Blake Bennions running Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/ Sun, 22 Jul 2018 02:45:30 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sat, Jul 21, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-21-2018.html Ran 6.5 in just over 40 minutes, averaged 6:15 so that was solid, 500/600 feet elevation gain. If I can keep a low 6 pace next Saturday that will be great. Well all I can do now is get some nice runs in the next few days, and then 3 miles on Thursday and Friday. I'm going to look at the week leading up to my state championship race. Sat, 21 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 20, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-20-2018.html Wrists are a little messed up, not bad though, just some minor pain. So pushup, wide grip pull ups, and curl machine and most curls are going to be take a rest. But I benched 3x10@185 which was great, I wanted to do 195 for the last one. I also did 10x135 to warm up and 20x135 to cool down. I did 3x10@60 for dumbell rows and I did 2 or 3 sets at 40 of hammer curls because they don't hurt my wrists. I did 20 regular pull ups and they felt fine. I did 2 sets of obliques with abs and then pull backs once and pull aways twice. Pull backs machine was being used and I figured pretty similar to rows anyways. Will run 3-5 miles maybe with some speed as well as do core, back, and shoulders tonight. Tomorrow will be a longer run. Ran with my brother and stopped at the park on the way back to do monkey bar stuff, that went well. Solid elevation gain, I'd say almost 1000 feet. Long run tomorrow. Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 18, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-18-2018.html Ran the gully in 43 minutes, it was 97 degrees today so that was a good effort, it was hot. I also got in a lot of spear throws today, I'm successful about half the time from 20 feet away so not bad, hopefully will get to like 9 times out of 10 by the time the race arrives. But I also think the Spartan target is bigger than my cardboard box on toip on a plastic bucket. So training is going well overall. My wrist has been hurting just a bit so I will be careful at the gym today and not do anything that hurts. Gym went well, the only thing that made my wrist feel off was the curl machine. I warmed up 10x135 on bench and them did 3x9/10/9@185 for bench. I finished with 20@135 as that's proven to be a good workout. In between those I did 3x10@60dumbell rows, one set of curl machine at 90, 1x10 curls at 35, 1x10 curls at 40. I did two sets of obliques and abs. Then I did 2 sets of pull back machine and a new one which I.will just call pull aways, they were pretty good. I think that was it, later I will go to the park for monkey bars/handles, twister, other Spartan training. And abs, back, and shoulders also to come. Tomorrow will likely be a mountain run, we'll see! Park workout was good, wide grip pull ups hurt my wrists a little bit so will rest on those until I'm feeling better. Race is getting close! Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 17, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-17-2018.html Good day and a good run. Ran the first 3 miles with my brother and then continued on, I got a solid 1000 feet elevation gain during today's run and I tried to run as much on the grass area as possible on the sides of the road to try and simulate Spartan. Tomorrow will be a big one, gym, Tully long run, and park workout. Probably going to be my last 3 workout day before Spartan, but should be great. I finished pretty fast for today's run. Did abs later. Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 16, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-16-2018.html Went to the gym and did 2x10@55s for dumbell bench, 2x10@55 dumbell rows, 1x10@80 curl machine, 1x10@35 curls, 1x10@40 curls. 2x9@185 bench, there was a guy who was about 6'3 and must have weighed 250 of more using the bench before me and he was benching 185 too. But that felt good to be benching as much as a guy that big, I mean he was kind of fat but his arms were big. I also dead lifted the 185 a couple times because I had to adjust the hold to a lower position than the tall fat man had it and I didn't want to take the weight off. Anyways I also did 1x10@60 dumbell rows. I did 2 sets of pull down machine and 2 of pull back machine. I did 2 sets of obliques and abs. I think that was all at the gym today. My bench is coming along nicely, I will move up to 195x10 after Spartan. And hopefully by the time school starts I will be able to pull off 3x10@205. Oh after benching at 185 I did 20x135. At night I ran to the park after it stormed and did a lot of good stuff,on key bars, monkey handles, twister, a new thing with the rope bridge thing, pull ups, bear crawls, more bear crawls, more pull ups. Lots of good stuff. I'm feeling ready for this Spartan. I need to get in 10 more good days of training and then trust in the work I've put in, I'm stronger than ever, I'm faster than I've ever been during the summer, and I'm ready for this. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 15, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-15-2018.html Spent all day doing my essay for study abroad, when I finally finished I went for a refreshing nighttime 6 miles with man pull ups and twister simulation. Sun, 15 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 14, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-14-2018.html Race day! Not a bad race, felt like death and pushed through it. My throat and lungs felt really messed up, like they do after I run at the Brighton track, and I ran there yesterday so figures. But getting my brother out to run is important. Anyways the pace started out pretty fast, 3 guys broke away a little and then there was a group of 5 of us that kept together until the last mile. This is the first time I've gotten boxed in in a road race.. But I'm sure I also played a part in boxing in other guys unfortunately so its fine. Anyways I dropped off the pack first as that bubble of death in my chest/lungs I feel in bad races was really bad today, but I kept a good distance on the next guy in the pack. I surged with half a mile left and caught the guy with a bandana and tons of hair and then I lost power and was having trouble breathing and he caught me back, I let him get away, the finish line was farther away this year, they lengthened the course. But then! I saw the clock and saw I was close to sub 17 and realized I had enough kick in me to catch him if I killed myself with 200-300 meters left so I busted out my kick and ran him down and got in around 16:57/16:58, he was a solid 20/30 meters ahead so it was a good kick, and I was so dead when I finished that I had to go lean over against some rail and sit down for a while. So I give my effort like an 8 (mile 3 could have been a little better), and how I was feeling about a 3. Still feels good to go sub 17:00 for a full 5k, the finish was about a hundred meters past where I remember it being, I wonder if the course is longer or the starting point is different. I also ran into a guy who used to run for suu after the race, mark! Also my old teammate Robby Lee was there so caught up with him a little. I also ran into Sasha at the starting line. I was going to cool down around 7 miles but I was coughing up my lungs so I decided to go easy and get mileage in later tonight. I also ran into a girl I took AP world history with like 5/6 years ago during my cool down so that was cool. Good race, don't feel great about this weeks mileage but I will get to 30, its not the end of the world and I will be in really good shape for Spartan in two weeks. Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 13, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-13-2018.html Ran with my brother at the track, tomorrow will be a big day for mileage after the race along with a gym day. But first things first, my body should be ready for a fast time tomorrow and I'll take care of workout buisiness afterwards. Hasn't been a crazy hard week for working out but I will get to 30 miles for the week and put in another really good strength day to cap it off. Then Sunday I'm going to do the 100 pull ups with 5-8 miles. Then Monday will be a long run with arms rest, Tuesday will be intervals and weights and I will go from there. Fri, 13 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 12, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-12-2018.html I only did weights and they went well, today was pretty busy Thu, 12 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 11, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-11-2018.html Kind of a low day, didn't go to the gym. Ran at the Brighton track with my brother, lots of people today. I ran a hard mile in the middle, 5:07, didn't feel great, and my throat/lungs had trouble afterwards. Hopefully tomorrow will be better, I will just go to the gym and get to benching. I'm thinking pull ups are going to be my main priority, I'm going to 100 throughout the day. Wed, 11 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 10, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-10-2018.html Ran up at Alta with Alta squad, I ran 80 minutes with AJ, it felt good and was a really nice run. After I ran I went to the gym and worked out a bit but I was tired and found out I was sore when I tried benching, so I will take today easier with that. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 09, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-09-2018.html A little over 5 miles but I'm not sure because I didn't have my phone. I ran up to the mouth of the canyon while my mom and Adam biked. I sprinted down the hill to the park on the way back and did monkey bars, twister simulation, and monkey handles. I ran about a quarter mile in between each of those. I did abs with Adam after that too. And 30 more burpees before I showered. Earlier today at the gym I did a good workout on the bench, I wanted up with 10x155, then 10x175, then 7x185, 8x185, and finished with 2x205. I was careful with the 185 and 205 because it would be bad if I messed up on those. I also did curls with 80 on the machine, and one set of 10 at 35 and one set of 10 at 40. Both felt good. I did 3x10 at 55 for the dumbell rows. I also did a couple sets on the oblique machine, abs, pull downs, weighted rows, 40s for dumbell overhead press, I also did a set of squats at 225. I finished with rowing machine and wide grip pull ups. Still to come are shoulders and some back work outs tonight. Shoulders, lower back. Mon, 