A More “Normal” Week – Week In Review 2-11-18

Last week a bit more of a “normal” week, well mostly.

A photo of our mailbox during the storm last Wednesday.

I found out that doing my long run at the start of the week, means that it is much more likely to get done. The weekends are still focused on other things that interfere with my getting away for a couple of hours or having Mary chase me down into Waterville or Augusta.

The weather on Sunday was crappy (rain, sleet, freezing rain), enough that I didn’t want to drive an hour down to Rockport for the 5K they had going on down there. So I did a short fartlek workout going down to Pepin in the freezing rain. I didn’t bother trying to do it against the wind or coming back up the hill, even so I still set a this year CR for this course in pretty crappy weather – it is still 3:00 minutes or so away from my all-time CR, so there is plenty of room for improvement.

The good part about doing a speed workout on the weekends that I don’t need to go to the gym or track to get one in, I can do them right around the house as a part of a quick run that I fit in sometime during the weekend.

So changing up when I schedule certain runs during the week is the correct thing for me to do and I learning that my schedule is not the same as anyone else’s – I have more freedom to be creative with mine. Continue reading

A Few Changes – Week In Review 2-4-18

Winter is not going any where any time soon, but it is now February, so it is getting closer to better weather — at least there is light at the end of the tunnel.

My favorite photo from the week:

Elliott our cat attempted to remodel the area by the back door.

Another week that the cold weather, icy conditions or just nasty roads meant most of my running was on the treadmill again. Although I did get outside a couple of times, one of which was to try out a new pair of shoes (me get a new pair of running shoes!!!) more on that later.

I have been working on updating, editing and republishing my 40 plus years of running series. It is something that I like to do to remind myself of where I came from and how I got to where I am as a runner. No I am not and will never be an elite runner, hell I am one of those never was kind of runners.

Something that is a good thing to remind myself of when I start to get those thoughts of grandeur or I can do that too (whatever that is).

Re-doing this series brings me back to reality and to be honest at this point in my running life – hell life in general, I do have limitations, but I am all about focusing on what I can do.

Which means that I will focus on that I am willing to look at or try stuff outside of the box when things need to be changed as runner or with my health. The other things are that I doesn’t take myself too seriously and I am persistent. Which means to me that I don’t give up easily and can laugh at myself. All of which contribute to what I can do and tend to minimize the limitations that I do have.

I will get the series done sometime next week.

The start of a new month meant that I got see how the weight loss is going. Not bad — 4 pounds since the start of the year and 6 pounds by the end of the week. That is without changing a whole lot about the diet yet or getting long runs in (which is when I typically get serious about losing weight).

Running

For the first time in quite a while I did an actual Speedwork session on Tuesday one of those a tenth of mile fast and then a tenth recovery repeated 21 times. A bit more than I thought I could do at this stage of the season, but I felt good and just went with it and the next day, I didn’t hurt too badly. It was a nice confidence builder and gave me an idea of where I am physically.

Although with the nasty road conditions/cold weather, I didn’t get to do a long run – again. I don’t like doing more than 6-7 miles on the treadmill, at that point it begins to bother my feet too much. Until I can run safely outside and not freeze my arse off, I guess long runs will have to wait.

I did cut back a bit on the elliptical again this week on purpose. If I do too much on it, I feel a bit too tired the next day and it affects my running which creates a vicious cycle where you get more and more run down from doing too much. Which is something that I want to avoid. Also I want to get to doing Yoga 2-3 times a week and started with one session this week.

Also I am going to move my long runs to Tuesday (when I can start doing them regularly), which seems to work better with my schedule. Since it seems like there is always something going on during the weekends that interferes with getting it in. Doing speedwork or races on the weekend makes more sense to me anyways, since that is when I would run fast, is on the weekends.

We will see how this change does. At this point in my running, I think it is all about being flexible.

Running Shoes

I am still running primarily in the New Gravity3’s and 5’s. They are both doing well by me.

