Treadmill Half Marathon Run Sucked – 1-31-13

Harold on the Bosu Ball

Today was the last day of the month and the last day of the #ChillyChallenge and I am a member of team Escapades.

So I wanted to do as much as I could to help the team’s total, plus I haven’t run my monthly half-marathon for a while.

Running 13.1 miles on the treadmill today was my Personal Distance Record for the treadmill. I also found out that after 10.0 miles treadmills really suck for me.

Now I didn’t run this one to see how fast I could run the distance, starting out at 7.2 mph for the first hour and 7.3 for the rest of the run, finishing in 1:48:34.

Could I have run faster, no problem, but I just wanted a comfortable run today.

Treadmill 1-31-13

Getting to 10.0 miles was pretty easy, I just had to keep doing it, however, once I got there, the run just started to really suck! It got BORING, I was ready to be done and I had to use the bathroom. All of which made me want to stop the misery, but I kept going and made it.

Atra Instinct 1.0 and Swiftwick Vibes

Also I ran in my Altra Instinct 1.0’s and didn’t have any issues, in fact at the end my calf felt a lot better, that little knot was gone when I finished and feels fine now. In the past when I do this kind of distance, my knees or hip bother a little, today I felt fine, even my hamstrings didn’t bother. However, I did really focus on a midfoot landing with my knees slightly bent, with a higher cadence. It seems like the Altra’s change my stride just enough now to help me run with better form.

Garmin 1-31-13

Shoes: Altra Instinct 1.0

Socks: Swiftwick Vibe

Top: Black Nike Tech s/s shirt

Bottom: Eastbay Blue/Yellow running short. Yes I forgot my compression shorts and had to use Body Glide – worked great, no chafing issues, might run more often without compression shorts in future.

RunLog Screenshot:

RunLog 1-31-13

Weights: Abductor 30 x 125, Adductor 30 x 125,  Hamstring Machine 10 x 50 x 3, Foam Roller – Yes

Foggy Run = Safer on Treadmill 1-30-13

Foggy 1-30-13

I had to take TheWife’s car to the shop so this morning Bennie and I walked back (yes it was a bit slippery down-back), which meant this afternoon, I had to run there to get it.

Usually, this isn’t really a big deal it is only about 2.5 miles away, but today was a strange day, it was raining, foggy and a little icy earlier, which meant that this run was a little trickier.

The fog was horrible, it got worse the further down the hill I went and because of the freezing rain earlier, the sides of the road were tricky at best. Any snow had a layer of ice on it, which meant that I couldn’t just jump off to the side of the road to avoid oncoming traffic quickly or easily.

About 1.5 miles into the run a car without its lights on appeared suddenly out of the fog, going way too fast for the conditions, with a car coming from the other direction. I had to quickly jump into the ditch, slipped and almost fell. Luckily I was able to get off the road quickly enough to avoid getting hit and didn’t fall and hurt myself.

That one scared me.

I had planned to do a little longer run, but after that I just hustled over to M&A to get off the roads and got TheWife’s car.

I didn’t feel like I was anywhere near done, but in this fog I wasn’t going to run on the roads and take more chances. So I decided to go to the gym and finish my run on the treadmill. Yes I had scheduled 3.0 today, but I felt like I needed more, so I started out with the idea of doing 5.0 and ended up doing 6.0 on the ‘mill.

Here is the treadmill workout that I did:

  • 1.0 mile @ 7.5 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.6 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.7 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.8 mph – all with 1.0% incline
  • 1.0 mile @ 8.0 mph
  • 1.0 mile ladder going from 8.1 mph to 9.0 mph

Total of 6.0 miles in 46:00 minutes

  • Shoes: Altra Instinct 1.5 for the 2.52 mile run outside and they felt great!
  • The one thing that the gym is pretty adamant about is not wearing street shoes, so I wore my Altra Instinct 1.0’s. Which in reality was a good choice, they felt comfortable and I was able to do a nice paced workout in them for my first run in them since November.

I really wish that I had continued to run in my Altra’s, I can tell that my form is better and my knees are not aching like they were starting to do.

Socks: Swiftwick Gray Pursuits

Top: Yellow sleeveless tech shirt

Bottom: Black Nike Pro Combat Compression shorts, Nike running shorts with orange/red piping.

