I am starting to get used to this running without my glasses, especially for those first thing in the morning runs with Bennie. Yeah it was muggy, misting, light rain and a bit of rain this morning. I like running in the rain, but my glasses are useless after the first mile and I end up putting them in my phone pouch.
It does make thing interesting and forces me to go a bit slower than I would otherwise.
However, on run #2, it wasn’t doing anything and I could see this gorgeous sight of looking up the Kennebec River with my glasses on.
Looking up the Kennebec River from Hallowell
I hate, yes hate running first thing in the morning, my body just ain’t awake yet and it takes the first mile or so, to get my butt in gear and figure out what is going on. No, I will never be a willing or wonderful early morning runner like some of you are – errr Mike. However, I will live through it and make it work, especially when I know that I have a busy day planned and need to get through a bunch of stuff that day – before I go to work. Plus when it gets warmer, Bennie does a LOT better in the cooler temps.
So Bennie and I headed down-back and just relaxed during the run. The Torin’s are really comfortable except for one thing, there is only one way that I can land in them and not make that damned irritating slapping sound on the ground. When I get tired, the slapping definitely gets worse, so they are not a really quiet shoe, but have that zero-drop slap that I have to work on my form to get rid of. It will happen, but it takes more than a week of running in the Altra’s to get rid of it. I would imagine after a month of primarily using the Torin’s it should be just about gone.
The run itself wasn’t anything special. The first mile was blah, miles 2 and 3 not bad and then mile 4 sucked – especially when Bennie showed off for Mary, when we passed her going the other direction and he had to do his tug-o-war routine – damn dawg ;-).
I had to get into Augusta for a haircut and stop at the grocery store for some more food, which meant that I could either go over to the Cony Track (but school might be starting – wasn’t sure so I didn’t) or running the Rail Trail. Now this is why I like Facebook (there are many things I hate, but this is why I like it), it seems that the Rise ‘N Shine 5K is changing where they are start/finish the race. Which means that I might as well get used to running from there instead of the trail head.
I gotta figure out where they will be starting and which direction they are going to head on the Rail Trail for the 5k. I just like knowing the course ahead of time. I do know that the hill is not as bad as the one by the fire station so that is a good thing, which should result in some faster times for a lot of runners – I just hope that is what it means for me too.
So I feel pretty good about that change.
The run itself was pretty good. I didn’t push super-hard, but I made a comfortably hard effort for most of the run and only had one mile where I lost focus for a little while.
Strava Stats 8-24-15
I am purposely running 5.0 miles on this course, so that I am more tired going up the hill and pushing (even though it doesn’t look like I pushed to hard today). In the future I have a feeling that I will be doing a few repeats at the end of a workout, just to condition myself to running up that damn YMCA hill better.
To be honest I was a little disappointed that I didn’t break 8:00’s for the 5.0 miles, but it is still pretty nasty outside and 8:04 on a training run by myself ain’t too bad for 5.0, so it will come.
A couple of nice runs and yes I am getting used to the Altra Torin’s.