2020: Sunday Lake Marathon

After the 20-week training plan that culminated in the 2020 Holland Haven Marathon in mid-September, I had taken a week off before starting a 12-week training plan to continue working on my weaknesses. Maybe it was the cumulative fatigue of nearly 26 weeks of structured training plan OR a rather sudden change in weather (read: arrival of snow and frigid-ish temperatures) OR likely, a combination of both, I was starting to feel a monotonic decrease in motivation to keep up with the workouts in this new plan. My body seemed to take a bit longer than usual to recover from said workouts. Review of training material and chats with friendly mentors re-iterated the benefits of a short self-imposed break before mental burnout and/or physical injury compared to a potentially longer forced break. As a result, I decided to run the 2020 Virtual New York City Marathon in week #5 (or week #26 – if I am counting the first 20-week plan as well), end the plan and take a break to rest and recharge for the upcoming winter.

Training plan and compliance

Though the details and eye candies from (including the rationale and resources I used for) the first 20-week training plan were already showcased in a previous journal entry (2020 Holland Haven Marathon), I decided to include similar entities for the entirety of 26 weeks (i.e., the first 20-week plan, 1-week break, the final 5-week plan) below for completeness sake … should I (or one of my friendly mentors) be interested in reviewing them and design (or suggest) modifications that will make me better down the road.

Notation: Easy (E) | Speed (S) | Long (L) | Race (R) | Recovery (R) | Tempo (T)
Distance in miles and time in h:mm:ss.
Entries in the final column represent the average miles after a given number of weeks in the training cycle.
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
01 04/27
R 12.00
12.21
3:44:13
04/28
S 10.00
10.02
2:59:35
04/29
E 12.00
13.26
3:08:31
04/30
T 10.00
10.14
1:59:30
05/01
E 6.00
8.12
1:20:02
05/02
L 15.00
15.07
4:16:37
05/03
R 6.00
8.05
3:21:36
71.00
76.87
20:50:04
71.00
76.87
20:50:04

71.00
76.87
20:50:04
 

Starting from 2020-05-01, the first 115 and 386 miles counted respectively towards the Upper and Lower Peninsula editions of the 2020 Great Run Across Michigan.
Starting from 2020-05-01 through 2020-05-31, the running activities counted towards the Birkie Challege #1 - Go The Birkie Distance.
Running activities from 2020-05-01 through 2020-08-31 accounted for the 2020 Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee.

02 05/04
R 12.00
12.47
2:04:22
05/05
S 10.00
10.01
2:28:54
05/06
R 12.00
14.39
3:49:34
05/07
T 10.00
10.04
2:58:24
05/08
R 12.00
10.35
2:44:37
05/09
L 15.00
15.30
4:18:17
05/10
Rest
-
0:21:06
71.00
72.56
18:45:14
142.00
149.43
39:35:18

71.00
74.72
19:47:39
03 05/11
R 12.00
14.41
3:49:37
05/12
S 10.00
13.14
3:54:10
05/13
R 12.00
14.41
3:29:50
05/14
T 10.00
-
-
05/15
R 12.00
6.44
2:03:47
05/16
L 15.00
26.24
5:58:05
05/17
Rest
6.35
1:04:57
71.00
80.99
20:20:26
213.00
230.42
59:55:44

71.00
76.81
19:58:35
 

W03D02 (2020-05-12) was the 2020 NYRR Virtual Brooklyn Half Marathon.
W03D06 (2020-05-16) was the 2020 Virtual Illinois and Grandma's Marathons.

04 05/18
R 12.00
14.74
3:42:39
05/19
E 10.00
10.41
1:43:48
05/20
R 12.00
14.46
3:18:05
05/21
E 10.00
10.04
2:30:55
05/22
R 12.00
8.50
3:20:38
05/23
L 15.00
15.62
4:20:05
05/24
Rest
-
1:00:00
71.00
73.77
19:56:10
284.00
304.19
79:51:54

71.00
76.05
19:57:59
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
05 05/25
R 12.00
13.29
2:40:46
05/26
T 10.00
10.16
2:51:39
05/27
R 12.00
13.80
3:22:16
05/28
S 10.00
10.03
2:27:57
05/29
R 12.00
17.67
3:53:11
05/30
L 15.00
16.31
2:22:32
05/31
Rest
-
-
71.00
81.26
17:38:21
355.00
385.45
97:30:15

