August 2012 Recap

Some great news happened this month, but unfortunately, I can’t share it with you until September 17th. Needless to say I am very, very excited by this opportunity and can’t wait until I can tell you more about it!!!!

I have battled discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip pretty much all month and the last 4 days of the month decided to shut it down and not run at all. It is helping a lot and my body definitely needed the down time. I only ran 21 days this month, it is the fewest number of days run in a long time.

I did get to cross off one of my Bucket List items – Running in Central Park. I had fun and enjoyed the run there, but as much as I liked Central Park, I still wouldn’t want to live in NYC. I am just too much of a country boy :-).

Running In August 2012

Summary

  • August Total Miles Run: 161.7
  • Days Run: 21
  • Days Off: 10
  • Longest Run: 14.1 – 8/24/12
  • Fastest Run: 7:18  – 8/19/12 Colby Track 1.0 Mile run after 6.3 miles of Trail Running
  • Best Week:  52.2 week ending 8/26/12

Most notable run: 14.1 Miles in Central Park

Shoes Run In

  • Altra Instinct – I stopped running in the because it seemed as though my hamstrings and hip were just getting worse, instead of better. I really, really like the shoe, but I have to wonder if they are not the right shoe for the way that I run. I will try them again after I get completely healed up and see what happens.
  • Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 – I just not sure about these shoes, they do a lot of things well, but nothing exceptional. They are a good all-around shoe, that I can run well in. However,  even though my effort seemed about the same, my times on my long runs were several minutes slower than I have run earlier in the year.
  • Newton Gravity – Honestly I don’t know what to do about these shoes, I like them, but I lost confidence in them. When they continually cut into my ankle and I had to do surgery on the heel cup to make it so they didn’t hurt my foot, I haven’t had a lot of desire to run in them. They are a great shoe, with a lot of running left in them, I just need to get excited about the Gravity’s again.

Races Run

  • 8/9/12 – Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Series

Next Scheduled race is:  Bond Brook 5k Trail Race and maybe a couple of other races in the Augusta Area.

Weight

I ended July at 149 and today 8/31 the scales read 146 after my run – this may not sound like a lot, but the reality is that it is that 155 was MY GOAL WEIGHT, so it is a huge deal! I am under my goal weight and staying there. I really believe that the number of long runs and mileage that I am putting in is getting the weight down.

50 at least pounds lost since June 2012

Injuries

I have been fight discomfort that was getting worse in my hamstrings and right hip. I have taken more time off this month than I have in a long time to see if I can let these things heal, instead of becoming something more serious.  :-)

Run Blogging

Top Ten Blog Posts for March – based on page views

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  3. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  4. The New Nike+ Website is Up
  5. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  6. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  7. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  8. 6 Things I have Learned While Running
  9. 50 Mile Review of Altra Instincts

My personal favorite post this month was: Central Park Run-Crossed off Bucket List 8/24/12

Reviews

One of the things that I really like to do is to review new gear. Whether I buy something myself or provided a product to review, I enjoy trying it out and seeing if it works as advertised or not. But more importantly – whether I like it or not and why. Blogging about running related products makes me think differently about what I am using – which is a good thing.

I have done the following product reviews this month:

  • First Run in Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 – Personal Purchase
  • Buying Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 – Personal Purchase
  • Tread Lightly Book Review – Personal Purchase

I didn’t have many opportunities to review products this month, but that is okay, I enjoyed just focusing on my running and visiting my Grandchildren.

FTC Disclaimer – Unless indicated by {Personal Purchase} I was provided products from these companies free of charge, to review them on my blog. I received no monetary or other forms of compensation to do the review. My opinions about each product are my honest observations, based upon my experience while using the product.

Running Goals

A slight change to my goals – is to make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.

Good progress, while I worked hard at my running, I didn’t allow it to become work. I still look forward to my runs and don’t get too wound up about them if they are not what I am looking for that day :-)

This year my big goals are:

  1. Run 1,200 miles –I have 1264.3 miles for the year – I met this goal pretty easily and am going to try for 1800 before the end of the year.
  2. Run a sub 20:00 5K  – No changes here – This will be very tough to do, I did run a 22:06 without any real speed training, but this one is going to be a real tough nut to crack if I decide to run a marathon this fall.
  3. Get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others).  Just some aches and strains so far
  4. My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon. I am running 13 to 17 miles at least once a week, it isn’t really a question of whether I can finish a half marathon, but more what my time will be on the right course.
  5. Run a few trail races when the weather gets better – I have and will be doing the Bond Brook Recreation Area 5k Trail Race series.

