Meet at North Texas this weekend. 

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“5 alive this week”

-Coach Stanley

Season opener for Latech XC this weekend.
Four mile race at North Texas. 

I’m excited about the team we have this year. We have a lot of dedicated guys that are ready to drop some great times. 

  

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Weeks 14-16: “A New Era”

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“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep, 

And miles to go before I sleep.”

-“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

Coach started sending me workouts a few weeks ago so that puts an end to summer training. 
I’m officially back in Ruston for the season and my first workout with the team is sometime this week. 

I met with Coach yesterday and we had a great talk about “A New Era” for Louisiana Tech Cross Country. 
Just to end on a good note, I want to post my last week of running (week 16).
Week 16 (August 24-30):
Monday- 12 miles AM, 4 miles PM
Tuesday-12 miles AM
Wednesday-10 miles AM, 10 miles PM
Thursday- 11 miles AM (workout), 5 miles PM
Friday- 18 miles
Saturday- 4 miles
Sunday- 6 miles AM, 8 miles PM
100 miles total
That’s right guys, 100 miles. 

Ended summer training with a positive attitude and a lot of confidence. 

My last few weeks at home were great. I managed to balance living well and training hard. 

I did a lot of things that weren’t helpful to my training but the psychological and emotional benefits were more important. 
It was a strange feeling to think about this being my last summer of training for Cross-Country. 

Although I plan to run hard for many years after, running for a team has been a huge part of my life for almost a decade. 

That being said, everything has an end. 

By the time this is over it will be time for me to move on to other things in life. 

This post was short but I’ve been getting things straight with school and moving back in to the XC house. 
More updates and stories to come!

  

“Townsmen of a stiller town.”

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A few weeks ago, Louisiana Tech Track & Field lost one of our valued teammates. 

The full article can be found here.

At the funeral, I couldn’t help but think about the poem To an Athlete Dying Young by A.E. Housman.

“Now you will not swell the rout

Of lads who wore their honours out,

Runners whom renown out ran

And the name died before the man.”

Like the athlete in the poem, Noah Riche Died in the height of his glory. 

A modern day Spartan, who was known for his skill as a javelin thrower as well as his good character. 
Rest in peace Noah Riche. 

Weeks 8-13: Closer To The Edge

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The kids at Gulf States Distance Camp managed to find my blog and pick it apart.
They randomly dropped quotes from my own posts until I finally caught on.
Other than the “stoic Spartan warrior” quote I was roasted for, the kids really enjoyed harassing me for the Lil Wayne quote on my last post.
Knowing this, I have an even better quote.

“I Don’t go around fire expecting not to sweat” – Lil Wayne

Most of the pain and stress in my life is self-inflected.
Running, school, dealing with other people, ect, could all be avoided if I decided to sit at home all day and watch television.
Since I voluntarily put myself through these trials, I do not have a right to complain about it.
When I tell people about the amount I am running, their conditioned response is usually along the lines of “that sucks” or “I’m sorry you have to do that.”
Other times, people just assume that I enjoy running so much that it doesn’t even phase me.
I want it to be known that I do not enjoy the act of running.
If I wanted to run for fun then I would just jog for 15 or 20 minutes everyday and find something else to do with my time.
What draws me to collegiate running is the competitiveness of Cross-Country and Track & Field on this level.
In order to be competitive, the amount of training that I do is absolutely necessary.
Over the years, I’ve discovered that training this much has put me in a constant conflict with living life to the fullest and backing off for training.
I obsessively contemplate the best balance between these two things.
I value life and what it has to offer, but at the same time I value the time I put into my training and the benefits I receive from it.
What follows is my mileage logs that include pictures and stories from everything in between.

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Week 8 : June 29- July 5

8 miles AM – 5 miles PM
7 miles AM – 6 miles PM
8 miles
15 miles
4 miles
12 miles
8 miles
(73 total)
This week was slow for work so I was able to enjoy my afternoons with my Paw Paw instead of slinging a weedeater for him.
We ran the hoop nets at the camp and things turned out pretty well.
Also, I adjusted my schedule for the 4 on the Fourth race and did my long run on Wednesday.
After the run, I ran the streets with Mark, Dylan and my brother and we ended the day with exercising our second amendment rights.
The Fourth of July race ended up being a good training run. Although I shifted my long run, it was only for logistical reason. I still did my regular running and ran additional mileage after the race.

