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How many miles did you run today?

hpreston

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I've been off marathons for a while now, so i know what mile 17 feels like. Here's a couple excerpts I found interesting and amazing:

... deciding on a whim (in his words, “sod it”) at mile 17 to try and win after towing the leaders that far. From that point home, he split nine straight sub-five minute miles :oops:

and

Smith also apparently did all of this with only one gel in his pocket, so when he decides to start trying, he’s somehow got something to improve on.
 

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I love it!

Unless there’s something in whatever he signed when agreeing to be a pacer stipulating that he wouldn’t keep running or that he wouldn’t win the damn thing (does that sort of contract exist?), I don’t really see it as unethical or anything. When other runners sign up for a race, it’s not like they know who everybody the will be running against is, and it’s not unheard of for some unknown person to win these races from time to time. I think the other runners should just look at the situation that way.

That said, if there’s no language prohibiting pacers from finishing and winning a race, I can see that type of language being added to contracts in the future.:crackup:
I don't know anything about pacers. Are they officially registered "participants" of the race they are pacing in?
 

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I know in some races, pacers are sort of "employed" by the race organizer, but I imagine there are plenty of cases where clubs or running stores or somebody pays for a pacer and just registers them as a general participant. It probably comes down to the particulars of each specific race. Every marathon I've been in, the pacers I ran with (when I'd run with the pace groups), always had number bibs just like everybody else. To me, that sounds like just a regular participant.

One big caveat:I never plan on coming anywhere near the front of the pack for a half or full marathon so I really don't care how any of this shakes out.

I don't know what I find more impressive: this guy's pace or his chutzpah!
 

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I don't know anything about pacers. Are they officially registered "participants" of the race they are pacing in?
It depends on the race. Some of the big meets and races employ rabbits/pacers in the hope that records will fall. Those are paid positions and are likely not allowed to win under the terms of their contracts.

Many races have pacers that are part of the local running community/club. Those are volunteers and may have just done it for fun and a free race entry (back whenI was part of a tri club, the local races would give volunteers (including pacers) a free entry into another event.

I assume in this case, the former is closer to this pacers role. But if his contract didn’t specify that he couldn’t race to win? 🤷🏼‍♂️
 

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My legs finally felt good enough to get out of an easy-ish run today, and I'm glad I gave them the extra days because rather than just really okay, I actually felt good today, good enough, in fact, that I think I am going to have a go at my half-marathon TT the day after tomorrow. I don't really have many days left to post a time. And I can always just stop if I'm not feeling it (or just go for 10k - I haven't done that bit of my 5k / 10k / half challenge yet either).

Anyway today was 11.6km (about 7 1/4 miles) in a comfortable 0:57:51, or 4:59/km (8:00/mile).

On the pacer who won the race, I think it's important to note that he did his job (i.e. he paced the fast men to the 17 mile mark), before he decided to keep going. The fast runners he had been pacing should have beaten him, and they couldn't. Too bad for them. Pretty incredible achievement for him.
 

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60 minutes on the trainer last night. This was extra fun since I had a slight fever and body aches from the vaccine the day before. I feel just about normal this morning, two days after the second dose.
 

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3.5 road miles. Temps in the mid 50s. I’m feeling much better today. It’s now been 51 hours since I got the second vaccine dose.
 

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I did two seperate 5ks at the track this morning. The first at 6:59/mile, then I took about a 5 minute break to stretch and walk a bit and then ran the second 5k at 6:58/mile. I was glad to be able to shave that second off with such minimal rest. I haven't gotten a 10k below 7:00/mile (7:12 is my current PR) but maybe there's hope.

All that said, my knees are killing me now. Usually when I go to the track and try to be fast, I'm wearing my Skechers GoRun or a pair of Nike FlyKnit. Today I decided to wear a pair of ASICS Gel Nimbus. I've never been particular fast in these shoes and they've always felt a little heavier than a lot of the others I've mentioned and I usually use these for longer runs. I think they might be behind a lot of the knee pain I'm feeling this afternoon.

I got to the track just before 5:30 a.m. and usually the track and the parking lot are empty that early. Today however there were six tractor trailers idling in a line, some portable lights set up, and a bunch of forklifts moving around the lot unloading pallets of mulch from the trucks. When I ran around the corner of the school and passed through the little wooded area into the parking lot it reminded me of the scene in Apocalypse Now where their boat rounds a corner in the Nùng in the middle of the night and pulls into the bustling supply depot in the middle of the night.

 

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60min on the Peloton last night then 7.3 miles at lunch today. It rained more than I thought so I had quite a few puddles to run through. Heavy wet shoes are never fun.

Also, my newer LuluLemon shorts are wearing out so ordered some Tracksmith shorts to try out. You really go down a hole with them as I am replacing 2 pairs so you are in for a minimum of $11X. Next you see the free singlet offer @ $150 and the next thing you know you are ordering more than you wanted to. Unless these wear out incredibly fast, I should be set on shorts for a couple of years.
 

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60min on the Peloton last night then 7.3 miles at lunch today. It rained more than I thought so I had quite a few puddles to run through. Heavy wet shoes are never fun.

Also, my newer LuluLemon shorts are wearing out so ordered some Tracksmith shorts to try out. You really go down a hole with them as I am replacing 2 pairs so you are in for a minimum of $11X. Next you see the free singlet offer @ $150 and the next thing you know you are ordering more than you wanted to. Unless these wear out incredibly fast, I should be set on shorts for a couple of years.
You'll have to let us know how the singlet is. I haven't tried one but I've been tempted. I am also really tempted by their polos and rugby shirts, though I don't know that I'd actually run in one.

As for the shorts, they definitely look nice (hey, this is StyleForum after all) but I've found them to be sort of hit or miss. My biggest gripes are the elastic isn't all that great and the material on the Van Cortland shorts can hold on to a lot of moisture... but the Van Cortlands are very soft and comfortable but they might not be the best for somebody who sweats a ton (like I do). The Session shorts on the other hand are great! The material isn't as soft as the Van Cortland, but I think it's better for for actual running usage.

I wanted to buy some more shorts from RaceReady this spring but they have had nothing in stock in my sizes for months and it looks like their website (and social media accounts) haven't been updated in a very very long time. I fear they are no longer a going concern. :(
 

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