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Good luck on your 1/2.
243 miles for March.
20 slow and steady this morning.
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Nice mileage KS

The half marathon was a mudfest. The first half mile was on a paved hilly park road. We then hit the half mile greenbrier trail that dropped 250 ft to the highway where we crossed to get on the backpack trail. I was shocked at how many people were in front of me. I thought some would turn off for the 4.5 mile race but only one did. Once on the backpack trail, we ran some rollers for a half mile until a 250 ft climb. I passed a few people and made my way to the first aid station at Camp 1. My goal time was 28 minutes and I made it by 30 seconds. My next time check would be when we got down to Bear Hollow lake in 2.7 miles. At one point the trail looked like a small creek with water flowing to the lake. I was a minute behind my projection and really had to watch my footing. I was right behind a runner I have raced on the roads a few times and been pretty even with. After the lake, we had another 250 ft climb where I passed that runner. We would leapfrog the whole race with him pulling away on the flat and downhill and me catching back up on the uphill. After some ridge running I got to the 2nd aid station at 8 miles about 4 minutes slower than I was hoping. I passed two runners who stopped to get a drink but they soon passed me and pulled away on the gravel road that included our 3rd 250 ft climb of the race. We turned back on single track after 2.2 miles of road. This was an out and back section of slow muddy and technical trail. When we got to the turnaround, we had to take a hole punch and punch our bib to make sure we did the whole thing. I caught back up with the other two runners as we passed the punch to each other. The young guy took off quickly and I was just behind the runner I had been leapfrogging with all race. A couple minutes later he slipped in the mud and I went around him. Knowing I was a little better on the technical trail, I put in a surge to get a bigger lead. We had a couple miles to go at that point and I tried to keep the runner ahead of me in sight. I reached the highway where I crossed to follow the Greenbrier trail and road back to the finish. The trail was the 4th and last 250 foot climb and I had to walk a few seconds near the top. I didn't catch the runner I was following, but did pass another guy still walking the hill. I finished in 2:00:58 for 14th overall and first grand master. I was also first master as the guy I leapfrogged all day was 43 and about a minute behind. The total e!elevation gain was close to 2,000 ft so it might be the hardest half marathon in the state. I pushed the ups pretty hard but didn't push near as hard as I could have the rest of the race so I felt great at the end.

Sunday I ran 3 miles in the evening after roofing all day.

Today I went to the state park for 7 more miles of mud and trails.
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What a race!
6.15 miles this morning. Going to make a cut back week this week after 6 high mileage weeks (for me). Going to plan on about 45-48 miles. 10 moh tomorrow and 12 flat Saturday I intend to push the pace below the normal ez pace
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Had a good 10.35 moh run this morning. Ran stronger
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Looks like you're getting in good shape.

I ran a good 8.2 mile progression on the treadmill Tuesday. 4 easy miles today 70 and sunny.
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Starting to get some shape. 6 ez this morning w Julie and crew. 13 tomorrow and hopefully some good effort
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70 and sunny followed by snow yesterday. I did 7.14 miles in an hour on the treadmill. Today I ran 2 miles. Resting for a 10k on Sunday. This will be the 8th year in a row I've run the race winning it the first 3 years. I'm not in great road shape as I've been training for longer races. I have a 6 hour race next Saturday.
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Snow. A four letter word. Good luck on your race.

13 today which I felt good about. Only 45 this week but that was my plan. 60 next eeek w a 20 on Saturday.
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6 this morning on legs that were still tired from Saturday I guess. Still ran quality pace. 4 ez tonight. Wednesday 10 and Sat 20 are all in the hills. If I survive this week; I'll survive Kentucky
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Hi KS

Ran the 10k Sunday. When the 5k and 10k separated, I was in 2nd place but soon got passed and stayed in 3rd the rest of the race. First 2 miles were 6:41 and 6:37. The next two miles were in to a brisk wind and took me 14:18. We then turned around and had the wind at our back. I sped up to 6:27 and 6:37 the next two miles and finished in 41:51. Won a $25 gift certificate for 1st master.

Today I ran 6 miles at 8:15 pace.
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Felt better than expected today for 7.8 miles. Went out in 32:30 and back in 29:07. 7:30 pace for the last 5 miles.

My goal for my 6 hour race is 8:30 per mile (7 mph) while running. With stops to drink and eat every couple miles I'm shooting for 40 miles. The limiting factor will be the heat as the forecast is 81 and partly sunny. Hoping the nutrition practice I have been doing this winter will pay off.
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Only ran 5 yesterday. Stomach upset. 6.5 this morning and will get more tonight. Just signed up for Mesa Falls marathon to be run this August in Idaho.
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That looks like a scenic marathon. I've never run in Idaho.