Unfortunately, my U/A trail shoes developed hole and needed to be replaced. After doing a lot of research, I decided to go with the Newton Boco Sol’s, the price was right and Newton’s have been doing very well by me over the past 2-3 months. I was surprised by the outsole, the photos on websites do not do them justice on how aggressive the forefoot actually is, while the heel unit is just okay, as I found out when I ran outside in them the other day on snowy roads out front.

I did find out that they are a bit finicky about what socks you can wear with them and had to do a little repair work on one of my toes when the skin got scrapped off from the seam of a pair of socks that I usually run in that I never noticed before. Other socks work great with them, so once that heals back up everything should be fine again.

Overall, it was another really good week, where I got over 30 miles running and over 50 miles of combined elliptical/running mileage, right about where my sweet spot seems to be right now. As the weather gets better, I would like to get the combined mileage consistently in the 70 mile range this summer. Which I think would get me in pretty decent shape.

All I know is that I will be glad when winter is over this year.

Things Are Slowing Down A Little

I love that the weeks are finally starting to slow down!!!

Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that we are all caught up with things, it just means that things are starting to feel like they are much more manageable again.

My favorite photo from last week:

A photo from yet another ice storm – it seems like we have had quite of few of those this year, at least when the temps are not in the negative numbers and with all the ice on the roads it does for us all to slow down a lot more. Who knows maybe they will get to appreciate the beauty in nature that surrounds them a little more.

That is if you can keep your vehicle between the snow banks. 😉

However, I have a feeling that even with all the nasty weather, us slowing down some does mean that I/we don’t feel as stressed to get everything done all at once and we are stopping to smell the roses a bit more. Which is a good thing and it also means that we have had a chance to think about LOTS of things and how we want to live our lives going forward.

We did contemplate a huge change in our lives, but after sitting down and really thinking things through, we decided that we need more time to think about making any major changes in our lives. We both want the chance to enjoy the life we have right here and a huge change of that magnitude, well do we really need that added stress right now?

We decided that we didn’t.

Which makes me feel a lot less anxious about the next few months :-).

However, it was pretty damn tempting though.

Back to the more mundane parts of the week.

I got some new glasses, not that big of a change in the script, just a bit of a change on the reading side of things and they have the changeable lenses, which I am not a big fan of, but it seems that my eyes like it better when I outside in the bright sunshine (especially when there is snow involved). They are a bit too dark for my tastes, but hey it is what it is.

A lot of my running tops (long sleeve and short sleeve) now have that permanent runner’s stink – not a good thing according to Mary and probably everyone that I encounter when wear them out in public (besides the gym, where most of the guys and some of the gals are wearing things have that exercise stench that really comes out when the body warms the clothes up).

White vinegar and baking soda doesn’t even touch the stench, so that means it is time to start looking for some clothes that don’t stink like a combination of rotten cabbage and 10-day old spaghetti left out on the counter way too long. Too bad, because most of the tops that I am going to have to get rid of are ones that I really, really like or have some solid running memories built into the fabric (besides the stench).

Also there are a couple of old running shirts that I love, which simply do not fit this old body the same way they used to and have rubbed my underarms raw the last few times I wore them. Either all the weight lifting is working or the shirts have shrunk – it can’t be that gravity is working on the old body and that I need to loose that 15 more pounds. Hehehehe

However, if I race a bit more this year, having long or short sleeve running shirts will not be as big of a deal. After all most races have that attire as part of their race entry fee, you just have to pre-register and actually show up. After all wearing a larger shirt is as simple as checking a different box – isn’t it?

Until then there is always Mardens or TJ Maxx.

Yeah, the mid-winter running clothes stink is a real problem, not just Mary’s sensitive nose – shhh even I can smell them and if I can, they are pretty bad.

Running Last Week

I didn’t quite make it to 30 miles, but I had a rest day and did some higher quality (faster) running on the treadmill than I have in a while.

