What a Gorgeous Day – RunLog 4-9-17

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I really wanted to do a longer run today, but things didn’t quite work out that way.

In other words Bennie had other ideas and instead we ran down to Pepin again. It is about the only run, other than running laps that we can safely do from home. Unfortunately, I have a feeling that this flare-up of PF is going to hang around for a while, but it hasn’t stopped me from running too often yet.

We started out pretty good and going down the hill we were just running comfortably. When we got on Shepard, Bennie went into chase mode for a bit. Then I picked it up a little going down to the end of Pepin. Coming out was a little tougher with a steady 6-10 mph breeze out of the north, but that is what ou get this time of year.

Once we hit Shepard there was freaking traffic everywhere and we had to stop in a driveway to let the vehicles go by. Of course as we were going through the S curves on the Bitch a SUV went by and Bennie went into 4-paw drive. So we did push a little harder than usual going up the Bitch and tied the second fastest time going up it.

I had just about got my breathing back to normal and had started to pick up the pace and noticed that the neighbor was out working in his yard. Yeah, the dogs were out, so I turned down Howard to lessen the exposure to them. Unfortunately, Sassy (the little ankle-biter) ran into the road and followed us down Howard – yeah the neighbors were yelling at their dog. She is the one that has bitten Mary before, but luckily they grabbed the lab before he could get in the road.

We stopped and let her catch up and then I scruffed her and held her down until the owner got there all apologetic. Once Sassy catches up to us, when it is just me and the lab isn’t with her, she kind of flops down and lets me grab her, then sniffs at Bennie.

Speaking of Bennie he did really good and didn’t try to take her head off like he usually does. But then again, when she comes at us I get so focused in on her, that I don’t hear or see a lot else going until I have her under control.

No harm, no foul, just a little inconvenience of having to stop and added a little excitement to the day. I just hope that they figure out a way to keep her in the yard when people go by, because with the better weather and more people using the road, she could get hit, if she keeps going in the road. Not something I want to be a part of.

Once that happened Bennie wasn’t into running, he wanted to go back and see what kind of mischief he could get going. So I tugged him along the best I could and eventually he sort of got back to running. By then, I just wanted it over with.

So it was another decent run, but the Plantar Faciitis in the left foot is beginning to bother a little more than I like. The G9’s did fine and seem to be stretching out just enough to let me run comfortably in them, it might be helping that I am stretching them a little extra with a small flashlight. Whatever it takes.

Run #2

Well allergy season is now in full swing, so that means sneezing, running eyes and feeling like shit, in addition to my Plantar Faciitis acting up, so of course I had to run again, before going out to Big G’s for supper. If I was going have a big supper, I needed to get a little more running in.

Mary is dog sitting in Waterville this weekend, so I drove in and did the Messalonskee Stream Loop. Now I am not all that keen on doing this loop where it starts going uphill pretty good to get over to MST, the downhill part is nice though.

I was worried about the MST trail itself, because they didn’t plow it this winter and there were spots that were nice and clear, but there were also many spots that were slush ice and a lot of wet areas. Those sections did slow me down pretty good, but the G9’s did as good as most trail shoes would have on that stuff and shed the stuff on bottoms pretty quickly. Once I got off the trail, I was starting to get a little tired, but was able to maintain a pretty good pace anyway.

Overall two pretty good runs inspite of battling some PF issues.

Yeah the Mathieu Fitness sandwich at Big G’s was as tasty as I remember, although they no longer have it in lavash bread, but a whole wheat wrap was still tasty. The best part is that we both have supper for tomorrow night.

Initial Impressions – Saucony Guide 9

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Yes, the Guide 10 is out, but as usual I am a day late and a dollar short, so I got the 9’s.

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Why another pair of shoes already Harold, I thought the 860’s were doing great for you?

Ummm the 860’s are fitting my feet perfectly, but they are also a pretty heavy duty motion control shoe and I am pretty certain that the v5’s irritated my left foot PF and running in the v6’s keeps it aggravated, just a bit too firm on the medial post. So although I do love the fit, I don’t believe for running that either of them are the answer and I like to rotate my shoes, so having one pair to run in is not what I prefer.