Outerwear: Blue New Balance Running jacket for outside run, HiVis Converta Gloves, HiVis Brooks ballcap

RunLog Screenshot:

Screenshot 2013-01-30 at 17.15.39

Supper

Supper 1-30-13

Lunch

Lunch 1-30-13

Breakfast: Black Coffee, 1/3 Cup Oatmeal, 1/3 Cup Blueberries, Flax Seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, medium banana

Vitamins: Simply Right Mature Men MultiVitamin, Simply Right Glucosamine HCI 300 mg, Swanson High potency Dry Vitamin D-3 – 1,000 iu, Swanson Turmeric 720 mg, Swanson Bee Propolis 550 mg

You Must Be Crazy – A Chromebook!

Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook

Right before Thanksgiving I went and did something crazy – even for me.

No it didn’t have a lot to do with running or healthy-living, well not really, but maybe a little bit of my mental health. What I did really impacted how I blog about those things and participate in my social media communities.

HMMMMMM – What in the world are you talking (exasperated voice)!

If you look at my “quick about me” in the sidebar, I say that I “use technology to complicate my life”.

Isn’t that the truth sometimes! I honestly believe that this is true for many of us, while we love our technology and how it can connect us to others or seemingly make some things easier, technology sure as hell doesn’t simplify our lives.

I have found that technology does not always make life easier or less complicated, in fact it usually does just the opposite for me and I have been purposely looking way to simplify and uncomplicate my life whenever possible.

That is when I chose to buy a Chromebook rather than yet another Windows or Mac computer.

Huh! What is a Chromebook?

A: It is a computer that uses Google’s Chrome Operating System.

What does it do?

A: It is a modern computer, but it does not have native apps and relies more on the web apps in “THE CLOUD” (in a deeply ominous voice), but does have enough off-line capabilities to get through the times when you are not connected to “THE CLOUD”.

Primary Computer

Actually my Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook has become my primary computer and does about 95% of what I want to do on a computer. When I have to go back and use my 4 year-old MacBookPro or my Windows 7 PC, it is painful for me to do so.

They both just seem so slow, big and gommy to me now. They have become niche machines that I use when I have to, not because I want to. Playing a game like NeverWinter Nights II or screwing around with iTunes on my iPhone 4S, to manage my music is about the only times I turn on my Mac. The PC is even less – it is my wife’s and I do the maintenance on it, which reminds me of why I love my Chromebook so much each time I have to do that.

Now wait minute Harold, you have both a Mac (which is running Mountain Lion – the latest and greatest OS from Apple) and a PC (running Windows 7) and you don’t use them unless you have to?

That’s right and as my Chromebook continues to improve, I plan to use them even less! The less than 10 second to get to the log in screen, almost instant on when you open the cover, not worrying about security or updates as much have really sold me on this laptop.

Along with the fact that I have done 100% of my work (not the nice to do or have stuff), on my Chromebook for the past 6 weeks, tells me it does what I need for a computer to do.

Not for Everyone

Now a Chromebook is not for everyone and it does require a bit of a change in your mindset about how you do things with it, but once you get beyond the initial resistance to change (at least for me), things begin to happen. It opens a lot of different ways to get things done and not break the freaking bank every time you want to try something new or different.

Honestly, the Chromebook sucks when it comes to dedicated printing to non-Google Cloud Print ready printers, it works, but not easily (another reason in my mind to go more paperless), some versions don’t play Netflix well or at all (my 550 does just fine) and some other things that are a pain in the butt.

Google Play and a Chromebook don’t play well together (especially the uploading/downloading of your music – which sucks) and you can only get Chromebook Apps from the Chrome Web Store (but both Apple and Microsoft are heading in that direction too)

No you cannot load your familiar local programs like: Microsoft Office, Apple’s iWork or anything that uses Java, in other words executable files that are stored on your laptop – they don’t work.

Mindset Shift

That is where the mindset shift comes into play, you have to do almost everything via “THE CLOUD”. Also most of your files are stored there – via Google’s Drive, but you can use SkyDrive, Dropbox or other cloud storage services, but they don’t integrate and sync as easily or as well.

“THE CLOUD” is a scary place for many and they don’t trust it, however, within 5 years, I have a feeling that is where most of our stuff will be regardless of what you want. Software As A Service will be the norm and you will have less control of what is happening on your computer no matter who makes it. So unless you are going to maintain your stuff on an old off-line standalone computer, you need to get used to “CLOUD COMPUTING”.