When I do faster work, I purposely try to lower the mileage and cross-training stuff to give the body a break. Going faster wasn’t part of any training plan, the faster running just seemed to happen organically and I just went with it. On Friday, I even did a pretty good 5K time trial which gave me some more confidence going forward. By Saturday, I was pretty much toast and needed that rest day. The body and mind were both tired and needed some down time.

When I got up this morning, I was ready and raring to go for a nice long run, but the schedule around the house kind of dashed that idea until tomorrow, so I ended up doing a comfortable 4.0 miler down to Pepin, where I battled the remaining ice patches and the bitch coming back. The day off had done the body and mind good.

Running Shoes

I ran primarily in the Gravity 3’s, since most of the runs this week were on the treadmill (damned ice outside made running the roads a bit dicey) or the temps below zero, just didn’t thrill me all that much at the start of the week. The G3’s are still going strong and doing everything I ask of them.

The Gravity 5’s are my outside mostly clear roads running shoes. I have a feeling that their outsole (especially on the lugs) will not last as long as the Gravity 3’s. They are already showing a lot more wear on them with about half the miles. Which is too bad, because I am starting to really like running in them.

Here is where I ran into an issue last week, my U/A Speed Tire Ascents (which I wear most of the time walking, working around the house in place of boots and if I am going to run in nasty weather – they are my first choice), somehow got a hole in the left inside forefoot? Which means that while they are still comfortable, my foot ain’t gonna stay too dry. Which means that I have to look at some other alternatives going forward and will probably pickup a pair of Newton Boco Sols on the cheap. It is too bad, because I do like the U/A’s, but wet feet in winter just is not something that I want to deal with.

I did take the Hoka Bondi 5’s out for a walk, but I don’t know what it is about them, but I just do not like them. They are fairly comfortable, have decent grip and all that, but even just walking in them this afternoon…well I didn’t enjoy it. They may go away this week or if I am smart I will simply put them in the cabinet in the back of the garage and leave them there until winter is over. Give them a week of attention and then…I will decide what to do with them, yeah, that sounds like a better idea.

The reality is that

It was a pretty great week.

Racing, Patriots and Better Weather – Week In Review 1-21-18

The Patriots are going to the Super Bowl, I ran in a race and ran outside more than I did on the treadmill, so it was a pretty darn good week.

My favorite photo of the week:

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Photo by David Colby-Young

A group photo after today’s race and yes, Gene get well soon.

All is right with the world, the Patriots are going BACK to the Super Bowl. They did what many didn’t think they could after going down 20-10. However, I didn’t watch it, I just can’t watch them play, I get too wound up. I’ve been this way for a couple of years, but I get to support them otherwise enjoy the post-game shows and interviews. Now to see if the Vikings can get in too – not looking too good right now.

I ran in the Central Maine Striders 39th Annual January Thaw Road Race. I did pretty good with Ron’s help, beating my time from last year by almost 2 1/2 minutes. Not that I am in better shape, but more that I had a good pacer to keep me honest and it was easier running in shorts than being all bundled up like I was last year. You can read more about it here.

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The weather has broken and with the temps out of the negative numbers and the ice being off the roads, it makes things more runnable outside up heah in Maine. Which means that I get to do something other than run on the treadmill, which is a very good thing.

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I got to 30 miles again this week, so I achieving one of those things that I want to over the course of the year – consistently get to at least 30 miles for the week. I had a couple of runs that were sub 8:00 minute pace and even took a day where I actually rested most of the day!

One thing that I did on purpose was cut back on the number of miles that I am doing on the elliptical. I wanted my legs to be more fresh for the race and then didn’t feel the need to get on it after the race today. I kept my total mileage under 70 for the week and the legs are feeling pretty good right now. Although I am getting 20,000 steps in many days during the week.

Running outside more also “allows” me to slow down the pace more than I do on the treadmill. It doesn’t mean that I am not working as hard, it usually means that the footing is not as good (that snow/slop or icy stuff) or that I am playing around on hills. Not that there are many of those around where I live.

