Almost At Race Pace – RunLog 7-30-14

IMG_1751Hey, what in the hell is up with September weather in July, while I LOVE IT for running and sleeping, if this trend continues we will be having frost in late August = not good. Oh well, we just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us.

I have a feeling that this winter might not be a fun one and you better make sure that the wood box is full and you have gotten your prepaid/lock-in for whatever you use to heat your house done.

This morning’s first run was with Bennie – we both were ready to run!!! Enough so that I wore my GoMebs and started fast and held it for as long as I could.

Strava Bennie Run 7-30-14
Strava Bennie Run 7-30-14

Yes, a couple of those lower bumps got into where I want to be for my 5K race pace! Continue reading “Almost At Race Pace – RunLog 7-30-14”

An Introverted Runner – That is Me

Running is an important part of my life, but not for the reasons that are obvious:

  • weight-loss
  • physical fitness
  • mental benefits
  • more leeway in eating what I want

They are important and they are a part of “why” I run.

Comfort Zone

Running does something for me that no other activity does, it takes me out of comfort zone – a lot.

No, it isn’t about running faster or further either.


Running makes me want to get out and be with other people, go places or do things, I wouldn’t otherwise.

What are you talking about Harold?

Through running I have met people I never would have met otherwise (both people who are relatively famous or those who are less famous, but have become friends), go places (run in Central Park, gone to Runner’s World Headquarters),  done things (attended the inaugural Runners World Half Festival as a featured blogger or earned a living writing about running/healthy living for a year).

Those are a few of the things that running has done for me.

Because I run, I have done these things even though I am… Continue reading “An Introverted Runner – That is Me”

Just A Little Speedwork – RunLog 7-28-14

Bennie and I ran downback this morning just before the rains came and at the bottom of Stevens Hill, I decided to pick up the pace, just to see how everything felt.

It wasn’t for all that far and wasn’t an all out effort, especially when Bennie somehow almost got the leash tangled in my legs (that would have been a hard one to explain, when I finally came too), so I had to do a quick twirl, while running rather quickly.

Nope I didn’t fall or hurt anything, but I am sure it would have made for a great blooper video.

Strava Bennie Run 7-28-14
Strava Bennie Run 7-28-14

That is that blip in the middle of the faster paces just after .4 miles. Continue reading “Just A Little Speedwork – RunLog 7-28-14”

Week In Review – Surprisingly Back to Running 7-27-14


At some point and time, the crazy, freaky injuries that seem to find me so often, will stop seeking me out and allow me to just run and enjoy the feeling of running pain-free for a few years. 🙂

It will happen – I know it will.

Now that my right foot is feeling pretty good (not 100%, but pretty good) hopefully I am starting down that road.

I had planned on doing some really slow return to running this week, instead I felt good enough to just keep running. Not stupid amounts or at speeds that are bordering on insane…no I listened very carefully to my body, didn’t push too far and ended the week with 33.9 miles, which didn’t include a nice 3+ mile hike at Messalonskee Stream Trail this morning.

Bennie on the Messalonskee Stream Trail
Bennie on the Messalonskee Stream Trail

My right foot is a little sore from when Bennie decided to pull and caused me to land awkwardly on my right foot on a rock.

My tailor’s bunionette didn’t like that but otherwise this has been a GREAT week.

Running Belt for dog leash
Running Belt for dog leash

Bennie and I got back to running together and I started using my old archery field quiver belt and it has worked well in allowing me to run hands-free.

Continue reading “Week In Review – Surprisingly Back to Running 7-27-14”

TomTom GPS Watch – Review Update

TomTom Runner GPS Watch
TomTom Runner GPS Watch

Back on February 27, 2014, I initially reviewed my TomTom GPS runner watch and since then I have used it almost daily, so it is time for an update to that review.

What kind of relationship do I have with TomTom – none. I purchased this watch from Clever Timing using a discount code from Pete Larson’s RunBlogger site – yeah with my money, so I can say what ever the hell I want about this product as strictly a consumer.

What I wanted originallywas a dead solid watch that quickly gets the GPS signal, keeps signal, tracks my treadmill workouts, gives mile splits, charges quickly and accurately uploads my data, along with some simple workout programs that I can set up and listen for the beep or buzz to start/stop different parts of my workout.

So is that what I got?

For the most part I am very happy with my choice of the TomTom Runner GPS watch, but like all things electronic, it does have a few quirks and things that I do not like.

My Needs

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A Little Quicker Today – RunLog 7-25-14

After yesterday’s surprise long run, I really wanted to see how I felt this morning.

Not too bad, not too bad at all.

Legs felt tired, but nothing was overly sore or at least no worse than before I did the long run.  Which in my opinion is a win, win.

The above video is Bennie pulling on me trying to get me to run some more, after we had finished up the run, but this is what he does when we first start out on most runs, I though you might get a chuckle out of it.

Run #1

The first run was with Bennie, he was ready and raring to go this morning. He was pulling me harder than usual and had that 4 paw drive just a churnin.  Continue reading “A Little Quicker Today – RunLog 7-25-14”

A Little Further than I Planned – RunLog 7-24-14

Yesterday’s run would have been a gorgeous morning for a run, but by the time I got out there it was in the mid-70’s, which is great for doing everything else, but still a bit warm for running.

