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U of A

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May 16, 2015

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Running Accomplishments:

unofficial highest mileage week in blog history(nov 2019, 200 miles)

Personal:

23. braves fan

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Russian champion tries Crocs, commits to racing a marathon in them

Nikolay Chavkin in the video below did 3x1000, first two in Adidas carbon-fiber models, the last one in Crocs. Surprised by the result (2:52, 2:52, 2:50) with the fastest interval done in Crocs, he committed to racing a marathon in Crocs if the video gets 42K likes and 195 comments (for 42 km 195 m, the marathon distance). Nikolay's current marathon PR is 2:14:00. The video was created by a Russian sporting goods store chain. Their moto is "more sports - brighter life", which we think is wonderful, and also deserves a Like. If you want to see a fast marathon in Crocs, go to the video and click the Like button. And make sure to share it with your friends.

Miles:This week: 11.00 Month: 166.00 Year: 2123.75
Fly's Lifetime Miles: 103.00
Pegs 36 #8 Lifetime Miles: 451.00
Pegs #9 Lifetime Miles: 322.25
Peg 37 White Lifetime Miles: 258.50
Streak LT Lifetime Miles: 5.50
Peg 37 Navy Lifetime Miles: 473.50
Peg 37 Magenta Lifetime Miles: 453.00
Peg Shields Lifetime Miles: 361.00
Total Distance
2123.75
Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 173.00Pegs #9 Miles: 322.25Peg 37 White Miles: 258.50Streak LT Miles: 5.50Peg 37 Navy Miles: 473.50Fly's Miles: 41.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 453.00Peg Shields Miles: 361.00
Weight: 151.40
Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3, 6:17 pace. wasn't hard... wasn't easy though. new year, fresh start, getting back into shape and all. 

RIP to MF DOOM, one of my favorite rappers of all time. 

SOTD: vaudeville villain - viktor vaughn

all caps - madvilliany 

doomsday - MF DOOM

books of war - RZA and MF DOOM 

 

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Fri, Jan 01, 2021 at 15:59:23 from 108.61.201.170

Eugene...I am expecting to see you at the top of the Mileage chart this year.

Hope you have a great year.

From Eugene on Mon, Jan 04, 2021 at 05:21:53 from 104.189.16.160

thanks eva. i'm gonna hold you accountable to holding me accountable, because lord knows i can't do it myself :)

Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3 miles, 6:14 pace. i'll try and get in something longer and slower after work

also i discovered lactaid which means i discovered greek yogurt and that stuff mixed with muesli is the bomb yo

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill at 8.2 mph. 100 miles in the next 6 days! time to get based up with some base training

PM - 5 miles in about 31-flat. wanted to go longer but my legs were just refusing to slow down, even if it did feel like they were. hitting 12 miles in 1:15 would be fun but i wasn't confident the legs could handle it after basically no running last week. after a couple of days of doubles i'll be back in my pace pocket

sotd: the middle of next month - boldy james

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill, 8.2 mph. wish my 24/7 gym kept those hours after the lockdown but i gotta wait until 5AM to run instead, at least until it gets warmer. last winter i was able to run outside at 4am most mornings and i have no idea how i did it

PM - 8 miles, 6:26 pace. had some of the worst stomach cramps of my life!! i was barely able to keep my back straight so when my watch died at 7.5 it broke me and i stopped there. not sure if the cramps were from the greek yogurt i had after breakfast or the coffee 90 minutes before the run, but hopefully it's unrelated to both because i can't live without my 3 cups a day and adding greek yogurt into the diet is easy protein. i'll get that PM 12 tomorrow!

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.00

mile just to say i ran

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 1.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4 on the treadmill, felt fresh from two days basically off. i'm not sure if i got salmonella again or that lactose-intolerance medicine was false advertising but dealt with the worst stomach cramps of my life the past couple of days. mostly passed it now.

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 151.40
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 before work. cold and windy.

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 before work. for being below freezing out, it wasn't that bad. 4 years in Alabama have definitely made me better at running in extremes on the other side of the spectrum though. took it easy so i was surprised to see the first mile was 6:22 afterwards

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
25.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill. felt solid. ever seen the episode of the office where they race a 5k? i was andy on this run

AM2 - 12 at sandy. wet, cold, and hilly, my three favorite words to describe a run. oh, and muddy. last time i ran at sandy was november at about 7:08 pace, which was by far the fastest i've ever ran this tough-ass course. pace today was 6:40. probably should have been a few seconds slower but hit 9 miles right at 60 minutes and tried to get the pace to 6:38 so i could say i ran 30 seconds faster than i ever have at sandy; too bad the last 3 miles are all uphill. feels good to have 17 miles punched in before 9am!

PM - 8. came through the first two miles in 13-flat then relaxed; i'll be shocked if i can still do that in a few days

sotd: on that time - playboi carti

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 25.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 09:46:46 from 98.161.146.237

I get bloody nipples a lot. Perhaps it's a medical condition.

Wet, cold, and hilly. Just the way I like my women.

I follow ex-blogger Nevels on Strava. He's from Alabama. He said it was rainy, sleety, and a bit snowy.

From Eugene on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 09:54:21 from 104.189.16.160

wasnít bad enough for blood; i took an old running shirt back over the holidays that iíd left at my parents, so i didnít realize the writing on the front would basically just serve as sandpaper as soon as the shirt got damp.

i drove out of rainy tuscaloosa to tallegeda national park hoping the normally colder forest would provide me my first snow run since high school, no dice.

From Burt on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 09:57:06 from 98.161.146.237

Nevels is in Huntsville.

Total Distance
25.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill. was checking the logs last night and realized yesterday was my first 20+ mile day since september. my ex booty called me late last night but i went to bed at 8pm. tragic!

AM2 - 12 at sandy, 6:57 pace. was tired from the flux of mileage; finishing this run made for 42 miles in the past 28 hours. feeling pretty good! might end up getting 100 by thursday 

PM - 8. high 6:40 pace the first 4 then the legs ran out of juice. survived it! 

sotd: lost in moments - ulver. as someone who loves the industrial genre of music imbreding with basically any other genre, finding an industrial jazz song the other day that slaps was big for me

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 25.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - off. recovery day; my legs aren't in desperate need of it but kinda feel like i'm at the cusp of overdrafting, with currency being miles and my legs being the bank in this metaphor. gonna try and get 25 again tomorrow if it feels feasible in the morning

PM - 5-mile shakeout, 6:18 pace. bounced back from the last two days much faster than i expected. felt really good! just super strong. 

sotd: ante up - M.O.P.

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 06:51:35 from 47.206.60.114

50 miles in 2 days would deplete my account.

Total Distance
25.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill. felt pretty good. the cold front we've had the past week melts away today so i'm saving the rest of my mileage for the pm so i can run in 60-degree weather instead of 20.

PM - 5 miles with some strong headwind, 6:18 pace again. too fast for a shakeout! luckily i didn't space these first two runs apart by much so i can afford the time to take a little more rest than i like to between shakeout and longer run(it's usually about 90 minutes)

PM2 - 15 easy. watch died but i'm sure the pace was slow. easy day tomorrow!

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 25.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill. working out some kinks from not getting the chance to run yesterday, but them's the breaks. hopefully should get a chance to run tonight to get the 100-mile week, either way easy day tomorrow then it's trying for 100 miles in 4 days again

sotd: tookie knows II - schoolboy q

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Sat, Jan 16, 2021 at 18:53:48 from 108.61.201.170

Looks like you had a good week this week. 100 mile weeks are just a dream for me now.

Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 before work, 6:37 pace. felt good, went a little faster for a shakeout just because it was cold and i wanted to get back indoors. didn't get the chance to run after work yesterday, oh well

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill. gonna have a lot more treadmill running on deck with the storms starting to come back in full soon. in an alternate timeline andy williams wrote a song about spring in the south called "it's the least wonderful time of the year"

PM - 5. didn't get a chance to run earlier because of GI issues. feeling better afterwards; always feel like it's russian roulette with this where either you run it off or you make it 100 times worse

sotd: omegah red - books of war

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
20.00

4AM - 8 easy. felt good, especially for it being totally dark out and below freezing for all of it. 7:09 pace.

11AM - 8 easy. was gonna go for 12 but my legs told me stop at 8 so i did. ran an hour earlier than i planned so that might have factored in, but on the bright side now i have the chance to run again before the storms hit tonight, or just get an extra hour of recovery. 6:51 pace. turned the pace off my watch face so all it says is distance so all the runs for the next few weeks are gonna be about the same effort.

6PM - 4 jogging, 7:44 pace. rain ended up starting much earlier than the snake oil salesmen we call meteorologists predicted, so my only options were the turf football field and the treadmill. both have their pros and cons, but turf is my absolute favorite running surface and i figured as long as i take it super easy the constant turning wouldn't be too much of a hassle for my legs. going out the door i thought the most i could manage was 4, but after a few minutes loosening up i felt much better. usually when i do this course for the first time i'm more susceptible to straining my legs, so still called it early. i'll probably have to run here again in the early morning since it'll still be raining anyway. i can only run so many turns!

sotd: i'm so tired - fugazi

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 20.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

3AM - 6 jogging on the turf field, 7:53 pace. it was pretty nice out for 3am in January; since it had just stopped raining it was high 40's with 100% humidity

4PM - 3. 6:59 pace. felt good aerobically, body wasn't hurting, but legs were completely lifeless, as they have been since the morning run. hopefully the shakeout gets the recovery blood flowing

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

AM - off. legs really haven't felt that good since the second run on tuesday. kinda annoying when i did 25's last week no problem that a 20 kicks my ass; but i'm hoping it's either from the 10 miles of turf turns or my shoes being past their prime, preferably the latter since i ordered a new pair last weekend. legs feel much better than they did at 3am, but if i don't feel comfortable running i'll just do a session on the stationary.

PM - 30 minutes at high resistance. got a little over 8.5 miles so i was fine with it

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 on the treadmill. new shoes came in! wild that i've bought 9 models of the exact same shoe. legs felt okay, i think. really i won't know until i see how i feel in the morning. not feeling too bad an hour later though

sotd: neighborhood threat - iggy pop

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

4AM - 5-mile shakeout, 7:02 pace. felt like a deer on ice the first mile then relaxed and felt better. did a light pickup for about 2 minutes towards the end to loosen up the legs. nothing crazy, about 6-flat pace. didn't realize how worn down my pegs i've been using were until i put on a new pair

sotd - samurai sword - the microphones

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 shakeout, 6:46 pace. felt great, surprised my legs bounced back from tuesday already; my calves were absolutely ripped to shreds wednesday/thursday

also i found a rare peg 36 color scheme and i will 100% pay extra to get them because they're sick

 

sotd: a madman's dream - east flatbush project

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Spencerdude on Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 10:28:53 from 144.39.129.232

I'll agree with you there, those look sweet!

Total Distance
7.00

4AM - 7 miles pretty easy, 6:53 pace. 100% humidity, low 60's, and windy... not terrible running conditions for an early january morning. moving back up to doubles today!

PM - off. felt like i stretched too far and re-strained my calf; it's nothing major but i can tell over the past month my hips got out of alignment again so i'm using this as an excuse to see the chiropractor and give myself about 24 hours to let the adjustment set in. should be up and running again tomorrow night

sotd: fantasy - against all logic

Pegs #9 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

PM - jogged on the treadmill for a couple minutes, then did 30 minutes hard on the stationary at high resistance. around tempo run effort, i guess. got 10.2 miles in that time 

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.00

4AM - short shakeout. legs needed more time to feel better than i expected. felt alright... i think. one run at a time.

Pegs #9 Miles: 2.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5. felt much better than yesterday!

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

AM - stationary

PM - few minutes of jogging on the treadmill and some more stationary to loosen up, then drills and plyometrics. burpees kicked my ass, but i definitely have a better vertical than i did a year ago. with as much jumping as i did and my legs feeling fine this probably means i can start running again

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

really wanted to run today but i had really bad stomach cramps and a jacked HR all day. long as it's not covid, whatever; hopefully i can sleep it off so i can run tomorrow. surprised how sore i am from the plyo session last night; feels like i did leg day(go figure)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

PM - 4, 6:41 pace. felt pretty good! wanted to go longer but with only 7 miles ran in the last 8 days and a weight session later tonight(albeit mostly upper body) i decided to keep it short enough to test out the legs without really testing them. i'll go for 10 tomorrow and that'll be the real gauge. looking back it's only been two weeks since the wheels fell off and i've gotten some good stationary work in so maybe i haven't lost too much fitness. hope not; i was starting to feel really good a few weeks ago. legs feel stronger from the plyometrics!

PM2 - 10 minutes on the stationary to loosen up then core, back, chest and hips. probably gonna be sore tomrrow. good!

Pegs #9 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

another day without running but this is one of the best excuses i've had in a while to miss it. i was completely ready to run but came outside to find my tires had been jacked, and no one else in the lot. it's messed up, and after filing a police report and knowing replacing this is all coming out of pocket after buying new ones just a couple months ago, i'm demoralized to the point where i don't think a run would fix it. it's a cold world man

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Fri, Feb 05, 2021 at 11:33:45 from 47.206.60.114

Man, that stinks!

From Burt on Fri, Feb 05, 2021 at 14:14:57 from 98.161.146.237

If it's anything at all like the time my CD player got stolen, the police aren't going to do a darn thing.

From Eugene on Fri, Feb 05, 2021 at 16:38:50 from 174.223.1.7

@burt, i was wondering why the officer kept calling rims ďthe CD players of the roadĒ!

@tom preach! got it fixed today though so minor hiccup.

From Burt on Sat, Feb 06, 2021 at 18:47:06 from 98.161.146.237

At least you didn't say, "What the heck is a CD player?"

From Eugene on Sun, Feb 07, 2021 at 08:40:47 from 104.189.16.160

oh don't worry! i may have been reared in the later stages of the mp3/walkman generation of music players but "frugal" parents meant i wasn't getting enough for anything but a CD player from doing chores until probably 2009.

still remember the last chore i had to do before having enough to get my first mp3 player; it was mowing a 20-acre field we owned at the time. it took about a week and the only thing that kept me going was knowing the next time i mowed the lawn i could do it with an ipod!

From Burt on Sun, Feb 07, 2021 at 09:43:54 from 98.161.146.237

Awesome.

Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 at night after finally getting new wheels on the car. i'd been up since 2am so i was pretty tired but wanted to get the legs moving so i forced myself to hilton. could have felt worse after 2 days of no running

also i got a great story out of this crappy situation with the wheels. i needed a ride to an auto shop to get lug nuts but obviously couldn't drive, and the only person available to drive me was my ex i haven't seen in about 2 years. we drive to the shop and it was honestly less awkward than i thought it'd be.

so i get back in her car and after a few seconds driving back to my place i hear her sigh and look over and she's got the whole waterworks rolling down her cheeks. i'm like yooo wassup g and she says she just found out her new bf is cheating on her. well, apparently she meant cheating on her at that very moment because she pulls off the main road and drives to what i assume was her mans' apartment and is like "there's that two-timing mfs car, i think i remember where she lives" and pulls out, slams on the gas and drives around looking for her house, i guess

so now i'm just awkwardly sitting in the passenger seat trying not to say anything like i'm in timeout or something, worried i'm about to get caught up in a first-degree murder charge. there was a look in her eyes; i've never seen it in anyone before and honestly, it put the fear of god in me lol. she drops me off and i tell her she's too pretty for prison and she peels off and now i'm praying my ex doesn't catch a case because that looks bad on my tinder resume

like any faithful ex would i (mostly jokingly) offered to beat up her new man but apparently he plays football for bama so i'd like to emphasize the fact that my exes go on to date national champions which kinda feels like a dub for me somehow

sotd: i hit it first - ray j. 

