Motivated to Succeed Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/ Mon, 22 Oct 2018 02:09:13 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Thu, Apr 03, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-03-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #462: 10.11 miles. First 2 at 9:15/mile, Next 2 at 8:35 pace, Next 3.11 @ 8:00 flat. Last 3 miles at 8:40 pace. Run the weakness out. It is the only option.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">I wonder sometimes<br /> If I wore minimalist<br /> in the womb.. you think?</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;You know you&#39;re old when someone compliments you on your alligator shoes, and you&#39;re barefoot.&quot; -Phyllis Diller<br /> <br /> Down to 195#!!! Have lost 55# since my heaviest, and 40# since Christmas!</p> </div> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:00:00 Wed, Apr 02, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-02-2014.html <p>Day #461: 5 miles in 44:20; 8:52/mile. Sweatfest on the treadmill after a long day at work and great talk with Shaun E. on the phone. Then out to dinner for 1/2 priced sushi!</p> <p>Relentless progress<br /> spurs greater progress than a&nbsp;<br /> confused inner self.</p> <p>&ldquo;Running is about finding your inner peace, and so is a life well lived.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Dean Karnazes</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 06:00:00 Tue, Apr 01, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-04-01-2014.html <p>Day #460: 6 miles in 52:26; legs feel great. Just a little dead in last 2 miles when I kicked up from 6.7mph to 7.0 mph.</p> <p>Terror brings a pain<br /> bubbling from depths within me.<br /> Oh wait. Just heartburn!</p> <p>&ldquo;I run because if I didn&rsquo;t, I&rsquo;d be sluggish and glum and spend too much time on the couch. I run to breathe the fresh air. I run to explore. I run to escape the ordinary. I run&hellip;to savor the trip along the way. Life becomes a little more vibrant, a little more intense. I like that.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 31, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-31-2014.html <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #459 : 4.5 miles, last 2.5 in 21:52<br /> <br /> Recovering from the marathon - feeling pretty good. Did a couple miles in cemetery with the 100 mile kids, and then another run when I got home.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 30, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-30-2014.html <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #458 : 3.11 miles in 26:50; Apparently I ran a marathon Saturday. And then drove 800 miles home. Yeah Kind of a big deal. Didn&#39;t hurt all that much today. Maybe that means I am recovering?<br /> <br /> &quot;If you fart in an elevator, blame it on someone else.&quot; - Me.</span><br /> &nbsp;</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 29, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-29-2014.html <p>Marathon #34 - Race Report coming soon.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(62, 69, 76); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: rgb(219, 237, 254);">So I started easy and ran 11 in the first 2 hours before normal start (Harry and I started at the 7am start). We were a bit tired since we drove 12 hours out there the day before. Harry hung tough despite never having run more than 9 miles total and that being his last run (in January!!).. he seriously didn&#39;t run for two months before this. At about mile 15 I decided I was feeling good, and the foot was not hurting all that much. Then I took off. 8:39 mi 15, 7:37 mi 16, 8:07 mi 19, mile 20 7:38, mile 21, 7:43, 8:09 mile 23, 7:52 mile 25, 7:35 mile 26. Never run that fast in a marahton, even if the final time was a little slower than expected. I had fun which is what counts! 4:34 final time.</span></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 28, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-28-2014.html <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #456 : 1.10 miles after 12 hours of driving in 10:00 behind the hotel in the yard. Back and forth and back and forth. Phew!</span></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 27, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-27-2014.html <p><span style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #455 : 3 miles easy 9:15 pace</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 26, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-26-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #454: 5 miles in 44:20 (8:52 pace). Stretched calf muscles and achilles hurt less. Need to do some foam rolling before next marathon this weekend.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">There is no &quot;I can&#39;t&quot;<br /> Just &quot;I won&#39;t&quot; or ... excuses.<br /> Seize each run like GOLD!</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;Hidden in the glorious wildness like unmined gold.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― John Muir</p> </div> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 25, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-25-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #453: 5.5 miles total. Short run. Think problem is calf tightness putting too much stress on Achilles. 46:05. 5.55 mi. 800s were 3:45, 3:46, 3:44, 3:44, 3:44, 3:40.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">stretched my calf muscles and going to do foam roller before bed. 4 days until marathon #34. Holler son!</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Coffee soaked carpet,<br /> <span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">World map ripped to hell man.<br /> 6th grade be rough son!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;If you believe in yourself anything is possible.&quot;&nbsp;<a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/teamsparkle?source=feed_text&amp;story_id=607914525958904" style="color: rgb(59, 89, 152); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none;"><span class="_58cl" style="color: rgb(109, 132, 180);">‪#&lrm;</span><span class="_58cm">teamsparkle‬</span></a></p> </div> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 24, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-24-2014.html <p>Day #452: 3.33 miles in 30:00. Easy recovery run from yesterday&#39;s long progression run. Marathon this weekend. Always get excited for that. Keep on keeping on with the diet and such. Feeling good!