A Week of Progress

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I have changed my schedule back to Monday through Friday and back to a mileage based training schedule.
This old way is what I know and what I have done for too many years to feel totally comfortable with any other way. Yeah I am just old and like my routines.

Three things Running

1. I had over 25.0 miles for the week!!! Which means that I am getting back to running more normally again.

2.  The more that I run in the Skechers GoRun2’s the more I like them.

3. I need to be careful, to ensure that I don’t go too fast or attempt to do too much too soon, but at the same I need to balance that with needing to keep pushing myself to do more than I think I can. It is a delicate balance, but one that I need to maintain.

Running Summary This Week

My running summary this week:

RunLog Week of 7-28-13

Monday –Good News and Another 1st Run. I got confirmation that my left foot wasn’t broken or didn’t have a stress fracture, so I decided to go for a run to see how it felt. There was no pain and the bruising was going away. I did just over a mile and it felt good.

Tuesday – Relieved and Moving On.  I went for a 30 minute run and came back up, it was just an easy run and it felt good to just run. I was still a little meechy and attuned to every little ache and pain, but nothing hurt more than it should.

Wednesday – Light At the End of the Tunnel – This was the most intense workout that I have done since I injured myself on May 27th and it felt really good. The other part was that my Physical Therapist did a gait analysis and confirmed that when I run in the GoRun2’s that I land with a midfoot strike. This was my confidence building run that I have been waiting for.

Thursday – Town Office O/B. This was my first real hill run, since my injury, I wanted to do it, to see if the hill was going to bother me or not, for the 5K on Saturday, that has a good hill in it. The hill didn’t bother me and I felt pretty good the whole way.

Friday – Easy 7.0 Miler. I did a real long run of 7.2 miles and felt good the entire way. Yes I was tired at the end, but it did feel good.

Saturday – Peter Golding Memorial 5K Race – 7 people showed up and I finished 4th. However, I did what I wanted and made my “A” goal for this 5K – sub 25:00. I was a good boy and didn’t run the hills hard and when my Achilles started to tighten up after the big hill by the boat ramp, I didn’t push and just ran comfortably.

Sunday – As much as I hated to I took today off, I had 25 miles for the week and I felt tired. I ran more miles this week than I have for a while and I was beat.

Next Weeks Training Schedule

This plan is dependent upon how my Achilles tendon feels, while I believe it is going to be fine, if at any time, it starts to hurt, I plan to be conservative and stop or change the workout.

Monday – Trail Run 3.0-5.0 miles – Easy run/walk on the Quarry Road.

Tuesday –  Speed Workout 6.0 miles – go to the track and do 8×400 at a comfortable pace (1:45 or so) with 1 lap rest in between, then dependent upon how I feel 1.0 mile at sub 8:00 minute pace.

Wednesday – Either Long run 8.0 miles 9:00 minute pace or go to Winslow for 5k Race just for fun.

Thursday – Trail Run or a Base Run 3.0 miles dependent upon on how I am feeling after Wednesday’s run

Friday – Recovery run 5.0 miles – Middle Road Loop

Saturday – Race

Sunday – Rest or Race

Blog Posts

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

  1. Some Heretical Thinking About Running Shoes
  2. Light At the End of The Tunnel
  3. Easy 7.0 Miler 7/26/13
  4. My Modified for Me Hanson Method
  5. Peter Golding 5K Race–Recap
  6. Relieved and Moving On
  7. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  8. Good News and Another 1st Run
  9. Skechers GoRun2–50 Mile Review
  10. Altra Instinct 1.5 – 50 Mile Review

Weight

Holding steady around 154. Now I need to stop the ice cream and chips diet that I have been on too much – moderation is one thing, but I am not being moderate, especially when it comes to the ice cream.

Time to start getting back into race shape 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 finally getting better, it feels that I have turned a corner this week and have been able to do more with less pain than I have since the injury. Physical therapy and the “homework” I am doing is making a difference.

The Tailor’s Bunionette, which I consider the root cause of many of my running woes is feeling very good, especially now that I know how to treat it. I know that my shoes have to have wider toe boxes, no overlays over the bunionette and that I have to wear non-compression socks in that area, since making these changes, the foot is doing a lot better. I am also using the night splint to re-train the foot, so we will see how that works.

Running Shoes

The hard part is finding those “right” shoes.

