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Statue to Statue 15K

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Location:

Vestavia,AL,USA

Member Since:

May 31, 2007

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

Marathon Top 10 Finishes: 7 Bridges ('15), Utah Valley ('13), Salt Lake City ('08), Top of Utah ('07), and St. Louis ('04). Ran around the equator (24901.55) in 4,388 days.

Personal Records
Marathon 2:39 (SLC '08)
1/2 Marathon 1:12.30 (Provo River, aided '08)
10K 34:16 (Track, sea level '00)
10K 33:15 (Des 10K, aided '08)
8K 25:32 (Crack of Dawn, aided '13)
5K 16:44 (Track, sea level '00)
5K 16:07 (Running of the Leopards, aided '12)
 

Short-Term Running Goals:

NYC Marathon 2019

London Marathon 2020

And my largest challenge to date, raise $20,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in honor of my cancer survivorship...

https://pages.lls.org/tnt/al/london20/awende

Long-Term Running Goals:

Enjoy being a Masters Runner.

Get under 3 hours one more time...

Personal:

Grew up outside Chicago and joined the blog while I lived in Salt Lake City. Now living outside Birmingham. I am married with two daughters. Wife thinks I'm crazy for doing marathons. And yes I am crazy I'm a scientist for a living...

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 35.50 Year: 2123.25
RM 090416 Lifetime Miles: 135.71
Brooks Launch Gray #17 Lifetime Miles: 253.75
Brooks Launch Silver A #18 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Brooks Launch Silver B #19 Lifetime Miles: 252.00
Saucony Rides Blue #23 Lifetime Miles: 252.25
Saucony Rides Black A #24 Lifetime Miles: 253.50
Saucony Rides Black B #25 Lifetime Miles: 254.25
Saucony Type A Lifetime Miles: 76.50
Race: Statue to Statue 15K (9.3 Miles) 01:02:03, Place overall: 7, Place in age division: 1
Easy MilesMarathon Pace MilesThreshold MilesVO2 Max MilesTrainer 1 MilesTrainer 2 MilesRacer MilesTotal Distance
2.009.300.000.000.000.000.0011.30

Even though I could have slept in a little because of the 8AM start to the race I still woke up before 5AM. To top it off I have had allergies/cold since Wednesday and a few sleepless nights from coughing. So I was not feeling the best before the start.

Josh drove me to the finish that is were we took a bus to the start. Now in Utah that would mean fast, but this course was anything but fast. It was hilly, misty, and mid-60s at the start. The idea is that we run from the Vulcan statue to the Lady Liberty.

I really wasn't sure what to expect. You can tell by my jacked up heart rate that something wasn't fully firing. My plan was to maintain the pace I had at the 10-miler back in February. That would have put me at 6:37 pace. This is a shorter but tougher course. However, my slightly better training this last month had me hopeful and I really wanted sub-6:30 pace.

 

I did a 2-mile warm-up with some good surges and then was ready to move. I managed to fight for 7th the entire race. With one person passing me, me passing another, and then a third guy going back and forth with me twice but I had the final downhill mile (and youth) on my side. There were kegs at the finish and a jump house for the girls who surprised me by showing up at the finish. So we hung out for about an hour before heading home. Overall it was a good start to the weekend after a tough week. It was a record attendance for the race with their first year over 600 entrants.

Josh, thanks for driving and sticking around for the rewards.

Night Sleep Time: 5.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 5.00Weight: 0.00
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