71.00
77.09
19:30:03
06 06/01
R 12.00
14.76
2:27:22
06/02
S 10.00
10.40
1:43:40
06/03
R 12.00
14.59
2:50:22
06/04
T 10.00
10.53
1:25:29
06/05
R 12.00
6.67
1:11:45
06/06
L 15.00
16.05
2:20:23
06/07
Rest
-
1:00:00
71.00
73.00
12:59:01
426.00
458.45
110:29:16

71.00
76.41
18:24:53
 

Starting from 2020-06-01 through 2020-06-30, the elevation gain associated with running activities counted towards the Birkie Challege #2 - Climb The Birkie.
Starting from 2020-06-01, the first 408 miles counted towards the Cheesehead Challenge as part of the 2020 Virtual Race Across Wisconsin.

07 06/08
R 12.00
13.58
2:49:39
06/09
S 10.00
10.04
1:51:20
06/10
R 12.00
14.09
3:16:44
06/11
T 10.00
10.17
2:24:39
06/12
R 12.00
12.02
2:07:19
06/13
L 15.00
11.08
3:37:51
06/14
Rest
14.19
2:29:34
71.00
85.17
18:37:06
497.00
543.62
129:06:22

71.00
77.66
18:26:37
 

W07D07 (2020-06-14) was the 2020 Virtual Comrades Half Marathon.

08 06/15
R 12.00
14.45
3:44:12
06/16
E 10.00
14.05
3:55:42
06/17
R 12.00
12.45
3:15:22
06/18
E 10.00
10.05
2:41:12
06/19
R 12.00
7.34
2:18:40
06/20
L 15.00
15.18
2:17:49
06/21
Rest
6.70
2:47:44
71.00
80.22
21:00:41
568.00
623.84
150:07:03

71.00
77.98
18:45:53
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
09 06/22
R 12.00
14.58
3:20:38
06/23
S 10.00
13.74
3:39:45
06/24
R 12.00
14.40
4:09:46
06/25
T 12.00
15.08
3:50:58
06/26
R 7.00
-
1:00:00
06/27
L 18.00
18.66
4:04:27
06/28
Rest
-
-
71.00
76.46
20:05:34
639.00
700.30
170:12:37

71.00
77.81
18:54:44
10 06/29
R 12.00
15.08
3:37:25
06/30
S 10.00
14.19
3:51:49
07/01
R 12.00
12.97
3:43:56
07/02
T 12.00
12.02
3:04:12
07/03
R 7.00
3.75
3:05:53
07/04
L 18.00
5.16
1:53:08
07/05
Rest
17.76
3:15:46
71.00
80.93
22:32:09
710.00
781.23
192:44:46

71.00
78.12
19:16:29
11 07/06
R 12.00
12.63
3:21:26
07/07
S 10.00
10.73
3:15:46
07/08
R 12.00
13.60
3:27:31
07/09
T 12.00
11.03
3:00:24
07/10
R 7.00
5.09
1:55:51
07/11
L 18.00
26.36
4:24:45
07/12
Rest
-
0:45:00
71.00
79.44
20:10:43
781.00
860.67
212:55:29

71.00
78.24
19:21:24
12 07/13
R 12.00
5.14
2:18:13
07/14
E 10.00
13.16
2:53:49
07/15
R 12.00
14.29
3:48:34
07/16
E 12.00
15.09
4:20:43
07/17
R 7.00
8.11
2:19:20
07/18
L 18.00
19.10
4:09:00
07/19
Rest
-
1:00:00
71.00
74.89
20:49:39
852.00
935.56
233:45:08

71.00
77.96
19:28:46
 

W12D02 (2020-07-14) was the 2020 Virtual Canal Run Half Marathon.

Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
13 07/20
R 10.00
10.39
4:02:36
07/21
S 12.00
14.38
4:02:25
07/22
R 10.00
11.46
2:51:36
07/23
T 12.00
12.61
3:09:41
07/24
R 7.00
6.43
2:35:50
07/25
L 20.00
18.05
3:25:32
07/26
Rest
8.03
2:17:33
71.00
81.35
22:25:13
923.00
1016.91
256:10:21

71.00
78.22
19:42:20
14 07/27
R 10.00
12.54
3:13:41
07/28
S 12.00
12.12
4:43:23
07/29
R 10.00
12.54
3:39:07
07/30
T 12.00
12.03
2:39:34
07/31
R 7.00
7.63
2:20:37
08/01
L 20.00
20.11
3:32:29
08/02
Rest
-
1:52:02
71.00
76.97
22:00:53
994.00
1093.88
278:11:14

71.00
78.13
19:52:14
 

W14D06 (2020-08-01) was the 2020 Virtual Lumberjack Run.

