Running Blog Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/ Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:56:28 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Fri, Nov 24, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-24-2017.html <p>35 minute&nbsp;run today felt good to get out. I played an hour of basketball before hand so I was thinking about cutting down the minutes just by about 5 minutes, but when I got out I felt good so I just kept going.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 23, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-23-2017.html <p>35 minutes:&nbsp;</p> <p>I pushed the minutes up a little more today. It felt good to keep going.&amp; kept a good pace going through the whole run and went out to Washington and back. It was nice to get out before settling in for the evening and hanging out with the family. My legs are feeling good but fairly sore, but that&#39;s just getting back into things.</p> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 22, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-22-2017.html <p>30 minutes:</p> <p>It felt good to get out today. I had a very quick 15 minutes below 7 and then my pace died down a little bit. It felt good to get out. Late fall is always one of my favorite times to run because the first time I ever really started to go out&nbsp;and train by running was during the late fall of my freshman year. It always reminds me of my first time training and how far I&#39;ve come since.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 21, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-21-2017.html <p>15 minute warm up then race:</p> <p>The race was pretty good today. I am still frustrated being so behind everyone else, but it&#39;s ok I&#39;m just getting started. The race was solid though. I ran my first two laps both under 1:10 splits which was epic. Then my thrid lap I was pushing through and as I came around the corner I saw my time wa at 3:30. I was on pace to go sub 5, but sadly slowed my last lap without realizing it. I ended up coming in at a 5:30 not a bad start. Some&nbsp;&nbsp;things I was happy about with this race was that I had moments where I was hurting really bad and forced myself to push harder bringing me to gain on those ahead of me and that I had moments where I felt some excitement when I was hurting. I also was happy because I did a decent job at calming myself and focusing in&nbsp;on the race. One thing I&#39;d like to improve on is&nbsp;</p> <p>After the race, I had my interview with Dartmouth. I was extremely excited and nervous at the same time, but racing helped calm me down quite a bit and get me focused. Despite this,&nbsp;I was breathing pretty hard&nbsp;on the way home and&nbsp;ended up throwing up&nbsp;which wasnt fun right beforehand. I ended up being alright though and the interview went well.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 20, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-20-2017.html <p>30 minutes:</p> <p>Well, I blogged earlier, but it didn&#39;t save so I&#39;m retyping this from memory.</p> <p>Today was awesome. While I was on my run, I heard coach talking about doing better at being on top of things and being better team members. This brought me to do a self evaluation, and as I ran, I came to the decision that I need to be more deliberate and thoughtful in my actions. Coach gave a talk on mindfulness back in the summer and that&#39;s something I need to improve on. I often find myself getting distracted easily and not getting everything done that I would like to. I also find that sometimes I don&#39;t think through my actions and how to align them more with what my goals are, so I&#39;m setting a goal to practice focus. I hope to start trying to do tasks longer without breaking focus and thinking about every last thing I do and questioning wether or not they line up with what I&#39;d like to do long term. One thing I know I&#39;d like to cut out of my day to day schedule is the episode of tv I&#39;ll sometimes watch after school. I k is being more mindful will cut out the unnecessary activities of my day.&nbsp;</p> <p>As for my run, it was awesome. I found myself speeding up big time as I evaluated myself. I dropped from a 7:15 pace to 6:30 very quickly. I ended up 2 miles in succession at a 6:40 pace. It felt incredible to push. I know I need to be careful coming back into it too, so I&#39;ll continue to find a balance. I&#39;m excited for tomorrow. I&#39;m hoping to stick with the top jv guys the best I can. Hopefully I&#39;ll be back to running with the varsity guys soon .</p> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 18, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-18-2017.html <p>Race:&nbsp;</p> <p>Today was my last cross country race. It&#39;s been hard accepting that, but I k ow I&#39;m no where near being done; I still have track season just a little ways ahead of me, and I have big goals for that, hopefully no injuries prevent me from doing what I know I can do this time around. I&#39;m hoping to state qualify for the 32. I can&#39;t wait for the opportunity. Today was a big step in that direction considering it was my first opportunity to race again, and reflect on what I need to do to reach my goals.&nbsp;</p> <p>The race itself, &nbsp;in reference to the results, was bad which is ok because there was a lack of training leading up to the race, and honestly the experiences brought by training and the difficult moments in running are what make it so valuable, not the results.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today was certainly one of the difficult moments in running which made me happy. I felt pretty rough having only ran the past few days and having been so sick. I was burning up today as well, but those conditions were kind of fun to deal with because they gave me another opportunity to gain experience and once again deal with he hard moments in running.</p> <p>My first mile was really fast especially when considering my conditions. Coach said this would happen. I came in at a 5:30. I was happy with this part of the race. I cut into our top guys right from the start and stuck with them till the mile point. I tried my best to pass people.