Doing a couple miles each the last couple days tapering. Heading toward Chattanooga tomorrow.
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My 6 hour race was a challenge. Forecast was in the mid 80s and sunny so some of the 6 hour racers talked the race director into starting at 7:30 with the 12 hour racers when it was much cooler. I started at 1:30 with the temp at 85, sunny, and very little shade anywhere. My goal was 40 miles and I kept pretty close to that pace. I went 7 miles the first hour stopping every 2 mile loop to drink. The second hour I ran the same pace but spent more time eating and drinking and finished 14 miles in 2:01. Same with the 3rd hour but I was really feeling the heat. I drank as much as I could and was thirsty 5 minutes later. I hit 20 miles in 2:56 but had to start walking and jogging at that point. After a couple laps I ran a full lap to hit 26 miles in 4:04. By this time there was hardly anybody running. I kept moving knowing I could still rack up more miles. I was getting tired of Gatorade and tailwind so I went to the car to get some red pop. Quickly turned the key to see the temp was now 86. After hitting 30 miles in 4:50, I could feel my calf starting to cramp a little so I didn't think I could get 3 more loops in. I knew I could walk the next 2 loops and get 34 miles. I finished at 5:41 and since you had to complete the full 2 mile loop to get credit, I was done. I had seen on the board a guy had run 38 miles in the morning but didn't think anybody in the afternoon had run more. I knew another guy had taken off pretty fast but the results showed I passed him around 17 miles and beat him by more than 2 miles. That put me 2nd overall and first master. Since the morning guy ran more than 1/2 of his race when the temps were between 60 and 75, it would have been interesting to see if he could have run as far as I did in the heat. I did do a pretty good job of staying fueled up as my stomach felt so good at the end I was able to enjoy a thick grilled hamburger.

On Sunday I ran a 3 mile out and back on the Sheltowee Trace trail in Kentucky.

Today I did a slow 5 miles around town. Legs are a little tight but nothing hurts.
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Hard to race in that heat Rip. Good job. Got my 20 in Saturday and 6+4 today.
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Ran at the state park today. Around 6 miles with a little off trail running. The bridges on the trails are so broken down I have started to just run through the water as it isn't that deep. Still worn down some from the race Saturday. Planning on some trail running this weekend but no race.
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10 moh this morning. Best wed 10 miler I've had in some time. 68 degrees and 90% + humidity. 12 miler Saturday and then taper of only a week for ky
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One week sounds like a good taper. I ran an easy 2 miles Wednesday and 3 miles today.
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Took Thursday off. 6 today. 12 Saturday on schedule w some good quality miles.
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Saturday's 12 was awful. Over 70 degrees and 90% humidity. Today is the v
Backend of 2 day cool front. So 6 miles fairly quick. Leaving Thurs morning for KY. Lots of sightseeing planned after race
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Good luck in Louisville.

Spent last weekend on the trails. Friday evening I ran at Clear Creek metro park. It's run by the city of Columbus but is about 40 miles south near Wayne National forest. 11.16 miles in 1:46 and 1,700 ft elevation gain. Spent Saturday doing trail maintenance for the Buckeye Trail. In the evening I ran 3 miles with 500 ft elevation gain. Sunday was another half day doing trail maintenance. I then went to Great Seal state park in Chillicothe. Ran 6.3 miles with 1,370 ft elevation gain. Averaged 10:23 per mile.

The last couple days I ran 8.86 and 8.26 miles on the road at a little over 8 minute pace.
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3 days of 2 mile runs to taper for what's billed as the toughest 20k in Ohio. If each 10k loop is over 1,500 ft elevation gain, that will be true. It's also raining steadily 10 hours before the race so it will be muddy.
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Rain, mud, hills, trees to grab on to and all kinds of trails to run. While over 250 completed the 5k and another 50 did the 10k, 9 of us started the 20k on what was advertised as the toughest trail in Ohio. Four young guys took off ahead of me but I caught one of them after a few minutes. After that I was alone until the 6th mile. I got to the first mile in 9 minutes, the second mile in 19 minutes, and the third in 28. I already did 3 climbs but heart attack hill started right after the third mile. It was a 300 ft climb interrupted by a short 25 yard section of flat logging road. After 4 miles was another steep hill that had to be hiked. At 5.5 miles, we came back together with the 5k runners who started 30 minutes after we did. I got slowed down on a long stretch of single track where it was too muddy to pass. While the rain had made the course a little muddy, it was now a slopfest after the 5k runners had gone through. I finished the first 10k in 1:00:15. The second time around would be much tougher because of the mud. The first mile was a minute slower, but I really hammered the downhill on the second mile and made up a little time. The third mile was a little slower. Heart attack hill was where it really got tough. The mud was so slick now, even grabbing trees didnt prevent me from repeatedly slipping back. The downhills were even more treacherous but I was somehow able to stay upright the whole race. During the big climb after 4 miles I spotted the 3rd place guy up ahead. I could almost catch him on the climbs but he would sprint away on the downhill. He beat me by 21 seconds. I lost a minute per mile over the last 4 miles and finished in 2:05:06. The winner put the race on strava and it came out to 11.6 miles with 3,330 ft elevation gain which definitely makes it tougher than any other race I have done in Ohio.

I finished off April with a slow 3.25 mile run giving me just under 200 for the month.
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