Running Blog Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:54:22 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jan 17, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-17-2018.html <p>30 minutes</p> <p>Today was frusturating. I decided to try running and had to stop midway through the workout because I started limp every time my left leg came down. I&#39;ve been so frusturated that I could mess myself up this many times so easily. It has made me feel kind of useless this past year when it has come to track and cross country just becaue I haven&#39;t felt like&nbsp;I&#39;ve really been able to contribute to the team or participate much. Although things have been extremely challenging injury wise, I think its also given me a chance to improve my patience. It has been really difficuly, but I&#39;m still not ready to give up. I am going to keep stretching and icing. At this point it may be good to go visit the physical trainer during practice as well, so I&#39;ll likely do that tomorrow. I&#39;ve started limping a bit again so hopefully I&#39;ll be able to get rid of that fairly quickly.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 16, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-16-2018.html <p>50 minutes&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Not sure how to feel about to day. The run was awesome and I enjoyed it a lot. It&#39;s always nice being out with the team, and I love just getting to get out and push myself a bit, but I&#39;m still nervous about my leg at the moment. I&#39;m definitely still feeling some pains and am trying to modify how i run in order to continue having this problem. I&#39;m thinking that I may be on my&nbsp;toes a little&nbsp;too much, I really don&#39;t know though I need to look into my form some more though. I think it could be part of the problem. I&#39;m not totally sure if I&#39;ll do the full run tomorrow or not. I&#39;m kind of at a loss with what to do. It&#39;s frustrating being so nervous to run, but also feeling the need to do so. Sometimes my pains dull out over time and fade away, but I&#39;ve had several similar pains that have pushed me to start limping and that has frustrated me big time. Hopefully, I&#39;ll be able to tell what I need to do in the morning by kind of Gaging how I feel.</p> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 10, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-10-2018.html <p>60 minutes of pool run</p> <p>I tried to push it today. After about 10 minutes of regular effort, I picked up a bit and went as a hard as I could. At first, I only went for about two or so minutes with 30 second breaks, but by the end I was going 5 minutes as hard as I could and 5 minutes at normal effort. I did about 4 sets of the 5 minute intervals. It was good, I felt like I was able to push it some even with&nbsp;it being a pool run.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 09, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-09-2018.html <p>45 minute pool run&nbsp;</p> <p>Today felt good it was nice to get off of the legs. I&#39;m glad I&#39;m getting ontop of pains&nbsp;early rather than waiting. I&#39;m thinking I&#39;ll probably take at least till Friday to get back to running with the team. The pool run was solid. I made sure to keep my intensity up and push myself a bit.</p> Tue, 09 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 06, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-06-2018.html <p>75 minutes&nbsp;</p> <p>Fun run, but I&#39;m feeling really frustrated. I&#39;ve been feeling the&nbsp;same pain I was feeling when my injury was starting to happen last season in my left leg rather than my right leg this past week. I think it&#39;s from being to ambitious with the minutes. I tried ramping up fairly quickly. I might consider cross training the next two or so days instead of just running which unfortunately probably means pool running for me. We&#39;ll see how it goes though I&#39;m going to talk to coach tomorrowz</p> Sat, 06 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 05, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-05-2018.html <p>53 minutes&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>The 6 Minute&nbsp;Test 1800m</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>One Good Thing:&nbsp;</strong>I was always on the attack going after somebody rather than trying to avoid being passed. I didn&#39;t get passed once and almost caught Nathan while pushing forward.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>One Negative Thing:&nbsp;</strong>I could&#39;ve kicked a little earlier and still think I could&#39;ve gone faster. I wish I&#39;d placed maybe one spot ahead of where I did.