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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Joel H on Fri Jul 27, 2012 11:38 am

Nice job on the double. How do your legs feel after the doubles? Good luck this weekend, that is a lot of miles.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:28 pm

@Joel H wrote:Nice job on the double. How do your legs feel after the doubles? Good luck this weekend, that is a lot of miles.

Thanks Joel...My legs are a little heavy and my entire body is a little fatigued. So hopefully today will help me recharge Smile
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Joel H on Fri Jul 27, 2012 1:11 pm

@Nick Morris wrote:
@Joel H wrote:Nice job on the double. How do your legs feel after the doubles? Good luck this weekend, that is a lot of miles.

Thanks Joel...My legs are a little heavy and my entire body is a little fatigued. So hopefully today will help me recharge Smile

Sounds like the rest day came at the right time then...it should do the trick.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:22 am

07.28.12 -

9 miles...My legs (and body) seemed to bounce back nicely after my scheduled off day. Nice morning for a run with temps in the low 60s, a far cry from a couple of weeks ago. Pounded out 9.37 miles at a 7:50 pace. 18 LSD tomorrow morning...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:33 am

07.29.12 -

18 mile LSD...18 miles this morning, which is the longest run that I have had since last fall. I decided that all I really wanted to do is get the miles in and not worry about pace. In, fact I had to pull on the reigns a few times to slow myself down. I stayed pretty consistent all the way through the run, with my fastest mile coming at 8:01 and the slowest at 8:10. Everything else was in between...Overall it was a great run, but I did start to really fatigue the last mile and a half, although my haverage heart rate doesn't show that (maybe it was more mental fatigue than physical). I completed 18.33 miles at an 8:05 pace with an average heart rate of 134. I still can't believe how low my heart rate was. Last week's 136 was the lowest of this cycle until today. I crushed it...

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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Mike MacLellan on Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:06 am

All signs point to BQ, Nick.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Sun Jul 29, 2012 1:58 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:All signs point to BQ, Nick.



Whoa, whoa, whoa...I am still 14 weeks out. There is a lot of things that can happen between now and then Smile

But I am feeling pretty good...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:30 am

07.30.12 -

3 mile recovery...My calves were a little tight when I woke up Monday morning, but as the day went on, things started to loosen back up. The recovery run is always one of my most difficult training runs, because it means that I need to go slow. My goal was to keep my pace between 8:30 and 9:00. I ended up completing 3.11 miles at an 8:39 pace. I managed to keep it within my range, but it was difficult...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:03 pm

07.31.12 -

6 miles...Six miles tonight. Not much to say about the run, but that I put in my work and did it conservatively. I completed 6.26 miles at an easy 7:53 pace.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Julie on Wed Aug 01, 2012 8:59 am

Looks like everything's going well for you to get your BQ. Now for the weather to cooperate on race day.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:17 am

@Julie wrote:Looks like everything's going well for you to get your BQ. Now for the weather to cooperate on race day.

Amen!!!
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:19 am

08.01.12 -

9 miles...I had to get up early this morning to get m 9 miles in. I am heading to Milwaukee today for a work outing at Miller Park. Nothing like getting paid to watch a baseball game Smile As far as the run...it went great!! I completed 9.35 miles at a 7:43 pace...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:47 am

08.02.12 -

6 miles...Six miles last evening, as I plug along with my schedule. A pretty decent run last night and I can tell that I am getting faster as the pace is picking up with out any extra exertion of energy...even with warm temps. I completed 6.27 miles at a 7:42 pace...Scheduled off day today before a 29 mile weekend that sees my first 20 miler...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:00 pm

08.03.12 -

Scheduled off day...

First 20 miler of the cycle on Sunday!!
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:33 am

08.04.12 -

9 miles...I slept in a little this morning, as I went to a Mat Kearney concert last night (awesome show by the way). Nice and easy 9 this morning. I didn't want to push it as it was later in the morning and starting to get hot. Plus, I have my first 20 miler tomorrow morning. I completed 9.37 miles at a 7:50 pace...Tomorrow should be fun Smile
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Julie on Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:33 pm

I'm running 20 tomorrow, too. I hope we both have fun!
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:38 am

@Julie wrote:I'm running 20 tomorrow, too. I hope we both have fun!

Hope it well for you...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:58 am

08.05.12 -

20 miles...First 20 miler of the training cycle. With temps in the lower 60s to middle 60s the entire run, it almost felt like an early fall run. It's a far stretch from the summer that we have. The run itself went very well, especially for the first 20. I kept the first half pace very conservative at 8:15, but finished out the second half with negative splits. I started felling fatigue over the final mile, but it was also my fastest mile at 7:57. I ended up completing 20.11 miles at an 8:09 pace, with an average heart rate of 137. Very happy with the run and my week of training, but also happy that this next week is a step back week Smile

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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Julie on Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:26 pm

great work! We got a cold front Saturday and actually had really nice weather this morning for once so it was a decent enough 20 miler.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:38 am

@Julie wrote:great work! We got a cold front Saturday and actually had really nice weather this morning for once so it was a decent enough 20 miler.

Thanks Julie. Hope your knee gets better!!!
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:41 am

08.06.12 -

3 miles recovery...My legs felt great yesterday morning after my Sunday 20 miler, which was surprising. Surprising because last week my calves were a little tight after my 18 mile run the day before. I completed 3.12 miles at an 8:42 pace...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Tue Aug 07, 2012 9:43 am

08.07.12 -

6 miles...Up early this morning to get in my run. I am heading to Milwaukee this evening for yet another Brewers baseball game. I had it in cruise control today as I completed 6.38 miles at a 7:39 pace. 10 miles on the schedule for tomorrow...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:04 pm

08.08.12 -

Unscheduled off day...I was scheduled to run 10 miles, but had something come up that prohibited me from running. I adjusted my schedule and will move my off day and run 10 on Thursday.
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  Nick Morris on Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:09 pm

08.09.12 -

10 miles...Little shift in my schedule this week, which means that my 10 miler was mmoved to tonight. Let's just say that I felt good this evening. So much, that I put away all of my conservative training and just ran. And ran I did...The pace was the fastest that I have ran this training cycle, yet the effort did not seem to be too stressful. The 5th mile was at marathon pace (7:00). I completed 10.30 miles at a 7:22 pace and felt awesome afterwards. It's nights like tonight that are big confidence boosters. Of course, I will be going back to my conservative training tomorrow...
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Re: 21 Weeks to a BQ

Post  KathyK on Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:11 am

@Nick Morris wrote:08.09.12 -

10 miles...Little shift in my schedule this week, which means that my 10 miler was mmoved to tonight. Let's just say that I felt good this evening. So much, that I put away all of my conservative training and just ran. And ran I did...The pace was the fastest that I have ran this training cycle, yet the effort did not seem to be too stressful. The 5th mile was at marathon pace (7:00). I completed 10.30 miles at a 7:22 pace and felt awesome afterwards. It's nights like tonight that are big confidence boosters. Of course, I will be going back to my conservative training tomorrow...

Well done!
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