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