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9/29/2014 – 10/5/2014

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So the way I can tell that mileage is severely dropping is that it no longer takes me 20 minutes into a run to start feeling good. I can pop out the door and be in the 5:50’s right away, and then I have to focus to make sure I’m not running too fast. Had…

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9/22/2014 – 9/28/2014

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Had my third workout in Charlotte Tuesday morning, averaging just under five minute pace off the track on the Greenway before jumping back on the track and ratcheting down the pace to simulate what will hopefully take place around the twenty mile mark of the race. Overall it was a great morning workout in a…

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9/15/2014 – 9/21/2104

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Starting my first full week in Charlotte, I’m getting a sense of the place and how to avoid the spider webs. Got my first chance to run on the greenway (a paved path along a stream) that runs through the UNCC campus on Monday. It is very conveniently marked every 400 meters. Great place to…

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9/8/2014 – 9/14/2014

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On Monday I hit a new PR for number of mile repeats on the track and was quite pleased with the effort as I averaged 4:35 over 12 repeats. I was in flats after the first set which seems to give me a boost of about four seconds a mile, useful that. On the other…

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9/1/2014 – 9/7/2014: USA 20km Championships

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The 20k USA Championships kick-started this week. Quick shout out to elite athlete coordinator John Tolbert who’s done an absolutely first class job every year I’ve been to New Haven. However, while there was a quality field assembled for the US Championships, it was the weather that defined the day, low 70 ‘s at 8:30…

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8/25/2014 – 8/31/2014

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This was a down week leading into the 20k US Championships next Monday with the progression run on Tuesday being the only major workout. As has been the trend, this progression run dropped in pace faster than the previous two ending with four miles at or below 4:52 pace on the track. Going into a…

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8/18/2014 – 8/24/2014

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Well back up to 140 miles again this week, and surprise, surprise, is it easier to hit when you don’t have to jam most of the mileage into the first four days of the week. Also, a three hour long run doesn’t hurt either. My first workout this week was three five miles segments on…

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8/11/2014 – 8/17/2014

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I arrived in Seattle Monday evening and by the next morning most of the stuffiness was out of my legs for the progression run. A note about this run, while it looks to be similar to the one I did in week 7, this one dropped the pace quicker leading to an overall faster average…

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8/4/2014 – 8/10/2014

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Well these were an interesting two interesting weeks as they included my move (driving) from Ann Arbor, Michigan to my temporary training grounds of Bainbridge Island, Washington (right outside of Seattle). To avoid having to do any workouts while driving I squished them into the beginning of the week and held my maintenance run plus…

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7/28/2014 – 8/3/2014

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Well back to training in a big way this week with an hour long fartlek, an hour pace run on the track and a second areobic fartlek long run. One thing I like to do once or twice in a week is a pace check on the track at the end of a run (anywhere…

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