You've got to want it to win it Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/ Tue, 26 May 2020 02:36:43 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Wed, May 10, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-10-2017.html <p>Started with core this morning, then 4 miles. &nbsp;Finished with stretching.</p> Wed, 10 May 2017 06:00:00 Tue, May 09, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-09-2017.html <p>Another beautiful morning! &nbsp;I&#39;m glad I was able to enjoy a run. &nbsp; I ran over to 2700s, up to 900e, over to 3300s, and home. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 May 2017 06:00:00 Mon, May 08, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-08-2017.html <p>What a beautiful morning! &nbsp;Didn&#39;t think I was going to get up early since Jesse and I stayed up watching a movie after the kids went to sleep, but when Elden woke me up at 6:30 I knew I wouldn&#39;t be able to get back to sleep because I&#39;d had a solid 6.5 hours... so after getting him to go back to sleep, I got up and did core, went running, and finished with stretching in the backyard! &nbsp;I ran my loop up to 2000e and 2700s. &nbsp;7:38 average pace :) &nbsp;I think the core is making a difference more than anything right now... Better late than never! &nbsp;And I&#39;m definitely looking forward to being done teaching for the school year in 2.5 more weeks!</p> Mon, 08 May 2017 06:00:00 Sat, May 06, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-06-2017.html <p>Family run today! &nbsp;As the day went on and we still hadn&#39;t gone running I was feeling a bit frustrated about not having a routine and missing the days when 12 miles every day was no problem and I had all the time in the world. &nbsp;But I&#39;m glad we were able to make it a family run. &nbsp;It&#39;s challenging to find a balance. &nbsp;And hard not to feel guilty for wanting some time to myself to just run and actually train so I can do some summer road races. &nbsp;It&#39;s difficult to want to run alone though when your daughter in the stroller is saying &quot;I&#39;m coming, Daddy! &nbsp;Are you coming, Mama?&quot; Yes. &nbsp;I&#39;m coming. &nbsp;I&#39;m pushing the stroller so you&#39;ll always be a step ahead of me, but I&#39;m coming. &nbsp;I pushed the stroller to 2.1 when Jesse turned around. &nbsp;Then I kept going out until I was at 23 minutes. &nbsp;Dropped 24 seconds on my average pace after Jesse took the stroller. &nbsp;5.16 total. &nbsp;And I saw Demetrio when we were finishing. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 06 May 2017 06:00:00 Thu, May 04, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-04-2017.html <p>Evening run in the neighborhood. &nbsp;I nearly forgot how much nicer running in the mornings in the summer is, not only because of the cooler temperature but the creepy people aren&#39;t out. &nbsp;There were 4 teenagers, 2 on bikes, along 500e and the bikers would bike up to me and back to their friends repeatedly... I was glad when I finally lost them when I turned up 2100s. &nbsp;I ran up to 900e, then over to 3300s and home. 7:40 average pace! &nbsp;A welcome surprise after Tuesdays run. &nbsp;I have been lifting twice a week and I think having the extra leg muscle strength helps. &nbsp;Another welcome surprise, my back didn&#39;t hurt at all! &nbsp;Core makes a huge difference too.</p> Thu, 04 May 2017 06:00:00 Tue, May 02, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-05-02-2017.html <p>This week I&#39;ve been wanting to make sure I get some good core work in so that my lower back will stop hurting. &nbsp;So I made a rule that I need to do the core first so that I don&#39;t run out of time later or get too busy with the kids. &nbsp;This morning and yesterday morning were devoted to core instead of running. &nbsp;Tonight I went for a run... after eating dinner at Zupa&#39;s. &nbsp;It did not sit well and I had to stop and walk twice. &nbsp;I guess I don&#39;t have that food tolerance like I used to,&nbsp;I guess that&#39;s something that needs training too. &nbsp;Anyhow, I&#39;m glad I at least got out for a short run.</p> Tue, 02 May 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 29, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-29-2017.html <p>Today wasn&#39;t really a run after the first few minutes. &nbsp;I went running with Liz at the Jordan River Trail. &nbsp;We ran the first few minutes, then took a walk break, then ran some more, walked some more, eventually ended up just walking the rest of the way. &nbsp;It was nice to talk and exercise at the same time (even if it wasn&#39;t running, it was still exercise!)</p> Sat, 29 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 28, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-28-2017.html <p>Evening run. &nbsp;I felt better before I started, I guess being sick is still taking a toll on my body. &nbsp;Had to turn around at 2 miles.</p> Fri, 28 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 27, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-27-2017.html <p>Am feeling much better as far as not having chills or headaches or feeling lightheaded when I&#39;m up and about. &nbsp;After looking on WebMD I think I have Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, which is a virus that&nbsp;causes blisters on the feet... it hurts to walk :( &nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 25, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-25-2017.html <p>Went to bed sick last night, woke up still sick. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 25 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 24, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-24-2017.html <p>Nice morning run. &nbsp;I ran over to 2700s, up to Imperial Street, over to 3300s, and home. