Shoe Heel Counter Surgery and 5.0 Treadmill – RunLog 8-3-18

This morning when I took Bennie for his long walk, it was pukey and when we were done I looked at my t-shirt and decided that running outside wasn’t going to happen today. I had simply walked two miles at a very leisurely pace and my t-shirt was soaked – not the kind of weather that I want to run in.

Also even though the Grasse Roads were better in the heel cup after manipulating the counter with a pair of pliers, I could still feel heel counter pressing/rubbing against my ankle. Not the feeling that I was anticipating or want. No it didn’t cause any blisters or rub the skin off, it was just…well not comfortable.

The white paper-like substance are pieces of the heel counters from both shoes and if you look closely you can see the incision just under overlay. 🙂

So I decided that a little arthroscopic shoe surgery on the heel counters on both shoes was in order. As you can see the tools were rather primitive but I got enough of the outside of the heel counter out that I couldn’t feel it anymore – which is all I wanted. The counter seemed to be made of some kind of hard waterproofed paper product. It probably would have molded to my feet eventually, but I am not crazy about breaking shoes, when I loose skin in the process.

Now for a test run to see how they feel.

Since I wasn’t going to run outside, it meant a trip to Planet Fitness and doing some miles on the treadmill. I didn’t get my mileage in yesterday the planned 30:00 minute run didn’t seem like enough, so I decided to between 5 and 6 at 7.6 mph or so.

The run itself went fine, no issues maintaining that speed and I felt good the entire way. When I got to 4.0 miles, I decided that 5.0 miles was enough for the day. Just 5.0 miles at a sub 8:00 pace on the treadmill on a summer day that was too hot to run outside.

How did the Grasse Roads do after their shoe surgery. Just fine.

No ankle biting on either ankle and the usual outside of the right forefoot didn’t bother at all. Everything just worked well and that is all I could ask for. Now to get some real miles on them to see how they work for me.

A pretty good confidence builder on the run and with the shoes.

The Treadmill Called – RunLog 3-11-17

The older I get the less I enjoy getting outside in subzero weather. This morning the temps were 0*F and the wind chills were under -20. Not my idea of ideal running weather by any stretch of the imagination.


It didn’t get any warmer as the day went along and the wind gusts were just miserable.

After taking Bennie for his 5:00 minutes out in this grand weather – he decided that the bed, with the sun shining through the window was a better idea than being outside shivering his arse off. Continue reading

New Balance 860 v6 – 50 Mile Review and more

The New Balance 860 v6 EE’s is yet another older running shoe, but I got them for a specific purpose and didn’t want to spend a fortune on them – in case things didn’t work out. I bought them at the New Balance Factory Outlet in Skowhegan, ME.


One of the many definitions of insanity, is continuing to do the same thing over and over, without changing anything and then wonder why nothing changes.

I have gone through over 70 pair of running shoes since 2012 and during that time only 1 pair made it over 400 miles.

Something had to change.

A few weeks ago I had an epiphany about all the problems I have had with my right foot in running shoes, well all shoes. I thought that I might have finally figured out why how so many different brands, styles and models just have not worked for me. Continue reading

Weekly Update – 1-8-1

This afternoon, it was a bit chilly to do much outside, so I did a little project. Find all the running shoes that I have squirreled away in the house, garage and truck to see how many I have wandering around the house.


I came up with just a couple. 😉

Actually, I think a couple were missing, I can’t find my old Nike Air Flo (yes, the originals from the early 90’s) and I thought there were a couple more, but I must have already given them to Goodwill or hidden them so well I couldn’t find them.

There will be 3-4 more going out to the give-away pile, several more to the back of the garage, two pair for the truck and others waiting to get back in the rotation, when my current Puma fixation wanes.

This week I got my first 40 mile week in a long time and actually it matches the number of 40 mile weeks I had in all of 2016 – one. Hopefully, it is a good sign of things to come, but maintaining 40 mile weeks, with the weather and road conditions will be tough this winter I have a feeling. So I am not trying for a streak of everything over 40 miles, but it is where I would like to be most weeks.


Otherwise, I am feeling really good running, the only issue that I am having right now is when I try to run on the treadmill and where I rammed my right toes and foot into the hope chest a few weeks ago bothers a bit. It doesn’t bother nearly as badly when I am running outside, which means it has something to do with how I land (on the outside of my right forefoot), with certain running shoes on the treadmill.


I also tend to run a little faster on the treadmill than I do outside, so that might have something to do with it too.

One of the better weeks that I have in a while and I just hope that it continues.

Be smart, stay smart and avoid Harold being Harold screw-ups.


Puma Website Running Shoe Confusion/Differentiation????

