What Is Happening In 2014

There is light after the storm
There is light after the storm

I am going to do things a bit different.

Well actually a LOT different in 2014, than I have in the past when it comes to my running.

Okay Harold, we have heard this crap before, you are going to change your running and that is so going to change the world!

In other words what in the hell do you want to try this time – Harold?

What I want to do

This article gives a pretty good overview of the direction I am sort of heading. In other words – no S.M.A.R.T. goals and focusing more on “just doing” or the process. This is a huge change for me and I know that many out there will disagree with my decision to do this, however, it is a change that I feel I have to make.

So I will: Continue reading “What Is Happening In 2014”

Starting a New Training Module – RunLog 12-30-13

I have finished the McMillan base mileage module and today I started their Workout Base module, which means that running FAST is part of the training plan again. Today’s workout was based around doing 10 laps of 100m w/100m jog at 19-21 seconds.

According to the McMillan training system, I am a Speedster and supposedly get energized by running faster – Yep they are right. I loved being able to run fast for short distances today, it brought back a lot of old memories. Continue reading “Starting a New Training Module – RunLog 12-30-13”

Week in Review – 12/29/13

I skipped my Week in Review last week, due to the Ice Storm and this week the weather and road conditions has continued to played havoc with getting runs in.

In other words running was not my priority this week.

Mother Nature making things interesting
Mother Nature making things interesting

Surprisingly, I did get over 20 miles in, even though I ran only 3 times. It was my lowest total since the week ending July 21st, but it gave my legs a chance to rest up and based on my run yesterday, they have more pop in them than they have had for a long time. Continue reading “Week in Review – 12/29/13”

Hellacious Treadmill Workout – RunLog 12-28-13

Tomorrow is my last day of my McMillan base mileage training module and it is supposed to be another crappy weather day, which means that I am going to do something easy outside and not bother driving to the gym to use the treadmill. I want to run outside, the treadmill serves its purpose, but well it is not the same as running outside.

Which meant today I decided to do a killer treadmill workout to see where I am after my two months of developing a mileage base. Originally I was going to just do a simple 60:00 minute run, but I had a lot of pent-up energy and was feeling good, errrr great.

So I decided to play around, instead of just doing another long boring run.

Part I Continue reading “Hellacious Treadmill Workout – RunLog 12-28-13”

First Run in Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road – RunLog 12-26-13

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road - First Run on the treadmill 12-26-13
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road – First Run on the treadmill 12-26-13

Yes I got the Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road running shoes for Christmas! Yeah it is a running shoe that Patton Gleason at Optimal Run recommended that I try back in May, but since I haven’t been able to find a pair to try on locally.

I have been very hesitant to order a pair online, especially with all the different reviews on how they actually fit other runners.

Once I tried the Skechers GoRun Ride 3’s and the way that the overlays bothered my tailor’s bunionette, the idea of a minimal upper (no or very few overlays) became more of a priority. The Pearl Izumi running shoe EM line’s uppers meet that need and are something that I have wanted to try, ever since Patton recommended them to me.

On a whim I put them on my Christmas wish list that my wife makes me give her every year. When that package came in from the online store and she would not let me open it, I kind of figured out that she had gotten them for me and I couldn’t wait to try them out. I usually do not run on Christmas Day, it ends up being more stressful to try to get a run in than it is worth. Continue reading “First Run in Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road – RunLog 12-26-13”

Long Run in Freezing Rain – RunLog 12-20-13

Course Map 12-20-13
Course Map 12-20-13

With the freezing rain storm that is supposed to be here through Monday, I am not sure of how many miles I will be running outside, so I wanted to make sure that I got as long a run in as possible this afternoon.

This run was not about speed, it was all about getting outside and just running.Other than the rain and the poor footing in places, it wasn’t all that windy and the temps were pretty reasonable, 33 degrees when I started and 30 when I stopped.

Especially compared to the deep freeze last week.

Initially I was only going to go 8.0 or so, but when I got down to KMD, I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to go over to Winslow and then when I got over to the light, I went straight and ended up going past the Point Afta then back to Colby.

The hardest part of the run was running on sidewalks, which had 2-3 inches of slush, snow, puddles to wade through and just were tough to run on. I had to do this a lot going through Winslow and then again on the back side of Waterville. Which did slow the pace considerably. Continue reading “Long Run in Freezing Rain – RunLog 12-20-13”

20 Pair of Running Shoes in 2013 – Oh My

IMG_20131103_150241_796In December, I put together a reflection/review post of the running shoes that I ran in during the past year.

First I want to make something very clear, I am not a minimalist running shoe guy, I don’t like ‘em all that much for either running or walking.

While at the same time, I am not into the traditional, heavy industry standard shoes that the “experts” and/or sales people tend to recommend for me when I go to specialty running stores either, because of my heavy over-pronation issues.

Another major reason in choosing a running shoe is that my right foot has bothered me for several years and finally in June the specialist, told me that I had a tailor’s Bunionette and offered to surgically fix it, so it would not be an issue anymore. I declined, but at least I know that there is a reason for my right foot being so finicky when it comes to my running shoes.

I have more than a couple of things that I have learned to look (primarily through trial and error) for in running shoes that I want to run. Continue reading “20 Pair of Running Shoes in 2013 – Oh My”

Nike Free 4.0 v3 – 50 Mile Review

Nike Free 4.0 v3
Nike Free 4.0 v3

Well actually it is more like 75 mile review, but oh well, I wanted to do a few more miles in them before I wrote about the Nike Free 4.0v3 to be sure of how I was feeling about them.

Why, Harold you have run in the Free series before (3 times), so you knew pretty much what to expect when running in them – right?

Yeah, but…

The more I run in them, the more ambivalent I am about them. I like many things about them and then again, I am starting to “remember” why I did not keep running in the Nike Free’s.

Let’s back up for a minute.

I got the Nike Free 4.0 v3 more because I needed wanted a pair running shoe’s now and they had worked for me in the past. Not because I was all hot and bothered to go out and get another pair of Nike Free’s.

Continue reading “Nike Free 4.0 v3 – 50 Mile Review”

Central Maine Striders Group Run – RunLog 12-18-13

Ah finally, a day where the temps were not in the single-digits and mid 20’s felt down-right balmy. Not quite shorts and tshirt weather, but a few less layers than I have been running in lately.

Today was the weekly Central Maine Strider’s “nooner” group run out of the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.

Barry, Patrick and Brian at the Weekly Central Maine Striders group run. Photo by Harold Shaw
Barry, Patrick and Brian at the Weekly Central Maine Striders group run. Photo by Harold Shaw

Barry, Brian, Patrick and I showed up for the GREAT weather and we decided to do 5-6 miles up through Colby then over to Silver Street. Continue reading “Central Maine Striders Group Run – RunLog 12-18-13”