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3 again. started to feel the days i haven't ran the past month coming back to haunt me but i definitely felt stronger than i would have if i didn't do the strength sessions this week. it's supposed to rain from noon through tomorrow morning but i'll still try to get out there for a shakeout tonight even if i'm tired after work.

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5, 6:35 pace. was running on 3 hours of sleep yesterday and unfortunately didn't have it in me to do it again so slept through my alarm and didn't have much time before work, so took it a bit faster for still being half-asleep. felt much better than i have the past couple of days; i didn't look at my watch until after the run and i'm not sure if i expected the pace to be faster or slower.

feel like i've been lacking ambition in running the past couple of months, and REALLY feel like that switch got flipped the past couple days. not letting that fire get snuffed this time!

sotd - la mala ordina - clipping

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
15.00

AM - 10 miles, 6:39 pace. was tired but tried to pick it up the last mile and ran a 5:58. felt less like i was flying and more like i was desperately running for my life, lol. felt good to feel that pain; although i'd rather it correspond to something in the 5:20's instead. baby steps. shakeout and plyos tonight!

PM - 5, 6:51 pace. legs felt tired but had a LOT of bounce in them. guess that's why you do strength work

PM - plyometrics. tough one!

Pegs #9 Miles: 15.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5, 6:36 pace. felt pretty good. took a step around mile 3 and felt my calf strain a bit. didn't feel it before or after that but told myself i'd stop at 5 to exercise caution. shame, but it's a run.

PM - 5 shakeout, 6:59 pace. felt pretty good! could feel the plyos in the legs, both for better and for worse(mostly better). weights in a couple hours!

PM - calves, quads, biceps, triceps. had a paradox where my calves felt strained from running, but the way to avoid that was by straining them more with weights, so might be incapacitated for the morning run tomorrow. either way, it was a good session.

bringing back sotd! today it's bad boy for life by p. diddy bc we're keeping the lombardi down in the dirty south!

Pegs #9 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 05:56:48 from 47.206.60.114

where ya at?

From Eugene on Sat, Feb 13, 2021 at 10:05:54 from 104.189.16.160

you might have had the mental tenacity to brave the torrential rain for a run... i didn't!

Total Distance
3.00

20 min of jogging on the turf field

Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

5 on the treadmill before work! felt good

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 easy before work, 6:53 pace. surprised i didn't cut the run short; it was cold with a vicious wind and corresponding wind chill. we're supposed to have a nasty winter storm hit us later today and last until tuesday morning, so monday's mileage is up in the air. hopefully the weathermen and weatherwomen are once again exposed as frauds tomorrow so i can get the work in. 

sotd: blockbuster night pt. 1 - run the jewels

Pegs #9 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

treadmill

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

treadmill

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

treadmill

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

8 at hilton, 6:52 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

7 on rodeo, first 5 at 6:17 pace. weights later.

Pegs #9 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2.25

6:40 pace on hilton. i forget why i stopped early

Pegs #9 Miles: 2.25
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

12 on sokol, 6:43 pace. weights after

Pegs #9 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

12 on sokol, 6:39 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

3 on hilton, 6:34 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

7 on sokol, 6:41 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

4 on sokol, 6:43 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

letting my fans know i am alive and well, and also getting some decent 90-minute runs and strength training in lately. been super busy with things like work and academics but i'll enter all my training whenever it clears up(should be some point in the next few weeks, probably immediately after tax day). i'm gonna try to do a 30-mile long run the saturday after next and if i get that done i'll definitely be here talking my talk lol. haven't ran yet today because of a pretty nasty storm, but once it clears up tomorrow it'll be 70's and sunny for the next week. i'm gonna get some great runs in.

Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Spencerdude on Wed, Mar 03, 2021 at 18:41:38 from 72.52.67.144

Your fans are glad to know you are alive and well.

From Zack on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 09:46:42 from 136.36.6.204

^^^^

From Tom K on Thu, Mar 04, 2021 at 11:17:41 from 47.206.60.114

Fan # 3, here. Thanks for the update.

From Yasir on Tue, Mar 23, 2021 at 21:42:25 from 99.20.240.16

You need to know I'm your # 1 fan lol. Lets rock some miles here. I hope that GI crazy stuff are under control I'm living with it too. Not fun.

From Eugene on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 10:55:35 from 104.189.16.160

thanks everyone. Yasir, i do have GI stuff under control, but i had to clean up my diet to the point where i don't think i've eaten anything but fruits, vegetables, rice, oatmeal, and eggs so far this year lol. i also go through about 3-4 cartons of each of these a week

https://www.bluediamond.com/almond-breeze-banana-blend#:~:text=Sometimes%20simple%20is%20best.,replacement%20to%20your%20favorite%20smoothie.

https://silk.com/plant-based-products/plant-based-protein-beverages/unsweet-protein/

plus coconut water. a year or so ago when i was running crazy mileage i basically ate whatever because of that old adage about how anything burns if the furnace is hot enough, but honestly i feel better than i ever did than. only problem is i'm no longer crazy enough to do a 45-mile day... at least for the near future :)

Total Distance
5.00

5 on sokol, 6:50 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

9 on sokol, 6:37 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

3 on sokol, 6:40 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

treadmill

Pegs #9 Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

8 on mural, 6:43 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

treadmill

Pegs #9 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

12 on sokol, 6:34 pace. weights after

Pegs #9 Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

9 on sokol, 6:35 pace.

Pegs #9 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

10 on sokol, 6:40 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

10 on sokol, 6:38 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

Pegs #9 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

8 before work on mural. 6:41 pace. cold and dark!

Pegs #9 Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

9 at sokol, 6:42 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

treadmill

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

treadmill. no running last couple days bc bad storms.

Pegs #9 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

7 on sandy, 6:37 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

treadmill

Pegs #9 Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

AM - 6 hilly, 6:52 pace. had a bad cramp.

PM - 3, 5:54 pace. felt amazing

Pegs #9 Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM: 11, 6:47 pace. tired from the second run yesterday.

PM: 5 on mural, 6:38 pace

Pegs #9 Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

11 at sokol, 6:37 pace. last 2 miles in 12:20

Pegs #9 Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

it rained all night so running on sandy should have sucked. lotta mud, lotta hills. however, i got my new shoes in the mail yesterday, plus a pair of 2" shorts(haven't worn short shorts since like 2017), so i guess that was a recipe for success.

11 miles at 6:18 pace with the last 4 in 24:07, 136 avg HR. felt amazing the entire way, i kept expecting the hills to finally do me in but it never came. a few days ago i felt super good on my second run of the day and ended up running 5:54 pace like it was 7-flat, and ever since then i've just felt great on every mile of every run. i'll probably run again tonight since we're supposed to have a severe storm hit us from basically midnight to midnight tomorrow(i'll say it for the umpteenth time, gotta love spring in the south), so not sure what i'll be able to get in. i might end up running over 100 miles this week for the first time in forever, but only if i can get in something tomorrow, so fingers crossed. if not i'll definitely clear that next week, then workouts start the week after that. 

PM - 5, 6:33 pace. saw ethan running while i was stretching beforehand, he asked if i'd finish his run with him and i figured eh, it's been a while since i ran with someone. took it a bit easier because his breathing seemed labored(he said he ran a 15:20 5k last week so i'm kind of surprised), then once he dropped off after 3 miles ran the pace i wanted to from the start. ended up being about 6-flat, felt easy. good day of training. if i get a few more days like this in before workouts start, i'll be very excited to see what i can do when i really let loose :)

sotd- enecs eht no kcab - one be lo & DJ virus

Peg 37 White Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 19:25:57 from 108.61.201.170

Good to see you on the blog again Eugene.

From Yasir on Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 21:35:26 from 99.20.240.16

Great day Eugene.

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 3 on the treadmill

AM2 - 7 on sokol, 6:17 pace. felt great.

sotd: huh??? - rural internet

Pegs #9 Miles: 7.00Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
18.00

AM - 13 on mural, 6:26 pace. it stormed last night, so not only was the course soaked and windy, but also nearly 70 degrees with full humidity by 6:30am. the run should have sucked, and it did, stayed strong though. after like 4 miles the average pace never got slower than 6:27 or faster than 6:26, so i was running good splits even if i felt like i was about to catch on fire. 

also, if any southern vets have recommendations on combatting humidity on runs, would love to hear it. jogging 7:30's during the hotter months like i've done in the past is one thing, but aerobic runs like this in warm weather mean getting uncomfortably close to that red line, and i'm not trying to cross it on a run meant for recovery

PM - 5, 6:35 pace. i work this afternoon until late so my only chance to run was around noon. since the recovery time was small plus it's been a solid week of decent mileage, decided to take it easy... after running the first mile in 6:01 :)

sotd: stay fresh - j rocc

Pegs #9 Miles: 13.00Peg 37 White Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

6-mile jog on the track, 7:12 pace. felt tired from yesterday, i'm pretty sure it's more to do with a lack of recovery than the running itself. feeling a lot better now that i got the blood flowing

Pegs #9 Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 miles on sokol, 6:16 pace. sokol isn't an easy course, so flying on it without putting in too much effort is a huge mental boon for that first workout next week. might do some short hills this week, but if i do it won't be anything too hard.

Peg 37 White Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.00

AM - 11 miles on sokol, 5:59 pace. if yesterday was a boon, not sure what you'd call this. double boon? boon squared? boooon? either way, this was awesome, and running it on a hilly course with an avg HR of 139 makes it even better. last 5 miles in 5:58, 5:55, 5:54, 5:47, 5:44

PM - 3 on mural, 6:16 pace. probably would have taken the PM off, but we have a nasty storm hitting us from tonight to tomorrow night so i probably won't get a chance to run in the morning. all i got was 3 before the storm hit WAY faster than expected

Peg 37 White Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Yasir on Tue, Mar 30, 2021 at 21:11:16 from 99.20.240.16

I'm still interested about the short easy miles that you use to run early morning then paused before putting a big day of running. you intend to do that or just a lack of time. I ran much faster and easer when I did that?

From Eugene on Fri, Apr 02, 2021 at 10:13:03 from 104.189.16.160

it's a longer answer than i have the time to type out right now, but basically, i chose quality mileage over quantity mileage.

might try for that crazy mileage in the future, but not the immediate future.

Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 on hilton, 6:22 pace. felt easy, but conditions were terrible.

Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on sokol, 6:10 pace. felt way easier than the two sokol runs i did earlier this week. long run should be fun tomorrow if i'm feeling good. ready to hurt!

Peg 37 White Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
18.00

AM - 18-mile LR at mural, 6:12 pace. last 13 in 1:19:39.

quick complaint; this run definitely would have been faster at sokol or hilton, maybe even sandy. temperatures went below freezing last night, so at 6:30 the grass was wet and mushy which isn't the best surface for running fast. otherwise, perfect conditions. no wind, 36 degrees at the start and 48 by the end. also might be worth mentioning i went to the gym 30 minutes prior to bike on the stationary for a few minutes and do a bunch of dynamics and drills to warm up, mainly because it was cold out and i wanted to keep the pace honest from the start. might be worth doing even after it warms up. great run!

pictured below: why i immediately regret getting cool color schemes for running shoes 

PM - weights after work. mostly upper body and core, along with sled pushes and farmers walks. went heavy on the sleds and they killed

Peg 37 White Miles: 18.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 8 easy from northridge to sokol and back, 6:50 pace. then jogged to the track, did some drills, changed shoes and ran 6 x 100m strides with a 200m stride to finish it off. only timed the 200, that was a 30.0.

legs felt fine but i came up about 2k calories short of replenishing what i burned yesterday, and it bit me in the ass by giving me some serious hunger pangs during the run. strides felt great

also calling it now, i am 100% gonna lose at least one toenail this week. my middle 3 on my left foot have been on the precipace of falling off for about a month after a lot of trail running, and running in flats on a track isn't doing them any favors. onycholysis: a runner's best friend

Peg 37 White Miles: 8.50Streak LT Miles: 1.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
18.00

AM - 4 w/u + drills and strides, then 4 x k w/ 2:45 rec in 2:59, 3:03, 3:04, 3:04. 5 c/d

nothing crazy on my first workout, but even the tower of babel started from the ground, right? botched that second k by coming through the first 200 in 31, surprised that didn't end up hurting me more but i guess calling 6:20's easy pace had to be good for something. kept the total work short since i knew my legs were gonna get shocked from actual hard running, but never tightened up or went over the red line, plus i felt pretty good on the cooldown, so i think i ran the times i was supposed to. happy with it all things considered! RIP to my index toenail

PM - 6 at hilton, 6:06 pace. obviously, i was still reeling from this morning ;)

Peg 37 White Miles: 15.00Streak LT Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

AM - 6 on sokol, 6:24 pace. legs felt tired, but weren't hurting and really weren't all that sore either. however, what i said about not eating enough on sunday and it biting me in the ass, multiply it by 10 for this run. it's tough being a poor college student when you're burning over 5000 calories more days than you aren't, lol. ended up calling it at 6 because i was straight up starving, but also it's probably for the best i cut the 12 short this morning considering yesterday was basically all quality and i can't be getting greedy so early in training.

PM - 6, 6:18 pace. ankles felt a little stiff, i think that's more because of it being on hilton than anything else though

sotd: reptilia - the strokes

Peg 37 White Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

PM - 7 on mural, 6:17 pace. felt stiff at first, but the last 15 minutes or so i started feeling good. last 2 miles in 6:03 and 5:36. not too often that i'll dip under 5:40 to close out a run! hope to change that soon; bought myself an early birthday present in the form of a whole bunch of supplements after reading a book on them for endurance athletes. once i can add spirulina, beet root, and tart cherry extract to my pre-run shakes, it's over!

anyone else unable to comment on blogs? or am i being silenced for speaking the truth

Peg 37 White Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4-mile shakeout, 6:43 pace. TERRIBLE run! i wore sweatpants for some reason despite it being 70 degrees out with full humidity, and by 10 minutes in my legs had overheated to the point they were completely lifeless. normally i'd be wearing running tights under, but i wasn't today, and couldn't strip the pants off and just run around in my briefs, so i was stuck in my own little slice of hell. those last two miles i just kept feeling crappier so i called it at 4.

Pegs #9 Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on sokol, 5:59 pace. would have been longer(and probably faster considering the last 6 miles were 5:55 pace), but during that last mile my stomach was NOT having it. oh well, at least it felt a lot easier than 11 at the same pace last week.

Peg 37 White Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4 miles on sokol, 6:11 pace. couldn't run this last weekend, isn't important why. felt good on this run(was already at 5-minute pace by ~10 minutes in), but since i hadn't run in 72 hours i cut it short since i could tell my legs needed a run to loosen up before i do anything else. in theory it should be back to the usual by tonight

Peg 37 White Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Spencerdude on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 13:14:15 from 144.39.129.232

Nice run! You shouldn't be on the lone faithful list.

Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 miles on sokol, 6:07 pace. would have gone a few miles longer, but same issue as last friday where i really needed a bathroom but the park rangers hadn't unlocked them yet. it's kind of terrifying how controlled 6:00-6:15 pace has become for me lol

Peg 37 White Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 miles on hilton, 5:58 pace. kept it honest, but still relaxed. good run, hopefully 23-year-old me has a LOT more like it coming down the pipe :)

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Wed, Apr 14, 2021 at 14:26:27 from 108.61.201.170

Wow! 10 miles in under an hour...way to go!!

So how is your stomach? And how is your eating? You need to start eating better.

Someday when I meet you, I am going to have to cook you a good nutritious meal. :)

From Eugene on Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 04:14:57 from 104.189.16.160

lol, you sound like a dead ringer for my mother with the diet questions. i've been eating enough, i promise. it's not too hard when you've only averaged like 60 miles a week so far this year, but hopefully i'm about to change that :)

Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4 on sokol, 6:13 pace. watched the al davis 30 for 30 last night, it's a pretty good watch

Peg 37 White Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 08:39:41 from 47.206.60.114

I think I have enjoyed all of the 30 for 30s. The 2 Escobars, the Guru of Go, June 17, 1994, the best that never was, the U, Brian and the Boz, catholics vs. convicts, hit it hard, winning time. all of those are so good. But as a runner guy, you have to like Into the Wind.

From Eugene on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 09:38:50 from 104.189.16.160

i wish i had any idea what any of those were about! i haven't had cable since 2017, i was only able to watch the aforementioned one by buying it for $2.99 on youtube. if i get a hankering for another i'll definitely take those into consideration though!

also, tiny rant that i'll never get the chance to do anywhere else; when i bought the episode on youtube, it was $1.99 for basic quality, and $2.99 for HD. i figure "well i'll probably watch this more than once, plus i might watch it on TV, so might as well spend that extra dollar" and it turns out the highest video resolution available is 480p! of course, i couldn't have known that until purchasing.

it may have been only a dollar(plus tax) conned, but the fact that this happened on my birthday added salt to the wound.

From Tom K on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 13:48:18 from 47.206.60.114

https://www.espn.com/watch/catalog/0514c1ad-efd1-4d3a-ad82-41ca579a94a2/30-for-30

https://nickelflix.com/products/espn-films-30-for-30-into-the-wind

From Eugene on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 13:52:32 from 104.189.16.160

what a guy!

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on sokol, 5:58 pace. spent most of the run trying to recall where joe flacco signed this offseason; not that i'm a fan, it just bugged me that i knew i knew but still couldn't remember(spoiler: it's philly)

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 miles on mural, 5:57 pace. last 4 miles in 23:00.

this was supposed to be a long run, with the plan being to make the first 6-7 miles a little uncomfortable, but relaxed enough that i could drop the pace after that and still try and go for 20. legs felt good, conditions were perfect... but after 6 miles started having some rough GI issues. once that happened i said screw it and tried to run the last 4 miles in 22:59 or faster(so close). wish i could have gotten 20 in under 2 hours like i hoped, but in the last 72 hours i've done three 10-milers on three different courses all under 59:45, which is pretty sick.

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Sat, Apr 17, 2021 at 19:10:31 from 108.61.201.170

GREAT week Eugene!

From Eugene on Sun, Apr 18, 2021 at 06:10:45 from 104.189.16.160

i ran 46 miles. i got a ways to go from an all caps GREAT week :)

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on mural, ~6:10 pace. yesterday i tried to run the last 4 miles of my run in under 23 minutes and came up a few decimals short. today i ran the first 4 miles in 22:47. definitely could have held that pace a while longer, but i'm planning on doing a workout tomorrow so after 4 i ran another 6 a lot easier, about 6:35 pace(watch died near the end). i've been running for over 10 years now and i still have no idea how i got this fit over the past month or so(okay, i do, i just didn't think nudging my easy pace down would work out this well!)

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

AM - stretching, core, and weights. did front squats + step-ups and i think it gave me carpal tunnel syndrome lol

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 6 at sokol, 6:07 pace. legs were grateful to have yesterday off, and the DOMS from weights yesterday didn't kick in until after the run, so double positive.

PM - 5 miles on mural, 5:59 pace. was planning on going a LOT longer but my calves were still a bit raw from yesterday, so 5:59 was playing it conservative

Peg 37 White Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

AM - 7 lighthearted miles on sokol, 6:26 pace. it's supposed to storm bad friday night, and we have a cold front precipitating it, so even though i started at 9:30 it was mid-40's and gray out(in late april. in central alabama). would have been great conditions if it weren't ludicrously windy. spent a few miles in the middle exploring the golf course next to sokol; i'll probably run it again, just not when i have to constantly have my head on a swivel for someone yelling "fore"

Peg 37 White Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
26.00

AM - 3 shakeout on hilton, 6:32 pace.

PM - 23 miles on mural, 6:13 pace. 30 minutes later and i'm still delirious, but i'll try to give a quick summary. ran the first 19 miles in an amazing groove, then not having any caloric intake during this run bit me in the ass and those last 4 miles i was just trying not to pass out. wanted to go for 27, but i thought i'd be lucky to get that far going 6:40 per mile so i'm fine with this. threw up after, first time i've ever ran hard enough to do that. great freaking run. shoutout to connor baller for calling me immediately after to gas me up lol

kinda pissed that i didn't just jog another 3.3 to run what probably would have been a mid-2:40 marathon, but i really didn't have anything left at the end there. next time.

Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 23.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Spencerdude on Thu, Apr 22, 2021 at 21:44:52 from 209.221.58.202

Dang man nice run!

From Eugene on Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 11:58:32 from 104.189.16.160

thanks, dog.

Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 very easy on hilton, no watch. legs had no life to them, but weren't hurting or even really sore, which was a surprise because i was pressing through a lot of pain last night. very windy, you could definitely tell a bad storm is hitting tonight.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 at the gym with a 3-mile tempo in 15:55. felt uncomfortable from the start, but not any more uncomfortable as the run went on, which i think is the indicator i ran it correctly. not too shabby, considering i had a hard run just 36 hours prior. could have fooled me!

Fly's Miles: 3.00Peg 37 White Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4 on sokol, 6:15 pace. put off the run until 9:30 and found out the hard way that's probably not gonna be an option again until september, barring another cold front. got to 4 before the heat cramps broke me. looks like it's that time of the year where the alarms go from absurdly early to ludicrously early.

Peg 37 White Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 13:48:39 from 47.206.60.114

If you go to ludicrously early, aren't you worried about going to plaid?

https://youtu.be/NAWL8ejf2nM

From Eugene on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 07:38:02 from 104.189.16.160

smoke if you got em!

Total Distance
17.00

AM - 12 x 400m w/ 200m jogging recovery in 60". w/u and c/d for 12. was already a mile into the cooldown by 6:30am so suffice to say i woke up early for this one.

splits: 72, 71, 72, 70, 68, 71, 70, 72, 71, 72, 72

average of 71.6. good session. i'd like to do 16 or 20 400's when the cycle brings this workout back around in the future, but given that i haven't done much running on the track i didn't want to throw too many turns on the ankles/knees too fast. never really done this workout before, i really liked it. felt like one of those workouts you can't fake.

PM - 5 on mural, 6:09 pace. 5:48 last mile.

Fly's Miles: 4.50Peg 37 Navy Miles: 12.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Mon, Apr 26, 2021 at 18:57:10 from 108.61.201.170

Nice workout Eugene!

From Eugene on Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 06:09:07 from 104.189.16.160

thanks!

Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3 miles on sokol, 6:10 pace. might do another long run tonight, depends on if i can handle the heat and if my legs are recovered from yesterday(mainly the former)

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Burt on Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 07:50:35 from 98.161.146.237

If you can't handle the heat, stay on the porch, you dirty dog.

From Burt on Tue, Apr 27, 2021 at 07:50:55 from 98.161.146.237

I think that's what we used to say in high school. I can't remember. It's been so long.

From Eugene on Wed, Apr 28, 2021 at 06:05:28 from 104.189.16.160

close enough.

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 3 on sokol, 6:26 pace. won't mince words; felt god-awful. it's either the humidity or karma for putting off training yesterday. hopefully the latter, since i'm giving the long run another shot tonight. it's gonna be hot, and it's gonna be hell. luckily i have an addictive personality and i'm definitely fiending for the euphoria i got from the LR last week

PM - 7 miles on mural, 5:58 pace. did everything possible to offset the heat and it still won in the end. it's a damn shame, those last couple miles i was really starting to relax and get into it. just couldn't get through the chest cramps. it's supposed to rain tomorrow night so i might give this week's long run one more shot tomorrow if the incoming storm means slightly cooler conditions. 

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on sokol, 5:53 pace. couldn't run in the AM yesterday and my knee got pretty sore for the rest of the day, so took the day off. usually the run right after an off day i feel lethargic, but the legs felt absolutely juiced. first 4 miles in 5:42, 6:02, 5:51, and 5:35 with some decent hills, then remembered i took yesterday off for a reason and ran an easier 5th mile then drove home. knee felt fine at least, and i have the peace of mind to get something slower and longer tomorrow knowing i did something faster today.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

3 on sokol, 6:13 pace. forgot which pegs i wore

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM - 10 miles on mural, 6:04 pace. felt really good; wasn't blowing the door off the hinges the last few miles like i tend to at mural but was strong throughout. very muddy run.

was reading a book by brad hudson yesterday where he wrote that a marathon runner doing a bunch of 400m repeats for a workout is as useful as a 400m sprinter doing a 20-mile training run for endurance. i respect him as a coach(i wouldn't have been reading his book otherwise), but i still thought that was a really stupid take. while you're likely running much faster than you'd run in a marathon, it still helps to reinforce good form and mechanics, which is vital in a long race. if he had just said it wasn't an efficient workout for a marathoner i'd have no problem with it, but it's the sprinter analogy that annoys me. not like i could write a book any better, though. 

PM - 6 on mural, 6:16 pace. have 1-4pm off from work today, so as soon as my long break started i got the rest of my miles in. since it was only about 6 hours recovery since the last run and i spent a majority of it on my feet, wasn't running with much spunk. with that being said, honestly surprised it was that quick. i'll credit the storm hitting later today for making it 70's and windy out, which did me a lot more favors than the normal 1pm weather down here.

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Rob Murphy on Mon, May 03, 2021 at 20:17:53 from 67.177.30.39

Your take on Brad Hudson's comment is correct.Was he high on dangerous drugs when he wrote that?

From Eugene on Mon, May 03, 2021 at 21:12:19 from 104.189.16.160

ďrunnerís highĒ, as it were.

Total Distance
7.00

AM - 4 on mural, 6:09 pace. despite using the same phone alarm to wake up at 4am every day, today it decided to go off on silent mode(i've said it before and i'll say it again, extremely dumb feature for an alarm. my phone wasn't even on vibrate or "do not disturb"). i guess it's not a bad thing considering if i ended up waking up at 7:30 without it i probably needed more sleep than the alarm would have given me, but it also means it was already 70's with 97% humidity out the second i woke up.

having stayed in alabama the last couple summers i already knew easy running in humidity sucks, but aerobic running in humidity REALLY sucks. luckily i'm going to provo for at least a portion of this summer, but i am curious if it's something i could adjust to, if i could do something like that 23-miler at 6:13 pace i did a couple weeks back in these swampy-ass conditions. now THAT would be impressive.

PM - 3 on hilton, 5:49 pace. apparently, it was a BOGO for getting my ass kicked by humidity today, although if i'd waited another 2 hours for it to get dark out i think i would have been able to go 6-7 like i wanted. gonna just pretend this was a tempo run so i don't feel as bad for only getting 7 miles in today lol

Peg 37 White Miles: 4.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Mon, May 03, 2021 at 18:56:37 from 108.61.201.170

When are you going to Provo?

Be careful there.

I have heard there that there are a lot strange people in Provo. :)

From Eugene on Mon, May 03, 2021 at 21:18:43 from 104.189.16.160

trust me, theyíre nothing compared to yours truly. iím hoping to drive up later this month for an undetermined length of time, but weíll see.

Total Distance
4.00

PM - 4 on the roads, 6:30 pace. stormed all day and didn't clear up enough until pretty late, so got to do a run down some empty campus roads which is always fun, even if i hate running on hard surfaces. wanted to go longer, but again the legs really aren't fond of asphalt(god forbid i run on a sidewalk someday)

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 3-mile shakeout on hilton, 6:29 pace.

PM - 8 miles on mural, 5:43 pace. once again got my ass kicked by the heat, have to accept the weather two weeks ago was a fluke and any long runs will probably have to be done in the morning the next few months. after 5 miles of a great groove i realized the heat was starting to hit me hard so i decided to just close with a strong 3 miles and get out before i got killed. ran that in 16:37(5:37, 5:30, 5:30). 

i keep trying to imagine aaron rodgers not on the packers next year, it just sounds weird. wonder if all those anonymous sources on twitter are true

Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3 before work on mural, 6:09 pace. felt very easy. all i had time for today, hoping to get some decent mileage in tomorrow.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

AM - 9 on mural, 6:05 pace. very very wet, probably 60% of my backside was soaked in mud by the end. i like to think it'd have been faster otherwise, but this still felt pretty easy. excited to see how elevation affects these aerobic runs, and even more excited to see how fast i'm running them when i get back to bama after a solid summer of elevation training

Peg 37 White Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

likely no running today. i got really nauseous with a killer migraine for most of yesterday and by the time i went to bed i was super achey and burning up. i feel better this morning, but not 100%. hopefully it's just a stomach flu or something and not COVID because i'm supposed to drive up to utah in a few days and that's just godawful timing. sounds like the kind of thing to happen to me, though. guess we'll see.

the symptoms started showing up after i cooked some eggs yesterday that i left a little runny, so it could be salmonella. honestly i hope so

PM - 3. after some advil and allergy pills this morning, felt much better. run was just "eh", but that's fine. gashed my shin open pretty good on a branch, didn't realize until i was getting gas for my car after and look down and see it bleeding everywhere

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Mon, May 10, 2021 at 15:24:48 from 108.61.201.170

Get well soon Eugene.

Total Distance
3.00

3 in a big storm, 6:20 pace

Peg 37 White Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

3 in another big storm, 6:17 pace

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
15.00

AM - 10 on the rail trail, 5:51 pace. felt great. drove down to yeehaw country(also known as texas) on monday and would have ran more since, but a brutal storm hit about a mile into that first texas run and lasted until late last night. hate running on asphalt but i'll be dadgum'd if it isn't easy to run fast on

PM - 5 on the country backroads, 5:53 pace. very hilly, very windy. only reason it was that fast was all the downhill(and tailwind) came in the last two miles, those were 5:37 and 5:28. went off today! i'm sure i'll be tired for the morning run tomorrow.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 15.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Wed, May 12, 2021 at 15:17:26 from 108.61.201.170

Are you on your way to Utah now?

From Eugene on Wed, May 12, 2021 at 15:54:16 from 47.223.80.141

not for a bit. i don't get to see my family too often so i'm spending a week with them on their ranch before i head up this sunday. looking forward to it!

Total Distance
16.00

AM - 10 on the hilly backroads again, 6:11 pace. ran this right after waking up without the aid of caffeine; i usually wake up at least 90 minutes before a run to really wake up and ALWAYS have some form of caffeine beforehand, and today i saw the effect of it, or lack thereof. the pace was good but mentally i just didn't want to be out there lol. sucked it up and did what i needed to do.

