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S. Canaday
RE: Sage Canaday's strava - 8 & 9 minute miles
Okay I'll bite.

First off, Rojo (and JK and Weldon for that matter) got me where I am today. I learned a lot from them. I always question my coaches (hs, college, hansons, etc.)..and of course that's why I coach myself now! Rojo let me run a marathon in college and it changed the direction of my career. It really opened up a lot of doors and I was very happy with how my college career panned out. I was a 4:30 miler in hs and have little talent.

My book "Running for the Hansons" is pretty bad as a self published "memoir". I'm a horrible writer. It has typos in it and I wrote it when I was even more immature than I am today (believe it or not) . It was a dark period in my life: I was drinking 2 Siberian Night Imperial stouts a night and eating shitty Jets or Hungry Howie pizza! That being said, there is a lot of truth in there...I tried to be objective and I picked the minds of runners I respected like Brian Sell. The training and lifestyle parts were what was real to me at the time. I wanted to provide a first-person take and examine things that magazine articles always seem to gloss over (i.e. they are way too positive IMO).

I post 100% of my training on Strava. I'm training for the LA Marathon in 6 weeks and would be very happy with an OT. 2:14 is likely beyond me, but a 2:17 would be really nice. I could run like sh!t and go 2:20...but I'll try my best off of 11 weeks of training total. As far as the 8-9min miles, maybe that was yesterday in 3" snow on icy trails? I don't really care what the pace is on easy days on the trails. Usually things are around 7min low pace on the bike path and I'll make sure to get some Long Runs with a bunch of miles around 6 flat and then some miles sub 5:30. Most workouts (LT repeats of 2-3 miles) have been going in 5:10-5:20 pace, but granted it's at altitude and Boulder can be a bit cold/snowy. If you're interested in my training (and yes this is a self promotional plug) just check out my YouTube channel as I'm posting a video series about training for an OT. There will be lots of workouts covered. Anyway, I wish you the best with your training and future races.

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