</p> <p>Going into my second mile things didn&#39;t look as good. I started breathing very shallowly and found my legs slowing down on me. I felt like I could&#39;ve pushed some more but might&#39;ve payed for it in the third mile by doing so. I fell behind quite a few spots coming in at a 12 on the dot.</p> <p>Mile three was tough. I kept looking at the guys just ahead of me for some inspiration to keep moving fast enough to pass him. Eventually, I pulled it off, but my victory did not last long as he passed me a few minutes later. By the end I was feeling really rough which was good. I pushed through to the finish and actually gained some ground at the end. I came in at a 19:30.</p> <p>After the race I was kind of freaking out. I was overheating pretty badly ,so I went and found some shade and just sat for a while. A few minutes later I went over to the team, and coach found me and said a few words I greatly appreciated.&nbsp;</p> <p>Looking back, this year has been tough. Things were looking up for me big time. I made some wonderful advancements in my journey as a runner and learned plenty about dealing with life, manipulating my perspective and how I think in order to improve, and&nbsp;&nbsp;how to tear down the limits placed on me. This is something I won&#39;t let go of. I am extremely grateful to my team and every last person who has believed in my abilities, gone out of their way to watch out for me, and pushed me&nbsp;throughout this experience. I&#39;ve found success isn&#39;t always controlable&nbsp;and sometimes may not come no matter what you do,&nbsp;but surrounding yourself with people who will harbor beneficial attributes and experiences&nbsp;will make the journey far better than the result may ever have been. The coaches have been crucial to this experience as well. I have learned countless lessons, that I truly did not understand before taking up running,&nbsp;from coach Robs and Holt. They&#39;ve both given me tons and are&nbsp;two people who I will always look up to. Thanks again to everyone who have&nbsp;made the past to years of cross country so awesome. It&#39;s been the highlight of high school for me, and I know I would not be where I am now if it were not for the people who are a part of our team.&nbsp;</p> <p>It&#39;s been hard not being able to run and reach&nbsp;my goals, but I could not have been happier watching the varsity guys race today. I can&#39;t wait to be running with those guys&nbsp;in the workouts again. Still, I wish I could&#39;ve contributed more to this awesome team.&nbsp;Cross country was great, but I&#39;m ready to push forward in order to reach my goals for track. I know I&#39;ll get there somehow. It&#39;ll be worth it.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 17, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-17-2017.html <p>20 minutes:&nbsp;</p> <p>This morning was awesome. I went and tried to stay up front whil we ran down the road from our hotel. We didn&#39;t go too far this morning, but it felt good to be up early again and going at it. I am definitely sore, but it&#39;s a good feeling. I&#39;ve been rediculously happy being able to once again push myself and continue my journey running. Getting back into things is always hard but worth it every time. One of the things I&#39;ve always loved about coming back from each of my injuries is how difficult it is to run again. It&#39;s always a good experience for getting mentally ready for races in the future and the difficult portions of he season that are ahead.&nbsp;</p> <p>25 minutes:</p> <p>Alright, earlier this afternoon, I ate Panda Express and was stuffed from it. While we were running I was still feeling kind of rough from it, so I probably won&#39;t be eating panda again anytime soon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Despite the stomach ache, I was feeling pretty good. My legs have tightened a ton and same with my back, but it&#39;s made me happy to feel sore again from running. It makes me feel like I&#39;m doing what I enjoy most once again. My fever was still acting up a bit and same with the cough, but I&#39;m feeling better than I have been.</p> <p>Running the course was good. It was how I remembered it with its rolling hills and crazy dip at the beginning. As we ran I tried my typical racing techniques out visualizing while I went. I imagined myself caught up in the race trying to push through the pain, and tried to my breathing techniques I&#39;ll use in races. I also tried to keep imagining myself catching the guy ahead of me while repeating a few different montras. It was a good pre race run to start practicing a few techniques again. I also tried my best to pay attention to the course. Coaches comments always help with that.</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 16, 2017 http://Grant.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-16-2017.html <p>30 Minutes:</p> <p>Now that we&#39;ve finished racing and things have settled down I&#39;m coming back and finishing up blogging for the past few days. First off, I&#39;ve got to say I&#39;m overly excited to be back for good this time. The last month has been the hardest one yet. I&#39;d finally given up on trying to stay in shape whatsoever through running ,so I&#39;d done some biking and other work to at least do something. I still haven&#39;t had soda since April which is awesome cause I want to keep that going for track, and my cut down on sugar has still been working, so I&#39;m glad I&#39;ve kept that up. Still, I&#39;m out of shape, but it&#39;ll be good for getting back into things.</p> <p>When we got to the hotel I was feeling pretty rough. My fever and cough has still been going, but I came so I wanted to run.&nbsp;</p> <p>The city was pretty fun to run around. It reminded me a lot of last year because of all of the trains and the route we ran. I was not feeling to great on the run. I almost fell behind for a minute after flipping but then reminded myself that I would feel just as bad in the race and would have just as much trouble keeping up then if I let myself slack at all now. I was able to hang on and make it back to the hotel. By then I was burning up pretty bad, but above all I was really happy to just finally be with my team again out having fun. Also, I&#39;ve been really happy considering my leg did not hurt once while out on the run. This run was a definite success.</p> Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00