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I&#39;m finally going back to reflect on friday&#39;s race. I have some mixed feelings about the race , just like the thursdays death run. The good side of things is that during this race I met my goal of not procrastinating pushing up to the next group, I moved up one spot from the day before, I&#39;m not hurting horribly, and I was ten seconds off a PR even after Thursdays competition. The bad thing about my run is I would have liked to still place higher, maybe up by Mikey and Alex, but I think that is a good thing because it means I have definable goals that are attainable. I was only a good 40 meters behind Nathan and maybe 60-70 meters behind Mikey and Alex which makes me happy cause I know I have the ability to stick with those guys still. Looking at that, I am really picking up where I left off which I am happy about ,but I am going to keep pushing for more. I am trying to make sure I am never just comfortable where I am resulting in settling. One of my favorite things about this race is that I was never comfortable sitting where I was and just avoiding getting passed. I really focused in on who was ahead of me and tried to go after them. It was such an awesome feeling. I couldn&#39;t believe how much better I did really focusing in on that. Another thing that really helped me was at my hardest moment during the race I thought to myself that I could choose an easy out and hurt myself in the long run or I could choose the harder decision and end up better off overall. This helped me keep pushing through. Overall, I was fairly happy with the race.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 04, 2018 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-01-04-2018.html <p>57 minutes Death Run&nbsp;</p> <p>Todays run was my favorite yet. It felt so good to just get out and push myself as hard as I could for our workout. I hope we do that one again sometime. One thing I enjoyed a ton was the nervousness before the workout. I&#39;d not felt that in quite a while so that was exciting. When we started the run we were pushing rediculously fast. Our first mile was a 5 36 ,and our second was a 6. After a while we died down a bit, but overall I felt solid. I stuck with coach Logan and Jose the majority of the time. Eventually, they made a hard move and I fell off. Scottie ended up catching me and thinking I had another lap I stuck close behind him hoping to outrun him. Unfortunately, I was in last and didn&#39;t know it. I think this is a good lesson because it teaches me to never postpone making a quick move in a race.&nbsp;I was little frusturated with where I got out, but also pleased at the same time which is a good thing because I think that this helps me aknowledge that I pushed myself and did well but can strive for much more. Also I matched my 5k record and am SUPER pumped about that. I&#39;m glad to be picking up where I last left off. Unfortunately, I&#39;ve been getting some terrible knee pains in my left knee probably from ramping up the minutes so quickly since I wasn&#39;t around all XC season. I&#39;m hoping to keep my minutes a little lower than everyone else for at least a short period of time so I don&#39;t screw myself up again. Thats my main worry about this year. I just am hoping to have one season where I&#39;m injury free. I&#39;m going to try and work toward this by taking some serious time to stretch and ice. Today I spent nearly an hour doing that. Overall today was a great challenge. I&#39;m happy where I ended up at ,but I definately won&#39;t settle. I want to be able to do more and stick with the very top guys all the time. This will take some commintment not only in workouts but also stretching and recovery. It&#39;ll be hard but I know it&#39;s worth it. I can&#39;t wait for tomorrow this time my goal is to not postpone a chance to move up whenever it comes.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 29, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-29-2017.html <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>60 Minutes:</p> <p>Today was difficult for sure. I ran down the main road outside of the lake house that were staying at&nbsp;till I hit the base of the mountains ,and then I flipped. My legs have been hurting quite a bit the past couple of days, so I&#39;ve tried to continue stretching. It makes me a little nervous especially because everyone was doing much more than me before we stopped running for the break, but I&#39;m hoping to keep up with the rapid pace at which we are increasing our minutes by. My legs were feeling pretty decent and had loosened up a lot by the time I made it back.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I got back, I sat down and read some more of Running &amp; Philosophy. It&#39;s been a while since I&#39;ve gotten the chance to read the book because I&#39;ve been so busy trying knock out other books for AP Lit. I&#39;m glad to habe finally picked it up again.&nbsp;</p> <p>I read two chapters today. The first talked about running and the significance of running outdoors as well as what it has to offer over running on a treadmill. One of my favorite points the book discussed was thinking while running. The author spoke about how people on treadmills often try to entertain themselves ,while excersising, with media such as&nbsp;music, TV, and magazines, but they seem to be missing one of the most incredible parts of getting to run- having the time to reflect as well as be in the moment. The book proposed the question &quot; Why would you distract yourself from something you voluntariy chosen to do?&quot; This resonated with me quite a bit. I always enjoy getting the time to reflect on what I&#39;ve been learning in class while running as well as getting to try and think about the information in new ways. Getting to experience the run itself is also a very unique experience that I feel gives me the opportunitty to grow. Throughout the run I always enjoy experiencing the sheer challenge of pushing myself as well as the runners high that comes with it. I also enjoy how distinct each&nbsp;run is. I feel I find something new to enjoy every time I go out. The chapter expounds upon these concepts pointing out the fun in running in a spontaneous manner and the adventerous possibilities that are assosiated with each run while relating both ideas to the writings of Henry David Thoreau and William James.