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No I am not some young wiz-kid who thinks he has the world by the ass, I am an old fart who is moving along with the times and seeing the writing on the wall. The change is coming, you can fight it kicking and screaming or just use it to your advantage, either way it is coming.

The reality is that

my Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook laptop computer has just become my computer, it is nothing special or different for me to use it now. I open up the top, the screen pops up and I start to work.

The hardest thing that I had to figure out was which web applications to use that met my needs, instead what software I had that I needed to use. That is a big change of perspective and if you can’t figure what I mean by that, then you will not like a Chromebook.

If you are looking for something different from a Mac or Windows laptop, the Chromebooks are worth a look. However, I am telling you to do your own research to make sure that the Chromebook meets your needs and how you use a computer – they are not the right for everyone, even if you can buy one for $199 to $249.

The biggest compliment that I can give my Chromebook is that I just use it.

Yes I just drafted this post in Google Drive’s Docs, cut and pasted it to WordPress.org’s blogwriter, took photos of my Chromebook with my HTC Incredible 2 Android smart phone, uploaded them directly from my phone to this post and published it to the web – All using my Chromebook.

Yes I can do this with other computers, but I prefer to do it with my Chromebook – thank you!

Form Work on Today’s 5.0 miler 1-28-13

Stevens Hill 1-29-13

No running jacket, no heavy winter hat, no heavy gloves/mittens, today was the best day to run outside in a while. It was 34ºF which is still chilly, but a heat wave compared to frigid weather that we have had for the past couple of weeks.

It was nice to just have a couple of layers for a top and my lighter winter gear.

Also it was my second day back in my Altra Instincts 1.5’s. I have a small spot on my left calf that is tight, but otherwise no issues from me being well – me, yesterday, when I ran 10.0 miles in them. Which is against everything I know and definitely not how Altra recommends you transition to their shoes.

So what did I do as a second run – an easy 5.0 miler on a hilly and white ice-covered dirt road (for the last 1.5 miles). I focused on running lightly with more of a forefoot landing. Felt good the entire way.

Something strange happened to my GPS watch, I went through 2.0 miles and it only showed 1.07 miles. So I must have lost satellites for a while when I started. I went with the distance for a previous Middle Road Loop distance GPS total – 5.02.

I do know that the white ice down-back made me focus on picking up my foot, instead of pushing off with my toes. Every time I did the push-off I was sliding all over the place, when I lifted my foot, I was actually able to go along at a decent pace for the conditions – good training area to work on my form.

Also the Instinct’s are not all that great in snow, the bottom is a little too smooth. Definitely need the Superiors or to wear my M/T’s

Shoes: Altra Instinct 1.5

Socks: Swiftwick Black Aspire 12’s. I used them because of the slight tightness in my left calf, but that didn’t bother me at all during the run.

Top: Nike Orange Merino L/S shirt, HInd L/S blue tech shirt

Bottom: Black Nike Windpants

Outerwear: HiVis Converta Gloves, HiVis Brooks Baseball cap

RunLog Screenshot:

RunLog 1-28-13

A Veteran Runnah – Has it Been a Year?

Photo by  Don Penta

Wow! I have been so busy that I missed A Veteran Runnah’s one year blogoversary  on January 23rd.

That’s right this version of my blog – A Veteran Runnah has only been around for a year as a WordPress.com blog (my first post here) and a only a couple of months before that as a Blogger blog starting on December 6, 2011.

Even though I started on Blogger, I really consider January 23rd, when I moved over to WordPress.com as the actual beginning of my journey on “A Veteran Runnah”.

I am not going to re-hash all the events of the past year, if you want to read about them you can do that in my 2012 Reflection post. However, to say it has been an exciting year would be an understatement and much of it was because of this blog.

Yes this little blog has made a huge difference in my life.

When look back at my “Welcome to a Veteran Runnah” post that I updated that day, I smile – a lot.

What can you expect from Veteran Runnah?

I had arthroscopic knee surgery in May (2011) and I am returning to running after being away since February 2010, even then I considered myself a runner – I kept trying to run and see how far the knee would let me go – (shhhh don’t tell the TheWife what I was doing when I was walking the dog) it turned out that I was not able to run very far, until just recently.

