Turn your rut into a groove. Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/ Mon, 19 Mar 2018 04:29:32 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Mar 17, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-17-2018.html <p>am&mdash;5.75 Barrel Roll w/ Adam. Always a good chat in the hills.</p> <p>Finished&nbsp;<em>The Great Gatsby</em>&nbsp;again.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 17 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 16, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-16-2018.html <p>pm&mdash;3 A quick run before watching my nephew play soccer. He&rsquo;s quite the player.</p> Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 15, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-15-2018.html <p>pm&mdash;5 Another run. I did take my runs a little easier this week. That&rsquo;s a part of training that I&rsquo;m still formulating, the development of pace throughout a training cycle and its effect on aerobic fitness and injury prevention.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 14, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2018.html <p>pm&mdash;5 A run. Spring Break brought many great things, but running suffered.&nbsp;</p> <p>I did finish&nbsp;<em>The Handmaid&rsquo;s Tale&nbsp;</em>by Margaret Atwood. It&rsquo;s a dystopian novel that is getting some buzz because of its serialization on Hulu and our current political climate. Not sure if it&rsquo;s timing or what, but I didn&rsquo;t love the book. The heaviness of the story and the way it affected my mood subsequently left me cynical.</p> Wed, 14 Mar 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 10, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-10-2018.html <p>am&mdash;8 Kidney Loop around the barrio before the meet. Good way to end the week. A nice 8-miler is one of my favorite runs. RHR&mdash;54.</p> Sat, 10 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Mar 09, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-09-2018.html <p>am--5 Pizza/Bank/Running Center Loop. OK morning. I felt achey and old, and I&#39;m out of the habit of being 15 minutes early. RHR--53.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Mar 08, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-08-2018.html <p>am--1.5 Weights and Harts+. Jada was there today. Yay. RHR--52.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--5 Middleton. I love this run even though it always seems like a tough one to get into a groove. First meets tomorrow.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Mar 07, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2018.html <p>am--2.5 Bank and back. Light crew w/out the freshmen. RHR--52</p> <p>pm--5 Warm and cool and 2x hill circuits. Kids are getting excited for the meets this weekend.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Mar 06, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-06-2018.html <p>am--1.75 Weights and Harts+. Chilly morning but decent run. RHR--51.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--6.25 Telegraph out-and-back. Coach laid it on the line--you don&#39;t race if you don&#39;t do all your runs. Most of the girls like the idea because they do what they&#39;re supposed to do. It&#39;s fun to have motivated workers on the team. 2k on the erg when I got home, listening to Belle and Sebastian.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Mar 05, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-05-2018.html <p>am&mdash;10 Sugarloaf w/ a smattering of longer tempo reps at various paces. Felt good, and we had a nice group. Freshmen are crushing it. RHR&mdash;54.</p> Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Mar 03, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-03-2018.html <p>am--7.75 Zen to Moe&#39;s w/ Andy in some of my favorite shoes. (They are the envy of nearly every CrossFit dude.) The climbs had me beat today, but I still had something left as we finished. Getting fitter. Climbing on the trails would work wonders for me right now. RHR--52.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 03 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Mar 02, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-02-2018.html <p>am--2.5 Good run to the bank and back w/ a nice group. We have some committed freshmen. RHR--52.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--6.25 Green Springs past the churches. We got to hear Upsy&#39;s impressions. Pretty funny stuff.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 02 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Mar 01, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-01-2018.html <p>pm&mdash;3.5 Warm and cool around the Kosmin. Kids looked good today. RHR&mdash;52.</p> Thu, 01 Mar 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Feb 28, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-28-2018.html <p>am--2.5 Bank and back. Small pack broke a bit. :( RHR--51.</p> <p>pm--4.5 Sandberg&#39;s w/ a little extension. Not my favorite. Prefer to play after all of the work is done.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Feb 27, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-27-2018.html <p>am--Weights. RHR--50.</p> <p>pm--5.5 Looped over by the mall and finished with some hill circuits. OK day.