I have learned that I tend to run a little better with shoes that have some stability features and/or have a wider footprint in the forefoot. While I was very tempted by some of the New Balance and Hoka offerings in EE-width, I decided to go with the Saucony Guide 9’s. Continue reading

A Quick 5.0 & Something New – RunLog 4-7-17

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I had planned for a couple of weeks to take today off from work and with everything going on this week, it was pretty much-needed. Dad is stable again and went through some tests today, which meant that if I had gone up, I would have just been in the way, plus I am sure that he didn’t need another person yakking at him. I know that I hate having a lot of people around when I ain’t feeling great and I KNOW he doesn’t like it.

So I stayed in contact with my sister to stay informed about what happening and yeah, I went for a run…well two of them.

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Which meant that Bennie and I headed down to the Hallowell section of the Rail Trail to run 5-6 miles this morning. Now when the thing is when you take Bennie anywhere new, he has to check everything out, mark his new territory and is just a pain in the arse for that first mile or so.

So I don’t expect much of anything in the first mile of these kind of runs. Continue reading

Riding The Rollercoaster this Week – RunLog 4-6-17

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Well I got my run in this morning before the rains came. That was probably the best part of the day.

Well let’s start with my morning run first.

No. I. Did. Not. Feel. Like. Running. this morning.

It was just one of those mornings where I really didn’t want to run or do anything – I’ve had a lot on my mind lately, with Dad going in the hospital Monday and even though he was released the next day, well you know, those kind of things bother you a lot more than you let on. You try to hide it from others, but you still ain’t really thinking about a lot else or sleeping all that great.

So I really wasn’t in the mood for running, but Bennie was acting like he REALLY needed to run (he is my coach after-all), so I figured we head out the door and see how I felt. The first mile sucked, the body felt all discombobulated. I thought of every excuse in the book to stop and walk it back – I didn’t.

One the second mile things were better, but not by any great shakes, but the lethargy and brain fog started to lift a little. The body started to cooperate and actually let me run. By the time I headed back up the Bitch, I wasn’t running fast, but I wasn’t making excuses to stop and actually went up that hill fairly well.

The last mile was pretty good and the last quarter-mile I picked up the pace a tad bit, nothing spectacular, but at one point, I could almost feel faded memories of how I used to run – well it was more of a fast gliding than running.

It was a fun thing, to remember that feeling of gliding along, hardly feeling my feet landing on the pavement, then when I realized what was happening, I over-thought the moment and lost it. Going back to my old man’s shuffle for the last 50 yards, felt so damn clumsy compared to that gliding sensation that I had experienced for a moment in time.

However, I know hidden somewhere deep inside this old fart’s body is that runner I used to be and every once in a while, it manages to find its way out to shock the hell out of me. I know that gliding feeling won’t last long anymore, but it was nice to feel it again for a few seconds. I can always dream about harnessing it…stop it Harold. Enjoy the glide when it happens, but the days of running that way are behind you old man.

I have made a slight change to the New Balance Vazee Rush v2’s, they felt just a little to firm/harsh for me. So I took the inserts out of the 860 v5’s that are causing me other problems and put them in the Rush. I like the different feel that changing out the insole has made. I tend to vary my foot strike at different stages of a run and as I get tired the old heel striker comes out and the 860 insole gives just that little extra cushion feel, to not bother as much when I do heel strike. I will probably do a long run in them this weekend to see how much of difference this change does make.

The bad news. Unfortunately, when I was at work this afternoon, I got a call that Dad went back in the hospital and will be there for a while. I went back up to Pittsfield this afternoon and I have feeling will be riding a roller coaster for a bit.

I said I wanted to write about more than running, but writing about Dad being in the hospital, ain’t all that much fun. Growing up with him wasn’t all Ozzie and Harriet or anything close, but we have made our peace, buried the past and he is an important part of my life now. It is tough to see someone you love go through these kind of things.

Until next time, keep smiling and good things can happen.

The Whirlwind Has Settled Down – RunLog 4-3 to 4-5

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Monday seems like a lifetime ago! There has been a bit of stuff happening, which zapped my interest in writing. Let’s back up a bit

I did run Monday and purposely ran slower than usual with Bennie, due to Sunday’s 8.0 miler, so there wasn’t a whole lot to write about anyways. At least nothing about the run really sticks out in my mind.

