Nate's Run

19, distance runner. Atmospheric Science major at Lyndon State.


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Another week has come to an end in the journey towards Hartford I can nickname this week injury week. Really need to start stretching more because thats killing me. I need to stay focused. Ended this week at 37.7 miles. So I’m proud of that. Today’s 10 miler was tough. I ran 3 miles to the state park where I used to have XC home races and did the course and home. Usually they have a fountain but of course didn’t work.. Made it home but lately between my ankle now it’s my quad and groin. Maybe this is my injury rut and I’m getting it out of the way. This weeks Milage breaks 40 so I’m nervous/ excited. I know somethings I need to fix for sure.

Another week has come to an end in the journey towards Hartford I can nickname this week injury week. Really need to start stretching more because thats killing me. I need to stay focused. Ended this week at 37.7 miles. So I’m proud of that. Today’s 10 miler was tough. I ran 3 miles to the state park where I used to have XC home races and did the course and home. Usually they have a fountain but of course didn’t work.. Made it home but lately between my ankle now it’s my quad and groin. Maybe this is my injury rut and I’m getting it out of the way. This weeks Milage breaks 40 so I’m nervous/ excited. I know somethings I need to fix for sure.

Sometimes you just need a friend to tell you to “run” meet Elijah, he’s my little hero. He’s 7 plays hockey and loves roller skating. You’d think he’s an average kid but he’s different. We have a lot in common and we both have been through a lot. He said he wants to run at least a mile with me for Hartford. We will see!

Sometimes you just need a friend to tell you to “run” meet Elijah, he’s my little hero. He’s 7 plays hockey and loves roller skating. You’d think he’s an average kid but he’s different. We have a lot in common and we both have been through a lot. He said he wants to run at least a mile with me for Hartford. We will see!

Frustration is the first step towards improvement. I have no incentive to improve if I’m content with what I can do and if I’m completely satisfied with my pace, distance and form as a runner. It’s only when I face frustration and use it to fuel my dedication that I feel myself moving forwards.

Frustration and how you adapt to it is a big part of life and running. Lately I haven’t been able to put my feet out. My ankle feels out of place, and my legs just feel so drained. Lately I just don’t feel “good” this marathon training is so different from anything I’ve ever done, plus having no one around that’s been through it really sucks. I’m just trying my best. Between waking up at 7 AM to run before I have to work both jobs, or running at 8 at night. Not having a set schedule is hurting my body. The old saying is “frustration is the first step towards improvement.” Just gotta push on. 

Ran a two mile warm up to loosen up my ankle than moved into the 600’s first two went great. Than third my ankle just didn’t participate. Staggered two miles home and I just don’t feel too good.

Frustration and how you adapt to it is a big part of life and running. Lately I haven’t been able to put my feet out. My ankle feels out of place, and my legs just feel so drained. Lately I just don’t feel “good” this marathon training is so different from anything I’ve ever done, plus having no one around that’s been through it really sucks. I’m just trying my best. Between waking up at 7 AM to run before I have to work both jobs, or running at 8 at night. Not having a set schedule is hurting my body. The old saying is “frustration is the first step towards improvement.” Just gotta push on.

Ran a two mile warm up to loosen up my ankle than moved into the 600’s first two went great. Than third my ankle just didn’t participate. Staggered two miles home and I just don’t feel too good.

Minor setback.

Hartford week 6 Saturday. Woke up this morning after a bad Friday with tons of pain in my left ankle (same ankle with over 10 rolls in it from high school XC) it’s usually the colder weather that sets it back. So I took the day off to let myself rest and breathe. It’s been a tough week. I knew from day 1 the night Laura and I registered myself for it that it would be tough. With my already underdeveloped legs from my childhood I’m prone to pain. She’s been a huge support on august 10th we quit soda together till after the race is done. And we made a pact to keep a healthy trend going. 8 miles in the morning it’s supposed to be 72 and no humidity so I have to seize the day!

Hartford Week Six, Thursday.

Didn’t sleep well woke up too much. Waited till around 3 to do my first tempo run under the plan. I don’t think I can break 3:05 in the marathon so I’m setting my goal for 3:30. My tempo pace matched that perfectly today. I’ve been so tired at the end of the day lately between work and training it’s tough. Coasting into this weekend with a 4 mile run tomorrow. Also had to cut my tempo a mile short due to a bad accident that I had to call in. Drivers are horrible out there..

Hartford week 6 Wednesday.

Just an easy 6.5 miles today. Had a rough day at work but I felt 200% better mentally after the run. Feeling some soreness and tiredness from working two jobs from 7-6 and sneaking a run in to also. Tempo run tomorrow depending on how my ankles feel.

Hartford week 6 Tuesday.

My first real speed workout since the half marathon and it felt good if you consider it. It was supposed to be 12x400 but with storms in the area I only did ten but a mile cooldown too. I managed to keep most of the splits right in the same area which I’ve never been really good at. Splits are as followed

1. 1:29
2. 1:27
3. 1:23
4. 1:26
5. 1:25
6. 1:28
7. 1:26
8. 1:28
9. 1:27
10.1:28

Plus I can’t get to a track due to my work schedule and schools not opening them to the public.. so I had to do it in my neighborhood which is hilly so these times make me feel really really good!

Being as this is the beginning of week 6 of training it’s time for the speed and tempo aspect! Kicked off the week with an easy 4 miler. In the rain…. But it had to get done! Yesterday’s run was really bad, my legs haven’t felt like that in my life. Today was a new day and it was fun! Tomorrow is 12x400’s and I am not excited at all.

Another hot day!

Acording to my iSmoothRun app it was only 88 today during the run -a little off…- but it was managable. Been reading ahead into the training plan and next week starts the speed work outs!!! I don’t miss those but that’s what turns you into a marathoner I guess! The heats been getting to me especially after a long day at work. I had to sneak my run in at the hottest part of the day today to make Laura’s soccer game tonight. I’m also going to be starting up core workouts again. Anyone have good sugestons on what works, doesn’t etc?