Relentless Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Sun, 20 Jan 2019 14:07:45 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Jan 19, 2019 <p>morning - short walk with dog.&nbsp;</p> <p>St. George Half Marathon &nbsp; &nbsp; 1:18:21</p> <p>Warmed for two miles to get the kinks worked out of the achilles. It was weird racing for the first time in 3&rsquo;ish years. Didn&rsquo;t recognize anyone at the start line. No plans for place, but hoped for anywhere from a 1:18 (best case) to 1:20 (reasonable goal after last week&rsquo;s workout). Have been sick throughout the week, so I wanted to be cautious. Got into a 6:00 pace and held that pretty well throughout (at least until the end). Found myself moving up in place throughout the race, but trying to not go too quick even though I felt pretty good. Eventually moved into 2nd and about 30 secs back with 4 miles to go and wanted to go after him. But decided that wouldn&rsquo;t be smart to push myself out of what I am in shape to do. Just about .25 mile later, I started to fell the heavy legs setting in. &nbsp;Leader pulled away and I got caught by another guy. Tried to push to keep in my pace but was definitely slowing. Tried to push to hold onto 3rd. &nbsp;Dig deep, but it wasn&rsquo;t to be and another guy got me as we entered the finishing shoot. Was happy about meeting my goal though. It was tough to race, but I think I&rsquo;ll try and improve on that time in a couple weeks at the DogTown. Cooled for a mile and a half. &nbsp;Achilles held up decently.&nbsp;(Peg blue 143.5)</p> Sat, 19 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 18, 2019 <p>AM - still no morning runs for me.&nbsp; Long walk with Twix and then abs and yoga.</p> <p>afternoon - 6 Old Man. Ran around a bit as the team did some Hill Circuits. Felt a little better today. (Peg purple 394.5)</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 17, 2019 <p>AM - Long walk with Twix and catching a little extra sleep to beat this cold.&nbsp; Extra abs and stretching instead of lifting.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>afternoon - 4.25 AC.&nbsp; 30min run out to Starbucks.&nbsp; The root beer mile was after and we were blessed with a record breaking amount of puking.&nbsp; (Peg NOP 210.75)</p> Thu, 17 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 16, 2019 <p>AM - Getting sick, so no bueno (that combined with the hard effort Saturday would be a pretty good combo for the legs feeling so tight and dead the last couple days).&nbsp; Did do abs and took the dog on a pretty long walk.&nbsp; Passed on HIIT since I&#39;m not feeling well.</p> <p>afternoon - 5.5 City Creek.&nbsp; Nice trail after some rain.&nbsp; Ran with a few different crews.&nbsp; (Ravenna 412.5)</p> Wed, 16 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 15, 2019 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; Got a run in the rain after a short walk with Twix.&nbsp; Even more sore today.&nbsp; Abs and then weights.&nbsp; (Levitate 223.5)</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 14, 2019 <p>AM - 3.75 Twix.&nbsp; Short walk and run with Twix.&nbsp; Maybe we need to wake up like 2 minutes earlier to get that 4 miles in.&nbsp; Abs after.&nbsp; (Levitate 219.5)</p> <p>afternoon - 9.5 Fields.&nbsp; 65min run out into the Fields from school.&nbsp; Looped around Sullivan with a few pickups.&nbsp; A bit more sore than I should be.&nbsp; (Peg purple 388.5)</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 12, 2019 <p>morning - 14.25 Twix/Fields. Slept in a bit and had breakfast with the girls, so I got out later. About 2.5 with Twix and then down into the Fields. Planned on doing some 1/2 MP stuff (goal pace) just see where I was at. So did 3x10min with 4 min rec. pace was good (6:00). And I was most pleased with the final set because I was able to hit pace with being tired, but not having to kill myself. Maybe I will be able to run a sub 1:20. Slow on the way back outta the Fields though. (Peg blue34 127)</p> Sat, 12 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 11, 2019 <p>AM - Long walk with Twix. Decided to take morning off for her sake and mine (but later, in the afternoon, my achilles hurt a lot - wonder if the morning run is helpful in keeping it stretched out?). Then abs and a very good batch of yoga.&nbsp;</p> <p>afternoon - 8 Panorama/home. Team did their first hill circuit of the year. Want to join them, but achilles just can&rsquo;t handle the stress. After running back to school, I ran home to get a little more mileage. Risked life and limb with all the traffic. (Peg purple 379)</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 10, 2019 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; Short walk and then a run with Twix.&nbsp; We are both sluggish right now in the morning.&nbsp; Abs after.&nbsp; (Levitate 215.