Just after 1:00 I get a call from my sister telling me Dad was in the hospital up in Pittsfield. I won’t get into the specifics (I respect his privacy), but it sounded pretty damn serious and just a bit after I was walking through the doors. Yeah, I was worried about him.

By 6:30 that night thank goodness everything was stabilized and I felt pretty comfortable leaving to go home and the next day he was released. Yes, it was serious, but Dad is a tough old bird and it takes a lot to keep him in the hospital.

I ran on the treadmill Tuesday and did a little faster run than I thought I would, but I didn’t have a lot of time to do more than 4.0 miles and got it done

This morning, it was a little slushy and misting just enough to be a pain, so I had to put my glasses in my pocket, so I could at least see a bit. You just had to make sure that you didn’t run in the slush and watch out for the black ice spots.

I ended up doing 5.1 miles and felt really good.

This afternoon, was another bout on the treadmill, oh I could have run outside, but I didn’t bring my outside stuff, so it would have been a bit chilly. I forced myself to stay on 7.0 mph for 2.0 miles, then popped up to 7.2 mph for 1.5 miles. The last half mile I did 4 –  .5 strides at 9.1 mph, with .5 rest @ 7.0 mph. The last stride was 9.2 mph for .15 and they all felt really good.

Just a quick summary of what was going on. Dad seems like he is going to be okay and I will be going up on Friday to see how he is doing.

So there is a lot going on.

What I Learned in March 2017

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All rightee then. We made it through March and even though I am getting to be an old fart I have learned a lot over the last month or so.

I say this every year about this time.

I am so frigging tired of the cold, snow, ice and running on the treadmill. I have done enough whining for 5 runners lately in other posts, so I will leave it at that. 🙂

However, I am more than ready for running in shorts and t-shirt weather.

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My running has been going pretty good, although I did run into some Plantar heel pain in my left foot (more on that later), but other than the usual aches and pains that have accumulated over the years, I felt pretty good.

March 2017

I did get back to 150 miles for the month for the first time since November 2015. Which means I am pretty happy about that. It means that I have run pretty consistently in spite of the crappy weather we have had and the little issues I had with the initial stages of some PF problems. I did take 5 days off this month, two just because I was mentally worn out. Continue reading

Lots of Snow-Little Accumulation – RunLog 4-1-17

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Happy April Fool’s Day!

Mother Nature is doing her April Fool’s joke on my little part Maine, it has been snowing like hell since early this morning and yet when I look at the road this is what I see

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Which is okay with me!

The original forecast called for 6-12″ and while we will probably end up with around 4-5 inches in the driveway, it will go away on its own pretty quickly once the snow stops.

With the roads being mostly clear, unless you had to get in the shoulder when a vehicle went or were dumb enough to run in the very visible snow patches, I decided to head out for a run. I was planning on a nice easy run and for a change – that is just what I did. Continue reading

Whining & a Good 5.0 – RunLog 3-31-17

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After yesterday’s surprise day-off, mmmm I got lazy and decided that I didn’t want to run…so I didn’t. I think we all have days like that and sometimes, you just need a day off to re-charge the batteries. Although I did the same thing on Tuesday, so it might be a little more than that.

It is just a bad case of the winter blahs, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick and tired of…you guessed it – WINTER.

I am ready for it to fade away to a memory and not having to worry about battling ice, snow and frigid temps, just to get a run in. Whether it is actually running outside or going outside, so I can go run inside on the treadmill.

weather mapYeah, a bit of a whine, but I think what got me down the most was Saturday’s original forecast yesterday that announced another 6-12″ of heavy, wet, nasty stuff that is known locally as heart-attack snow. Continue reading

Back to It – RunLog 3-29-17

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After a couple of mornings where I wouldn’t run outside due to the road conditions – damned ice…

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and then deciding that yesterday afternoon that it was going to be a day off (just because I wanted to and I badly needed a haircut), I got back to running this morning.

With the crappy weather and stuff lately, Bennie hasn’t had too many runs either, so he was ready to run this morning. Well let’s put it this way he was ready to run when he was running and stopped when he stopped suddenly six times.

We ran down to the end of Pepin Road and back home plus an extra lap on top. Continue reading