To make sure it wasn’t taken too seriously, I ran with an American flag tied around my neck the entire time.

It was slightly uncomfortable but I did it for America.
‘MERICA!
The Start of Four on the Fourth
The Start of Four on the Fourth
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Dylan and Mark

Week 9: July 6-12

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8 miles AM – 4 miles PM
12 miles, strides – 5 miles
5 miles
10 miles
16 miles
5 miles
(80 total)
The numbers game is a slippery slope. I’ve seen other runner a crash and burn during the chase.
It is good to hold yourself to a high standard but when you fail to meet the mark it can be disappointing.
Last week I set out to run my first 80 mile week of the summer but I made it all to Sunday afternoon with 7 miles remaining and the sky fell out.
I sat under my dad’s shed cursing the sky as it rained and lightened without mercy.
The last day of the week ended with a nice win by Team 313 at the Bayou Paddle Battle paddle board relay race.
We had the fastest overall time for the 4 person relay and we only had three people!
I led off the race and anchored!

Week 10: July 13-19

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10 miles AM – 5 miles PM
10 miles AM – 8 miles PM
10 miles
6 miles
10 miles AM – 4 miles PM
10 miles AM – 7 miles PM
(90 total)
There is a lot of things I would like to say about being a counselor at Gulf States but what happens at camp stays at camp.
Just know that It was a lot of fun training with these high school kids and other staff member.
I was able to log a 90 mile week and having people to run with made that a lot easier.
Shout out to my Jesuit and Holy Cross guys for making it a fun experience and not giving their favorite counselor such a hard time (you know who you are).
Also, good luck to Daniel Bischoff from Bowling Green, who was the only camper from his high school and is the only true distance runner from his school.
I know the struggle of the lonely distance runner.

Week 11: July 20-26

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4 miles
17 miles
4 miles
8 miles
9 miles
8 miles
(60 total)
This was the calm before the storm.
I built up to 90 and then took an off week in order to prepare for the miles to come.
I only ran 60 miles but it worked out because I took a trip to Arkansas with my high school coach to watch the National Invitation White River Canoe Race.
I used to participate in the race and now I enjoy attending to show support for my old team. They managed to pull out a win this year and it was fun to follow them the entire way.

Week 12: July 27-August 2

11813448_10204026948708213_4456165711226536065_n12 miles AM – 4 miles PM
12 miles AM – 4 miles PM
8 miles AM – 7 miles PM
12 miles PM – 4 miles PM
17 miles
4 miles
10 miles AM – 6 miles PM
(100 total!)
I already raved about this on Facebook, but one of the highlights of this was going to the English Tea Room with Mark.
Everyone made fun of us but I know it was because they were totally jealous.

Week 13: August 3-9

IMG_176912 miles AM – 4 miles PM
12 miles AM – 4 miles PM
8 miles AM – 7 miles PM
5 miles AM -10 miles PM
8 miles AM – 5 miles PM
15 miles
3 miles
(93 total)
I didn’t quite make it to 100 miles this week but It was a solid week of quality mileage.
On Thursday I ran with two different high school teams.
In the morning I paced Jesuit High School for their tempo run and in the afternoon I went on a solid 5 mile run with Holy Cross.
They made me feel bad when they asked why I haven’t posted in a while.
Keep reading guys! And definitely give me feed back. Hopefully my posts will be on a regular basis when I get back to school.
At school I don’t have the pressures of high mileage and manual labor during the week.
The season starts soon and it will only get more entertaining!
**EDIT****
Formatting for large posts in WordPress is really hard and it took me a long time to position the pictures.
I did my best to keep them aligned but some of them are off.
At the bottom are some of the pictures I couldn’t fit in the post.
Thanks again for reading!
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Just for fun, here is a song by 30 Seconds to Mars with the same title as my blog.
The kids from camp that read this will understand the reason for the title.
Fun Fact: The lead singer of this band played Steve Prefontaine in the movie “Prefontaine.”

Camp kids Stalking my blog

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I had a recent spike in my blog views today.

The Month of June in Review (weeks 4, 5, 6 & 7)

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“If you ain’t runnin wit it, run from it” – Lil Wayne

I originally planned to make a weekly mileage post but I was so busy during the month of June I decided to cover it all in one large post.

