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  2. Anonymous said: I sleep with a stuffed animal too :) You're like the coolest guy ever lol

    Bunny is practically my best friend. I’ve had him all my life and he is just awesome. I don’t ever plan on not having him with me.

     

  3. Anonymous said: I like your necklace :)

    Thank ya! Got it in Israel and touched it on the Western Wall :) definitely special to me

     

  4. Mile Repeats: The Road to the Beginning

    Decided to join my school’s club XC team for a track workout today at 7pm. I slept in [in] the morning because I knew the day would be pretty cold throughout the day, so I could run at any point.

    The plan for the workout was 3 mile repeats. I hadn’t done a track workout for probably over a year, so I wasn’t sure how I would do.

    I took the first one very relaxed, and felt pretty comfortable the whole time. It ended up being around a 5:45.

    The next one, I decided to run fast and see what I could do. I kept up with some faster guys for 3 laps until they started to hammer it down. I kept pace, and ended up drooling on myself a tad bit in the last lap (just to give you an idea of how I was feeling). It ended up being about a 5:18. 

    For the last one, my legs were super tired and I fell behind pace for the first 3 laps, but I quickened the pace for the last lap and ended with a 5:22.

    I’m pretty proud of how it all turned out. I felt very fit aerobically, but my muscular strength/endurance was lacking. I think I just need to implement some faster stuff into my training to build that strength.

    Maybe in a couple months, I could attempt to break 5! Happy running you al!

     

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    Hey all you wonderful runners,

    Ran 90 minutes with the cross country team today. Those girls are tough! It’s such a pleasure to be working with the varsity team here. I absolutely love it. If I’m very lucky, maybe I can get a coaching job. I think with enough experience and knowledge, I could be really great. I’m learning the personality of the coach can make a big difference.

    My own running however has been lacking as I suck and am lazy. This week, I plan to get serious and make an effort. I want to write out a schedule to keep me focused and accountable.

    Enjoy living each day and keep running!

     

  6. Internship Update

    It’s required in my program to do an internship involving exercise science. I chose to help out with the women’s varsity cross country team, and I’m so happy about it,

    I’ve been helping out at practice by driving them there, setting up drills, timing workouts, etc. The other day, they did some tempo and timed miles on this road loop, so I had to get their splits, drive to the next mile, and get another split. Then drive to the next cone, start their mile, then drive to the next mile and get their end split. It was fast paced and so much fun.

    Today, we drove out 30 minutes to a fire road/trail on a mountain, and I was able to run with them. It was a lot of fun talking and joking with them. Not often have I run with girls far faster than me, so it’s a lot of fun to run with girls and be challenged. Most of them are probably faster than me right now.

    I also really like the coach. He’s an interesting guy, and he’s a pretty cool dude. I like his training so far, and I respect him a lot. He even took me out to the dining hall the other day for a free meal.

    So yeah, I’m having a great time and it’s only been a week! Can’t wait for the rest of the semester (classes start tomorrow), and I’m only taking 13 credits (3 of which are the internship). HUZZAH!

    Life can be great if you make it. It’s easy to get in a funk and be sad for a while. But you gotta keep your chin up and make the best of every opportunity. Be at peace and you will be happy :)

     

  7. keepingupwiththerace said: Do you poo out rainbows and sunshine?! All of your posts are happy/amazing/motivating and I freakkking love it! You da best!

    I WISH! But thank you sooooo much! I appreciate that. I think pooping is the great leveler. EVERYONE has to poop. And even further - diarrhea. Even Bill Gates sits on his golden loo and spews out nasty, corny diarrhea.

    I hope you all have learned something.

     

  8. The Land of Mysteries

    While the skies grayed overhead, I ran over to Hillendale Park to meet the Rocktown Ridge Runners for some trail running. When I got over there right on time, it was just me and David, a local ultrarunner who kicks ass. A minute later, Thomas showed up (the owner of the local bike shop that is AWESOME). I believe nobody else showed up because David forgot to post on Facebook, but I welcomed the chance to run with the local legends.

    Just before beginning the run, it started to DOWNPOUR. Not on us, but right next to us. It was incredibly isolated, and you could head the rain but not feel it. However, it swarmed onto us and soaked us all in a matter of seconds. I think we were all silently happy it was raining as it adds so much to the run, and it had been far too long since I ran in the rain.

    The Hillendale trails are like a spider’s web - incredibly interconnected. This makes it a really confusing place as every trail spits off into a few others. We ran for about 45 minutes talking and slipping and sliding on the muddy trails. we saw Chicken of the Sea (apparently an awesomely edible mushroom). 

    After the run, I ran back to my house with some added miles and felt soooooo good.

    Let the winds take you where they will and make the best of it. Happy running you all!

     

  9. sunvapor said: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

    freakingdork:

    clehmentine:

    Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

    Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (EDIT: i’ve discovered that the Brown family wishes for any and all photos of Michael lying in the streets to be removed. please respect this and do so)

    There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

    According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

    According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

    Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

    The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

    Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

    It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

    And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

    TO MY MUTUAL FOLLOWERS:

    if you reblogged this beforehand, please take it down and reblog this version. the previous version linked to pictures of michael brown’s dead body, which is family has specifically asked people to not spread.

    thank you.

     

  10. Back in the ‘Burg

    Drove back up to the city where my school is, worked for 7 hours, and then came back home to a quite a house. So our house is broken up into like 4 divisions, so we are quite literally living with other people in our house. It has no air conditioning, one of the rooms smells like dog, it’s the opposite of sound proof, and it is right on a busy street.

    However, it’s really not that bad, and it’s fairly well priced, so I’m trying to look on the bright side.

    This morning I went for a nice 7.5 mile run. Didn’t have my watch, and I thought it would be longer but oh well! I did lower leg strengthening and abs afterwards, and I feel good about it. I’m also pumped for school to start in 2 weeks.

    I feel good about life. Get your runs in and live the day out with peace and happiness. Happy running :)

    Tagged #run
     
  11. Post run selfie. Feels good, man. Feels good.

    Tagged #me #self #pic
     

  12. Every time I sit down on this coach, it’s soooo hard to get up.

     

  13. I’ve been watching The Hills for the past 2 hours.

    What am I doing with my life? Where am I going?

    Lauren whispers to me, “Shhhhhhh, Matthew. Just watch.”

    Yes LC. I will. I will.

     

  14. The Runner’s New Groove

    Woke up this morning at 5:45 to meet some guys at 6:20 for a run.

    Like I said a couple days ago, it’s simply awesome for me to have a chance to run with other people that I really like. It’s so enjoyable and I love it.

    We ran for about an hour at a fairly relaxed but not super easy pace. My legs felt pretty good, and I finally feel like I’m getting back into the groove. Though I don’t think my ultras will go very well if I even attend them, I am really excited for my future running career and all that comes with it - the races, the workouts, the long runs, the friends, etc.

    Be excited for what you can accomplish because each and every one of us has the ability to do GREAT things. Believe in yourself and dream. Make it happen!

    Happy running everyone :)

    Tagged #run #running
     

  15. redefiningrunning:

    justagranola:

    Help, I dont know how to pack for college.

    I’d like to know how I figure out which running t-shirts to bring.

    All of them