So I will writing about:

  • how I am doing coming back to running
  • what I learn along the way.
  • Before I was injured I had just started doing a lot of local trail running and was loving it and as the knee gets better, I plan to make trail running a regular part of my running routine.
  • I don’t like to lift weights, but as my former trainer at the gym used to say, you gotta do’em and not just do cardio. I know that and I do know that lifting weights does help and I am doing some – not as much as I should, but more than I used to.
  • Reflections on different parts of my running career, both the highlights and the lowlights.
  • Reviews on different shoes, clothing, techie stuff and other gear that I use when I am running.
  • I also plan to use “A Veteran Runnah” as my off-beat way of keeping my running log and a way to keep me honest about whether I am running or not. I am not as into numbers, totals or time like I used to be and a blog as my running log has a certain amount of appeal to me. Also if I do my log open to the public, you will hold me more accountable.

Finally, I run year round, which isn’t always easy up heah in Maine, this year I don’t have access to a treadmill (I retired and didn’t renew my gym membership) and plan to run outside, so that should make my return to running even more shall we say even more “interesting”.

Running is something I do and even though I no longer am a competitive runner. I love to run and when I am not running consistently there is a huge void in my life. Who knows maybe over the next couple of years, I might even enter a few races and see how I do.

I am not bragging or boasting when I say that I have come a long ways in my journey back to being a runnah:

  • Over the past year I have learned a lot and shared most of it here.
  • Ran more miles than I ever thought I would or could.
  • I still HATE lifting weights, but I do it more than I did.
  • I have reviewed lots of different running shoes and equipment (learning what I like and don’t like).
  • I did re-join the gym and am using the treadmill this winter.
  • I ran in many more races than I expected that I since I wrote that post.

Looking back on what I waned to write about when I first created A Veteran Runnah  –  I think that I have stayed pretty much on course. What do you think?

Is there anything you would like me to write about or focus on differently, as we go forward together with A Veteran Runnah?  I value your opinions and insights regarding what you want to see here on what has become our blog.

10.0 Good Miles in my Altra Instinct 1.5’s

Altra Instinct 1.5

My knees are starting to get that regrettable ache, that tells me it is time to think about replacing my primary running shoes.

Fortunately, I have a pair of almost new Altra Instinct 1.5’s in storage, that were just begging for me to run in them again.

Hamstrings

Back in November when I put the Instinct’s in storage, I didn’t know if they were or were not the cause for my hamstring woes. I wanted to let my hamstrings heal completely before I started to run in the Instinct’s again.

Unfortunately, I have found out that my hamstrings are a weak link and until I really work on strengthening them, they will continue as an issue for me. However, since I haven’t been wearing the Altra Instinct 1.5 or 1.0’s for a couple of months, I do know that the Altra Zero Drop shoes are not the reason for my hamstring problems. What a relief it is.

Photo by David Colby-Young

The Biggest Reason

However, the biggest reason that I am going back to my Altra Instincts 1.5’s as my primary running shoe is that, my form has deteriorated badly!

I have reverted to being an inverted “V ” runner again.

During the 34th Annual January Thaw Road Race yesterday my feet were slapping the ground far too much and when I looked at the race photos and video that David Colby-Young took, I was over-striding and landing on my heels – not good.

The bottom-line is that I have gotten lazy with my form and I need to get back to basics and running in the Altra Instincts will help me do that.

Today’s Run

What I did today, I Do NOT recommend that anyone else do and I have a feeling when Jeremy at @AltraZeroDrop reads this he will just shake his head say that is just Harold being Harold.

8.0 Mile Treadmill Run

Treadmill 2.0 Miles 1-28-13

I did a total of 10.0 miles on the treadmill this morning for my first run in my Altra Instinct 1.5’s since November.

I had planned on doing only 3.0 this morning, but I felt good and kept going and going and going. The only problem was my right sock, just felt like I had pulled it on too tight and I had to stop at 8.0 miles and take the shoe off and fix the sock. Then I ran 2.0 more miles to give me the 10.0 miles at close to an 8:00 minute pace.

I know you are not supposed to run 10.0 miles for a first run in zero drop shoes and need to transition a lot more slowly to the Altra Shoes.

Today I just ran and felt pretty good the whole time. After the run, I did a hard lower body workout and felt really good doing that. Sitting here writing this post, my legs feel tired, just like they should after running 10.0 miles but they are not sore (no not even the calves). Will I pay tomorrow, for some reason, I don’t think so.

