Turn your rut into a groove. Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 22 Aug 2017 14:36:46 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Mon, Aug 21, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-21-2017.html <p>pm--10 Ivins out-and-back via Harmon&#39;s. I didn&#39;t make it to morning practice because a bad mix of Nyquil and an itchy trigger finger on the alarm. It sounds like everyone had one of those days at PVXC. What doesn&#39;t kill you makes you stronger. The run tonight was guided by Wilco. I wasn&#39;t sure I had much pep, but when the heart asks, the body responds.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 19, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-19-2017.html <p>am--8 Miles around the track during the run-a-thon. What a good time to see the kids having fun together. I had some nice chats.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Aug 18, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-18-2017.html <p>am--4.5 Pizza Hut/Bank/Running Center. My heel was really cranky this morning, but once I got going, things loosened up. I added a few miles because who knows how many I&#39;ll get this afternoon. RHR--54.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--2 I probably ran about that much at the Desert Relays. Another good showing from the kids.</p> Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 17, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-17-2017.html <p>am--1.5 Weights and Harts. We&#39;ve had some beautiful mornings this week. RHR--54.</p> <p>pm--6 Hospital out-and-back. We kept a solid pace. There is always someone willing to keep things honest. Stuck to the lower end of the minutes this afternoon. The Hokas worked pretty well even though my heel is beat up. Erged 2k.</p> Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 16, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-16-2017.html <p>am--5.5 Harts/Bank/Backwards DI. I knew I wasn&#39;t going to jump into the workout, so I wanted to get some mileage in this morning. RHR--49.</p> <p>pm--4 Warm-up and Cool-down w/ the kiddos and the recoveries between intervals. Working on getting the pack back.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 15, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-15-2017.html <p>am--1.5 Weights and Harts run. Nice morning. RHR--51.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--5.75 Hell Hole Trailhead and back. It wasn&#39;t too hot, but this was really our first 30+ minute run of the season. We have some new kids out. That&#39;s fun. Plus, Decker loaned me some Hokas that don&#39;t work for him. I&#39;m excited to try them. Erged 1k.&nbsp;</p> <p>I finished&nbsp;<em>The Scarlet Letter&nbsp;</em>for probably the 8th time. It still requires much focus, but the intro chapter was more rewarding this time around. We&#39;ll see how well the AP students did with their summer reading.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Aug 14, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-14-2017.html <p>am--9.5 Foremaster/River Trail Loop w/ some steady pace for the last half. I enjoyed the run this morning. Someone is always willing to push w/ me. Today, it was Jacey, and then Ellie came w/ us. RHR--52.</p> <p>pm--2.25 2450 Park and back after the grass on the ball field was too soggy.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 10, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-10-2017.html <p>am--5.75 Nice run, wandering around Green Springs. The girls were in good spirits, and Jenna ran with us.</p> <p>pm--1.75 Weights and a run into the neighborhood. It felt toasty, and I was beat. After, we had team night at the St. George Running Center. The Hoopers are great folks.</p> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 09, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-09-2017.html <p>am--4.75 Nice out-and-back to Sullivan w/ some emergency drama. RHR--51.&nbsp;</p> <p>Decent stuff from the kids at the Cedar meet this evening.</p> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 08, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-08-2017.html <p>am--4.5 Grass loops w/ 8x barefoot striders. Nice to chat with Heather and run through the sprinklers. RHR--49.</p> <p>pm--2 Harts+ w/ weights and some chat about Elliott quotes. Erged 10 minutes (2.26k) after.</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Aug 07, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-07-2017.html <p>am--8.5 Hell Hole w/ 2x 10-min. tempo, 5-min. rest between. I felt decent on the tempo. My stomach muscles really work with the steady breathing. People were spread out, probably due to the crazy week last week. Things will normalize. RHR--53.</p> <p>pm--2 Mathis Park loops w/ my buddy. He rocks on his &quot;home&quot; course.</p> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 05, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-05-2017.html <p>am--7.5 Loop around Santa Clara w/ a fast finish. My achilles/heel felt ok most of the week, but when I got back to running a little faster, it started to bark at me a bit. Don&#39;t know how to handle the stiffness. It really gets me down. RHR--48.