15 08/03
R 10.00
12.89
5:01:38
08/04
S 12.00
15.92
3:58:53
08/05
R 10.00
10.71
3:32:59
08/06
T 12.00
12.56
3:43:39
08/07
Rest
-
1:42:11
08/08
L 20.00
20.55
4:40:26
08/09
R 7.00
8.08
3:30:34
71.00
80.71
26:10:20
1065.00
1174.59
304:21:34

71.00
78.31
20:17:26
 

Starting from 2020-08-03 through 2020-08-16, the miles counted towards the Birkie Challenge #4 - All In.
W15D07 (2020-08-09) was the 2020 Run Wild With KLT Virtual 10k.

16 08/10
R 10.00
11.47
3:34:46
08/11
E 12.00
16.03
3:27:18
08/12
R 10.00
10.05
2:18:34
08/13
E 12.00
16.48
5:32:32
08/14
Rest
-
1:42:13
08/15
L 20.00
13.36
4:29:09
08/16
R 7.00
13.34
4:00:45
71.00
80.73
25:05:17
1136.00
1255.32
329:26:51

71.00
78.46
20:35:26
 

W16D02 (2020-08-11) was the 2020 Virtual Australian Birkebeiner.
W16D07 (2020-08-16) was the 2020 Run Wild With KLT Virtual Half Marathon.

Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
17 08/17
R 10.00
11.04
3:54:56
08/18
S 12.00
12.25
2:26:20
08/19
R 10.00
9.37
3:19:00
08/20
T 12.00
13.11
3:42:55
08/21
R 5.00
5.70
2:27:23
08/22
L 18.00
18.20
4:35:13
08/23
Rest
11.83
4:04:08
67.00
81.50
24:29:55
1203.00
1336.82
353:56:46

70.76
78.64
20:49:13
 

W17D06 (2020-08-22) was the 2020 Run Wild With KLT Virtual 5k.

18 08/24
R 10.00
11.35
3:51:46
08/25
S 7.00
7.08
3:18:38
08/26
R 4.00
4.35
2:43:09
08/27
E 5.00
5.25
2:07:45
08/28
R 5.00
5.25
2:38:23
08/29
L 17.00
16.87
4:17:22
08/30
L 15.00
15.47
4:04:32
63.00
65.62
23:01:35
1266.00
1402.44
376:58:21

70.33
77.91
20:56:35
19 08/31
R 6.00
6.52
3:01:15
09/01
S 5.00
6.03
2:53:41
09/02
R 6.00
6.31
3:00:01
09/03
T 10.00
10.03
2:34:15
09/04
R 6.00
6.56
2:45:31
09/05
L 13.00
13.12
3:32:00
09/06
Rest
-
0:53:14
46.00
48.57
18:39:57
1312.00
1451.01
395:38:18

69.05
76.37
20:49:23
20 09/07
R 4.00
5.15
2:39:11
09/08
T 8.00
8.64
2:47:45
09/09
R 4.00
3.45
1:45:17
09/10
E 4.00
4.07
2:22:47
09/11
Rest
-
1:12:16
09/12
E 4.00
4.09
1:19:21
09/13
R 26.20
26.25
5:09:52
50.20
51.65
17:16:29
1362.20
1502.66
412:54:47

68.11
75.13
20:38:44
Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
21 09/14
Rest
-
1:30:00
09/15
Rest
5.17
3:26:48
09/16
Rest
4.08
1:34:11
09/17
R 3.00
7.30
2:13:55
09/18
R 3.00
4.76
1:29:56
09/19
R 3.00
6.25
2:36:17
09/20
R 3.00
5.81
4:00:35
12.00
33.37
16:51:42
1374.20
1536.03
429:46:29

65.44
73.14
20:27:56
22 09/21
E 10.00
13.13
4:46:38
09/22
S 8.00
8.04
3:06:11
09/23
E 10.00
11.45
3:35:52
09/24
T 8.00
8.10
1:04:28
09/25
Rest
-
-
09/26
L 13.00
12.63
1:42:07
09/27
R 13.00
12.25
2:15:28
62.00
65.60
16:30:44
1436.20
1601.63
446:17:13

65.28
72.80
20:17:09
 

W22D06 (2020-09-26) was the 2020 Birkie Trail Run Festival Half Marathon (USATF 2020 Trail Half Marathon National Championship) in Cable, WI.

