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Post  dot520 on Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:56 pm

I was a few pages behind in reading your blog just now....entertaining to say the least! As usual, I'll be checking in on the racer tracking to see how everyone is doing! Fun, fun!
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Post  KathyK on Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:22 am

I'm sure that your knee will be able to handle Boston just fine, especially now that your mileage is decreasing.
I hope that you and Aileen understand that this stress will pass and things will return to normal soon. Until it does, just be careful not to do or say anything that can cause any long term hurt. If you are feeling especially stressed, think about each word.
Jeepers, I'm back in Mom mode...sorry.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:59 pm

Kathy - Mom-mode is just fine with me. You make very good points, and fortunately I've learned enough from past relationships to know that. Things are settling, sort of, but it'll probably be a tough week for both of us.

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In the meantime, I ran today. Planned 4mi, but I just couldn't help myself when I saw 33:xx. Had to go for 35min total.

I will not mention that my knee felt fine.

Now that I've got that out of the way, I noticed today that I was slipping down to the 7:30s without even trying... A good sign for sure.

I'm starting to question the whole idea of tapering. Surely a total of 20something miles this week means I'm going to lose fitness, right? Right?! RIGHT?! What a Face

Hoping to do 8-9mi GA tomorrow. I'd like to do 10-12mi, but I really don't want to push the knee. After all, despite questioning taper as a viable race strategy, I know that the only thing I can do at this point is hurt my race. Can't build fitness 6 days out.

I love taper madness.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:47 pm

This has nothing to do with my knee or anything like that. Actually, it's inspired by what Jeff just posted on the Boston weather thread...

I'm giving some serious thought to making Boston a "true" victory lap. As in, I'm not gonna be there for another two years at least, so I may as well enjoy it. We'll see.
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Post  Mark B on Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:55 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:I love taper madness.

It's more fun as a spectator sport, Mike.

Don't put too much credence on any mood swing/strategy change over these last few days. What may seem like a terrific idea might just be taper talking. Don't listen.

Listen, instead, to Kathy. She knows things. queen
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:56 pm

Like how I'm thinking about how much smarter it would've been for me to go to GU instead of here so I would be working on a Master's instead of an AA when I already have a BA?

Weeeeeeeeeee
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Post  mul21 on Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:16 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:Like how I'm thinking about how much smarter it would've been for me to go to GU instead of here so I would be working on a Master's instead of an AA when I already have a BA?

Weeeeeeeeeee

Degrees are overrated. If you're doing something you love, everything else will take care of itself. Trust me, I know from experience.
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Re: Kara Sevda

Post  Mike MacLellan on Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:03 pm

8.25mi just now in some cool drizzle. Got soaked but I actually prefer rain over sun most of the time, so it was a nice run. Knee is at 90%. If it tried to complain a little, I'd just tell it "No" (yes, I was talking to myself while running...) and it generally stopped. Went over freeway overpasses 4x to get some "hills" in my legs to remind them that Boston isn't flat. Really controlled the downhills.

Got 4 tomorrow and Thurs, rest/travel Fri, 30min Sat/Sun. What a Face
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Post  KathyK on Tue Apr 10, 2012 4:40 pm

You're almost there. Stay the course.....
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:16 pm

So, I think I figured it out. My knee simply hates running slow. An obnoxious 4mi recovery today. Not sure 8:30 pace is recovery, but it's what felt really easy.
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Post  KathyK on Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:59 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:So, I think I figured it out. My knee simply hates running slow. An obnoxious 4mi recovery today. Not sure 8:30 pace is recovery, but it's what felt really easy.
Interesting...I find the same thing with my knee. It likes going faster (faster for me...everything is relative) rather than my slower LSD pace. hmmmmm
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Post  Mark B on Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:20 pm

@KathyK wrote:
@Mike MacLellan wrote:So, I think I figured it out. My knee simply hates running slow. An obnoxious 4mi recovery today. Not sure 8:30 pace is recovery, but it's what felt really easy.
Interesting...I find the same thing with my knee. It likes going faster (faster for me...everything is relative) rather than my slower LSD pace. hmmmmm

Hm... your gait must be changing as you slow down. Are you shortening your stride when you're not zooming along?
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:23 pm

@Mark B wrote:
@KathyK wrote:
@Mike MacLellan wrote:So, I think I figured it out. My knee simply hates running slow. An obnoxious 4mi recovery today. Not sure 8:30 pace is recovery, but it's what felt really easy.
Interesting...I find the same thing with my knee. It likes going faster (faster for me...everything is relative) rather than my slower LSD pace. hmmmmm

Hm... your gait must be changing as you slow down. Are you shortening your stride when you're not zooming along?

