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  1. Stephen

    Six Weeks to Boston

    Boston IS coming and it's going to be awesome.
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    Grinding it Out

    When was the last time you did intervals shorter than 1K? I find being flat can feel a lot like exhaustion and weariness.
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    The Fatigue Chronicles

    It's really cool to see fitness develop over the course of a cycle, pretty amazing how quickly sometimes. Also, I'm a big fan of counting down to the taper instead of the race.... may have started doing that myself in the past week or two.
  4. Good mentality. If you’re not enjoying it and it’s causing anxiety/stress then what’s the point? Doing marathons isn’t objectively better than any other distance, some people are just snobs and have over-glorified the distance. Run what you want the way you want and enjoy life.
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    Boston - Weeks 3-5

    Thanks and the feeling is mutual.
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    Boston - Weeks 3-5

    He is incredible. Also, i love that documentary. I still laugh every time at the part where Tadese realizes how important drinking water is for a marathon.
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    Boston - Weeks 3-5

    I rewatched Boston recently too... that was not nearly as motivating as Berlin was 🥶
  8. Great month! Kudos to you on having the willpower to pull the plug and back off at the end of the month. Being patient is really hard sometimes but not being so gets all of us in trouble so often. Still lots of time until June, erring on the side of caution is very smart.
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    Boston - Weeks 3-5

    Well, I guess I've missed a few weeks... (I have no idea how to control the picture size) January 14-20 Monday 10.1 miles in 1:17 After the hard long run on the previous Saturday I was expecting my legs to feel like garbage, was pleasantly surprised after 3-4 miles to find my legs feeling good and stride was smooth. As I've been doing on all my easy days lately I ran by HR and made sure to keep my HR under 150. Happy with where my easy paces lately, starting to feel really fit. Tuesday 3.2 mile WU in 28:12 + 4.2 miles of 16 x 400 wi
  10. Nice job on a top 5 finish! Good luck to your friend. Sub-3 at his age is legit!
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    Boston - Week 2

    I'm not sure, I think I like them but I'm also using regular compression socks and all the other rolling / fun stuff. I dont think they're not working which is the main reason I'm still using + convenience in our work gym. I just go down and bring my laptop and work while I sit there for 20-30 minutes.
  12. I like the idea of racing at least once a month. I've got the first 5 or 6 months covered so far this year, maybe I'll go for the full 12 too.
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    Boston - Week 2

    I agree. I'm not sure I actually like doubles, they've always felt like something I should be doing if I want to keep getting faster. The flip side, is doubles definitely make you cross the line of feeling like you are always running to the point it becomes a chore. I think I've decided to maximize single runs and see where that takes me.
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    Boston - Week 2

    January 7 - January 13 Monday 8.1 miles in 1:03 - A very early morning run before work due to having a full work calendar of meetings today. Legs felt surprisingly good after the big workout on Saturday and LR on Sunday. Cruised around on the hills by our house and stretched out the legs with a moderate last mile. Tuesday 8.2 miles in 1:01 - Weirdly warm January day in the 60's, I was feeling good and had a frustrating meeting prior to running so ended up running slightly quicker than normal for an easy day. Luckily I didn't go that overboard and kept my
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    2019 & Boston Week 1

    By 3-1/2 minutes!
  16. I'm super paranoid about leaving a tablet or computer somewhere after my father in law left his iPad in the seatback pocket on a plane.
  17. Rest is good sometimes and your fitness will bounce back quickly. Awesome job on the negative splits in the 10K.
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    2018 Running Highlights

    "I do want more, but if I never get more I will still find great joy in the process. I am more thankful than ever now." Great perspective. I believe if you enjoy the process the race isn't the end-all result, nor should it be. Thanks for the reminder.
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    2019 & Boston Week 1

    That's what I'm hoping. Get so used to running fast on tired legs + added strength. This cycle will either go to one of the extremes, really well or really poorly.
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    2019 & Boston Week 1

    They're pretty addicting. I have no idea if they actually do anything but they feel good, which is all that matters right?
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    2019 & Boston Week 1

    Haha it's all relative right?
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    2019 & Boston Week 1

    In the mood to do a recap of my 2019 goals and Boston training, not sure how long I'll be able to keep doing this but we'll go with it for now... 2018 was an ok year overall for my running, I ran most of the year, had a setback in June but got back on track in July. I completed two marathons early in the year and a few shorter races, had 0 PRs and ran slightly less than 2017. Not great results in races but grateful to be able to run period so that's why I'm going with an ok rating overall. I'm feeling very optimistic about 2019 coming off of a unsuccessful trip to CIM last month. I co
  23. Awesome job, a 50 second positive split is basically even in the marathon. I highly recommend attempting the workouts in the heat/humidity, they will suck and you will not run very fast but you get a huge benefit once the weather cools off. Good luck with the carmel training!
  24. Nice month! I really hope you’re right about summer because it’s been brutal in August. My friend and I have been constantly repeating our mantra of “we’re going to be so fast when it cools off.” It’s unclear how delusional we are yet
  25. Good luck and enjoy the journey through the cycle. December marathons are where it's at.
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