</p> <p>While proctoring the ACT, I finished Bob Schul&#39;s&nbsp;<em>In The Long Run</em>. I was most interested in the training he did with Mihaly Igloi, and, while the book didn&#39;t go into great detail about the training, it is apparent that Schul feels like he owes a lot of his success to the training Igloi introduced to him. On another note, there were a few quotes I enjoyed.</p> <p>&quot;Many things could have stopped me if I had looked on the downside of circumstances and perpetuated the negative. I would never have gotten to this point of running with the greatest athletes in the world. It is important, of course, for healthy thinking to feel and discuss injustices and disappointments, but the mind takes in as many thoughts as it is given and we must let the negatives go as quickly as possible.</p> <p>&quot;This includes, most importantly, self-esteem. All those disappointments in life are just that--disappointments. They are not because &#39;I am a bad person and deserve bad things to happen,&#39; but because that is the way life is.&quot; (103)</p> <p>&quot;I now fully believed in myself. It was a long, gradual process that came one small step at a time. It wasn&#39;t enough that I just mouthed the words. I had to believe, deep within my soul, completely. I dispersed all doubts and replaced them with the knowledge that what I had done to prepare myself had placed me in a position where I knew I could overcome any obstacle. I found ways to build a solid wall of knowledge, confidence, and self-esteem; and if that wall should become cracked within the final months of preparation, I could repair it quickly with my strongest block. That block, the one that I mention so often in this writing: the resurgence of positive thinking and its domination over self-doubt.&quot; (110)</p> <p>&quot;There is a big difference in the pain levels among athletes and while some are able to continue driving even when their bodies are hurting, others will succumb to the pain and slow down. In my training I brought my body to the pain threshold and forced it through time after time. In the process I conditioned my mind to handle more and more pain.&quot; (162).</p> Tue, 27 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Feb 26, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-26-2018.html <p>am--7.5 We looped around the turf farm for a nice run. The group was solid the whole time. Plus, I realized that I&#39;ve missed these longer morning runs. RHR--51.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm&mdash;3.5 Easy 30. These runs are always rough on the dad bod, but it&rsquo;s fun to hit a double-digit day.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Feb 24, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-24-2018.html <p>pm&mdash;7.25 Good run w/ 3x 4 min. @ 7:30, 10 min. @ 7:15, and 5 min. @ 7:00-6:55 w/ 2-min. recovery between everything. The run was a bit tougher but felt great.</p> <p>I also finished&nbsp;<em>Ready Player One</em>&nbsp;by Ernest Cline. Caroline the Great recommended it to me. I enjoyed it. Action + Adventure + Nostalgia = a good read. Now, I&rsquo;m a third of the way through Bob Schul&rsquo;s book.</p> Sat, 24 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Feb 23, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-23-2018.html <p>am--2.5 Bank and back. Always fun. RHR--53.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--4.5 Semi-annual hallway run due to lightning in the vicinity. My favorite part about these runs is the sing-along nature of the thing and the looks that everyone gives us. Did some defacto hill circuits on the choir ramp.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Feb 22, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-22-2018.html <p>am&mdash;Some weights. RHR&mdash;53.</p> <p>pm&mdash;5.5 Target out-and-back. It&rsquo;s chilly down here right now. Good run w/good folks.</p> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Feb 21, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-21-2018.html <p>am--2.5 The bank and back. I felt peppy this morning. It&#39;s good to gradually work my way into doubles again. Light group.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--4 Warm and cool w/ the girls. I got some quicker running on the light tempo before the workout and after w/ Jacey, Rylee, and Jenessa after. The kids look solid today.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Feb 20, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-20-2018.html <p>am--Weights. RHR--51.</p> <p>pm--5.25 Green Springs. Good run w/ a nice push to finish. When we crested the big hill, Jacey and I looked back, and the crew had disappeared. Not sure what happened with them. We had a nice chat. She&#39;s a great runner and a great person.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Feb 19, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-19-2018.html <p>am&mdash;8 Hurricane Rim Trail. Nice run in the snowy weather with a tight group. Daring the elements as a runner is extremely rewarding. RHR&mdash;52.</p> Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Feb 17, 2018 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-02-17-2018.html <p>am&mdash;Reverse loop through Santa Clara. I love this run. The slight decline in the second half really encourages a negative split. This is a variation of the Saturday runs I was doing when things were really rolling. I&rsquo;m slowly coming back.</p> <p>I finished&nbsp;<em>King Lear</em>&nbsp;for The Who knows&nbsp;how manyth time. It&rsquo;s a terrible and awesome play.</p> Sat, 17 Feb 2018 07:00:00