I do have to get my eating habits under better control. The weight stayed pretty much the same for an average, but it isn’t where I wanted it to be at the end of this week. Gotta shut the pie hole a bit sooner I think.

Running Shoes

It was a Newton Gravity kind of week.

I ran for the first time outside in the Gravity 3’s in today’s race and they did great. No issues and they felt comfortable the entire race. At this point in my running, maybe being more comfortable in my race day shoes is more important than them being super light like more racing flats are.

Also since I ran outside more this week, I got to spend more time in the Gravity 5’s. While I would not use them as my race day shoes (when I compare them to the 3’s), they are definitely growing on me and I can see me putting a lot of miles on them through the rest of winter into spring. Surprisingly, the grip they provide in slush or snow is better than my current trail shoes – gotta be those big front lugs.

Which really makes me want to look closer at Newton’s Boco Sol trail shoes at some point. Especially, if I have a chance to do more trails this year.

The reality is

It was a pretty good week and I am happy where I am at this point in my training cycle. I don’t have the multitude of little aches and pains that seemed to follow me over the course of the past few years, which is helping me to run a lot more comfortably and consistently.

One thing that I do like is that using the elliptical is helping me get in extra time (miles?) that are helping to strengthen my legs and lungs. Although during the race I did open up some passages in the lungs that haven’t been open for a while (going fast uphill sucks) and they let me know about it the rest of the day and I dredged up some pretty nasty stuff that had been hanging around – which is a good thing.

A good week of running and some other decisions that I can’t share right now, but are very important, good things and will definitely effect my running later this year.

Interesting Week – Week In Review 1-14-18

Wow!!! January is just about half over, can you believe it!!!

Yeah it WAS an interesting week:

The weather – it is still the big news around here.

Well at least, since I don’t talk about politics, religion or other in the news crap here. There is plenty about all of those subjects going on to keep us busy until the next millennium. All those third-rail subjects that take up so much of everyone’s time, energy and blood pressure.

I follow along, but…well at some point everything becomes overload and I just focus on the little part of the world that I can have an effect on. Then I go for a run. 🙂

We did have a decent January Thaw after that gawd-awful deep-freeze we had been in since before Christmas and I actually got to run outside a couple of times. I won’t say it was particularly warm, but it was runnable, although the roads were still pretty crappy.

During the thaw I did get a chance to get the snow off the roof, there was just a lot of snow still up there and it needed to come off.

I am not a fan of standing up on a ladder and using a roof rake to pull snow down at me (roofs, ladders and me are not a great combination). It is an eerie sensation to watch four feet of snow, over ten feet wide go by you inches away, knowing that there is nothing you can do but stand there and hope that it doesn’t somehow catch your ladder on the way by.

However, it had to be done, because…

On Friday the rains came and lasted through Saturday morning – I would have hate to have seen all that rain be snow, it would have been measured in feet, not inches. Once the rain stopped and a quick freezing rain/snow line went through we went into a “flash” freeze which made things nasty as hell.

Around us, there was a lot of flooding on the Kennebec and with so many of the street drains being clogged there was some bad flooding on local streets in the local towns as well. Not good, especially when down in Hallowell (where I run quite a bit – in back of Main Street) cars and trucks that park down there were underwater. See the article below from the local newspaper if you are interested.

https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/01/14/flooding-puts-areas-of-augusta-hallowell-under-icy-water/

For us, it just meant a lot of ice in the driveway and the leech bed field flooded out a little and now we are back to single-digit temps and sub-zero as I finish editing this post, which whether I like it or not – it is now more seasonable.

Alright enough about the weather, what about running?

The treadmill and I still remain good friends, although I did get to run outside twice. Neither run was exceptionally fast or anything, but they were outside. I do know that running outside is different than running on the treadmill, but I will use the tools that I have at my disposal to get miles in during the wintah, up heah.

