Nate's Run

20, distance runner. Future adult physiologist. Straight Edge, tattoos, family, Laura, friends, Zeus and Kelsey the dogs. Follow my journeys. I like talking running. And well running.


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Ten days.

I’m starting to feel those nervs. I’m nervous for the marathon. Starting to talk about it everyday and I really don’t know what to expect or do. I need help on how to mentally, and physcially prepare in the next week. Like food and carb loading, plans. What’s the best startegy that you use? Any help is appreciated. Only one more strong workout and that’s it. I feel good, I’m just nervous about hitting the wall. My goal is 3:45 or sub. Optimistic would be 3:30. I hope to see some of you in Hartford in 10 days! Help!!!

Haven’t really felt 100% in a few weeks and I’ve been getting nervous. Lots of stomach pains and stuff. Especially tonight I asked to go home early, didn’t really tell why but just something isn’t right. Snuck in a run this morning I don’t know how I feel about tomorrow’s run with how I feel right now. I don’t feel sick. Just in a lot of pain. Doctor will be called..

For years I struggled, physically, mentally. The whole 9 yards. After graduation in 2013. I ran maybe a total of 6 times up until October of last year. Laura has really put me back into perspective of where I need to be. She knows when to push, and when to not. I really don’t know whose more excited for Hartford, me or her. She’s taking the whole thing under her control so I can just focus on running. I’m nervous for sure. If my legs can hold up for 26 miles especially. With my month almost of trainings lost I kinda went at it blind and just tried to build up Milage. I feel okay. But man if it wasn’t for Laura telling me to start running again. I’d be lost. I didn’t have that spark and she gave that to me. It’s mostly because she wants to see that crazy mad man side of me that I get when I finish a race. Because I’m amped up when I finish. The next few days are just gonna be tough with online courses, her birthday, celebrations. Some long hard runs including a 10 mile tomorrow. I moved up my training a day due to my race being a Saturday unlike Chicago -SUNDAY- correct? Even my dad is excited and usually he’s a keep to yourself guy. Because for him this is more of a moral victory that I made it this far because he pushed me to play sports when the doctors said I couldn’t. so this raze literally hits home. The energy is building. I mean it seems im going to have a whole cheering squad waiting for me. These next 17 days are important because it’s all about Relentless Forward Progression.

For years I struggled, physically, mentally. The whole 9 yards. After graduation in 2013. I ran maybe a total of 6 times up until October of last year. Laura has really put me back into perspective of where I need to be. She knows when to push, and when to not. I really don’t know whose more excited for Hartford, me or her. She’s taking the whole thing under her control so I can just focus on running. I’m nervous for sure. If my legs can hold up for 26 miles especially. With my month almost of trainings lost I kinda went at it blind and just tried to build up Milage. I feel okay. But man if it wasn’t for Laura telling me to start running again. I’d be lost. I didn’t have that spark and she gave that to me. It’s mostly because she wants to see that crazy mad man side of me that I get when I finish a race. Because I’m amped up when I finish. The next few days are just gonna be tough with online courses, her birthday, celebrations. Some long hard runs including a 10 mile tomorrow. I moved up my training a day due to my race being a Saturday unlike Chicago -SUNDAY- correct? Even my dad is excited and usually he’s a keep to yourself guy. Because for him this is more of a moral victory that I made it this far because he pushed me to play sports when the doctors said I couldn’t. so this raze literally hits home. The energy is building. I mean it seems im going to have a whole cheering squad waiting for me. These next 17 days are important because it’s all about Relentless Forward Progression.

The view from the top. Ran up a local mountain two times today for a rough workout. Mountain road is about 1.3 miles up its a great view and a great way to train. I usually do this workout at least one time for each race I run. It’s a very motivating run because road is steep and winding so it makes you work for the reward.

The view from the top. Ran up a local mountain two times today for a rough workout. Mountain road is about 1.3 miles up its a great view and a great way to train. I usually do this workout at least one time for each race I run. It’s a very motivating run because road is steep and winding so it makes you work for the reward.

Nice easy run to before a long run tomorrow. Mile 5 was dedicated to helping my good friend start running he held his own at 8:55 pace for the mile. I love giving back to friends who want to learn to run better. Today I’m suffering from chin splints owww.. But I’m also 21 days out from the marathon. The goal is sub 4 hour realistic. Optimistic is sub 3:45.. Getting nervous now!

Nice easy run to before a long run tomorrow. Mile 5 was dedicated to helping my good friend start running he held his own at 8:55 pace for the mile. I love giving back to friends who want to learn to run better. Today I’m suffering from chin splints owww.. But I’m also 21 days out from the marathon. The goal is sub 4 hour realistic. Optimistic is sub 3:45.. Getting nervous now!

