No Race Just a Bit of Rain – Run 7-4-14

Happy Independence Day for those of us in the U.S.

Wet t-shirt contest anyone?   :-)
Wet t-shirt contest anyone? 🙂

No, I didn’t race any of the local races in Winthrop, Freeport or up in Bangor areas. I wasn’t sure of how the leg would respond and decided to skip them, which was too bad, because I think I would have done just fine, but better safe than sorry.

Still when I read the tweets and facebook posts by people who raced today, I feel as though I should have – oh well it is what it is.

The weather coming in was a bit of a factor, not the rain and humidity those things didn’t bother, but with the low pressure coming in, I got my usual headache, verging on a migraine. It is something I have to contend with when a bad storm is coming in and it seems to be coming around a little more often this summer than it has for a while.

Oh well, running does help.

Weather just after we  got through running
Weather just after we got through running

The other news is how nice to see that Hurricane Arthur is keeping his ass mostly out to sea and should mostly a rain event up heah, as long as he doesn’t make a surprise left turn after hitting Cape Cod :-).

Run #1

Yeah my first run was with Bennie and we ran down back as usual. Yep it was raining pretty good, but it felt a lot better than the hot, humid conditions that we had yesterday.

Bennie was doing his best to pull me along, telling me he wanted to go faster than the trot we were doing, but I didn’t want to go any faster.

Strava - Bennie Run 7-4-14
Strava – Bennie Run 7-4-14


However, he did have fun splashing through the ditch water and really didn’t want to stop, where we did and kept trying to pull me to get me to start running again. We had done 3.0+ miles and for now that is the max I want him to do.

Bennie doing his best to get me to run again
Bennie doing his best to get me to run again
  • Bennie Run Down-back — Town Office O/B to Lower Gate
  • 3.1 — Distance
  • 27:06 — Time
  • 8:44/mi Pace
  • Shoes: Skechers GoBionic Trail 6-18-14 (23.9 mi)

Run #2

Initially I had planned on going around Middle Road – 5.0 miles, but when I started back up, my left leg felt tight, so I decided to just do laps on Philbrick Road, so if it felt any worse, I could just bag the run quickly. Fortunately, as I ran, my lg started to loosen up, so I turned it into a short progression run.

Strava - Stats 7-4-14
Strava – Stats 7-4-14

The first lap was slow and my leg felt tight and the ankle area was a little sore.

However, as I kept running, the leg started to loosen up and by the time I got done, it was feeling pretty good. It still feels weird though, I don’t seem to have the strength in it to just “go” like I did in the past, there is still a lack of response, but it is a lot better than it was.

If I am going to do double runs, I have a feeling that I have to run right after the first one instead of waiting around for a while and letting my muscles tighten up again or wait until later. This waiting a half hour in between isn’t working.

Overall, two very different runs, both were good, but for different reasons.

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