PM - 6 miles on the backroads, 6:09 pace. first time running 15+ mile days back-to-back since january. that's embarrassing :) what's more embarrassing is if i continue the trend tomorrow, it'll be the first time since september!

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
17.00

AM - 11 miles on the backroads, 6:09 pace. made sure to make it extra hilly. 

PM - 6 backroads, 6:00 pace. ran at 3:30 with not a cloud in sight and i only sort of completely regretted it. i hear heat stroke builds character

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 17.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on backroads, 6:09 pace. slept in and started the run at 8:30, oh boy did that suck. wasn't super hot but sun was blaring and it was warm enough to bring the misery. hills were just salt in the metaphorical wound. probably not running tonight so i can wake up absurdly early tomorrow to drive to provo, and considering that drive is about 18 hours not sure how running tomorrow will fare either. it'll probably be a two day drive, but i'd rather the second day be shorter. last few days were money so i'm not too worried about an off day.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 in farmington, new mexico. 5:56 pace. knew the ~6000ft elevation was gonna kick my ass before i even started the run, i just don't think i was aware how much i could get my ass kicked :)  good god that thin air burns the lungs something terrible. i woke up at 2am and had done a 13-hour drive prior so i'm gonna say those were also major factors for the suffering, if nothing else than to help me sleep tonight. would have done more but the place i drove out to ended up being a major dud for a running route; all short dead ends or had lots of aggressive trailer park dogs. 

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5, 5:59 pace. was gonna run on the treadmill at the hotel, but the gym there was literally 93 degrees and the thermostat wouldn't turn down, so decided just to leave for provo an hour early. found out during the drive i'd be arriving about an hour before my homie i'm staying with would be home, so decided to run a few miles on this random desert road so i wouldn't be waiting around once i got to provo. considering i drove for 5 hours then just jumped out the car to run, i'd say it was a good run. elevation still kicked my ass but much less than yesterday. i need a run where my legs aren't stiff from a long car ride to really see how much the elevation is affecting me

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 miles trying(to no avail) to find a good running route immediately by the place i'm staying the next few weeks. 6:10 pace. i assume some people enjoy running in that they get to explore new areas; not me. guess it's time to go hunting for the perfect morning trail.

also, got asked to be a groomsman yesterday for a wedding in a couple weeks. only mentioning this because the groom in question reads my blog and i'm calling him out for not telling me he was engaged until yesterday, even though he knew i was coming to utah this summer for months, and has been engaged for months. his fiancee reminded him about asking me about the groomsman thing and i wonder how much longer he'd have waited to ask if not for that. anyway s/o to will; my wedding gift for you is me buying the dress clothes i wasn't aware i needed to bring with me. besides that, happy for them. the three of us have been friends for like 8 years and if you've seen the last episode of the office where michael says "my kids are growing up and marrying each other", that's the vibe

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 3 on kiwanis, 6:30 pace. never running here again lol, the unkept lawn in front of the UA law school is a better grass loop than kiwanis was. would have just drove to the trail i've been eyeing and running another few miles there but my left calf hasn't felt good since i didall that asphalt/concrete running yesterday, and the uneven grass didn't do it any favors. i miss bama and the good grass loops it had, even with the unbearable humidity

Noon - 4 up and down a very technical mountain trail, 7:02 pace. considering garmin says i gained over 1000ft elevation just in the first two miles, that pace is pretty good, especially considering i could barely run back down without risking dying by means of a loooong tumble. probably donating plasma later today, if it doesn't kill me it's probably a triple-run day, even if the mileage won't constitute it. 0-for-3 on trying to find a good running route in provo! i'm depressed

PM - 4 on BYU mural, 5:55 pace. I ran the first couple miles of yesterday's run here and wasn't a huge fan, but after realizing there probably isn't a ~1300m flat and fast square grass loop like there is at bama, i liked it a bit more knowing there probably isn't much better as far as grass loops go. it's only about .40 miles and it's more shaped like a right-angled triangle than a loop, but take what you can get i guess.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 14:31:30 from 108.61.201.170

So where do all of those BYU runners run in Provo?

From Eugene on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 16:53:09 from 136.36.201.148

judging by the oneís i follow on strava, mostly the roads and sidewalks. not my kind of thing

From Starman on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 17:06:57 from 66.116.14.91

Try the Provo River Trail. That's where I ran all the time when I lived there. It is paved from the lake all the way up the canyon, but there are a few grassy spots along the way where you can run on softer ground.

From Eva Splaine on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 17:09:57 from 108.61.201.170

If I were in Utah, the runs I would love to try are some that Mr. Murphy runs.

No. 1 Pipeline trail

No. 2 Grandeur Peak (This must be a great run because he has hashed both of his knees on this run and is still running it. It must really be worth it.)

No. 3 Jeremey Ranch

No. 4 Millcreek Canyon

I don't know were any of those places are, but if they are close to Provo, maybe you could get some good advice from him.

From Eugene on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 17:29:19 from 174.204.27.219

a couple of those places iíll definitely do on my off days, i was just hoping thereíd be a big ~mile loop of grass fields by the apartment like there was at bama. it makes it a lot easier when i have to work 9-5 and want a bit of recovery between the runs and work. i guess iíll play it by ear.

and much appreciated, starman. id made note of that trail but havenít had the chance to check it out yet, but i will soon.

From Sasha Pachev on Wed, May 19, 2021 at 18:36:23 from 72.250.218.114

Eugene:

For Provo, my favorite is the Provo River Trail. If you are near Kiwanis it would take some distance to get to, though. If you are only going for 3 you will be turning around by the time you connect. If I lived there and needed to go for 3, I would just roam the streets south of BYU and west of 900 E.

From Eugene on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 10:14:44 from 136.36.201.148

thanks, Sasha. i'm probably aiming for something closer to 10-14 in the AM and 4-6 in the PM normally, i just cut it short because my ankle was iffy and i didn't want to play the odds of making it worse.

I'm surprised how many tracks in the provo area are locked up with signs about how they'll enforce the hammer of justice on trespassers. I might have done my tempo runs on the track otherwise, but now i'll probably at least try the trail you mention for that first tempo.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 10:25:40 from 72.250.218.114

Provo River Trail in the Provo Canyon is my favorite place for tempos and intervals. It is marked with triangles in the 1-2-3-4 pattern, each cycle being 0.25 miles with the distance between marks being 1/16 of a mile. There used to be such marks in the south part of the trail on the way to the Utah Lake, but they have been paved over and not repainted. How fast are your tempos, how long, and what is your schedule like? I am thinking you could join us sometime if things align.

From Eugene on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 10:48:00 from 136.36.201.148

honestly, i really couldn't tell you where my workout fitness is at since i've been pretty bad about putting workouts off since, well, forever. hoping to change that now that i'm up here for the summer though. i know i can run in the 5:50-6:05 range pretty comfortably, but that's about it(and that range has probably shifted a few seconds back with the elevation change).

i'll likely alternate between a tuesday tempo run(no distance set in stone, but probably somewhere between 5-8 miles) one week and a "quantity-over-quality"-type of repeat workout the next tuesday(probably 6-7 miles worth of 1000m, mile, or 2000m repeats at around 10k effort)

the tempo run should(hopefully) be next week, and then repeats the week after than, ad infinitum. let me know if the pachev and eugene stars ever align, i'd be more than happy to run with you guys.

From Sasha Pachev on Thu, May 20, 2021 at 12:41:13 from 72.250.218.114

This Saturday, 7 AM, meet at 395 S Palisades in Orem, 12 total, 5 down the canyon at 6:00 pace. Does that work for you?

From Eugene on Fri, May 21, 2021 at 10:44:52 from 136.36.201.148

My summer job i just started is with a moving company, so even though i'm scheduled to start work at 9am tomorrow, it doesn't necessarily mean i'm going to have a job to be on by then, so i'm not sure yet.

my schedule for the day is supposed to be finalized by 6pm the night prior, so i'll let you know if i'm available this evening. as the schedule currently stands i would be, but i could get assigned an early move between now and then.

From Eugene on Fri, May 21, 2021 at 20:16:04 from 136.36.201.148

my left achilles has had some on-and-off tightness the past few days, but as long as it feels fine tomorrow morning i should be able to join y'all. i'll let you know with another comment if the tendon is telling me otherwise. hope to see you tomorrow!

From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 21, 2021 at 21:36:35 from 72.250.218.114

If it is not too bad for an easy run, but not quite up to the tempo, you can just the warm-up and the cool down with us. We can show you the Provo River Trail and the marks on it.

Total Distance
10.00

AM - a little over 10 on BYU mural, 5:58 pace. felt pretty good; i was tired from staying up late watching a terrible horror movie with the people i'm staying with(joe wright's "woman in the window"), but physically it didn't feel harder than any other aerobic run i've done at lower elevation the past couple months.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.00

AM - 3-mile shakeout, 6:28 pace. only did this because my homie wanted to do this workout with me but he was taking forever to wake up so i got some miles in.

AM2 - 8 x 200m with 200m jog recovery in 60". averaged about 31-flat. nothing too crazy; we weren't sure if we'd even find an open track so i didn't have a real workout planned, so just sort of pulled this out of the hat. felt pretty good. 10 for the AM in total. 

PM - 4 on mural, 5:57 pace. left achilles felt a bit tight, otherwise felt great.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
15.50

AM - 12.5 with the blog sensei himself(better known as sasha) and blog veteran chad(pretty sure i got his name right. i'm no elephant!). 7:05 pace with a 5-mile pickup in there in 29:13 that felt REALLY good. kept having to check my watch because i don't think 5:50 pace has ever felt that easy. i would have taken pacing duties for a couple of miles, but as soon as i got ahead sasha had to scold me for (unintentionally) dropping the pace down :) can't remember the last time i ran with someone(again, no elephant); it definitely was a nice way to have the run go by a little faster.

PM - 3 on mural after work. 6:4x pace

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 12.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Sat, May 22, 2021 at 16:56:46 from 47.201.54.238

"Blog sensei" is a fantastic title!

Great run!

Total Distance
0.00

bagel

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

another bagel today. ran after my first job moving stuff and had my right peroneal tendon flare up. it's happened a handful of times the past year or so, and every time i've shot myself in the foot(or ankle) by coming back just a smidge too early and extending the time spent not running. i'll probably give it the full 72-hour recovery. done some strength work(mostly above the waist) to compensate. it sucks, but what can you do.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 on mural, 6:09 pace. i was taking it easy, i swear. ankle felt a bit tight, but wasn't hurting so fingers crossed i'm in the clear

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

Noon - about 5. ankle continued to bug me after wednesday's run, but i said i'd play coach and give my basketball-focused homeboy a workout to get him some aerobic fitness(8 x 400 w/ 200m rec). the first 4 he was dropping off pace each repeat, so i offered to pace him for the first 200m of #5; did that in like 41(he'd been averaging like 92 up to that point). i was surprised my ankle felt better after it, so i told him i'd run his last 3 and just to stick on me. ran 85, 80, and 75 with him in tow on every repeat, so i'm proud of him. didn't put in much effort on my part, but somehow my ankle just felt better on every 400 until it felt completely normal on the last one, and about 90 minutes later it still feels fine. weird. not gonna run again today, but that's a huge boon if by some miracle jumping into his workout cleared up the tendonitis.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Sasha Pachev on Fri, May 28, 2021 at 17:31:36 from 72.250.218.114

Would you like to join us tomorrow like last week at 7:00 AM, same place, 395 S Palisades?

From Eugene on Fri, May 28, 2021 at 21:44:25 from 136.36.201.148

iíve got work early tomorrow, so even though iíll probably run at the same spot(assuming my ankle holds up), chances are iíll be done by 7. you might see me icing said ankle in the river when yíall show up though!

Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 miles, 5:50 pace. probably(definitely) too fast, but eh, my legs were supercharged and it was a short run. ran without the calf sleeve after basically having that thing on 24/7 since last saturday, barely noticed it

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 miles between shifts, 5:52 pace. ran on a grass field with a pretty good slope on either side so got some uphill running in too

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

AM - 8 miles up and down the canyon, 6:04 pace. first few miles were all uphill with a strong headwind. sort of demoralizing to start a run, but once i turned around and had nothing but downhill and tailwind, it got a lot more fun. kept track of the mile markers on the trail, so even though i ran what my watch called 8, it seemed to undermeasure a bit. i hate blogging mileage that doesn't end in .0 or .5, so i won't add an extra 100m or so, but i will take two seconds off to account for what the pace more likely actually was(watch said 6:06). hate to jinx myself but i think this one signified the ankle is all better and i'm ready to get back in the trenches, so to speak.

PM - 4 on mural

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - warmed up a couple miles, then tried pacing t-bird for a 3-mile tempo at 6-flat pace. after 800m he was falling off and told me to just go, so i ran another 4 laps for a 8:10, so about a 5:10 mile. that felt really good, and i wanted to hold it for longer, but t-bird was basically jogging and my ankle has been a bit annoyed since yesterday. funny how it originally got upset after running on pavement, then got better, then as soon as i tried running on pavement again it once again flares up. and by funny, i mean it put some merit behind me demonizing pavement and sidewalk running the past couple years. i get that it's doable, and most people on the blog run nearly all on roads(i did too back in my 2015-2017 days on the blog), but i've stuck to soft surfaces since i picked training back up a couple years ago and my legs respond way better to it

anyway like i said t-bird had fallen off, so i stopped after the ~5:10 mile and told him i'm switching up the workout and we'd just finish with 2 x 800 trying to run the second lap faster. i ran 2:20(73, 66) and 2:18(70, 68). the homie killed it and ran 2:50 both times with solid negative splits. wish it had been a more substantive workout, but i definitely got something out of it, and had fun. going into the 800's i was hoping i could do 2:30 going 80, 70 so i was very surprised(my watch charger broke so i had trevor taking my splits, so it was mostly ran on feel) not exactly sure on the mileage but i'm confident i got at least 8

Fly's Miles: 3.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

AM - 7 on mormon mural

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 13 on mormon mural. no calf sleeve or KT tape the past 24 hours and the ankle felt 100% the entire time, thank heavens. i'm going back down to the south after my best friend's wedding but that still gives me 3 weeks at elevation, and barring something else flaring up i'm gonna try my hardest to get triple-digit mileage for each of those. the 13 felt good, i was out of breath for a while after though. didn't have trouble doing it but i could tell i lost a bit of fitness since the ankle originally got aggravated. gonna really get on top of plyos and weights when i get back to bama so this kind of thing doesn't happen again.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5. warmed up on the track for a workout, but on the last lap i felt a tweak in my left calf and stretching didn't do much do alleviate it. did a couple hard strides that felt pretty good but i knew the workout was doomed so i drove back to the apartment. after stretching, rolling and icing the calf feels fine again so silver lining, i guess.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Eva Splaine on Fri, Jun 04, 2021 at 14:17:15 from 108.61.201.170

Hope you are enjoying your trip to Utah.

From Eugene on Sat, Jun 05, 2021 at 08:34:33 from 136.36.201.148

as far as running goes i hate it lol. i miss my bama courses so much. i haven't been here since 2017 though, and it's nice catching up with friends.