Skechers GoRun2: They are the only running shoe that I want run in right now. Here is my 50 mile review of them, which says everything that I need to say about the Skechers GoRun2’s.

Racing Schedule

  • 7/31 – Roland Dyer Memorial 5K Race in Winslow – just running
  • 8/1 – Bond Brook 5K Trail Race in Augusta – still not sure about this one, I should probably wait one more week to do trail running.
  • 8/4 – Ron Paquette Riverfest 5K Race in Skohegan – just running
  • 8/10 – Doc and Mardie Brown 5K in Waterville – again no racing.

The Bond Brook 5K trail race series have 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 almost feels as though I have turned the corner and am starting to move forward towards recovery. I know that I will have some more setbacks, but at the same time like I said in a post earlier this week – there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I can see it. Even if it is still quite a ways off for me to get back to running like I was on May 3rd.

Skechers GoRun2–50 Mile Review

The Skechers GoRun2 is not the running shoe that I would expect from a shoe company with Sketchers’ reputation, especially with how I viewed their attempts at making running shoes in the past.

Let’s be up front about my relationship with Skechers.

  • I do not have any.
  • I purchased the GoRun2’s with my own money.
  • My opinions are from a runner who initially was very skeptical about Skechers as a “serious” running shoe company.
  • The comments in this post were a result of actually wearing and running in the Skechers GoRun2’s.

Okay, so I don’t have exactly 50 miles on my GR2’s, however I know that 42.41 miles on them is close enough for the purposes of this review. My opinion will not change all that much in the next 8.0 miles.

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You can read my initial review here and no this is not a Skechers’ advertisement, these are my own thoughts about the GoRun2’s.

Fit

IMG_0559The GoRun2’s fit my feet the way that I want, are one of the most comfortable shoes I have worn and this is the best first 50-mile impression of a pair of running shoes that I have had in a long time.

Which I think pretty much sums up how they have worked for me so far.

Now to get into the details.

I have a Tailor’s Bunionette on my right foot which causes a lot of pain in that foot after 5-6 miles of running, especially when my running shoes are too narrow or if overlays are on top of my bunionette. So far the GR2’s have not given my bunionette any issues and I have been able to just run.

The biggest compliment that I can give a pair of running shoes is when I put them on, that I stop thinking about how my shoes are affecting my feet and just run.

So far that is what I have been able to do in my GoRun2’s.

Choice

I have at least 6 different brands and several styles of running shoes around the house and in the 20 times that I have run since I purchased the GoRun2’s, I have chosen to run in them 18 times.

This tells me that the Skechers GoRun2’s are the running shoes that I want to run in and I have actually put many of my other running shoes in the give-away pile, because of how they feel compared to the GR2’s.

Now when I go run, these are the shoes that I Iook for first.

That says it all for me.

Pros

No Blisters – None, nada, zero, as in no blisters on my heels, toes, or ankles. I hate shoes that cause blisters and keep causing them. Blisters happened to me all too often this past spring – having all those bloody socks was not the highlight of my spring and I consider it a fail in the fit department and refuse to keep torturing myself in running shoes that keep causing blisters.

Cushioned Feel – Even though the GR2’s stack height is not as high as many that I run in, the midsole material provides a nice cushioned feel to me and I like the combination of being able to feel the road and yet have a feeling of cushioning underneath you, that these shoes give me.

Lightweight – Coming in around 7 oz., they are at the lighter end of my lightweight trainer scale and lighter than many of my race shoes have been. Yesterday, I used them in a 5K Race and although I am not in racing shape (2 months off will do that, along with certain restrictions still), I was still able to run a 24:16 and felt very smooth in my GR2’s.

I also have a feeling that the narrowness of my Ekidon’s will be their downfall and I will just keep wearing the GR2’s or maybe even look at the Skechers GoSpeed (GoMeb) racing flats. if I really feel the need for flats.

Sole – I like the multi-grip outsole and how it performs while running in a variety of IMG_0568conditions i.e. tar, side of the roads, light trails, rain slicked roads, track, light mud and places where being nimble is important.

They don’t gain weight during a run, like my Nike Free’s did by picking up small rocks and having them lodge in the sole unit all the time. Actually I don’t think that I have had any rocks stick in the soles of the GR2’s yet.

I like these shoes too much and I have been walking in them a lot too. Which means that this pair of GR2’s will be wearing out faster than they would, if I wore them only for running. Actually this is a good problem I guess.

