RunLog – Saturday – June 5, 2021

Today’s Focus

Heat Acclimatization

Planned Workout Description: 

Workout: Intro to Stryd Day 6 – 30:00 

Purpose: Recovery Run

After yesterday’s easy run and 2.5 hours of lawn mowing, a recovery run sounds really great. However, it will be hot today and even hotter tomorrow (I mean the first week of June and 80*F weather in Maine???). So I will probably run down towards Wildwood at a recovery pace and see how everything feels. Due to the predicted weather, I might change the workout on the fly to tomorrow’s 45:00-minute run and make tomorrow a recovery day. Especially since I prefer Saturdays to be my long run day.

Morning Prehab and again after finishing the run

  • 2 x 15 Straight Leg Eccentric Calf Drops each leg on the ladder
  • 2 x 15 Bent Leg Eccentric Calf Drops each leg on the ladder
  • 30 – Calf Raises both legs on the ladder
  • 10 – single leg calf raises no support on the floor
  • 15 x steps hip extensions

Warm-up: 

  • 20 leg swing routine (front, side, forward and back rotations) 

Run #1

  • Course: Troy Trail O/B & Howard Circle
  • Type: Stryd Intro Plan Day #6 – 30:00 Recovery Run
  • Distance: 3.47
  • Duration: 34:10
  • Power: 200
  • Running Streak Day #: 2

What I Actually Did Today: 

It was hot and at 75% humidity, a lot muggy for early June, so I started out easy and didn’t attempt to pickup the pace at all. I just ran comfortably and enjoyed running as best I could. I did choose my shady route, and that helped a lot with the higher temps. When I got out in the full sun, it felt a LOT hotter than 77*F. It is a bit too early for these temps, but they are here, and I have to deal with them the best that I can.

I could feel the extra time on my feet than the 2.5 hours of mowing the lawn yesterday afternoon and made the legs feel a lot more tired than the 30:00-minute easy run would have. I thought that I really wanted to do more miles, but by the time I got to the end of Howard Circle, the heat and tired legs, I had to make a choice. Plus, I remembered that the Stryd Plan called for a 30:00-minute recovery run, and 34:00 was a little more than that, so it did make the decision to stop there pretty easy.

After all, I am working hard to learn to trust the plan and not go off on tangents or do more because I am feeling good or just that I can. I need to work on my self-discipline to stop when I am supposed to.

Although I did have to make a pitstop in the woods coming back towards the Tiffany Bump. All the crap I have eaten the past couple of days came back to haunt me, and the woods were a necessary stop. When I am running better, I tend to frequent the woods more often to get rid of the less-than-stellar food choices I make. When I am eating well, I do not have these problems nearly as severely. 

That kind of tells me something – doesn’t it. Now, to listen to what the body is attempting to say to me.

Also, it appears that I am going to be running in this kind of heat a lot this summer. Since I am not going back to the gym until the Fall at the earliest (treadmill and weather safety valve), I will get out my waist pack to carry water with me. Even a short 3.0 miler like today’s run would have been nice to have a drink with me.

Variables that impacted the run:

Injuries/Niggles: The Achilles was a little grumpier than it has been lately. However, I did a little too much yesterday with the 30:00-minute run and then 2.5 hours of mowing the lawn. So, I wasn’t astonished to be a little more sore than usual this morning. That was another reason that I decided to stop when I did. There is no need to abuse the Achilles unnecessarily.

Weather: Clear sky, 77°F, Feels like 75°F, Humidity 61%, Wind 10mph from SSW

Shoes: ASICS EvoRide 2

Just for giggles, because I really like my Red New Balance 1080 v10s, I thought that if I put in thinner insoles, it might make them fit a little better. So, I went out through my spare insoles box and picked out nice thin pair from an old pair of Under Armour shoes that had fit me nicely but were snug in the toe box. When I took out the 1080 insoles and compared them, there was over a quarter of an inch difference. The U/A insoles were 8.5 and the 1080s an 8.0, but there is not over a quarter inch difference between the two sizes.

ASICS EvoRide 2 and New Balance 1080 v10 Comparison

Then I brought in my EvoRide 2s and compared them to the 1080 v10s. They are both size 8.0, but I can really see why the 1080s bothered my feet so much. When I took out the insoles and compared them, the 1080s fit inside the ER2s without a problem, and I could see how narrow the 1080s were. 

No wonder everything hurt so much. Needless to say, the red NB 1080v10s are now in the giveaway pile. It is too bad because they have a LOT of life left in them but are simply too small for my true-to-size 8.0 feet in their version of a size 8.0. They, to me, at least fit like a size 7.0 or 7.5 tops.

Other Stuff

Now that the house construction is complete, and my time will be more my own. I will be getting back closer to the routine that I established in early May. The tire beating will be coming back, more resistance band work, time in the back of the garage, along with the outside chores that will need to be completed this summer.

I am re-reading Make the Leap and picking up things that I missed or skimmed over the first time through. It makes me think a lot about how and what I really want to accomplish with my running going forward and who I am as a runner. 

Which is causing me to do a lot of head-scratching and thinking about reality versus my fantasies. At some point, I will get a grip on whether to keep chasing that damn Unicorn or focusing more on running for me. I am not there yet, but getting closer to making the commitment or moving on from something that I really am not passionate about doing. Writing that sentence kind of tells me the direction that I will go.

Today, the big thing I focused on was the…

The Hidden Training Program.

As a result of my re-reading the book, I know that I have to think about these questions every day. I don’t always have to write answers to them, but they are a part of my training, and I must know the answers to the questions. 

  • “How purposefully are you practicing? Do you know why you are doing each of your training activities?
  • How much are you sleeping? Is that enough?
  • How much are you eating? Are you eating the right foods? Are you eating at the right times?
  • How much are you stretching or doing other “maintenance” activities, like icing, after workouts?
  • Do you have non-training activities that are consuming too much of your time and energy? What can you do to find a better balance?”

Excerpt From: Bryan Green. “Make the Leap – Think Better, Train Better, Run Faster.” Apple Books.

Paying attention to the “Hidden” part of my training needs to be acknowledged and thought about daily if I want to improve my running.

Also I had one of those “aha” moments while doing my mobilization work tonight and need to sleep on it, before I go running off on one of my Harold tangents that tend to get me in trouble and then I have to backtrack. Reality and Fantasies are different and I think that I had reality slap me upside the head again, but I do want to ponder over it for little longer before I go spouting off on something that might change again quickly.

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