Wednesday, November 30, 2005

state your peace...

Been running well. Better than usual actually.

Just an update.

I want to conduct an interview with myself before I get started with work today, we'll pretend it's interviewing me:

MR: How does it feel to finally get in a good healthy streak of training and racing?
JP: It's good. It's been about 5 months and I'm not sure I've actually gotten in "good" training. I did get in some pretty good races though, which is really a relief. After my first race, I was pretty embarrassed, but motivated none the less.

MR: You made your debut in the Half Marathon, what were your thoughts on that?
JP: I've been telling people that it was the most fun/painful experience of my life. I really enjoyed it and after about 7 miles it became such a mental struggle. How do you hang on? Who can you catch, who can you keep from catching you? Truly a wonderful experience.

MR: What was the biggest lesson you learned from that experience?
JP: Don't plan on "racing" one with out proper training. (laughs) Maybe to race a little smarter, which is my downfall and has been my entire running life. I went out in 4:58 and was immediately in over my head. I basically told myself to keep pushing until I couldn't anymore.

MR: What are your plans for the winter/spring?
JP: My goal is the U.S. Half Championships January 15th in Houston. I'll get to make a homecoming, get some championship experience and hopefully run a little smarter for my second half. Aside from that, really anything I do will be geared to getting me ready for that. Afterwards, I'm not too sure. I've got a 3000 I'll run in Indoor in Houston, but that's an "If", and I just really want to focus on the Half and then stay healthy and get really consistent training in.

MR: How is coaching?
JP: It's fun. I mean, my job is running. I instruct young adults on how to get more out of themselves. Sometimes I'm no good at it at all, but it's fun to see a girl go from running a 25 minute 5k to a 21 minute 5k. Or taking an All-American and having her improve even more. Sometimes that is the challenge, making the better athletes better. But there is always room for improvement, and I think at such an early age (late teens to early 20's) there is no limit to improvement.

MR: You seem to find more joy out of coaching the ladies?
JP: Yeah, I mean, at first, I thought, there is no way I can coach girls. But as the season progressed and the improvements started coming I really thought wow, this is fun. And the distance is 5K which I think I'm more adept to coaching than the 10K for the guys. For the 10K you've got to really have "distance" guys and my guys, aside from a couple aren't there yet, so it was more of a struggle.

MR: But 4 out of your top 5 set personal bests at nationals.
JP: That's what it's about. Running your best at the biggest meet of the season. I could say it was ability to peak athletes, but it just worked out that we had plenty of rest, we had put in a good season's worth of training and we had some health in those 5 guys. They ran extremely well at Nationals and executed perfectly everything we wanted.

MR: Name your top goal for the next 3 years, running oriented.
JP: Becoming an elite runner.

Monday, November 28, 2005

time to get injured...

...that's what i figure...

Tonight, I was thinking about my running. Pretty much it is the only thing I think about anymore. I've run consistently, without (serious) injury since August, which means I've been running almost 5 months without having to stop. That's getting close to being a record for me.

I put together a fall racing season that was pretty good too. At first, I wasn't sure what was going to happen, especially after the debacle that was Oklahoma State. I ran 28 minutes and something for 8k and was pretty embarrassed.

But I bounced back, setting a personal best in the 10k at the Arkansas University Chile Pepper Invitational running a 32:35. Then I ran the Half in Dallas and did pretty well, finishing 17th overall and running 1:13:45. Not bad for going out in a 4:58.

To cap it all off, I set a personal best a few days ago in the 5k, running 15:24.

All in all, my season went well, especially when you consider that I wasn't going to race at all.

Up next are a few races in December that will hopefully help prepare me for the US Half Marathon Championships on January 15th in Houston Texas. If I make it there, I'm going to do what I have been dreaming of...

Saturday, November 26, 2005

i ran in the rain today... was pretty liberating...

To sum up the week: I set a personal best in the 5k (off-track) of 15:24. I won as well. I guess I can call myself the DBU Turkey Trot Champ! But my training suffered in doing so. Tuesday morning I ran really slow, Wednesday my hamstrings were sore, so I ran really slow. Today I ran in the rain. Cant wait for next week to train back in Dallas; Hull didn't do it for me this time.

Why I run: Most people really do not care why it is I run. But for those of you who do, here it is. When I was a freshman in high school, Sports Illustrated wrote an article, something like, "Kenyan Domination: The African Takeover" or something. They basically predicted that no non-African would win a major championship (Olympic, World, etc.) in the next few decades. As a 14 year old freshman who thought he was pretty good, I was furious. I wrote Sports Illustrated, and challenged them. I told them to give me till I was 30 and I would beat an "African" at a major Championship.

Sports Illustrated never published my letter, they never even acknowledged that they had recieved it. For all I know, it got lost in the mail.

Fast forward 8 years. I've never won a district championship, I never made state in high school, my high school coach told me I was too slow to run at the collegiate level, and then I had a Division 1 Head Coach, Trey Clark (Lamar University) tell me that I was too slow. In the past three years I've had stress fractures and I've pretty much choked in every major race I've run.