</p> <p>Sometimes I think I&#39;m a barefoot<br /> runner - then I get punched straight to the<br /> face and look at my worn heels.</p> <p>&ldquo;If we are facing the right direction, all we have to do is keep walking.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> Chinese Proverb</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 23, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-23-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #451: A couple hours behind schedule but I sucked it up. 14 mile progression run on the treadmill. 2 mile warm up in 18:03 (9:02 pace), 5 miles in 42:29 (8:30 pace), 1 mile easy in 9:09, 4 miles in 31:39 (7:55 pace), 2 mile cool down in 16:20 (8:10 pace). 1:57:42 total. Hell yeah!</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Sweat is just you making room<br /> in your pants for extra dessert rations.<br /> Less means more fun, more food, more friends!</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;A runner must run with dreams in his heart.&quot;<br /> - Emil Zatopek</p> </div> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 22, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-22-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #450: 7.12 miles in 60:01. Nice solid run before going with Emma to see NPR&#39;s The MOTH Hour at The Egg in Albany. Felt relaxed throughout.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Jaundice is quite becoming<br /> in the paleness of waning winter&#39;s<br /> grasp. Why don&#39;t everyone run?</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Alfred Tennyson</p> </div> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 21, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-21-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #449: 1 mile easy in 10:00 after going to see &quot;Divergent&quot; with Kara, Emm, and Jess. Then enjoyed an evening playing CAH.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Sometimes training has to wait,<br /> Friends come only once in a lifetime.<br /> Tomorrow I run for me.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Elbert Hubbard</p> </div> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 20, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-20-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #448: 5.1 miles in 40:20. Did a 1-1-2-1-3-1-4-1-5-1 workout on treadmill. All the &quot;ons&quot; were at 7:00 pace. Couldn&#39;t go any faster, else the fuse would blow. Needed a tempo run today. Admin stresses me out at work. I care about teaching for the sake of teaching kids to enjoy learning and asking questions, not passing a stupid test. 11 of 14 days, 9 hours of silence and that&#39;s just ELA tests. Kids are on day 3 and stressed to high heaven already. And we can&#39;t take them out&nbsp;<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">for a run because it might make the slower testers rush. Not a fun place to be in at the moment. Thank god Circ. Logic is next week! Can&#39;t wait to get out of here for a weekend!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">Into the depths of hell they<br /> push students too hard to pass state tests<br /> and bolster super egos.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px;">&quot;Run when you can. Run when you can&#39;t. Run when you must. Run when you shouldn&#39;t. Run because you are YOU!&quot; - me</p> </div> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 19, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-19-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #447: 7 miles in 59:06; good for 8:26/ mile. Read up to page 350 in Divergent. It&#39;s go time. Getting in shape is hard work. One more day down. School was rough today. I don&#39;t know why, but students seem not to appreciate my efforts. Tomorrow&#39;s a new day I guess.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Not every day can be<br /> Your best. You have to reconsider...<br /> Reevaluate... push on!</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;What kind of fuckery is this?&rdquo; ― Amy Winehouse</p> </div> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 18, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-18-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #446: 7 miles total. 8 x 800s. Goal @ 3:45 with 400m &quot;off&quot;. Actual splits: 3:42, 3:45, 3:43, 3:44, 3:41, 3:41, 3:39, 3:36. Hell yeah! That&#39;s how you run a workout! 57:41 total. Weighed in at 200#, my lightest since I started working in the stressball hell hole.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Self doubt breeds inner furnace,<br /> combustion engine burning food stores.<br /> Working off the pouch, bitches.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Remember fat lasts longer than flavor.&quot;</p> </div> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 17, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-17-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #445: 7.1 miles total. First 2 easy, then 5.1 miles in 42:07 (8:15 pace). Getting less fat is getting more fast! ;p. Feeling good. Read some more of &quot;Divergent&quot; tonight. Still got about 190 pages to go before Friday. Will I make it?</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">My wife tells me that my sweat<br /> is what keeps my skin oh so supple.&nbsp;<br /> Good thing I got a beard, eh?</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;I&#39;ve been accused of vulgarity. I say that&#39;s bullshit.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Mel Brooks</p> </div> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 16, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-16-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #444: 10.26 miles in 1:30:39; Longest run since 6-pack. Minimal pain under my arch. 8:50 pace overall. Did 9:15 pace for the first 50 minutes. Gradually sped up from there until last mile was under 8 mins (just barely). Come back soon?