09 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 08, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-08-2018.html All of me wants to go work out a bunch today again except my body is telling me it's a rest day pretty strongly. So I'll listen to that. Might go throw the spear though. Sun, 08 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jul 07, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-07-2018.html 3 miles at the Brighton track with Adam, we ran a pretty easy pace, like just under 8:00 per mile I think. Spartan race is three weeks away, so that's coming up quickly. So really I only have 2 weeks of training and then I will go kind of easy the week of. I will get more running in later, 40 miles for the week will be a good accomplishment. Also will go lift for a while today, once my energy levels are higher, it was hot out. Later went to the gym with my dad, I did bench of warm up at 135, then sets 2x10@165, 2x10@175, and then one set of 5x185 cause I'm just getting to doing 185 again. But the 5x185 felt really good at the end of all the other sets so I think I can move up to make it a part of my normal workout. I did dumb bell rows with 55s in between as well as curls with 35s, getting a little too easy. I did the curl machine at 80 afterwards and that was really hard. Then I did obliques, pull downs, and weighed rowing machine. Then I did wide grip pull ups and then hang. I also did abs. Then I ran 2.5 miles averaging just under 6:00 and then did 500m of rowing in 2:00. Tomorrow I will do a Spartan workout, not concentrating on weighs or running, just Spartan crap. Good to get 40 miles this week. Last time I ran 40 miles in a week was last July when I ran the Jupiter peak steeplechase. Next week I will get in at least one run of over 10 miles, might save it for draper days and just do a large cool down. 3rd workout at night, light job over to the tennis courts and did 12 wide grip pull ups, monkey handles with the exchange, monkey bars forwards and backwards with pull ups throughout. Then I did some more pull ups and hangs. Then I bear crawls and ran home and did shoulders and core, new additions of bridges and supermans for back and butt. I need to train as hard as possible these next couple weeks. Tomorrow I'm going to do some Spartan obstacle training and burpee challenge, outside of that its in the air. Sat, 07 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jul 06, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-06-2018.html 7.5 with 1700 feet elevation gain at the top of Milcreek canyon, went there with my Mom while she hiked. Pretty good run, did it in just over an hour (minus stopping at the top to take pictures and enjoy that for a bit). I got up to the top of some lookout, there was a peak over to the left but no trail so I just trail blazed up to the top to get a better view. It was pretty cool! Today is going to be a rest day for strength. 7.5 isn't that much mileage but since it was in the mountains it's a better and longer work out than that would typically be. I might do a few more miles tonight, who knows. Went for a light jaunt to the tennis court because I wasn't feeling that good tonight. Once I got there I decided I wanted to go farther and ran up the hill. Got in about 2 very light miles, like incredibly easy. Felt a lot better afterwards. Fri, 06 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jul 05, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-05-2018.html Worked out a lot, bench, curls, curl machine, rowing, weighted rowing machine, back machine, obiques, abs, dumbell rows. More bench. Wide grip pull ups and hang. I think that was it. Ran 5 miles while my dad biked after dinner, also stopped at the park for monkey bars with 40 monkey bars going into some pull ups. Averaged low 6:00. Tomorrow will probably be long run with rest upper body. I also did a solid amount of core with Adam and again later at night with some shoulder and back workouts. Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jul 04, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-04-2018.html Warmed up 3 quarters of a mile and then raced a good race, I went out hard like I planned and fought for the lead for the first mile and then this other kid came through as the other guy started gapping me. I got caught by two other guys pretty fast and a 3rd a little later, there had been a group right behind I was slowly getting swallowed by. I was racing pretty hard and did a good job keeping mentally strong, although I feel like maybe I could have been a little stronger trying to stay with the last guy who passed me, I gave him too much of a gap to get him back. Brandon was coming up behind me and I wanted to catch the other guy so I picked it up but the gap had grown too much, I surged to the finish a little extra when I saw I was close to sub 17:00 but didn't quite reach it. But this is the best time I've had on this course which feels amazing and overall it was a really good race with some strong competition! This is 30 seconds faster than last years time on the same course which is a big confidence booster, draper days will be good too and I think my goal of sub 16:30 on that faster course is certainly in reach after this. Will do a few miles later with Adam. Later- 2.5 miles with Adam. Body