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 5.75 GS. Easy run up into Green Springs. Ended with 6xStriders. Weights after. (Ravenna 407)</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 09, 2019 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; New schedule with Pyper starting drivers ed for a month.&nbsp; Up a bit earlier and then a short walk with Twix and run.&nbsp; Then to school where I did my HIIT and abs.&nbsp; (Levitate 211.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 6 Mustang Pass.&nbsp; A little trail stuff with the team today.&nbsp; (Peg green 465.5)</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 08, 2019 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; Abs and short walk.&nbsp; Ran reverse direction with Twix to see if she was just in a little funk - she did a little better.&nbsp; Maybe she is just a little tired or something lately.&nbsp; (Levitate 207.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 4.75 DI. Just warmed and cooled with the team around their 6 min test. (Peg grey)</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Jan 07, 2019 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; Abs and short walk and run with Twix.&nbsp; Cloud cover made it warm this morning.&nbsp; Twix isn&#39;t running great right now - really wanting to shut down about 2.5-3 miles into it.&nbsp; (Levitate 203.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 9.5 Parkway. Strong run up Washington Parkway with some pickups. (Nike NOP 206.5)</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Sat, Jan 05, 2019 <p>morning - 12.5 Twix/Little Black Mt.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and 2.5 with her around the neighborhood.&nbsp; Wanted a little different run, so I drove down to Little Black Mountain and hit up the 10 mile loop.&nbsp; Decided to try and push it a little bit.&nbsp; Felt pretty good and those ten miles were fairly strong with an ave of around 6:25.&nbsp; (Peg blue34 112.75)</p> Sat, 05 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Fri, Jan 04, 2019 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; Abs and then a short walk and got into the run.&nbsp; Feeling pretty decent (better than the dog).&nbsp; Still a pretty cold chill around.&nbsp; (Levitate 199.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 6.75 Trail to Nowhere/River Trail. A little better pace than the last little while - dipped under 7:00 throughout the run. Cadence has been improving a bit - 172 both runs today, and usually right around 170 unless I&rsquo;m spent. (Peg purple 371)</p> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Thu, Jan 03, 2019 <p>AM - 3.75 Twix. Short walk in another cold morning and then run with the dog. Abs. (Levitate 195.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 5.25 PVMS. Down into the middle school neighborhood. Mike &ldquo;The Essence&rdquo; Finch and Carson joined us. Always good to chat with the old crew. Striders. HIIT. (Ravenna 401.25)</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Wed, Jan 02, 2019 <p>AM - 5 Twix.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and then a very chill recovery run.&nbsp; Added in Bella Vista to round up to 5.&nbsp; A lot of achilles pain initially, so I extended the walk a bit to try and work it a little.&nbsp; Abs.&nbsp; (Levitate 192)</p> Wed, 02 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Tue, Jan 01, 2019 <p>AM - 26.25&nbsp;Red Cliffs Desert Reserve - unsuccessful attempt at a traverse.&nbsp; Just not a very good run today - couldn&#39;t find any rhythm or&nbsp;decent feel for running.&nbsp; Very cold up at the start in Silver Reef - bottles froze, hands froze - made for the first two stops to be way too long to try and break the ice a little and get some hydration.&nbsp; Had to start in the dark, too; which isn&#39;t very conducive to decent running on a trail even with a decent headlamp.&nbsp; From there on out it was just a bumma run.&nbsp; Thought for sure I would still break my FKT, but saw that slip away as I was resorting to way too much walking.&nbsp; So by T-Bone I just decided to call it instead of struggling for 8 more miles.&nbsp; Good long run though.&nbsp; (Speedgoat 325)</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2019 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 31, 2018 <p>morning - 8 Highland.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and then we went up onto Highland and ran the trail up there twice.&nbsp; There was a little skiff of snow that just made for a beautiful scene and great running.&nbsp; I had a much better attitude and felt pretty good.&nbsp; Should lead to a good run tomorrow - going to do the Red Cliffs Reserve Traverse from Leeds to Ivins; fun stuff.&nbsp; Abs after.&nbsp; (Adios)</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 29, 2018 <p>morning - 14.25 Twix/Prospector.&nbsp; A couple with with Twix after a short walk.&nbsp; Then out on Prospector.&nbsp; Pretty crappy run.