Monday – Treadmill and Elliptical

Tuesday – Treadmill and Elliptical

Wednesday – First run outside in 2018 and Elliptical

Thursday – Pepin Way 4.0 Miler and Elliptical

Friday – Treadmill and Elliptical

Saturday – Rest/DNR – Between the rain and the ice, didn’t really want to run or drive outside too much. Although I did enough to get in 20,000 steps.

Sunday – Treadmill only.

I got up to 30 miles running and felt pretty good – no major ouchies or other things. I had a couple of decent treadmill runs and enjoyed the outside even with the crappy road conditions.

Plus I got almost 50 miles of elliptical work done too. Which meant my activity level was damn near 80 (79.6) miles for the week. Yeah, the legs and old body was a bit tired after that much work. I still say that keeping things in the 60 mile range combined would probably be a better balance of workload, but believe it or not I am enjoying the trips I take on the Elliptical via my iPad and YouTube.

Yea, I know that elliptical miles do not equal running miles. That is a given, but I am getting my legs more used to turning over at a faster rate for longer periods of time than I would be able to just running. That sub-5:00 minute mile on the elliptical, does seem to help my leg turnover on the treadmill. I haven’t run outside in decent conditions yet, so I am not sure just how much it is actually helping my running? We will see if it does make a difference.

Getting outside however, was a change of pace that I needed.

For the first time in a while, I ran in shoes other than the Yellow Gravity 3’s. See my Newton Gravity 3 – 50 mile review here.

First up were the Under Armour Speed Tire Ascent, which I wear as my outside shoes for most everything nowadays. However, as much as I like them for walking in, I am not so sure they are my answer as far as trail runners go.

They did well, but (isn’t there always a but) the grip was not that great in the snow/slush/ice combo that was on the road outside the house and I didn’t find them particularly comfortable to run in.

It might have something to do with the cold and how it affects the midsole when I run in them??? Also the lack of grip at times makes me wonder how they will do on technical, muddy and rocky trails, where I want to remain upright – we will see.

The second pair were the Newton Gravity 5’s and the day I ran outside in them Pepin Way was crap. So I got a really good idea of how they would do – not too bad. Actually felt a little more solid grip on the SLUR than I felt in the U/A’s (the big front lugs help). However, they do feel like a different shoe than the Gravity 3’s, which is odd seeing they are supposedly the same model, just a different year. Just going to have to run more in them to figure it out.

Another very good week, where I work around what Mother Nature decides is best for us in her wisdom or is that…well whatever. Each year I dislike the winters more and get more meechy about running outside in crappy/cold conditions. I know that a lot of it is in my head and that I could if I wanted to just run outside.

I just don’t want to anymore.

In other words, I am consciously making the choice to run in shorts/t-shirt on the treadmill more this year. I guess I just don’t enjoy those cold days and the challenges of staying upright as much as I used to.

Getting old has changed some of my perspectives on how I look at and do certain parts of my running and other things – for better and worse.

See you next week.

Finishing Things Up – Week In Review 12-17-17

Sometimes it just feels great and also a relief to finish things up.

Although Bennie was pretty relaxed this morning before heading out into 5*F temps and it was my favorite photo of the week.

Bennie looked like he was saying “Why are you bothering me?”

The good news was that on Friday we closed on the house in New Hampshire, which is the beginning of the final chapter of a very long summer that started back on June 2nd. We went through a lot of tears, work and out of pocket expense to get to this point and I am proud of how much we accomplished over the last six months. Friday provided some badly needed closure on a very difficult time in our lives.

Now that it is done, I know that I feel a profound sense of relief that this part of the journey is over.

We can now turn the page and start the next chapter in our lives without having to worry about that three hours plus one-way time, it took to travel to New Hampshire during the winter hanging over our heads.

A very good thing.

What will we do with our time going forward?

Relax a little…well a lot.

Get to enjoy the retired life and lack of having to be places, unless we chose to. That idea that our time, is our time again.

