SUU Cross Country/Track Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Wed, 26 Jun 2019 23:06:37 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jun 26, 2019 <p>Didn&rsquo;t run today because I was working on other things.</p> <p>I haven&rsquo;t made my final decision yet, but I might be transferring to either BYU-Idaho or Dixie State University.&nbsp;If I transfer to BYU-I, it would&nbsp;mean&nbsp;the end of my college running career. I can still run and train on my own, which&nbsp;will allow for more of my focus to be on my education. If I transfer to DSU&nbsp;I&#39;d still be able to run.&nbsp;BYU-I has other, more important&nbsp;positives not related to running, so I&rsquo;m leaning more towards BYU-I.</p> <p>Coming back to SUU feels more like being pulled back into the same old thing. I worry about falling back into a dark place. But I guess any option has that potential. As&nbsp;much as I love Cedar and SUU and college running, deep down I feel like it might be&nbsp;time for me to move on.</p> <p>The reason I chose&nbsp;either Dixie or BYU-I is because both have a Physical Therapy Assistant program. There are only 3 colleges accredited in Utah, as well as BYU-I (the only out of state school I would want to go).&nbsp;I&rsquo;m&nbsp;a very indecisive person but my heart seems set on PTA as of right now, and it has been for at least a year, so I&rsquo;m going to pursue it. If it doesn&rsquo;t work out the way I plan, I can fall back on completing my bachelor&rsquo;s in either exercise science or exercise physiology, depending on where I transfer.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;m nervous to make my final decision mostly because I&rsquo;m not entirely sure I&rsquo;m ready to give up everything I have here at SUU. I&rsquo;d be starting over completely, making a new life.&nbsp;But BYU-I feels like a good place to go that&rsquo;ll fulfill&nbsp;multiple goals of mine. So it&rsquo;ll probably be BYU-I. But we&rsquo;ll check back in later to see if I still feel good about it.</p> <p>I&rsquo;m nervous about what it&rsquo;ll mean for running if I do transfer. It&rsquo;ll probably become more of a hobby. Might be nice to not have so much pressure on me (though most of it I probably put on myself). And I&rsquo;m nervous about writing off&nbsp;SUU for good, I have a full-ride scholarship that I&rsquo;d be giving up. But no PTA program so... what&rsquo;s the right option?</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 25, 2019 <p>Canyon, 7:24 average for 4.75. Then I went slow for the next .75&nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 24, 2019 <p>Today I ran to the temple and back.&nbsp;6 miles, 7:50 average. It was hilly (the temple&rsquo;s on a&nbsp;big hill, it&rsquo;s visible when coming from up north and&nbsp;driving on southbound I-15. It&rsquo;s beautiful!)</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve had a lot on my mind lately. Also it&rsquo;s&nbsp;partly why I didn&rsquo;t run this weekend. Just needed to take a small break</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 22, 2019 <p>No running again</p> Sat, 22 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 21, 2019 <p>Didn&rsquo;t run</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 20, 2019 <p>I talked to Maddy who knows more about HR ranges and she said 140-150 is recovery, 150-160 is a power run (60%), and 170-180 is workout pace. So I tried staying in the recovery range (I wasn&rsquo;t feeling like anything faster today). Averaged 141, 8:16 pace. Felt slow but nice, definitely recovery pace. Still not sure if I&rsquo;ll base training off of it, I think I&rsquo;ll stick with the recovery pace on recovery days but if my legs feel good I&rsquo;ll go 50% pace. Then workout paces I&rsquo;ll go off of feel.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 19, 2019 <p>I took the side road today. I thought I&rsquo;d try out how I felt staying in zone 3 and allowing myself to slow down. My average HR was 148 bpm (zone 3.6) and my max HR was 164 bpm (zone 4.1). It felt like a good recovery pace. Should I do my recoveries based on HR or pace? I feel like when I focus on hitting pace I worry about it a lot more and push harder. But idk if zone 3 is too slow? It felt good though. 