Towards 2019 Great Bear Chase

Summary of training activities
Notation: Easy (E) | Fartlek (F) | Hill (H) | Long (L) | Race (R) | Speed (S) | Tempo (T) | XTrain (X)
Pre-Training
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
P1 10/22
X 1:00:00
--
1:00:00
10/23
E 3.00
3.39
0:33:45
10/24
E 6.00
3.67
0:45:13
10/25
E 3.00
--
0:30:00
10/26
Rest
--
--
10/27
P 6.00
12.92
1:46:05
10/28
L 13.00
12.14
2:01:07
31.00
32.12
6:36:10
31.00
32.12
6:36:10
 


Great Turtle Trail Run Half Marathon (P01D06)

This had been one of the races/events I wanted to participate once I got into running half marathons but had always found ways to miss it. If not for a random hallway conversation with Stephen, this year would have been no different either. Once he explained the nature of the course and hinted at the expected weather, I signed up with with hopes of earning a half marathon PR. The drive to St. Ignace was uneventful but was slow owing to consistent drizzle and several stops along the way. Once settled in at the Aurora Borealis Motor Inn (thanks, Mick!), I got a quick bite to eat from a local family owned diner and called it a night. A really full and restful night of sleep coupled with a late scheduled race start made for a fairly relaxing morning ... even if it was cold, rainy and windy. I had bought the round trip tickets ahead of time and was on the first of Shepler's Ferry rides to the island.

The event started on time and intel provided by Stephen came in very handy again: I stayed away from the shoreline that kept me relatively dry and appropriately rationed my energy/effort to account for ascents and rollers. Steady rain and winds and changing inland terrain made it quite difficult to settle into any kind of rhythm. Plans of making up some lost time and earning a PR over the final 2-ish miles were thwarted by gusting winds off of Lake Huron. I finished with an official time of 1:46:02 (51/742 overall, 46/282 in gender and 8/35 in AG) - about the same time I had taken for the first half of 2018 Chicago Marathon a couple weeks ago. Stephen won the race with 1:17:12 and Alaina, who is yet to miss a day of running in 2018, finished her first ever official half marathon with 1:54:20 (and won the U12 age bracket)! We all got a bite to eat and acquired some fudge at the Murray Hotel. I returned to the mainland shortly after the Treat Street festivities started on the island. Rest of the day was uneventful and ended after a lovely meal and a few sample brews at the quaint Bierè De Mac Brew Works.

The return journey home on Sunday started after an early morning run with Stephen and Alaina on the North Central State Trail. The scenic drive was punctuated with stops along the way in Paradise to scope out the 2019 Whitefish Point Marathon course, Tahquamenon Falls State Park to explore the brewery and the roaring upper falls, and Marquette for dinner. I might have failed to bring that coveted half marathon PR home from California. But unlike last time, this trip to the island didn't involve an interrogation by the border patrol officers. Yay for small victories in life!

P2 10/29
X 1:00:00
10.13
0:41:50
10/30
E 3.00
--
--
10/31
E 7.00
7.28
1:13:43
11/01
Rest
3.62
0:31:59
11/02
E 10.00
8.11
1:21:28
11/03
L 14.00
--
--
11/04
X 1:00:00
--
0:30:00
34.00
29.14
4:19:00
65.00
61.26
10:55:10
 


Zero formal strength training this week. Splurged by indulging in multiple meals per day, consuming a total of 3 beers and annihilating a lot of candy! Also haven't taken the vitamins/supplements in over two weeks now. But watched a lot of videos (Gwen, Jared, etc.) and studied Advanced-1 plan from Hal Higdon to learn more about what's necessary for a BQ. Thinking about cutting out alcohol and most of sugar moving forward coupled with one meal a day at least until the completion of Whitefish Point Marathon.

Training
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
01 11/05
E 4.00
6.27
1:37:01
11/06
T 8.00
5.05
0:20:57
11/07
E 4.00
10.50
1:47:29
11/08
Rest
--
--
11/09
P 8.00
--
--
11/10
L 16.00
12.90
1:41:32
11/11
X 1:00:00
--
1:00:00
40.00
34.72
6:26:59
40.00
34.72
6:26:59
 


Trinity River Run Sunset Half Marathon (W01D06)

Since getting into running a few years ago and since learning about the number of my HPC/SC family members that are avid (and insanely good) runners, it has become a practice to look for and participate in organized running events in conference locations. This edition of Supercomputing (SC18) was no different. Googling Dallas running races in November helped me find this flat-coursed event outside of the conference schedule. Mechanical issues and de-icing caused to nearly 90 minute delay in Milwaukee leading to a missed connection in Nashville. Re-revised plan brought me to Dallas by 1 pm (instead of 10 am) and my luggage took another 9 hours to arrive. So, no running to loosen the plane legs but my attire was appropriate enough to get through all the work meetings.

