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2019 5th Avenue Mile

I like loooooonggggg goals, far far away —- so here is the start of next year’s mile! I hope some people can come out to have some fun or grab a bite Saturday night.

eh, I’ll probably run it again - so here are my time goals

a) decent goal (PR) 5:17

b) 2019 seemingly very attainable stretch goal 5:15

c) payback 4:59 (2018 goal)

d) the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire: 4:55 (2018 stretch goal)

e) **** you, 5th avenue: 5:18 (90s PR tie)

f) you have got to be ****ting me 5:19 (2018 tie)

g) ‘it was a fun race’: 5:20+

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

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"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

Must shows (dinner or race): KMD, Igor, CFABB, BS, WYG, CSI, Ohai, Brain_wash, Yayy, Iheart … anyone else? numi? JoeyDVivre? (long shot)

2nd annual event of the Water Cooler Mile… I might make T Shirts … yeah going big time … I’ll send out a final tally a couple weeks out if anyone wants a shirt (I’ll design/produce it).

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…. you’re welcome for getting this started early in the dying dying watercooler of AF… we have to keep it alive people

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

VirginCFAHooker might be able to make the event. I’ll reach out to daj224 to see if he wants to crush some natties to break his beer mile PR.

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

Main Goal: 5:59

Stretch Goal: 5:39, if I can break out of my continuous cycle of injuries

Ludicrous Speed: 5:30

I’ll take a WC shirt, as long as it’s sleeveless and tight enough that it looks like my abs are drawn on. 

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^ nice - I feel like the 1mi race is very psychological 

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

I meant more souvenir type athletic shirts that you get for attending an event rather than the actual shirt we wear on race day - etc. I don’t want to be bound to wear a shirt! Yikess … 

Yes, sleeveless and drawn on abs would be good - should just get a picture of SRK’s abs on stomach portion - haha

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

This morning I got up at the crack of dawn as usual to get a run in. I checked the temperature and it was actually quite chilly out but also 96% humidity. I was conflicted; do I wear a shirt and get soaked after 2 minutes, or do I forego the shirt and possibly get too cold? Then I had my WWACED moment of clarity and emerged victoriously from my house rocking straight shirtlessness. I saluted every passing car, and also every parked car for good measure in case someone was sitting inside and I couldn’t see them in the hazy mist. Great run this morning. 

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iheartiheartmath wrote:

This morning I got up at the crack of dawn as usual to get a run in. I checked the temperature and it was actually quite chilly out but also 96% humidity. I was conflicted; do I wear a shirt and get soaked after 2 minutes, or do I forego the shirt and possibly get too cold? Then I had my WWACED moment of clarity and emerged victoriously from my house rocking straight shirtlessness. I saluted every passing car, and also every parked car for good measure in case someone was sitting inside and I couldn’t see them in the hazy mist. Great run this morning. 

Nice - yeah I feel a little cold initially is ok - I like it

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

I’d be up for dinner.  I still run, but I’ve hung up that hat on trying to get that sub 5-min mile.  I don’t like the pain on the joints.  About 6 years ago I clocked in at 5:18; was really close, but I gased out in the last minute.

CFABLACKBELT wrote:

I’d be up for dinner.  I still run, but I’ve hung up that hat on trying to get that sub 5-min mile.  I don’t like the pain on the joints.  About 6 years ago I clocked in at 5:18; was really close, but I gased out in the last minute.

damn dude that is close, nice job — and we are tied at 5:18 mile PRs…. eek

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

dinner should be chill 

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

Speaking of shirtless, check out Roberto Mandje (Olympian) and Nev Schulman (filmmaker) on strava. Both of these carpet-chested hooligans ran an entire NYRR 18 mile race shirtless this weekend and posted pictures of themselves doing so. Roberto’s even an NYRR employee. So much for enforcing that policy. 

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Man, I wish there was a town that was shirtless. NYC is technically, but no one really does it. 

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

The 25 year old me would wear headphones for this bike ride on Sunday, but I read a lot about that and decided that I would not wear them, to obey the rules. I like to skirt the lines, but I generally don’t like to go into any races or competitions knowingly breaking the rules. My big headphones were legal for instance, but on the line. 

I really almost did go shirtless, but had to pin my number on the front for pictures or something, KMD said on Sat. I don’t know. I think my chip would have timed me correctly, would possibly have broken rules, but would prefer shirtless, number on butt for maximum speed. I don’t know why that is prohibited. Power to those guys that did it. That is the true runner, the true expression of freedom. Irie. 

 

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

Yeah that’s right. That gameface site uses your bib number to ID you in pictures. Theoretically, if you weren’t ID’d, you could just select the times and locations on the course and scroll through a few hundred pictures to find yourself. I’ve done that before while bored, have actually found a handful of good pics where the camera didn’t pick up my bib but I was otherwise clearly visible in the shot. NYRR standard policy is to have the number in the front though. 