8:06 average&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 18, 2019 <p>My heart rate monitor came today! So I tried it out on my run. I&rsquo;m unfamiliar with the heart rate zones and don&rsquo;t know which ones correspond to which workouts, or which one should be &ldquo;recovery,&rdquo; but I&rsquo;ll look into it. I think zone 5 would be speed workouts? Then zone 4 tempos? And my guess is zone 3 is 50% or&nbsp;recovery? Or maybe 2 is recovery/long runs?&nbsp;I really don&rsquo;t know haha.</p> <p>Anyways, I kept my watch screen on HR so I wouldn&rsquo;t worry about pace. It was nice. I did Dikes and&nbsp;ended up averaging 7:40. My average HR for the run was 155 (zone 3.7)&nbsp;and max HR was 168 (zone 4.3). &nbsp;Cadence was 170 spm&nbsp;average.&nbsp;</p> <p>My watch says my max HR is 202 and my resting HR is 56. That&rsquo;s pretty accurate for my resting HR. Counted manually&nbsp;it&rsquo;s usually right around there, when I&rsquo;m in better shape it can get lower. That&nbsp;probably means the others&nbsp;are pretty accurate too. Before my run I checked to make sure the personal info was correct, to my surprise the weight was off. I must not have changed it back since gaining my mission weight. To&nbsp;my delight I lowered it 15&nbsp;lbs :)</p> <p>Anyways, felt good today but the effort&nbsp;wasn&rsquo;t exactly easy recovery run effort.&nbsp;Felt like a faster 50% even though my pace says otherwise.&nbsp;I&rsquo;ve heard HR is a more accurate measurement of effort, but I don&rsquo;t really know.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 17, 2019 <p>I planned to just go out for 5 miles,&nbsp;but then I got going and decided to take cross hollows.&nbsp;Then it turned into a sort of effort run heading down to the stoplight. It was downhill so that definitely helped, but I was giving a good effort by the end. The first&nbsp;mile felt easy going up Main (7:40), then the next mile I picked it up staying relaxed (downhill started about .5 in).&nbsp;7:06, 6:45, 6:41 for the next 3 miles. That&nbsp;last mile I pushed&nbsp;because it was&nbsp;closer to flat, still slight downhill though.&nbsp;Then I went&nbsp;slow for the next 4 miles just to finish the loop.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 15, 2019 <p>I just didn&rsquo;t want to run today. I was kinda dreading it. I kept pushing it off until 8pm came around and decided&nbsp;I&rsquo;d&nbsp;just take today off. Idk, today just wasn&rsquo;t my day.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 14, 2019 <p>Main to Dikes then turned at 2.5 to get to 5,&nbsp;7:58 average. I might&rsquo;ve just convinced my friend Stephanie to try out for sprints! Tryouts are in August, we talked to Coach and Paul after work so she knew&nbsp;what she needed to do. She&rsquo;s still on the fence about it but she&rsquo;s talked about how she&rsquo;s missed track. It&rsquo;s a lot of work and she&rsquo;d&nbsp;just be a walk-on, so she&rsquo;s still deciding if she will or not. She said after she starts to get back in shape she&rsquo;ll decide :) I&rsquo;m not sure about sprints times so idk what&rsquo;s good or not, but coach said her time was good. She ran 46 in the 300 hurdles.&nbsp;She also qualified for State in 5 events for 3A in 2016, but had to choose which 4 events she&rsquo;d run of course. I hope she does end up walking on, that would be awesome :) as she gets back in shape Coach suggested she come run 2-3 miles with me sometimes and I could show her how to do pickups&nbsp;and Brent will have a sprints workout schedule for her.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 13, 2019 <p>AM: I ran with Sam, Josie and Alison today :) the pace felt alright&nbsp;until the long gradual uphill towards cafe rio, but then Alison asked if I wanted to slow down for a bit. I was good with that haha. But then we sped up again and around 4 miles or a bit after is where it got rough. It was the small uphill&nbsp;right before the downhill and I was breathing hard, my legs were burning and I fell off them about 10 meters. I caught back up to them on the downhill. Sam and I went 5 while Alison and Josie added a mile to get to 6. I wasn&rsquo;t feeling great so I didn&rsquo;t want to go another mile. But it felt really good to run with people again, I like being pushed. That&rsquo;ll help me get back into it quicker, and being with people makes it seem not so bad. I started my watch before it got GPS so I&rsquo;m not sure how accurate it is, but according to it 5 miles at 7:36 average&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: Went in for weights, did Day 1&rsquo;s workout.