</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Weaknesses are our best strengths.<br /> Seize the opportunity. Ask more<br /> of yourself. What WILL you do?</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Action is the foundational key to all success.&quot;<br /> Pablo Picasso</p> </div> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sat, Mar 15, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-15-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #443: 3.11 miles in 24:36. Full day of fun. 30 min ab workout with Emma, then drove to Northampton, put up flyers for Sweltering Summer 8 Hour Ultra Race, then lunch at Noodles. Finally came home and then did 3.11 mile run before reading date, reading &quot;Divergent&quot;.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Time to make the skinny belt<br /> One notch smaller. Work hard, run harder.<br /> Victory is at the door.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.&quot; - Albert Einstein</p> </div> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Fri, Mar 14, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-14-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #442: 1 mile after 16 hours at school. Stayed and set up dance and worked dance, cleaned up and then brought two runners home. We made 317 dollars for the xc fund. 8:30 pace. Didn&#39;t even get home until almost 11.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Sometimes there is nothing but<br /> one option - push on and capture the<br /> essence of wild freedom.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;It is a damn poor mind indeed which can&#39;t think of at least two ways to spell any word.&quot;<br /> Andrew Jackson</p> </div> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Thu, Mar 13, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-13-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #441: 5.78 miles, 50:01 - last mile at 8:00 pace. 8:39 pace for throughout. Basically 0 pain. Getting stronger. Keep strong on the diet. Got to get under 200 soon! No mas Clydesdale!</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Running is just natural.<br /> Just taking one foot in front of the<br /> other. No excuses kids!</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.&quot;<br /> Henry David Thoreau</p> </div> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Wed, Mar 12, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-12-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #440: 4 miles after going out with Emma and Jess (MoonMoon) for Sushi. I didn&#39;t believe the time. 31:27. 7:52 per mile baby! Ran in Merrells for first time since 6-pack. Felt all but perfect. 90-95% better. The streak lives! What a glorious end to an otherwise shitty day. I need a day off.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Wasabi up the nose hurts,<br /> Especially when trying to drink<br /> down a Guinness. Fuckin&#39; A!</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;If you are going through hell, keep going.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Winston Churchill</p> </div> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Tue, Mar 11, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-11-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #439: 5 miles in 43:30. Last 2 miles were 8:35 pace. Strongest I&#39;ve felt in a long time. Only minor twinges of pain that lasted momentarily. Lesson I learned today: Whilst farting on a treadmill, increasing speed will not allow you to run from the gas.. it will only make you inhale said stank cloud at a faster rate. Planning on wearing orthotics through rest of month and any long runs I suspect in the near future.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Toot toot! Time to sprint ahead!<br /> Oh crap! I&#39;m stuck in one<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">&nbsp;place.. shit shit!!<br /> Fire ze missiles, beeotch!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.&quot; - Wilma Rudolph, winner of 3 gold medals at the 1960 Olympics</p> </div> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Mon, Mar 10, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-10-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #438: 5 miles in 45:45, 9:09 pace. Included 5 x 3 mins @ 6% grade and 3 mins &quot;off&quot;. Doc called and says I just need to monitor pain. No stress fracture appeared on the X-Rays. Yay! Arch still painful and probably a good idea to stay in regular shoes, not minimalist for a while with orthotics. Other than that, onwards and upwards cowboy!</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Into the beast&#39;s lair we run<br /> to set our eyes upon the prize there.<br /> Immortality bitches!</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;What matters most is that we loved at all.&quot; - Kenny Rankin</p> </div> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:00:00 Sun, Mar 09, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-09-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #437: 6.35 miles total. 5.1 miles in 47:00 earlier in the day and another 1.25 before watching COSMOS. Earned myself my first beer in a long time. Tried Honeycrisp Apple Wheat from Shocktop. Yum! No fast miles for a while. Steady as she goes. No increase in pain is good. Lots of stretching. Will foam roll every other day.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Limitless potential, kid.<br /> So long as you take it slow, got it?<br /> Don&#39;t rush the magic. Just wait.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&ldquo;Running, you should know, is a kind of stillness.&rdquo;&nbsp;<br /> ― Tiphanie Yanique, How to Escape from a Leper Colony</p> </div> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 07:00:00 Sat, Mar 08, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-08-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #436: 4.1 miles in 37:43. Spent the day supervising 15 kiddos as they went xc skiing, many for the first time. With instability of the ankle though, and probable wipe outs, I decided against the skiing aspect. At least until doc gets back to me. Late night jog. Lost track of time reading &quot;Divergent&quot;. Read the first 70 pages. Really enjoying it. Hope to read a couple hours tomorrow and continue. Wearing compression sleeve again and Advil to be proactive.