Yes. Cadence is always 175-185, gait changes.
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Post  Mark B on Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:33 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:
@Mark B wrote:
@KathyK wrote:
@Mike MacLellan wrote:So, I think I figured it out. My knee simply hates running slow. An obnoxious 4mi recovery today. Not sure 8:30 pace is recovery, but it's what felt really easy.
Interesting...I find the same thing with my knee. It likes going faster (faster for me...everything is relative) rather than my slower LSD pace. hmmmmm

Hm... your gait must be changing as you slow down. Are you shortening your stride when you're not zooming along?

Yes. Cadence is always 175-185, gait changes.

Hm. Clearly, you need some coaching in the slow running department. I'm here for you. Very Happy
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:52 pm

Hahahahahaha maybe. But I feel like I actually have a "better" footstrike when running slow than fast. Either way, after Monday, I'll be doing a LOT more cycling to rebuild the quads and let my knee have a break from the constant pounding.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:12 pm

4mi today. 2 easy, 2 MP. Have to say the MP ones were tough - dead legs. Exactly what happened on this run last time. So nope, not worried there.

Knee didn't hurt either. Which means one of two things (insert hyper-rationalism here):
1. It doesn't hurt when running close to or at MP. In other words, any time I'm not "actively" slowing myself down, it doesn't hurt.
2. It doesn't hurt on the 4th day of the week, but it DOES hurt on the 3rd. Which is Boston (Sat, Sun, Mon).

So, that doesn't help. What a Face
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:23 pm

All packed and ready to fly in the morning... Yes, Mom's brownies are in the suitcase. Eeeeeeeeeeee
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Post  Mark B on Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:33 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:All packed and ready to fly in the morning... Yes, Mom's brownies are in the suitcase. Eeeeeeeeeeee

Have a great flight, Mike! Try to not eat all your mom's brownies in one sitting. What a Face
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Re: Kara Sevda

Post  Mike MacLellan on Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:21 am

Things you don't tell someone 4 days before they run a marathon (and the night before you're going to see them): "So, I think I might be getting sick."

Come on, Aileen... Ugh.
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Post  T Miller on Fri Apr 13, 2012 7:43 am

@Mike MacLellan wrote:Things you don't tell someone 4 days before they run a marathon (and the night before you're going to see them): "So, I think I might be getting sick."

Come on, Aileen... Ugh.

It's something you should have expected by now Mike.

I'm shocked that I'm not sick right now. I guess it's because I'm not planning on racing it.
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Post  Alex Kubacki on Fri Apr 13, 2012 8:49 am

Good luck Mike. Enjoy it.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Fri Apr 13, 2012 9:27 am

Tim - I'm hoping she's just got the same seasonal allergies thing that I've got going on right now. Or that I at least don't start feeling terrible until Monday NIGHT.

Thanks Alex.

Between the weather forecast, the fact that I was never going for a PR, and the fact that just the logistics alone are making my head spin, I'm leaning more and more towards "victory lap." Still would like to finish under 3:30, put out a respectable effort, and not walk at all, but y'know what? I already earned this last year. Don't need to kill myself on the course when it's something I should be celebrating.
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Post  KathyK on Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:07 pm

Have a blast in Boston! Enjoy that victory lap!
And....there is no such thing as too much and sanitizer in the days before a marathon.
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Post  ounce on Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:12 pm

@Mike MacLellan wrote:Still would like to finish under 3:30, put out a respectable effort, and not walk at all, but y'know what? I already earned this last year. Don't need to kill myself on the course when it's something I should be celebrating.

Before I ask the question, best of luck in Boston!

How much of a marathon do you walk? Being in the back of the pack, I never thought someone with your time would walk, unless injured or sick. So, you got me curious.
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Post  Mike MacLellan on Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:45 pm

I don't. I meant not blowing up, basically. Even sick, I'd still run. Injured, I'd just DNF.

I've only ever been "forced" to walk during one run because I blew up - the Grand Canyon rim to river and back that I did. After that, I learned to pace myself on trails and to preemptively walk when necessary.
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