3.25 miles, 5' at MP in middle

Mile Splits: 10:01 / 10:01 / 10:45 / 14:22

Notes: I certainly felt sluggish this evening and can't say that I ever really settled comfortably into this run. Not too surprising, given that I spent 6 hours on a plane and then another 2.5 hours in the car, followed by a fairly large meal. Or so I reassured myself.

Catherine

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Good to have right shoes, so important !!
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That is a great reminder to at least check what's in the box when it comes :-) Glad you'll be ready with new shoes and then some.

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Thanks for the reminder to check. I have two boxes of shoes waiting....
My fear is that I'll forget my shoes behind, and not only have to run in new shoes, but have to run in shoes without a lift.
Glad you aren't getting taper madness!

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Good reminder to actually check what gets shipped. I often order shoes when roadrunner has a sale even though it will be a while till I need them.

Glad you are enjoying your taper. I'll be out of town this weekend. I will definitely be thinking of you Saturday during the race and hopefully will be able to check and see how things went.

Hows the weather forecast?

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April 7, 2013 Go St. Louis Half Marathon 2:05:55
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That would be "scary" to be shoeless. Glad everything worked out AND a $30.00 credit. That is awesome!

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Base Run
Distance: 4 miles
Location: Gym Track

Mile Splits: 10:29 / 10:36 / 9:48 / 9:42

Notes: I decided on a whim to try 1:00/:20 for the two race pace miles. Same ratio as :45/:15, basically same pace, but I think :45/:15 is a little more comfortable.

I like the way this plan does the taper, by cutting mileage significantly, but still having me run 5 days last week and 4 days this week (including the race). Of course very little mileage this week. With the frequent (short) runs, I haven't felt any "taper madness" at all. And being able to do a few race pace miles in every run has settled me down, mentally.

I had a bit of an "oh, no" experience before this run. I noticed a few weeks ago that my shoes were getting worn down, so planned to get a new pair for the race. I usually buy my Merrill's at the local REI, but I was ordering some other stuff from Zappos a couple of week ago, so went ahead and included the new Merrill's in the order. When it arrived, my current shoes still had some miles on them, so I didn't open the new box, since I knew the shoes would fit. I did try on everything else in the order.

Well, since it usually takes me a couple of runs with a new pair of shoes to get the lacing right, I decided I'd better start running in the new shoes this week and got out the box before today's run. When I opened it, the first thing I saw was blue shoes (they should have been black). I thought they had just sent the wrong color until I pulled them out and realized they were the totally wrong shoe!!

I called Zappos and they are drop shipping the right pair, but it won't get here in time since today is a holiday and we are leaving at 8:30 am on Wednesday. I did get a $30 credit out of the deal. Fortunately, I had a %20 off coupon for REI and they had my size in the correct shoe, so all is well for the race and now I will have PLENTY of shoes.

Catherine

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You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
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