My long-term goal is to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 MCM Marathon and to run/finish Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. This is one of the major goals that I have in mind for my running and it would be even more fantastic if I could qualify for Boston that same day. Therefore, I am doing a 2 year work-up to the Marathon distance, just to see if my knee will hold up.

The reality is that

August was a month that I have tried to recover from the mileage that I ran in June and July, along with the change to a zero-drop style shoe. When I put all of those things together, it seems that I started to have some problems with my hamstrings and right hip. I took off the last 4 days of August to try to let them rest a little and recuperate. It seems to have worked and I am chomping at the bit to try and run tomorrow to see how I do.

I have a feeling that I will probably try one of the other two running shoes that I identified back in February as the shoes I want to try – Mizuno Ronin or Brook Pure Flow. I imagine that I will go with the Ronin’s first and if they don’t work for me, go with the Brooks.

No Running is Driving Me Nuts

IMG_0188Today is the third day that I haven’t run and it is driving me freaking nuts!!!

It must have something to do with the upcoming full moon Disappointed smile.

I want to go out right now and to 5-6 so badly, you wouldn’t believe it!

There is no doubt in my mind that I can do it without any problems, other than a little discomfort and being careful of the coyotes that are slinking around the neighborhood lately.

I know that I am doing the right thing by taking this time off but…

What is really amazing to me is all the little aches and pains that I am starting to notice, that I didn’t before. These tell me, along with my hip and hamstrings that I definitely needed this down-time to do some serious recuperating.

Hopefully, 5 days is going to be enough time – it is going to have to be, because Sunday, I am going to run an easy, slow and form focused 3.0 mile run.

I was a good boy

No I didn’t run in tonight’s Bond Brook 5K Trail Race, even though most of the responses to my poll told me to run it-but not for time or go ahead – run it. I know myself too well and so does TheWife, we both agreed that I would still try to run too fast and probably aggravate whatever is going on in my hip and just waste the healing that has been happening the past 3 days.

Not Just Sitting on the Couch

However, just because I have been running doesn’t mean I have been sitting on the couch eating chips and drinking beers. No I have been walking several miles a day (it doesn’t bother anything), on both roads and trails.

Colby Lower Trail yesterday

Colby Lower Trail Stream 8-29-12

Colby Lower Trail Hill 8-29-12

Quarry Rd Recreation Area today

Harold and Bennie at Quarry Rd 8-30-12

doing stretches, band exercises and lifting weights.

Along with the usual yard work that has to get done.

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Still Losing

Strange as it may be, I have actually lost weight since I stopped running – I have gone from 150 to 145 in the last 3 days. I think adding in more fruits and stopping the after lunch chocolates are making a difference, along with the lower humidity.

Now if only I didn’t like the homemade Vanilla Coconut Cream Dream Cake that my stepdaughter made the other night, I would do really great! But it tastes darn good! Sorry I didn’t get any pictures before I finished tonight’s slab of cake Smile.

My Own Space

I did get some things done around the house, but the biggest thing that I glad that I did was getting my desk area setup. I have been doing a lot more work on the computer lately and desperately needed a space besides the table or my easy chair.

When both my wife and I were at home we had converted my old desk into a sewing center. Now that TheWife is going back to work and I will be working from home I set up my “office” again.

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I have a million dollar view of our backyard and as long as there isn’t too much wildlife to distract me, it will be great.

Critters in back yard

Squirrels on the feeder, turkeys wandering around and hummingbirds at their feeder, along with all the different birds makes for a few distractions from time to time.

While the desk is pretty small, it works for what I need it to do – write blog posts and do some vlogging. I know that I am glad that I the dual screen capability again, it just makes my life so much easier when using the computer.

Although I have been keeping myself very busy, it just isn’t the same as when I am running! While I know this rest break was/is necessary, but I will be damn glad when Sunday gets here and I go out for that easy 3.0 mile run Smile,

After all I am what I am – a Runnah!.

Is it Time to Recharge?

IMG_0150I was reading Jen’s – Running with the Girls – “Let’s Call It A Recharge Week, Shall We” blog post from Monday and it really struck a chord with me.

Her post really made me stop and think that I really need to take some time off from running.

Why: I have run more this year than I have since 1986 and I need some time to allow my body to heal and recharge – for the fall running season.

Symptoms

I have struggled with nagging discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip for almost a month, which are not enough to stop me from running, but at the same time don’t seem to be getting a lot better – while I keep running on them – especially my longer runs. I really don’t want this discomfort to turn into something more.

