Chasing my Dreams Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Mon, 23 Oct 2017 13:00:10 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Oct 20, 2017 Ran in the afternoon because we went duck hunting this morning. My stomach was not happy. I love how much easier it is to run in West Point. 6:13 average. Legs were sluggish at first, but felt pretty good. Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 19, 2017 6:49 average hitting up Lundstrom park trail and the long hill Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 18, 2017 <p>6:39 average, so today statistically looks basically exactly the same as yesterday, but it wasn&#39;t. My splits overall were a bit more consistent today. Other than Mile 8, all of them were between 6:30 and 6:44 I believe. Lots of runners out today surprisingly. I also scared a lady, and I wasn&#39;t even being loud. She can&#39;t be that jumpy if she is going to run in the dark. My left knee was pretty tight for the first mile and a half or so, and my legs felt extremely tired through the first two and a half miles or so. Things loosened up after that, but my legs didn&#39;t feel quite as fluid as yesterday. I also had to stop at my normal porta-potty, but I&#39;m afraid it won&#39;t be there much longer.</p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 17, 2017 <p>The first two and a half miles or so my breathing felt way harder than it should, but felt much more normal once I picked up the pace a little. I love the feeling of my legs just flowing and not having to think about it, and feeling like I am just floating along. 6:39 average, with 5 miles in the middle at 6:30 pace. My right knee was achy and tight for the first half mile or so up the stadium hill, but otherwise felt good for the rest of the run.</p> Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 16, 2017 <p>I felt pretty good this morning, but couldn&#39;t really get the legs moving. I didn&#39;t feel it while running, but I do think my glutes and hips were still a bit stiff/tight, and that was probably why. 6:50 average.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 <p>Woke up with slightly sore hips/glutes from some potato harvesting yesterday.</p> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 <p>The first few miles I was thinking I needed to hit the strength training more, which I probably do, but the run improved the longer I ran. Once I got into Hyde Park I was able to push pretty good on the uphill climb, and then keep a solid medium effort pace for the rest of the run, with most of the miles around 6:15. It was pretty nice weather. 6:30 average for the whole run.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 13, 2017 <p>Kept things pretty relaxed today. It was pretty cool and crisp so my legs weren&#39;t necessarily moving ideally. Nothing really bothered me today, and I think I&#39;ve about got my stride back to normal. Did two quick strides att he end of the run.</p> Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 12, 2017 <p>Medium effort day on the trails, felt pretty good overall. Did feel the left hip flexor some in the beginning. 7:02 average</p> Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 11, 2017 <p>While I slept great last night, I woke up this morning feeling exhausted. It was a little slower first mile as I wasn&#39;t feeling the uphill climb, plus the construction is more of a pain now than it used to be. The longer I ran today the better I felt overall, but my hipflexors haven&#39;t been feeling up to snuff. My left one actually bothered my a couple of times on some uphills. I need to take some time to do some serious foam rolling, and do some strides to open up the legs.</p> Wed, 11 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 10, 2017 <p>My sleep had to be cut short yesterday due to a chain of events. I actually felt extremely rested when I woke up this morning though. Yesterday afternoon/evening my calves and knees were a little achy, but nothing seemed to bother me too much today. Mixed things up a little today with my route, and saw more deer than normal. I also saw a raccoon on the Lundstrom Park trail. A little faster than yesterday, 6:45 average. I discovered the Gradient Adjusted Pace thing on Strava today, which is pretty cool as well to see what the effort is on the hills.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 10 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 09, 2017 <p>Bowels weren&#39;t what I would have liked this morning, and as a result I was late getting out the door, as well as had to take a stop on the run, which wasn&#39;t even extremely effective. 6:53 average today. I was pretty relaxed and enjoying the run. Tested out my new headlight, which is awesome. Was also enjoying the cool weather. The legs felt basically 100 percent, nothing like they did Saturday.</p> Mon, 09 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 08, 2017 Sun, 08 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 07, 2017 <p>Went duck hunting this morning, so didn&#39;t get out the door to run until almost noon. It was a lot warmer than I&#39;m used to. My legs were extremely heavy today, yet I couldn&#39;t really slow down. 6:13 average. I attempted a couple of times to relax some, but it didn&#39;t do much, so I went with it. Being awake, it being warmer, having food in my stomach, and the flat plus lower altitude all influences probably why I was able to run faster.</p> Sat, 07 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 06, 2017 <p>17.7 miles. More than anything I was just wanting to get some time on my feet today. I thought my bowels were going to be fine, but two miles in I could tell that wasn&#39;t going to be the case. I had to stop at the Hyde Park Cemetary to poop, and there were a few points later on where my stomach felt pretty uneasy and I was afraid I was going to have to poop again. I was able to keep a good pace for the second half of the run, but the first half was just getting me going. 6:38 average. Nothing crazy like my last couple of long runs though.</p> <p>Afternoon: 1.7 miles of running around and cheering during the men&#39;s cross country race.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 06 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 05, 2017 <p>Welp, it happened again and I forgot to set my alarm. I have class 30 minutes later today, but pooping wasn&#39;t cooperating today so I was only able to do 7.2 miles. It was cool, and my legs didn&#39;t really seem to want to work. 6:47 average.</p> Thu, 05 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 04, 2017 <p>First time in a long time the hours I slept was more than the miles I ran. Before I went to bed last night I had the thought, you need to turn on your alarm, but I didn&#39;t. I woke up at 6 this morning to my roommates alarm going off. As a result, I hurried to try and get ready, and got in a quick 5.5 mile run. I could have gotten the full miles if I&#39;d skipped reading my scriptures, but that wasn&#39;t worth it. Nothing crazy the first two miles. Between 6:10 and 6:15 for the next three miles, and then 6:48 pace for the last half mile. 6:34 average. Also really windy during this run.