&nbsp;It felt a lot easier today. I was surprised, must&rsquo;ve been a lighter workout. Added 200 crunches at the end. I also talked to Coach and asked for running tips for summer training, he said he&rsquo;ll be emailing&nbsp;the packet out later&nbsp;today. He said to do nothing on the track&nbsp;and I can tweak the workouts if wanted, like make the pickups longer or something. And he said that we&rsquo;d decided 10 miles was too much for me but 8 miles seems to be a good distance. And then once I get up to 8 for a few weeks see if I can throw in a 10 miler on Saturdays (all at once). Then if I feel good after a couple weeks I could try to go 2 10 milers a week, Wednesday and Saturday. So first I&rsquo;m going to get up to 8 miles, I&rsquo;m a lot more motivated now</p> <p>Later PM: 2 mile shakeout with Maddy, 7:15 average. It felt good, a little faster than I&rsquo;m used to&nbsp;but I was expecting that because Maddy always goes fast :) We talked about how we both put a lot of pressure on ourselves to hit a certain pace and even 50%s can&nbsp;be rough&nbsp;sometimes. For example,&nbsp;only going 7:45 and being discouraged because you&rsquo;re working hard but&nbsp;7:45 is &ldquo;supposed&rdquo; to feel relaxed. She said she&rsquo;s started wearing a heart rate monitor and it&rsquo;s helped her a lot to ease the pressure. Rather than going for pace&nbsp;you&rsquo;re running in a zone and giving effort that your body can handle rather than pushing so hard to hit a pace and dying while feeling discouraged.&nbsp;I&rsquo;m looking into getting one for myself because I think that would help me a lot to not feel so bad about not being able to hit a certain pace. Then gradually as I get into better shape hitting my heart rate zones will be at a faster pace.&nbsp;</p> <p>Also, random fact: my freshman incoming class of 12 girls at SUU (it was a lot) is now down to 2: Maddy and I. Everyone else quit and Brighton decided to be done after this last track season because she graduated, didn&rsquo;t want the extra year.&nbsp;And Maddy graduates next spring. I looked at a picture of those who traveled to a race my freshman year, about 10 of us,&nbsp;and the only person still running for SUU in that picture is me now that Angie and Brighton are gone. In another picture, our top 7 had gone up the mountain to train at 10,000&nbsp;ft and I&rsquo;m the only one from that group left. Ironically I&rsquo;m one of the slowest on our team now- that&rsquo;s how much faster our team has gotten. Plus I haven&rsquo;t run well for a while.&nbsp;Kinda sad and weird. I&rsquo;m gonna be an old nanny&nbsp;because I still have 2.5 years left, it&rsquo;ll be a completely different team my last year here. I just hope that I can find my old groove and start running well again.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 12, 2019 <p>This morning I was so tired and kept hitting snooze and actually fell back asleep for a sec. The next thing I knew&nbsp;it was&nbsp;6:57 and I was supposed to meet Morgan at Coach&rsquo;s office at&nbsp;7. I started to panic and was about to jump out of bed, but right then Morgan texted me saying sorry it was&nbsp;last minute but she was going to take the day off. Yes! I was so relieved and went back to sleep because for whatever reason I was extremely tired. Definitely not in the mood for running. After work I went running, unfortunately at the hottest part of the day. If it was cooler I would&rsquo;ve gone longer but it was kinda terrible&nbsp;at the end. Took Dikes to Canyon road and then ended up taking side streets to see if I could get home that way. I certainly can but I overshot it and ended up farther up Main than I meant to go. But hey I found a new way home :) knee was hurting a bit and I was tight again. Still a bit sore.