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Back into 5K training mode. Got back on the local high school track this morning and there were already 4 other people there when I showed up at 5:30am in the pitch dark, kind of ridiculous. Even with my WWACED philosophy I still get self-conscious when other people are around when I’m doing speed work. Two of them were larger women who show up at 5:30am every single day to jog a zillion slow laps together. I always want to throw some words of encouragement their way but not sure if they would interpret that as condescending. The other two were a man and a woman who were also doing speed work. I clocked the man doing 1200m reps at 5 min/mile pace, and the woman at 6:40 pace. I was going as fast as the woman so that was ok, but I tried to stay the h#ll out of the guy’s way so that he wouldn’t run me over. We all did our workouts completely in the dark so I couldn’t really tell how they looked like, but the woman looked to be in good shape based on what I could make out. But then at the end when the sun was starting to rise I got a better look and she was definitely in good shape but wasn’t that good looking, ha. The man was probably in his 40s and shirtless - impressive to be knocking out that type of speed at that age. 

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4:58 planned

not sure which shoes 

I am planning to run an April 70.3 and June 140.6 in Vaporfly 4% Flyknits —- maybe the Sept mile in these too just cause I’m used to them 

I’ve started sprints. My right knee is ****ed in an odd way right now so only cycling and then sprints when I’m real pissed off at something.

I did a mile of sprints in ~4:30 last week, maybe 8 sprints … I’d like to build that workout to 2mi when my knee stops being a little ***** 

4:50 pace is still very challenging for me to run - I’m ok with getting a little skinny this year. It’s pretty much unavoidable training for heavy endurance, but I’ve been somewhat surprised how much muscle mass my body has been able to keep and utilize.

Also was trying to max out some of my pace work and couldn’t get much past 3:50/pace. I can only hold 4:30 for like 1/8 or 1/16 mile. It’s so much harder than 4:50 pace / holy ****.

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

I love my cheese. I got to have my cheddar.

My training has gone to complete sh!t so far this year. First I’ve been sick for two months, then I stupidly injured my ankle trying to squeeze in too many miles in between illnesses. Now we’re buried in snow every other day. I still have lofty running goals this year but basically way behind on my program:

Mile target: sub-6 minutes

5K target: sub-7 minute pace

Half marathon target: 8 minute pace

Marathon target: sub-4 hours

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I just registered today for the 2019 5th Avenue Mile. 

Hoping for a 4:59 on Sept 8 2019 on the mile.

Also, doing a Half Iron a few weeks later on Sept 29 in Augusta. 

Hoping for a 4:59 on the half iron. 

4:XX all month baby!!!!

I’m about 190lbs and pretty fast right now, but probably only 5:10 fast (for the mile) … I still feel I need to sharpen up in sprinting before 5th avenue. For the Half Iron, I feel like I’m there alrerady….

I currently have no injuries (wtfffff omggggg riiiight)..

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

I’ve kind of been leaning towards racing in Flyknit Racers. I’m not sure I want to run in Vaporfly 4%’s. They are great shoes, but like them better for long races.
 

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

My nutrition and workouts are not what I would have thought they would be to attempt to break 5 again in the mile. I pretty much eat whatever I want in moderation, which at times comes to 5000, 6000+ calorie days with a large base of chocolate, ice cream, bread, starches (cheese its, pringles, pretzels). I am often struggling to eat enough calories and recently have picked up drinking more Coca Cola, which seems nice and helps to get in some more calories.

I seem to have a keen strength training heavy and long endurance and will try to train like this similar to last year, but hopefully with a running regimen that doesn’t destroy my knees this time. I usually apply too much too fast in running training and then get all into it and **** and run all the time until my body tears apart. I have to be more logical about that this year and have observed the positive affects of proper rest and think that will be the key to my success this year. I can do crazy workouts and **** for days or weeks, but my rest (training) was lacking last year and think that will push me to sub 5 this year.

 

"A theory that you can't explain to a bartender is probably no damn good."
- Ernest Rutherford

I’m registered. Close call as to whether I’ll be able to break 6 this year. If so it will literally be in the 5:58-5:59 range. I also signed my kids up for the kids race.

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iheartiheartmath wrote:

My training has gone to complete sh!t so far this year. First I’ve been sick for two months, then I stupidly injured my ankle trying to squeeze in too many miles in between illnesses. Now we’re buried in snow every other day. I still have lofty running goals this year but basically way behind on my program:

Mile target: sub-6 minutes

5K target: sub-7 minute pace

Half marathon target: 8 minute pace

Marathon target: sub-4 hours

Mid-year update:

Mile target: about a 50/50 shot of hitting my sub-6 goal

5K target: no chance. I’ll probably be able to go sub-7:30 though, which is a slight improvement over last year’s 7:40. 

Half marathon target: no chance. Will probably get down to 8:15ish pace by the end of the year. 

Marathon target: in training now with sub-4 still a realistic goal

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Isaiah_53_5 wrote:

I am often struggling to eat enough calories and recently have picked up drinking more Coca Cola, which seems nice and helps to get in some more calories.

We’re gonna win so much, you may even get tired of winning. And you’ll say, 'Please, please. It’s too much winning. We can’t take it anymore. Mr. President, it’s too much.' And I’ll say, 'No, it isn’t!' We have to keep winning!

Ace is back. Itssss littttt

I love my cheese. I got to have my cheddar.

I will be stalking from afar.  Go Ace and IHHM!!!!  Glad you two are keeping the AF 5th Ave Mile tradition going.  Make water cooler proud! I can’t make it this year due to budget constraints….. but the good news is it is because I spent all my money to go to Western Australia to race an Ironman in December! Yea!

"But I don't think of you"..... Howard Roark