&nbsp;</p> <p>The next book:&nbsp;<em>The Solace of Open Spaces</em>&nbsp;by Gretel Ehrlich. This is a book of connected essays from a writer who went to Wyoming to make a documentary and stayed. She is able to make the common engaging and the uncommon universal. I haven&#39;t had enough reading about the West in my life recently, and this was refreshing. A few quotes:&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;So much of in American life has had a corrupting influence on our requirements for social order. We live in a culture that has lost its memory. Very little in the specific shapes and traditions of our grandparents&#39; pasts instructs us how to live today, or tells us who we are or what demands will be made on us as members of society . . . With our burgeoning careers and families, we want to join up, but it&#39;s difficult to know how or where. The changing conditions of life are no longer assimilated back into a common watering trough&quot; (103).&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Incongruity delights him as much as tradition. &#39;We assimilate a little this way, and a little that way. Life is only mutation&#39;&quot; (120).&nbsp;</p> <p>The book makes me want to move somewhere like Beaver.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Aug 04, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-04-2017.html <p>am--8.5 Kidney Loop w/ Lava Cove extension w/ 8x barefoot striders. It is good to be at home elevation again even if I&#39;m drenched in sweat by the end. It is also good to hit a smoother stride again. The striders felt great. RHR--52.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 03, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-03-2017.html <p>am--6 Hellacious out-and-back on the back road to somewhere. It was awesome to see the top girls push back up the hill. It is a relentless hill and the breath goes quickly. It&#39;s hard to stay calm. I had a nice time chatting w/ Addi.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 02, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-02-2017.html <p>am--8 Long run on the Virgin River Trail. Lots of climbing and gasping for air.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--2.5 Another out-and-back on the Virgin River Trail. Had a nice chat w/ Jada and cursed her to trip by complimenting her fleet feet over the rocks.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 01, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-08-01-2017.html <p>am--2.5 A nice out-and-back on the Virgin Rim Trail. It was cool to see a long single-file line of our kids enjoying life in the mountains.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--4.5 A decent run on the roads around Navajo Lake. I got to chat quite a bit w/ Haley and Jason. I love getting to know what makes kids tick and trying to help them enjoy running.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 31, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-31-2017.html <p>am--5 Running around BHNP before, during, and after the time trial. The kids ran pretty well. My thoughts on time trials have changed a bit. Rather than all-out race efforts, they serve training better as benchmark tests and training tools.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--2.5 Dirt-road miles at Deer Haven. The altitude (9,200+) hits me pretty hard. It was fun to take this week as it presented itself and get to know some of the kids I don&#39;t normally run with a bit better. Not sure on most of the miles from this week.&nbsp;</p> <p>I finished another book, an interesting one,&nbsp;<em>The Golden Mile</em>&nbsp;by Herb Elliott. The &#39;50s and &#39;60s are slowly becoming my favorite era in running history. This book is a frank recounting of Elliott&#39;s short career, culminating w/ his gold medal in the Rome Olympics. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:&nbsp;</p> <p>Quoting Percy Cerutty, his nutty coach, &quot;Thrust against pain. Pain is the purifier. Walk towards suffering. Love suffering. Embrace it&quot; (38).&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Most athletes imagine themselves at the end of their tether before they&#39;re even seventy-five percent exhausted. I was so determined to avoid this pitfall that if at any time I thought I was surrendering too soon to superficial pain I&#39;d deliberately try to hurt myself more&quot; (50).&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;We cannot hope to win races without the kind of aggressiveness that enables us to accept a challenge from which the timid shy. . . It is important that we become confident in ourselves as men before we can even hope of being a success, not only in athletics, but any walk of life. Confidence grows if we overcome our tired bodies, running harder when we want to slow down. With confidence comes character and strength of body, will and soul&quot; (143).