Author: graysonmurphy

A Road Runner’s Trail Tales: Chapter 3

A Road Runner’s Trail Tales: Chapter 3

But what does a *trail* runner look like? Not a rhetorical question I promise, I will answer it by the end! (Just need to get out a little rant first).  “You look like a marathoner.” “You look like you probably run long distances.” “How much […]

A Road Runner’s Trail Tales: Chapter 2

A Road Runner’s Trail Tales: Chapter 2

You must learn to walk before you run Walking during a run? That’s absurd. Walking during a RACE? LUDICROUS. That shouldn’t ever be a sentence. Prior to my first trail race, this was my school of thought. No hill was too steep to run you […]

A Road Runner’s Trail Tales: Chapter 1

A Road Runner’s Trail Tales: Chapter 1

Chapter 1- Sending it Running can be done on many different surfaces, in all sorts of distances, and in a multitude of capacities. There are running races like the Spartan series that involve obstacles like spear throwing and carrying buckets of cement. There are triathlons that […]

Captain of my soul, master of my fate, & puzzle pieces

Captain of my soul, master of my fate, & puzzle pieces

Northern Arizona (NAZ) Elite is known as one of the best distance running groups in the nation. With multiple US Championship titles on both the men’s and women’s sides across several distances and disciplines as well as elite PR’s in events from the 1500 up […]

Why the weight room is my friend

Why the weight room is my friend

As a distance runner, do you lift weights at all?  A question I get asked wayyyyy too often! Growing up almost exclusively as a soccer player, the weight room was always an important and integral aspect of my training from a young age. After beginning […]

Getting real- How journaling is helping me with my anxiety disorder

Getting real- How journaling is helping me with my anxiety disorder

Finally, 4 days into 2019, I feel like I have had enough time to digest all that 2018 was. For me 2018 was full of both positives and challenges. I refrain from calling the adversities that I experienced in 2018 ‘negatives’ as I feel that […]

Jogging and Jotting

Jogging and Jotting

  For the last few months I have been working on a bullet journal. For those of you unfamiliar with this crafty trend, you buy a blank notebook or journal and then create your own planner of sorts. This appealed to me because it was a […]

The power of the newbie (mindset)

The power of the newbie (mindset)

THE NEWBIE: comes late to practice on the first day, gets lost on trail runs, has no clue how to run a certain pace, no idea what racing is, running more than 1 mile a day is a HUGE accomplishment (me circa spring 2014), doesn’t […]

Progress Report

Progress Report

Out of curiosity (and being the number junky engineer that I am) I decided to create some graphs of my running times over the years. I have created graphs for several distances in the sport including both track events and cross country. While my times […]

The Transition from One Level to The Next

The Transition from One Level to The Next

Transition periods are weird and uncomfortable. Logistical nightmares. An anxious person’s own personal hell (@me). But at the same time, they can be exciting and are perfect opportunities for rapid growth and learning. Often, they are catalysts for some of the best experiences and memories we […]