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 22, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-22-2017.html <p>Race day! &nbsp;Elden woke me up 2 minutes before my first alarm, and there&#39;s no snooze button on a baby so I had to get up. &nbsp;But it was good so I could get up and moving and ready to go for the race. &nbsp;We arrived at the course around 6:30. &nbsp;Find out the &quot;official start time&quot; is 7:10 instead of 7, so a little relieved to have an extra 10 minutes warmup. &nbsp;I did about 2 miles warmup and then strides and drills. &nbsp;As I lined up at the start I noticed some high school boys and thought they might be good to pace with. &nbsp;And another girl who also hopped in at the start closer to the race time. &nbsp;My goal was to do sub 18 pace (which would need to be a really good day, but I did sub 18 my first race back from having Ellie... even though my miles were higher then. &nbsp;I had at least done some speed before this one though). &nbsp;When the race went out, I had guessed right on who would be going out quick from the high school kids. &nbsp;I didn&#39;t go out super hard as I didn&#39;t want to crash and burn (though it&#39;s just 3 miles, what was I thinking? I was thinking it would be a long 3 miles if I went out too hard. I forgot how fast it goes when you&#39;re racing). &nbsp;There were 2 girls ahead of me, but I told myself they would come back to me. &nbsp;And one of them did about 3/4 of a mile in. &nbsp;But one didn&#39;t, so while I decided I would just use the time to close the gap, that didn&#39;t happen. &nbsp;For a little while I was running next to a guy and it seemed like the gap may have been shrinking, but after a while he took off and I didn&#39;t go with. &nbsp;My first mile was in the 5:40s. &nbsp;After Tuesday&#39;s track workout, it seemed reasonable. &nbsp;But the girl up ahead had gone through in about 5:30. &nbsp;It seemed the rest of the time I was just watching the gap get bigger and bigger. &nbsp;I kept telling myself the gap would close eventually, but nope. &nbsp;And in my mind I was making up excuses, &quot;I&#39;ve got an 8 month old baby. &nbsp;I only run 2-4 days a week most weeks. &nbsp;I only got a 2 hour and a 3 hour stretch of sleep last night&quot; &nbsp;But I had to tell myself to stop it. &nbsp;After I had Ellie and was training and racing&nbsp;cross country, I had to tell myself many times that despite what the sports nutrition team would say about sleep and performance, my performance wasn&#39;t dependent on how much sleep I got. &nbsp;My mile 2 split was around 12:20. &nbsp;I had slowed down a lot. &nbsp;My finishing time was 19:18 (on my watch) 19:19 according to the race results. &nbsp;The winning time was 17:50. &nbsp;I lost the race in the beginning when I let that girl go and assumed I&#39;d catch up. &nbsp;Big mistake. &nbsp;I recognize that 2nd place is still an accomplishment. &nbsp;But I am still disappointed that when it was time to go for my goal, I wasn&#39;t ready to work for it. &nbsp;For a 5k I had conserved too much and didn&#39;t lay enough out there. &nbsp;From this point I think I need to choose another race and work on my efforts. &nbsp;I would love to run a half marathon, which means I need to be more consistent with my runs and overall mileage. &nbsp;I will be done with my class at the U next week, which will be nice. &nbsp;Two races I am looking at are the Ogden half marathon in May or the Utah Valley half marathon in June. &nbsp;Part of me wants to do Ogden since it is sooner, but another part of me is saying wait until June to give myself more time to get ready. &nbsp;I could also find another 5k or maybe a 10k in between to lead up to it. &nbsp;Even though today&#39;s race didn&#39;t go as I wanted it to (because I didn&#39;t want to work hard enough when the moment arrived), it still makes a decent workout for leading up to something longer. &nbsp;At the pace I was going I felt I could keep going for a little bit, though my endurance is nowhere near that for a half marathon yet. &nbsp;Next week (or after I finish my schoolwork) I&#39;ll take a look at some races coming up and make a plan from there.</p> Sat, 22 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Apr 21, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-21-2017.html <p>Wasn&#39;t planning on having time to run today since I have to work early, and I had a test this afternoon and needed to go to the race expo to get my packet, but I was up at 5:45 with my kids anyway so after I got them taken care of I did a 3 mile run and stretched afterwards. &nbsp;I&#39;m excited to race tomorrow!</p> Fri, 21 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 20, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-20-2017.html <p>Jesse&#39;s and my new shoes arrived yesterday! &nbsp;We ordered from Amazon, it&#39;s a lot cheaper than going to the running company. &nbsp;Ran in them this morning :) &nbsp;I did a 5 mile loop. &nbsp;I ran along 500e over to 2700s, up to 900e, over to 3900s, and down to 500e and home to complete the loop. &nbsp;Still a little sore from Tuesday night, but I think the soreness will be gone by Saturday.