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Post  Tim C on Fri Mar 06, 2015 10:28 pm

Wow! 14+ indoors, I'd have had to do a lot more than reset my watch.... But yeah, the TM isn't an option for me either.

Quite a change of weather for you tomorrow. My wife and I were in Nassau many years ago and have many fond memories. Pack the sunscreen...
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:53 am

Well after a relaxing few days in Nassau and runs in the heat with hills and bridges, I went to NYC and ran the NYC Half Marathon yesterday.  Great race! The weather was a perfect 43F with no real humidity (even after Saturday's rain and snow in NE) and the course is an excellent combination of rolling (the first 6 miles are in the park) and flat with a tunnel thrown in at mile 12 just for fun!  I knew the park had a good climb at 5K so I went out conservatively hoping to pick it up as I went through the full 13.1.  Wasn't sure where my fitness was really at given my melt down in early February, a returning cold, and dialed back mileage (and winter mess of training), so I wanted to be conservative.  Well I did something that I always try to do in that I ran each 5K progressively faster with my faster miles in the latter stages of the race even into the wind on the West Side Highway (it really wasn't too bad) and had something left to climb the hill out of the tunnel and finish strong.

Ended up running 1:41:51 good for 17th in my AG, 603rd woman (10,150 total), and 2564th Overall (19,455 finishers).  My 5K splits were as follows:

5K        24:46      7:59 pace
10K      48:59      7:54 pace 
15k    1:12:51     7:50 pace
20K    1:36:34     7:47 pace

13.1   1:41:51     7:46 pace

I'm at least fit for a solid half - now Boston, well that is another animal all together.
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Post  Tim C on Mon Mar 16, 2015 12:05 pm

Nice.  Very impressive run but 17th in age group?  That race must really attract some great runners because that's a really good time you ran.  Congrats.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:39 pm

Mom's still got it.  That's quick.  Sorry we bested your B's last night. What a Face
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:21 pm

Uh oh...It looks like you are in good shape and Boston better watch out. Does this mean that I need to step up my training efforts?

Great run and splits!!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:58 pm

Tim C wrote:Nice.  Very impressive run but 17th in age group?  That race must really attract some great runners because that's a really good time you ran.  Congrats.
 Major elites came, so I expected to actually be closer to 20th in my AG.  I was pleasantly surprised by both the time and placement.
Mike MacLellan wrote:Mom's still got it.  That's quick.  Sorry we bested your B's last night. What a Face
No worries, but I do hope the Bs get in.
Nick Morris wrote:Uh oh...It looks like you are in good shape and Boston better watch out.  Does this mean that I need to step up my training efforts?

Great run and splits!!
No, I think you're good as I have not really run any "long" runs that weren't in awful weather (just one 18 in -6) and I took a good amount of downtime so as not to go off the abyss.  I'm back but undertrained for a full marathon, I fear.
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Post  T Miller on Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:05 pm

That looks like a well executed half Michele.  Congrats and good luck on your Boston training.  It should become a lot easier now that they weather has appeared to have broken.
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Post  Nick Morris on Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:30 pm

You still have time to get in a couple of 20s before a two week taper. You'll be good!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:41 am

Nick Morris wrote:You still have time to get in a couple of 20s before a two week taper.  You'll be good!
I think I'm only doing at least one and several solid marathon pace runs (this weekend I'm running what I call a double with 10-12 on Saturday and a very hilly half marathon at MP on Sunday, then 20-22 next weekend, then 18 with the last 4-6 at MP, then taper.  I should be alright especially since I took two easy weeks back when I wasn't feeling well.
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Post  Sara Jane on Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:13 am

Fun seeing you, Michele. And congrats on a great, solid run.
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Post  Mark B on Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:23 am

Nicely done, Michele! You ran that half tactically well, as well as fast. That bodes well for Boston.
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Re: Back to Boston Redux

Post  nkrichards on Tue Mar 17, 2015 1:20 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:
Nick Morris wrote:You still have time to get in a couple of 20s before a two week taper.  You'll be good!
I think I'm only doing at least one and several solid marathon pace runs (this weekend I'm running what I call a double with 10-12 on Saturday and a very hilly half marathon at MP on Sunday, then 20-22 next weekend, then 18 with the last 4-6 at MP, then taper.  I should be alright especially since I took two easy weeks back when I wasn't feeling well.

Based on your race results and the remaining training you have planned it sure looks like you're going to be ready!  Congrats on the half btw.