Total Distance
2.00

AM - 2. jogged to mormon mural and my ankle felt better than yesterday, but still a little irritated. then i saw sage ducote fly by and realized today is the utah valley half, and i told spencer i'd cheer him on so i stretched on the sidewalk for about an hour looking for him. unfortuanetly i haven't seen him in over 5 years, so i'm pretty sure he ran past me without me recognizing him. once the pacer holding up a sign with a certain pace on it(that i won't say in case i'm wrong and he was behind it) passed, i figured he'd have had to pass by at that point, so ran about 2 miles on mural, but my ankle still felt off so i jogged back to the apartment. i did see former blogger and running partner a couple weeks back in chad though, and i cheered for him. nice job, spencer and chad!

also a couple hours later driving down university i saw former(i think) blogger tom slick as well(i could tell because it said the pseudonym on his shirt). shoutout tom too

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 2.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on mormon mural

PM - 5 on mormon mural after an exhausting shift. felt my calf flare up those last couple minutes

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 17:48:31 from 35.142.90.55

Moved out to Utah, eh?

From Eugene on Sun, Jun 13, 2021 at 20:23:31 from 136.36.201.148

my best friend from high school is getting married and he coerced me to come back to the Ďtah for the first time since 2017 by asking me to be a groomsman. figured iíd get out a few weeks earlier for some extra aerobic fitness and to catch up with some other old friends. iíve missed their company, and iím excited for the wedding, but letís just say iíll be speeding back down south long before the sun rises that next morning :)

Total Distance
11.00

AM - as i set out to run i thought it might be better to play it safe since my calf felt off at the end of yesterday's second run, so i went back and did some squats and lunges to supplement. then after about 45 minutes i said "screw it" and went out anyway to run 7 on missionary. actually felt really good; since my watch charger is broken i've just been setting a timer on my phone for however many miles i want to do at 6:30 pace and run that out, but i'm pretty sure this was closer to 6-flat pace. calf felt good, i think it may be mormon mural as a course that keeps screwing with the wellbeing of my ankles. it's a tragedy because if i drive somewhere for my late evening run there's no way i'll find a parking spot within a mile of the apartment, so i'm kind of forced to run there for my PM runs, at least until my friend's wedding. then i'm fleeing the state like i got a warrant lol

PM - about 4 on mormon mural, probably more. really wish i had a working watch on this one because i was flying. wouldn't have been surprised if it was around 5:45 pace. felt good.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 7.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 7 on missionary. wanted to go for 10 but i was pressed for time

PM - 4 on mormon mural. uneventful, aside from it being hot.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 7.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on missionary. hips and ankles were very sore waking up, can't explain how but i think the air mattress had something to do with it. i'm homesick for my bed(bedsick)

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on missionary. probably gonna be a lot of boring fundemental running the next 6 weeks or so, save some light work next week with trevor. 

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on missionary. had to deal with stomach cramps the last 7 miles or so, but i persevered. 

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on missionary, 6:16 pace. finally got a working watch charger! i was curious to know the pace i'm running, but more curious to know the elevation gain on missionary considering it's a grass field running on a decent slope. gained(and lost) 700 feet, according to the watch. i normally don't put that much faith in elevation conversions but with that plus all those hills i thought it'd be worth knowing what the equivalent would be for 6-flat pace on one of my bama courses, turns out about 6:24 pace(for a 13-miler, which is what i'm planning on bumping up to starting tomorrow). so if i can keep my missionary runs in the 6:1x pace range, i'd consider it quality aerobic mileage

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4. blew out a tire last night and had to spend most of my free time before a long shift getting it replaced. got a few miles in while they changed it

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.00

AM - 10 on missionary, 6:10 pace. wanted to go a few miles longer but really needed a restroom towards the end and there's none available on missionary. i really really really miss sokol(and it's bathrooms)

PM - 4 on mormon mural, 5:49 pace. got impatient and went out while it was still in triple-digit temperatures. last couple steps on mural i felt my left ankle flare up to the smallest possible degree that i could notice, but didn't feel it in the last quarter mile from the field back to the apartment so i'm confident it'll be alright; just confirms my theory that mormon mural is cidium for the ankles, at least for me. i'm sure keeping my foot on the gas and running in heat didn't help but i'm confident the course itself was the main factor. i'll say for the two billionth time i'm homesick(or coursesick) for sokol, hilton and mural back home

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.00

AM - 10 on missionary, 6:02 pace. great run, felt like i finally figured out how to pace the course. would have gone for 12 but i wanted to play it safe with the ankle, which felt fine. might run tonight, if i do it'll have to be on pavement though, so we'll see

PM - 4 on the riverwalk, 5:56 pace. i'll skip the diatribe about how much i hate hard-surface running, but i'll just say if i ever say i'm considering focusing on road racing just know the real gene is probably lying dead in an unmarked grave

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 10:42:53 from 35.142.90.55

Big Pavement in shambles. You're ruining the economy!

From Eugene on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 19:02:56 from 136.36.201.148

considering dedicating my life to creating a time machine to take me back to the days when all roads were made of dirt and gravel. i wouldn't get the ego boost from splitting 5-minute miles since i doubt my GPS watch would connect, though. it's a dilemma.

From Eva Splaine on Tue, Jun 15, 2021 at 21:22:13 from 108.61.201.170

With as much cushioning there is in running shoes, I don't understand the problem with running on pavement....or are you one of those runners that uses minimalist running shoes...or maybe worse....are you a barefoot runner? :)

For me I will take the hard pavement (or even better.. hard concrete) over grass or gravel any day.

I have really poor balance and even the smallest rock or uneven surface can cause me to lose my balance and take a big tumble.

From Eugene on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 10:24:10 from 136.36.201.148

when i ran my 200-mile week, literally every step was either on turf, grass, or dirt. i have no doubt in my mind that sticking to soft surfaces are the only reason my legs let me run a crazy amount like that.

it doesn't matter how good of a shoe you wear, your legs take more impact running on pavement or concrete because the actual surface you're running on isn't absorbing the impact as much as it is returning it to you. it's better for running faster, but less forgiving

i'll say that i am a bit hypocritical considering prior to my year or so away from running in 2017-2018 i ran almost all my miles on the roads, but, eh, i do what i feel is best for me.

From Jason D on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 20:42:16 from 73.161.42.48

Psst . . . Gene . . . the dirt and gravel roads are there. You just have to know where to look ;-). I have dirt roads 1 mile from our house. It's not all dirt, but they do get fairly extensive when you get farther north. I'll sometimes ride for 60-80 miles and it is 75-90% dirt.

It should be noted that we lucked out with out location, which has a linear dirt trail of 17 miles (which extends beyond that but it is less well maintained). It also links to a number of dirt roads.

Check out the following for when you are in Utah and when you are back in Alabama (or wherever): gravelmap.com

From Eugene on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 09:08:30 from 136.36.201.148

oh, i'm very familiar. if i had a dollar for every time i've checked it for trails in alabama, my hair probably wouldn't be turning gray by the time i'm 30 due to financial stress :)

Total Distance
10.00

AM - workout with trevor. i did 8 x 400 alternating between pacing trevor for 80 and running it by myself in 70. 200m recovery in about 50 seconds. ran 74, 69, 75, 68, 80, 70, 80, 67. then 4 x 200m pacing trevor for the first 3. ran 32.2, 30.0, 29.2, and 28.6. t-bird pulled even with me on his last one so he probably ran 29-flat, so big shoutout to him because for a 210 lbs basketball player in trainers with no prior sprint training, that's sick. nothing too hard, those last couple fast 400's were a little tough with the short rest though. some of the pachev clan showed up halfway through so shoutout to the blog sensei too. 10 total

Fly's Miles: 4.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Zack on Wed, Jun 16, 2021 at 10:47:32 from 66.219.235.204

Bro! when we running together??

From Eugene on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 09:11:01 from 136.36.201.148

the BYU program normally has y'all doing long runs on saturday right? i'd be down to link up for one, we could do provo canyon or if you know any good trails i'd def be down to get my ass kicked running up a mountain too :)

From Mike on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 12:17:52 from 35.142.90.55

Please tell me they were all wearing their infamous crocs!!!

From Eugene on Thu, Jun 17, 2021 at 13:07:53 from 174.204.14.27

of course! i convinced trevor they installed spike plates into them and he was dying.

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on missionary, 6:04 pace. felt tired from yesterday, but my cadence didn't get the memo. last mile in 5:47, which i think is the first sub-5:50 i've dropped on this course. might get a PM run in if i can get t-bird to save me a spot on the street so i can drive up to missionary again and not have to park 3 miles away when i get back. reason 2081 i miss bama: i had a lot i could park in without getting a ticket!

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 7 miles easy on missionary, then met with trevor at the track and ran his warmup with him for another mile. 8 x 100m strides in trainers after that, first 4 trying to accelerate the first 30m, hit full speed the next 40m, then deaccelerating the last 30m. last 4 i mostly just ran hard throughout. timed those in 13.2, 13.7, 13.2, 13.0. jogged on the turf for 10

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on missionary, 6:14 pace. one of those mornings where i just felt lifeless and had no motivation to get out there, luckily i was able to get myself out the door before i actually talked myself out of a run. didn't feel great mentally, but about 100m into the last mile i decided to try and beat my fastest split on missionary from thursday, which i did with a 5:36. felt much better after that.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 miles on missionary, 6:05 pace. last mile in 5:26; probably leaving provo next week with that as my fastest split on the course. i'd wager that same effort would have given me a high 5:0x mile at sea level on a better route. it's funny; i'm feeling the same sense of eagerness about leaving utah that i was 5 weeks ago as i was heading here. maybe moreso

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on missionary, 6:15 pace, yadda yadda yadda

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 10 on missionary. was actually gonna go a few miles longer, but some security guard came out talking about how it was private property and i couldn't run here. dude was like 7 inches shorter and a couple years younger than me, so i started to bust his chops about how i've been running here a month and ran by security guards no less than 100 times, but the southern hospitality in me came out so i wished him well and left. luckily i only have 3 more AM runs left in provo and wednesday and friday are gonna be with trevor at the track, so i'll just have to find another course to run on thursday and then i'm gone.

PM - 3 w/ strides

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 6 w/ strides, 6:30 pace

PM - 2 mile w/u, 5 x 300m w/ 100m jog rec, 3 min rec, 5 x 200m w/ 200m jog rec. ran 50, 48, 47, 48, 47, then 29, 30, 29, 29, 28. had trev run repeats 1, 3, and 5 with me each set, he balled out. c/d for 7

not really a workout i'd write out for early on in a training cycle, but when i hurt my ankle the first couple weeks up here + never found any running courses i liked, i sort of just resigned to this trip up to utah as nothing more than getting a bit of general fitness before some better training the next 3 weeks in texas, then it's full throttle(hopefully) when i'm back to bama. with all that being said, i just wanted to do a fun fast workout with trevor and that's what it was. yeah, fun, in the same way passing a kidney stone is. 

Fly's Miles: 3.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

PM - 4

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - long warmup, then 2 x 800m w/ 200m jog rec in 2:31 and 2:27, then 8 x 100 with trevor. was going to do a few more 800's, but my left calf felt a little tight from the PM workout on wednesday and i didn't want to risk anything considering i have to work, pack up my stuff, and attend a wedding today before waking up very early tomorrow for a 13-hour drive. 800's felt really easy, splits were even on each and i definitely could have held the pace for mile repeats had i been willing to do something harder today. last run at elevation! hopefully i can get a run in tomorrow at the hotel, i'll get in what i can doing the rest of the drive on sunday, and then it's on to some bigger mileage.

Fly's Miles: 2.50Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 7.50
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Starman on Sat, Jun 26, 2021 at 23:40:17 from 208.124.71.69

Safe travels!

From Eugene on Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 19:24:35 from 47.223.80.141

appreciate it.

Total Distance
4.00

AM - 30 minutes on the elliptical. was too tired last night to work out from a 15-hour drive and was still too tired to actually get my feet off the ground, hence elliptical

PM - 4 miles on hilly backroads, 6:26 pace. legs were lifeless from driving 21 hours this weekend. also ran in the afternoon while the sun was blazing and it was extra humid because it had rained about 30 minutes prior, so any aerobic gains from elevation were negating by nearly dying of heatstroke out there. hopefully it's more forgiving in the morning.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

AM - 6 aerobic at 5:56 pace then 1 more easy. humidity hit hard after about 15 minutes and i had to just survive the next 20. could have definitely held that pace for a while if my body wasn't on fire. the southern runner's mantra: survive in the summer to thrive in the fall

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

PM - 4. was dealing with some nausea this morning

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 miles, 6:43 pace. felt terrible from yesterday, but i'm sure my next run will feel better than it would've if i skipped this. go habs!

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10. slow.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on backroads, 6:50 pace. 94% humidity, ew. for anyone who runs in either dry altitude or at humid sea-level wondering if the other is worse, i'll settle the debate and say humidity is WAY worse. feels like i can't go faster than "brisk warmup" effort without immediately overheating. it sucks, but you work with what you get.

sotd(got a few since i haven't done one in a few months):

whoop tang flow - theophilus london

yoppa - falside

coordinate - young dolph

we're all alone - masayoshi takanaka

pride - kendrick lamar

alone, together - the strokes

i wanna smoke - gangsta pat

thieves in the night - black star

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 miles, 6:00 pace. put off the run until 9am instead of the normal 6am start, surprisingly felt much better out considering the humidity was much lower than yesterday. still tough to run in, but this i can work with. last mile in 5:44.

sotd: gone daddy gone - gnarls barkley

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 miles, 6:07 pace. took it easier the first few miles since i couldn't run yesterday, then upped the pace to something a bit brisker for the last mile and a half in 8:12. felt pretty comfortable dipping under 5:30 pace for that long.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 miles, 6:26 pace. it was hot, bright and humid early plus my urine tint this morning let me know my hydration since my last run has been piss-poor, so there was a lot of suffering on the backroads today. really wanted to go for 11 but by 8 my HR had been jacked for a bit, my muscles were starting to cramp, and i'd been dealing with sweat in my eyes since like mile #4, so i caved.

PM - plyos/core

sotd: cutthroat committee - key glock

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 miles on the backroads. first 7 at 6:09 pace, then jogged the last mile because my left achilles was a little tight. i was probably being overcautious, but why risk it. very hot and humid again; i think i'm going back to starting the runs at 6 instead of 8, which honestly probably won't make much of a difference considering how ridiculous the humidity is at sunrise. like getting to choose the bullet you're about to get shot with

sotd: unfinished sympathy - massive attack

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 miles on hilly backroads, 6:26 pace. been feeling less like running and more of a guessing game to how far i can get before the humidity kills me as of late. today's the halfway point of my stay in texas so i've got about 10 more days of it

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off(rain)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 8 on hilly backroads, 6:30 pace. easy. stormed hard this morning so even though i pushed the run back a couple hours it was very nice out.

