I Like The Trades and the Red Sox New Look

This post has absolutely nothing to do with running, but is about a different passion of mine. – Baseball, specifically Boston Red Sox Baseball.

I have been a Red Sox fan since — oh about 1966 – you know George Scott, Mike Andrews, Rico, Joe Foy, Yaz, Tony C, Reggie, Longborg and all the rest. I used to listen to the games with my Grandfather on the radio and then watch them on the old Black & White TV when they were on.

So I endured the curse of the Bambino as a long-suffering fan and then enjoyed the 3 World Series wins since, especially the unexpected one last year.

However, I found my interest in Red Sox baseball waning quickly with the play of the team this year.

It was as though some of the players were going through the motions, the camaraderie and excitement about playing together, that was so clear last year, was gone.

Actually, I had gotten so disgusted with some of what I was seeing on television – not just the loosing, but the lack of excitement about the “Game” from too many players. The passion was gone.

I don’t know what goes on in the locker room and have never met any of these players in person, all I can go by is what I see and hear from the talking heads i.e. baseball experts, from what I see during games and interview, along with my perspective as a LONG-TIME Red Sox fan. Continue reading “I Like The Trades and the Red Sox New Look”

Tired But Good – RunLog 8-1-14

I can tell that I am starting to run more, I feel tired more lately than I have been and it is a good tired, not that exhausted feeling, but that I have done something good tired.

Run #1

A good Bennie run, I kept slowing him down, acting as that big anchor, he was more than willing to fly and I was trying to keep up a nice comfortable pace.

I hadn’t decided whether to do a long run or not this morning and if I decided to, I didn’t want to push really hard on Bennie’s run. I did pick up the pace a few times and he grinned pretty good until I slowed back down and he would grab the leash and try to pull me to go faster.

Silly dog.

Strava Bennie Run 8-1-14
Strava Bennie Run 8-1-14

We went a little further than the usual 2.0 miles or so, but the weather is so nice in the mornings that we both are able to run a little more. We did pick it up from the Big Pine to the Lower Gate – it felt pretty good and made Bennie happy. Continue reading “Tired But Good – RunLog 8-1-14”

July 2014 – What A Rollercoaster

July was a roller coaster — no doubt about it, but I am encouraged about the direction my running is going and here are some of the things that I want to focus on:

  • Carrying through on a decision made
  • Dodging a huge bullet
  • Running with Bennie
  • Slight Name Change Again

Favorite Photo from July

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

Decision Made

At the end of June, my Chiropractor basically told me he had done about as much as he could do for me and my hamstring.

At that point I decided to stop playing running injury victim. What – my hamstring was bad enough that I was willing to pay out-of-pocket for a Chiropractor? Yes, it was still sore, but strangely enough, as soon as I decided to move on from being an injured runner, to just being a runner again. It didn’t bother me as much?

It was as though a switch had been flipped — I started to move on and get back to just being a runner again. Did this mean the hamstring miraculously stopped hurting or effecting my running completely – no, but it meant that I stopped focusing on how it felt and how it was holding my running back. Instead I focused on improving my running.

The mind is a strange thing sometimes.

Dodging a Huge Bullet

Back on July 12th, I had a hay wagon run over my right foot (read about it here).

This is the fully-loaded trailer the day before,
This is the fully loaded trailer the day before,

Watching that tire run over my foot was scary, all I could think of was how long would I be injured this time. Luckily, it didn’t do the severe damage that I expected. Sure my foot was SORE and bruised, but I was able to keep walking on it and only felt that I took a week off to make sure that I didn’t make things worse.

While I am back to running over 30 miles a week again, my foot is still a little sore at times, so I am being a cautious/conservative on those days when it is, until all the soreness is gone.

Running With Bennie

Bennie and I are becoming best running buddies, he enjoys our morning romps, he is my extra speedwork or is that strides workouts, the pace is usually not all that even, faster, slower and some strength training – when he decided it is time to go after some critters that are down back.

It is a LOT of fun running with him and no these are not crap miles, that I use to “pad” my weekly mileage totals. If you think that come on over and run a couple of miles with us 🙂 , it will change your mind .

Slight Blog Name Change

I went ahead and changed the name of my blog to Aging Runnah. You can read the reasons here. It has a lot to do with accurately describing what I write about here and not having a negative perspective/vibe on my running and life.

Running

The good news is that I was able to run over 100 miles and since I made the decision to just run, my running has gotten better and I am starting to feel like I am getting back in shape.

July Summary

Strava Monthly Summary July 2014
Strava Monthly Summary July 2014

Not too shabby considering how close I came to having a pretty significant injury and taking 8 days off in a row to make sure my foot was okay. I am running by feel versus any plan for a while. That way I do not feel pressured to do a certain workout or mileage, while I am making sure that the foot continues to improve.

However, I have had an amazing run/workouts this week that make me feel hopeful about my running going forward.

Strava Weekly July Summary 2014
Strava Weekly July Summary 2014

I am going to start the Kinetic Revolution’s 6 week program to improve my running on Monday. I like the different exercises/routines that he has and I think that adding those to my running over the next month or so, will make me a better runner.

Injuries

This month was dominated by what happened or better what didn’t happen to my foot when it got run over by the hay wagon. The hamstring is still not 100%, but it is not the focus that it was in May and June. I am moving on.

If you are interested in all the different injuries I have had over the years, you can read about them here, I know that once I put the list together, I was shocked by the number of things that I have done to myself.

Running Shoes

Running shoes are not the answer to my injuries, but they can make a difference in how you run. Although I have a bunch of shoes listed below, I pretty much have gotten my rotation down to:

  • Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s – Long runs and recovery runs
  • Skechers GoMeb 2’s – Track, treadmill and road speedwork sessions
  • Pearl Izumi Peak II’s – For running downback with Bennie and on easy trail runs.
  • Skechers GoBionic Trail – Trail racing, if I ever get around to doing one again.
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Roads – My walking shoes – no running.
Strava Running Shoes List 7-31-14
Strava Running Shoes List 7-31-14

 

I have put away my Brooks Launch and Green Silence for a while – at least until my hamstring is fully healed and then see if I can add them back into the rotation. The Energy and GoRun2’s are sitting in my gym locker as just in case shoes, the N1 Trails are gone and N2 Road CY will probably be added to the long run/recovery day rotation, when I start adding more miles to my weekly totals or the GRR2’s start getting more miles on them and the GR4’s or other Skechers trainer that are due to be released in November.

Racing

None – I was starting to get ready to start again, but decided not to after the hay wagon incident, just to make sure that I don’t push it too hard and do something stupid. Although I really wanted to do the 5K in Belgrade last weekend and Bond Brook last night – the foot is still sore enough after a tough workout to be conservative for a while longer.

The reality is that

I am actually pretty happy with where my running is, compared to where it was a few weeks ago. I know that I am very lucky to even be running now, after that hay wagon ran over my foot. It could have been months of not running and a painful rehab, if my foot had been crushed just a little more. So I really appreciate my running now and do not take it for granted.

I want to thank everyone in my online and local running community who have supported me through the past few months and my ups and downs that has been the story of my running lately. You have shown me how important having supportive people around me is to helping me get through some of the tough points I have had  lately.