Gotta Be Flexible – RunLog 4-30-14

Yep - A selfie at ACAR - where I have been spending way too much time at lately.
Yep – A selfie at ACAR – where I have spent way too much time at lately.

I missed out on the Central Maine Strider’s noon Group run today – another vehicle repair appointment, I was disappointed, but I am definitely making next weeks – at least that is the plan.

More adventures in vehicle maintenance at ACAR – it seems that I am spending waaaayyyy too much time there and I had yet another appointment this morning. So I drove into Augusta and when I went through the circle – it said 35F degrees and this was just before 9:00 AM. Then when I started my run, instead of doing the waiting room wait, there was also a nice little breeze in my face all the way out towards Gardiner, but at least it was at my back coming back.

Yep – it sucked!

I was wearing shorts, but I had an extra layer on top, that I had planned to leave in the truck – I didn’t. My hands and ears were barking at me pretty good, by the time I got out of Hallowell.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am really ready for some warmer temps. This needing tights, winter hat, gloves and multiple layers sucks, especially for the last day of April.

Enough whining about how cold I was – just deal with it Harold!

How was the run? Continue reading “Gotta Be Flexible – RunLog 4-30-14”

Killer Interval Workout – RunLog 4-28-14

Well it didn’t kill me, but it sure as hell was one of the toughest workouts that I have done in a while!!!

As part of my changing up my training plan to run better i.e. faster at the 5K to 10K’s, part of the deal is increasing the intensity of my hard workouts.

I feel that I have a pretty good mileage base and as long as I stay away from raking the lawn, my knee seems to be doing just fine, so it is time to push the envelope.

Yeah, I even went back to running in the Newton Energy’s and was wondering if they would bother me as much as they did the last time I ran in them.

Here is the workout:

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Two Weeks In Review – 4/20/14 and 4/27/14

Kennebec River in front of the Augusta Arsenal
Kennebec River in front of the Augusta Arsenal

Wow – it is hard to believe that I “forg0t”, well actually just didn’t do my week in review last week. Let’s be honest I had several opportunities where I thought about doing it and didn’t.

Anyway it is already that time again this week.

Let’s see what has happened over the past couple of weeks?

Right Knee. I went through a stretch of my right knee bothering me enough to take some down time and be under 20 miles for the week for the first time this year.

Luckily it didn’t turn out to be anything serious and it/I just needed a little rest. Also I started raking the lawn about the same time as my knee started bothering and I have a feeling my knee was hurting because of the way that I plant my right leg while raking. When I did some more raking this week, it hurt again.

So sometimes it is not always the running that is the culprit when you have a new and unexplained niggle.

Patriot’s Day 5.0 Miler. I wanted to run in a race on Patriot’ Day and since I wasn’t running Boston (wasn’t it cool that Meb won and it turned out to be a great event for everyone involved – although a lot of runners had a tough time with the warmer weather). So I ran the 85th Annual 5.0 mile Patriots Day Race in Portland. It is a great race, well-organized, with a lot of great people there. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in my performance, especially on a very fast course – it happens to us all, but this was the second race in a row that I wasn’t happy about.

This poor showing caused me to really look at my running and what I doing. Continue reading “Two Weeks In Review – 4/20/14 and 4/27/14”

Runnin in the Rain – RunLog 4-26-14

I got a late start on my run and as a result I got to run in the rain.

Now running in the rain doesn’t usually bother me, but when it is 42F degrees and raining that makes things a LOT less fun, than running in a nice summer rain.

Weather4-26-14
Weather 4-26-14

This rain also meant that running through downback was probably going to be muddy (luckily it wasn’t too bad).

I had planned on an easy recovery run, after yesterday’s tougher long run, my legs were tired and my hamstrings were a little tight, so I planned on 4-5 miles at around a 9:00 minute pace. How did I do? Continue reading “Runnin in the Rain – RunLog 4-26-14”

Quick 5.0 Miler – RunLog 4-27-14

It was still raining and cold when I ran this morning, 42F and a bit of a breeze doesn’t make running super enjoyable.

I know that I was happy wearing tights, gloves and three layers, I just wish that I would remember to wear something on my ears, but they survived.

Pearl Izumi Infinity Jacket
Pearl Izumi Infinity Jacket

One thing is for certain, no one can say that they couldn’t see me – I was just a little neon colored. Continue reading “Quick 5.0 Miler – RunLog 4-27-14”

Good 11.0 Miler – RunLog 4-25-14

What a gorgeous day! Mid 50’s winds out of the Northeast and I was heading South and bright sunshine. Just about perfect weather for running.

Wish I could run as fast as these two draft horses that the neighbor has
Wish I could run as fast as these two draft horses that the neighbor has

I had planned on doing 13 to 14 miles fairly easy, but with the weather and I felt pretty good, so I just ran according to how I was feeling.

Which turned out to be a lot faster than the 9:00 minute easy long run pace, that I originally thought I was going to do. Continue reading “Good 11.0 Miler – RunLog 4-25-14”

Brooks Launch – 50 Mile Review

Yep – it is that time again, I have put over 50 miles on another pair of running shoes and am going to write about my experience with the Brooks Launch.

Let’s be up front about my relationship with Brooks Running.

  1. I do not have any.
  2. I purchased the Brooks Launch’s with my money from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Augusta, Maine.
  3. The comments in this post were a result of actually wearing and running in the Brooks Launch’s and are my own experiences.
Brooks Launch
Brooks Launch

For a pair of running shoes, that I described a while back as “I could wear this shoe, but it just didn’t excite me.”, I am sure enjoying running in them, no they still do not excite me all that much, but they just work, which is much more important.

When I look at what shoes I am going to wear, I choose the Launch for longer or recovery runs. However, I don’t like them for faster-paced runs, they don’t feel like a fast shoe for me, they are a bit too cushioned. Continue reading “Brooks Launch – 50 Mile Review”

Windy Run Today – RunLog 4-24-14

No not “windy” that way, I mean really windy 20-30 mph steady winds with gusts up to almost 50 mph.

So I avoided going north in exposed areas as much as possible. Unfortunately, a couple of times, it was unavoidable and boy with some of those higher gusts, I did well to keep going forward.

We had to take the Jeep back in to ACAR, because of some thumps and bumps we were hearing and couldn’t figure out what was going on when I looked under it last night. So frustrating, after taking it in last week, oh well it is living up to its heritage.

  • J – Just
  • E – Empty
  • E – Every
  • P – Pocket

Which meant that I had to run to Mary’s work to pick up the Toyota to get home, so I took the long way around.

Strava Stats 4-24-14

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Rail Trail 6.0 Miler – RunLog 4-22-14

Yesterday, I wanted, change that – needed to get out and run.

After Monday’s race, I needed to do a systems check on the body and I had a bunch of things on my mind to figure out, which is why this post is a day late.

I went down to the Augusta Rail Trail head and ran according to what my body wanted to do. I like the Rail Trail because except for going through Hallowell, I don’t have to worry about traffic and can put things on autopilot and do some thinking.

Strava Stats 4-22-14
Strava Stats 4-22-14

I wasn’t planning to run super fast or turn this into a redemption run. I was looking to run hard in a couple of places, run comfortably most of the run, but mostly I wanted to digest all the information I had processed after Monday’s race. Continue reading “Rail Trail 6.0 Miler – RunLog 4-22-14”