It's all relative Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/ Mon, 06 Apr 2020 04:50:58 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Apr 04, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-04-2020.html <p>PM: 1.2 miles recovery&nbsp;</p> Sat, 04 Apr 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 03, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-03-2020.html <p>PM: 10 miles</p> Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 02, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-02-2020.html <p>PM: 12 miles, with 3 miles worth of hills/bridges at effort.</p> Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 01, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-01-2020.html <p>Day off.</p> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 31, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-31-2020.html <p>AM: 12.15 total miles at track. 1600, 1200, 800, 400, 4x200 with 400 recoveries between the long intervals, and 200 recoveries for the short intervals.&nbsp; Splits- 5:20, 3:46, 2:24, 1:07, :35, :31, :31, :31.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>PM: 7.25 total miles at track with Steven and John.&nbsp; Ran 6x800 with 200 super slow recovery&nbsp;jogs in between.&nbsp; Splits- 2:31, 2:27, 2:27, 2:28, 2:27, 2:28.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 30, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-30-2020.html <p>Noon: 8.8 miles</p> Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 29, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-29-2020.html <p>AM: Amazing run at Holloway Park in Lakeland.&nbsp; It&#39;s a (mostly) exclusive-use cross country course that is regular manicured for the specific purpose of running!&nbsp; It was my first time ever on the course, but it was definitely enjoyable.&nbsp; The pace was slow, but it was worth it to hang/chat with the group of guys I was able to get out there.&nbsp; Steve, Elia, Brian, John, Jeremy, and Chris all made the long trek and socially distanced themselves far enough away to make it a fun experience.&nbsp; I wanted 20 miles, but I am supposed to have a down-mileage week, so I stopped&nbsp; when everyone else did.&nbsp; I think 70-80 this week should be good enough.</p> Sun, 29 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 28, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-28-2020.html <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>AM: Had to run again just to get to triple digits. &nbsp;What a terrific run!&nbsp; Ran with Alan. &nbsp;By the time we finished, there were just a refreshing number of people out and exercising. &nbsp;Although we kept our distance as did they, everyone was super friendly. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Really is an odd dichotomy of personalities at the moment with this virus. &nbsp;I can&#39;t imagine what it would be like to be one of the ones with a super anxious mindset- that seems entirely too stressful. &nbsp;I suppose I never feel the need to be that overtly in control though, so that&#39;s a fortunate diffuser.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 27, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-27-2020.html <p>AM: 8.6 miles</p> Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 26, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-26-2020.html <p>AM: 10.1 miles</p> <p>PM: 8.1 miles, 3 fast with Jeremy, John, and Steve over the bridges/hills.&nbsp; Recovered down the opposite sides and just repeated it until we got to three miles of hard efforts.</p> Thu, 26 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 25, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-25-2020.html <p>AM: 10 miles. &nbsp;Was planning on this being my day off, but I needed a stress reliever.</p> Wed, 25 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 24, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-24-2020.html <p>AM: 11.2 miles at the track.&nbsp; 800, 1200, 1600, 1200, 800 at effort.&nbsp; I really just tried to keep it under 5:30/mile pace for the first half and then would speed up on the last 200 or 400m of the interval.&nbsp; It wasn&#39;t so easy today with the recent heavy mileage, but that&#39;s a bit expected. No splits on this workout, just enjoying the process.</p> <p>PM: 9.1 miles at the track again.&nbsp; 6x800 with long 400 recovery jogs.&nbsp; Kept it all right around or under 5:00/mile pace.&nbsp; Splits- 2:34, 2:31, 2:31, 2:26, 2:26, 2:28.&nbsp; After this morning I am happy to see these results.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 23, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-23-2020.html <p>AM: 10.2 miles</p> <p>PM: 7.5 miles</p> Mon, 23 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 22, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-22-2020.html <p>AM: 12 miles with Jeremy, Chris, Stephen, and John.