Hmmmm I wonder if this means that I should go ahead and just get another pair?

Quiet – One of the things that I want from my running shoes – is that they be quiet when I am running in them, which means to me that I am running efficiently. I run and walk extremely quiet in the GR2’s. I have only had one other pair of running shoes that I have had this experience in and the GR2’s seem to be even quieter than those were.

Promote Mid-foot landing – My physical therapist did a gait analysis of my running the other day and for the first time I was told independently that I land with a midfoot landing. I attribute that result directly to the GoRun2’s, due to the rocker that is built into the sole unit.

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Landing with a mid-foot landing, is something that I have worked on since November 2011 and have not been all that successful until now. The GR2’s reward me for a mid-foot landing, and I can definitely tell when I am landing on my heels, which gives me the opportunity to make the appropriate adjustments very quickly.

Cost – At a list price of $80.00, they are reasonably priced and a lot cheaper than the other running shoes that I have been buying over the past couple of years, which have had price points of $100-$140.

After discounts, I purchased my GR2’s for a little over $36.00. Now I probably will not get them for this price very often, but I have regularly seen them on sale in the $50-$60 price range, with free shipping, which is around half of the price I have been paying for my running shoes.

Color ways – I love the looks and styles of the shoes. Skechers’ designers have done a good job of making a great looking running shoe, which has multiple colors. I tend to like brighter colors and Skechers has plenty of bright colors, so that box is checked off.

Modifications

Rock Plate – Something that I did because they are a bit thin for running on dirt roads with lots of rocks or on rocky trails could be an adventure and not nearly as much fun, if I get my feet bruised up (I have run into this issue with other minimal style running shoes too).

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So I modified the removable rock plate from my Altra Superiors and put them in the GR2’s. I don’t even notice that they are in there. Now when I know that I am going to run some place where rocks are or could be an issue, I just slide the rock plate in and voila, it stops most of the problem with rocks.

Laces – Something I do with all of my running shoes is add LockLaces, I like the way they fit and how the LockLaces make taking them on and off so easy.

Cons

Road Feel – On rocky surfaces, they have a little too much road feel and if you step wrong on rocks you can definitely feel them through the sole. For some they will not have enough cushioning.

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Wear – I am not sure how many miles I will get out of the GR2’s, but based on the comfort and fit that I have in them so far and if I can get between 200-300 miles – I would be happy.

At this price point and with sales that are continually available, having to buy running shoes more often is not as big a deal. Who knows maybe I will be pleasantly surprised and they will last longer than the 300 mile ceiling that most of my running shoes seem to hit.

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The Skechers’ Brand name – It is taking Skechers time to overcome their previous reputation of not being a high quality running shoe company, but they seem to be – slowly but surely overcoming that hurdle.

My concern is whether Skechers will still have the same commitment they are showing to their performance division 5 years down the road as they are now. I am definitely liking what I have seen so far from the Skechers Go line and want to see them continue to make improvements in this performance line of running shoes. Time will tell on this one.

The reality is that

The Skechers GoRun2’s have become my go-to running shoe of choice.

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They are a lightweight trainer that I wear on my faster runs and surprisingly, the ones that I choose to use on slower or recovery runs too. I just like the way that they fit and feel when I run in them.

However, I have become more than a little skeptical about running shoes after my 50 mile reviews. All too often I have been disappointed by so many other running shoes that did great at the 50 mile review that just seem to stop working for me between 100 and 200 miles, that I try not to get my hopes up too high that these will be “The Shoes”.

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I am hoping that the GoRun2’s do not follow in this pattern and go well beyond that 200 mile point.

The GoRun2’s Feel Different

That being said, the GoRun2’s seem to feel different from many of those other shoes I have worn recently. My right foot does not hurt in these shoes at all; I have not had to go through the blister/heal/callous process – then repeat, and they allow me to run quietly. Something that I consider important also, is that they do promote a mid-foot landing that I have been attempting to move to for so long.

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I will be very interested in how the Skechers GoRun2 will be at that 200-mile mark and hopefully beyond. I wonder what my opinion will be then – it should be an interesting next few months.

All I know is that I want to get out and go for my next run in these shoes today and that I haven’t been this excited about many shoes at the 50 mile review point lately.

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See you later, I gotta go run! Smile