When I looked back through my running log I haven’t taken more than 2 days off in a row, since back in mid February, when a minor calf strain took me off the roads for 4 days.

After Monday’s long run, my legs just felt tired and during the run, I didn’t seem to have the same snap and go that I usually do.

Also my times on my long runs are slower now then they were earlier in the year, which to me is a sign of tired legs.

A lot like you

I know that a lot of runners are probably in the same boat and would probably say similar things about their running and their bodies now. However, most runners are getting ready for a fall marathon or other races that are important to you this fall.

Which makes us runners believe that we can’t take some down time to let the body heal right now. After all – we can’t afford to miss a week of running and still be ready for that important race – it would undermine our self-confidence – even though physically it might be the best thing for us.

This is the time of year that we tend to really not listen to our bodies and pay for it with even more down-time later.

The reality is that

I don’t have a major race planned beyond a half-marathon and I am very confident about my ability to finish one – How fast I can do one is more the question. My race isn’t until later in October, so other than some local 5K’s or a 10K, I really don’t have any racing planned for early this fall.

This time I believe that I will really listen to my body and do what it is trying to tell me.

Rest and Recharge

The Plan

The plan is to take Tuesday through Saturday off and run a little on Sunday – if I am pain-free, if not I may extend it until I am.

I am not worried about the lower weekly or monthly mileage that taking 3-5 days off will cause, because in the long run, this rest will allow my body to run better during the upcoming fall racing/running season – which is my favorite time to run!!!

Still it is hard not to run

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Yesterday and today are prime examples of this great weather that is coming: low 50’s, low humidity, and bright sunshine in the morning, which are making it tough not to run.

However, I am still walking, doing stuff around the house and not surprisingly the hamstrings and hip are feeling a lot better, just after this short amount of time, so I know that this is what the body is asking for.

I just have to keep smart and not suddenly put on my shoes and head out the door for one of those “spur of the moment” it is too nice not to run – runs.

Big Question

Here is my quandary though – I really, really want to run the Bond Brook 5K race on Thursday night, but also “know” that I need this down time to give my body a chance to heal and recover.

I just have to figure out if this low-key 5k race on trails is a good thing to do this week or something I need to skip again this week (I missed last week’s trail race due to my NYC trip preparations)? After all it is only 3.1 miles and there are only 2 more left in the series after this one.

The shorter runs have not really bothered me, so it wouldn’t bother me too much as far as healing – it would be more of a check to see how I am doing Winking smile.

Decisions, decisions

What would you do?

I welcome your suggestions and ideas on this one.

Long 13.1 Run Today 8-27-12

P8270043Today was a perfect day to run, well when I started it was any way Smile.

When I started my long run it was high 60’s, running into a light breeze and very low humidity.

Overall I was very happy with the run and my splits were:

  • Shepard Road – 8:12 – close to 1.0
  • Middle Road – 13:29 (5:17) – around 1.5
  • Civic Center Drive – 51:22 (37:53) – close to 6.0
  • Leighton Road – 59:16 (7:53) – around 7.0
  • Bond Brook Road – 1:09:28 (10:11) – over 8.0
  • Mt. Vernon Ave – 1:19:46 (10:18) – over 9.0
  • College Carryout – 1:24:24 (4:37) – just under 10.0
  • Rail Trail Mile Marker .25 – 1:35:25 (11:00) – around 11.1
  • Rail Trail Mile Marker 1.25 – 1:43:57 (8:32) – pretty close to 12.1
  • Finish back at Mile Marker .25 – 1:52:05 (8:07) – 13.1

I was a little slow coming off Middle Road, but traffic was pretty tough there and on Bond Brook Rod and I spent a lot of time on the shoulders or in the ditch, which slowed me down quite a bit.

Although I was very happy with my final mile of 8:07 for the last mile.

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I hate the blind curves on Bond Brook during that last 1/2 mile.

By the time I finished, it had gotten a lot hotter, the car thermometer read 84 when the wife picked me up, so it got pretty hot in a hurry, but still I am 4-5 minutes slower than I was a couple of months ago and I haven’t figured out why yet.

I have a couple of theories though:

  • My Sonics running shoes are a little heavier with a higher drop, than the Nike Free 4.0 v2 were. Maybe I was just a little more efficient in those shoes?
  • The times that I ran in the high 1:40’s earlier this year, the wind was at my back most of the way?
  • Maybe my legs are tired – they have been injured a little during the past month and that might have taken some of the snap out of them.?

