Matt Todd Running Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Sun, 09 Dec 2018 23:33:28 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Nov 03, 2018 <p>Ran to springville!! solid run. pretty decent pace, but wasn&#39;t pushing it. I was going to stick with 6 miles but I had a lot of stress to run off so it ended up being 10. Solid. Felt really good. looking to hit 36 miles next week&nbsp;and throw in a bit of speed.</p> Sat, 03 Nov 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Nov 02, 2018 <p>Ended up going pretty fast for the last 2, but it started off kind of rough. I think it just took my body 4 miles before its like &quot;Oh hey, we&#39;re running. Ummmm... you need some carbs broken down or something? yeah, we&#39;ll start doing that. You need more bloodflow too?&quot; After that though I felt fantastic and burned the last two. I gotta say, it feels really good to run so fast you freak out other pedestrians on the side walk haha.</p> <p>Finished up with a bit of core.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Nov 01, 2018 <p>Maybe 7. idk.&nbsp;</p> <p>Stomach was no bueno today so but I survived somehow and made it back. Possibly the 2 am Del Taco...</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 30, 2018 <p>Happy birthday to me!</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 29, 2018 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 27, 2018 <p>Went fast. My knee has been hurting recently and for a while I was trying to ice it to no avail. Finally it dawned on me that it was likely an IT band issue, so I just started doing a lot of stretches for it and from wednesday on I was fine. Feels good to be back haha.</p> <p>I warmed up slow for a mile and a half, stretched, and then picked up the pace a bit. I&#39;d guess my actual run was around a 6:45 pace. That&#39;s super fast for me right now, but I feel like I&#39;m starting to get back into decent shape after the marathon. I&#39;ll try to go at least 6 every day next week and focus on having a faster pace.</p> <p>Big shout out to BYU XC for picking up yet another conference championship today. y&#39;all are killing it and continue to inspire me. Also, good luck to my man Bernard Lagat on his taper this week.</p> Sat, 27 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Oct 26, 2018 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 24, 2018 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 23, 2018 Tue, 23 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 22, 2018 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 18, 2018 <p>3 slow miles with Jaxon. nice 8:30-9:00/mile pace haha, tried not to be too embarrassed about it. spent a bit in the hot tub and my knee isn&#39;t feeling too bad.</p> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Oct 17, 2018 <p>easy 2. suupper slow and lots of stretching. I think I&#39;ve been neglecting the ole warm up+ stretch thing these days. I still have left knee trouble but I don&#39;t think it&#39;s an injury, just left over from the marathon maybe and it&#39;ll be fine soon.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Oct 16, 2018 <p>ran up hill and along the trail by rock canyon for a bit. my knee kinda started hurting though so I might take it easy for a couple days.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Oct 15, 2018 <p>Guess who&#39;s back?!</p> <p>Took a week off because I&#39;m not tryna injure myself, but I&#39;m fixing to start small and build up again. I&#39;m in the market for my next race too so hmu with ideas.</p> <p>5 miles in 36 minutes</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Oct 06, 2018 <p>Wow. I feel like I may have to amputate both my legs holy frick. I&#39;m dead. I literally couldn&#39;t walk after I finished.</p> <p>Play by play:</p> <p>Got into the front right off the bat. ran the first mile in like 6:30 and I&#39;m like &quot;fetch, I haven&#39;t even ran a 6:30 in a training run the entirity of 2018.&quot; probably too fast, but my man Drake once said Yolo so I went with it. 3 miles were just under 21 and 10k was 42. I was just having a good ole time, but my legs started feeling it after the hill at mile 8.</p> <p>I passed a ton of people up that hill. it was big. I felt a lot of lactic acid building in my quads though and knew I was probably going a bit too fast. I&#39;ve only been running for 6 weeks, and 98% of that has been under 8 miles and slower than a 8:15 pace. My biggest drawback is my ego though, so I held a sub 7 pace until about mile 11. a big group came up behind me and I wanted to stay in front of them but the spirit whispered to me that it wasn&#39;t sustainable so I gave in and probably let 50 people pass me going through the first half.</p> <p>Thankfully, I was saved by a clif energy shot with caffeine and hit a bit of a second wind. I took 3 miles to slowly eat it so my stomach wouldn&#39;t hurt, but that hit me and I dropped 3 or 4 6:30 miles back to back. Dope. I was back. I was hi-fiving kids, I was flexing at the spectators, I popped the shirt off, people were like &quot;good work, you look great!&quot; and I&#39;m like &quot;No you look great!&quot; I was back.</p> <p>I hit 20 miles at 2:20, maybe 2:21 but I felt like I was gonna die. last 6 were probably around 7:45 average. I don&#39;t think I hit an energy wall or ran out of glycogen per say (I carb loaded hard and my veins were flowing with at least .08% Gatorade), but my legs were finally spent. my form broke down, I sat down on my hips, hunched my shoulders, and slipped into heel striking. I felt like I was running on blocks of wood shaped like legs. If I&#39;d tried to do a single squat, I&#39;m confident that both legs would have snapped in half instantly. Nevertheless, I persevered. But my dreams of sub-3 disappeared, and slowly so did my dreams of sub-3:05. Church may be able to go sub 3, but I could not. I had everyone splash water at me as I ran passed, I let out a few mighty yells, but by mile 24, I was just praying for the finish line. I never stopped and I never walked, and by the end I even found it within me to sprint what I was sure was a 19.19 final 200 meters. However, after watching the video it surely was not and I looked like a 95 year old who got his walker taken away making&nbsp; a valiant speed walk to escape the retirement home. But I finished.</p> <p>All in all, it was a great experience and I want to use it as a foundation to build faster times on. I&#39;m not at all satisfied with a 3:09 but it&#39;s honestly way faster than I thought I was capable of. good job to everyone else who ran and shout out to my homies D. Todd Christofferson and Dieter F. Uchtdorf for throwing down some fire talks today. if you don&#39;t know what I&#39;m talking about, go to and look at general conference if you&#39;re into living a happier, more fulfilling life and such. peace.</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Oct 04, 2018 Thu, 04 Oct 2018 06:00:00