Live Well, Train Well Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Mon, 21 Jan 2019 04:43:21 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Tue, Jan 15, 2019 <p>20 minute core workout trying to let the legs recover from the run.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 14, 2019 <p>15 minutes easy on the bike followed by an easy core workout.</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 12, 2019 <p>This weekend Rhett and I took on the San Diego 50 and Trail Marathon. &nbsp;We drove to Escondido from my house starting at 4:45AM in a major downpour. &nbsp;It was a tough drive there because it was raining so hard. &nbsp;When we got to the race we checked in and relaxed in my truck for about half an hour. &nbsp;By the time the race started it was no longer raining but it had been raining most of the night and that morning. &nbsp;The start of the race was perfect weather with clouds covering the sun and a nice cool breeze. &nbsp;The race started right on time and off we went. &nbsp;It didn&#39;t take long to realize that we were in for a muddy day. &nbsp;The first few miles were awesome with scenic views and legs that felt nice and fresh. &nbsp;We tried to keep a pace &nbsp;that was not too fast. &nbsp;After the first aid station we started a climb and decided it would be best to hike some of it. &nbsp;We got to the top and started the run back down the hill. &nbsp;It was pretty steep and much longer than the way up. &nbsp;This was an out and back course so we knew we were in for a treat about mile 21 on our way back. &nbsp;On the way out we dealt with a lot of mud and we had to cross a little stream that got our shoes nice and soaked. &nbsp;About 1-2 miles from the turnaround point it became really really muddy and our shoes became much heavier from all the mud. &nbsp;We hit the halfway mark feeling good and started our way back. &nbsp;We went through the crazy mud again and crossed the stream again, which this time felt really good and helped to get all the mud off our shoes. &nbsp;Then came mile 20 to 21. &nbsp;This is where things started taking a turn south. &nbsp;Rhett felt great but started having problems keeping anything in his stomach&nbsp;while I started to really feel like my legs were HEAVY along with my stomach not feeling great. &nbsp;We both think it might have been the water because it was terrible. &nbsp;I felt the decline&nbsp;until about mile 24. &nbsp;At mile 24 I really&nbsp;started to feel the lack of training and the fact that I only did 2 long runs to prepare for this marathon. &nbsp;We stopped a couple of times to either let Rhett throw up or let me rest my legs between miles 22-24, but we only needed short breaks. &nbsp;From miles 24-26 we both pushed through and finished the marathon. &nbsp;I was a little disappointed that I didn&#39;t feel better at the end of the marathon. My goal was to finish and feel like I could go longer. &nbsp;That was not the case. &nbsp;When I finished I was spent and I didn&#39;t want to run another minute. &nbsp;The course was a little long according to my watch and believe me, I was wishing it was a little short instead of long. &nbsp;</p> <p>Even though it didn&#39;t turn out like I wanted it to, I still had a great time on the trails and running with my buddy. &nbsp;This was my first marathon since Boston in 2017 so I was happy to make it through. &nbsp;I forgot how tough the last 5-6 miles are with a marathon and I had to dig deep to keep my legs going the last 2 miles. &nbsp;On a positive note, I am not sore at all after running the marathon and my legs feel pretty good. &nbsp;Usually I take a couple weeks off, but because we ran so slow I think I can run much sooner. &nbsp;The next goal is to BQ at Mt. Charleston in April. &nbsp;</p> <p>I am always thankful that I have been blessed with the ability to run like I do. &nbsp;I love the feeling I get when I accomplish a goal, even if it&#39;s not exactly how I had it planned out in my head. &nbsp;I had a great time and pushed through some pretty dark moments while I was on the course, but I still pushed through. &nbsp;I alway love the chance to run with my buddy Rhett too. &nbsp;He has been the #1 reason I have been able to do all this stuff. &nbsp;It was great to spend time with him and pusing through some dark moments together. &nbsp;We were able to both help each other during this reace. &nbsp;Now the serious&nbsp;training begins for Mt. Charleston.</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 11, 2019 <p>I did 3.6 miles on the trails this morning just to give my legs a little time on the trails before the run tomorrow. &nbsp;I took it nice and easy. &nbsp;After the run I felt like my legs were getting warmed up so that&#39;s a good sign. &nbsp;Looking forward to my race/adventure with Rhett tomorrow!!</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 10, 2019 <p>3 easy miles</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 08, 2019 <p>5 easy miles during my luch at the school. &nbsp;I tried to go really slow. &nbsp;This will be the longest run until my trail marathon on Saturday. &nbsp;Everything else this week will be short and slow.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 07, 2019 <p>I was in Vegas training people all day yesterday so I slept in this morning and hit the trails for 30 minutes during lunch. &nbsp;This will be the last bit I do on trails until my race this weekend. &nbsp;I tried out my new Altra TIMP trail shoes and they felt really good. &nbsp;I think I will go for it and wear them for the race this weekend.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 05, 2019 <p>16 nice and easy miles on the roads/trails. &nbsp;My legs felt a little tired to start but they felt really good when I finished. &nbsp;Next week is the trail marathon so I will take things much easier next week just so my legs feel a little fresher for my run next week.</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 04, 2019 <p>I had to run late so I just did 4 easy miles. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 03, 2019 <p>Nice and easy 10 mile run today. &nbsp;I actually felt really good considering I did 10 yesterday afternoon. &nbsp;It was really cold this morning but after a mile or so it felt really nice. &nbsp;I am finally getting back to my old ways where I run more back to back 8-10 mile runs. &nbsp;I have really missed doing this so it feels good to be back.