Then get back into a more regular routine, catch up on some work around our house that was neglected because we were so busy in New Hampshire and get back to taking better care of ourselves. However, for the next week or so, we will enjoy the holidays and get ready for Christmas.

So how did this week go with my running?

With everything going on and looking at the extended weather forecast last week, I predicted that this would be a cut-back week and I was correct in that prediction. I got in 23 miles and three out of five of those runs were on the treadmill. We are in the midst of a cold snap, the like of which, we don’t usually see until January. Below zero and single-digit temps have occurred all too often, which inhibits my running outside for any longer runs.

Oh, I know that I could probably do them, but I don’t like to run in that kind of cold anymore and where we live it is a bit of a safety issue. Especially, since you can get in trouble pretty quickly in that kind of weather and if I run from the house, the availability of safe places are much more limited in a rural area. I will also admit that I have gotten a good deal wimpier when it comes to cold weather and running outside. I take the easy way out and run on the treadmill.

Plus we got a snow/rain/ice storm on Tuesday that makes running on the road shoulders pretty treacherous when cars go wizzing by. So my paces outside have definitely slowed considerably between the combination of cold and ice. However, I have run pretty well on the treadmill and while I don’t like it as much as running outside, it does allow me to keep running – safely.

That is more important at this stage of my life and training.

This was also the week of the Hoka Bondi 5’s. Since I ran three times on the treadmill and wanted to get the Garmin footpod calibrated before I did. I ran 4/5 runs this week in them. Even now I am still not sure they are part of the answer or not.

They fit fine and have plenty of padding. However, when I run in them whether on the treadmill or roads, the bottoms of my feet bother, not enough to stop at 3-4 miles, but by the time 5 miles come around I am more than ready to stop. Once I stop things are fine, so it is not anything serious, but it is not how I want to feel in my running shoes when running. I am not sure if they just need more break-in time for the insole or if I need to change them out. If that doesn’t work than I will have some thinking about what I want to do with them.

I do think that I got my Garmin FR230 calibrated pretty closely to the treadmill and will know better the next time I run on one. It seems that 86% or 85% is the magic number for this particular way of calibrating my Garmin to the footpod. Not what I expected, but if it works, I am not going to complain.

Overall, a pretty exciting week and one where we were able to turn the page on New Hampshire. As much as I like Lancaster and the people there it is now time to move on and take back our lives. Running will continue to be a big part of what I do going forward.

Week In Review – 12-10-17

Well…winter is heah.

Today we ended up with 6-8″ of the white stuff, another storm is predicted for Tuesday and then another one for next Friday, with sub-zero temps in between – if the forecast holds true. Yep, winter has arrived.

The week just seemed busy – but what else is new.

Even though we are now retired, life just seems to have gone into exponential mode for us over the past six months and this next week should be the tipping point, where things start to slow back down a bit. We will see, but I am holding out hope that is the case.

I did get to visit the Vampires to get ready for my physical exam next Tuesday. I survived. As you may have read, I am not a fan of needles.

Running

This week I finally got back over 30 miles for the week and had a 10+ mile run. Nothing hurt all that much and I am running better than I have in a while. A very good thing.

I am still in the building a foundation phase of my training plan and am keeping things pretty reasonable for most of my runs. I have even been putting the breaks on, during a few runs – a good thing. However on the treadmill run on Wednesday, I did pick up the pace the last mile a little more than I have been, just to see if I could. I did better than I thought I would.

Although I did go a bit off the Chi Running Beginner Half Marathon training plan during week 5. I was having trouble with understanding and implementing the Pelvic Rotation focus. So I decided to skip this week and focus more on cadence and posture instead.

Though I will say, it was nice to relax my running and not be as focused on doing something new with learning the Chi Running way for a week.

I will get back to it more next week, if I get to run outside very much. Performing the Chi Running focuses on the treadmill is simply a lot harder for me, so the more time I spend on the treadmill, means that Chi Running might not be my focus as much, as I will be focusing more on just getting to the end of the run.