My mind.

I’ll tell yeah.. I never thought 15 years ago when my mom overheard my papa say “don’t listen to the doctors, just run.” How much that would mean today. I started running my freshman year almost because I needed something. My life was going though a severe tough patch. With my nana and papa both suffering from Alzheimer’s it was really tough even going to school. Flash back to when I was 3 when doctors discovered I had low muscle tone in both my legs. A condition I still deal with today. They said I would never run or play any spots. When my dad finally told me that freshman year that was all needed to hear. I always wanted to run a marathon. Because to me it’s the ultimate dream. Back to freshman year so you can all understand where I came from. I was always this skinny kid so I guess I was perfect for cross country. My coach was a math teacher from Mexico (who actually had the college 800 meter record) he was good. Hard to understand but good. My first ever 5k time was 31:20 yeah… I wasn’t the best but I had some really great people on the team. My freshman year I got my 5k down to 25 minutes. My two mile was 16 minutes the first time oops… Flash forward to junior year. Summer going into it my appendix blew up after a great summer training I lost it all in 2 weeks. I came off of surgery sluggish and never really recovered till senior year of outdoor track. Between no PR’s or nothing really I was down. Plus the loss of my best friend to death was also a tough kick. But running kept me going. The teammates kept me going.

When I graduated here are some of my times
5k 19:29
2 mile 11:27
1 mile 5:19

Nothing special right? I’ve never been good at running or whatever you wanna call it talented or such. But I love it. I’ve helped so many people become good runners, or even just runners. What limits me from training 100% like some of you great runners that I follow on here is my low muscle tone.

Let me explain it to you. You see I can run but I can’t open my stride the longest, I have a hard time staying on my toes. Lastly my legs die out before most people because even at 20 they’re underdeveloped. So I’ll be out on runs and boom they just don’t wanna keep going.

But like I said I need to do three marathons than that’s it.
One:to say I did it.
Two: to qualify for Boston.
Three: to finish Boston.

See this marathon in 25 days now is for my Papa. Even though he won’t understand. I have to do this. I have to put myself through hell to achieve my a goal he unknowingly set for me.

Laura told me I can’t stop running till I run Boston. And you can’t disagree to her.


But that’s part of my story on how I got here. These next 25 days will be tough. Including that faithful day. Any advice, tips, stories, help. You can give me I’d enjoy it. Thank you and god bless.

Owwww.. Longest run ever today. Legs still just don’t “have it” thankful for my mom biking it with me. As she’s walking the Boston marathon route next weekend. Biggest thing was consistency all miles were around 8:20-8:30 except for the first one… Legs are sore and I need a nap. I just hope my legs get that push they need to run a little longer. A lot of that is the ever lasting low muscle tone my legs were cursed with as a child.

Hey! Noticed you're running the Hartford Marathon this year! That was also my first marathon! I ran it last year. The course is great (if it's the same this year) and I really enjoyed it! GOOD LUCK :)
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Ah thank you so much!! Yeah I’m so nervous for it but it means so much to me for the support!! Thank you again!

Pulling out all the stops with 33 days to go. The compression socks are helping with my sore calves. New running shoes and insoles because my prosthetic ones for my flat feet are wearing out.. Back on creatine because that helped me a lot in my half marathon training and highschool track. This week will make or break me. Time to step up.

Pulling out all the stops with 33 days to go. The compression socks are helping with my sore calves. New running shoes and insoles because my prosthetic ones for my flat feet are wearing out.. Back on creatine because that helped me a lot in my half marathon training and highschool track. This week will make or break me. Time to step up.

RIP Summer heat.

Today’s the last day of these crazy temps and with tomorrow I attempt my longest run ever.. Yikes. 16 miles tomorrow. Plan is to get an early jump with my brother who will ride his bike next to me and throw water at me also. Any advice it’s the longest I’ve ever attempted!

Clearing the air.

I always said this blog wouldn’t be all running. Well today is one of those days. I just haven’t been myself lately. I went for my run today got that out of the way. My lack of sleep/anxiety/stress. I just really have no one to talk to because my mind is so clogged with all this stress I have no where to go where I feel as if someone would understand. I feel just out of place when I’m so used to being the leader. I just don’t like where I am. I’m not comfortable.

39 days. It’s not really for a specific goal anymore. It’s more just finishing. I’m going for maybe around 3:45. This training has just been tough. September is gonna be huge make or break my marathon training. With all the other stresses in life I’ve just been out of it. Just feel lost.

39 days. It’s not really for a specific goal anymore. It’s more just finishing. I’m going for maybe around 3:45. This training has just been tough. September is gonna be huge make or break my marathon training. With all the other stresses in life I’ve just been out of it. Just feel lost.