Smart 8.0 mile Treadmill Run 1-7-13

Harold Treadmill.1

Today’s run was all about staying smart and in control of the speed arrow on the treadmill. I am still having a twinge or two in my hamstrings, so I knew that doing a full-fledged interval session at the speeds I prefer to run, probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing – see I can do it – listen to my body ;-).

So I decided to run a couple of miles further than I usually do on my Monday treadmill workout and keep the pace much more reasonable

  • 3.0 miles @7.3 mph – had to stop for BR break
  • 3.0 miles @7.5 mph
  • 1.0 mile @7.6 mph
  • 1.0 mile ladder ending at 8.6 mph

I was able to keep my pace very reasonable and didn’t feel bad at any point during the run. Then again, I was on the treadmill at zero incline, so it isn’t really this fast of a pace, but it still feels good to have the legs turning over a lot quicker than usual.

Overall, a very nice steady paced run that I was very happy with.

Back to real life – After running I did one of the two things that I really don’t enjoy – it is too early to do taxes, so it was the other thing – shopping for a new vehicle. I looked at a few (Subaru Forester, Honda CRV – which wouldn’t start, so I walked away from that one) and test drove a 2013 Nissan Rogue, nothing really tripped my trigger. The Black Forester with a 5 speed did interest me, but TheWife didn’t sound too enthusiastic about it, when we talked later. Luckily we are not in a hurry and I am sure that “our” car will show itself.

Cars in this category are sure expensive and what bothers me the most is that you just don’t know whether you are getting a decent deal or the shaft. I really just hate negotiating with professional negotiators, this is what they do for a living and I do it once every 3-5 years, so you know who is better at it.

However, the heavy-handed sales tactics that I used to see with car sales, were not there at both dealerships I visited, it was almost a pleasant experience, much different than I have experienced before. Was nice.

Shoes: Brooks PureFlows – they felt a lot better with the change to a different insole, but the ball of my left foot started to hurt about 4.0 miles into the run. When I took the PureFlows off, I found out what the problem was – my callous had split open and sweat was getting into it – no wonder I had a stinging sensation in that foot.

This certainly wasn’t the PureFlows problem, especially when I got home I was able to trim almost an 1/4 inch of callous off the edge of my foot. My own fault – I usually trim it back once a month and hadn’t done it in 2-3 months. Just one of those runner things – trimming back callouses on my feet. No I didn’t take pictures of the bottom of my feet ;-P those would be pretty gross.

Socks: Swiftwick Sustain

Top: Runner’s World Tech Short Sleeve tee.

Bottom: Blue Puma compression shorts, New Eastbay Running Shorts (blue/gold) I bought 2 pair of these to replace some that were getting pretty tired and were not fitting quite so well. It feels strange to be wearing shorts that actually fit and don’t flap as much – to be honest, it felt pretty good.

Outerwear: None

RunLog Screenshot:

RunLog 1-7-13

Last Night’s Supper: Two tacos, and small taco salad with Ranch dressing, 1 glass of wine

After supper: 2 clementines, bowl of carmel popcorn, Green tea

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

Vitamins: Simply Right Mature Men MultiVitamin, Simply Right Glucosamine HCI 1500 mg, Swanson High potency Dry Vitamin D-3 – 1,000 iu, Swanson Turmeric 720 mg, Swanson Bee Propolis 550 mg

Snack: 2 Chocolate coconut cliff bars

Lunch: Leftover Sweet and Sour Chicken with lots of Crushed Red Pepper, Green Tea

Lunch 1-7-13

Foam Roller – Yes

While I was out wandering around I got Brent Weeks – Night Angel Trilogy (all 3 books) with my Christmas gift card at Barnes and Noble. So far I like it. Yes I got my monthly Runner’s World in too, looks like another great issue.

Facing the Demons of Doubt

Coldweather running 1-3-13

Okay I admit it – and will be honest with you I am nervous, no make that scared!

Okay what’s going on Harold?

My goal of running the Marine Corps Marathon in under 3:30:00 is scaring the hell out of me!

What are you talking about?  Here you are – that positive guy, who can conquer the world with a single keystroke or wave of your arm – you are scared?


Especially after all of my public caterwauling and positiveness, about how I am going to run the Marine Corps Marathon in under 3:30:00 this year.


Pretty simple really.

  1. The costs of travelling from Maine and staying in the Washington, D.C. area for 4-5 days will be expensive and strain the budget more than I want to. I admit it I am frugal and going to this event, I know myself, I won’t be frugal while I am there.
  1. The distance – 26.2 miles is still a long distance and I seriously wonder how my 55-year-old body (and all the abuse I have put it through) will hold up to rigors of training for a full marathon – at the speed I want to accomplish it. I don’t have a lot of doubts that I will finish – after all I am a member of the Idiot’s Running Club. I just worry about how soon I will be able to run again after I do finish.
  1. Lack of Confidence. Yes as much as I would love everyone to believe that I am a supremely confident person, who can accomplish anything that I set out to do. The truth is that, I have this little, hell let’s be honest, bullhorn voice of self-doubt that I have to keep beating back, which says that I can’t or won’t be able live up to my big words and goals.
  1. It is public. My goal of running the Marine Corps Marathon in under 3:30:00 is a VERY public goal, it is here on this blog and I write every week about it at the Real Health Blog. What happens if I can’t live up to this goal, have I gone and humiliated myself in a very public manner, to many people who I respect and like.
  1. Do I subconsciously sabotage my efforts to achieve this goal? In the past I have used numerous excuses, exaggerated the seriousness of injuries, not trained properly, used my anxiety issues around racing and being around large numbers of people, to not achieve a goal that I have set for myself. That when I look back now, I know I could have done.I think this one scares me the most, because looking back with 20/20 hindsight and honesty, I have done this before.

The reality is that

I don’t think I am all that different from most runners, we all have to face our doubts and what we have done before. I have my own unique strengths and weaknesses that I have to use or overcome, to achieve my goal of running the Marine Corps Marathon in under 3:30:00.

My solutions to the above doubts are:

  1. Start saving now. Which I have.
  1. I have to believe that I can. Which I do.
  1. I have to train properly. Which I will.
  1. Yes it is public. This will hold me accountable and keep me motivated.
  2. This is the tough one and the one that I am asking you to help me with the most. If you notice that I am starting to find excuses to not train properly or worse – you start reading a lot of negativity creeping into my blog posts or vlogs. Please challenge me on it. Ask me what I am doing and help me out of that self-sabotage crap that I have done before.

Does writing about my fears and insecurities about achieving my goals, mean that I won’t attain them?


To me I needed to write this post, to face my demons of doubt honestly and openly, so that when they begin to creep back into my life, because they will. I can challenge and defeat them or at least hold them at bay enough to accomplish what I have set out to do. Isn’t that a big part of life, facing our fears and doing what we have set out to do in spite of them.

You know something, I do feel better now that my fears are out in the open.

  • What do you think, do you feel this way too or is it just me?
  • How do you fight back your inner demons to achieve goals that scare the hell out of you?