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What Did I Do and Learn This Week? – 7-13-13

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Changing my running week from Monday to Friday to Sunday to Saturday, gives me a little more incentive to get back to doing my weekly reviews.
Especially, now that I am starting to run consistently again, with minimal discomfort, which is huge progress.
However, this week I still wasn’t able to get it done before 10:00 PM on Sunday.Oh well, still getting used to the new schedule. 

Three things Running

1. The biggest thing is that I have accepted that I will not be running in the Marine Corps Marathon this year. Yes it sucks, but it is the right decision. I just really started running again this week and while I could probably get myself in good enough shape to finish MCM (at least I would like to believe I could), the doctor and my physical therapist both agree that the probability of re-injuring my Achilles during marathon training is too great for me to chance it.

I reluctantly agreed, it is just so hard when you have worked for something for so long and you have to give up that particular dream.

2. It seems that I am never satisfied with my running shoes and this week I had the opportunity to pick up a pair of running shoes that I kept looking at, but never pulled the trigger, because of the brand’s reputation  – Skechers GoRun2. If my initial impressions mean anything, these could be very disruptive to my idea of what is or who makes running shoes that I want to run in. It should be a very interesting next couple of months as I figure this one out.

3. One change that I have made in my running is that instead of focusing on mileage/pace and using time and effort as the primary guide for planning and measurement of how my running is going. This is a huge change for me and is talking a little bit to wrap my head around it. However, I don’t feel the pressure that I used to always run a certain pace per mile, like I did before. I am still not sure if I like this way of measuring things, but I will do it for the rest of July to give it a real chance.

Bonus: TheWife and I went kayaking yesterday afternoon – just over 3.0 miles and it was great to finally dig them out of the back of the garage.

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This was Messalonskee stream in Waterville, just about a perfect day for it.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog this Week

Weekly RunLog Summary 7-13-13

Sunday – 30:00 minute run in Waterville, that was in the hot sun and I just felt okay during the run, I didn’t stop to walk and the Achilles was in the 3 range

Monday – I went to Planet Fitness and did an easy treadmill workout before going to the Ortho appointment, just to have him look at the Achilles after I had been working out on it.  I was more worried about what he was going to say about my training for the MCM and wasn’t really into the run. I did lower body weights and then stretched for 1/2 hour after. I also ordered the Skechers GoRun2 from Famous Footwear.

Tuesday – Another Treadmill run before my Physical Therapy appointment, it felt good and I was able to run at 7.0 mph for 25:00 of the 30:00 minutes. Physical Therapy was good. I  had 40:00 of sauna, which I love and an upper body workout after PT.

Wednesday – I aim for one day off per week and today was it. Also when I have two PT session in succession, I have learned from experience that I need to take the 2nd day off from working out, other than some light weights and a sauna.

Thursday –  I ran Back Cove in Portland for the first time in a long time and did a lot better than I thought that I would. It felt good to be able to just run and only have the Achilles hurt a little.

Friday – The old truck was in the shop so I ran down to pick it up. Ran down back and the unevenness of the road didn’t bother me like it did last week. The best part was that the hills/bumps didn’t bother at all.

Saturday – My first run in the Skechers GoRun2’s and I was very impressed with how they felt on my feet and the part that I liked the most was that they are a VERY quiet for me shoe. I had to keep slowing myself down, trying to stay very conservative with how fast I am running. Best part was that I made it up Steven’s Hill and it didn’t bother (I went slow), which is very encouraging. Then that afternoon 3.0 + miles of kayaking, by the end of the day, I needed a nap.

The biggest thing that I have changed this week is that I have added in calf raises, body weight squats and massaging the Achilles in the same way that the PT is doing, which seems to really help. I don’t have nearly as many little nodules or popping sounds when I slide my fingers along the tendon. I know that it doesn’t hurt as much after I do that so, I have made it part of my post work-out or when I have to be on my feet for a long time (i.e. mowing the law) and it seems to help – a lot.

This week in two words: New Shoes or better yet: Skechers GoRun2

Blog Posts

Top 10

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

  1. Re-Thinking How I Train
  2. Questions to Ask Ourselves
  3. Skechers GoRun2 – Initial Impressions
  4. Back Cove Run–Hot and Fun
  5. The Final Nail in the Coffin and a BUSY Day
  6. A Top 10 Day and A Good Run
  7. My Modified for Me Hanson Method
  8. Frustrated & Finally a Run in Brooks Pure Flow 2
  9. Skechers Go Run2–First Run
  10. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles

Weight

Holding steady around 155. Now that I am back to running fairly regularly it is time to get this down to 145 again, which means that I have to start looking at what I am eating a lot more closely and less emotional eating.

Injuries

My left Achilles tendon is still bothering, but it is a lot better than it has been. Physical therapy is making a difference and I have been cleared by the Ortho to keep returning to running – but do it slowly. The best part is I don’t have to go back and see him again, unless I screw things up.

The Tailor’s Bunionette, which I consider the root cause of all my woes since 5/3 is feeling very good and now that I know how to treat it and that my shoes have to have wider toe boxes and non compression socks in that area, things are doing a lot better. I am also using he night splint to re-train the foot, so we will see how that works.

Running Shoes

The hard part is finding those “right” shoes.

Brooks Pure Flow 2: I ran in these most of the week and while they are a very nice shoe, something was missing – I don’t enjoy running in them, they are a meh shoe, nice enough and will do what I want them to do, but something is missing when I run in them??? I know I am weird but that is just how I feel about them.

Mizuno Wave Rider 16: I didn’t run in them at all, but I walked in them an awful lot. However, I got them because everything I read said to get a higher drop shoe while returning from Achilles injury – so I did. What I didn’t know when I got them, because I couldn’t really run in them when I bought them (I was still in a walking boot) – is that they are noisy and slap when I run in them. Which to me isn’t a good thing for walking or running.

Skechers GoRun2: That’s right Skechers and yes I am getting excited about running in them. They are comfortable and extremely quiet when I am running in them, they don’t bother my Tailor’s Bunionette at all so far and just feel right on my feet. This is the first shoe that I have wanted to get in go running in, in a long time. They feel something like a cross between the Saucony Kinvara 2 and Nike Free series, but have their own “feel” to them that fits me and I like.

Racing Schedule

No racing until

7/27 – a little local 5K that I did in its first year last summer and I plan to just keep doing it as long as they hold it. Not racing it, just running in it.

8/4 Doc and Mardie Brown 5K in Waterville – again no racing.

The Bond Brook trail race 5K has started and I would like to run/walk it this week. Since I am still not cleared for full hill running, walk the hills and run everything else.

I need to find a goal race for the fall, either a 10K , 10 miler or a half marathon, I should be in good enough shape to run/race one by late October – any ideas in the New England area?

The reality is that

it feels great to actually have run most of this week and this is the best week I have had since May 3rd, back to my original injury. So hopefully I am on the mend and will get back to running and racing normally by September. At least that is the plan.

Keep smiling and good things will happen! 🙂

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