&nbsp;7:48 average&nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 11, 2019 <p>AM: Ran with Morgan again, I rolled out yesterday for the first time in forever and it was crazy the difference it made for my legs. My range of motion has improved drastically and&nbsp;I could run so much easier. Welp, now I&rsquo;ve again&nbsp;learned the importance of rolling out and recovery :) Anyways, I felt like I could go 6 or 7 miles easily. Unfortunately I was short on time because I had to get to work. Morgan went 4 with me then I added as much as I could after. Bonus- no knee pain! But I&rsquo;m sooo sore from weights yesterday especially my quads, which is sad because it was only body weight haha</p> <p>PM: Weights was mostly tissue work today to help recover and loosen any knots. Ohhhh flip it hurt so bad. First off, sore muscles. Especially quads. Well, the PVC pipe always hurts so I was prepared for that, as well as the golf ball and lacrosse ball. But then it was these quad and adductor smashes&nbsp;where you get the 45 lb bar from the rack and hook it in this thing so it can be moved around and have one end up a bit off of the ground. Then you put 20 lbs&nbsp;on the other end and put the end of the bar on top of your thigh and roll it up and down.&nbsp;Ohh my gosh I was in so much pain. My quads could hardly handle it, I had to keep lifting the bar up just a bit so it wasn&rsquo;t quite as painful. I lasted 2 minutes on my right leg before taking 10 lbs off, it still hurt like crazy so after another minute I took off 5 more lbs and finished the 4 minutes. Still hurt terribly but it wasn&rsquo;t quite as unbearable as before. I kept it at 5 lbs on the bar. The adductor one wasn&rsquo;t nearly as bad. My quads were so tight and sore. Still sore but not as tight. Ended up having to cut the last 10ish minutes because I had somewhere to be.</p> <p>I also went in and talked to Paul today just to catch up. I wanted to especially&nbsp;since he&rsquo;s the one that walked me over to CAPS twice and cared enough to know something was wrong, even though I never admitted to him that I had been suicidal or was depressed.&nbsp;He just knew. Anyways, I asked him how many miles I should shoot for and I was surprised with his answer. He said not to worry about it and just do what I can, not to push it if it feels like too much. Instead of feeling pressured to hit a certain amount of miles a week I should run at what my body feels good doing. And that&nbsp;if I&rsquo;m dreading the high mile week I feel I should hit, not to&nbsp;worry about it and go a shorter distance.</p> <p>He also said that I shouldn&rsquo;t feel pressured to hit a certain time, that he wants me to have fun with running and not dread it so much. He said not to be so fixated on breaking 5:00 in the mile for example and be so discouraged about not being able to hit it. Instead go out and have fun, enjoy running and take the pressure off. He said he doesn&rsquo;t care if I run 5:20 or even 6:00 in the mile as long as I&rsquo;m enjoying it. And then if racing still gets me down, he said I could even decide not to compete and just train with the team. I don&rsquo;t plan on that haha, but I didn&rsquo;t realize how much pressure I&rsquo;d been putting on myself until he said that. I haven&rsquo;t been running for fun, I&rsquo;ve been running to measure up and prove to Coach that I&rsquo;m worth the investment he put in me.&nbsp;And that got&nbsp;me down a lot because no matter how I ran I always felt like I never measured up. Anyways, going at it with the mindset that I&rsquo;m here to enjoy myself and see how much I can improve&nbsp;has helped me to relax and I feel excited for the first time in so long to see what I can do. To run because I want to not because I have to. I haven&rsquo;t felt like that since high school.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 10, 2019 <p>AM: I ran with Morgan today! Parks loop, 8:00 average. I&rsquo;m&nbsp;happy&nbsp;to run with her again. She and I are both trying to build up and get back in shape. The pace felt faster than it was and my legs were burning at the end. I was&nbsp;pretty tight.