keep it together Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:39:42 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Mon, Jul 24, 2017 <p>marathon #31 / des news #9</p> <p>this was my first marathon since TOU 2014 --it&#39;s been awhile.</p> <p>i&#39;m happy with the outcome, as my ultimate goal was to finish [still alive] [still running] and [feeling reasonably strong]. i started out extremely conservatively in hopes of preventing a blow up. maybe i took it too easy over some of those early miles, but i think in doing so i gave myself the best chance of finishing the way i did. i really had no idea how i would respond to the downhill/altitude mix, and i kept telling myself that too slow would very likely produce a better result than too fast. it&#39;s always a weird balance with this race, and i was not adequately prepared for anything risky. :)</p> <p>i became aware of my position (3rd) at the out and back portion, and both women had a good lead on me. i had been running low to mid-7:00 miles up to that point, and that&#39;s when i decided i should speed it up a bit to see if i could catch one or both of them. i&#39;ve seen so many blow ups in this race, from both myself and others, so i knew that if i stayed patient there was a chance i could move up.</p> <p>i was on the hunt from miles 10-20 -- i was slowly gaining on second place all along wasatch and foothill, and i finally caught and passed her between 20 and 21. first place (tara lewis) was about 5-6 min ahead. i think i might have cut that down a bit on foothill, but i was never really close to catching her. she stayed strong and finished in 3:00.</p> <p>i&#39;m glad i did this. i haven&#39;t felt like myself (as a runner) for a loooong time, and today i felt like i at least somewhat reconnected with the part of me that is actually motivated to race and push myself through a marathon. i may never get back to running the kind of times i used to, but today&#39;s little stab felt good and i want to keep trying. i took the advice that sasha gave me the other day -- that i should find some sort of fulfillment in the race regardless of the outcome. i think it went about as well as i could have hoped/expected, and i enjoyed myself the entire time. it was a nice ending to our very long utah vacation. i&#39;m so happy that i got to see so many old friends, spend adequate time with my family, and have a bunch of really cool mountain adventures. i miss this place a lot, but i leave feeling content that i got everything i could out of the past three weeks.</p> <p>thanks to amiee, devra, and tee for the bike cheers and encouragement today. thanks to james for the traffic control (he stood in front of TRAX for me lol lol). and thanks to andrea and jake (y&#39;all know them!) for being our main mountain guides, running partners, adventure enthusiasts, waterslide friends, and house hosts.</p> <p>at the airport now. SLC --&gt;ATL</p> <p>yuck!</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 23, 2017 <p>ran laps around the pleasant grove cemetery for 20 min</p> Sun, 23 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 22, 2017 <p>day off</p> <p>65 min walk in the afternoon</p> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 21, 2017 <p>JRP run with nan. she was finishing up 18, so i jumped in to keep her company for the last 6</p> Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 20, 2017 <p>6 miles&nbsp;with andrea around sugar house -- just like old times when we were young and not 30. it&#39;s the last time i&#39;ll see her before heading back to ATL. :( what a great friend she is to me.&nbsp;basically everyone i see from here on out will be a goodbye, nooo! somehow a 3+ week vacation still doesn&#39;t feel long enough.</p> <p>2018 -- ch-ch-ch-changes</p> <p>i&#39;m severely doubting myself about running the marathon.&nbsp;it was a fun/funny idea up until about a week ago, but now it feels like doom. deep down i want to do it -- i&#39;m just scared. i want to prove to myself that i can still cover the distance without dying, and there&#39;s this feeling that i have to mop up my mess from 2014. i quite literally clunked my way out of this town with broken everything. even if i run slower, if i finish in a less disastrous way, it will feel like a success. it just seems like the right way to cap off my summer of bummin&#39; in SLC.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 19, 2017 <p>sunnyside down, liberty park wood chips, sunnyside up</p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 18, 2017 <p>day off. felt lethargic and sick most of the day. i&#39;ve been hanging out with my nephews a lot so maybe i caught a bug.</p> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 17, 2017 <p>ran around the U, along foothill, sunnyside down, sunnyside up</p> <p>pm - 65 min walk on the murdock canal trail</p> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 16, 2017 <p>pipeline trail with andrea and jake</p> <p>pm - hiked to cecret lake with andrea, jake, and jenna. so many colorful wildflowers out right now, and we saw a moose! she was eating dinner.