&nbsp; Felt way tired and just didn&#39;t want to be doing it.&nbsp; But I did, and on a day like this I guess that is a win.&nbsp; Ready to get back into a schedule with the team.&nbsp; (Peg NOP 197)</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 28, 2018 <p>morning - 6.25 Sego Lily.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and then a slow and slick run around Sego Lily in clockwise direction with an extension up Mt. Jordan to the park first.&nbsp; Glad to be leaving the frozen north.&nbsp; It was very cold (15 degrees).&nbsp; Abs.&nbsp; (Peg blue34 92.25)</p> Fri, 28 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 27, 2018 <p>morning - 8 Dimple Dell.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and then into Dimple Dell.&nbsp; Just stayed up on the North Rim trail with the Overlook loop added in.&nbsp; There was a lot of snow and the pace was slow and crappy.&nbsp; Thought about cross country skiing - I think that would be a fun challenge.&nbsp; Abs.&nbsp; (Peg blue34 100.25)</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 26, 2018 <p>morning - 9.25 Sego Lily. A decent amount of snow last night messed with the run this morning. Did a smaller clockwise loop of Sego with Twix (after a short walk). Achilles was super tight and put up a fight for awhile. Then dropped off the dog and did the full loop counter. Abs and some HIIT after. (Peg blue34 86)</p> Wed, 26 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 24, 2018 <p>morning - 9.75 Twix/Parkway.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and then just kind of a random run around DogTown picking off some more Strava segments (I&#39;m not really being a segment hunter, but it is kind of fun to go grab a few - gets the body moving).&nbsp; Then dropped her off and went out on the Parkway.&nbsp; If I wouldn&#39;t have stopped to grab a quarter that wasn&#39;t, I would have knocked off Evan on the Parkway segment, too.&nbsp; (Levitate 187)</p> <p>afternoon - 6.5 Sullivan Loop.&nbsp; Drove over to Hell Hole and then ran the loop.&nbsp; Wore some old Pegs that apparently I&#39;ve retired, so I need to put them away and not wear them again.&nbsp; I could feel that they were pretty worn out.&nbsp; Kept the pace easy throughout and just enjoyed working out the kinks.&nbsp; Abs.&nbsp; (Peg grey)</p> Mon, 24 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 22, 2018 <p>morning - 15 Parkway/Junction.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and then took her on a shortened version of the Parkway.&nbsp; Dropped her off after finishing a quick push through my neighborhood to grab a Strava record.&nbsp; Then out to the Junction and back through Coral Canyon.&nbsp; Goals wer&nbsp;to get a long run in and have a few pushes in.&nbsp; Did both.&nbsp; Pushed hard&#39;ish down King&#39;s Row, through Coral Canyon and back up King&#39;s Row.&nbsp; Just joined up on Strava yesterday, because... why not?&nbsp; And saw that all these dudes have records that I should have, but my watch only loaded back 60 days not the 60 years it would have needed to record some fast stuff.&nbsp; So I had to get the segment that runs right in front of my house.&nbsp; Pleased with today&#39;s effort.&nbsp; I have a long way to go to get under 1:18 in a half though.&nbsp; Maybe 1:20 might be more realistic.&nbsp; (Peg blue34 76.75)</p> Sat, 22 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 21, 2018 <p>morning - 8.75 Twix/Chuckawalla.&nbsp; Short walk with Twix and a few miles.&nbsp; Then met up with Nick and Carson to run Chuckawalla.&nbsp; Those are two great guys.&nbsp; Very blessed that I have had the opportunity to be around such great people throughout my life.&nbsp; Yoga and abs.&nbsp; (Peg NOP 182.75)</p> Fri, 21 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 20, 2018 <p>morning - 8.5 City Wells.&nbsp; Long walk with Twix and then dropped her off and headed into the desert.&nbsp; Ran into Joe Furse as he was coming off Dino Tracks.&nbsp; Talked for a little - he lives in Brio, so we&#39;ll have to hook up for some runs.&nbsp; Not a spectacular run for pace, but a nice run nonetheless.&nbsp; Achilles is feeling better than last week.&nbsp; (Peg purple 364.25)</p> <p>afternoon - 3.5 Twix. &nbsp;Abs and then Twix and I went around King&#39;s Row and up the Turf Farm. &nbsp;Did my 6xstriders there. &nbsp;Felt good. &nbsp;Less fatigue than this morning and not much extra pain the right achilles. &nbsp;Ended with the HIIT workout - it&#39;s a beast. &nbsp;(Levitate 177.25)</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2018 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 19, 2018 <p>AM - 4 Twix.&nbsp; Abs and then a short walk with Twix.&nbsp; Then her run.&nbsp; (Levitate 173.75)</p> <p>afternoon - 3.75 Green Springs.&nbsp; Mostly chill paced run up into GS.&nbsp; (Ravenna 396)</p> Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:00:00