More Than I Bargained For — 2 Today – RunLog 9/3/13

I knew that today was going to be an “interesting” day, last night, when I looked at my calendar.

This morning at 9:15 I had a Physical Therapy appointment and then I had to meet SD1 at her doctor appointment, as soon I got done with my appointment, to see if I needed to drive her home and then run back down to get the truck. So it was definitely going to be a busy morning.

Round 1

I wanted to make sure that I got my workout in, so I got to the gym at 7:00 and hopped on the treadmill.

Today was supposed to be an easy day, so here is my treadmill workout:

  • 5:00 minute walk to warm-up at 3.6 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.0 mph
  • 1.0 mile @ 7.2 mph

At this point I was actually feeling really good and then remembered that I have to get up  tomorrow at 4:30 to leave the house by 5:00 AM to drop off SD1 to Jetport in Portland and probably wouldn’t feel like doing my scheduled speed/track workout after that. At that point I decided to change things up and follow my gut. I was feeling really good, my left foot was staying calm, so I thought, why not just do some quarters today.

  • 0.25 @ 8.6 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.0 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.6 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.0 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.6 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.0 mph
  • 0.50 @ 8.6 mph – yes that’s right I did a half at sub 7:00 minute pace!!!!!  PROGRESS!!!!
  • 0.50 @ 3.2 – A nice walk to cool-down.


I felt GREAT!

I really, really wanted to go a couple more quarters even faster – break that 9.0 mph barrier that has been so elusive since I hurt my leg.

However, in the back of my mind, I was thinking, what if I have to run back to get my truck, later this afternoon, I didn’t want to go too deep into the well and then feel like shit, running later, so I stopped at the planned 4.0 miles…

but DAMN I really wanted to keep going – for the first time in long time!

So stopped and did a couple 15 minute sessions in the sauna (I love the sauna) and then had my physical therapy session, during which she poked, prodded, manipulated, stretched, electrocuted, infrareded my left Achilles for an hour. It hurts like hell during the manipulation stuff, but feels a lot better after she gets done.

Round 2

Okay I went to see how SD1 was doing and drove in just as she was calling me. I talked to and watched her for a couple of minutes and no way she was driving, so we left the truck there for me to pick up later.

So it was a good thing that I didn’t go ahead and keep going harder or further this morning.

We stopped at the store and I got a coconut water and 2 part Snickers bar for lunch and pre-run re-fueling – no lunch today.

I sat down for about 15 minutes to rest up for the run. During that time I got to thinking about how I had left my GoRun Rides in the truck and I didn’t really want to run in my GoRun2’s again. I don’t like running in the same shoe twice in the same day, especially when it is a longer run for me on the second one, which I want a little more cushioning than the GR2’s provide me).

PureFlow 2’s

I had a choice of several different running shoes and I finally chose my Brooks PureFlow 2’s, which I haven’t run in for a while and they just had over 18.0 miles on them.

One thing that I found out is that the form/gait I use to run quietly in my Skechers, is a different gait than my PureFlows, which really threw me off at first. I felt ungangly running them for first couple of miles. I don’t care what the “experts” say, you run differently in different shoes – at least I do and I sure as hell can tell the difference in my form/gait in the PureFlow2’s and the Skechers.

I know that some of those same “experts” give this reason for alternating different styles of running shoes, to challenge the muscles slightly differently. I might do this for a while just to see what happens, no promises – if you have any ideas or experience with doing something like this, I would like to hear your experiences/ideas.

I do know that by the end of the run, PureFlow 2’s were very comfortable, didn’t bother my Tailor’s Bunionette (which is one of the things I have to consider when getting any new shoes now) and were even getting quiet, which I consider an important consideration in my running shoes. I have a feeling that I won’t hesitate to use them for runs in the future, but the Skechers are still a full rung up the ladder as far as how I like them.

Garmin Stats 9-3-13
Garmin Stats 9-3-13

I didn’t really have any problem running the 6.5 miles and surprisingly brought it in under 9:00 minute pace – comfortably. Which actually surprised me that my comfortable pace is getting back in that range, especially for as tough as this run should have been after yesterday and this morning.

Who knows maybe I am starting to get back in shape again.

Yes the left foot bothered me a little from mile 5.0 on, but not enough to stop me or slow me down that much. Sometimes if you don’t mind, it don’t matter. I just hope that tomorrow, my body doesn’t feel completely like crap and that I can do a nice easy lap around Back Cove in Portland.

Overall, I was extremely happy with both of my runs today!

RunLog 9-3-13
RunLog 9-3-13

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