</p> <p>PM: 6 miles</p> Sun, 22 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 21, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2020.html <p>AM: 20 miles in croom with Brian, Sarah, Steven, and Jeremie.&nbsp; Had a great time.&nbsp; I wish I could run there every week.&nbsp; First time I&#39;ve ran two 20-milers in a week since training for my ultra.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 21 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 20, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-20-2020.html <p>AM: 10 miles.&nbsp; Heading to Croom again tomorrow, hopefully with a couple of people.&nbsp; I love running out there.&nbsp; I have no reason to be running this much, but I truly just enjoy it.&nbsp; Tomorrow will be fun.&nbsp; There will be five of us, so should be pretty easy to socially distance.&nbsp; I think you can be smart about this and still find ways to enjoy time with others, so hopefully no one on this blog is hoping to chastise me.</p> <p>Conversely, I think I will still keep in mind my own goals for training.&nbsp; I still have two obvious milestones&nbsp;to work towards- a sub 15-minute 5k on a certified course, and a sub 1:10 half on a certified course.&nbsp; I think the sub 1:10 is obviously easier to do, I just don&#39;t have a race to do it on!&nbsp; I mean, I almost did it twice in February, with each instance having run 15k hard literally less than 24 hours prior to the attempts.&nbsp; Really, a much lower goal is in the cards.&nbsp; Now, the sub 15-minute 5k is a bit more confusing as to how I will achieve the goal solo.&nbsp; I really need to be decisive, purposeful, and honest with my workouts if it&#39;s to be done.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>My marathon goal of 2:24&nbsp;is another story.&nbsp; Boston&#39;s date is definitely questionable.&nbsp; The course is also already challenging- now add in high temperatures, humidity, and having to train in Florida garbage all summer and I think a 2:29 is the best I could hope for even if conditions are relatively favorable.&nbsp; A 5:40 is ten&nbsp;times easier than a 5:30.&nbsp; That one might be a throwaway marathon.&nbsp; Just run it, enjoy it, and whatever happens, happens.&nbsp; Similarly, it&#39;s a bit crazy to think the race will even occur given the current climate in racing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>~~~~~~~~~~~</p> <p>All that being said, all of that is on hold, so the only logical thing to do is to run a bunch of miles, build a nice base, and become a better, more efficient&nbsp;runner.</p> Fri, 20 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 19, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-19-2020.html <p>AM: 10.5&nbsp;miles.&nbsp; A big increase in the number of people outside exercising the last couple days, which is nice to see.&nbsp; Of course, we were all keeping a healthy distance from one another.&nbsp; Everyone seems positive, which makes it invigorating.</p> <p>PM: 7 miles with 5k worth of bridges/hills at effort.</p> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 18, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-18-2020.html <p>AM: 10.1 miles.&nbsp; They flew by today.</p> Wed, 18 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 17, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-17-2020.html <p>AM: 10 miles at the track. &nbsp;4:00minute repeats at effort. &nbsp;Then a good cool down with some fun people.</p> <p>PM: 7.3&nbsp;miles, with a workout. &nbsp;10x400 with ascending rests starting at 10 seconds. &nbsp;Averaged a 1:12-1:13, but was really ready for it to be over at the end. &nbsp;Super hot and humid... Florida is baaaack.</p> Tue, 17 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 16, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-16-2020.html <p>AM: 10 miles</p> Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 15, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-15-2020.html <p>AM: 20.1 glorious miles on Croom trails with Steve. &nbsp;Worth the drive.</p> Sun, 15 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 14, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2020.html <p>Noon: 10 miles</p> Sat, 14 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 13, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-13-2020.html <p>PM: 9 miles</p> Fri, 13 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 12, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-12-2020.html <p>PM: Boston marathon was cancelled, so I decided to get out some much needed frustrations on the running end of my life.&nbsp; Ran a pretty decent treadmill workout.