&nbsp;I was planning on adding and going 5 or 6&nbsp;miles, but opted out of it so I&rsquo;d have time to go to the training room before work. Good thing too because there were a few freshmen from&nbsp;the football team getting physicals and only one trainer, so it took longer than I thought it would. I probably could have run 2 miles instead of waiting so long. I&rsquo;m glad I erred on the side of caution and had planned for things taking longer in case they did.&nbsp;Nate checked out my knee and says it&rsquo;s most likely a tight hamstring, IT band or quad, or all of them,&nbsp;since they all run by and connect at the knee. I haven&rsquo;t been rolling out like I should&nbsp;due to break time without access to a foam roller until this past week (mine was still in Cedar) and even then forgetting to roll out. Whoops I&rsquo;ll be better. He says to take ibuprofen 2-3 times a day for a week to help lower the inflammation and roll out and&nbsp;ice cup my knee after I run.&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: After work I went to the weight room because Coach I said I could come in later during a small window of time after I got off work. I think because that was when he&rsquo;d be there. So I did the workout the best I could, Coach I corrected me on a few newer&nbsp;exercises because I was doing them wrong. Whoops. They were mostly body weight exercises because this is week 1 of cycle 1.&nbsp;By the end my muscles were very fatigued. I&rsquo;ve lost a lot of strength. After I finished the workout Coach I looked at my paper, I&rsquo;d grabbed the wrong one and did workout 2 instead of workout 1 which was on a different piece of paper. Oops. Oh well, I&rsquo;ll just do day 1 on Thursday. Tomorrow is tissue work.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 08, 2019 <p>Today I decided to go slower and longer. I still wanted to push and go 50% pace. I&nbsp;found it kind of difficult to force myself to run slow. I had to keep reminding myself that pace didn&rsquo;t matter and that I&nbsp;should stay relaxed and comfortable so I could go longer. It felt nice, but it was a different kind of hurt by the end. It took more out of me than I expected, I was really tired. The good workout kind of tired, but kinda not since&nbsp;it wasn&rsquo;t fast? Ha. But I think I need that right now because my endurance isn&rsquo;t great and I keep wanting to stop after a few miles.&nbsp;</p> <p>I have been getting light-headed on my runs&nbsp;and today in my last mile (up Main Street) my vision started to go black. It&nbsp;has happened on my runs a couple times this week. Not sure if it&rsquo;s because I&rsquo;m out of shape and am not getting enough oxygen or if I&rsquo;m just dehydrated. Not enough oxygen sorta makes sense since I&rsquo;m training at 6000 ft vs Salt Lake&rsquo;s 4500 ft. But I&rsquo;m probably not getting enough water either. I&rsquo;ll try to fix that.&nbsp;</p> <p>Dikes to Canyon, 8:00 average.&nbsp;</p> <p>This weekend was AWESOME for those on my team who went to NCAA D1 Nationals! Kasey took 6th in the 1500m with 3:42.43 (Wednesday&rsquo;s&nbsp;prelims he ran 3:46.47) and earned first team All-American status, Frank took 7th in the high jump with 7&rsquo;3&rdquo; and also earned first team All-American status, Skyler took 16th in the Javelin with 218&rsquo;9&rdquo; and earned second team All-American status,&nbsp;&nbsp;George took 19th in the 800 with 1:51.14 and earned honorable mention All-American status, and Angie took 18th in the 5k with 16:38.08 (impressive because of the 90+ degree Austin heat) and earned honorable mention All-American status.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 08 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 07, 2019 <p><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Dikes,&nbsp;</span><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">7:40</span><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">&nbsp;average. I started slow, like&nbsp;</span><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">8:00-8:30, </span><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">thinking I&rsquo;d go longer at a slow pace and, well, that didn&rsquo;t happen. I just get antsy and pick it up because I get stressed about going too slow. Idk why, maybe it&rsquo;s just because I&rsquo;ve been trained to always go 50% pace. I felt good today though. Maybe I&rsquo;ll try to wear my watch face down so I can&rsquo;t look at it while I&rsquo;m running, and just focus on running miles. But it&rsquo;s&nbsp;so hard to not worry about pace</span></p> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;"> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>I think I might start running early in the mornings. