Run Eva Run Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com Sun, 20 Aug 2017 07:32:55 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sun, Aug 13, 2017 <p>My mother arrived here today.</p> <p>It is good to be with her. &nbsp;It seems like such a long time since we have been able to sit down and talk a lot.</p> <p>We talked about a lot of things that have happened during the summer.</p> <p>Some things she was very pleased about, others not so much.</p> <p>As a result of our talk, I will be taking a break (forced break) from the blog here.</p> <p>I have really appreciated everyone here on the blog. &nbsp;If it weren&#39;t for all of you I never would have improved as much or had the excitement that I have had for running.</p> <p>I will miss everyone here. &nbsp;I wish you all the best.</p> <p>Those who have my e-mail address, I would enjoy hearing from you from time to time.</p> <p>Take care and RUN FAST!!</p> Sun, 13 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 12, 2017 <p>Today I ran 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m fast with short recovery runs in between. &nbsp;I did that two times. &nbsp;Then I did some easy running to complete 10 miles.</p> <p>It has been another great week running.</p> <p>I talked with my mother last night. &nbsp;I guess my step-father has left for Japan. &nbsp;My mother has wrapped up her work, and is flying here tomorrow and will be here for a couple of weeks. &nbsp;Then we will fly back to Seattle and then to Japan in September.</p> Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Aug 11, 2017 <p>Ran 10 miles with my grandfather. &nbsp;Started out&nbsp;at about 7:30 per mile pace beut ended closer to 7:00 per mile.</p> <p>It is funny when I run with my grandfather, he always stays about a half of a body length in front of me. &nbsp;When I try to come up right along side, he seems to speed up to get in front again. &nbsp;So when ever we run together the pace gets faster and faster. &nbsp;Must be a male thing to have to be in the lead.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 10, 2017 <p>Today was a hard workout.</p> <p>I ran 20 x 200 m at 35 seconds with 200 m slow between.</p> <p>Then ran at an easy pace of about 8:00 per mile to complete 10.</p> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 09, 2017 <p>Ran 10 miles this morning with my grandfather.</p> <p>We did the first 5 miles at about 8:00 per mile, and the last 5 miles at about 7:30 per mile.</p> <p>It is a nice beautiful day here today.</p> Wed, 09 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 08, 2017 <p>Ran an easy 10 miles today with my grandfather at 7:30 to 8:00 per mile pace.</p> <p>We had take-out Chinese food last night, and there were some fotune cookies included. &nbsp;I at two of the fortune cookies and the fortunes inside were:</p> <p>&quot;A lifetime of happiness lies ahead of you.&quot; &nbsp;( I surely hope so!)</p> <p>&quot;Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.&quot;</p> <p>The second fortune seemed to be speaking directly to me. &nbsp;When I was in Singapore I set a goal that I wanted to reach for the summer. &nbsp;I then set monthly, weekly and daily goals to reach the main goal. &nbsp;It gave me some good direction and purpose for why I was training. &nbsp;After I reached my goal much sooner than I had expected, I never set a new goal. &nbsp;I have been putting in a lot of effort, but I recently haven&#39;t had any&nbsp;purpose or direction. &nbsp;I need to set a new goal and become more focused again.</p> <p>I need to do the same for my schooling as well. &nbsp;Since I have been away from my mom, my schooling has become a little unfocused. &nbsp;</p> <p>I need to get some direction back, not only&nbsp;in my running and schooling, but also in many other aspects of my life.</p> Tue, 08 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Aug 07, 2017 <p>This morning I ran a 5K time trial with my grandfather doing the timing. &nbsp;I was kind of nervous before starting, because my training hasn&#39;t been that great lately. &nbsp;It was nice and cool but a little humid. &nbsp;I finished in a time that tied my personal record that I set in Singapore. &nbsp;If I know I was going to be at the same time, I could have found some energy from somewhere to have finished much faster. &nbsp;Oh well. &nbsp;I was very pleased with the result, because I was running this all alone.</p> <p>After wards my grandfather and I ran to complete 10 miles. &nbsp;We started out at 8:00 per mile and each mile gradually increased the speed, and finished the last mile in 6:30.</p> <p>Today&#39;s workout was a confidence builder.</p> <p>(One thing I have noticed. &nbsp;Last week I did 60 miles of running. &nbsp;I have found that for me 50 to 60 miles is the optimal distance. &nbsp;When I put in a 100-mile week, I found that I was not able to put 100% into my harder workouts. &nbsp;I think I will try to stick with around 60 miles per week for a while.)