Chasing my Dreams Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:39:58 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Jan 20, 2018 <p>Mentally I wasn&#39;t really ready to push hard, and with the weather I set out with the goal of enjoying the run. I experienceds all sorts of road conditions, including slushy and icy, so it wasn&#39;t exactly the best terrain for running fast anyways. During the last two and a half miles I really focused on driving my legs and keeping the form in my legs, which actually made a big difference in how well I was able to finish. 6:29 average.</p> Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 19, 2018 <p>My legs were very heavy today, and my breathing was harder than it normally is running how fast I was running, so that was an indicator that I was pretty tired. I also probably didn&#39;t sleep as much or drink as much as I needed to. 6:47 average.&nbsp;</p> <p>All the sitting I&#39;m doing is killing my lower back and hips. I probably need to strengthen those areas.</p> Fri, 19 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 18, 2018 <p>I wasn&#39;t confident with my prerun poop, so I ended up stopping moreso out of safety at the porta potty. I was trying to keep things a little easier today, but the second half ended up not really being relaxed. 6:45 average. My legs felt fairly good, but my IT bands felt a bit tight at the beginning.</p> Thu, 18 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 17, 2018 <p>6:41 average. I can&#39;t remember too much of this run, as I forgot to update this afterwards. I don&#39;t remember anything really hurting. Still trying to get my bowels used to this schedule and my new diet.</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 16, 2018 <p>Tossed and turned last night while sleeping, so I didn&#39;t feel super rested when I woke up this morning. For the first half of my run my legs felt pretty dead/exhausted. This partially is probably due to playing foot twister last night at Home Evening. I did stop and poop at some newfound porta-potties. My legs didn&#39;t feel tired the second half of the run though. 6:38 average</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 15, 2018 <p>Just wanted to mix things up a little and shake the weekend out of my legs. I weaved around for a while and then continued my loop. Nothing bothered me today. 6:42 average, faster than I thought I would run today.</p> Mon, 15 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 14, 2018 Sun, 14 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 13, 2018 <p>Initially I just wanted to enjoy the morning, but once I got moving there wasn&#39;t stopping me. I mostly focused on working the uphills hard and then having some decent miles on the downhill. I&#39;d forgotten how hard all of those hills are. If anything my legs were just tired today. I took a safety poop in Smithfield just to ensure I didn&#39;t have problems. After mile 15 I backed off and ran 6:20s for the rest of the way. 6:25 average</p> Sat, 13 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 12, 2018 <p>I forgot to mention yesterday that at the beginning of the run my left toe connection was bothering me. It was the same this morning, but it goes away after I get going. I was feeling pretty good for a lot of the run. I did stop and poop again, but it wasn&#39;t a problem. Right after I hit 7 miles I felt my legs get tired, but slowing down was probably a good thing because I was running harder than I probably should have been anyways. 6:37 average</p> Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 11, 2018 <p>I was a little nervous after yesterdays run, but today was much better. My legs felt pretty good and I was really enjoying my run today. 6:37 average, with no leg problems at all. I did have to stop and use a porta-potty, but it was a normal stop and wasn&#39;t bad at all. I also don&#39;t feel like the hills are killing me like they were a few days ago either. Saw a handful of runners this morning, which was weird.</p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 10, 2018 <p>I forgot to set my alarm, so I ended up running in the afternoon. Luckily I had time with it being the first week of school. I met up with Tom and did an easy 5 miles with him. It was refreshing to hae some conversation during a run. I kept going after that and was going to pcik it up, but I felt a poop coming on and started my search for somewhere to go. After quite a bit of running I found a porta-potty in a neighbourhood by Green Canyon. That didn&#39;t prove to help the pain I was experiencing too much. I then started running again and after a mile was really hurting again. I made it to a gas station, but that didn&#39;t really help. I really suffered through the last mile, and the last half mile I had to keep stopping and could barely maintain 10 minute pace. 7:10 average, my legs didn&#39;t give me any problems.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 09, 2018 <p>Ran all the hills to work on getting the fitness back. They really get the heartrate up there. I had to poop, so I hit the one at the top of the long hill. The outside of my right achilles still bothered me, especially during the second half of my run. 6:47 average</p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 08, 2018 <p>I didn&#39;t actually sleep for 7 hours, but I did lay in bed for that long. I could not go to sleep last night.</p> <p>This run was an interesting one. The roads were really slick, so there were moments where I was either having to run slow in order to stay on my feet, or else I was churning but not going anywhere. I also slipped and penguin slid once. Other than that the run wasn&#39;t too bad. I did have to poop though, partially because of my body not being used to this schedule. The outside of right achilles hurt a little. 6:47 average</p> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sun, Jan 07, 2018 Sun, 07 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 06, 2018 <p>My legs were feeling fantastic for the first 6 miles or so, however I could tell that I probably needed to stop and poop. I hit up Rob&#39;s construction site and used that honey bucket, then was back on my way. After another mile or so I had my pace back where I wanted and it still felt pretty good, but I was still feeling some GI discomfort. Unfortunately this GI discomfort ended up staying with me the whole run. Right around mile 12 I felt my legs kind of give out, and I knew I wasn&#39;t going to be able to hammer out the last 6.5 miles. At that point I tried to be mentally tough and make that the focus of the last third of the run, because it&#39;s important to do that on runs like today. I tried to keep the legs going as fast as I could, and still held a decent pace for the rest of the run, mostly from the mental toughness. I also fought the wind for the majority of the run.