'till the end. Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:51:22 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sun, Oct 15, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-15-2017.html <p>4 at Noon. Felt terrible. Hot out, need to hydrate better.</p> <p>10x400m that evening. Tried alternating between 85 and 80 with 200m recovery. Ran 83, 76, 85, 73, 85, 80, 85, 79, 84, and&nbsp;69 running 40 for the first 200m then kicking pretty hard. First workout in two weeks, because of sickness and mileage and other stupid stuff. Area below the left knee hurt a bit on the last repeat, but I finished regardless, and kept the CD short. Will ice tonight.</p> <p>10th on the yearly mileage board!&nbsp;</p> Sun, 15 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 14, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-14-2017.html <p>Mileage over the past few days. I got pretty sick and had to take a few days off, so this &quot;140&quot; mile week is actually over 10 days. Nothing crazy to report, today was my first day back from sickness and I felt surprisingly good on the first run of the day, normally after more than a day off from running I hurt in various places, but it was good. I got a charlie horse in my calf this afternoon that was bad enough that it knocked me off the couch and I couldn&#39;t get up for a couple of minutes. Rolled it out and I&#39;d imagine it&#39;ll feel better on tonight&#39;s run, but to make sure of that I&#39;ll go very slow.&nbsp;</p> <p>If any of my 38 viewers per month are wondering why I&#39;m updating on Saturday, it&#39;s because my life has mellowed out enough that I have enough time to blog daily, starting tomorrow. It&#39;ll be odd blogging 3 runs in a day but I think I can handle it.</p> Sat, 14 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 08, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-08-2017.html <p>Another 100 mile week, with a new highest mileage day PR (21) and a very good speed workout, along with a very good weight session, squatting and deadlifting 110lbs(new PR) after not lifting since early August&nbsp;being the only noteworthy things to happen. Legs were just very tired from mileage, but when they adjust I&rsquo;ll be so much more fit.&nbsp;</p> <p>A side note - today was an off day because of the hurricane, so I woke up early to buy junk food to enjoy a day of vices before I really crack down on training. Seeing my reflection in the freezers isles made me realize: I&rsquo;ve really slimmed up lately. Wearing a large hoodie and basketball shorts, my legs looked like semi-sculpted sticks.</p> Sun, 08 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 02, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-02-2017.html <p>I had a good workout today(Sunday), so I&rsquo;m putting it as a stand-alone entry.</p> <p>150m to warm up in 19.9, 2 min rest,&nbsp;3x300m w/ 6 min active rest in between. 40.2, 40.3, 40.2. It was hard to basically run 3x400m in 53-mid, but luckily I didn&rsquo;t have the last 100m to deal with. I&rsquo;d put this in the category of A++ workouts that I&rsquo;ve only reached one other time, with the 3 mile tempo in 15:14 + 3x1000m in ~2:47. Both times I was tired going in, I wasn&rsquo;t expecting too much(sub 16 was the A goal then, low 42&rsquo;s was the A goal today), and I just ran out of my mind and smashed all expectations I had for it.&nbsp;It was very windy out and I&rsquo;m certain they would have all been 39&rsquo;s if I didn&rsquo;t have a nasty headwind on the last 100m. So, to recap, I ran three 300m&rsquo;s faster than my PR going into the workout. Originally by the end of the year I wanted to be able to do 3x400m in 54 each, looks like that&rsquo;s already doable! Crazy that I ran this fast coming off a 100 mile week. Since the times were all so close and I was going nearly all out on all of them, I&rsquo;d say that&rsquo;s probably the fastest I can run for that distance right now, but I&rsquo;m sure when I lose the 10 or so pounds of fat I still need to shed and starting hitting weights again I&rsquo;ll be better. My last race of the 2018 season is an 800m duel with brendon Merrell, so I need to be pretty fast by the end of the year. I&rsquo;m&nbsp;going to try to do this workout in May, but try to go 38 on all of them. Great day!&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Oct 01, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-10-01-2017.html <p>Got those triple digits in! Irate because if I put my mileage in daily I FINALLY would have gotten the #1 weekly mileage position, but alas. I also got 400 miles in this September which is awesome! Highest mileage month ever, and second on this month&rsquo;s mileage board. I think I have a good shot at getting the top mileage in October.&nbsp;Focused on mileage rather than workouts this week, but I do have a tough one tomorrow that I&rsquo;m excited for.