Who knows maybe on my next long run I will try my old Nike Free’s and see if they do make a difference in my times. If they do, it will give me some answers and make me think about what I am doing shoe-wise.

Although my current Sonics provide more cushioning and I don’t feel as beat up after a run, they just don’t seem as fast as other shoes that I have run in this year. I guess I have to make a choice between running faster or running with less pain. I think I will go with the less pain and save the hurting for races, not training runs.

RunLog 8-27-12

Saturday Was a Whirlwind Day!!!

P8250031I started to write this post on Saturday night, but by the time I got back to the hotel after 9:00 P.M. (the day started before 8:00 A.M.), I was pretty well exhausted.

All I did was open my email and then shut off the computer. Heck I couldn’t even stay awake long enough to watch the Red Sox game, which I really wanted to watch.

I am finally getting back to finishing this post a couple of days later. It seems as though I have just been on screech, since last Tuesday and it is going to be more of the same for a while!!!

To be honest I felt more tired Saturday night, than when I ran 14 miles in Central Park on Friday night, after flying down from Maine. It has been a long since I have had to be “on” like this and it was tiring.

I know – I must be getting old! Those days of being able to work all day, party until 4:00 A.M., hit the sack for a couple of hours and go to work at 7:00A.M. are over.

Oh well, I left life in the fast lane a long time ago Smile.

What a whirlwind day!

All I can say is that last Saturday was an absolute whirlwind day. I was in New York City working on project that I can’t really talk about just yet, but I believe it will be pretty amazing and begins on September 17th. I know that I am very excited about it and I see so many great things that can come out of it.

Great People

The biggest thing I did that day, was meet some really fantastic people, who are really invested in seeing this project being very successful and they worked hard to make a country boy from Maine, feel as comfortable as possible in New York City.

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I just am not crazy about big cities with lots of people around and all the traffic, but you know something, I had a great time while I was there. However, I definitely suffered from sticker shock!!! Everything was so damn expensive down there.

I also got to meet all the other people on the team, that I will be working with and was very impressed with them and the strengths they bring to the table. I foresee a lot of good, no great things coming from this team.

Comfort Zone

I also did things that I have never done before and were way outside of my comfort zone (but in a great way).

One of the things was to be filmed professionally. I am very proud to say that I didn’t step all over my tongue or freeze up when the bright lights were on me. I am not all that comfortable with being in front of a camera, especially when there are others around “watching” to see how well I would do.

So this was WAY out of my comfort zone, but you know something it wasn’t that bad, once I got by the initial “shock” of what I was doing.

The best part – The camera didn’t break when they turned it on me Winking smile and no I didn’t break a leg either.

The reality is that

I had fun in New York City, learned a lot and met so many GREAT people this weekend. I came away with a smile on my face and a sense of confidence about this upcoming project and myself as a blogger, that wasn’t there before.

Stay tuned for September 17th, when I can tell you more about this project and what it means to me Smile.

Week In Review 8-26-12

What a fantastic week!

I ran in Central Park and crossed it off my Bucket List.

I got to meet a lot of great people while I was in New York City for the weekend and have such a fantastic opportunity that I will talk a lot more about on September 17th.

As much as I whined and moaned about missing Maine, while I was in NYC, I did have a lot of fun and learned so much. Very glad that I got to go.

After the flight back to Maine, we walked around one of my favorite places to run – Back Bay in Portland, Maine

When I got home, I started to watch the Red Sox and promptly fell asleep. Not because the game was boring, but because I was exhausted.

It was a long weekend and while it was a great one, it took me way out of my comfort zone.  I know that when I do something new, have to operate at a high level or go someplace I haven’t been before, that after it is over – I am done.  Getting out of our comfort zones are something we really need to do and unless something happens to make us push the envelope, we typically just go down that comfortable path.

I needed that power nap to recharge my batteries – especially the mental ones.

After I woke up – almost an hour later, I decided to run 4.0 miles, just to get rid of the cobwebs and get the body moving. The run was slow and easy, which I needed, I felt pretty darn good, but just didn’t have a lot energy or focus. I was still thinking about all the stuff I have to over the next few weeks :-).

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 8/26/12

This week in two words: Comfort Zone

Top 10 Posts

Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on page views:

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  3. 6 Things I have Learned While Running
  4. The New Nike+ Website is Up
  5. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  6. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  7. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  8. Central Park Run-Crossed off Bucket List 8/24/12
  9. New Clothes and a Huge Surprise
  10. Tommie Copper – Is Working

Weight

I bounced between 148 and 150, which is great, since my goal weight for the year was 155!  Even going down to New York City and eating differently than usual, I stayed under 150, so that was pretty good.