&nbsp; 3.5 miles on the treadmill at 5:00/mile straight, then right into a 30 second recovery followed by 6 intervals of hills on 10.0 incline at 90-95% effort, with 30 second active running recoveries at low incline.&nbsp; It.&nbsp; Felt.&nbsp; AWESOME.&nbsp; But then again, I was seriously motivated today.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Motivation is a tricky animal.&nbsp; Self-motivation is even more flighty.&nbsp; Extrinsic motivation at least sticks for a couple of days, but that intrinsic&nbsp;motivation, man, is it hard to re-focus that energy correctly.&nbsp; It really boils down to discipline.&nbsp; Today I was going to skip my run completely (after hearing about Boston being cancelled.)&nbsp; I went and bought a pizza, didn&#39;t run after work, and drove all the way home- just to find myself putting on my run clothes.&nbsp; Then checking the gym.&nbsp; Then putting on my shoes... and out the door I went.</p> <p>Discipline is such an interesting beast.&nbsp; But not gonna lie, definitely went home and ate half of that extra large pizza.&nbsp; At least it felt earned!</p> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 11, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-11-2020.html <p>PM: 11.1 miles</p> <p>Well, it is not looking good for the Boston Marathon.&nbsp; Although I definitely do not expect to make it to the starting line in peak fitness, I did expect to be decent, and I CERTAINLY expected to have a terrific&nbsp;time.&nbsp; With the NYC half being cancelled, the governor of MA declaring a state emergency, and a overall pretty hysterical set of humans who do not understand how transmission works,&nbsp;I am afraid they may just do elites only so their consecutive streak stays intact.&nbsp;</p> <p>How annoying would that be?&nbsp; I do not even think I&#39;d go watch them run, but would probably stay inside and watch on TV or a bar somewhere in Boston.&nbsp; The irony is, I could probably go catch a Red Sox game with 37,000+ people after they cancel a race of 35,000 people.&nbsp; I understand there is a huge 500,000 person crowd watching, but just tell them to stay home, and let the runners go.&nbsp; We know the risks.&nbsp; The incredibly minute risks.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>I guess option two would be to find some random nothing marathon somewhere and run that.&nbsp; There is also option three of knocking out that 100-miler which would definitely be easier than a hard marathon.&nbsp; My only concern on that is- there has to be a pretty strong contingent of ultra runners that just run to 104.8 miles just to complete the fourth marathon of the run, right?&nbsp; Half (if not more) are walking a lot of the time anyway, so what&#39;s another 4.8 mile stroll?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 10, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-10-2020.html <p>AM: 12.5 miles at the track, 3 of them faster, marathon-ish pace, maybe half marathon pace.&nbsp; Probably didn&#39;t accomplish anything on my end, but it did help the other runners pace themselves.</p> <p>PM: 10 miles, 2.5 fast.&nbsp; 1x10:00 at 5:00/mile pace, then some hill repeats at a steep incline.&nbsp; Also did some gym work.</p> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 09, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-09-2020.html <p>PM: 11 miles</p> Mon, 09 Mar 2020 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 08, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-08-2020.html <p>PM: 20.1 miles at effort.&nbsp; I think this might only be my second PM 20+ miler ever.&nbsp; Finished after 10pm.&nbsp; It was a nice change running at night as&nbsp;I just felt&nbsp;so much looser.&nbsp; I went into this run with no expectations, so it was nice just to roll through 20 miles on a random run.&nbsp; I suppose I always try to go long on Sundays, so it might just be out of habit.</p> Sun, 08 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Sat, Mar 07, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2020.html AM: 10 miles and then the Weedon island parkrun 5k. Ran a 15:54. Felt super easy, and the weather was on point. Late AM: gym and 3 more miles. Sat, 07 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Fri, Mar 06, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-06-2020.html PM: 10 miles Fri, 06 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Thu, Mar 05, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-05-2020.html <p>AM: 8.1 miles</p> <p>PM: 5.3 miles</p> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 07:00:00 Wed, Mar 04, 2020 http://mikem.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-04-2020.html <p>PM: 11.1 miles&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 07:00:00