</p> Sun, 01 Oct 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Sep 24, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-24-2017.html <p>Either 15+&nbsp;mile&nbsp;days or like 5 mile&nbsp;days this week, just an impromptu easier week before bumping up the mileage. On Sunday I had a good speed session, 6x200m w/ 100m walk, 100m jog recovery&nbsp;with the last 4 in 26.3-27.3, then a 300m in 40.6.&nbsp;The best 200m I&rsquo;ve ran this season is 26.9 so I was happy, and that 300m definitely would have beaten my 40.3 PR if I hadn&rsquo;t tied up so bad the last 80m from the 200&rsquo;s. on Wednesday I ran three times and because I felt alright on the third run, I did a few fast mile repeats on the turf field&nbsp;with the last one in 4:43! That&rsquo;s a 4:41 1600m so FINALLY beat that&nbsp;4:46 from junior year, I thought it would never happen. That next morning I felt good so my 6 mile run was 5:59 pace.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 Sep 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Sep 17, 2017 http://NathanGrindle.fastrunningblog.com/blog-09-17-2017.html <p>Another week of 80, but this time I only 6 days. Although I didn&#39;t have any workouts because time constraints were often high, I did have some really good aerobic runs. I felt really good this week, the slowest run I recorded was 6:14 pace, and there were a good 4 or so runs at 5:50 pace or faster.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&#39;ve been thinking a good bit about mileage lately. It&#39;s always surprised me how I was able to run 80+ miles a week the summer after junior year having never done more than probably 20 mpw before, and last year when I was running 90-110 miles a week I was able to run 26&#39;s and 27&#39;s for the 8k on virtually no speed work, no tempos, just going out and running easy every day. There are people like Cam Levins, Gerry Lindgren and Jim Ryun who had drastic improvements, far surpassing what anyone thought they could do, very quickly. The method? High mileage. The price? Short-lived careers(here&#39;s to Cam having a resurgence). Most people who desire to do well in running really enjoy it, and want to do it for as long as they can. People that want to break records, turn pro, etc, they, for the most part, want to be involved in running for the rest of their lives, whether it be akin to Lagat still running pro at 42, or continuing to coach runners or do workshops, like Salazar or Hall.&nbsp;</p> <p>I&#39;ve stated many times on this blog that, while I do enjoy bettering myself and pushing my limits, running isn&#39;t my life. I&#39;ve always been top of my class while giving my attention and effort to things like running, student council, clubs, friends, etc. I like to think if I was ever inclined to give my full attention to academics, the sky really would be the limit. I&#39;ve never struggled to learn something(knock on wood), I can miss days of my most advanced classes and show up and not miss a beat, and I really am excited to see what I can do in the real world and put my mind to it.</p> <p>But then there&#39;s running.</p> <p>Something I&#39;m passionate about, but I&#39;ve never felt like I&#39;ve got what I&#39;ve put in. And I&#39;ve never had trouble with things like high mileage, I never really suffered any real injuries, I had to take a couple days off here and there due to a niggling injury that&#39;s never reared its&nbsp;head since(knock on wood again), but if you&#39;re doing 100&#39;s of miles a week on nearly exclusively concrete and asphalt, it&#39;s just about impossible to expect otherwise.</p> <p>So, there&#39;s the dilemma. To boost one&#39;s career and fitness past what anyone expected, but to accomplish it you must pay the price of having to hang it up sooner because the brightest candle burns the fastest.</p> <p>I love running because I love pushing myself as hard as I can to be the best that I can be. Even if that means a shorter time doing it due to burning up, I prefer it to wondering what could have been. So if going back to 100+ mile weeks means I&#39;ll do better than I ever realistically thought,&nbsp;at&nbsp;the price of only being that good for so long, I&#39;ll take it. I&#39;ll obviously be smart about this so I can actually reach that level of fitness, running on dirt roads, grass, and track, for the most part, actually doing workouts, not bumping up the mileage too quickly, and only running a couple races this season(2017-2018) to establish fitness to Coach Waters. I think the team standards of 4:05 and 15:15 for the 1500m and 5k I could reach at less mileage that I&#39;ve been doing, so I&#39;ll dedicate this year to accustoming my body to this kind of workload, and hopefully have a spectacular few years before I hang up the shoes to pursue higher education at Oxford. Anyone who actually read this far, you&#39;re a real one if there ever was one and I&#39;m glad I could have met you these past few years(not quitting the blog yet, fyi).</p> <p>It&#39;s grind season!</p> Sun, 17 Sep 2017 06:00:00