Run Around Back Cove – RunLog 6-30-14

I had to go down to the JetPort to pick-up SD2 and decided it would be a good time to run around Back Cove.

Fortunately, it was still in the 60’s and there was a slight breeze, so the heat and humidity were not a factor.

Strava Stats 6-30-14
Strava Stats 6-30-14

Unfortunately, I just never really got a comfortable stride going. From the start, my body just felt tight and even though I thought that I had loosened up well in the parking lot, the body didn’t cooperate during the run, so I just plugged along. I did really focus on keeping my elbows back and not crossing my body with my hands.  Continue reading “Run Around Back Cove – RunLog 6-30-14”

I Ran – Not Just Slogged – RunLog 6-28-14

IMG_20140628_105838_840This morning I had the most progress I have had in almost 2 months and it came after the day I seriously thought about shutting everything down for 2 weeks. In other words I am in the middle of Running Injury Recovery Madness.

One day I hit the depths of despair and want to bag it and the next day things seem to be turning around. Yeah, I am riding the roller coaster pretty hard now.

Today’s first run with Bennie, even though I can’t focus my arm swing very well, the first quarter-mile was AMAZING!

NO FREAKING PAIN in my left leg!

Then I came back to reality and the discomfort started in again, but I had run without pain for the first time since April 30th.

I had also had a free and flowing stride that felt strong and was holding myself back, because I really didn’t know what to do with how I was feeling! Continue reading “I Ran – Not Just Slogged – RunLog 6-28-14”

Yeah I Know What I Should Do – RunLog 6-26-14

Yesterday morning it was still raining slightly when Bennie and I went for our run, and then when I went for my solo effort, it was still “misting” pretty good. In other words it was perfect running weather in my opinion with temps in the high 50’s and a bit of a breeze.

Rainy day on 6-26-14
Rainy day on 6-26-14

So how did I do, after taking Wednesday off and breaking our 20 day running streak?

Just okay.

Dad, when are we going for a run?
Dad, when are we going for a run?

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First Run in Skechers GoMEB 2 – RunLog 6-24-14

Skechers GoMEB 2's
Skechers GoMEB 2’s

I did my first run the Skechers GoMEB2’s, that I was given after volunteering at the Skechers booth last weekend at the Rail Trail Half & 5K.

Ummmm — they are gonna be a fast, freaking shoes for me.

Not a doubt in the world about that!

Unfortunately, my hamstring was still telling me how unhappy it was about running too damn fast on Sunday and what in the hell we were doing running down-back with that Damn Dawg this morning, before going out for another bleeping run.

Especially a run in brand spanky new racing flats! That you know you will want to see how great they feel at faster than hell speeds.

Whah, whah, whah, the hamstring had its whiny self going in over-drive and told me in no uncertain terms that I tried anything fast or tried to get smart, it was going to really pitch a fit.

So I went easy – well most of the time, a couple of times the faster pace seem to come out of no where and old hammie didn’t realize what was going on until a few hundred yards down the road, although when it figured it out, hammie did tell me what an idiot I was and proceeded to call me every name in the book, until I slowed down again.

Oh well, sometime you just gotta do what you gotta do. Continue reading “First Run in Skechers GoMEB 2 – RunLog 6-24-14”

Active Rest Day – RunLog 6-23-14

Beautiful day
Beautiful day

Yep, I need a day for resting!

Yesterday’s Rail Trail 5K, left my hamstring sore, so it needs a day or so to recover. It is not painful just sore (big difference). I was still able to do my mobilization routine, Day 19 of the Kinetic Revolution’s 30 Day Challenge and a little weight work in the back of the garage, without too much in the way of discomfort.

However, running a few steps this morning during Bennie’s first walk caused the discomfort level to get a little more than I wanted to play with today.

So I figure that I will not do my run today and just relax a bit.

However, Bennie didn’t get to run yesterday and when we headed out later to do his long walk, he was grabbing the leash and pulling to tell me exactly how unhappy he was about just walking. Continue reading “Active Rest Day – RunLog 6-23-14”

Week In Review – The Good and The Bad 6-22-14

IMG_20140622_082205_663I am at the point of recovering from an injury where it becomes a freaking roller coaster ride. One day you feel like you are make huge progress and then the next you are down in darkest, deepest of lows thinking that you will never run well again.

It sucks.

However, it seems that is what I and I have a feeling many athletes go through, when they are rehabbing from an injury. How about you, do you go through this same roller coaster ride?

Maybe I should look at Shane Victorino’s lack of progress or slow progress, who has had hamstring woes, since the MLB season began and who has access to the best medical and rehab big money can have. Yet he still is just coming back to playing, so even a professional baseball player with all their advantages, still have to take time for things to heal.

