A Cut-Back Week – Week In Review 5-20-18

Spring is definitely in the air, my allergies are kicking in gear pretty good, the hummingbirds are back and the lawn has been mowed more than it should be for this time of year. The weather has been mostly good for running, it is so nice to be outside.

My favorite photo from the week is actually from this morning – the apple trees are in bloom.

Sometimes you just get very lucky.

With my running last week that is pretty much the case, because last Monday I was not sure if I would be getting any miles in at all during the week. My hamstring was barking pretty loudly, but for a change I was smart about resting and foam rolling the crap out of my hamstring.

It worked!

I made it to Wednesday’s Acupuncture appointment and everything came together enough that by Thursday I was running fairly normally.

Phew!!!!

Hamstrings and I go way baaack to my days as a sprinter in high school (I wasn’t too bad), but the Hammies never really liked some of those cold-arse spring days in Maine back in the 70’s and would complain quite loudly about running all out in those conditions. It seems like most springs, I have to contend with them doing more than their share of complaining and I thought that I was in for a rough go of it this year too.

So yeah, maybe I m getting smarter and wiser as I get to be an old fart. Naw, just more likely – lucky this time. 🙂

The rest of the week went pretty well for running and while I did not get in 30 miles, I got in 26 more miles than I expected – so I think it was a VERY good week.

I even had a 2018 course record for my test course by a minute, without pushing the effort too level too much on Sunday. I took a couple of days off in a row, then I got back to running with short easier runs on Tuesday and Wednesday. A longish run on Thursday with a 7.0 miler on Thursday where I learned a lot about the Liberty’s and another 5.0 in them on Friday that really solidified my feelings about them. Then I had a quick 4.0 that I mentioned on my test course.

So I was very pleased with how well my running went this week, when it could have been a complete disaster.

Now to get whatever is going on with that right hip taken care of again, same thing as last fall, so I gotta be thinking about what worked to “cure it”.

Running Shoes

I have been working on a small project to get my running shoe photos into Apple’s silo – it is a slow laborious process = yes it is a pain in the arse, but I am getting there and it brought back more than a few memories of shoes that I liked or shoes that I should have given more of a chance.

Last week it was a pretty short rotation Zealot 3’s, Liberty’s, Road Hawk’s and Razor 2 of which I am going to talk about the Liberty’s and Razor 2’s

If things do not change too much, I am not sure that the Liberty’s will make it to a 50 mile review. The Liberty’s are a very good to great running shoe for the right runner, but unfortunately I might not be the right runner.

I only have 25 miles on them, but I am finding that while I can run decently in them they feel heavy at 10.3 ounces (I know that is fairly light, but…the more I run in them the heavier they seem to feel), are pretty stiff (the full length outsole I believe is most of the culprit) and they bother my forefeet too much to run completely comfortably in them. Which I really think it has something to do with the bootie construction of the ISO Fit. So I have put them under the dresser for a week or two to see how things go without running in them for a while.

I was very meechy about running in the Razor 2’s, because the ankle collar area was very uncomfortable (too high and stiff) when I was walking in them or on some of the little jogs I do at times with Bennie.

Finally, I just needed to know whether they were going to blister my ankle area or not. So Sunday I ran in them and while I had an excellent run – there was never that disappear on my feet feeling that I look for in a pair of running shoes. The ankle collar was noticeable, not a discomfort or thank goodness biting my ankles to form the dreaded blister, but more a distraction.

Which makes me wonder why Skechers’ have running shoe models with the ankle collar/well so high, especially since they are designed so that you can remove the insole, which in turn makes the ankle collar come up even higher on your ankles. I had the same issue with the GoRun Ride 7’s and wore a hole in the right ankle well because it came up too high on my feet – even with the insole inside the shoe.

Even so, I will say that the Razor 2 is an amazing running shoe and other than that ankle distraction, I loved the feel of them on the road and will continue to run in them as long as I don’t get blisters on my ankles. If I do get those darned blisters, it might come down to doing shoe surgery on the ankle wells. I have scissors and know how to use them.

I also had been looking at D2 getting me a pair of running shoes for Father’s Day (I know a very unique present for me) and then got to thinking about the shoes that actually have worked for me this year. Then while I was wandering around eBay, I found a pair of GRR7’s on sale for a fantastic price. I ran well in the GRR7’s until I wore the hole through to the plastic heel cup (which was partially my fault I have a feeling) and decided to see if they are part of the solution at that price. I hate the gray colorway, but at this point I want the shoe, the colorway is secondary. That is what I hate about great sales, they suck you in.

The reality is that

I had 26 more miles than I originally thought that I would when the week started, so it turned out to be a very good week running wise. Also I learned a lot more about some shoes that I have in the house and there are some that might go away and others that surprised me with how they did feel when I finally ran in them.

So yes, it was a pretty darn good week.