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second chapter deals more with a theological perspective of philosophy and relates a few bible texts into philosophical ideas. At first,&nbsp;the chapter talks about three societal perspectives on life: postmodernism, monotheism, and scientific naturalism. It then brings up the concept on the empty self which is the feeling of disconnect with a communitty bringing an individual to a state of strong individualism where the person often is cinical towards society and unhappy. It then related different approaches to happiness to the typical unhappy American making an argument against Hedonistic approaches to happiness by stating that being happy also takes an element of self elevation through work and perosonal development. It then related running to different spirtual disiplinces which I found very interesting because I&#39;ve often heard of people relating running to religous experience. The chapter brought up concepts of engagment and disengagment in religion and how they can be used in running, i.e. a runner may disengage from eating sugar or drinking soda and engage in stretching, cross-training, blogging, and racing. The conclusion was that running is a process of finding meaning and happiness in life through disiplined practice. I enjoyed this chapter as it pointed out that happiness often comes as a biproduct of ambitions and attempting to do the best you can in life, not necessarily your direct attempts to be happy. Additionally, I thought the empty-self was very intriguing as I feel as though I&#39;ve encountered this with myself sometimes. Running has certainly been a good way of dealing with it.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also Just realized I&#39;ve been blogging on the wrong days of the week haha. I would go change it but I wrote a lot and am really not feeling up to chaning it all.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 28, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-28-2017.html <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I did 53ish minutes today at an average of 7:15 pace. It was a killer run. I didn&#39;t run yesterday because I was having some major leg pain and am trying to be reserved about jumping back into things. It was a bummer, but other than that I&#39;ve done every run so far. today I did my workout in place of the recovery run. It was awesome. I went a low 7 pace till I hit the river trail , and then from there, I picked it up big time. As soon as I hit the trail, I kicked my pace into high gear trying to go as fast as I could go. At first I was running at a 6:30 pace and then I got excited and dropped it even further after a couple of minutes. Soon I was sub 6 pace. I maintained that for about half a mile and then rose back up to a 6:10ish pace and kept that going the rest of the time. My tempo portion of this workout was an average of 6:15 pace! It was absolutely awesome. I always get nervous that my pace won&#39;t be as good when I&#39;m not with the team, but today was a good reminder that I am able to go just as fast individually as with the team.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today also reminded me of something coach robs said about alli during the dream mile. He said that when she ran she seemed &quot; not to know any better. &quot; What he meant by this is she seemed to forget about her limits and just run the very best she could despite all the other factors that could be used as reasons why she shouldn&#39;t be able to outrun the senior, varsity girls. Today I felt like I tapped into that a little bit. When I ran my tempo, it felt like I was running just for the heck of pushing myself rather than a pace or some goal. It helped me forget about whatever limits I may have and just enjoy what I&#39;m doing. Very rarely did I check my watch for pace or time left.&nbsp;It was a good moment and tactic for me something I hope to carry on as the season progresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>During the tempo portion I also made sure I never thought it was ok if I ALMOST reached my goal of running the full 15 minutes at an average of low 6 pave. Often times I feel like I die off right at the end, so I think this helped me avoid that a little bit. As I finished the tempo poriton of my run I was very close to throwing up, yet luckily held it in. I was pretty spent and pulling off the last half of my run was pretty rough. I followed some guys on scooters for a while to keep pace and by the end,&nbsp;I&#39;d cramped up hard in my stomacht. It was good though it let me know I pushed myself beyond my typical limtis. Overall, todays run was really solid. It was one of those runs where you get caught up in the moment, pushing yourself harder and harder as you go. I&#39;m really feeling like I&#39;m getting back into things again and getting a good flow with my runs.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Iced for 30 minutes And Stretched</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Dec 2017 07:00:00