23 09/28
E 10.00
11.31
1:56:46
09/29
S 8.00
8.03
1:12:43
09/30
E 10.00
11.75
2:01:11
10/01
T 8.00
11.11
1:27:06
10/02
Rest
-
1:30:00
10/03
L 13.00
13.14
2:09:01
10/04
L 13.00
13.12
3:02:59
62.00
68.46
13:19:46
1498.20
1670.09
459:36:59

65.14
72.61
19:59:00
 

W23D06 and W23D07 (2020-10-05 and 2020-10-04) were the first and second half of the 2020 Virtual London Marathon respectively.

24 10/05
E 10.00
6.51
2:08:29
10/06
S 8.00
8.04
2:07:08
10/07
E 10.00
6.30
2:04:22
10/08
Rest
-
-
10/09
T 8.00
8.10
2:04:31
10/10
L 13.00
13.25
3:03:05
10/11
L 13.00
13.12
3:01:38
62.00
55.32
14:29:13
1560.20
1725.41
474:06:12

65.01
71.89
19:45:16
 

W24D06 (2020-10-11) was the 2020 Virtual Chicago Half Marathon, 2020 Virtual NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon and 2020 Virtual Bridges and Bluffs Half Marathon.

Wk Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
Sun
Week Cycle Average
25 10/12
R 6.00
6.70
2:14:50
10/13
R 7.00
7.25
2:23:50
10/14
R 6.00
6.37
2:18:09
10/15
Rest
-
0:12:03
10/16
R 6.00
6.22
1:17:52
10/17
R 7.00
6.60
2:31:19
10/18
R 8.00
8.05
2:34:50
40.00
41.19
13:32:53
1600.20
1766.60
487:39:05

64.01
70.66
19:30:22
26 10/19
R 3.00
2.46
1:29:29
10/20
E 5.00
5.88
3:27:34
10/21
R 3.00
3.16
1:44:15
10/22
Rest
-
1:42:52
10/23
E 3.00
3.12
1:37:19
10/24
R 26.20
26.36
5:05:51
10/25
Rest
-
1:00:00
40.20
40.98
16:07:20
1640.40
1807.58
503:46:25

63.09
69.52
19:22:33
 

W26D05 (2020-10-23) was the 2020 Hail! From Home Virtual 5k.
W26D06 (2020-10-24) was the 2020 Virtual New York City Marathon.

Distribution of activities by type (count)

 

Distribution of activities by type (distance)

 

Distribution of activities by type (time)

 

Distribution of activities by start time (count)

 

Distribution of indoor and outdoor activities (distance)

 

Distribution of activities by distance range

 

Distribution of road and off-road activities (distance)

Very grateful for our trails, parental organizations overseeing the maintenance of our trail systems, and trail elves and angels who magically keep it pristine and usable.

 

Distribution by feel/intensity (distance) – the 80/20 system

The idea came from Matt Fitzgerald’s book, 80/20 Running, in 2019 and subsequent readings of Dr. Stephen Seiler’s research publications.

 

Distribution of heart rate zones (time)

Data recorded for some of the zones could be incorrect as a result of Cadence Lock in Garmin Forerunner (i.e., the optical HR locks on to the cadence).

 

Distribution of power zones (time)

Data collected by the Stryd Power Meter – I don’t use this gadget when there’s a potential for heavy rain or creek crossings. Also, I started recording this information in my training log from week #22.

 

Distribution of running with friends (distance)

Mighty proud of having friends and grateful for every one of them who took the time to run with me over the course of these 26 weeks.

 

Distribution of footwear usage (distance)

 

Daily vitals

These are/were measured every day shortly after waking up. If a measurement wasn’t taken on a given day (say, due to laziness), then recorded value from the previous day is used for computing the 7-day moving average.

 

As the training log indicates, there were plenty of virtual events I was able to participate during the past ~6 months. As we understood COVID-19 better, I was even fortunate enough to be a part of several in-person events … something I didn’t think would happen once the world as we know of came to a screeching (or screaming) halt several months ago.