Injuries

No real injuries, but I have experienced a lot of discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip. They are starting to feel a lot better and I am running a lot more comfortably this weekend compared to last weekend. I did use a rolling-pin on my hip and while it was painful as hell, but after I got done, my hip did feel better and today I ran a lot easier than I have in a couple of weeks.

Running Shoes

Adidas Adizero Sonic 3

The Sonic 3 are doing a great job, I took them on trails, dirt roads, roads and 2 long runs and didn’t have any issues with my feet or the shoes. They simply have done everything I have asked of them. I have 87.1 miles on them now and because of all of the stuff going on last week, I didn’t get a chance to do my usual 50 mile review and will do the review at 100 miles.

Altra Instinct

In the closet for a couple of weeks, until my hamstrings and hips are completely feeling better and then I will run my shorter runs in them, to see if the problems I encountered were caused by the zero drop or if it was something else. I do like the shoe and miss running in them and am looking forward to getting them back out of the closet.

Adidas Vigor TR

No runs in them this week.

Newton Gravity

No runs in them this week.

Running Goals

I reviewed my 2012 running goals 2012 Mid-Year Goal Review and Update and updated them.

The reality is that

my hamstrings and hip are getting better and I am starting to run a lot more comfortably. I still notice them a little when I am going at a faster pace, but it is not at the level it was a couple of weeks ago or even early last week.

Central Park Run-Crossed off Bucket List 8/24/12

Central Park Map 8-24-12Well I made it to New York City this afternoon.

To be honest NYC is not my cup of tea – too many people and too much traffic! I already miss Maine and I only left it at noon Smile.

However, I did get to cross off running in Central Park off my Running Bucket List!

I did the first lap around the park fairly easy probably around a 9:00 minute pace and then on the second lap, when I got to the reservoir, I did a lap around that, just to say I did it and then went back to the loop.

It was still pretty warm and humid – being 83 degrees at 6:40 when I was just about done running.

There were so many runners it was almost as though I was running in a never-ending road race, I got passed a lot, but I also passed a lot of runners, so I didn’t feel too bad. However, there was almost always someone else to set your sights on to try to keep up with or pass.

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I did have to laugh though – I started to go by this female runner in an orange shirt and blue shorts who was wearing a pair of Nikes, at around mile 10 and for the next 3.0 miles we didn’t let the other go, when she sped up, I would speed up and when I sped up she sped up. I think we got a little competitive or she just didn’t like the idea of some old gray-haired guy in orange Adidas going by her Winking smile.

Running this fast after that many miles was something that I wasn’t planning on, but I felt pretty good, but I was also starting to get a little tired and I thought about letting her go, when I saw the sign for 7th Avenue coming up (my turn to go back to the hotel), so I picked up to around a 7:00 minute pace (I still remember what they are like) until I turned off for 7th Ave, she kept up, but was starting to breath a lot harder, but so was I.

I gave a little wave and said thank you and she smiled and gave a little wave back.

That was a lot of fun though – my race for the week.

I could enjoy running in Central Park, but the rest of living in New York, just doesn’t appeal to me and I miss being home in Maine already. Oh I said that already didn’t I – can’t guess that I am a country boy at heart – city life isn’t for me.

The Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 did everything that I could have asked of them on this run. No problems with my feet at all and they felt great while running in them.

But it was cool to cross something off the Bucket List this year.

How many things have you crossed off your running bucket list this year?

Do you like living in a major metropolitan area, something a little smaller or do you prefer a more rural setting like I do?

New Clothes and a Huge Surprise

IMG_0116Yesterday, I HAD to go clothes shopping!

I had more than a couple of shocks before I came out of the store.

For the past year I have been wearing mostly my running, workout clothes, or old stuff that I use to do yard maintenance, cut wood, etc. So I really haven’t paid all that much attention to style, fit or how things look on me all that much.

I was going to New York City for the weekend and needed to look presentable – in other words I needed to clean up my appearance a little.

Background

A little background – I have lost around 50 pounds over past year and at least 8 inches off my waist

Old Clothes Didn’t Cut It

I hadn’t really thought about my clothes, after all I had been a teacher and wore a tie every day, so I figured that what I had would be find in the closet would be fine for my trip to New York this weekend.