&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Aug 05, 2017 <p>Legs felt very heavy today from yesterday&#39;s workout. &nbsp;My grandfather wanted to run 15 miles today, but I was not up for 15, so I ran the first 10 with him at a very easy pace of 8:00 per mile.</p> Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Aug 04, 2017 <p>Hard workout today.</p> <p>I ran 10 x 400 meters at 70 to 75 with 200 meters recovery run. &nbsp;It has been a while since I have done something like this and I could tell. &nbsp;My body was hating it.</p> <p>Did an easy run after at a pace of about 8:00 per mile to complete 10 miles.</p> <p>One good body is getting used to the strengthening exercises my grandfather has me do. &nbsp;I no longer have muscle soreness from doing them. (I guess that is good.)</p> Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Aug 03, 2017 <p>Felt like a fast run today. &nbsp;I ran 5 miles at 6:05 to 6:10 per mile pace.</p> <p>Then I finished up with 5 more miles with my grandfather at about 8:00 per mile pace.</p> <p>Every morning when we are running, we see a boy on the other side of the street running in the other direction. &nbsp;Today he came over and said hello and wanted to know if I ran for the high school. &nbsp; I told him no. &nbsp;He said he wants to run cross-country for the high school. &nbsp;Last year he tried out but didn&#39;t make the cut. &nbsp;He has try-outs next week. &nbsp;I hope he makes it. &nbsp;He is really cute, and when we were talking with him I started thinking about my cousin in Singapore. &nbsp;She would have been all over him. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Aug 02, 2017 <p>I was feeling really tired this morning and didn&#39;t want to go running, but I was finally able to get out the door. &nbsp;My grandfather and I did a very asy 10 miles at about 8:00 per mile pace.</p> <p>I have been so tired lately, and I think it is because I have not been sleeping well. &nbsp;I haven&#39; t had a good night sleep since returning to the USA. &nbsp;At night I always start worying about the future changes in my life when summer is over.</p> <p>I think being so tired is affecting my running and other aspects of my life. &nbsp;I just haven&#39;t had a desire to do much of anything including running. &nbsp;My heart is just not into it right now.</p> Wed, 02 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Aug 01, 2017 <p>This morning my grandfather and I ran 3 miles together at a pace of 7:00 to 7:10 per mile. &nbsp;I am surprised my grandfather can run so fast since he is over 60 years old.</p> <p>After that, I ran 4 x 800m at 2:30 to 2:45 with a 400 m slow run in between. &nbsp;It was the first fast running I have done since being back in the USA, so I didn&#39;t want to push it too hard.</p> <p>After that I ran about 4 miles very easy at 8:00 per mile pace to reach 10 miles.</p> <p>My grandfather has been having me do some strength exercises, and I am sore from that. &nbsp;He says it will take about a week to get used to it, then it won&#39;t hurt any more.</p> Tue, 01 Aug 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 31, 2017 <p>This was the longest I have run in a long time.</p> <p>I first ran 5 miles with my grandfather at 7:30 per mile pace, and then finished off the last 5 miles by myself at about 7:00 per mile pace. &nbsp;Felt good.</p> <p>I have been a little sore. &nbsp;My grandfather has been having me do some strength exercises for my hamstrings, quads, etc. &nbsp; I am not used to the extra exercises yet.</p> Mon, 31 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 30, 2017 <p>I made creme puffs with my grandmother. &nbsp;They turned out really delicious.</p> <p>My grandmother is a wonderful cook!</p> Sun, 30 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 29, 2017 <p>Did a very easy 5 miles today at about 7:20 per mile pace. &nbsp;I am not good with dogs, and on the 5-mile route that I run here there are always some dogs loose. They haven&#39;t bothered me until today when all of a sudden they got upset and started barking and coming after me. &nbsp;Not really sure what the best way to handle that is, whether to stop or keep going. &nbsp;Today I stopped and walked until they stopped barking and stopped following me.</p> <p>This morning after I ran I helped my grandfather dig dandelions out of his lawn. &nbsp;First time I have dug dandelions. &nbsp;It was tough on my back bending over for so long.</p> <p>While we were digging we talked about running and racing. &nbsp;I mentioned to him that my mother doesn&#39;t like me racing. &nbsp;After talking to my grandfather I think I finally know why.