So why do I still run? Because of a challenge I made 8 years ago.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

who am i listening to?

Lately I've been listening to everyone except for me. I used to be a pretty strong willed individual; setting goals and working really hard to get to them. I used to not worry with naysayers, those who didn't think I could achieve anything.

My high school track coach (senior year) told me that I wasn't fast enough to run collegiate track. I didn't listen to him and I suppose I proved him wrong.

My dad told me I wouldn't be able to handle the mileage college kids do (he was just worried about me), but I ended up handling it pretty well and even hit the "magical" 100 miles this summer for one week...;)

I changed my blog from jacob2012.blogspot to this one because outsiders were scoffing at my dream of making the olympics in london.

That stuff is changing though. No longer am I listening to people who are trashing my goals and my dreams. Constructive criticism is still welcome and always needed, that's coaching...but this other nonsense, is out the door and no longer affects what I am going to do.

Today, I have a turkey trot to win. Tomorrow I have more training to do.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

long-winded whispers

What a two-day weekend!

Saturday morning, I woke and ran around Whiterock Lake: 9.3 miles in 52:27, then finished off 10 miles...It was a good run: not a push...but my second fastest ever time there. The weather was amazing: overcast, cool, not windy.

Sunday morning, I met up with Logan Sherman, Duncan Cragg, and Habban (?) at Norbuck Park. We went 12 total: 10 of which were at a pretty decent pace...finishing the last two miles in 5:30 when Logan asked us to pick it up.
Cooled down for two miles, making twelve total.

This coming week I've got 71-74 miles, depending. I also have the Turkey Trot (which I'd rather not be involved with) on Tuesday. Should be some good running though. Hitting it up with Gabe sometime later in the week. Those always turn out to be good runs.


NCAA D1 Nat's are tomorrow. Footlocker Regionals Saturday. Turkey Trots all over the world. Looks like a big week for running. Too bad the rest of the world isn't noticing.


Been reading Tergat's book: (actually have read it twice now) He's a good guy. I'm pulling for him in whatever he does.

Friday, November 18, 2005

2005 Dallas Baptist University Turkey Trot

Last year this was the most hyped running event of the year. It was the day after the NCAA Division 1 National Championships and championship excitement was still in the air. Daniel Kingsley (DBU) ran away with the race in 16:12. Jekabs Bikis finished second in 16:28, Cory Welch third in 16:37, and fourth was Taylor Brown in 16:45.

This year, I will be able to run this storied race. The defending Champion has chosen not to race, and rumor has it that Jekabs Bikis will not be running. That leaves the race to me, Cory Welch, Taylor Brown, T. Knox (6th, 2004), Chance Rose (5th, 2004), and new comer Eric Wyatt.

Here is how I feel it will play out Tuesday:
Jacob Phillips, 1st, 15:40
Cory Welch, 2nd, 16:00
T. Knox, 3rd, 16:30
Taylor Brown, 4th, 17:00
Chance Rose, 5th, 17:30

I wasn't originally going to race this...but Taylor Brown has called me out and therefore I must answer his call by dominating. I will be wearing the white DBU Jersey, Black Luke's Locker shorts, and the Brooks Racers. See you guys Tuesday.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

how's the running...?

If you know me, which you all do, you know that I'm racing the U.S. Half Marathon Championships in January, in Houston, Texas. That's all I'm training for. I don't care if I can run two weeks afterwards, I just want, on that day, to run my very best.

Physically I am closer than I am letting myself believe. It's that mental part that needs sharpening. Gabe pointed that out. It's something I know. It's something I've got to get over. I know that there aren't any "special" numbers in running. I do know though that I've put in my miles, and I've got my inesity to where I don't run any slower than 6:30 per mile. That should be confidence in itself.


Division 2, NAIA, and Division 1 Nationals are within the next few days. I'm excited about that, I just wish I could have been there to experience it. There is no doubt in my mind that if I would have competed this year, that I would be in California, at the National Meet. I don't regret for a moment not being there, but next year, if I have no one qualify, I will be getting a crew together to road trip to Division 1 Nationals.

Need to say good luck to Cindy Bayona and the Northwood Knights at NAIA Nationals.


Wednesday, November 16, 2005

NCAA Top Ten Individual Predictions

1. Matt Withrow, Wisconsin
2. Simon Bairu, Wisconsin
3. Bret Schoolmeester, CU
4. Josphat Boit, Arkansas
5. Josh McDougal, Liberty
6. Richard Kiplagat, Iona
7. Andrew Lemoncello, FSU
8. Peter Kosgei, Arkansas
9. Robert Cheseret, Arizona
10. Ben True, Dartmouth
11. Wesley Keating, UTPA

Monday, November 14, 2005

serious training

what constitutes that? for me, it's been consistent, which i haven't been in a while. pretty much i'm going to be doing 8 miles every morning and supplementing each afternoon with whatever I need to get. this means i'll be holding between 70-84 miles per week. i'm also starting back with my "body" weights.


because i'm trying to do something i don't think anyone believes i can...i want to be a top ten american finisher at the u.s. half marathon championships in houston, january 15th.

sub 70!