  1. 2020 Holland Haven Marathon – 3:27:44 (7:55 min/mile)
  2. 2020 Birkie Trail Run Festival / 2020 USATF Trail Half Marathon National Championship – 1:42:05 (7:47 min/mile)
  3. 2020 Amanda Kautzer XC 5k Time Trial – 0:21:39 (6:58 min/mile)

While the past 26 weeks have been the most disciplined and committed I have ever been in my life to running and while I am fairly confident to call myself a runner (i.e., a noun) rather than as someone interested in running (i.e., a verb), I have plenty of room to improve over the next training cycles. A short list of THINGS TO DO (BETTER) are as follows:

  1. Better hydration
  2. Regular strides and form drills
  3. Regular strength work, yoga/stretching and meditation
  4. Appropriate periodization and respect for the rest day / recovery week
  5. Mental fortitude for the second half 

Race weekend

As I started looking for potential courses to run the 2020 Virtual New York City Marathon, I intended to find a semi flat loop (~3 miles) or a semi flat stretch of ~6.50 to facilitate setting up a minimum number of aid stations. As the week progressed, I got a word from Bill Sved that the Sunday Lake Marathon (formerly known as the First National Bank of Wakefield Marathon) would be held with limited participants (maximum 25) while complying with guidelines from relevant authorities. In spite of being BYOE (i.e., Bring Your Own Everything) and having no aid-stations, there was a lot to love about this news: it would be a real in-person race, course would be a semi-flat loop (providing access to my car every ~2.75 miles), the location – Wakefield, MI – would facilitate making it a day trip, and Bill didn’t mind if I double-dipped the run to count towards the 2020 Virtual New York City Marathon.

 

Given the 4:30 am wakeup call, the night before involved no wild parties and had ended promptly around 9 am. Having packed a bag of everything I needed the night before, including a couple different kinds of shoes to run in (regular racing flats and medium-tread trail running shoes), I left Houghton around 5:45 am. For about 25 of the first 35 miles, it snowed quite heavily – making the conditions nearly whiteout and driving nearly white knuckle. I was moving so slow that the scene mimicked more of a Star Trek’s hyperspace. Fortunately, there was no one ahead or behind me, and I was able to shake the feeling off to continue driving. Rest of the journey continued to be safe and uneventful. I arrived in Wakefield around 7:00 am local time just a few seconds behind a fellow participant, Karen, from Gwinn, MI.

Predicted weather for the day … was a bit on the cooler side. Snow was in the forecast and the temperature was expected to hover in the 20s. There was a potential for snow (or even ice – especially the dangerous transparent ice) on the course. I had been a part of similar weather conditions in a marathon before – 2019 WhistleStop Marathon – nearly a year ago and not too far on the other side of the Cheddar Curtain. Learning from that experience, I decided to dress up in long pants and a light windshield jacket. Another important experience from the WhistleStop Marathon was the cold air (and snow) nearly freezing sweat in the upper parts of my legs and rendering them like heavy pillars of ice. So, I did take the necessary measures to prevent a similar thing from happening this time around.

Arriving early gave me an opportunity slowly to drive around the lake – to test the road and sidewalk conditions. Karen had the same idea and we drove, separately, around the Sunday Lake. There was a noticeable amount of snow and ice on the course. In hindsight, the drive through course preview with Karen prevented me from running a warm-up lap … but in a good way. Given that sun hadn’t risen yet, there was a very good chance that I wouldn’t have seen the transparent ice in a few places and could have taken a fall or two … ending the race before it even had a chance to start!

As more and more runners started arriving as the time got closer to the start, I had enough time to catch up with Jim Engel (the race director when the event used to be The First National Bank of Wakefield Marathon), get my bib, make myself a PB sandwich and set up my aid station in the front seat of my car. Jim was kind enough to voluntarily shovel off the snow around my car to ensure I had easier access to the aid during the race and more importantly, keep my feet as warm as was possible during such stops.

26.36 mi (42.41 km), 3:53:46, 8:52 min/mile (5:30 min/km), 6.77 mph (10.89 kmph)
Garmin Forerunner 945 and Tempe Sensor, Stryd Power Meter, and WP GPX Maps Plugin

 

The race started a couple minutes after 8 am local time and Erik, one of the kind-hearted volunteers, kept track of the lap count for runners as well as the final time. Prevailing weather and resulting course conditions shelved the pace plan Ray Sharp had graciously provided. Respecting the said conditions, I started slow. The course first started clock-wise for about 0.86 miles before turning around. Given that each lap around the Sunday Lake was 2.73 miles, I had experienced the entirety of the course once by about 3.60 miles into the race. By this point, I felt 8:15/8:30 min/mile is something I could hold for a while to earn a top 3 finish (a new goal made up on the run; as such, the time goal of 3:43:00) and settled mostly solo-ly into this rhythmic pace.