is feeling that nice wake up call to racing when its been a good while. But I'm in good shape, good sign for Spartan, don't think the gym is open today but I will do core and such. Wed, 04 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jul 03, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-03-2018.html Pre-Race run at around 6:50 pace. Felt easy, tomorrow I'm just going to go out with the leader until I die or win. Tue, 03 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jul 02, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-02-2018.html It feels like my body isn't building back the way it should be. Today I ran up to the gym, I was already feeling beat when I started the run, I worked out for a while at the gym but my body wasn't feeling very into it and kind of telling me to rest on lifting. I did a decent amount of stuff but not crazy and then ran home. Body is tired, I think lifting a ton and running a good amount is hard for the body to adapt to. I'm going to run more later tonight and probably get up to around 7 or 8 miles. Then tomorrow I will go low on running and high on lifting if my body is feeling well enough, and then Wednesday I will race and get in mileage but no lifting at all. And then Thursday will be mostly lifting with like 4-7 miles. But I also have a new rule that I need to take one day a week off/easy and that will just be by feel. Mon, 02 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Jul 01, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-07-01-2018.html A new fresh month! Started it off on a solid note with running up to the gym, getting in a good workout, didn't feel as strong as I usually do and was a little tired, I kept at 165 for bench and 35 for curls, I did 50 for dumbell rows, I moved up on the oblique machine, pull downs happened. I did 10 of each of the 3 pull up variants that I do, I did my simulation of the twister for Spartan. I rowed for 500m. I did abs. Just kind if hit up all upper body, oh I did rope pulls too. Can't remember if I did any other stuff. I let squats go until later because my legs were feeling beat up from the past two days, my right hamstring/quad/hip is feeling a little weird, not bad though. I ran 4 more miles after gym, I also stopped at the park and did monkey handles and then monkey bars and then more twister simulation stuff. I ran a little at the park too, like half a mile. Then I ran home and finished with a hard kick/near sprint and then cooled down a little. Will do abs with Adam later along with burpees most likely. Other good news!!! Draper days is July 14th so I can get my fast 5k in without having to worry about it being too close to Spartan. Sun, 01 Jul 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 30, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-30-2018.html 2000 feet elevation gain going up a trail in Milcreek. It pretty steep and very technical, especially once I got above the treeline, it was terrible, there were really thick bushes and the trail was so overgrown you can't see where you're putting your feet and there are rocks and roots all over, there are places where there are no footplacements. So after getting tripped up and stubbing my toes into rocks and roots I couldn't see for a mile or two I decided to call it a day. Solid run though, good training. This will help a lot for the skyline half and Spartan. Which is 4 weeks away! I don't know if I'll have time to go lift tonight. I will do core for sure though, and tomorrow I will have a great lifting day. Sat, 30 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 29, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-29-2018.html Ran to the gym, I do obliques and abs and then pull downs, curls, dumbell rows, dumbell bench, 3 different shoulder lifts, squats 3x10 at 225, 245, and 265. 265 felt like a lot of weight on my back, my legs and butt felt a burn but they could have handled more. I'll have to see how much they can handle. I think I can do 305 but we'll see, I want to be careful. Then I did some more abs and finally got my turn on the bench and did 3x10 at 165 and 175 with more rows in between, my arms were pretty tired at that point. Then I did 10 wide grip pull ups, 10 pull ups, and 1000m of rowing. Then I ran around the long way home and stopped by the park and did monkey handles and monkey bars. My arms were fairly dead. I sprinted down the hill home and then ran a little more to cool down. I should run more today but I'm just not feeling it and I had been working out for 2 and half hours and needed to eat. Now that I've eaten I'm still not really feeling mileage, maybe a track workout but the track has been screwing with my lungs. I'll see if my brother will go with me and give the Brighton track a 3rd and final chance. Had that surge of motivation to go break 5 and went to the track with Adam, I was gonna do a work out of 1600, 800, 400. I ran a 70 for the first lap of the mile, then I followed with a 78, then a 76, and finally a 74 for a total time of 4:58. I'd say it was like a 90-95% effort on the mile. I definitely could have gone harder the last 3 laps, my lungs felt a off but not nearly as bad as the last two times, still to be safe I just finished with a 400m in 60 seconds. Lungs feel kind of crappy but I'm not coughing at all