PM - 5 miles on the rail trail, 5:50 pace. my first day in paris two weeks ago i did 6 on this trail at 5:56 pace and it about killed me, so doing this one at 4pm instead of 6am and still having it be way easier was definitely a mental boon. happy i finally got out for a second run here, it's hard to commit to get out the door when you know it'll be heat death

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 8 on hilly backroads, 6:26 pace. easy again, i was a little tight from the fast second run yesterday. otherwise good stuff; i might hit 100 this week if i can be consistent with the doubles. i don't even wanna know how long it's been since my last triple-digit week

PM - 5 on rail trail, 5:56 pace. felt a good bit hotter than yesterday; i think if it weren't for that 5:50's would be an absolute breeze

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 8 miles on hilly backroads, 6:25 pace. could have been a few seconds faster, but my right calf was having a little on-again, off-again tightness. i haven't ran a step on grass in 3 weeks, my legs hate it. just 8 more days, boys

PM - 5 on rail trail. running at the hottest point of the day finally caught up to me and i got my ass kicked, badly. got a little over 3.5 at 6:01 pace then just died out. pretty sure running when it's this bad out is more wear on my body than any aerobic gains. i'd love to run at like 7pm when it's cooler but the evening is the only time all of my family is home and i'd feel guilty skipping out on that to run. not sure what i'll do for the next week, might not hit 100 after all

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - off. back was extremely sore waking up. id normally shoulder all the blame on running on the asphalt rail trail, but considering the two runs before did nothing it was probably a combination of going too hard in the heat and dying, and it being on a hard surface

PM - 5 on hilly backroads, 6:14 pace. considering i had no shade and it was high 90's and humid, i'd call this a better effort than the 5 at 5:50 pace a few days back. it was brutal. back was still very sore but i managed

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on hilly backroads, 6:19 pace. absurdly humid, was sure i'd be reeling from it and the run would be a total slog, but i surprised myself. probably cutting out the PM run until i get back to bama then hitting full mileage, i'm excited for it. hopefully the humidity isn't too bad in T-town and fall comes early this year for us.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 13:01:17 from 35.142.90.55

Early cool weather? In the south? If that interests you, I also have some essential oils I'd like to sell you and a bunch of BeachBody workouts if you're interested...

From Eugene on Thu, Jul 15, 2021 at 17:33:30 from 47.223.80.141

i actually already have a supplier. got any magic beans or bluechew?

From Mike on Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 13:51:07 from 35.142.90.55

Insert Dave Chappelle crack meme here

Total Distance
13.00

AM - 8 miles on hilly backroads, 6:04 pace. felt like absolute garbage going into it, but after mile 3 just felt like i shifted gears without even doing anything. ran up the ordinarily killer hills like they were speedbumps. not gonna play the conversion game but on a faster course in fairer weather, this would have been really fast.

PM - 5 miles on hilly backroads, 5:58 pace. was overcast and drizzling at the start, but basically the second i hit the turnaround it stopped and the sun came out and the rest of the run it felt like i was running in an oven. managed to power through it with a 5:41 last mile to get the pace under 6

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on hilly backroads, 5:58 pace. extremely humid, shocker. even for how humid it's been, this was something special. so ready to be back in bama, although looking at the 10-day forecast looks like there's a lot of rain on the horizon. again, shocker.

averaged 6:12 pace for the 73 miles and still felt like i mailed it in pretty hard this week. good mental boon with starting workouts up in a couple weeks

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Starman on Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 11:29:04 from 66.116.46.59

Where are you that is more humid than Alabama? I think of the south being very humid especially along the gulf coast where you are close to the source of almost all of the moisture in the eastern half of the US.

From Eugene on Sat, Jul 17, 2021 at 12:07:45 from 174.197.85.224

iím in texas, itís a tiny bit more humid in bama but theyíre both so swampy itís basically just splitting hairs. it does rain a lot more in bama, though.

Total Distance
5.00

PM - 5 on rail trail. objectively the hottest run of the summer so far. first 3.5 at 6:00 pace, then my left calf started getting a cramp and i eased up. felt fine for the rest of it.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 on hilly backroads, 5:59 pace. normally the first 3 miles are slower since the course starts tough but started pretty fast and eased up after 3. probably my last run in texas unless i run this afternoon.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 on hilton before it started storming hard, 6:17 pace. missed hilton bad, nearly bust buck by the first step. because of the aforementioned storm i had about 15 minutes of respite between my 9-hour car drive and my run, and that was all spent unpacking, so legs were completely lifeless. got some blood flowing, at least. about to train my ass off

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on sokol, 6:23 pace. missed it, but by god all the rain bama got this past week turned that course into a waterpark. no traction at all. good news is after a bit more rain tonight it's clearing up for the next week. and, for 100% humidity i handled it pretty well.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on sokol, 6:07 pace. didn't think switching back to grass after a month of running on asphalt and gravel would have any real effect on me, but my sore hamstrings beg to differ. humid summers mean the grass is very wet in the morning which definitely makes the courses in town i have an affection for a bit more difficult, on top of my body having to deal with the humidity as well. with all that considered, solid run. i don't know if it's physically possible for me to survive a fast long run until like late september, though. doesn't mean i won't try

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off(rain)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off(rain)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off(rain)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 miles on sokol, 6:16 pace. very sloppy conditions, haven't ran much the past few days because of absurd bouts of rain making all my courses untenable(giving the definition of that word a good stretch there). we got over two inches in under an hour at one point. i did a couple miles at the gym the past couple days but i'm not gonna log them to shame myself into getting real treadmill mileage next time it's the only option. 

AM2 - hour at the gym. mostly spent doing weights but also did some core and started off with a few minutes on the stationary bike(something i do before every morning run). did some cable kickbacks to end it and i knew by like the second kick my hamstrings are gonna be killing me the next few days. isn't supposed to rain today for once so hopefully getting a PM run tonight is on the table

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on mural, 6:36 pace. very very wet and way too hot for 7am, man. glutes are extremely sore, rest of the legs don't feel too bad though. did the last half-mile at about 6-flat pace just to test the turnover

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
7.00

AM - 7 on a soaked sokol(aka soakol), 7:02 pace. still very sore from weights, most of it faded as i ran but i had some tightness in my left calf that wouldn't fade so i stopped a couple miles early. very easy mileage in not very ideal conditions.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off(soreness)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

6:48 pace on hilton

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

6:42 pace on mural

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on sokol, 6:23 pace. really haven't felt that good since the first weight session a week ago; the soreness went away by like wednesday but my legs just never really got the spark back. hopefully the drop in pace this morning is a good sign.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Mon, Aug 02, 2021 at 06:54:04 from 168.213.12.2

Too swole to run :)

From Eugene on Mon, Aug 02, 2021 at 18:25:32 from 104.189.16.160

unfortunately, no. i'm still stuck looking skinny enough to the point you could mistake me for sickly, aka the true burden of being a runner :)

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on mural, 6:30 pace. felt like i had the training wheels welded on, maybe because my alarm didn't go off and i couldn't run until 10.

PM - 5 on hilton, 6:20 pace. felt like the training wheels are loosening off, maybe because we were blessed with a cool afternoon and i got to bask in a 75 degree heat index(for reference, the heat index at this time saturday was 106). i want to pretend this is fall coming early, but i know better.

sotd: this is how i disappear - my chemical romance

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on hilton, 6:24 pace. it was very nice out for 7am(i usually start at 5:30), dew point had my shoes soaked to the brim in record time though. felt like i was running with sponges on my feet made of cement!

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on sokol, 6:34 pace. felt like dogshit the entire time, which is a real shame because it was mid-60's and overcast out so it should have been a perfect run. it's annoying, but nothing to do except put the miles in and hope i'm stronger for the next run.

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

off(hurt)

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on hilton at 3am, 6:42 pace. outer right ankle was a bit tight after work wednesday. not full-on peroneal tendonitis, but the omen of it. that dang problem is basically the only thing that's kept me from being able to run of my own accord the past 18 months(that and crippling anxiety), so i heeded it. this run mainly served as a test, and i passed feeling fine! very relieved. something about hilton in the extremely early morning always makes my pace fall off the map regardless of my fitness so 6:42 pace is pretty good

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

AM - a little stationary and dynamics at the gym, the normal warmup for a run. tweaked something in my inner left ankle before my PM run yesterday bringing in groceries up the stairs to my apartment. felt some shooting pains last night so i was worried but felt fine this morning. since i work today i didn't want to risk reaggravating it on a morning run to have it get worse throughout the shift, so just a PM run today, hopefully. can feel myself losing fitness! gotta get back on the train soon

PM - 3 on hilton after work, 6:03 pace. factoring in going straight from work to the park and it still being decently hot out at 6pm, this pace would have probably been easy on a better afternoon; not to call this effort hard, just somewhere in the middle. had to get a feeler out on the aforementioned lost fitness

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on mural, 6:21 pace. course was wet, but not as bad as i feared; guess the sprinklers weren't on last night. tried picking up the pace for the last mile, but my left achilles tightened up about a quarter-mile in so i eased back off and it let me finish the run. other than that, felt good.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 easy on hilton, 6:48 pace. went to bed right after work yesterday because i was exhausted and woke up naturally about an hour before my alarm. didn't feel like finding a way to waste that extra hour so just did the run at 4am on hilton, although the humidity had it feeling like 4pm out there. always enjoy finishing a morning run before the sun rises, can't really put into words why. my guess is it's because it reminds me of when i'd do 5 miles at 4am every morning when i was doing 3 or 4 runs a day. sometimes i can't believe i ran as much as i did a couple years ago

AM2 - plyos and core at the gym. first plyo session in forever went better than expected. core was a reminder that i literally never do core and am stupid for it. was still doing some advance exercises though

sotd: eyes to form shadows - dalek. sometimes i think the music i listen to nowadays would make a 16-year-old me piss myself

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Mon, Aug 09, 2021 at 06:51:41 from 168.213.12.2

I can believe it :)

You'll have to remind these kids soon of your escapades.

From Eugene on Mon, Aug 09, 2021 at 10:23:46 from 104.189.16.160

hopefully, i can remind them with my actions instead of words!

also i'm pretty sure all the blog regulars now were regulars back in my golden years lol, we're a pretty niche demographic here. try to pick someone up at the bar by asking them to check out your blog in this day and age. see if they don't run off screaming :)

From Mike on Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 09:00:41 from 168.213.12.2

"How I met your mother 2: the blog"

From Eugene on Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 10:58:35 from 174.199.193.110

this heat wave hitting yíall too? itís always nice when you leave for the run while itís still dark out, but itís still warm enough youíre already sweating. i spent my entire run this morning thinking about how nice running will be in like 4 months if the world doesnít end by then.

Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on sokol, 6:20 pace. i was a bit sore from the gym yesterday, but nothing too bad. weather absolutely sucked, nearly 80 and 99% humidity by 6:00am when i started. definitely had to work to get up those grass hills. solid run.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on sokol, 6:33 pace. died out there, although i think it's primarily due to the unreasonably excessive heat wave we're currently under. the weather channel used something called RealFeel™️ to tell me it was already the equivalent of 86 degrees out by 5:45, dear god. might get a treadmill tempo in tomorrow morning if it's still this rough out.  hell, might do that either way.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 early on hilton, 6:48 pace. rained heavy last night but i couldn't mentally commit to the treadmill so i ran on asphalt. gross. anyway go braves for leading the NL east for the first time this season! that division is a joke but with our best player out for the year it'd still be nice to see them get smoked in the NLDS

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 6 easy on sokol, no watch.

PM - 4 on hilton, 5:56 pace. the 8 or so hours leading up to the run were some of the most nerve-racking of my life from a few different angles, and those feelings weren't exactly swayed so by the time i got to hilton i was a time-bomb ticking down to a panic attack. i'm not sure if i ran it off or just lengethened the fuse. either way felt excellent, i was flying but wasn't going hard. 

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 4.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

AM - 6 on sokol, 6:25 pace. left achilles felt a little tight at points(mostly when running on soft dirt), and i knew if i went too hard i'd be dealing with it all day at work and the PM run would be off the table, so kept it short. besides that felt pretty good.

PM - 3 on hilton, 6:15 pace. would have gone longer but i got a super sharp stomach cramp after i hit 3 so i stopped there. some very ominous flashing clouds on the horizon told me tomorrow morning's run is gonna be sloppy. this one was too, for the record. it just wasn't raining during the run itself.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM - 11 easy on hilton, 6:47 pace. started early, then once sunrise came and i had a better view of the grass i was running on the pace dropped from just under 7-minute to 6:30's and 6:20's without any real change in effort. good start to what i hope to be a good week of training.

PM - 5 on hilton, 6:32 pace. my left achilles was a bit iffy towards the end of work but i think it's more due to wearing some very worn down pegs to a job where i'm on my feet most of the time. could have worn the magenta ones but that color clashes badly with just about every item of clothing i own. anyway it had just stopped storming hard so if running on a soaked grass course didn't bug the achilles i'm probably okay

embarrassing factoid: i haven't ran 16 miles in a day since may 14th

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
18.00

AM - 4-mile w/u, 4-mile tempo in 21:50, c/d for 13

it started raining buckets as soon as i finished the PM run yesterday so i knew the treadmill was my only option(pavement-exclusive running is never on the table). treadmills are usually the quickest way to irritate my achilles on a run but didn't have any issues. tempo went well, honestly might have played it conservative with how good it felt.

PM - 5 on hilton, ~6:48 pace(watch died towards the end). probably would have been a good one if i had some real recovery between this and the morning session(all i had was a nap right after the tempo, then had work and went straight to hilton from there). plan is to not work on mondays and thursdays and do workouts then but today was an exception

Fly's Miles: 4.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM - 11 on sokol. tried seasoning my rice with furikake last night, forgetting that adding seeds into my diet the night before a run doesn't ever go well. managed to power through the first 8 at 6:19 pace, but my stomach was killing me so i jogged the last 3 on rodeo, no watch. good run regardless.

PM - 5 on hilton, 6:10 pace. bug flew into my eye with a mile to go, good god did that hurt

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM - 11 on sokol, 6:20 pace. tough conditions out there, very humid and the grass was extremely wet which makes the hills that much harder. good news is by the end of next week the temperatures should start dropping. just thinking of the high being in the 70's without storms causing it, it's got me on the verge of tears

PM - 5 on hilton, 6:19 pace. ran about an hour earlier than usual because it's raining tomorrow morning so if i want to get a workout in i'll have to be up long before the rooster crows. very hot out today so that was fun, what's also fun is despite leaving my shoes out on the porch all day they were still soaked to the soles ~12 hours after the morning run

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

AM - 3-mile w/u, 10 x 200m w/ 200m rec in 60", 3.5 c/d. warmup exceptionally slow(barely under 9:00 pace. not that it matters). averaged 32.7 on the repeats.

conditions were brutal this morning: 80 degrees with full humidity by 4:30 when i started warming up. it's like the summer heat used it's dying breath to take a 12-gauge to my nuts. wanted to do 15 intervals but i'm okay with a little less; my goal for this week was to hit 100 miles and at this point i could half-ass the rest of the week and still clear that easily. feels good to capitalize on potential.

PM - off. too much flooding to drive safely to the gym

Fly's Miles: 3.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on the road up from sokol, 7:30 pace. very early(finished before 5am). at this point my disdain for asphalt is enough i could fill a manifesto with it, but every course i usually run was going to be totally flooded and i really didn't feel like hitting the treadmill. all things considered, wasn't that bad. i'm not gonna ever choose this over something like hilton or sokol, but it's an option. didn't trust the legs to handle a full ~80 minutes of hard-surface running so just did a shakeout. more flooding today and tomorrow so might end up finding out if what i said about half-assing the rest of the week and still clearing 100 miles was true 

PM - 5 on sokol, 6:04 pace. ran in the early afternoon just before the storms hit. came through about 10 minutes at a lax 5:55 pace but then the heat hit me hard and i surrendered to it. the afternoon heat still might be less of a detriment than the morning dew on sokol that turn my shoes into bricks

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on hilton, 6:20 pace

PM - 5 on hilton, 7:30-something pace. basically jogging. ate some bad fish yesterday and felt terrible all day so no triple-digit week. i'll manage. it had just rained buckets an hour earlier so i had to run on the pavement, so if i get injured this year i'm using this run as the scapegoat

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

AM - 8 on the treadmill, 6:10 pace. more rain overnight meant no soft-surface running. felt a few kinks from last night's run, but they worked themselves out. in the home stretch of dealing with the bs of summer in the south. truly the runner's bane

PM - 4 on hilton after work, 6:11 pace. very tired, very hungry. outer-right ankle felt a bit spotty at the end of mile 4 so cut the run short. if it isn't an issue tomorrow morning should have another workout on deck

also just ordered another pair of pegs, found a good deal on eastbay and should get here before the current work-down pairs cause any strain on the legs(if they aren't already). only caveat is that they're the "shield" model. never used a pair of them before, but with how often i run on wet grass maybe it'll end up being a boon.