The light windshield jacket I wore carried the necessary gels. Not counting the first 1.72 miles (i.e., the initial out and back to start the race) and the first full lap after that, I stopped at my car very briefly after each lap to get a sip of water. Jim’s kindness came in very handy during those brief stops – saving my feet from freezing more than it was necessary. Putting a very useful tip Christine Handler had shared with me to use (it was for the 2019 Vasaloppet USA), I stopped a bit longer by my car around the halfway point of the race to discard wet hat and buff for warm and dry ones. Without them, the second half would have felt lot colder and very likely, a lot more miserable.

Attempting to keep track of the approximate time I took for each 5k kept my mind occupied as I circled the Sunday Lake. It remained approximately same for 25-30 km as far as I could remember. By the time the marathon began after the first 20 miles, the slippery/icy surfaces had jarred my footing ever so slightly but so many times that they had exposed my inconsistent strength training routine (specifically, stability muscles). There was starting to be noticeable flurries in the air, winds seemed to have picked up a notch or two and just enough pain in the hip flexor area. I gave into the pain and resorted to walk-run combinations over the final 2 laps hoping that whatever lead I had built over the previous half a dozen laps was sufficient to win the race.

As is often the case in such scenarios, the final mile and a quarter took forever. Finally, I crossed the line a few ticks before 3:54:00. Erik, the aforementioned kind-hearted volunteer lap and time keeper, mercifully indicated that I had no more laps to run! The time was good enough for 1/9 overall and 1/YY in gender – my first ever race win! And just the way it worked out, Bill had just finished a lap and stopped for aid by his car. He paused a little longer to provide me the necessary details before continuing on. Erik had the award – a piece of (I am assuming and hoping) Lake Superior Driftwood (courtesy of Jim Engel) and a UP Road Runners Club Coffee Mug (courtesy of Bill Sved) – and was kind enough take a few pictures for me!

