Unexpected Rest Day – RunLog 5/10/18

Well…I wasn’t planning on not running today, although I had a streak of 13 days going, I fully intended to run at least the Middle Road Loop.

However, with the snow is gone, the frost out of the ground and temps are warming up, we noticed that we are starting to need electricity in the garage. So this morning we had the electrician coming to look at the garage to see why there was no electricity going to it We lost power to the garage back in February, but since we don’t do a lot in the winter out there – it wasn’t really a big deal.

The electrician quickly figured out the problem was between the house and garage. Pretty much what we had thought and another reason why we had waited until the weather warmed up. Digging a trench in February, in Maine just ain’t all that much fun.

The solution meant that I was going to get a different type workout in today.

Yeah, I got to dig up the old electrical line (yes, we turned off the circuit breaker – my hair is curly enough), while the electrician went to get supplies, I got out the shovel and proceeded to dig a 2 foot deep trench from the house to the garage.

That shoveling dirt stuff, hell it is almost like damn work and there is not doubt that I would much rather have run double-digits than do the digging.

It seems that whomever wired the garage didn’t get all of the stumps out of the previous trench and the wire on top of the stump was less than 3 inches under the ground when I uncovered that section. The the cable covering was trashed and the electrical cable appeared to be stretched. We all tended to think that this was the problem and he replaced the entire line.

The work is done, the cable re-buried, the house put back together and we have power to the garage.

A very good thing and it left a pretty damn tired old fart once it was done.

I had thought that I would just go for a run this afternoon, but when I looked at my running log and saw that I had 13 days in a row, it was time for a day off anyway. Which took the stress off “having” to get out there, especially since I was still pretty toasty after doing something that was so upper body intensive and I only have minor chicken wings for arms.

I am glad I got power back, but it also means that I can’t procrastinate some of the projects that Mary has lined up for me, with the excuse we don’t have power in the garage anymore. Not that I would ever do that kind of thing.

Oh well, I got my weight lifting in this morning and sort of had a rest day — well from running anyways.

Recovery 5.0 Miler – RunLog 5-9-18

After yesterday’s long (for me) road trip and totally over 10 miles of running, I was pretty much toast. My body was just tired today.

So I had planned on going only by effort during the run this morning. Nothing overly taxing and just an easy jog out to Notta Road and back. However, I did want to try out the Asics Road Hawk’s that were given to me. I have had my eye on them for a while and was intrigued about how they would work for me.

Some reviews have them being very firm and others well cushioned, but other than those differences, the Road Hawks seemed to check off all the boxes that I look for in a daily trainer.

The body objected to getting going this morning, it loved the idea of sitting around and not doing a damn thing. I procrastinated starting out and finally, the idea of trying out the Road Hawks overcame my body’s want to do nothing.

I started out pretty slow and gently eased the body back into running, well as gently as running can be. Eventually, the body got the general idea that it felt pretty good to be out in the sunshine, moving and started to cooperate a little more.

During the run, I didn’t look at my watch to see the splits and when I got done, I was pretty surprised at how even the first four splits were. However, I just ran out of gas during the last mile and just wanted to finish it up.

How did the Road Hawks do?

Me likey.

They were comfortable, smooth heel-to-toe transition, everything fit well, there were no hot spots and I found them to be well cushioned, but a bit loud on landing. That is the one thing that was really noticeable, not quite a slapping, but a lot louder than most of my other running shoes.

The other thing was that I didn’t have any issues with Metatarsalgia while running in the Road Hawks, which was a nice change from other shoes I have run in lately.

I am looking forward to more runs in them to see if they are part of the solution that I have been looking for.

Overall, a really nice recovery run and a nice first run in the Road Hawks.