</p> Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 03, 2017 <p>I slept extremely well last night. 6:42 average today in some intense fog. My lower legs felt fine today, but my left hip/lower back hurt a little for the first half, then it moved more into my left IT band and knee a little. I think my hip flexors and IT band are just tight, which is also limiting my stride.</p> Tue, 03 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 02, 2017 <p>Ran 5 miles by myself, then a little over 5 with Tom, then a half mile or so finishing up. I didn&#39;t feel the greatest today. The legs were tired, and overall I felt pretty sluggish from the weekend. No crazy pains, but didn&#39;t have a whole lot of pop. 6:57 average.</p> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 01, 2017 Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 30, 2017 <p>Last nights football was crazy and didn&#39;t leave me as rested as I could have been for this run, but it ended up being a really good run anyways and it was well worth it. The progression concept didn&#39;t go exactly how I had envisioned in my head, so I ended up making some adjustments on the fly. The first 8 miles or so were around 6:40-45, and then when I started picking it up, it wasn&#39;t as gradual as intended. I went like 6:23 6:13 6:06 6:10 6:01 5:57 5:46. I had planned another mile of hard running, but since the whole run had been faster than planned and I was starting to feel the wheels go, I did the last three miles as a cool down between 6:35 and 6:40 pace. 6:27 average. The lower legs were still sore like yesterday, but otherwise things felt really good.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 30 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 29, 2017 <p>Probably overall ran harder than I should have this morning. Started 30 minutes later so that I could get my full 7 hours of sleep, plus I have time to do that on Fridays. The outside of my left calf was sore today, especially on the uphills, probably from yesterdays climb. I need to roll them really well later today. My breathing felt kind of hard too, especially the first couple of miles, I had a string of 3 6:30s in the middle of my run today, and I just let it happen because it didn&#39;t feel out of control. The gradual uphills in the end really got me though. 6:42 average.&nbsp;</p> <p>Random side note: the fact that I&#39;m going to be standing for hours at the game tonight is not going to help what I want to do tomorrow morning in Mantua for my long run.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 28, 2017 <p>Really windy this morning, which wouldn&#39;t be that big of deal, but my legs didn&#39;t really have the energy to fight against it. I felt like my legs needed some Green Canyon loving to get them feeling back to normal, so I ran up past the cave aways from 16th, so like 2 miles of uphill. That seemed to give my legs what they needed, and then I felt great on all the downhill back. 6:53 average.</p> Thu, 28 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 27, 2017 <p>My legs felt a bit sluggish this morning. 6:48 average. I just couldn&#39;t really get the stride to open up, but that&#39;s okay. I wasn&#39;t looking for anything crazy today</p> Wed, 27 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Sep 26, 2017 <p>Not sure where the entry for this run went... but I don&#39;t want to type it all out again. Ran semi hard, 6:38ish average. Lots of introspection</p> Tue, 26 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Sep 25, 2017 <p>Weird weathered morning, I didn&#39;t know how to dress. The fact that the temperature is dropping while I&#39;m running doesn&#39;t help. I hit the Lundstrom Park trail in the dark, then met up with Tom and did 5 slow miles with him. Pretty easy day overall. Haha Tom was complaining about how dark and cold it was. 6:50 average, things felt pretty good.</p> Mon, 25 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Sep 24, 2017 Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Sep 23, 2017 <p>This run turned out better than I anticipated it would. It was a cool morning and I didn&#39;t start crazy fast. It took me a while to get going, plus the first half of the run is pretty hilly. After 6 miles or so I was able to start picking up the pace. Once I got done with the uphill I did 4.5 miles at a good effort, I was mostly running by feel on all that downhill, both the steep and gradual. I ended up throwing down a bunch of 5:40s. The last 4 miles were around 6:30s, just trying to recover. It was a kind of weird sensation though for my legs after almost five miles of fast running to still be moving at a decent pace but try to recover. Great effort. 6:28 average. Made up for the fact that I didn&#39;t get a workout in during the week.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Sep 22, 2017 <p>Some slightly damp miles with the timex since the Garmin didn&#39;t want to find satellites. Enjoying the run, did a few miles on the Lundstrom park trail to give the legs a little break.</p> Fri, 22 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Sep 21, 2017 <p>My bed was still calling my name this morning. I felt good once I finally got out the door and running though. Getting up the motivation to do workouts by myself in the dark is challenging though, especially since I can&#39;t even see my watch. My route today had a lot of somewhat&nbsp;rolling hills, which I was honestly loving today, as it got me moving. 6:36 average feeling pretty good once I got going. My left ankle and shin were bothering me the first mile or so though. I did feel that my breathing was a little harder than normal today though.</p> Thu, 21 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Sep 20, 2017 <p>My original plan was to do a workout this morning since it was most likely going to be the only day without rain for the rest of the week. However, when my alarm went off, I was not feeling the best and decided to bag it then. I couldn&#39;t poop beforehand either. I just went out and put in some miles. The fact that I knew it was cool out helped motivate me to get out the door because that is my favourite kind of running weather. I did end up having to stop almost 8 miles in to take care of some business. 6:48 average. Saw some of the North Logan deer this morning as well, but they were surprised to see a human running in the dark. My legs were also a little stiff and sore today due to the fact that after my cool and rainy run yesterday I didn&#39;t stretch, roll, or take any prehab action.</p> Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:00:00