</p> Sun, 16 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 15, 2017 this was way harder than i expected. i went through the first mile in 6:22 and was completely spent already. it only got worse from there and i just finished it out as best as i could. my goal was 18:20, whoops. next up des news lol lol pm -- 10 mile JAJAD hike -- alta to brighton to alta loop. i think it has an official name but i don't know it. the important thing is that we got soft serve cones mid hike Sat, 15 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 14, 2017 <p>8 miles with james on the murdock canal trail</p> Fri, 14 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 13, 2017 <p>10 miles -- group run from murray park to wheeler farm. caught up with old friends, which was great. we tested out the new exercise pad at murray park after the run, and there are some wild machines there. the takeaway is that nan can crush everyone at pull ups. i already knew this from the PUPUSU challenge 2009, but it was still&nbsp;impressive to see it live.</p> Thu, 13 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 12, 2017 <p>am - 10 miles on the murdock canal trail</p> <p>pm1 - 80 min walk with james around temple quarry and up/down&nbsp;the little cottonwood trail at the base of LCC</p> <p>pm2 - 4 miles on the murdock canal trail</p> Wed, 12 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 11, 2017 <p>day off. started feeling burned out from the last few days, so i took a chill out recovery day. i had breakfast with my nephew, lunch with friends, and dinner with my grandparents. :)</p> Tue, 11 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 10, 2017 <p>am - hiked big baldy with james. we took the wrong trail at a fork and ended up climbing the south west ridge, which was an efficient way to get up but extremely steep (~3600 ft in ~ 2 miles). i was sweating like lebron james at the free throw line. nice views of the entire utah valley from the top.</p> <p>pm - 8.5 with james, murdock canal trail</p> Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 09, 2017 JAJA run on the mid mountain trail in park city Sun, 09 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 08, 2017 <p>a reunion with utah racing. early&nbsp;morning bus ride, down-the-canyon course, and most importantly -- cool temps and dry air! i saw several people that i haven&#39;t seen in a few years, which was nice. i also met three people from atlanta, which was wacky.</p> <p>course is suspect -- probably a bit short</p> Sat, 08 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 07, 2017 <p>canal trail with james</p> Fri, 07 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 06, 2017 <p>10 miles, murdock canal trail with james + a trip to macey&#39;s</p> Thu, 06 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 05, 2017 <p>am - 10 miles. 6 x wheeler farm loops with james</p> <p>pm - 5 on the canal trail</p> Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 04, 2017 am - JAJA trail run to bearpaw lake. zero vert, zero reasons. this was probably the nicest and most beautiful and pleasant and lovely run i've done for several months, maybe even since last year when i was in utah. this is where i belong. pm - one last hike in the tetons to taggart lake. 3.9 miles round trip. pm 2 - drove back to slc! Tue, 04 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 03, 2017 am - hiked to the top of rendezvous peak. the last mile or so was pretty steep. rode the tram back down. pm 1 - bikes + creek soak pm 2 - JAJA trail run at jenny lake pm 3 - thai dinner in jackson Mon, 03 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 02, 2017 am - bear scare 5k pm 1 - ~9 mile hike to surprise lake and amphitheater lake. they were frozen but i didn't polar plunge pm 2 - bikes! Sun, 02 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 01, 2017 am - drove to wyoming pm - kicked off JAJA Teton Adventure 2017 with a trail run loop around jenny lake Sat, 01 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 30, 2017 <p>am - 8 miles, wheeler farm! loops with james</p> pm - mt. superior scramble-hike with jake, james, joe, and julie. that's joe as in slowjoe! Fri, 30 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 29, 2017 <p>8 on highland</p> Thu, 29 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 28, 2017 <p>am - 20 miles, the great atlanta loop</p> Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 27, 2017 <p>12 miles, wildwood loop</p> Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 26, 2017 <p>am - 10 emory loop</p> <p>pm - 5 on highland</p> Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 25, 2017 <p>pm - 5 on highland</p> Sun, 25 Jun 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 24, 2017 <p>pm - 8</p> Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:00:00