5th Avenue Struggles

I don’t have much I want to say about this one…

I ran 11 seconds slower than I had hoped, felt as though I could have run much faster, and stepped on someone’s foot after the finish line and severely sprained my ankle. It was a rather unpleasant experience. 

The roads were slick from heavy rain and it was difficult to gain firm footing. More than anything, the field was packed. Not wanting to sneak through the crowd to the start, I wound up starting toward the back of the pack and spent almost the entire race jockeying for position. 

The photo here tells the whole story. I wasn’t working as hard as I could have been and I was constantly weaving through traffic:

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This was mid-race and looks as though it could have been at the start of a major marathon.

My thanks to Terence and Kevin for running as well, and a huge, huge thanks to Kelli Buck for coming out to cheer. 

I’ve got a few weeks to get my ankle healthy and train up for the Navy Mile on Sept. 30th. 


Workouts Recap: Take Two & Seeing God

Last Thursday’s 800m repeats were one of three tough workouts before the 5th Avenue Mile. It was supposed to be the second-toughest of the bunch. That proved to be the case…


Sunday featured a progression long run. I was supposed to do 8 miles: 4 easy, and then three at increasing speeds with brief jogs between, followed by one easy. 

I headed out early in the morning despite not feeling awake. Two miles in, I quit.
I just had nothing. Dead legs, no energy, no willpower. Nothing. So I turned around and walked/jogged back home in the heat very disappointed with myself. 

Later that evening, I managed to execute the progression on the treadmill. It was fairly tough: Miles in 8:50, 6:40, 6:30, 6:20 with one minute rest between. I managed. I didn’t get the long-run stimulus I was hoping for, but the miles were still probably helpful.


Tuesday night was the monster. This is the kind of all-out effort that standout track and XC coach, Steve Magness, calls a ‘Seeing God’ workout. 

2 Miles Easy
4×15 sec strides
10x200m in 34 seconds w/30 seconds rest
2 Miles Easy

Blue/Magenta Team tried to wait for the heat and humidity to die down…. without much success. It was about 88 degrees and 85% humidity when we finished our warmups. 

Murat kept me company through the 11 minutes of pain. The workout was generally a success – the first six repeats going off without a hitch. Then, the lactic acid caught up with me, and I simply couldn’t maintain that speed with that minimal rest. My interval speed crawled to 36 seconds per rep and my rest periods extended to 45-55 seconds each:


Though the results weren’t ideal, they weren’t too discouraging. The conditions were far from enjoyable. I was pleased with the overall effort as I was completely exhausted following the last 200m sprint. Murat was…. just fine. 

We did some cool down laps and watched as another runner was endlessly cruising at 5min/mile pace. Maybe one day…