</p> <p>6:18 average</p> <p>I had some minor pain on the left ball of my foot towards where the toes attach, but it wasn&#39;t a big issue that I felt the entire run.</p> Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 05, 2018 <p>It&#39;s getting harder to breath with the stupid inversion that is infiltrating the air. I actually felt better the faster I ran. 6:40 average for a jaunt through Hooper.</p> <p>Hipflexors/upperquads are a bit tight today after yesterdays trail adventures.</p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 04, 2018 <p>Tried something different to mix things up, a trail run in the winter. It was quite refreshing and a great way to force me to have a nice and easy day: 7:59 average. There were a few pretty bad icy spots that slowed me down a lot. I also didn&#39;t really try on any of the hills, which was also a factor. If the trails were strictly packed snow, it would have been awesome. I also had a seed and some rocks in my shoe that were annoying for the whole run.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 03, 2018 <p>The running was harder than I would have liked today. I was mostly running by feel. The cold air was influencing my ability to breath, and I felt pretty depleted food/energy wise. 6:29 average. I wanted to get the segment record in Stillwater, but it ends up that the course record was set by a guy biking that didn&#39;t change it on Strava, so I&#39;m second on the leaderboard.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 02, 2018 <p>My bowels were not in cooperation this morning following a lot of beans consumed yesterday. The legs felt fine other than my stride seemed a little restricted. Did stop to try and poop and what not. 6:35 average.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 02 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 01, 2018 <p>My legs did feel somewhat tired, especially on some of the uphills, which is good. I can&#39;t wait to hit up the Cache Valley hills again here in a week. 6:39 average running a loop I&#39;ve never done before. My breathing was also a little harder than I would have liked, but part of that may have also been the temperature.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 01 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 31, 2017 Sun, 31 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 30, 2017 <p>Started my run at 4:20a.m. and did the whole thing in the dark. I would have liked to get 18 in but I didn&#39;t have time. The first few miles were a little slower, around 6:40s, but then I was able to drop down to around 6:15 to 6:20 for the majority of the run. My last mile was a 5:40. Other than one bathroom break, I felt pretty good. Harder to run fast in the dark, but mentally I love the peace of running in the dark.</p> Sat, 30 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 29, 2017 <p>Wish I would have gotten out of bed and ran in the dark, it&#39;s so much easier mentally. For the first half of my run I was trying to get my breathing and my legs to cooperate with how I wanted to feel. The uphill ended up doing it for me though. The legs felt fine. 6:46 average.</p> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 28, 2017 <p>Ran in the dark so that I could be done in time to go duck hunting. It was refreshing to be in the peace and quiet of the early morning hours again. My legs felt fine, and I wasn&#39;t really paying attention to pace but running by feel. I did have to stop at Stillwater and use a porta-potty though. 6:36 average with each mile getting progressively faster. From 6:50 at the beginning to 6:15 at the end</p> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 27, 2017 <p>Temperature all over the place, but otherwise a pretty good run. 6:28 average. Felt relatively good, I did have some stomach issues though from about mile 4.5 on, but nothing that slowed me down. The legs didn&#39;t have the range of motion I would have liked, but I haven&#39;t really taken care of my legs the last two days.</p> Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 26, 2017 <p>6:58 average, an easy recovery jaunt. 7 minute pace even felt kind of hard, but it may have been the cold and humidity and the fog. The legs felt great.</p> Tue, 26 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 25, 2017 <p>My stomach was not happy after eating all day yesterday and then running in the middle of the day didn&#39;t seem to help either. 6:33 average. My left ankle/shin started bothering me, but I think my shoes have just bruised my ankle. Beautiful weather</p> Mon, 25 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 24, 2017 Sun, 24 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 23, 2017 <p>Stayed up until 1:30 last night, and I feel that that was probably the biggest factor in why my run didn&#39;t go as well as I would have liked. The first six and a half miles or so my stomach didn&#39;t feel very settled. I also could tell my legs didn&#39;t seem to have any pop or spring to them and 6:30s felt fairly hard. I was also running through snow and slush for the first 11 miles of the run. I started to feel a little better about 8 miles into the run. My left knee was bothering me in the middle of the run, but I think it got bruised somehow. 6:31 average. I was kind of bummed that I didn&#39;t have the best long run, but pretty quickly I realized I have a lot to be grateful for. What was an off run for me, is something most people can&#39;t even dream of doing. There are also people around me that are going through much greater physical challenges.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 23 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 22, 2017 <p>Easy morning, I was overdressed as I thought it was colder than it actually was. Beautiful morning and I was just enjoying being out running. 6:36 average.</p> Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 21, 2017 <p>Bipolar temperature kind of run depending on whether or not I was running against the wind. The wind was pretty brutal and very cold. Tried to just relax and not push too hard, but I did get as much uphill as I can in West Point, which isn&#39;t a ton, but better than nothing. 6:36 average. Legs felt much better today. Yesterday I made it a point to eat some protein after my run, and didn&#39;t foam roll.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 21 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 20, 2017 <p>Really windy for the run, which didn&#39;t help a whole lot. My legs felt really heavy and tired today. 6:33 average. In the second half I did 6x30 second pickups. I&#39;m also longing for the hills of Cache Valley already.</p> Wed, 20 Dec 2017 07:00:00