Training in Montana Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/ Wed, 18 Jul 2018 22:09:02 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, Jul 18, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-18-2018.html <p>3 miles this morning in Orlando before hitting Universal.&nbsp;</p> <p>AP: 8:06</p> <p>Got to Universal by 8:15, walked and walked and walked and walked. Feet hurt, spent way too much money, had a lot of fun, it was worth it. Now gators then the beach tomorrow.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 16, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-16-2018.html <p>6 miles on Legacy Parkway trail while staying at my sister&rsquo;s house&nbsp;in Woods Cross.</p> <p>AP: 8:50</p> Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 14, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-14-2018.html <p>6 miles while staying in Bear Lake. It was a good run. That is all.&nbsp;</p> <p>AP: 8:31</p> Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 12, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-12-2018.html <p>4 am miles from home. Took the dog/puppy and she pulled me up the hill and I basically dragged her down the hill, silly animal. Next time I guess&nbsp;I&#39;ll take water for her, but maybe she&#39;ll learn to chill so she has some on the return trip. Headed on vacation tomorrow for 12 days, and we are giddy to go. First 3 days in Bear Lake, then Salt Lake for&nbsp;1 day, then fly to Orlando &amp; New Smyrna Beach for 7 days then 1 day to drive back to Billings. Can&#39;t wait for Orlando - I&#39;m on the only one who&#39;s been there. We&#39;re doing an Everglades airboat tour and I&#39;m stoked, and can&#39;t wait for surfing lessons. should be a blast! And hot, humid, and sticky. Shower X 3/daily should work well.</p> <p>AP: 8:47</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 11, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-11-2018.html <p>6 more miles this&nbsp;morning&nbsp;in warm temps &amp; humidity (67F, between 78 to 61% humidity). Went shirtless again, and while a scary sight for others, a good choice as I was dripping in sweat at the end. Legs still tired from Monday&#39;s double, and from yesterday&#39;s 6, so not great times, but I&#39;m thrilled I can do back-to-back 6 mile runs after a 30 mile week last week. Big improvements for me and I&#39;m stoked that my overall health continues to improve. Seizures impact&nbsp;every muscle tissue in the body, and each neuron in the brain. It took me a while to realize this, but it appears to be true. After 6 months of no seizures, and some hard work on my part, I am close to feeling like a runner again.</p> <p>AP: 8:50</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 10, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-10-2018.html <p>6 miles from home this morning. Crazy humidity for us; 68F, 84% humidity. I was drenched, but a good prep for Florida next week. Realized shirtless running in humidity is the only way to go, as scary as that is for bystanders. I hope the humane society isn&rsquo;t called to help a beached whale...</p> <p>AP: 8:57</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 09, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-09-2018.html <p>4 miles from home with Hazel. She needs a new harness that is actually no pull as she pulls so hard the first mile, it&#39;s annoying. Low average pace as I stopped in mile 1 to fix Hazel&#39;s harness. Not a bad run, good temps, high&nbsp;humidity at 62F and 90% humidity. I live in the desert! This is weird to have such high humidity.</p> <p>AP: 9:21</p> <p>Noon: Boot&nbsp;Camp, with guest teacher Lindsay. She is a beast, and a legend at the Y. I haven&#39;t been to her classes in years as they aren&#39;t the right times or the right exercises for my taste, but she kicked our tails. Did double pyramids at each station, followed by 4 down &amp; backs on the basketball floor pushing sliders with our hands, then followed by 1 lap around the block, which is probably 1/3 mile. I had super shiny shins, and I&#39;m still sweating 35 minutes later. Doubles on light running days should help me prevent injury and get me back into shape quicker than just running.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 07, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-07-2018.html <p>4 miles while camping near Columbus at Itch-Ke-Pe&nbsp;Park. In the first mile I learned which road NOT to run on (speedy&nbsp;traffic and no shoulder), so turned around and ran last 2 in town. Warmish&nbsp;and humid, copious amounts of sweat. New watch, Polar M200 I scored for $31 my cost on Amazon. $122 plus shipping minus $25 gift card from McKinsey &amp; Associates for a product review - $70 gift card for signing up for Amazon Visa card. Why not? So far, so good. I like that it has a wrist&nbsp;HR monitor and it shows current pace. Old watch only showed average pace for that mile.</p> <p>AP: 9:02 Avg HR: 136</p> Sat, 07 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 06, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-06-2018.html <p>6 miles from home this morning. Much warmer and more humid than normal, so I was exceedlingly sweaty when done: 63F and 87% humidity. Temps went up a bit and humidity dropped before I ended. Took the dog and she did pretty well; she&#39;s learning. Unfortunately we got hosed when buying a &quot;no pull&quot; harness for her, as it turns out to be a &quot;pull the runner along&quot; harness. Turns out that the new 2018 version has a no-pull hook in the front, but oh well. Earlier this week I took her 4 miles and she was dying the last 2, but this time I let her wade in a pond at 1 mile, then 2.5 miles, and twice again on the way back and that saved her paws and gave her some water. Still a decent time even with the stops; lots of uphill on this run.</p> <p>AP: 8:51</p> <p>Update: I realized late last night that my lower back, left side, hurt really bad. Thought it was from some tasks I&#39;d done earlier, but after my run today I realize it&#39;s my left piriformis. Not sure if it was from TM running yesterday or going too fast or what? Trying to roll it out and get it to release and seeing some success. Not sure if I&#39;ll run tomorrow or not. I need a PT or deep tissue massage soon.</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 05, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-05-2018.html <p>4 Noon TM miles at the Y. TM is both easier than outside&nbsp;and more difficult. I did 1% incline and I was struggling. I finally warmed up, but was still laboring pretty hard to keep a decent pace. I did keep a decent pace, but was sweating&nbsp;A LOT. Good workout, glad I did it.