&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;The pain in a mile race extends over one-and-a-half to two minutes. It starts in your chest, sweeps down through the arms, stomach and legs until your whole body is distressed and you feel like stopping. It is a mental, rather than physical, torture. In my case, concentration and the emotional content of a race carry me through the pain in much the same way, I imagine, as an Indian fakir walks through fire or sleeps on a bed of nails. Invariably, all distress vanishes within thirty seconds of the finish of the race&quot; (144-145).&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;I rarely go into a race with any preconceived tactics. If I do, it means I&#39;m not particularly hopeful of my chances. Athletes who resort to tactics have no real confidence &nbsp;in themselves and lose as many races as they win&quot; (145).&nbsp;</p> <p>I really enjoyed this book and a look into the makings of a world champion.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 28, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-28-2017.html <p>am--10.5 Washington Fields Loops w/ a fast finish. We had a smaller group, but we stuck together pretty well. It was fun chatting w/ Josie again and pushing at the end w/ Caroline and Rylee. We have a fun group. Side note: the freshwomen went crazy w/ their minutes today. RHR--52.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 27, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-27-2017.html <p>am--6.5 North Desert. We explored, and I had a good chat w/ Josie. RHR--51.</p> <p>pm--1.5 Weights/neighborhood/erg (1k in 4:06).</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 26, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-26-2017.html <p>am--7.25 Fartlek work on the grass. The paces were variable w/ equal rest. We had some great groups going today. Kids are starting to see the power of a pack. It&#39;ll be skeleton crew on the girls&#39; side for the rest of the week. RHR--53.&nbsp;</p> <p>pm--2.5 Out-and-back to the edge of Sunbrook. I wore my Altras, being curious about how the achilles would feel in them, and they felt surprisingly good. That being said, I need to be more vigilant about maintenance after runs.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 25, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-25-2017.html <p>am--4.25 Grass loops w/ 6x barefoot strikers. Lots of rain and fun. RHR--49.</p> <p>pm--1.75 Weights and running and a game of fish on the erg.</p> <p>I finished George Orwell&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Animal Farm</em>. Perhaps, this is the second time. Sometimes, Orwell is overbearing with his analogies, but this book was interesting in regards to our current political situation.</p> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 24, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-24-2017.html <p>am--8 SC Rugby tempo. I love doing my faster work at the rugby ground when I&#39;m on my own. The tempo went well, expecially considering that I was mentally trying to bail on running this morning. I&#39;m not sure why, but this part of the summer always requires more focus. Anyway, despite the long grass, I was able to hit times comparable to the dirt mile and remembered that showing up is 90% of the battle. RHR--50.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 22, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-22-2017.html <p>am--5.5 To Harmons and back. I didn&#39;t go full minutes this morning because I intended on running tonight while we looked over a new course for region. The evening running didn&#39;t happen. Nonetheless, I was dragging this morning, so, perhaps, it was for the best. RHR--49.&nbsp;</p> <p>I finished two more books. The first,&nbsp;<em>My Turn: A Life of Total Football</em>&nbsp;by Johan Cruyff, was an intriguing read. I&#39;ve been an avid football fan for the last 10 years or so, and Cruyff is one of my favorites. Here&#39;s a YouTube sampling:&nbsp;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMPflZoIkio. He is definitely a confident man. Here are some quotes I enjoyed: &quot;I&#39;m used to criticism, because criticism is intended to make you better&quot; (204). It seems to me that criticism isn&#39;t viewed this way very often. This is my favorite quote: &quot;I&#39;ve taken things as they&#39;ve come since I was a boy, including beautiful moments and setbacks, which I&#39;ve learned are not always caused by mistakes. A setback is probably a sign that you need to make some adjustments. If you learn to think that way, all experiences are translated into something positive. It enriches you as a person.&quot; Good stuff.&nbsp;</p> <p>The second book was&nbsp;<em>Ender&#39;s Shadow</em>&nbsp;by Orson Scott Card. I thorougly enjoy the Ender-related books. Card has a keen mind for the machinations of power and politics. And, I&#39;m turning into a sci-fi guy.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 21, 2017 http://vis.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-21-2017.html <p>am--6 Out-and-back from the finish line of the marathon w/ 8x barefoot striders. Pretty good crew for a Friday. Things started well, dodging sprinklers and looking for dry grass. My legs felt tired still from the work yesterday, and Jacey was feeling good, so I went with her. We had a nice chat. She will do greater things this year. RHR--50.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00