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Weekly Training Update

Posted by audaciousalbert on August 3, 2009

Monday: 5 miles recovery from Sunday’s 1/2 marathon
Tuesday: REST
Wednesday: 7 miles (in the hot sun ~107 F)
Thursday: 5 miles (still ~100 F)
Friday: 3 miles (weather is still in the 90s!)
Saturday: 15 miles

Weekly Total: 35 miles

A week full of hot weathered runs – not the typical Oregon weather.

Best run of the week was Saturday’s long run. It was the toughest thing I did in a while. As I headed out the door, I felt great. 2 miles into the run, I started dripping sweat. Due to the hot weather, my pace dropped significantly so my focus was just to put the miles in and get back home.

Next week’s long run will be 17 miles.


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Training Update and Upcoming Races

Posted by audaciousalbert on July 20, 2009

Training Last week (7/12 – 7/18):

MONDAY: 7 miles
WEDNESDAY: 7 miles
THURSDAY: 6 miles
SATURDAY: 10 miles

TOTAL for the week: 30 miles


Upcoming Race Schedule:

Lacamas 1/2 Marathon: July 26
(maybe) Hulaman 1/2  Marathon: August 16
(maybe) USA Productions: Portland Run America – 5k: September 6
Pints to Pasta 10k: September 16
Komen Race for the Cure: September 20
Marine Corp Marathon: October 25


Current PRs:

5k: 18:00 (2008 Race for the Cure)
8k: 32:25 (2009 Run for the Cheetah)
10k: 42:05 (2008 Nike Human Race – Portland)
15k: 1:07:48 (2009 Shamrock Run)
Half Marathon: 1:35:15 (2009 Race for the Roses)
Marathon: 3:34:01 (2008 Portland Marathon)

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2008 Portland Marathon Reflection

Posted by audaciousalbert on October 20, 2008

The Portland Marathon was amazing! It was my very first marathon and I hope to be able to run it again(and faster) in following years. Even though it rained on us, I thought the crowd support was good, especially at the start, in the neighborhoods after crossing the St. John’s Bridge, and in the final miles. I am proud(and a little shocked) that I was able to continuously run the whole time. My previous longest run to date was about 18 miles. My final time ended up being 3:34:01 which equates to around 8:10 miles. I started out in the 3:45 pace group; Tanja who was the Red Lizard pace leader was very nice. I past that pace group early on in the race and wasn’t able to catch up to any of the other pace groups. Although I don’t think I slowed down too much in the last few miles, the last mile in particular felt like the longest mile I have ever ran in my life. Perhaps a Boston qualifier marathon time (< 3:11) is in my future; it’s a stretch, maybe not for another few years.

2008 Portland Marathon results are posted here:

The course was good and well laid out. Because of the rain, some of the views from the St. John’s Bridge, and around the University of Portland were slightly obstructed.

During the race, I consumed Ultima(a replenishing energy drink), water, and 4 packets of Gu(energy gel). I took a bit of a risk by taking Gu for the first time the day before the race just to see if it would upset my stomach. It didn’t, and worked well during the race.

My sister ran the 5 miler event, and my mom was a volunteer. There was a plethora of food and drinks available at the finish line and I also got a snazzy metal, foil blanket, rose, tree seedling, and a pretty awesome finisher’s shirt.

After the race, I felt super sore for the next 3 or so days. I have a new appreciation for banisters when going up and down stairs(especially down).

I love this video! It reminds me of how I felt the day after the marathon:

I am now fully recovered and ready to start training for my next race! 🙂

warmed up and ready to go!

warmed up and ready to go!

My mom and I before the race

My mom and I before the race

Cathi and Dat, morning of the race

Cathi and Dat, morning of the race

26.2 miles later...

26.2 miles later...

After the race showing off my shiny new medal!

After the race showing off my shiny new medal!

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