Goal: 26.22 miles in 3:43:00
Distance in miles, lap time in m:ss (cumulative time in h:mm:ss), average heart rate in bpm, average cadence in spm, elevation gain/loss in feet, average pace in min/mile and average temperature in fahrenheit.
Lap Cumulative
# Time Avg.
HR
Avg.
Cad
Elev
Gain
Loss
Avg.
Temp
Distance Time Avg.
Pace
Elev
Gain
Loss
Projected
Finish Time
Differential
Goal Time
01 9:06 144 177 03 13 30.2 1.00 0:09:06 9:06 003 013 3:58:36 -0:15:36
02 8:39 155 178 30 20 28.4 2.00 0:17:45 8:52 033 033 3:52:28 -0:09:28
03 8:27 166 175 20 23 28.4 3.00 0:26:12 8:44 053 056 3:48:59 -0:05:59
04 8:24 159 175 16 16 30.2 4.00 0:34:36 8:39 069 072 3:46:48 -0:03:48
05 8:26 164 175 26 13 30.2 5.00 0:43:02 8:36 095 085 3:45:29 -0:02:29
06 8:11 164 174 13 33 0.0 6.00 0:51:13 8:32 108 118 3:43:44 -0:00:44
07 8:23 163 175 16 07 0.0 7.00 0:59:36 8:30 124 125 3:42:52 0:00:08
08 8:39 163 170 33 26 0.0 8.00 1:08:15 8:31 157 151 3:43:18 -0:00:18
09 8:19 161 172 07 26 0.0 9.00 1:16:34 8:30 164 177 3:42:52 0:00:08
10 8:46 158 171 13 07 0.0 10.00 1:25:20 8:31 177 184 3:43:18 -0:00:18
11 8:32 159 171 20 23 0.0 11.00 1:33:52 8:32 197 207 3:43:44 -0:00:44
12 8:14 159 170 20 23 0.0 12.00 1:42:06 8:30 217 230 3:42:52 0:00:08
13 9:02 157 162 36 26 0.0 13.00 1:51:08 8:32 253 256 3:43:44 -0:00:44
14 8:14 159 169 26 20 0.0 14.00 1:59:22 8:31 279 276 3:43:18 -0:00:18
15 8:08 159 168 00 16 0.0 15.00 2:07:30 8:30 279 292 3:42:52 0:00:08
16 8:36 160 164 36 13 0.0 16.00 2:16:06 8:30 315 305 3:42:52 0:00:08
17 8:11 161 167 10 30 0.0 17.00 2:24:17 8:29 325 335 3:42:25 0:00:35
18 8:27 161 167 20 20 0.0 18.00 2:32:44 8:29 345 355 3:42:25 0:00:35
19 8:41 162 164 23 13 0.0 19.00 2:41:25 8:29 368 368 3:42:25 0:00:35
20 8:36 160 166 16 20 0.0 20.00 2:50:01 8:30 384 388 3:42:52 0:00:08
21 9:01 160 165 13 07 0.0 21.00 2:59:02 8:31 397 395 3:43:18 -0:00:18
22 9:10 159 166 20 26 0.0 22.00 3:08:12 8:33 417 421 3:44:10 -0:01:10
23 9:21 157 165 26 23 0.0 23.00 3:17:33 8:35 443 444 3:45:03 -0:02:03
24 10:47 153 157 43 16 0.0 24.00 3:28:20 8:40 486 460 3:47:14 -0:04:14
25 10:39 157 159 13 26 0.0 25.00 3:38:59 8:45 499 486 3:49:25 -0:06:25
26 11:05 156 156 00 00 33.8 26.00 3:50:04 8:50 499 486 3:51:36 -0:08:36
27 3:43 150 161 03 00 0.0 26.36 3:53:47 8:52 502 486 3:52:28 -0:09:28
The final cumulative time, 3:53:47, may not match the actual time owing to rounding errors. The overall distance, 26.36 miles, may not match the designated event distance owing to idiosyncrasies associated with GPS data collection and in some rare cases, incorrectly measured courses. As a result, the cumulative pace and the projected finish time might not match the recorded values as well. The Garmin Tempe sensor doesn't work at times and as such, the recorded temperature could be that of my body ... shifted by prevailing ambient temperature (or no temperature at all). If the cadence matches the heart rate very closely, it's likely a result of cadence lock from Garmin's optical heart rate monitor.

My mental Math was correct within reason – about keeping 5k chunks roughly similar through the first 25-30 km

 

After spending a non-trivial amount of time to thaw and after making sure there was no cramping in the legs, I drove home. The return journey was safe, quick and uneventful. The past week and a half in general and the past 24 hours in particular have provided plenty time to reflect on the past ~6 months. I have had plenty of reasons to celebrate several milestones along the way:

New personal best times for road mile (5:31), road half marathon (1:31:38), road marathon (3:27:44), trail 5k (21:39), trail half marathon (1:42:05) that also put me on the age group podium of the 2020 USATF Trail Half Marathon National Championship, and as of yesterday, my first ever overall win in a race! Even if I am not yet going there because I haven’t yet earned the necessary time, I got to experience the entirety of 2020 edition of pre- and post-event experience goodies – a courtesy of Stephen Eles.

I have come to realize that event-based goals are akin to daily weather while process-based goals are akin to climate. I have evidence to believe that the climate is changing and that a day with right weather will come along. As noted previously, I have a general idea about things that I can do which are under my control. I do understand what Bill McKibben and Matt Fitzgerald wrote in their books – Long Distance (thanks, Alice Roache, for the recommendation a few years ago) and Running The Dream (thanks, Shannon Mitchell, for the recommendation a few weeks ago) – about investing a year-long Olympic-caliber training to get better at nordic skiing and living with pro-runners for a Summer to earn a long-coveted sub-2:40 marathon performance respectively.

 

For now and the ext week or two, I am on to a break to unwind, rest and recharge before the nordic skiing comes calling.

 


Thanks be to

the rejections and opportunities life has brought my way, event folks (organizers, sponsors, volunteers, timers, law enforcement officials, photographers, fellow participants and spectators), and the family of good friends in and outside of my community for all the unexpected, undeserved and unrewarded acts of constant encouragement as well as offerings of constructive criticism to improve myself as an athlete and a person. I am eternally grateful to all those who let me train with them, who shared their invaluable tips with me, who helped keep my mind, body and soul in good health, who helped me stay the course during the training cycle, who continued to teach me the value of work-life balance, and who cheered me on from home or along the course.

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