I didn't make the cut for Wave 3.  I'm bib 24829, Wave 4, Corral 1.  Looks like I'm on my own...but corral 1 may be nice IF I can remember to start conservatively.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:32 am

After arriving back in Cleveland for one day, I drove down to Atlanta for a few to visit and run with friends.  It culminated in my once again running Publix Georgia Half Marathon which is a hilly course and a great one to test your fitness on.  Since I had raced in NYC the Sunday before, I was not going to race but start off easy, get to marathon pace in the middle and then hope to stay strong over the last three miles where some killer hills once again appear.  It was a rainy morning with some humidity that I did notice in the first couple of miles.  The humidity seemed to lessen as the rain seemed to increase, but I'm figuring that I just got into the groove as I was running those familiar miles over those familiar hills.  Saw lots of friends on the course as I weaved my way through the crowds and finished in a strong 1:51:12 (their time as my watch actually said 1:50:12 - whatever).  Felt great throughout and hope that bodes well a month from now as I ran the race after four solid days of training - 5 miles on Thursday with 15-30 sec pickups (in the rain), 12 miles on Friday, and 6.5 miles on Saturday.  I had wanted to originally add a few miles to the half on Sunday but given that the race starts in the dark, is surrounded by a not-so great part of town and the rain, I decided to just run easy for those first miles and it worked.  

Now back in Cleveland and the weather is mixed.  It was pleasant (45F) on Tuesday when we ended up running a hilly 9 miler since the track was occupied, beautiful yesterday (60F) for an easy recovery run, and wet/cold today (34F and raining for now) for our track workout later.  It is predicted to possibly snow later today and turn colder so that by Saturday morning we will be enjoying a hilly run in 14-15F temps once again.
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Post  Mark B on Thu Mar 26, 2015 10:52 pm

Nice work on those half marathons, Michele. And snow again? Good grief. It was 71 here today.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Fri Mar 27, 2015 10:22 am

It actually cleared up nicely lasts night for our track workout and it was a clear, comfortable 37F.  I was surprised that my legs felt pretty good for the workout even after spending some time in the gym with my trainer about 1.5 hrs before the workout.  I felt out of sorts in the gym since I have been absent for a couple of weeks.  We worked primarily on core, unilateral strength and some specific hip stuff and it was ok, but harder than it was 3 wks ago.  We also did some stretching at the end which seems to help me when I get to the track later on.

And yes, it s snowing this morning although it is not supposed to stick.  I guess the cold will be a boon for Cleveland with the Final Four Sweet 16 Games here as the Bball fans will have to drink more and spend more money downtown.  The casino will also benefit I would guess since the games are at night, they have to find something to do during the day.

20 hilly miles on the schedule for tomorrow, and yes, it is expected to be 14F by morning with a high only in the 20s.
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Post  nkrichards on Fri Mar 27, 2015 1:06 pm

More snow. confused

Record highs here yesterday and probably again today.  It's supposed to cool down a bit for my 20 miler tomorrow but not nearly as cool as yours!
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Post  Dave P on Fri Mar 27, 2015 9:02 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:..., and yes, it is expected to be 14F by morning with a high only in the 20s.
When will it end?!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sat Mar 28, 2015 8:56 pm

20 hilly miles done, and it was freakin cold.  So cold that my left index finger turned white and I was cold for hours later.  Tired too.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Sun Mar 29, 2015 1:41 pm

Still cold this morning - Spring? Right?  Managed 6.2 recovery miles followed by yoga.  Feeling surprisingly good.

Mon - Drive to KY; Day off
Tues - Drive to CLE. 9 miles with hills
Wed - 4.7 recovery miles, core class
Thurs - 7 miles with Speedwork - 3K, 2K, 1K, 800m alla t 7:20-7:40 pace; Trainer for hip work
Fri - Day off
Sat - 20 very hilly miles
Sun - 6.2 recovery miles followed by yoga

WTD:  46.9 miles
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Post  nkrichards on Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:11 am

I sure hope you don't bring your weather to Boston.  I prefer to run in cold weather but not as cold as you've been running in!
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:41 am

Oh Nancy, it is guaranteed to be warm at Boston since they still have quite a bit of snow around (in piles) and it has been a cold winter.  I'll guarantee warm temps.
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Post  Mark B on Mon Mar 30, 2015 1:02 pm

Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Oh Nancy, it is guaranteed to be warm at Boston since they still have quite a bit of snow around (in piles) and it has been a cold winter.  I'll guarantee warm temps.

Just in case, though, I'd pack a pair of screw shoes....

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Post  Julie on Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:35 pm

Congrats on the hilly 20 miler! I hope Boston is pleasant, not too hot, not too cold.
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Post  nkrichards on Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:34 pm

Mark B wrote:
Michele \"1L" Keane wrote:Oh Nancy, it is guaranteed to be warm at Boston since they still have quite a bit of snow around (in piles) and it has been a cold winter.  I'll guarantee warm temps.

Just in case, though, I'd pack a pair of screw shoes....


Hey!  Michele says I need to relax...you're not helping Mark!! 

I actually like running in cold temps.  All 3 of my marathons have been just below freezing at the start and still nice and chilly at the finish.  But...I don't want to contend with traction issues.

I do expect Boston to be warmer than that so I've been trying to do my training runs during the warmer part of the day and we have had warm temps to accommodate that.
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Post  Michele "1L" Keane on Wed Apr 01, 2015 11:42 am

No warm temps here, so it is bound to be warm - lol.  Track workout last night went well but it was still cool (37F - imagine calling 37F just cool) and a bit windy.  Headed out shortly to run a recovery run as I'm a bit sore and figure that I'll be quite slow which I guess is the point, right?
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