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday the training room is (most likely) open&nbsp;from 7-10am. It is a little iffy because it&rsquo;s summer and there aren&rsquo;t many teams practicing on campus or summer camps or whatever, but our new trainer Nate said that those are the safest times to come in. I do start work in the mornings, but if I run&nbsp;at 6 to&nbsp;6:30&nbsp;and be done by&nbsp;7-7:30, I can spend a little time in the training room before doing what I need to get ready for work.&nbsp;It would be good to get on a good sleep schedule anyways. I&rsquo;ve always been a night owl but the past couple months I&rsquo;ve eased into going to bed&nbsp;around 10-10:30, sometimes I&rsquo;m tired by&nbsp;9:30. But I still stay up late until&nbsp;11pm-1am&nbsp;if I&rsquo;m having fun with friends lol. So maybe instead of staying up pretty late and sleeping in a bit, I could start training my body to wake up earlier&nbsp;at 6-6:30&nbsp;and sacrifice those late nights.&nbsp;Plus then I&rsquo;ll be ready for early morning XC practices in the fall :) I still am unsure about weights though, I haven&rsquo;t been able to catch Coach I in the weight room and he hasn&rsquo;t texted me back :( but I really want to start lifting soon, I&rsquo;ve softened up and I&rsquo;m weak lol. Maybe I&rsquo;ll start with whatever I can do without equipment, I&rsquo;m just not sure exactly how to create a workout/training plan for weights :/</div> </div> Fri, 07 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 06, 2019 <p><span style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">Canyon, 7:45 average. Didn&rsquo;t feel so great. Super hot and windy</span></p> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="caret-color: rgb(69, 69, 69); color: rgb(69, 69, 69); font-family: UICTFontTextStyleBody; font-size: 17px; text-decoration: -webkit-letterpress;">I was pressed for time yesterday, at 9:30pm I got ready to run but it was dark and I was super tired, so I opted out of it.&nbsp;Motivation&rsquo;s low. I&rsquo;ll be better from here on out, just need to make time for running and stop pushing it off until the last second</div> Thu, 06 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 04, 2019 <p>Canyon and added up 300 W. 5 miles, 7:50 average. Felt pretty good.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve sort of lost motivation and&nbsp;I need to find a way to remotivate myself. Usually I&rsquo;m really driven to work hard and improve, but I feel like right now I&rsquo;m just not. And I think it&rsquo;s because I don&rsquo;t really have anything in mind that I want to work towards, anything that makes me excited to get out and push&nbsp;hard.&nbsp;I feel like right now I&rsquo;m just trying to prove to myself that I can still run and that I am fast enough. What even is fast enough? I don&rsquo;t know. But I do know I&rsquo;m not at my best fitness at the moment.</p> <p>What matters more? Hitting a solid pace or running more miles? My high school coach taught me miles were more important. But my college coach wants&nbsp;us to go no slower than 7:45&nbsp;pace, except on rare days when he says go slow. I know right now I&rsquo;m not really hitting either of those.&nbsp;But anytime I tell myself to go slower I still pressure myself to run faster because I feel like I need to, because&nbsp;what kind of college athlete&nbsp;am I if I don&rsquo;t?</p> <p>But I think for right now&nbsp;I need to relax&nbsp;and just run, not caring about pace. I do believe that having a strong base pre-season makes you stronger and faster in the coming season. I think maybe quantity is better for off-seasons and quality is better in season. But what do I know?</p> <p>I&rsquo;m going to make it my goal to get up to 60&nbsp;miles a week by the end of the summer. It doesn&rsquo;t matter about pace. I&rsquo;ll probably throw in some fartleks,&nbsp;hills, or tempos in a month or so, but for right now I think getting in the base mileage might be better than pressuring myself to run harder&nbsp;to meet a certain pace and only do a few miles.