so that's good news, I can probably train at the Brighton track. Ended up being quite the good day for training. Tomorrow will be really good too. This won't be my last mile time trial of the summer, I want to run under 4:45 during July. Fri, 29 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 28, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-28-2018.html Realized I hadn't taken a day off where I didn't work out for at least an hour in weeks, and that along with feeling like crap the past two days led to me taking today off. Tomorrow will be a big mileage, big workout, big meals day and I'm excited for it. Thu, 28 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Wed, Jun 27, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-27-2018.html Wasn't feeling great today so I just ran up to the gym and did bench at 165 and 175 for 4 sets, curls at 35 and 40 for 3 sets, skipped squats, did a few pull ups with 35 pounds in between my feet, did wide grip pull ups. Oblique machine for 3 sets, abs. I did 3x10 dumbell row with 50. I did pull down machine and rowing machine 3 x10 at 100, 115, and 130. I did dumb bell bench for a set with two 55s. I did 3 shoulder workout lifts cause it would be good to get my shoulders stronger. I think that was about it before I ran back home. So nothing crazy today, we'll see how tomorrow is. Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Tue, Jun 26, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-26-2018.html Ran with the Alta cross country team making it 7 consequetive summers I've run up at Albion basin! I'll have to come again in a couple weeks when the road isn't blocked off. I ran with Tavin and Aj, Aj and I did 3 laps at the campgrounds, but on the 3rd some construction people had blocked off the bridge with trees they'd been chainsawing down. So I thought it best to turn back and call it a day. Had a nice finish to the run, and its always a great feeling to have chocolate milk at the end of an Alta run. Then I went to be gym and ran another mile and a half with pull ups throughout, I did 5 pull ups holding 25 pounds between my feet and that felt pretty good. I'm really sore from yesterday though. I think the rest of today I will just rest, maybe set up the training spear for spartan, and then tomorrow will be another huge day. Looking forward to it, hopefully my muscles will be ready. I'm starting to feel my aerobic base coming back finally and that's a very good sign. Tue, 26 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Mon, Jun 25, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-25-2018.html Ran to the park and did monkey bars and then to the gym and did a very intense workout, spent an hour and a half working out there. 3 sets of 10 of Bench, curls, rows, pull ups, 3x500m rowing, pull downs, 40 leg lifts, pull up side lifts, 40 inverted crunches, wide grip pull ups, 3 minutes of farmer carry with 2 45s at max incline on tread mill, I did an oblique machine. Who knows if I'm missing something. Oh yeah I did 3 sets of squats with 135 and 155, those was pretty easy but I wanted to be careful with the knee. Man that was a long work out, after that i ran the 5k course and 2 more miles home with burpees to finish. So getting in 5 miles at a decent pace that I wasn't pushing at all after a huge workout was good. Later I will hopefully do abs with my brother, push ups and a rock salt carry. My hands are still really beat up so that's frustrating. 33 days until Spartan. This weekend I'm coming up with a custom made race to simulate what Spartan will be like. Later- Felt like I had some more in the tank so I went back to the gym with my dad and I did 3x10 of squats at 185, 205, and 225. Those all felt good, not too hard. Legs are feeling powerful, I want to 3x10 at 305 to be comfortable by the Spartan race, then the 400 pound tire flip will be nothing, I'm really not sure how hard its gonna be, but you only have to lift half of it up so.. Can't be that bad. Guess we'll see. Really wish I could find one to practice with. Then I did 2x10 dumbbell bench press with 50 pounds each. After that I did the oblique machine for 2 sets each side and another leg raise ab workout. Then I did some more pull ups and stuff with that. I tried doing a pull up with 45 pound dumbell between my feet and that was hard, I got all the way up but my hip started spasming so I dropped it and went and finished with some more rowing. This week my goal for running is to run over 40 miles, if I run all 7 days then over 45. Tomorrow I will make it up to Alta to run with the team and that will help with mileage. Strength workout wise I will continue just going by feel, it's working out pretty well so far. Tomorrow will be an easier day for strength training though. Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Sun, Jun 24, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-24-2018.html Ran to the mouth of the canyon with my dad while he biked and then back down. I ran 5:31 for mile 4 and I felt great, last quarter of mile 4 was downhill so that helps. I stopped at the park to and did 20 monkey going forward and 20 the other way. Then I did 10 monkey handles forward and back, on the exchange from one side to the other I banged my knee on a pillar pretty hard, I finished the 10 back and then walked over bad sat a table in the park for a few minutes while I let my knee recover and examined it. It seemed fine, just kind of a hard hit. So I got back up and did 10 pull ups and a few side wide pull ups with some side lifts for the obliques. Then I ran home and my knee was hurting so I went slow and eventually just walked in the last bit. I averaged under 6:20 for the run so good workout. Will do abs later, hopefully my leg is all healed up by tomorrow, if not I will hot tub and swim, maybe bike. And tomorrow will be a huge upper body day. I'm excited. Sun, 24 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Sat, Jun 23, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-23-2018.html So the course we raced today was not conducive to a sub 17:00 attempt, apparently what used to be one of the fastest courses in Utah got turned into one of the slowest this year. They started us up a giant hill for the first mile which resulted in no one breaking 6 the first mile and being gassed for the 2nd. I took 3rd behind Jake and Ben Vanbeekum, i beat Christian Corver who is a fast guy from my graduating year who's on the byu practice squad so that was really good. And considering Jake and Ben ran 15:20 last year on what this course was supposed to be and ran 17:20 and 17:45 this year I'd say my low 18:10 wasn't too bad. I think in a flat 5k I probably could have made sub 17 considering those guys ran a full 2 mins slower on this course. And I mixed it up with some really fast guys so I'm feeling pretty good about the race despite the slow time. Not much you can do when you've got a course like that,but yeah i had a lot of fun, it took me until about half way through the race to get my legs back under me after that huge hill. Sat, 23 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Fri, Jun 22, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-22-2018.html 3 easy prerace miles with Jake. Its been good to catch up my best friend! SUU certainly seems more empty heading into this year without him. But if I'm lucky it could be my best year yet! One should never concentrate so much on hypothetical future events or unreachable past events that they lose sight of the present and enjoying what they have. That's some thing I need to work on, I'm always very concetrated on the future trying to achieve a specific outcome or situation I have in mind, but in reality I'm a very small piece in a giant universe and no matter what I do, things will take their course and I can't predict or even full prepare 100% for the future, and I certainly can't control it. When I look back at this last year, it was such an amazing experience with Jake and Wenda in the fall and Wenda in the spring, it was the perfect situation. Yet at the time, in the fall I was too concentrated on something I never should have let bother me, and in the spring I was too concentrated with the future of how things were going to go. I was happy but I should have spent less time worrying and thinking about things I couldn't do much about. Now it's summer, and I'm concentrating way too much on the fall and what's going to happen then. But I'm taking for granted that I get to live and spend time with my parents and my brother and his family, I can spend 4 hours a day working out and goof off a ton of the time. In 50 years I'll look back at this summer and regret not spending every possible second with my family making more memories and becoming closer to them. I need to concentrate on the people I'm with and on the present, some day I will wish I could be here again! Fri, 22 Jun 2018 06:00:00 Thu, Jun 21, 2018 http://BlakeBennion.fastrunningblog.com/blog-06-21-2018.html Ran to the rec center as a warm up and did a lot of sets of bench, free bench, squats, curls, rows farmer carry with 2 45 plates, abs, back machine, rowing machine, pull ups, more abs, who knows if missing something. Anyways then I ran down to the park and did 20 monkey bars forwards and 20 monkey bars backwards, then 10 monkey handles forward and 10 backward. Then I ran 3/4 more miles in the heat and was dead. Full workout was 2 hours, I went easier on the running and averaged 7:15 today. Still was really dead by the end there. I'm getting a healthy change up of doing the bulk of my running done before and after my lifting. It's definitely more tiring after you've already been working out for over an hour. Evening- did push ups, abs, and tennis with my brother. Then carried a rock salt bag for over half a mile and did burpees and Wenda burpees. This weekend's sub 17:00 attempt is a little ambitious, especially because its supposed to have a decent amount of uphill and I haven't don't that much speed and haven't raced in 7 months. It will be good to ease back into things, sub 17 feels like a really good goal for this one. It feels really good having gotten all the stuff I wanted to do today finished, it was a large list! These days where I spend 3-4 hours working out give me confidence I can beat or at least with the pros at Spartan. My hands keep getting best up from all the pull ups and weights, I have gloves now but they're still being beat up. Tomorrow will be a fairly easy day where I will spend more time concentrating on gre prep and do a practice test. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 06:00:00