A lot of stuff went on yesterday…most of it pretty damn good.
I was offered the position that I interviewed for a couple of weeks ago yesterday afternoon…drumroll please and….I accepted. More to come on where and what, when I sit down and actually get all the paperwork done and go in that first day, but it was exactly what I was looking for, 25-30 hours a week and doing things that I would like to think I am pretty good at.
So I was pretty psyched about that…the only job I interviewed for – I got. :-)
Oh yeah, this is a running blog so lets talk about running okay.
Nope Bennie and I didn’t make it 2 days in a row at 6:00 AM, I just can’t seem to get motivated for running that time of the day. Plus he was a little blah Bennie in the morning, so we just walked and he seemed pretty happy with that.
Looking at Running Shoes
Since I wasn’t able to get in a speed work session on Tuesday, I decided to do one Wednesday, which meant my first track workout session of the year. I just had to decide on whether to go to Cony or Colby. Since I wanted to look at some different running shoes, I decided on Augusta. I did stop and check out some shoes and even tried on a couple of pair i.e. the Zante and a pair of Asics. However, at both places I stopped at they did not have my size, but they “could order it”. Hell I can order it too, if I want to stop in a physical store and buy a pair of running shoes, I want to be able to try them on, if they fit walk out with them.
Yes, I know that most brick and mortar stores do not seem to carry size 8.5 mens, but it doesn’t mean that I have to “order” from those stores that do not carry my size. I am getting tired of this, but in today’s world of smaller inventories, it is what I have to deal with.
I liked the Asics, but already knew from experience that they would be slappy, which is a no go for me, even if they are comfortable as hell. With all the hype about the Zante I had to try them on, the heel cup didn’t feel right (too high on the Achilles and the ankles were rubbing – the usual issue with NB shoes for me), otherwise would have been okay.
After not really finding what I was looking for, I did work a deal with friend for a couple of his gently used shoes, so they should be getting here soon. I can’t wait to see how they work for me.
Then I headed over to Cony and ran on the track.
When I first got there, there was just one other walker and myself, so it was nice. He stayed in the outer lanes and I did my warm-ups in lane 2, that if someone comes in and flies by, I am not in the way.
Just as I was finishing up lap 4 of my warm-up, a couple with 3 children shows up. with tricycles, strollers, etc.
Now don’t get me wrong or anything else, I am not that crotchety old fart who hates kids or doesn’t understand what it is like to bring children to a track (been there done that), so you can get a workout in. But..if I see that there are other runners there who are obviously doing workouts, I ensured that I supervised my kids and don’t let them bother or get in the way of other runners.
Not the case today.
Mom put on her headphones, got in lane 1 and ran at a 10:00 to 11:00 minute pace in that lane for the next 30:00 minutes (the rest of my workout). During this time the two boys were either riding their wheelers or running all over the track, while the dad was dealing with a toddler up on the same bench where I had stowed my gear. I got dirty glare from him when one of the boys played chicken with me coming up the track at me on his bike and I yelled “look out” and the boy went off into the infield.
I just looked at the dad and said, “I am trying to do a workout and I didn’t know which way he was going, please watch him so he isn’t in the way” and kept running.
I guess that pissed off the dad, because he was muttering and glaring at me the rest of the time, but he didn’t change how he was supervising the children. They were in and off the track, chasing mom around the track and I had to dodge around them multiple times, which was a pain in the butt, but not worth causing a scene over.
I finished up a:
- 1.0 mile warm-up
- 4 x .25 @ 80%
- 4 x 200 @ 85%
- 1.0 mile cool-down
It was pretty much 100% humidity, so I wasn’t worried about the time and went by effort. It was pretty windy conditions on the back stretch and lower corner, so I was satisfied with the workout, just not the distractions.
The thing that topped off the workout was the family was leaving as I was on the back stretch of the track and when I got back to the bench, my bag had been emptied out and things scattered around. I didn’t see who did it, but nothing was missing or broken, so that was a good thing, but…some people…well it makes you wonder.
GoRun 4 Decision
Oh well it was a good workout and I did finally figure out what makes the GoRun 4’s feel funky on my right foot, while I was sitting there stewing…after picking up my stuff, I took a good long look at the GR4’s.
Where the yellow stroebel ends, there is stitching to a white webbing that sits under the outside of my right foot and I circled the seam that raises up the little toe just enough that combined with the snugness and curve of toe box, makes it rub/press against the 4th toe, causing the distraction that I keep whining about my GoRun4’s.
Now can I run through this distraction?
Probably and I have, but the rubbing of the toes is always there and although it hasn’t caused any real issues yet. I guess “yet” is the operative word and even though I run well in them, that “yet” thing is always in the back of my mind and affects my confidence and how much I can relax while running in them.
Also when I run a lot in these shoes, I notice that my right little toe pushes against the 4th toe, even after I take the shoes off, which is something I have worked on fixing over the last year, with exercises and a splint/spacer that I wear. So I have reluctantly decided to move on from these shoes and have put them in the give-away pile.
At least I know what was causing all the issues with them.
Garmin 310 xT
I got frustrated when I attempted to upload the data to the computer, it kept hanging up and eventually I had to do a hard re-set of the watch, so I lost the data from the workout. Not really a big deal, but a little frustrating and time-consuming trying to get things figured out.
The realty is
that I am pretty psyched about getting the job, it had been a couple of weeks since the interview, so I was beginning to wonder if they had chosen someone else, now to get used to having a set schedule again. As weird as it might sound, I am ready to get back to a regular job.
While I applaud the family at the track for doing things together and getting outside with the kids. At the same time it would have been nice if they had shown other runners a little more courtesy by supervising their children a little better and if they are running slowly using an outer lane. No I am not one of those old farts who have no patience for kids, but at the same time these parents lack of concern for what their children were doing, showed a lack of respect for others, which is not a good thing.
Another runner showed up and I could tell by her facial expressions that she was getting frustrated as well, so it wasn’t just me. Oh well, I still got my workout in.
I am thinking about taking off the rest of the week from running, since I haven’t really taken consecutive days off since March and not really any down-time yet this year. We will see how that goes.
While I am getting a couple of pair of gently used running shoes, they are more daily trainers and I still need a pair of “faster” for me shoes. Not racing flats, but something under 7 oz, that has some cushioning – something like the old Lunar Racer or Lunar Tempos.
A day in the life :-)