Right now I am running by feel, if I feel good I do a little more, if I don’t feel right, I do less, if I need a day off I take it and if I feel like running faster I do and I am learning slower is not a bad thing. Yeah I know it isn’t much of a recovery plan, especially if you are the type of person who has to have a plan, but now I need to listen to my body more than look at or try to fit a plan into how my body feels.

Initially, I was going to do 3 or so, but I was feeling pretty good and decided to go for 6.0. I couldn’t decide on whether to do the Champions 10k course or up over Colby and back to Champions. I did feel like fighting the traffic over by WalMart, so I went around Colby.

I was not planning on going very fast and simply wanted to get some time on my feet. Yeah, Mayflower Hill slowed me down pretty good, but I felt good going up it for the first time in a long time.

Strava Stats - 7-24-14
Strava Stats – 7-24-14

Yeah, somehow I ended up going 9.5 miles!!! Continue reading “A Little Further than I Planned – RunLog 7-24-14”

Raspberry Picking and Life

The other day, I was out picking raspberries.

Raspberry Picking 7-23-14
Raspberry Picking 7-23-14

While out there in the hot sun, I had a lot of time to think about how picking them is a lot like life and yep – even running.

Now bear with me, I know this is not what I usually write about, but I had waaaayyyy too much time on my time while picking berries and it caused my thoughts to wander off – at least half a bubble and probably addled things a little :-).

So what did I think about?


You have to be in the right place at the right time, too early and the berries will not be ready and too late they will be all gone or not worth picking. Continue reading “Raspberry Picking and Life”

Speed Play and Warmish – RunLog 7-23-14

After a 1.0 mile with Bennie
After a 1.0 mile with Bennie

Nope, I am not complaining about the heat, I still remember last winter’s temps that busted the brass balls on all the monkeys, even though we were all bundled up and much rather run in shorts/t’-shirt and sweating my ass off.

Even so, when it gets this hot, I do make sure that I go slower, if it is above 80F and when I went by the AYC it was already 81. That is just being smart, not something that I do all that often, but I am starting to get better.

I had to be in Waterville, so I decided to do my 12 x 30 seconds faster run, with 30 seconds rest and then take it easy the rest of the way. If you look at the stats, I didn’t really go all that fast at any point during any of the faster repeats, but it was fast enough for my conditioning and the conditions.

Run #1

I guess you could almost call this a fartlek workout.  Continue reading “Speed Play and Warmish – RunLog 7-23-14”

Feeling Pretty Positive – RunLog 7-22-14

You know something running mostly pain-free is rather nice.

Honestly, I had forgotten how good it feels, it has been such a long time.

Run #1

Bennie got his way again this morning and we did another run. It was the fastest pace I have run in a long time.

Strava Bennie Run - 7-22-14
Strava Bennie Run – 7-22-14


He was definitely ready to run this morning! That slow spot just after the .5 mark was us meeting a horse and rider. He thought it would be a good idea to go play with the horse, so we went to short leash and pull, to get his attention back on running. Once he was by the horse he took off again, but had several spots he really wanted to check out going up the hill.

I kinda picked it up going down the hill and he was looking at me, like what are you doing you old fart, you can’t run that fast ;-). It was already over 80 and while I was ready to do a little more, his tongue was hanging pretty hard, so I stopped at the mile mark, which is also a little stream where he waded and drank a bit to cool down, then we walked another 1.5 miles.

I tried something different. I have a padded hip belt that I use for my field quiver for archery, which is wide and padded. I thought this would be perfect as a belt to put Bennie’s leash through, so I can run hands-free with him. It worked great and didn’t bother my back at all.

Run #2

I was thinking about running the Quarry Road 3K Trail Race this evening, but I wasn’t sure how things would hold together under race conditions, especially my ability to not push too hard.

Since I volunteer at these races anyway, I decided to go in and run the course to see how I felt. When I went by Fred’s Coffee, the temp was 91F and a little muggy – not too bad, but plenty warm.

Strava Stats 7-22-14
Strava Stats 7-22-14

I started out pretty decently, but the heat and the bumps got to me quickly, so I just slowed down. There is no sense in killing myself on a day like today. Could I have run faster – sure, but why?

I was glad I ran the course by myself – I actually took my shirt off and ran it shirtless. I didn’t want anyone to be blinded by bright reflection I was putting out. I am too self-conscious to not wear my shirt very often, but today it was too damn hot to wear one, but the horseflies attacked and I wished that I had a shirt on.

It was also a good test of the Peak II’s (I learned that I have tighten them up a little more to prevent sliding around inside on hills. They are not as snug in the midfoot or heel.

The reality is that

I needed this run to show me what kind of shape I am really in. Not good.

I was really shown that I need to start running a hell of a lot more consistently. Yeah the normal stuff, hills and speed :-).

It will happen and I will get back in shape.

My foot did well and didn’t hurt at all during the runs and is just a little sore now. I don’t think it liked being stood on for almost 3 hours while I was working the races (fun run & 3K), you know setup, during and take down.

Running can be fun when you are not in pain. 🙂 I just want to do it more often.