</p> <p>AP: &nbsp;8:51</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 02, 2019 <p>I decided to sleep in a little because I was up early New Years Day and I didn&#39;t sleep much that night. &nbsp;I am glad I did. &nbsp;I had clinic today so about 11 I went to the gym and ran outside on the track for 10 miles. &nbsp;It is really flat so I ran pretty fast even though I tried to slow it down. &nbsp;It was just really easy and I hardly felt like I was working. &nbsp;It&#39;s amazing the difference you feel when you are running on a flat course vs. a hilly course. &nbsp;I want to get a few back to back 10 milers in and this weekend I will do 15-16. &nbsp;Next week is my trail marathon and I am not trying to go fast so I don&#39;t need a major taper.</p> <p>AP: &nbsp;8:05</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 01, 2019 <p>It was an unusual day. &nbsp;A friend wanted to go surfing for the day so we loaded up in his RV and headed to the beach. &nbsp;The night before we decided we would take the bikes just in case. &nbsp;Well, it was a good thing we took the bikes. &nbsp;It was crazy windy and the waves were terrible. &nbsp;It was also really really cold so I was not about to get in the water. &nbsp;We decided to take a trail that has a bike path and ride for a while. &nbsp;It was a nice relaxing ride and basically flat. &nbsp;It was windy going out, but the way back was a strong tailwind and we basically didn&#39;t have to pedal. &nbsp;It was a good to work the legs a little but in a different way. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 31, 2018 <p>I started the day before New Years off right with a nice run. &nbsp;The weather was about perfect and I actually felt really good after the 20 mile run on Saturday. &nbsp;My legs felt fresh and ready to run. &nbsp;I am hoping I can get a run in tomorrow but we will see how much the late night messes me up.</p> <p>Happy New Year!</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 29, 2018 <p>Had a really nice run with Rhett. &nbsp;It was really cold and windy, but it was still a really nice run. &nbsp;I have not run on the Havasu trails for a while so it was a challenging run for the 10 miles we were on the trails. &nbsp;It has been fun to run again with Rhett. &nbsp;I wanted to go longer but I had to be home by 9 and we didn&#39;t have any more time. &nbsp;It was good to get a 10 mile run followed by a 20 mile run though. &nbsp;Legs felt good after and I actually felt pretty good all day.</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 28, 2018 <p>Had a really good run with Rhett this morning. &nbsp;It is always good to run with him and get the chance to talk. &nbsp;It was a cold morning in Havasu with lots of wind, but it was still a really fun run.</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 27, 2018 <p>I was leaving to Lake Havasu early this morning so I only had time for a 6 mile run.</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 26, 2018 <p>My body felt tired today. &nbsp;I think I ate too much bad stuff yesterday and didn&#39;t get much sleep Christmas Eve night. &nbsp;I went slow so the AP was about 9:00/mile.</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 25, 2018 <p>I decided to take the cold and windy Christmas Day off!</p> Tue, 25 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 24, 2018 <p>I was able to sleep in a little and then get my run in. &nbsp;My legs were still tired from the run on Saturday, but once I got going I felt pretty good. &nbsp;I kept the run nice and slow with an AP of 8:50 to let the legs just recover. &nbsp;Tomorrow is suppose to be bad weather so I will see what kind of a run I can get in. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 22, 2018 <p>I had a really good 21 mile run this morning. &nbsp;The course I chose to do was very very challenging with a lot of hills. &nbsp;About 12 miles of it was on trails with 6 uphill and 6 downhill. &nbsp;I also had a couple areas before I got to the trails that were pretty tough uphills and downhills. &nbsp;I chose this because I not only wanted to go long today, I wanted to challange myself. &nbsp;I will say the last few miles were not easy. &nbsp;I had my little girl come and run a little bit with me and bring me some food and something to drink with some carbs. &nbsp;Once I got some of that in me I felt a lot better. &nbsp;Overall I was really happy with the run today. &nbsp;It boosted my confidence that I will be fine with the upcoming trail marathon I have in a few weeks. &nbsp;My total running time was 3:37 so it was good to be on my feet for a long period of time. &nbsp;Now I will take the day to recover!</p> Sat, 22 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 21, 2018 <p>Good run this morning. &nbsp;It was good to have the quick turn around after running last night so my legs could get use to running when they are a little tired. &nbsp;Weather was nice and the run was enjoyable.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 20, 2018 <p>I didn&#39;t get a run done in the morning so I did it after I got home from school. &nbsp;I never like running at the end of the day. &nbsp;It was a really slow run and my side hurt most of the run. &nbsp;This is something that only happens when I run at the end of the day.</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 19, 2018 <p>Had a nice run this morning. &nbsp;I didn&#39;t have any pressing school things so I started later and just took things nice and slow. &nbsp;I did a different run which had more hills. &nbsp;</p> <p>Then did some core work.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 18, 2018 <p>I took Monday as another rest day to let my ankle heal a little more from rolling it and the long run on Saturday. &nbsp;The legs felt good this morning and the weather was amazing.</p> Tue, 18 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 15, 2018 <p>I got to go bac to Havasu this weekend and run with Rhett. &nbsp;It was a lot of fun to catch up and get the chance to run with him again. &nbsp;I think it felt like going back home for my whole family. &nbsp;I had a decent run, but there were a few times my body was ready to scream at me. &nbsp;Overall I had a blast hanging out with my running buddy again and getting to see Havasu again.</p> Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00