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 04, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-04-2018.html <p>4 morning miles from home, with the pup who I&#39;m not a huge fan of. She did well until the end when I let her off her leash. She was trying to go see neighbor dogs and wouldn&#39;t listen to me - I&#39;m not okay with that. Dogs need to listen to their owners. I had to run and grab her drag her home. Ugh. Other than that, a good run. Pup was super tired the last 2 miles after dragging me the previous 2 miles.</p> <p>AP: 8:43</p> <p>1 mile hiking in the mountains in the afternoon, after we did the Red Lodge parade at noon. Very cool small town parade with lots of horses and smelly horse poop. After 1/3 mile&nbsp;of the hike my 12 yr old daughter had a bad stomach so I turned around with her as mom &amp; son carried on. I would&#39;ve liked to continue on, but will have to wait for another day. 3 times going to the mountains in 10 days; a new record for me, and I quite enjoyed it.</p> Wed, 04 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 03, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-03-2018.html <p>5 miles a bit before Noon. Decent temps, 66F, nice run. At 1.25 I saw a white haired runner a ways ahead of me and I couldn&#39;t help it - I started chasing. A mile later he stopped to cross a street, then started walking. I never would&#39;ve caught him - he was crusiing and I was in the mid 7&#39;s trying to catch him. Kept that mile under 7:40 just because, slowed up for mile 4, and sped up again for mile 5. Felt good to go &quot;comeback fast&quot;.</p> <p>AP: 8:05</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 02, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-02-2018.html <p>6 miles from home on a gorgeous morning. About to get hot, glad for the cooler temps. Hard effort, will take a while to regain form. GPS watch was haywire on the out, finally got it working on the back, and was just under 8 minute mile downhill. I was swot and heaty when done.</p> <p>July goal = 100 miles. I&#39;d like to consistently do 100+ miles each month for many months. In looking at my annual graphs I didn&#39;t realize how much my training drops off after a race - it&#39;s been significant drops, with very few injuries in there, just a general lack of desire. No wonder my times haven&#39;t been what I hoped for. Consistent high mileage yields great results. Build up mileage is helpful, but I&#39;ve been lacking a consistent no-holds-barred base since 2010, when I started running. I wish I would&#39;ve figured out running in my 20s as I think I could&#39;ve done pretty well, relatively. Now I&#39;m mid 40s and I hope I can still post some good age group times, but we&#39;ll see if my body agrees.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 30, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-30-2018.html <p>5 miles on the return backpacking trip. 5 miles downhill is much easier, and the packs were a bit lighter. Great weather, fun times.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 30 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 29, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-29-2018.html <p>5 miles backpacking with my 12 yr old daughter to Lost Lake. She had a 15 pound pack; mine was more like 50, but I didn&#39;t weight it as I didn&#39;t want to know. And I carried hers for 2 of the 5 miles. But we had a blast, and no cell service = bliss.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 28, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-28-2018.html <p>6 from the Y this morning. Felt decent but still a hard effort, will take awhile.</p> <p>&nbsp;AP: 8:30</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 27, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-27-2018.html <p>3 miles from home this morning. My first mile pace is so slow, it&#39;s odd. Might be a while until that declines since I incline quite a bit during mile 1, but it never bothered me in the past after many years of getting used to it. I plan to do Boot Camp on Wednesdays, including today.</p> <p>AP: 9:19</p> <p>Noon Boot Camp. Copious amounts of sweat. We determined a new measurement of effort: shimmery shins. They were today.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 26, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-26-2018.html <p>Went to bed late, slept in a bit, and only had time for a couple miles from home. Felt decent. Can&#39;t wait for legs to feel great again. High humidity (71%), which is odd for us.</p> <p>AP: 9:12</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 25, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-25-2018.html <p>Furthest I&#39;ve run in one stretch in many moons. Legs didn&#39;t feel good at all, but I powered through, and glad I did. Nice weather out, but still drenched in sweat at the end.</p> <p>AP: 8:49</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 23, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-23-2018.html <p>6 hiking miles with a church youth group, including a couple running miles down the trail. A significant climb to a gorgeous lake, Mystic Lake. Beautiful setting in a high alpine valley. Ran quite&nbsp;a bit downhill as I was trying to catch up with my son. That was fun, and I was sore the next day, which I love. Means I&#39;m alive.</p> Sat, 23 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 22, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-22-2018.html <p>1 TM mile. Rainy outside, needed to get to work, but got to watch part of the Brazil match. WC for the win.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 21, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-21-2018.html <p>AP: 8:49, harder than I expected. Ran my standard 4 mile loop from the Y this morning. Cool temps, cold hands on the out. I warmed up with a slow mile 1, then as my legs warmed up I naturally went faster, and then forced myself to maintain a faster speed. Averaged just over an 8 minute pace for miles 2-3. Legs weren&#39;t feeling it for mile 4 so I walked for a bit to slow my brain down, then jogged it in. Felt good, but definitely needing more running to up my fitness level. Just keep running, just keep running.....</p> Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 20, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-20-2018.html <p>4 miles this morning from home. After running in town for a long while and not at home, it&#39;s now apparent how tough my 4 miles from home is.&nbsp;</p> <p>AP: 9:09</p> Wed, 20 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 19, 2018 http://russ.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-19-2018.html <p>I have turned into a weather wimp due to this cold and wet spring we&#39;ve had. I ran at Noon, it was sunny, temps 62-65F, 65% humidity, and I was drenched with sweat at the end. Legs still sore from Saturday&#39;s 5K, which is insane to me. Just another testament of how out of shape I am as I don&#39;t recall ever being sore after a 5K. 30 pushups, 60 second plank.</p> <p>AP: 8:39</p> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 06:00:00