Treadmill running is different than running outside.

Running Shoes

My Newton Kismet 2’s are starting to get a little long in the tooth, I know that I only have about 150 miles of running in them, but when you add in another 200 and probably more miles of walking and wearing them for everything else too. Yeah, they are starting to get tired. While they still have more life left in them for running, it is time to add other shoes into the mix. I did like the Newton’s enough that I asked my daughter for a pair for Christmas.

I ended up with the Gravity V’s and did an easy 5.0 miler in them. I have a feeling that they will be a very good running shoe, although I think that they are more of a clear road kind of running shoe.

Also I know that I will be doing a lot more running on the treadmill and was not happy with how the Newton’s felt on one. I have the Hoka Bondi 5’s sitting in the closet and tried them out this week on the treadmill and they did fine on a tougher 5.0 miler. So I have a feeling that the Bondi’s will be my treadmill shoes going forward.

Since neither the Gravity V’s or Kismet 2’s are what I would call nasty weather shoes, I have a feeling they won’t see much time on the roads when it is nasty winter weather.

That dubious chore will be taken on by my Under Armour Speed Time Ascent’s. They are semi-weather resistant and have excellent grip. This morning I even used them instead of my boots while snow blowing the driveway and roof raking the garage. They did well and my feet were mostly dry and they gripped well. Now to run in them a little more.

Overall, a pretty good week and looking at the forecast, it might not be a great running week, especially if I have to make a couple of trips to NH, so I am planning on a down week compared to this week, but I have increased mileage every week for a while. So a step down week probably isn’t a bad thing, even though the training plan for Week 6 doesn’t do that.

Yet Another Week – Week In Review 12-3-17

It seems that the weeks just blend together sometimes and this one was one that I seemed busy as hell all week, but I don’t really remember what I was busy doing.

Yeah, I will just call it “one of those weeks”.

My favorite photo from the week:

The Androscoggin River as seen from the Rumford Boat Launch last Wednesday.

One thing that I am finding out is that I am loving my iPad Pro 10.5 setup. Now I haven’t learned all there is to know about IOS or the iPad, but it is definitely fitting quite well into the way I do things and how I see myself using a computer going forward. I just wish that Never Winter Nights was available for IOS. Baldur’s Gate is okay, but not exactly what I am looking for. Oh well I will find a decent RPG game one of these days that will occupy my time at night. 🙂

Although for most of the week, it seemed like Mary or I were always on the go. Yeah, the weekly trip to NH, worrying about this or that, then doing this or that. Even though my calendar and Reminders list doesn’t have a lot of stuff in them – it still felt like another screech week.

Gotta take time to slow down and smell the coffee a bit more. After all, isn’t that a part of what this retirement thing is all about? Sometimes it seems as if we are busier now than before we retired.

Oh well, enough whining and complaining about where the time went and how freaking busy we are, how did my week in running go?

Running

I had a very good week at just over 25 miles. I am purposely keeping the brakes on and not attempting to run too much, too soon. You know the way that I usually do things. I am running well, staying in the 8:25 to 9:00 minute pace area for most runs with a nice kick at the end of some runs (not all).

That pace area just seems very comfortable for me and while some might say I don’t have enough differentiation between runs – that is not the purpose of my training right now. All I am attempting to accomplish over the 2-3 months is establish a good mileage foundation without breaking anything and continuing to improve my running efficiency (form) by using the Chi Running program. Which means running comfortably for me – not according to some chart or software program.

No, it might not be slow enough to make serious improvements and certainly not fast enough to get my race pace up where I really would like it, but it is a comfortable pace that is helping me feel better about my running.

The other thing is that I am not obsessing about running seven days a week and surprisingly I am finding that five days a week seems to be working good in the colder weather. Having taking Wednesday and Sunday off for a couple of weeks feels about right for my present fitness level. Could I run more miles – probably, but at the same time what purpose would it serve.

None that I can see right now.