Before the Run

Before running this morning I reviewed this video that I took at the #RWHalf of Golden Harper talking about proper running form to get my mind back on what I need to do with my improving my form.

Golden Harper on Running Form – link to the YouTube video

While I was running I really focused on landing less on my heels, more towards the forefoot, with a shorter stride length and quicker turnover. At first the Altra Instinct’s felt a lot different from the shoes I have been running in, but by the time I got to the half mile point, I was running comfortably. It was almost as though my body had decided this is what it needed now. I didn’t have any issues other than the one with the sock and I definitely felt good running – best of all, no achiness in my knees.

The reality is that

I like how Altra ZeroDrop views and interacts with the running community both online and in person, along with their commitment to their customers. However, it seemed that I had more hamstring issues when I was running in this style of running shoes, so I put them in the closet for a couple of months, to see if they were the problem or if it was me. I found out it was a “me” problem, not a shoe style issue!

Even though I was not wearing AltraZeroDrop shoes, I continued to keep in contact with their staff on Facebook and Twitter. To be blunt I like the Altra Staff that I met down at the Runner’s World Half Festival last October and felt a real connection with some of them. They impressed me down there and since, with their presence on social media, with their dedication to running and truly wanting to help runners improve.

This commitment of the staff at Altra to go beyond just selling shoes, goes along with my philosophy of “doing the right thing for the right reasons”, which in turn makes me want to use their products, whenever I can.

No I am not an ambassador for Altra and am not affiliated with their company in any way. Disclosure: I did receive the Altra Instinct 1.5’s  that I ran in today as part of my blogger swag bag at the Runner’s World Half Festival – like the other 26 FitFluential Ambassadors who were there did.

Treadmill 1-28-13

I purchased and ran in the Alta Instinct 1.0 (my 50 mile review) long before I got any swag at Runner’s World and have been talking with @AltraZeroDrop since at least last February, so I have been watching AltraZeroDrop develop and how they respond and interact on Twitter and Facebook over the past year and have been impressed.

The people at Altra and premise behind their Zero Drop shoes are the reasons that I want to run in AltraZeroDrop running shoes and want it to work so much that I keep coming back to their shoes. I hope that all of my runs are as good as today’s 10.0 miler!

Now to look at their new shoe lineup for 2013 and I eventually buy a pair of Superiors – I liked them a lot when I saw them at #RWHalf, but just couldn’t get the fit right in the short amount of time that we had to try things on. 🙂

Week In Review – 1/27/13

I just wanted to show you the difference between how I looked at last year’s January Thaw and this year’s race – 20 pounds lighter :-). Last year I ran the race in a flat 40:00 minutes today I took 7:21 off that time, so it was a very good day!

January Thaw My Pic After2

2012 January Thaw Picture

This week has been a very good week! I had my first week over 40 miles for the year and my first race since going to Runner’s World back in October. I felt good all week, but my hamstrings are still not quite right, which continues to concern me. I have to keep stretching and get back to using weights to strengthen them, I slacked off and I can feel the difference.

Also I have a photo from my race that shows me running with a perfect upside down V, which means that my form has deteriorated back to where I was before I started working on it over a year ago.

Photo by David Colby-Young

Seeing this photo, makes me realize that I need to get back to working on my form and get rid of the over-striding that I am doing. I have a feeling that some of my hamstring issues will also go away. During the race, I noticed that my feet were slapping the ground and making a lot more noise than I did back in October, so I need to work on running quietly, which also means that my form is better.

I wonder if running on the treadmill is helping to deteriorate my running form? It is something that I have to think about and look at more closely.

Week in Review

RunLog 1-27-13

This week in a word: Treadmill

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. Flu Relapse Sucks – 1-8-13
  3. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  4. Frigid Weather Running Advice
  5. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  6. Blogger Experiment is Over
  7. Initial Review & Run in Adidas Vigor TR
  8. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  9. Too Cold For Me to Run Outside 1-24-13
  10. 50 Mile Review of Altra Instincts

My Favorite post this week:

Adidas Marathon Trainer (Reproduction) Initial Review

These are not all of my posts, just a sampling.

Weight

I hit the upper end of my self-imposed weight standard 150 and blame it on poor eating and frigid temps outside, but I control what stuff down the old pie hole, so now I have to really start paying attention to what I am eating.

Injuries

My hamstrings are still there and bother me a little, but I don’t notice them so much when I am running, but I have to start using weights again, which seemed to really help a lot. Also I have a feeling that I am trying to run too fast too often.