The organizational skills of the organizers of this event, in my opinion, wasn't proportional to the entry fee: changing packet pick-up information on the day of the event, no gear check (or it required a VIP pass with a sweet $40 price tag), incorrect mile markers, ... Through a series of fortunate events, I found that an ole friend from Michigan Tech - Nicholle Vavra - would be running the half marathon too. It was great to catch up with her after quite many years, and meet her husband, John, and daughter, Morgen. John turned out to be my VIP and kept my bag with him while we ran!

The event started amidst some chaos and on a narrow bridge but the course widened after about a mile. I decided to just focus on uneven breathing to prevent side stitches (thanks, Christine!) and camber of the road to prevent foot pain (thanks, Lloyd!). The course, though glued to the asphalt, snaked through a variety of neighborhood and some scenic sections. Having started with the 2:20 pace group, I had worked my way to keeping the 1:45 pace group within reach around the halfway mark (0:51:52). Second half was a little windy and I felt it during ascents on couple bridges. Fortunately, I was able to maintain the desired pace, make a good push over the last 2 miles and cross the finish line at 1:41:24 (65/918 overall, 54/367 in gender and 12/62 in AG). With that, my half marathon PR changed its residency from San Diego, CA, to Dallas, TX, for the foreseeable future.



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02 11/12
E 4.00
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--
11/13
T 9.00
--
--
11/14
E 4.00
--
--
11/15
Rest
--
--
11/16
P 9.00
--
--
11/17
L 19.00
--
--
11/18
X 1:00:00
--
--
45.00
0.00
0:00:00
85.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
03 11/19
E 5.00
--
--
11/20
T 10.00
--
--
11/21
E 5.00
--
--
11/22
Rest
--
--
11/23
P 10.00
--
--
11/24
L 20.00
--
--
11/25
X 1:00:00
--
--
50.00
0.00
0:00:00
135.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
04 11/26
E 4.00
--
--
11/27
T 8.00
--
--
11/28
E 4.00
--
--
11/29
E 4.00
--
--
11/30
P 8.00
--
--
12/01
L 16.00
--
--
12/02
X 1:00:00
--
--
40.00
0.00
0:00:00
175.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
05 12/03
E 5.00
--
--
12/04
T 10.00
--
--
12/05
E 5.00
--
--
12/06
Rest
--
--
12/07
P 10.00
--
--
12/08
L 20.00
--
--
12/09
X 1:00:00
--
--
50.00
0.00
0:00:00
225.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
06 12/10
P 15.00
--
--
12/11
P 15.00
--
--
12/12
P 15.00
--
--
12/13
P 15.00
--
--
12/14
P 15.00
--
--
12/15
P 15.00
--
--
12/16
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
330.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
07 12/17
P 15.00
--
--
12/18
P 15.00
--
--
12/19
P 15.00
--
--
12/20
P 15.00
--
--
12/21
P 15.00
--
--
12/22
P 15.00
--
--
12/23
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
435.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
08 12/24
P 15.00
--
--
12/25
P 15.00
--
--
12/26
P 15.00
--
--
12/27
P 15.00
--
--
12/28
P 15.00
--
--
12/29
P 15.00
--
--
12/30
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
540.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
09 12/31
P 15.00
--
--
01/01
P 15.00
--
--
01/02
P 15.00
--
--
01/03
P 15.00
--
--
01/04
P 15.00
--
--
01/05
P 15.00
--
--
01/06
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
645.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
10 01/07
P 15.00
--
--
01/08
P 15.00
--
--
01/09
P 15.00
--
--
01/10
P 15.00
--
--
01/11
P 15.00
--
--
01/12
P 15.00
--
--
01/13
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
750.00
34.72
6:26:59
 


Seeley Hills Classic (W10D06)


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11 01/14
P 15.00
--
--
01/15
P 15.00
--
--
01/16
P 15.00
--
--
01/17
P 15.00
--
--
01/18
P 15.00
--
--
01/19
P 15.00
--
--
01/20
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
855.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
12 01/21
P 15.00
--
--
01/22
P 15.00
--
--
01/23
P 15.00
--
--
01/24
P 15.00
--
--
01/25
P 15.00
--
--
01/26
P 15.00
--
--
01/27
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
960.00
34.72
6:26:59
 


Noquemanon Ski Marathon (W12D06)