Sometimes I just scratch my head, when it comes to how  some brands name and differentiate their performance running shoes on their websites.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time on the Puma website (I like how 3-4 of their models fit and feel so far) and while I have figured out some stuff I still gotta ask…

“Why are things so damn confusing?”

It is not the first brand’s website that I have felt this way on, it is only the latest.

It got so bad that I finally put Puma’s performance shoe lineup on their website, into a spreadsheet which helped me visualize what was going on. Continue reading

Week Peek Back – 12/4/16

December, the last month of 2016, can you believe it! This year has just flown by!!!


No snow yet, but it is coming and so is the cold weather. That is the one thing as I get older that I enjoy less and less every year – being cold sucks.

Yes, I will be doing a few end of year reflections and looking back at the shoes I have run in this year over the course of the next few weeks. But let’s take a look at what happened this past week.

I got a new pair of running shoes (what else is new), but my left knee has been bugging me when I have been wearing my primary daily trainers, so it was time to see if it was the shoes or my very over-active imagination.


Other than that things have been pretty quiet on the running front. Continue reading

Week of Running – 11/20/16

I have been talking about running a little more lately on my blog, but haven’t been talking about how my running is actually going.


The leg is getting closer.

A good thing and directly related to my running getting better.

So it is time to start doing a weekly  update on how things are going with my running, especially since I want to start base training next week.


Monday – 4.25/33:59: I didn’t feel like running outside even though it had been nice all day. I was tired from working and just did the treadmill at Planet Fitness. I started out slower and it ended up being a nice progression run going from 7.2 mph to 8.6 mph. So it ended up a little faster than a recovery run, but not too bad. Unfortunately, due to some calibration issues the Garmin only gave me credit for 4.0 miles, I used the treadmill’s 4.25 miles.

Tuesday – 4.01/37:18:  An easy run down-back with Bennie.


#1 – 4.04/33:18: An easy run down-back with Bennie. It was a good thing we like running in the rain, it was coming down pretty good. Nothing special about the run itself, no big intervals, no excitement from the drivers going by, just a nice run in the rain. Bennie was chilled after, so he got the blanket wrap treatment and was quite content.

#2 –  3.15/24:07: Started easy and progressed up the scale .25@7.2, .75@7.5, 1.0@7.6, .50@8.1, .25@8.6,.25@9.1. So a lot faster than I have been going lately and the leg didn’t bark hardly at all. It was a check to see if I would be running a Turkey Trot or not. As good as I did, the leg didn’t like the last mile as much as I wanted. So I made up my mind not to run a race until next year – now to just keep that promise.

Thursday – 4.0/36:47: The leg didn’t bother too much from Wednesday’s faster pace, but enough to know I had made the correct decision on racing this year. The weather was about perfect and Bennie even got in a couple of vehicle chases.

Friday – 5.0/41:44: A treadmill run that I should have done outside. It was too damn nice to run inside and I did anyway. I was in a hurry and wanted to keep a decent pace throughout the run. I felt good, the calibration seemed to work better on the front treadmills than the ones up back and I could tell they were a lot closer to the true pace. I did pick up the pace the last mile a bit, but didn’t try to kill myself.

Saturday – 4.01/36:27: I purposely kept it around a 9:00 minute pace after yesterday’s faster 5.0 miles.

Sunday – 5.03/45:28: I ran the Middle Road for the first time this year. It is a pretty tough loop with some good bumps to contend with. The wind and drizzle were a little bit of a pain, but running in shorts the Sunday before Thanksgiving wasn’t bad. I felt strong the entire way and could have run a lot further.

Running Shoes


My three shoe rotation is doing quite nicely.

The Inspire 11’s are still my go to shoes for running longer or easy runs. They are comfortable, I can run just about any run I do in them. I really wish that Mizuno had left them alone.

The Kazan’s do what I want when the weather is nasty or it gets wet and slimey down-back. They are not super technical trail shoes, but for what I got them for they work great. Road to trail and everything in between. Soon I will get to see how they do in snow.

I had three runs in the Adios Boost 3’s and to be honest I am really liking them so far. They have become my treadmill/faster pacing shoes and the biggest problem that I have had with them so far is that – I want to run faster than I should in them.

Although yesterday, I had to change out the laces, to LockLaces. I just couldn’t get the stock laces to feel comfortable on my feet – they were pressing too much against the top of my foot. Next week I will get a chance to see how they do with the new laces. Walking around in them, they felt a LOT better.

Thanksgiving is next week and I typically, have problems getting my runs in, because the schedule is screwy. So we will see if I get up to 30 miles this week or not. However, this week was a very, very good week, where I learned I still ain’t ready to race and that the AB3’s are a good running shoe for me so far.