Running Shoes

Mizuno Elixir 7 277.23 Miles. Great pair of shoes! Coming up on 300 miles and they show very little wear and tear. I am starting to notice my knees aching a little more than in the past and when that starts to happen, I need to start looking at either my form or the shoes. Right now I have a feeling that I am starting to overstride again. Received free from Mizuno as part of the Mesamashii Project.

Mizuno Ronin 159.95 Miles. These are my racing and treadmill running shoes. I am running very well in them. Personal Purchase.

Adidas Vigor TR  56.72 No runs in them this week. Personal Purchase.

Adidas Marathon Trainer (Reproduction) 3.03 – These are reproductions of the original Adidas Marathon Trainer II’s. So far I have liked the shoes, but I still have to figure out which insole will work the best.

Also this is the week I had said that I would start using my Altra Instinct’s again back in November and will start to transition to running in them again. These shoes will help me work on improving my form again and not let me be lazy about it. Looking at that photo, I definitely need to work on my form.

The reality is that

I am running very well for this time of year as the race today showed, but it also showed that I have let my running form deteriorate and I need to get back to working on it again.

I have a 2 pair of “like new” Altra Instincts in storage and I believe it is time to bring them back out and work on my form and quiet running in them.

Altra Instinct 1.5

34th Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Race Recap 1-27-13

Before the 34th Annual January Thaw on 1-27-13

Today was the 34th Annual edition of the Central Maine Strider’s January Thaw 4.5 mile Road Race up heah in Belgrade, Maine.

The first race of the year is always an adventure for me and I know that I wondered how I would do. I haven’t run in a race since I went to Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half Festival – the stars just didn’t align correctly :-).

So it has been a while since I toed a starting line at a race and I felt a little more nervous because of it.

The 33rd Central Maine Strider’s January Thaw was my first race last year and really started off a great year. I talked a lot about what it meant to me then in last year’s race recap. So this is one of those races I will make for as long as I can.

For some reason for the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, I just couldn’t find a rhythm or regulate my breathing, I just felt out of sorts. Then it seemed like for the whole race I was moving in slow motion and just couldn’t pick it up at all. My legs had no spring in them at all.

Not using this as an excuse, but looking at my log this week I am pretty sure, It had something to do with running 10 miles on the treadmill on both Thursday and Friday ;-). It was a good lesson learned and one I won’t forget. If I want to run better during a race, I need to rest a little before a race – I am not 25 any more, even though it seems that I keep thinking that I am sometimes.

Here are the stats for the race.

Garmin 1-27-13

Screenshot 2013-01-27 at 16.42.52

Today was still pretty chilly at 14F degrees and the first part of the race was into the wind, so I decided to wear my face mask and then use it as a neck gaiter when the wind was at my back. Now I went by the mile marker at 6:46 according to the timer there, which is a lot different from my watch split results, which had me at 7:17??? I don’t know which was correct? It doesn’t really matter, but it made me wonder.

I finished 5/23 and 2nd in my age group, Ron who finished 1st in our age group finished 3rd and just kicked my butt! Gives me something to really think about and also motivation to keep getting better :-). Overall, I was very pleased with the results for this early in the year and other than how I felt during that first mile. I need to focus more on my leg turnover and just running faster outdoors, without over-striding.

Which if you look at the picture that David Colby-Young took of me in the last mile – I am definitely doing!

January Thaw.1

Need to work on that!

Still smiling even after the race 🙂

January Thaw My Pic After2

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Guess who’s shirt says Idiot’s Running Club ;-).

It is Still cold out – 1-26-13

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Today was work around the house day and I didn’t go for my run until late in the afternoon.

By then it had gone from a high of 19 degrees down to 14 degrees with a 5-10 mph steady winds with gusts up to 19-20 mph. So it was still pretty damned cold.

Yes I am getting tired of this cold weather – to say the least! I will be glad to get temps back in the 20’s & 30’s.

Unfortunately, they won’t be here for tomorrow’s January Thaw 4.5 mile race, it is still supposed to be below zero with the windchill. If it is that cold, I will run the race, but will wait until I get to the starting line  to see how hard I am going to push.

Today’s run was my first run in the Adidas Marathon Trainer (Repro’s) and it wasn’t too bad. That right foot still has a little too much of a rise still, from the glue glob and I will have to bring that down a little more, so it is more comfortable. My right little toe, just didn’t feel right the whole run.