It is hard though.

Overall, I ran well this week and went over 40 miles for first time since April. Probably a little too much too soon, but at the same time a lot of these runs were done with Bennie, he accounted for an extra 12+ miles and 6 doubles this week.

No they are not cheap extra miles, they are typically between 8:00 and 8:20 pace and holding on to a dog who wants to run faster is a pretty good workout, especially when he decided to go on a tangent and tried to pull me along with him :-).

I am running more, which is the important thing and yes I am trying to run smarter.

Proof of that was last Tuesday’s 8K Trail Race at Quarry Road, I know the course and after going to the Chiro that morning, decided not to run the 8K. In the past, I just would have sucked it up and done it.

That is progress for me. Continue reading “Week In Review – The Good and The Bad 6-22-14”

Rail Trail 5K Race Recap – 6-22-14

Today was the Rail Trail Half and 5K in Augusta – and the race director, staff and volunteers put on a GRADE A event.

  • I did a lot better than I thought I was going to!!!!
  • No, I my hamstring did not miraculously heal overnight and let me know all about it 😦
  • No, I didn’t break anything.
  • I saw lots of people I know, got to meet some new ones and had a great time.

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Okay those are the highlights, now to get down to what happened.

When I got to registration, picked up my t-shirt, all within a minute (I got there early) and then asked to be dropped down to the 5K from the Half – no problems and that was done very quickly. There just was no way I would have been able to run, much less race the half today. My hamstring is still barking at me way too much and like I said in my post yesterday, it still just doesn’t feel right.

The start of the 5K is 15:00 minutes after the start the half, so I was able to get some photos of the start of the Half Continue reading “Rail Trail 5K Race Recap – 6-22-14”

Humbled and Just a Little Scared

cropped-miles-for-mills2.jpgOkay this is one of those posts, where I am going talk about one of my greatest fears in running. And no, I am not whining or complaining this time, I don’t need Karma to be such a Bitch.

It is something that all athletes (no matter how great or humble) face at some point in their athletic careers.

Think of the many athletes (whether they are 30, 40, 50 or older), have an injury and they just are not the same afterwards.

Now I am not my any stretch of my imagination or any thing else all that a great runner, but I am still competitive, if only in my own mind and with myself. Okay, once in a while in my own age group too.

Right now I am scared to death, that I will not be able to return to running at the same or even close to the level of running that I was able to do, just a couple of months ago.

Yeah we all have our highs and lows, when we rehabbing from an injury, but this time it feels different.

Continue reading “Humbled and Just a Little Scared”

Friday Free-for-All – Look Twice, Save a Life!

This is a great post from Mike at Running Around the Bend that I had to re-blog.

Something I believe that we as drivers need to do – Look Twice for motorcycle, bicycles, pedestrians and yes – even other runners.

Also the rest of the post has many words of wisdom that need to be heard.

Running Around the Bend

Look Twice Save a Life - Runner

On Wednesday as I was out running I noticed a few lawn signs for the motorcycle safety campaign ‘Look Twice, Save a Life’. And since I had just done my ‘Slow the F Down’ post I was thinking how it would be great for drivers to be careful of all the runners out and about.

Here are some other thoughts this week:

Running – the weather has been hot and humid, but I am not complaining … it just awesome to toss on my shirt and shorts and GO! As a result I have been pushing it … I had done more than 70 miles last week, which caused me to look back: in May I’d done 29 of 31 days and over 250 miles, and was up to 14 out of 15 days in June with about 125 miles … and so I took off this Monday and will…

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First Runs in Skechers GoBionic Trails-RunLog 6-19-14

Okay, what is the deal with getting all the last year’s shoes, that are now discontinued and then actually writing like it means something?

Skechers GoBionic Trails
Skechers GoBionic Trails

These shoes are old frigging news and the rest of the world has moved on to newer, brighter and shinier shoes that are hip and now.

For the Long Explanation and what I thought about the GoBionic Trails read through, otherwise – it came down to where and how much I actually run in trail shoes, yes – price was a factor and yep, I like them.

After my other trail shoes decided to take a divit out of my right middle toe, which is an automatic no more of this crap for me. I decided that I needed a different pair of trail running shoes, since my GoRun Ride 2’s definitely are not trail shoes and nothing else in my collection works well on the trails I run on.

So much to TheWife’s displeasure I went out and got another pair of running shoes.

Yep I went back in the dog house – hmmm when did I get out from last time…I guess I must have escaped or something. 🙂 Continue reading “First Runs in Skechers GoBionic Trails-RunLog 6-19-14”