Although I would like to find a 5K to run before the end of the year, just to get a good baseline on where I actually am.

The weeks are flying by and this week has a lot on the agenda and hopefully this will be one of the last weekly trips to NH – at least that is what we believe, but like everything else this last six month, I will believe it when it happens.

All I can say is that I hope and pray that 2018 is a lot less busy than the last half of 2017.

However, it will be what it will be.

A Pretty Boring Week – RunLog 11-26-17

How do you describe a week that was, well boring.

Wonderful.

After a summer and fall of so much going on, it was nice to have a week that was pretty uneventful and except for the trip to Lancaster on Tuesday, I was able to just get into a fairly regular schedule – even with it being Thanksgiving week. That is the biggest benefit of being retired – my time is my own (for the most part), so having a holiday doesn’t really make all that much difference to me.

Thanksgiving was a good day and I enjoyed being around family, but all the other consumer driven drivel and marketing that comes after it…well I just ignore for the most part. It just gets obnoxious after a while.

My favorite photo from the week is one from days gone by. I have been going through and cleaning up my Google Photos, when I came across this one. Although it looks a lot like Christmas with my Mom, she had decorations up well before, so looking at how we are dressed, I have a feeling this might have been a Thanksgiving Day – not sure, but it seems to fit.

iPad Pro 10.5

I did get a chance to get to know my iPad Pro 10.5 and while it is doing everything I want (I love it). Apple’s continued reluctance to open up the file system completely has made putting my document files, photo and music libraries on the iPad more difficult than it needs to be. I can see making it more difficult to move data from the Apple silo, but to make it difficult to move data in so that you don’t use other brands seems to be rather counter-intuitive. More on that in a different post, but the iPad Pro 10.5 is an amazing computer that will do everything that I want going forward. All I have to do now is get my photos on the iPad and out of Google Photos.

Yeah, that is the kind of stuff that I consider fun…learning how to use something new to me. I just wish that Apple would let the iPad be the computer that it could be and not make it be or remain an ancillary device, which with the iPad Pro series it no longer is.

It is ready to be a primary computer and I don’t want to have to plug it into any other computer to be able to move files onto it.

Running

I had the most miles in a week since mid-September on 5 days of running. I would have had more, but I have been fighting a cold an today it finally kicked my arse and I took the day off, walked Bennie and did the elliptical. Still not 100%, but definitely needed the rest. Running-wise I did a couple of 6+ runs and actually ran in Waterville an Augusta versus only running around the neighborhood.

Moving to incorporating Chi Running into Harold’s running continues to go well and is paying dividends on how well I am doing physically. No major aches or pains and I think that some parts of the old body are starting to — dare I say it — feel like some healing is going on in there. I am sticking pretty much to the plan – only doing a little more mileage than it calls for, which is pretty good for me. I also have a feeling that not having the pressure to run 7 days a week like I used to all too often is probably helping a lot too.

The Kismet 2’s were my only running shoes again this week and continue to totally impress me. I know that running shoes do not really play that big a part of how a runner runs, but I also know that the wrong shoes can make running pretty damn miserable. The Newton Kismet 2’s are definitely the most right running shoes I have run in for a while.

Now to finish up my Christmas shopping and figure out how to transfer my running spreadsheet from Google over to Apple’s Numbers Mobile. Something that when I first opened it, seemed to be one of those weird programs that you just walk away from and keep using something a lot more familiar.

However, I have been “playing” around with Numbers a lot and if you put your mind in the right place, the logic does seem to make more sense after a while. So while the learning curve is real, I have been learning how to use Numbers, by re-creating my 2018 running log in it. It will be a lot more simple than my 2017 spreadsheet, more because I want it simpler than because I Numbers can’t do what I want – since it very easily can, now that I have an idea of how it works in my mind.

Overall, a nice week, where now I have to get rid of this runny nose/eyes, sneezing, snuffling kind of stuff that is going on. I just hope that things continue to be boring.