Other than that the shoes felt good and I ran an easy 8:16 pace, even while figuring out how the shoes felt and the right way to run in them. I felt comfortable the whole way, but my hands were getting cold with the shell mittens.

Shoes:  Adidas Marathon Trainers (Reproduction)

Socks: Swiftwick Black Pursuits

Top: Gray sleeveless tech shirt, Orange Nike Merino shirt, Red polar fleece vest

Bottom: Navy NB wind pants, Nike Pro Combat Compression shorts

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Adidas Marathon Trainer (Reproduction) Initial Review

MTII overhead and sole view

If you have been running for a while you probably have a love/hate relationship with your running shoes.

Some shoes you have run in, back in the long distant past take on an almost mythological belief in how GREAT they were and we look back on them with fond memories, that may not always be as accurate as we want to believe.

I am going to get to find out how accurate those memories are!

Last week I found a pair of shoes on EastBay that are very similar to my “favorite” all-time running shoes, the Blue Adidas Marathon Trainers with the Dillinger Web.

Blue Marathon Trainers

The one’s I got are reproduction shoes and are more like a different model, the Marathon Trainer II’s, that followed. Yes I owned a pair of these as well and while they were not the same as the blue models, they were fairly close.

MTII left facing side view

When I saw Marathon Trainers were in stock and on sale for $39.99, I had to buy them, just to see if they were as great as I remember. It was just one of those things.

MTII sole view

When I got them in last night, and looked them over, some minor things were different from what I remember about the Marathon Trainer II’s the heel dissipation plug-in the middle of the sole was missing and the extended heel piece was different. These are a little heavier than I remember, but that could just be me :-).

MTII glue puddle2

The quality of the construction was fine, except under the board last in both shoes, the white glue had puddled on both outside forefoot areas. When I wore them for a quick walk, the right forefoot where the glue had pooled would be a problem area, if I didn’t do something about it.

MTII Board Last

Also due to the board last, the Marathon Trainers felt very stiff and then I remembered what I had to do for every pair of them that I had ever owned – remove the front half of the board last. It was a trick I learned from another runner who swore by the Blue Marathon Trainers and worked great for me as well.

MTII Glue puddle

So I went ahead and removed as much of the board last in the forefoot area as I could, scraped out the white glue clumps that were there. You can see how much of the board last I removed from both shoes, by the below pile.

MTII Board Last remains

This made the shoes a lot more flexible in the forefoot and a few ounces lighter. Also the sock liner/insert needed to be changed because it was glued in and didn’t come out whole (they didn’t skimp on the glue!). I will be experimenting to see which insert I have works best for me with these shoes.

MTII Overhead heel view

This customization was something that was just a part of getting a new pair of shoes back in the 80’s or so it seemed, we had to “adjust” them a little to meet our needs. When I walked in the Marathon Trainers this morning, they felt a LOT better, much more flexible, comfortable and no problem spots.

MTII 1

It is funny how many memories, working on these shoes brought back. It brought me back to a different time and place in my life and some of the little things that you just don’t think about all that much anymore. I know that I was a lot younger with different dreams and aspirations than I have now, some came true, some didn’t, but it was fun going back in time for a few moments.

The reality is that

these reproduction Marathon Trainers with the Dillinger web are probably not as great as I remember the Marathon Trainer’s or even as good as the Mizuno shoes I am running in now. However, I have been whining about wanting a pair for several years and when I saw them available, I HAD to get them.

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They were a part of my past, that I remember fondly and sometimes you just have to go back and visit for a minute or two.

Now that I have a half-board last and a different sock liner in the shoe, they feel much different and a lot closer to the dim memory of the comfortable shoe that I ran so many miles in back in the 80’s.

No I don’t know what the “drop is or the stack-height of these shoes are, but they do seem like they fit the low profile shoe model that seems all the rage in today’s market. While they might not ever be my daily running shoes, they seem to have lot of similarities with many of today’s newer designs and some of the trail shoes I have seen lately.

It will be interesting to see what I think of them as running shoes, instead of just a memory.

MTII right facing side view

Have you ever had a pair of shoes that you ran in a long time ago, and loved them, but couldn’t find the shoe again. Then suddenly you found a model that was very close to that shoe – did you buy it? Did it live up to your memories of that old shoe that you loved?