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Sun rays reflect h<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">appiness,<br /> Radiant smiles abound so much<br /> Plans for next year are made now!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">Harry Dunne: According to the map, we&#39;ve only gone 4 inches.</p> </div> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 07:00:00 Fri, Mar 07, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-07-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #435: 3.11 miles in 31:00. Went to doc&#39;s today. Swelling down significantly, some pain in tendons though. He was unsure if it was tendinitis or a stress fracture. Sent me for xrays - will hear back something on Monday. In mean time he said keep icing when necessary, orthotics are good to keep in for not - no minimalist shoes and he asked &quot;what OTHER exercises do you do?&quot; Does ShakeO count as an exercise?</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">The only scary things are<br /> the ones we give the time to scare us.<br /> So<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">&nbsp;think not, fear not... do now!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">Harry Dunne: I expected the Rocky Mountains to be a little rockier than this.<br /> Lloyd Christmas: I was thinking the same thing. That John Denver&#39;s full of shit, man.</p> </div> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 07:00:00 Thu, Mar 06, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-06-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #434: 3 miles in Hokas on Ice paths at the Glen. Kiddos tried to xc ski and I kept having to turn around to get them. They all made it safely around though. Ran in jacket, cargo shorts, and one compression sock and one wool sock. Norway hat to round it all out. Norway &quot;thug&quot;. Ha. Foam roller arrived in mail and did more of that today. Foot still has some tightness but hoping pain will start to go away soon.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Runnin&#39; for the goal mister,<br /> Don&#39;t take no shortcuts, lest they&nbsp;<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">see you.<br /> Duck, sprint. First to the bus man!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Woah! My face was just 2&quot; from pee snow! Dude I got lucky!&quot; - me</p> </div> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 07:00:00 Wed, Mar 05, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-05-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #433: 1.25 miles at 10:15/ mile pace. Felt relaxed. Focused on trying to keep right foot and shin loose. Right shin and anterior tibialis are very tight though. Docs on Friday. Weighed in at 206# today. Holler!</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Popcorn is a lot like school.<br /> Tons of potential and unrealized<br /> kernels. How to inspire?</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;WWBGD? Keep running.&quot; - Brittany Choquette</p> </div> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:00:00 Tue, Mar 04, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-04-2014.html <div class="mbs _5pbx userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" style="margin-bottom: 5px; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.38; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif;"> <div class="text_exposed_root text_exposed" id="id_533029ad5bd786886271142" style="display: inline;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">Day #432: 30 minutes of ab work. Feel the burn baby! 1.10 miles real easy, less pain than yesterday. Babying the ankle while at work - staying off it as much as possible. Doc appointment on Friday. Swelling gone down some. Why do I work? Emm said today at dinner: &quot;I see the real you.&quot; That&#39;s what it&#39;s about folks. Transformation. Persistence. Pushing YOURSELF towards a better YOU. Keep on keeping on brothers and sisters.</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px;">Into the darkness we push,<br /> Finding strength in the unkn<span class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;">own void of<br /> potential. Neer doubt YOU!</span></p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Don&#39;t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.&quot;<br /> Mark Twain</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> </div> </div> <div style="color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;</div> <form action="https://www.facebook.com/ajax/ufi/modify.php" class="live_597141297036227_316526391751760 commentable_item autoexpand_mode" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;]&quot;}" data-live="{&quot;seq&quot;:0}" id="u_jsonp_8_m" method="post" rel="async" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;</form> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 07:00:00 Mon, Mar 03, 2014 http://benngriffin.fastrunningblog.com/blog-03-03-2014.html <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">Day #431: 1.5 miles slow 12:00 pace. Foot did not hurt much today. I took laces down two rungs. Doctor appointment on Friday. Will continue to monitor my diet and do ab work until then. Good news if it is a stress fracture, by Friday it will be near 2 weeks of minimal activity. Use this just as &quot;recovery&quot; time!</p> <p style="margin: 6px 0px; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;">If students would just be honest<br /> And show passion to the desire<br /> to learn - there&#39;d be hope for sure.</p> <div class="text_exposed_show" style="display: inline; color: rgb(20, 24, 35); font-family: Helvetica, Arial, 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14.666666984558105px; line-height: 25.33333396911621px;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 6px;">&quot;Ask yourself: &#39;Can I give more?&#39;. The answer is usually: &#39;Yes&#39;.&quot;<br /> -Paul Tergat</p> </div> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 07:00:00