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PostPosted: 09/04/03 - 22:17    Post subject: only 5.9 more to go...
20.3M in 3:53:18, overall pace 11:30 on the nose. Dancing Banana Newest furthest! Dancing Banana Only walked to hydrate and eat, and only stopped to avoid getting hit by cars while crossing back and forth over The 12 Lanes of Death (aka The Boulevard) and Bustleton Avenue.

Hour 1: felt great despite running 15.5 on Monday and 6.9M yesterday.
Hour 2: quads killed.
Hour 3: knees hurt (actually, muscles right below knees that support the kneecap).
Last 53min: everything numb, in the zone - I was a machine.

Splits: 13.4 2:36:38 (11:41), 2.0 23:20 (11:40), 1.5 16:56 (11:17), 1.0 11:21, 1.0 11:22, 1.4 13:41 (9:47)

I think I held back a little during the first part, which is my normal LSD, and just relaxed and let her rip for the final 6.9M which is my normal daily route. LOOK AT THAT KICK! I am amazed at how good I felt overall, thanks to my winning Gatorade-ClifShot-water-Swedish Fish combo and timing, and how I didn't feel like stopping once. A couple of times I did think "Why the hell am I doing this VOLUNTARILY?" and "I think one marathon will be enough for me, thank you very much because this is boring, stupid, and a bit painful". but during the last few miles when I felt like a cheetah I of course changed my mind. Cool Man, I'm tired, but I feel great. I am SOOO gonna kick PDR's ass this year.

On a personal note, I got A LOT of input, suggestions, and tips from a bunch of y'all. Please know how much it was appreciated, and how much it was used. You guys are the best support this slow, slow runner could ask for. I thought of you all when I ate my celebratory sundae for dinner!
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PostPosted: 09/04/03 - 22:46    Post subject:
Good Job Elkid! thumbs up cheers
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PostPosted: 09/04/03 - 23:11    Post subject:
Great job Kid! thumbs up You should be in great shape for the marathon!
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 08:03    Post subject:
Great job cheers
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 08:21    Post subject:
pokychick wrote:
Good Job Elkid! thumbs up cheers



Swedish fish??!!!!! so excited someone else enjoys them so, actually had swedish fish in my special needs bags during the Ironman and enjoyed them so on the run portion of the race, if I am not mistaken Dancer had them as well.
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 08:29    Post subject:
Great job. Are you still wondering that you could get your body to do that? That is the feeling I have after every long run. Very Happy

Keep running strong.
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 08:33    Post subject:
running strong for sure Elkid!

20 miles is practically there. you will prevail!!
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 08:44    Post subject:
Nicely done! Hang in there.
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 09:21    Post subject:
Great Job out there!!! I can't believe you can run that far at the end of the day. I'd never be able to do that.
Swedish Fish Rule the World!!!
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 09:21    Post subject:
Dancing Banana WAY TO GO ELKID!!!!Dancing Banana
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 10:33    Post subject:
I, too, am a HUGE Swedish fish fan.

congrats on the run, yo!
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 11:02    Post subject:
Good for you Laur. Sounds like a well pegged run.

Just a training sidebar. In a month's time you've gone from a 2:53 halfM to a 3:53 20.3-miler. My chin is on my chest. What gives training-wise? Are you pumping the creatine like Hayes?!
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 11:08    Post subject:
jrjo wrote:
Good for you Laur. Sounds like a well pegged run.

Just a training sidebar. In a month's time you've gone from a 2:53 halfM to a 3:53 20.3-miler. My chin is on my chest. What gives training-wise? Are you pumping the creatine like Hayes?!


Yeah that is an amazing drop in pace per mile, like over 1:40 per mile difference
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 12:18    Post subject:
Cappy wrote:
jrjo wrote:
Good for you Laur. Sounds like a well pegged run.

Just a training sidebar. In a month's time you've gone from a 2:53 halfM to a 3:53 20.3-miler. My chin is on my chest. What gives training-wise? Are you pumping the creatine like Hayes?!


Yeah that is an amazing drop in pace per mile, like over 1:40 per mile difference

Yeah, I was wondering this myself. The only things I can come up with are:
- lower heat & humidity. I am REALLY affected by the heat.
- in the last month, higher mileage & longer and more consistently run LSDs
- less huge hills - more rolling (hey, I'm training for a flat marathon here)
- finally finding the proper amount & time ratio for hydration and eating
- a lift on my physical restrictions due to medical issues i.e. getting back to weightlifting & ab work = improved form
- finally reaping the aerobic benefits of no longer smoking
- dropping more weight
- finally believing I CAN run this marathon = mental game much improved

But hands down, it's the lower heat & humidity. Last night's run was run 2.5 hours overcast, the rest in the dark. Optimal conditions for me v. running in the blaring sun.
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PostPosted: 09/05/03 - 12:18    Post subject:
Awesome! You're going to make those final 5.9 in no time!

I'm cheering for ya! Very Happy
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