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Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Season
13 01/28
P 15.00
--
--
01/29
P 15.00
--
--
01/30
P 15.00
--
--
01/31
P 15.00
--
--
02/01
P 15.00
--
--
02/02
P 15.00
--
--
02/03
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
1065.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
14 02/04
P 15.00
--
--
02/05
P 15.00
--
--
02/06
P 15.00
--
--
02/07
P 15.00
--
--
02/08
P 15.00
--
--
02/09
P 15.00
--
--
02/10
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
1170.00
34.72
6:26:59
 


Vasaloppet Ski Marathon (W14D06)


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15 02/11
P 15.00
--
--
02/12
P 15.00
--
--
02/13
P 15.00
--
--
02/14
P 15.00
--
--
02/15
P 15.00
--
--
02/16
P 15.00
--
--
02/17
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
1275.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
16 02/18
P 15.00
--
--
02/19
P 15.00
--
--
02/20
P 15.00
--
--
02/21
P 15.00
--
--
02/22
P 15.00
--
--
02/23
P 15.00
--
--
02/24
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
1380.00
34.72
6:26:59
 


American Birkebeiner Kortelopet (W16D05)

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Around the year 1200, the rival groups shared the identical but opposite goal of controlling the entire country. King Sverre's death in 1202 meant some decrease in the power of the Birkebeins (named as such by the Baglers and originally intended to be offensive -- referring to their leggings of birch bark, indicating that they were poor and incapable). His successor (King Haakon Sverresson) died only two years later, leaving his son Haakon Haakonsson as the ultimate target for the Baglers to get rid of as the contender to the throne.

In 1206, the Birkebeiners set off on a dangerous voyage through treacherous mountains and forests, taking the then two-year-old Haakon Haakonsson to safety in Trondheim. Norwegian history credits the Birkebeiners' bravery with preserving the anafe of the boy who later became King Haakon Haakonsson IV, ended the civil wars in 1240 and forever changed Northern Europe's history through his reign. The name, Birkebeiner, carries a sense of pride, strength and endurance - something thousands of people, participating in the historical race every year, keep striving for.

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17 02/25
P 15.00
--
--
02/26
P 15.00
--
--
02/27
P 15.00
--
--
02/28
P 15.00
--
--
03/01
P 15.00
--
--
03/02
P 15.00
--
--
03/03
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
1485.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
18 03/04
P 15.00
--
--
03/05
P 15.00
--
--
03/06
P 15.00
--
--
03/07
P 15.00
--
--
03/08
P 15.00
--
--
03/09
P 15.00
--
--
03/10
P 15.00
--
--
105.00
0.00
0:00:00
1590.00
34.72
6:26:59
 
Geographical spread of distance and time
City County State
  Distance (miles) Time (h:mm:ss) Distance (miles) Time (h:mm:ss) Distance (miles) Time (h:mm:ss)
Mackinaw City 12.14 2:01:07  
Cheboygan County Total 12.14 2:01:07  
Houghton 58.02 10:53:25  
Houghton County Total 58.02 10:53:25  
Mackinac Island 12.92 1:46:05  
Mackinac County Total 12.92 1:46:05  
Michigan Total 83.08 14:40:37
Dallas 12.90 2:41:32  
Dallas County Total 12.9 2:41:32  
Texas Total 12.9 2:41:32
Season Total 95.98 17:22:09

 

Splits and Δ splits analysis
# Mile ← Metrics (for 0 - mile) → Δ split ← Metrics (for Δ split) →
01 03.10 0:22:52 07:22 min/mi 8.14 mph 00.00 - 03.10 0:22:52 07:22 min/mi 8.14 mph
02 06.20 0:46:43 07:32 min/mi 7.96 mph 03.10 - 06.20 0:23:51 07:41 min/mi 7.81 mph
03 10.00 1:16:19 07:37 min/mi 7.88 mph 06.20 - 10.00 0:29:36 07:47 min/mi 7.71 mph
04 13.10 1:40:48 07:41 min/mi 7.81 mph 10.00 - 13.10 0:24:29 07:53 min/mi 7.61 mph
05 16.20 2:04:11 07:39 min/mi 7.84 mph 13.10 - 16.20 0:23:23 07:32 min/mi 7.96 mph
06 20.00 2:35:18 07:45 min/mi 7.74 mph 16.20 - 20.00 0:31:07 08:11 min/mi 7.33 mph
07 23.10 3:02:29 07:53 min/mi 7.61 mph 20.00 - 23.10 0:27:11 08:46 min/mi 6.84 mph
08 Finish 3:40:09 08:04 min/mi 7.44 mph 23.10 - Finish 0:37:40 09:01 min/mi 6.65 mph