So those 36 & 38 inch waist pants and the medium, large and extra large shirts looked pretty darn baggy when I put them on. I knew that I had lost a lot of weight and inches, but it really doesn’t hit you as far as how much until you put on the clothes that you used to wear to work and haven’t for a year.

TheWife looked at my wardrobe and told me in no uncertain terms (that way that only a loving wife can) that what was in the closet, looked pretty damn shabby on me now. When I looked in the mirror I had to agree with her and we both had a good laugh.

However, this meant I needed to update my wardrobe and me for this weekend. So we went off to Waterville to get a haircut (I didn’t really think that gray curls for a guy are in style – even in NYC) and a few new pieces of clothing.

The haircut was easy, high and fairly tight – that old military look that I like so well, some things just don’t change Smile.

Clothes, I let TheWife guide me on that, I tend to like oranges, yellows, you know those bright colors that you really don’t wear to a professional style meet and greet. She did a great job of helping me pick out great looking clothes (at least they look good to me) and they actually fit.

The biggest surprises were that:

  • My pant are now a 30 waist – I have not worn that size since high school. The smallest I have been had been 32 waist back in the mid 80’s. Needless to say I was very surprised, especially since when I did get a new pair of jeans a couple of months ago they were 32’s and the 30’s still had a bad muffin top.
  • Shirts – I am either a small or small medium and the best part was that they didn’t look like they were sprayed on, they fit comfortably.
  • The one thing that I forgot to get was a new belt, all of my belts are way too big, but I will make due with what I have, I just had to make a few more holes in the belt.

The reality is that

I am very happy with the progress I have made in my efforts to loose weight and inches, but was totally blown away with how the size of my clothes are now Smile.

Have you lost a lot of weight and then had to go out and buy new clothes and be totally blown away with the sizes that you now have to wear?

6 Miler and Running Form 8/23/12

IMG_0106Another beautiful day in Central Maine, with all of the stuff that I had to get done today, I didn’t get to run until late afternoon.

It was in the mid 80’s, bright sunshine and low humidity – in other words a top 10 day, but a tad warm for running.

Unfortunately, with everything going on, I decided to not go to the Bond Brook 5K trail race tonight. Racing tonight would just have been too much.

I am one of those guys who is not real crazy about traveling and try to get things setup as much as possible the night before.

Due to trip and everything it means, I just didn’t have any focus for the run. I was just thinking too much about my trip to NYC this weekend, all of the stuff that I have to get done before I leave and different stuff I have and want to do once I get there.

At some points I was running good and then when I stopped thinking about what I was doing, I slowed down – a lot.

My splits were:

  • Shepard Rd – 7:49
  • About 2.0 – 16:42 (8:52)
  • Town Office – 27:05 (10:22)
  • Mile 4.0 – 34:19 (7:14)
  • Mile 5.0 – 43:40 (9:20)
  • Last Mile – 52:22 (8:41)

Even though my mind wasn’t on the run, I still got in 6.0 miles and afterwards,

After the run I decided to video my running style, with the new video setup I just got and boy when you can see the video, it is so much easier to figure out what you are doing wrong.

The video definitely shows that my left foot points out pretty significantly when I am running slower and my ankle caves in (over pronates).  Guess I have to work on straightening out my foot plant. Even with all of the other videos I have shot, they just were not clear enough to let me see exactly what I was doing.

RunLog 8-23-12

Surprise 9 Miler 8/22/12

P8220003What a gorgeous day! By the time I got to run it is was in the low 80’s, with bright sun, low humidity and a 5-10 mph breeze. Definitely a top 10 day!

So how as the run, a nice and steady run that I didn’t push overly hard hard and just felt good.

My splits were:

  • Notta Road (about 2.5) – 22:28
  • Goodhue Road (about 3.3) – 30:24 (7:56)
  • Pond Road –38:00 (7:36)
  • Tiffany Road – 1:08:03 (30:02)
  • Mile 8.0 – 1:11:54 (3:51)
  • End – 1:22:19 (10:24) Felt slow and was slow

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I kept forgetting to press the watch button on the different splits that I usually do on this course. I was pre-occupied with some GREAT news that I got this week and was trying to answer my “homework” in my head, so I wasn’t really focused on this run and was doing too much “wool gathering” to get a really great run in.

Oh yeah, this was supposed to only be a 5.0 miler and I was feeling that I had a lot of nervous energy and stress to burn off, but had too much on my mind to run fast, so that is why I ran longer Smile.

I will be writing more about this later on (when I can), but it is very good news. It has been a tough couple of weeks waiting to find out the final answer.

RunLog 8-22-12