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 03, 2019 <p>Main Street loop but turned down 300 W. I felt pretty good but I was tired by the end. Effort was good,&nbsp;7:35 average. Knee was noticeable again&nbsp;but I think it&rsquo;s probably something I&rsquo;ll have to run through. Training room was closed when I went today, I&rsquo;ll try to go in earlier tomorrow.</p> <p>Side note: I&rsquo;ve been having weird involuntary twitches anytime I start to fall asleep... I looked it up and it&rsquo;s a rare side effect of Lamotrigine. Hmm.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 01, 2019 <p>Main to the Dikes trail. I felt the elevation/time off. Knee was noticeable but not bad.&nbsp;I pushed the pace a bit, it&rsquo;s good to be back. 7:24 average</p> Sat, 01 Jun 2019 06:00:00 Fri, May 31, 2019 <p>Moving day. At midnight I&rsquo;d finally finished getting all my stuff moved out of my old apartment and into my new one, got it&nbsp;all&nbsp;organized&nbsp;and got&nbsp;a second wind.&nbsp;I was about to&nbsp;go running cause why not then realized I had no food so I went grocery shopping instead lolol now it&rsquo;s almost&nbsp;1am and I&rsquo;m tired so no running&nbsp;</p> <p>No knee pain woooo! Also stoked to not be living out of a duffle bag anymore</p> Fri, 31 May 2019 06:00:00 Thu, May 30, 2019 <p>My knee was still kind of hurting, but it&rsquo;s eased enough to where I felt comfortable running. I&rsquo;d planned on going 3 but then decided to go the full loop. VA loop, 7:40 average. I felt really good, oh man I love running so much. Even 3 days off made me miss it.&nbsp;I was surprised because I expected to feel a bit out of breath or sluggish&nbsp;or something but I felt great. Felt like&nbsp;I hadn&rsquo;t taken any time off, it&nbsp;was awesome.&nbsp;I love&nbsp;the rhythm of my feet hitting the ground, and today the sun decided to come out and (so far) stay out! Beautiful day. But then it could always turn around and give us a surprise thunderstorm like it did yesterday, one minute clear skies the next showering rain. Like literally, my dad and I went downstairs to carry a large/heavy box full of stuff we&rsquo;re taking to the DI to his truck (from what we could see out our window it was clear skies)&nbsp;and once we got back upstairs it was pouring outside. Yaaaas&nbsp;Utah weather. On the bright side it was the cool sunshine rain for a minute instead of the Missouri rain an hour&nbsp;later haha</p> <p>Turns out I have work during the allotted time for XC to go to the weight room. Boooo. I&rsquo;ll talk to coach and see if I can go in later. I&rsquo;m going back to Cedar tomorrow so on Monday I can get my knee checked out by the athletic trainers.&nbsp;Knee felt good until about the 3 mile mark, but it&rsquo;s not too&nbsp;painful. Fine to run through.&nbsp;Now I feel like it&rsquo;s close enough to when I can get it checked out that I don&rsquo;t have to worry so much about it, and as long as the pain is manageable I can run on it.</p> Thu, 30 May 2019 06:00:00 Wed, May 29, 2019 <p>My knee is still hurting. It was more&nbsp;painful going up stairs two at a time, oops. As for now I&rsquo;m going to keep resting it then have one of the trainers check it out next week. I&rsquo;m know I&rsquo;m&nbsp;overly cautious,&nbsp;I just don&rsquo;t want it to develop into something serious that takes me out for a good part&nbsp;of the summer.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2019 06:00:00 Mon, May 27, 2019 <p>No running today to rest my knee. I think I&rsquo;ll follow Coach&rsquo;s injury prevention protocol, it&rsquo;s not worth running through it because it seems to be getting worse. So two days off&nbsp;then gradually increase mileage for a couple&nbsp;days until at full mileage.&nbsp;</p> <p>My team has 5 individuals qualified for nationals!</p> <p>Frank Harris III, high jump, 7&rsquo;1&rdquo;</p> <p>Kacey Kenevelbaard, 1500m, 3:41.69</p> <p>Angie Nickerson, 5000m, 15:48.08</p> <p>George Espino, 800m, 1:48.39</p> <p>Skyler Porcaro, javelin, 222&rsquo;3&rdquo;</p> Mon, 27 May 2019 06:00:00