Although I was running every day, I think of June as my “month off”.
I did my best to do all of the fun things I could not do during the school year.
My idea of fun is squeezing as much as possible into one small unit of time. I had something to do almost every day and all my weekends were full.

I ran two 5k’s, paddled a canoe race as well as hosted another race AND got dive certified on top of working during the week and running my regular mileage.
I also managed to spend a decent amount of time visiting friends and family.

The down side is that I probably gained too much weight and did not get as much quality mileage as I wanted.
Now that things will settle down, I can focus more on training during the month of June.
Luckily, one of those weeks I will be working at Gulf States Distance camp for high school runners so I will not have a choice.

Week 4 (June 1-7):

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This kid ran 14 minutes for 2 miles!

I finally spent a full week at home and I’m getting into a routine.

On Wednesday I woke up and did my regular mileage only to find out later that Varsity sports was having one of their 2 mile summer series races.
Usually these things have a suggested theme.This week it was a team run.
You had to find a partner and at the mile marker you exchanged a shirt with your partner. I had the privilege to be paired with an 8 year old named Henry.

Turns out, Henry is not your average kid. He pushed through a 14 minute 2 mile and I was really impressed. Look out for this kid to be winning a lot of races around here during the next decade!

This week I also won the Men’s Championship at the Bayou Liberty Pirogue Races. I only had a few days of practice but it is better that I’ve been focusing on running

This is the 4th year in a row that I won the Men’s Championship.

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Bringing it in to the finish line.
Mileage:

Monday- 4 miles

Tuesday- 8 miles & strides

Wednesday- 8 miles

Thursday- 8 miles & strides

Friday- 6 miles & strides

Saturday- 14 miles

Sunday- 3 miles

52 miles total

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On my dad’s boat after the race
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Week 5 (June 8-14):

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2nd Place is right behind me but you can’t see him in this picture
The spectators of the Blueberry 5k on Saturday the 13th had a pretty good show at the finish.
I finished 1st place with 17:22 but this is the worst time of year for me to be racing. The guy snuck up on me during the last half mile. We had the longest fight to the finish that I have ever had in a road race.
Although I’m not in racing shape, it is still fun to go out and run these races at a decent effort.

I am patient enough to know that the real reward is on the way.

Another fun aspect about the Blue Berry 5k this year was having my Bro Mark Richard come out and run!

Mark thought it would be a good idea to light up a cigar near the starting line a few minutes before the race.
Needless to say, he receieved some strange looks but I think they were more surprised when he ran the whole race and finished in the top 25 out of roughly 160 runners.

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Mark does NOT care. #legit
Monday- 10 miles & strides

Tuesday- 8 miles

Wednesday- 6 miles

Thursday- 8 miles & strides

Friday- 4 Saturday- 8 (Blue Berry 5k)

Sunday- 10 & strides

54 miles total

Week 6 (June 15-21):

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The megaphone made me feel important
This week was so busy it almost stopped being fun.

I hosted my first event and it was pretty successful.
I have to admit, after seeing the other side of sports, I plan on being the person participating instead of hosting the event.

In the end, it was still fun and I learned a lot.
I figured out that everyone has not choice but to listen to you if you have a megaphone.

This week I planned running around my big weekend. I did my long run on Friday so that I would not be obligated to in on Saturday when I organized my canoe race.

Monday- 4 miles easy

Tuesday- 8 miles & strides

Wednesday- 10 miles & strides (2 mile summer series)

Thursday- 8 miles Friday- 15 miles & 4 east strides

Saturday- 4 miles easy

Sunday- 10 miles & Strides

60 miles total

Week 7 (June 22-28):

IMG_1633 My plan was to make it to 70 miles this week but I didn’t realize the toll that scuba diving takes on your body.

Luckily, I planned my long run for Friday before I left for Pensacola and it did not hurt my overall mileage too much.
I really enjoyed my trip to Pensacola and I would encourage anyone who loves the water to go and get certified.

Monday- 8 miles & strides AM, 4 miles PM

Tuesday- 6 miles AM, 4 miles PM

Wednesday- 10 miles & strides AM, 4 miles PM

Thursday- 8 miles

Friday- 15 miles

Saturday- 4 miles easy

Sunday- 4 miles easy

68 miles total (didn’t make it to 70)