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 12.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
13.00

AM - 3 mile w/u, 6 x k on a hilly stretch of sokol with 60" rec, short c/d for 9. averaged ~3:20(watch died on #6)

conditions were miserable this morning, feels like i've started every entry off with that for the past month. felt tired by the end of the warmup, it was that muggy. the k course was pretty tough as well, so no ego boosts today. 

PM - 4 on mural, 5:56 pace. should have started about 20 minutes later for the sun to set but besides that a pretty good run. been a little while since i busted out sub-6 for a PM run, always nice for mentality if nothing else. 

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 13.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM - 11 on sokol, 6:25 pace. felt terrible the first ~20 minutes, was still pretty miserable after but my legs at least showed a bit of responsiveness. extremely muddy out there

PM - 5 on mural, 6:07 pace. last half-mile in just under 2:50. been an incredibly stressful past few weeks, and if i weren't using running as an outlet i think i'd have keeled over by now

Peg 37 Navy Miles: 5.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on hilton, 6:31 pace. one of the most miserable runs i've had in a long time; the fact that i finished before 7am and it was still over 85F out when factoring humidity in is a sick joke. shoes were drenched by 100m in. the appeal of running to me is that if you work hard you come back every day a little stronger, but this weather spits on that concept by putting a hard cap where if you go past a certain effort you just die to the heat. i'm so got damn sick of it

PM - off. it started raining heavy before i got off work and i already had one pair of pegs soaked to the brim, didn't want my others turned to wet sponges too. gonna do a workout on the treadmill tomorrow morning, might just do all AM runs for the next few weeks on the treadmill tbh, at least i could do aerobic pace without it doubling as a suicide attempt. i really can't put into words how badly this morning run broke me emotionally

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
17.00

AM - 3 mile w/u, 6 x .75 mile on the treadmill in 3:45(12.0 mph) w/ 2:30 jogging recovery, c/d for 12. core, hips, and upper body routine after.

always nice to burn 2000 calories before 6am. means i get to feast today with no repercussions. honestly workout wasn't that hard, it being on a treadmill is a caveat but i did set it at an incline(as i always do) so i'll take it at face value. first one was a shock to the system, next 4 were surprisingly easy, and the last one had me thinking i could add another repeat or two until the last quarter-mile where my form started to break ever so slightly, so called it there. happy with it.

PM - 5 in the new pegs on mural, 6:15 pace. felt good.

Fly's Miles: 6.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 6.00Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 6 on the treadmill, like 6:25 pace. gonna be busy today so wanted to get my mileage in super early, but i didn't factor in that i couldn't run 11 miles straight on a treadmill at gunpoint. call it ADHD, or mental weakness, or whatever else, but regardless considering we have a hurricane hitting us in a few days i'm not optimistic about running a good week of mileage. i'm tempted to go on my 10th rant of the month about how much i hate summer weather here but i won't. at least i'm still relatively in the driver's seat to clear 100 for this week

PM - 5 on mural after work, 6:16 pace. we got some brief but heavy rain a couple hours earlier so a good test of how water-resistant the new shoes are. in a word, they're good. damn good. not only did they stay dry, but the soles are different from normal pegs, more aggressive which is great for all the grass running i do. hope the long run goes well tomorrow morning, although with the humidity being how it's been, i'm not that optimistic. if i don't get a good one then i'm gonna die trying!

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
20.00

AM - 15 on mural, 6:08 pace. last 10 in 60:33. 

realized during the run that i don't think i've ran 12 miles straight since april, and i could tell as those last 3 miles felt longer mentally than the 12 that came before it. felt a bit sluggish at the start, but after 5 miles i really started moving. grass was very wet but shields kept my feet entirely dry, i was stunned. only negative was i could feel a blister developing on one of my toes around mile 11 and those last ~20 minutes it was pretty painful. great run! just need to run a shakeout tonight and i'll get my first triple-digit week in about a year

PM - 5 very easy on mural, 6:48 pace. gym after for core and back.

Peg Shields Miles: 20.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Sat, Aug 28, 2021 at 09:21:53 from 35.142.90.55

Pegs or new type?

From Eugene on Sat, Aug 28, 2021 at 10:04:22 from 174.199.163.62

theyíre pegasus 37 shields. my guess is that with my feet in the equivalent of saran wrap, no dampness in the shoe means a whole lot of dry friction, and you get the idea. could argue i need better socks, but the ones i use are pretty good. itís worth the trade-off for a great run like this, but if i have to deal with it on every run over an hour thatís a bigger issue.

the hurricane hitting yíall where it hurts this week?

From Mike on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 18:19:29 from 35.142.90.55

Shockingly not getting hit, but stay safe my friend, I think youíll be stuck on the treadmill until Wednesday.

Total Distance
4.00

AM - went to the gym for my usual pre-morning run warmup and dynamics, but the blister from yesterday was giving me fits and i knew it was going to get a lot worse if i ran on it, especially since i'm gonna be on my feet the rest of the day at work. i have some very choice words about how pissed i am about it but i'll save them, and just hope i can get rid of it in the next 24 hours so i can run a treadmill tempo early monday morning before the hurricane hits

PM - 4 on hilton. forgot the pace

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Tom K on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 05:33:13 from 47.206.202.65

Yeah, this storm looks kind of large. Be safe, E.

From Eugene on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 05:52:42 from 174.199.226.189

i actually had a dream last night it destroyed the whole city. hopefully iím not prophet!

From Tom K on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 06:15:45 from 47.206.202.65

You should post a list of other less devastating predictions to launch your new career as blog soothsayer.

From Eugene on Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 10:46:40 from 174.199.224.175

i would, but most of them are on my future accomplishments. you can only come off so narcissistic before it loses the charm.

From Mike on Tue, Aug 31, 2021 at 07:13:38 from 168.213.5.162

Hope you're doing alright, Eugene. Looked pretty rough.

Total Distance
0.00

AM - 30 min on stationary @ high resistance + core and some strength

PM - 45 min on stationary @ very high resistance w/ a 30 min fartlek of 1 on, 1 off, 2 on, 2 off. covered about 10.2 miles for the fartlek.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
0.00

whole lot of nothing. blame the hurricane

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 4 on hilton, 6:40 pace

PM - 6 on hilton after work, 6:17 pace

lots of flooding from the hurricane so both these runs were on my favorite running surface, also known as pavement. felt nice out on the night run. supposedly the last day of the year the temperatures get into the 90's, also known as my favorite day of the year. or is that the last day with a high in the 80's

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 6.00Peg Shields Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
12.00

AM - 3 mile w/u, 3 miles in 16:33(5:41, 5:31, 5:21). short c/d for 8

main reason i hit the track(very early) was because i knew all my courses were still flooded, and didn't want to do a treadmill run. with how mediocre training has been this week i just wanted to get a few miles at 6-flat pace in to refresh the legs, wasn't intending to put any real effort into it. ran the first lap in 85 and knew i didn't have the pride to slow down, so changed the plan to a short light tempo run. basically ran every lap faster than the last, it was nice. would have done a long cooldown but my ankles were bugging from all the turns

PM - 4 on hilton, 6:13 pace. grass wasn't flooded but still malleable so didn't get any real ankle support. ended it short because they were starting to bug again

Fly's Miles: 3.00Peg Shields Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Thu, Sep 02, 2021 at 06:50:23 from 168.213.5.162

On fire, nice workout!

From Eugene on Thu, Sep 02, 2021 at 08:48:11 from 174.199.165.10

thanks!

after not seeing anything below like 73 degrees for months, itís supposed to be 64 at the crack of dawn tomorrow. i might cry.

From Eugene on Thu, Sep 02, 2021 at 08:48:53 from 174.199.165.10

also you heard that new kanye album yet? i really really like it, and wasnít expecting to at all.

From Mike on Fri, Sep 03, 2021 at 07:01:13 from 168.213.5.162

I don't mind it. He's exploring a much different sound, so it's hard for my expectations of what he normally sounds like, but it's decent.

Haven't listened to the new Drake yet though. You?

From Eugene on Fri, Sep 03, 2021 at 07:33:43 from 104.189.16.160

i started, then he said "you say you're a lesbian? me too" on a hook and i immediately turned it off lol

From Mike on Fri, Sep 03, 2021 at 16:19:40 from 174.211.166.22

Yeah, he tries to be Lil Wayne a bit too often, but forgets he doesn't have the humor... Nor an understanding of entendres...

From Eugene on Fri, Sep 03, 2021 at 18:58:42 from 104.189.16.160

true, but when you've essentially become your genre's michael jackson, i don't think there's much left to prove for yourself

i had "lord knows" with rick ross come on during my PM run, the opener where drake talks about going through his girl's phone when she goes to the bathroom will never not be the (unintentionally) funniest line ever to me. so maybe he does have the humor going for him!

Total Distance
7.00

AM - 2 on sokol, 6:28 pace, i think. ankles still felt iffy so cut it short and pretended it was being smart and not weak-willed

PM - 5 on mural, 6:11 pace. grass was a bit too soft so just like the last PM run, no ankle support. they weren't a fan, but it'd have been worse if i did a full AM run so maybe i can feel less guilty about it. work all weekend so no long run for the week, hopefully i can get 10-12 at a solid effort tomorrow morning before clocking in though.

Peg Shields Miles: 7.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on mural, 6:07 pace. very wet out there. shame i couldn't have gone longer, last two miles were 5:54 and 5:46 without really putting in any more effort than the nine miles prior. still, a solid run. hopefully by the end of the month with cooler temperatures giving me a little more room for improvement i can get back to dropping a few 5:5x pace morning runs a week.

Peg Shields Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 miles on mural, 6:07 pace. basically a carbon copy of the morning run yesterday(the 10th mile was even a 5:54 split again), but i ran the first 4 miles a little slower and the last 7 a bit faster.

PM - off. a couple of weeks ago i mentioned how i wore old pegs to work and felt like they were straining my legs, well wore them to work today and ended up spraining my ankle. nothing major, but the tempo run tomorrow is probably off. i'll play it by ear but two strong aerobic 11-milers over the weekend isn't a bad way to get in shape either. i'm planning on running a 10k as a tuneup race(yes, really) in 10 weeks so this is about the point where i have to be hitting every mile and repeat i need to though. maybe i can move the tempo to tuesday if i'm lucky. or i could be absurdly lucky and wake up in the morning like it never happened. fingers crossed for the latter.

Peg Shields Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

PM - 3 on mural, 6:20 pace. felt like 7:30 pace. came to the conclusion this morning that waiting until the AM tomorrow would be best for the ankle, but when your HR is staying under 50 all day food doesn't burn off easy and i was starting to gain a bit of body dysmorphia. also, even if this run doesn't tell me definitively if the ankle will hold up tomorrow, figured if i couldn't manage this then i definitely couldn't manage something at least 5 miles longer in the morning. run would have been a bit faster if ethan didn't show up for about 10 minutes in the middle for some small talk. i hate conversating during runs, but ethan's a wholesome dude and he wasn't exactly long-winded matching my pace so i eased up.

Peg Shields Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on sokol, 6:11 pace. weird run in that normally the pace ping-pongs as it drops during the flat gravel section and inflates during the grass hills, but it was the opposite today. strongest i've felt on sokol since probably april, not sure how much is being in better shape than a couple weeks ago and how much is my legs being extra lively. very muggy and wet out. ankle felt fine but i cut it a loop short(wanted 10) because i work today and didn't want to risk reaggravating it. think this means i'm in the clear though.

Peg Shields Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

AM - off. was walking down the stairs of my apartment in the early morning to drive to sokol and my ankle flared up pretty hard once i'd gotten down the steps. went back inside and iced the ankle for about 15 minutes and it wasn't an issue for the rest of the day. weird.

PM - 3 on mural right after work, 5:45 pace. couldn't cool the jets off for the life of me so i stopped early despite still going strong(3rd mile was a 5:38, lol). training has been very mediocre since the hurricane struck but i've ran enough to stay loose so my legs were just absurdly overcharged. not worth much in gained fitness, but it's still fun to let loose.

Peg Shields Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 10 on sokol, 5:58 pace. ran miles 6-9 in under 23:20. sokol is a tough course so getting my first aerobic run under 6-minute pace in months here makes it a little extra sweet. i think i'm still a few weeks out from 5-minute pace really being a regular occurrence like it was at the tail-end of last spring, but that day will come. i'll make sure of it.

PM - mile on hilton after work, i think it was a 6:12. the shift i'd come off was incredibly miserable and i just didn't have anything in the tank. still would have done the run if the grass on hilton weren't incredibly overgrown(couldn't run on mural since parking was closed off for the football game tomorrow)

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 1.00Peg Shields Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
11.00

AM - 11 on mural, 5:57 pace. got work today so no time for a long run, supplemented it by covering the last 7 miles in 5:55, 5:54, 5:50, 5:50, 5:50, 5:51, and 5:43. would have still preferred 20 miles at 6:05-6:10 pace but it's whatever

Peg Shields Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
16.00

AM - 11 on mural, 6:18 pace. i've been very happy with the quick morning runs the last couple days, but both days they had my ankle feeling off by the time i got off work. considering i work again today and want to do a tempo tomorrow morning, kept the effort light, particularly in the first 30 minutes.

PM - 4 on mural at 6:13 pace plus a mile of dynamics, drills and strides. felt pretty stiff the first mile of the run but focused on keeping good form and felt better the longer i went.

Peg Shields Miles: 16.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
15.00

AM - 4 w/u, 4-mile tempo in 21:19(5:21, 5:21, 5:18, 5:18), c/d on the turf farm for 12.

went to bed at 8pm last night, but took nearly 2 hours to fall asleep. don't know why but just felt like my body was overheating even with the AC on. i was fuming. last time i remember checking my watch it was 9:45, then woke up hot again at 11:45pm. was just pissed and didn't want to bother trying to fall asleep again so just did the workout absurdly early off 2 > hours of sleep. workout should have suffered as a consequence but it went well. wanted to go for 5 but after 3 knew i couldn't today. i'll be optimistic and say 1. if i had gotten more sleep i could have and 2. this workout being extra early means i'll have more time to recover between the weights in a few hours, and every run after.

AM2 - weights. was pumping iron for nearly 90 minutes... woof.

PM - 3 on hilton/RV, 7:10 pace. we got a couple hours of very heavy rain in the afternoon so i resigned to no PM run seeing how my beloved grass courses would be flooded, but about 30 minutes after having dinner i said screw it and ran anyway. hilton didn't end up being that wet so good call, even with it following a meal. it was only frozen cherries and eggs so it could have been worse. felt dead.