</p> Thu, 20 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 18, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-18-2017.html <p>Track workout in the rain. &nbsp;I was determined to get this workout in, despite text messages from my mom and husband asking if I had looked at the weather... Yes, I had looked at the forecast, saw 100% chance of rain, but not lightning, so I was still planning on it. &nbsp;To save time, rather than drive to Liberty Park after dropping my kids off at my parents house, I just ran to the East High track to run there. &nbsp;I forgot they had redone the track! &nbsp;It was nice! &nbsp;Also, the stadium lights were on because there was football practice, so that was a plus. &nbsp;It is 1 mile to the track from their house, so I did another lap and then some drills and 2 strides. &nbsp;I love being able to shorten my warmups since I&#39;m not in college or high school anymore and I can do what I want. :) &nbsp;My goal was to do 2 by 1 mile threshold and then 2 800 thresholds with 20% timed recovery. &nbsp;The first mile I got 6:06 then 6:10, then 3:07 and 3:10 on the 800s. &nbsp;The wind was picking up towards the end so each time I was on the north stretch it just got harder and harder. &nbsp;And I got more and more soaked. &nbsp;I had my rain jacket, so my shirt was dry, but the outer layer, my shorts, and socks and shoes were drenched! &nbsp;I was fortunate to find an extra hat at my parents house before starting since I had forgot to grab mine on my way out the door. &nbsp;Feeling just ok on my times, I wish I could have had a little more consistency, but then again for running this alone in the pouring rain and by myself I have to give myself some credit. &nbsp;Also when I looked at the splits in the garmin app later the 4 laps came up at 1.07 and 1.06 (5:41 and 5:43 mile pace?) and the 2 laps came up at .54 (5:49 and 5:53 mile pace). &nbsp;Cooled down back to my parents house to finish with 6 miles total.</p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 17, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-17-2017.html <p>Enjoyed my last day of spring break (only 5 weeks left of school...) by taking my babies in the stroller at Liberty Park. &nbsp;I opted for the park so I could go by feel if I needed to cut it short. &nbsp;I decided 2 laps was enough, my kids are getting heavy! &nbsp;8:32 average pace. &nbsp;Then I took my babies to the playground. &nbsp;Ellie was asleep, but Elden enjoyed the swings.</p> Mon, 17 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Apr 15, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-15-2017.html <p>Easter Egg (and house) hunt in Bountiful this morning meant later afternoon run. I ran from my house over to 2700s, up to 1700e, over to Sugarhouse Park, and through the tunnel and Hidden Hollow back down towards my house. &nbsp;7:37 average pace, which was a nice surprise since I wasn&#39;t expecting to be able to do that after taking a few days off... But I guess pool running is a great way to build cardiovascular endurance.</p> Sat, 15 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Apr 13, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-13-2017.html <p>Long course hours at Crimson Lagoon were 6-8 AM, so I was determined to make it. &nbsp;At least I was last night, this morning I turned off all 3 of my alarms as they went off... But then Ellie appeared by the side of my bed, so after getting up and helping her get back to bed I decided I should just get up and go to the pool. &nbsp;So I did. &nbsp;When I tried to pay for parking, I forgot that meters don&#39;t even start until 8! &nbsp;So I got free parking, which was awesome. &nbsp;For my pool running workout I started with a 5 minute warmup and then did 2 sets of 1-2-3-2-1 (minutes) with 1 minute rest after each. &nbsp;HR was 162 or 82% MHR. &nbsp;My back has still been hurting, though not as bad as it was Tuesday. Of course this would happen after I finally commit to running at Salt Lake and signed up for the 5k. &nbsp;If it weren&#39;t for that, I would probably just have taken the day off. &nbsp;So I guess it is good that I am at least still working out. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 13 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 11, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-11-2017.html <p>Happy birthday, Mom!</p> <p>This morning I got up and out the door early again. &nbsp;This time I ran along 500e, over to 1700s, up to 1100e, and south. &nbsp;I haven&#39;t been in the Sugarhouse area in a while I guess since I wasn&#39;t aware there was a Coldstone Creamery! &nbsp;And all those other places and apartments on top of it. &nbsp;I ran over to 2700s (by that time I was on Highland Drive) and then down and back home. &nbsp;My back started hurting again as I was getting ready for work, so I&#39;m kinda worried that running may be triggering the pain... I may have to spend a few days in the pool. &nbsp;Good thing it&#39;s finally spring break at my school (Thursday, Friday, and Monday... short but hey it&#39;s a break!) so I&#39;ll have time to do that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Apr 10, 2017 http://Susannah.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-10-2017.html <p>Crazy busy the last half of the week as it was Jesse&#39;s birthday and I had a huge project due for school... Only 3 weeks left of the semester! &nbsp;Then a 270 hour practicum and 6 more credit hours... I can do this! &nbsp;It felt nice to get up early and run again. &nbsp;I ran over to 2700s, up to 2300e, over to 3300s, and down. &nbsp;Coming down 33rd I hit my toe on the sidewalk crack and completely wiped out... I was at least able to lean and land on the grass, but I tore a hole in the knee of my tights. &nbsp;Not looking forward to seeing the bruise. &nbsp;As I laid on the ground I wished I had just stayed in bed, but my iPod was singing &quot;Try again as you did before...&quot; So I had to get up and finish. &nbsp;And I needed to get home sooo yeah.</p> Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:00:00