Sunday, November 13, 2005

My first season as a cross country coach...

...went extremely well...

Yesterday, November 12th, 2005 in Yellow Springs, Ohio I ended my first season as a cross country coach. We raced at the NCCAA National Championships. My women placed 11th out of 21 teams and my men placed 10th out of 23 teams.

Katie Noss (5th, 18:14) and Amie Morton (9th, 18:28) were named All - Americans with their performances.

The women's team consisted of: Sarah Allen (fr.), Amy Bracewell (fr.), Christina Garcia (so.), Brandy Guion (jr.), Adria Miller (so.), Amie Morton (fr.), and Katie Noss (sr.).

Cory Welch led the men in 18th, running a personal best of 26:12. He was followed in by Daniel Kingsley in 31st.

The men's team consisted of: Taylor Brown (so.), Jonathan Hurley (so.), Daniel Kingsley (jr.), Joshua Tull (fr.), Cory Welch (sr.), and Eric Wyatt (fr.)

7 out of those 12 runners listed above set personal bests at the National Meet. We had an amazing year, capped off by an amazing meet.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005


Road Runner
Team Luke's




Tuesday, November 08, 2005


My daily routine consists of waking really early (5 a.m.) and hurrying to get to practice, in which I will hear a lot of complaints, get a lot of lacksidasicle efforts, and hear some really funny remarks. I then either finish my run or start my run, then shower, eat either a bagel or sausage, egg, and cheese biscuit with my favorite energy drink. That leads me into sitting in a 4X12 foot office, with no windows all day long, until track practice starts at 2.

I don't have much time for homework. I don't have much time for life. For some reason, I just don't. I'm okay with that, what I am not okay with is the pressure I put on myself to do well on my school work. It's hard now. Especially since I have no instruction at all. It's myself and a book and two 4000-level math classes.

What I would like? To drop the classes, focus on running and coaching, and the purity and simplicity that is the beauty of our sport. To take Cindy out for dinner, and maybe even take an evening run with her. That's what i would like. Nothing more, nothing less.


I spoke with Terry Jessup today. He's going to make me fast? Actually, he'll just instruct me, though I think Gabe and myself are already coming up with a plan to do that. Maybe one of the two can hook me up with a sponsorship, maybe Nike and I can just run, eat, and sleep all day, and race occasionally? Let me know!!!!

Monday, November 07, 2005

the greatest?

This weekend Mebrahtom (Meb) Keflezighi, United States, placed 3rd in maybe the Greatest NYC Marathon ever...In what turned out to be a sprint finish and a race that was down to three with less than one mile to go, Meb was in the mix...with two other greats...Paul Tergat and Hendrick Ramaala.

This shows that Meb wasn't a one hit wonder, that he wasn't a fluke...that he is a force to be dealt with on not only American soil, but anywhere, against anyone.

Is Meb the greatest? My heart says no, but the more I see him improve and the more I see him race, I'm thinking my brain says yes.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Half

This morning, November 6th 2005, marked the 30th running of the half marathon around Dallas' Whiterock Lake. The conditions were unseasonably warm, but the day was perfect by spectator's standards.

At 8 a.m. we were off, a pack of around 10 Africans, plus myself and a few other Luke's Locker teammates took out and led through miles 1 and 2. It was shortly after the 2nd mile that 4 packs formed: the lead pack which included several Africans, Juan Carlos Romero, and Andrew Cook (Flower Mound); the chase crew which included Duncan Cragg and Logan Sherman (Luke's); the second chase crew, myself, an African named Gilbert, and Joe Beisner; the rest of the field.

Flying through the 5K in 15:38, it was only myself and Gilbert, trying desperately to stay close with Logan and Duncan who looked to be strolling at a leisurely pace. At mile 5 I lost contact with Gilbert and though he yelled for me to keep up, I could not.

I struggled through miles 6, 7, and 8 before finally crashing at mile 9 and being caught by William Moore (Luke's). It was then a struggle to finish.

At mile 10 I caught Duncan Cragg, who stopped shortly afterwards and began to walk. At mile 11 I caught two guys from the lead pack. At mile 12 Ryan Gorman and Matt Pulle pulled ahead of me.

I slowly crept to the finish and to a 1:13:45 official clocking.

It was the most enjoyable/most painful thing I have ever taken part of.

I will improve.

Splits: 4:58, 10:02, 15:38 (5K), 20:27, 26:21, 32:41 (10K), 37:54, 43:26, 49:19, 55:08, 61:01, 67:05, 73:04, 73:38

The Morning Run


Pretty much the only people that will be reading this are myself, my running compadres, and random users, but regardless, this will be a new and exciting place to share my thoughts on all that is running, and to keep each of my running buddies updated on how I am doing, and how other's in this small world known as our running community are doing.

Go at it with all your might!