Looking Back at Week 36/2018

Yeah can you believe that this was week 36/52 of 2018? Needless to say the year has flown by and while at lot has gotten done, a good number of miles run and more than a few whiney words have been written here, there is still more to come.

A good thing – at least I think so, but here I am pontificating again when I need to wrap up what occurred in the life of Harold over the last week.

The big news is that SD2’s house is now on a concrete pad and the siding is all on. So while the progress seems slow as a can of molasses coming out of two years in the freezer to us, progress is being made. 🙂

The chipper got used again to get rid of more brush, the garden is winding down, Mary got a new pair of Pegasus 34’s and I got a milkshake. Mowing the lawn is getting closer to being snowblowing the driveway – boo hiss. Yeah the temps got down into the 30’s so as far as I am concerned Fall has arrived early this year.

At least the temps are great for running.

Some other good news is that I did get to run last week!!! Hip, hip hoorah and all that other balderdash. Last Monday, I was fairly certain that this was going to be one of those zero mileage weeks. The day before I had somehow strained my left hamstring running in a straight line out on the Middle Road and that is something that usually takes weeks to get right and back to running fairly normally again.

I did take the first three days of the week off, played on the elliptical and miraculously instead of becoming a full-fledged hamstring injury. The hamstring after a few days of rest didn’t really get in the way of running – as long as I kept my running pace slower than usual. Which is something I have needed/wanted to work on in any case. By Saturday, I was running decent mileage and the left hamstring wasn’t complaining overly much.

This was good news for me, usually when either of the hamstrings complain, I tend to miss a month or more of consistent running. I think it helped that I didn’t attempt to just keep running on it and did a little rehab work all week. You know that every other day mini weight session in the back of the garage, some “The Stick” work, very light stretching and all that kind of good stuff.

While I did miss the 5K race up in Newport, something that I did want to go to, I wasn’t going to chance screwing up the hamstring by running faster than it was ready for – which I am fairly certain I would have. I guess my body breaking down so much has taught me not to pre-register for too many races, because something usually seems to happen that I don’t do the race.

Speaking of racing, as much as I talk about wanting to run faster (which is relative) and racing, going to races is not something that I actually do all that often. At some point I will have an epiphany and get it through my thick skull that while racing can be a small part of my running, it certainly is not the most important part – simply running is.

I am still really liking the Reebok FloatRide RunFasts. They are a do everything shoe for me, although that right forefoot discomfort/thing I just can’t seem to completely get rid of. It is strange, the RunFasts are the only shoes I have where it bothers and it doesn’t really bother all that much, it is more a distraction than anything, but it is there and has been for a few runs now.

For some strange reason the Reebok OSR Grasse Roads are starting to act up and bother my feet after 2-3 miles the last couple of times that I ran in them. Not sure what is up with them, they were great once I did surgery on the heel cups…ahh hell I don’t know.

All I do know it is frustrating as all get out.

You think you have found the solutions to your running shoe madness, then something changes (you don’t have a clue what) and things go from comfortable to mmmmm this doesn’t feel right.

I got rid of two more pair of running shoes this week.

Salomon Sonic OG’s – my left PF and them just didn’t agree with one another.

Reebok FloatRide Runs – I am figuring out that I am not a knit upper fan – at least of the uppers that I have tried, when cornering or side hilling they are not very stable and the plastic cage design on the Runs causes the tops of my feet to bother, if they are not laced/tightened just right.

I couldn’t use either as walking shoes and yes, I did attempt it.

The reality is that

I am slowly but surely changing my perspective on a lot of things in life and when I get to whether I race, race well or don’t race at all…well is becoming less of a weight on my mind. Even so I still want to do well, finish ahead of a few other runners who are friends, that have become my friendly nemesis during races, but it is not a priority.

In other words I am the fairly typical aging runner who is still making the Great Stalker chuckle at little at my feeble attempts to stay a quarter step ahead of him.

I hope everyone out there has a great week and that we get to reflect on the week that was again next week.

Inspirational Quote of the Week:

I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, as fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.

-Jesse Owens

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