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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!!!

When I got down to First Rangeway I had a choice of turning left (shortest), straight (shorter), right (longer). Nothing really hurt and I didn’t feel bad at all, so I turned right. Later, I would rue that decision, but at the time it felt like the right choice.

For some reason I thought this route was going to be just under 7.0 miles – boy was I wrong.

It was a course with enough hills to make it interesting (yeah they sucked πŸ˜‰ ), in other words challenging for my present level of conditioning.

I was ready to stop at 7.0 miles and just walk it back in – I was hot, thirsty and tired. My left Achilles was bothering, just like it always does between miles 6 to 8, but not enough to shut it down, but enough to let me know it wasn’t happy.

I didn’t stop and kept running.

Building on that mental toughness thing, to keep going even though I didn’t want to.

By the time I finished, I was done – well done and damn glad to see the end.

Nope, I didn’t re-injure or injure anything, I just felt sore from running further than I should have. That good soreness you get when you push yourself to do more than usual.

The good, no great news was that my right foot, didn’t complain at all, so I dodged serious injury this time, which was a big load off my mind and now I can start including some longer runs into my training plan again, just gotta do them slower and not get overly crazy about it.

On a longer run like this my shoes become even more important than ever. I know that my GoRun Ride 2’s felt amazing the entire way, no blisters, hot spots, etc. and were not any kind of issue – in fact I didn’t even think about them, other than thinking down on Silver Street that my feet didn’t hurt, which is the way I want my shoes to feel. Put them on and forget about ’em.

This run did give me more of an idea of where I am and how far I have to go to get back to where I want :-).



  1. Harold, I just read your new blog name (at 5:45 am) and I cannot stop laughing. Are you feeling old? You poor thing.. Please don’t ever go as far as calling it Decrepit Runnah .. keep your feet away from wheels and maybe you won’t ever have to. That really stuck me as funny and I needed a laugh this morning! So thank you πŸ™‚ maybe it’s because I don’t consider you “aging”.. but I can see how you would feel that way with all your foot injuries. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

    • Thanks Katy – We all are aging whether we are 2 or 72, so it is sort of age neutral even though that isn’t how we usually look at it. I will never have a negative title for my blog again, it is too much of a downer to write from that perspective and I am not a downer type of guy. πŸ™‚

      I am glad that you can laugh and smile and that I had something to do with it. I am getting older nothing is going to change that, but I am going to do the best I can with what I have :-), besides there is not any other choice as far as I am concerned. πŸ™‚

      • Good attitude. I guess it reminded me of how I felt after my first marathon. Even though I was only 20, I had a keen sense of what it felt like to be 90. I took a class in grad school called ‘exercise and aging’. You’re right, we are all aging so we did study how exercise effects all stages of life, but we did focus on elderly populations, so I associate that term with “really” old people. Which is not you.

  2. πŸ™‚ hehehehe, I just plan to keep going and not have that “old” attitude that I see so many people have. I can’t do “it” I am too old, I may not be able to stuff like I used to but I will do what I can while I can for as long as I can πŸ™‚

  3. Haha a LITTLE further!? I mean I’ve run an extra mile or so more than planned, but that’s definitely more than a little. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you are okay afterward and got some good takeaways from it. I miss that kind of mileage so much.

    • Yeah, I admit it I got a little carried away, but I felt good and went with it, at mile 7.0, I thought it wasn’t such a great idea, but today, I have had two very nice quality runs and am smiling. It was a big confidence building run for me. πŸ™‚

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