Fly's Miles: 4.00Peg Shields Miles: 11.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on sokol, 6:55 pace. pretty miserable run; i was sore, tired, and suffering from an extremely humid morning. the entire run i couldn't stop thinking about how i had an easier time keeping the pace under 6 minutes on this same run last friday than i did 7 minutes today. not that it matters in the grand scheme of things; i got the miles i needed

Peg Shields Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 06:56:33 from 168.213.5.162

I wouldn't worry about it. Happy you're staying healthy.

Total Distance
0.00

off. too much rain. one day i'll have the balls to use a treadmill for anything besides tempo runs. one day.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 10 on sokol, 6:24 pace. felt a million times better than tuesday morning, was still a little sore from weights so went on auto-pilot. 6:24 isn't blazing fast in context of the last year or so but i can't remember the last time it felt that easy.

Peg Shields Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

planned on working today around noon so had to try and do this workout early. did my first repeat in a 1200m in 3:48 that felt a little uncomfortable at first but pretty easy by the third lap. got about 10 seconds into the recovery, but since it was still dark out i accidentally stepped inside the track and my left foot landed in the drain. heard a crunch and my immediate thought was "oh my god, i just broke my ankle". hopped a few steps on the other foot before falling down and spending a couple minutes pounding the ground and switching between praying aloud and letting fly every obscenity i know. i think i just sprained it badly. i don't know, man. i'll play it by ear, although i think if it were broken it'd be giving me more grief right now(not that it isn't, just not as much as i'd expect from something being broken)

Fly's Miles: 1.00Peg Shields Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 06:48:51 from 168.213.5.162

Bro, that's a nightmare. Hopefully it's nothing. I really hope it's not a full high-ankle sprain, those are longer rehabs than breaks usually.

From Eugene on Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 08:16:25 from 104.189.16.160

eh, guess we'll see. i think it was just an inversion though. i blame those damn hippies at nike for making racing shoes as tall as high heels! i should have worn my nike streaks, the spike plate be damned

the situationally funny part of this story is after a minute on the ground freaking out, i gingerly got back up and my first thought was "well those longer intervals are out the window, maybe i could just do some 400's at the same pace". it wasn't until i weighed the pros and cons and decided not to i remembered, oh yeah, my ankle hurts :)

Total Distance
0.00

AM - stationary bike + some dynamics. for how violent my ankle sprain was friday, recovery has been a touch better than optimal. didn't move more than a couple 100 feet the rest of the day and was able to work on my feet all of yesterday with no trouble.

we've been getting absurd rain the past day or two. it started raining hard about 30 minutes before i got off work, and by the time i was driving home the roads were so flooded i had to park a few blocks away and trek through the street with water nearly up to my knees. it was crazy. anyway i imagine i'll be good to go tomorrow, although the rain is supposed to last another day or two so it might be a treadmill run. if i have to do a treadmill run i'd prefer a tempo, but i'll make that decision closer to the fact.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill + gym after. worked down from 8 mph at the start to 10 mph by the end, felt good. wish i could have gotten a workout in today, but i'll make up for it with a tough session on thursday.

Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 on sokol, 6:20 pace. had some gripes with it but also positives to said gripes. it was a very muggy(and muddy) mid-70's, but the silver lining is after today the low is in the 50's for the next week and probably several months to follow. i think i tweaked my back lifting yesterday, but my legs weren't all that sore and had much more life than last tuesday morning(although the cloud within that silver lining is i barely covered any mileage, let alone a workout). also got very nauseous after about 10 minutes and that had me stop early because i thought i'd throw up. no upside there, but my ankle felt completely normal so still a net positive

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
18.00

AM - hilly 18-miler on sandy. very windy. first 15 at 6:08 pace(miles 13-15 in 17:22) before jogging the last 3. solid run on a tough course, didn't plan on doing a long run until i was walking out to my car. ate a very small breakfast due to this and became acutely aware of it around mile 17

Peg Shields Miles: 18.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on sokol, 6:12 pace. temperatures dropped from mid-70 at dawn yesterday to 54 today. a welcome change. made a decently quick clip of pace on a moderately difficult course feel very lax. stopped a couple miles early because i rolled my ankle(the one i sprained last week) like 5 times. it never turned enough to actually aggravate anything but i was worried eventually it would. knees were quite sore driving home. good run regardless.

Peg Shields Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 miles on the treadmill + gym. the 5 was a warmup for a tempo run, but i was still a little shook about my ankle so instead of taking a few hours to rest between working out and lifting just got the lift over with. weights went well, i squatted 100 lbs for the first time since probably 2017(18-year-old me would be ashamed of my inconsistency with strength training the last 5 years). bummed i chickened out of a workout, but i feel like i'm on the cusp of a breakthrough in training and i need that ankle to be 100%. i'll get in a couple aerobic runs this weekend to get my confidence up before trying mile repeats on monday

Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 on mural, 6:18 pace. felt sore, but strong.

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.50

AM - got about 100m past 8.5 on mural and felt a strain in the arch of my left foot when i landed on it(plantar fasciitis?). stopped and walked around for a minute but it still felt a little sore so i called it there; no reason in risking making it worse. i'm not all that worried; i parked a couple blocks away so i could do some strides and drills beforehand on the turf field, and was able to jog a bit going back to my car feeling relatively fine. 6:01 pace for the ~8.5 which is pretty annoying considering the last 4.5 miles were hovering in the 5:53-5:58 pace range. why couldn't my foot have started hurting like 10 minutes later so i could at least have the victory of it being 5-minute pace? whatever

Peg Shields Miles: 8.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
1.50

AM - drills and dynamics on the turf + 10 minutes running. foot felt fine being on my feet for work yesterday, but a bit sore again this morning. felt a bit better towards the end of the run so hopefully just needed to get warmed up. 

Peg Shields Miles: 1.50
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 jogging on the turf. foot feels 95% of the way back to normal so hopefully by the PM i won't have any good excuses for missing runs.

Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4 easy on the turf + dynamics 

Peg Shields Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - dynamics and drills on the turf. was gonna do an early 6-mile shakeout but my foot wasn't feeling up to the challenge. i wore old pegs that had stability insoles in and i can't tell if it helped or hurt me

AM2 - 6 on sokol, 6:07 pace. would have been a really good run if it weren't already a bright 80 and humid by 9am(i hope to experience this "fall weather" some day). ran the first 4 at 6-flat pace before i started burning up so tried easing off the gas to get more mileage but i'd already redlined. something something global warming something something environmental awareness tangent 

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Sat, Oct 02, 2021 at 08:27:58 from 179.48.249.237

It's because your generation is eating too much avocado toast. Facts.

From Eugene on Sat, Oct 02, 2021 at 12:18:17 from 174.199.192.173

avocado toast and bubble tea... the millennial meal!

Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on sokol before work, 6:16 pace

Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 5 on the treadmill before work. i don't distinctly remember it a couple days later but i think i was pretty close to 10 mph by the end

Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 5 on hilton, 6:35 pace. didn't even look at my watch and was running this on grass in the dark, surprised it was that quick

AM2 - 5 on sokol, 6:04 pace. it felt like a sauna out there.

Peg Shields Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
14.00

AM - 4 on hilton, 6:15 pace. then dynamics, drills and strides at the turf field.

AM2 - 10 on sokol, 6:09 pace. i've done plenty of AM doubles but on 99% of them both runs were easy jogging, and the exceptions always had the other run be a jog. never tried keeping all the mileage quick, it was interesting. probably a little out of my depth with the last few weeks of trying to let my ankle heal up, but if i try this again it won't be for another few weeks. it was fun though, i felt tired but not like i exerted any more effort than usual. 

Peg Shields Miles: 14.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mark on Wed, Oct 06, 2021 at 19:11:01 from 47.199.162.85

Good miles especially for a Tuesday. Hope the ankle is holding up.

From Eugene on Thu, Oct 07, 2021 at 07:44:46 from 174.199.169.119

appreciate it mark.

Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 on the treadmill. spent a solid portion a couple ticks over 10 mph

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

AM - 4 on sokol, 6:15 pace. brutal conditions; extremely slick grass, 100% humidity, and enough fog that i don't think i was ever able to see more than 100 yards out. very annoyed because i woke up before my alarm and nearly ran at the gym instead of waiting an extra 45 minutes for it to get bright enough out to be able to run. oh well. did the normal dynamics and strides on the turf before the run and it's probably the first time in 3 weeks my ankle/foot have felt 100%, so silver lining i guess.

Peg Shields Miles: 4.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
9.00

AM - 6 on the treadmill. started at 9.0 mph then upped it 2 ticks every mile until i was at 10 mph for the last mile. aerobically it felt easy, my ankle felt stiff again though. just like i hoped

PM - 3 on hilton, 5:52 pace. ran right after work on an empty stomach in a bright 84 degrees. so, ideal conditions

Peg Shields Miles: 9.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Fri, Oct 08, 2021 at 09:20:42 from 168.213.5.162

Embrace the treadmill. Love the treadmill. Breathe the treadmill. Tread the mill.

From Eugene on Fri, Oct 08, 2021 at 13:07:47 from 174.199.130.50

i think emperor palpatine said that in one of the star wars movies.

Total Distance
15.00

AM - 4 on hilton, 6:04 pace. plus a half-mile of strides and dynamics.

AM2 - 10 on mural, 5:46 pace. course was disgustingly wet, plus with work at 11 i was only able to get a bit less than 2 hours of recovery between runs. hence the run being so slow ;)

really though, no idea where that came from. first 30 minutes were the usual, then towards the end of mile 5 i just took off, and i mean really took off. last 6 miles in 5:44, 5:46, 5:33, 5:34, 5:15, 5:18. i've never ran under 59 for 10 miles so to buck that and get under 58 too, it's sick. half-mile jog after to hit 15 miles by 7:30am.

Peg Shields Miles: 15.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 8 on the treadmill. woke up just before 2am and felt awake enough i figured i'd get some mileage in and afford myself some more sleep between the run and work today. started at 9.0 mph for the first mile, then upped it two ticks every mile until the last one was 10.4 mph. did this a few days ago but stopped at 10.0, it honestly felt easier today. i'm hoping in a month or two i can be strong enough to do this but get up to 11 miles with the last one at 11.0 mph. 

lots of quality mileage the last 24 hours. 

Peg Shields Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 6 on sokol, 6:13 pace. felt terrible. 

PM - 4 on sokol just past noon, 5:46 pace. ego had me compensating for this morning.

Peg 37 White Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3 on hilton, 6:04 pace. ankle felt bummy.

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

PM - 2 on sokol just past noon in a few ticks under 12-flat. too hot out to get real running in.

PM2 - 4 on mural, 6:02 pace. felt a little out of shape

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - couple of miles on sokol, then about 40 minutes exploring the golf course across the street. i'm so familiar with sokol that running it borders on tedium, so it was nice to see some new sights today. 6:15 pace for 10 miles 

Peg Shields Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
3.00

AM - 3 on the treadmill, about 6:30 pace

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - dynamics and strides on the turf farm. no run. my knee was tight and my ankles stiff

PM - 5 on mural, 6:05 pace. knee felt better, ankles not as much but i think the run loosened them up. we've got a cold front hitting so i was able to run at 2pm and have it be just 70 degrees out. beautiful.

Peg Shields Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
6.00

AM - 3 on treadmill @ 10 mph

PM - 3 on mural just past noon, 5:58 pace. had to stop quick bc i strained my calf a bit

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 4 on sokol, 6:07 pace. calf felt meh.

PM - 4 on hilton just past noon, 5:51 pace. felt better!

Peg Shields Miles: 8.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
4.00

4 miles on hilton, 6:02 pace i think

Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
10.00

AM - 8 on sokol. kept the pace honest to begin with but i could tell after pretty weak training the last 10-ish days the legs couldn't handle ~60 minutes at that effort on those hills, so after running 5.5 miles at 5:47 pace i restarted my watch and jogged another 2.5(6:24 pace, that's jogging right?)

PM - 2 on mural, 5:50 pace. tried easing up but my legs weren't slowing down, so i stopped earlier than i wanted. just need a couple good mileage days to get the legs at equilibrium.

Peg Shields Miles: 10.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
8.00

AM - 3 on hilton, 6:10 pace. just a shakeout to loosen up after a couple days off.

PM - drove to the track in the afternoon as soon as i got off work. mid 70's with low-ish humidity, it's uncommon but there's some really nice running weather to be found in the south. did a couple miles warmup, some strides and dynamics, then got into my flats and ran a set of 400, 300, 200 with 100m rec in like 50". ran 65, 47, 29. pretty decent, 29 and 47 took some effort with the short recovery but that 65 felt easy.

Streak LT Miles: 1.00Peg 37 Navy Miles: 4.00Peg Shields Miles: 3.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
5.00

AM - 3 on hilton, 6:25 pace. ran early and was still a little impaired from celebrating my BRAVES making their first world series of the millennium last night 

PM - a bit over 2 on mural. first mile in 5:48, second in 5:29, and i wasn't gonna let me ego drop the pace any more than that for the 3rd split(and i wasn't confident i could run more without giving in to said ego either). short but sweet

Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 5.00
Weight: 0.00
Comments
From Mike on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 07:16:24 from 168.213.5.162

I am rooting for the Braves! Beat those cheaters!

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 07:47:37 from 163.248.34.220

Did you see Jason Sudeikis on SNL this weekend?He was playing the devil and being interviewed on Weekend Update. The devil was proudly taking credit for all the bad things going on in America including the Astros making the series.

From Eugene on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 09:18:16 from 174.199.169.51

rob, the real proof of the devilís influence would have been the dodgers winning the NLCS to face houston. they faced 3 straight ďcinderella runĒ teams in the cardinals, giants and braves. they managed to crush the first two, luckily the braves magic managed to win out in the end

iím concerned that the luck is going to run out at the worst possible moment(see: atlanta postseason history), but iím all in on them regardless.

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 09:32:27 from 163.248.34.220

Only the Braves could have the best pitching staff in the history of baseball for a decade and squeeze only one World Series win out of it.

From Mike on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 12:50:29 from 168.213.5.162

See? Even Ted Lasso cannot give credit to the Astros, and he sees redemption in everyone!

From Eugene on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 14:17:10 from 174.199.175.29

oh my god, if i had a quarter for every time someone brought up ted lasso... well, iíd probably have the money to waste on apple tv so i could watch it

From Rob Murphy on Mon, Oct 25, 2021 at 14:55:59 from 163.248.34.220

It's time well spent Eugene. Join The Church of Lasso!

Total Distance
6.00

AM - 6 on sokol, 6:04 pace. pace would indicate a good run usually but in reality got my ass handed to me(the analogy i thought of mid-run was "two dead fish hooked to a car battery" for how my legs felt). sokol is a tough course, but still. this weekend showed i retained most of my speed after a couple wack weeks, but my strength took a hit. i can usually get it back quick so i'm not worried, just probably means i've got a few mental slogs on the docket

Peg Shields Miles: 6.00
Weight: 0.00
Total Distance
2123.75
Pegs 36 #8 Miles: 173.00Pegs #9 Miles: 322.25Peg 37 White Miles: 258.50Streak LT Miles: 5.50Peg 37 Navy Miles: 473.50Fly's Miles: 41.00Peg 37 Magenta Miles: 453.00Peg Shields Miles: 361.00
Weight: 151.40
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