</p> <p>Apparently when my mother was my age and was in high school she ran track on the high school team in Texas where she was living. &nbsp;She was fast. &nbsp; In some kind of invitational race she was running the mile and was so far ahead of everyone and broke the state record or regional record or something like that. &nbsp;But they said she stepped off of the track and disqualified her. &nbsp;She argued that she had not stepped off the track, but they did not listen to her. &nbsp;So she didn&#39;t get the win or the record. &nbsp;She though that they didn&#39;t want her to have the record because she was Asian and not caucasian. &nbsp;Anyway, she quit the team and never ran a race again. &nbsp;However she kept running on her own and training and my grandfather says she was always very fast.</p> <p>Anyway, I think she must still be holding a gudge over that and doesn&#39;t want me racing. &nbsp;At least now I know why she is against racing, but it is not fair for me for her to not to want&nbsp;me to&nbsp;race.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 29 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 28, 2017 <p>Ran 5 miles this morning at a fairly good pace of 6:30 per mile.</p> <p>I was thinking today that I would love to run some hills so I was looking around for some hills. &nbsp;I don&#39;t think there is a single hill around here. &nbsp;Every morning I run past the Memorial Stadium where the University of Illinois plays football. &nbsp;The gate was open so I went inside. &nbsp;I thought about running the stadium steps, but I was ony inside for 10 minutes and security showed up and told me I was trespassing and asked me to leave. &nbsp;So I guess there will be no running hills here.</p> Fri, 28 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 27, 2017 <p>Very easy 5 mile run today at 7:10 per mile pace.</p> <p>I feel I need to set some new goals. &nbsp;I reached my goal for the summer while I was in Singapore, and now it seems I have no purpose in my running. &nbsp;Bret on the blog suggested a month or so ago that I try to see how fast I could run a mile. &nbsp;I have to think about it.</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 26, 2017 <p>Nice morning for running.</p> <p>I ran 5 miles at 6:15 per mile pace. &nbsp;Felt good.</p> <p>My grandfather has been trying to help me with my breathing. &nbsp;He says I am breathing too much. &nbsp;I need to be more relaxed in my breathing and in that way I will get more oxygen. &nbsp;I have been trying and I do think it is making a difference.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 25, 2017 <p>Feels nice and cool here in the morning.</p> <p>Ran 5 miles at 6:30 per mile pace. &nbsp;Felt easy.</p> Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 24, 2017 <p>Arrived in Champaign Illinois late last night. &nbsp;It was sure hot on the way here.</p> <p>It seems a little cooler this morning.</p> <p>I ran an easy 5 miles today. &nbsp; My grandfather told me about &nbsp;a good &nbsp;route to run, so I tried it. &nbsp;It was nice, and it seems very nice here for running. &nbsp;I averaged aout 7:00 per mile.</p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 20, 2017 <p>This morning we took a drive up to Alta. &nbsp;It was my first time there and it was beautiful. &nbsp;We hiked a little and it was great. &nbsp;Was hoping to see a moose but unfortunately didn&#39;t see one.</p> <p>In the afternoon we went to Temple Square for a tour.</p> <p>This evening we are goint to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.</p> <p>Headed to Denver tomorrow.</p> Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 19, 2017 <p>Today we got an early start from Boise and drove to Salt Lake. &nbsp;After checking in to the hotel, my grandfather and I went to City Creek Canyon and ran. &nbsp;It was quite windy and cloudy. &nbsp;I was afraid it might rain but it didn&#39;t. &nbsp;It was nice running in the canyon again.</p> <p>It was my first time running with my grandfather. &nbsp;He used to be a sub 3 marathon runner. &nbsp;He still runs, and was much faster than I would have imagined. &nbsp;I think my mom must have learned a lot of what she knows about running from him.</p> <p>Later in the evening, we went to the &quot;Roof&quot; restaurant at the Joseph Smith Building. &nbsp;It was great! &nbsp;Ate too much though. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 18, 2017 <p>Ran 3 miles on the treadmill at the hotel this evening.</p> <p>We had a long drive today. &nbsp;Went from Spokane to Boise Idaho. &nbsp;We drove though some very beautiful country. &nbsp;</p> <p>I am really, really excited for the next couple of days.</p> Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 17, 2017 <p>Ran 3 very easy miles this morning before I leave with my grandparents. &nbsp;It was the first time for me to run in over a week. &nbsp;I felt very fresh though.</p> <p>My grandparents and I are leaving today to go to their home in Illinois. &nbsp;We are headed to Spokane today. &nbsp;Along the way to Illinois I hope to be able to see some historical sights etc. &nbsp; I hope to go to Eisenhower Library in Kansas, I want to go to Hannibal Missouri, and Springfield Illinois. &nbsp;If any one knows of any other interesting historical sights... let me know.</p> Mon, 17 Jul 2017 06:00:00