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Week In Review – A Good Week 8-3-14

Now that was a pretty damn good week.

Meb and Me 8-3-14

Meb and Me 8-3-14

Getting to see so many great people down in Portland yesterday and yeah, getting my picture taken with Meb was cool too.

Doing a couple of sessions with “real” speedwork (at least for me) and getting over 40 miles for the week – felt good. Yes, I am tired, but a good tired.

Getting my Spreadsheet caught back up…I like Strava a lot and plan to keep using it, but at the same time there is just something about having control over your running data and not be reliant on a site, company or brand to make sure your data is always available to you.

Excel RunLog 8-3-14

Excel RunLog 8-3-14

So I went ahead and plugged in all my runs since January, which was a pain in the butt, but now that it is done, I will keep it caught up.

The best part was that I ran mostly pain-free. I have a feeling that there will always be pain someplace on this old body when comes to running, but as long as it stays at an acceptable level, that is cool 🙂 . However, I was very conservative when it came to my right foot and took it easy after the harder workouts (you know that thing you are supposed to do).

Training

I did good, didn’t over do it last week and ran by how my body was feeling. When I felt sore, I backed off and when I felt good I pushed a little. As much as I wanted to do a long run into Augusta on Friday – I didn’t and ended up doing a mental toughness run on the Rail Trail. I will probably start a more  formalized, need I say structured training schedule this week, but still listen to the body.

Bennie and I are still running almost every day together and sometimes I think those runs are a combination of speedwork/strides too. I just have to remember that the faster runs with Bennie count towards my faster runs and some strength training, along with proprioception work 🙂 . Those sudden lunges he does, do make things interesting when we are running along at a quick clip.

I was very happy that I got almost 42 miles this week.

Overall, I was very happy with how I felt to end the week. Tired, but good.

Gear

Running Shoes Stats 8-3-14

Skechers GoRun Ride 2 – My 50 mile review is here and i am quickly closing in on 200 miles. These shoes just work for me.

Skechers GoMeb 2 – I went over 50 miles for them and will be putting up my review of them shortly. I am impressed with how they working for me. Now to get into a race to find out how my progress is going.

Pearl Izumi Peak II – I prefer to wear these on my Bennie run’s downback, since they have a rock plate and when running on the dirt road/rocks with a spastic Jack Russell, I prefer the extra protection, when I am focusing on where he is going, versus where I am putting my feet. It took a little to get used to them, because they have a completely different feel from my Skechers, but they seem to be working well for me.

TomTom GPS Watch: Hey, I finally got that review done and if you are interested, you can read about it here.

Injuries

The left hamstring issues, the left Achilles/Posterior Tibialis are in the 80% healed range (which is about as much as I think I am going to get back) and bark at me from time-to-time, especially when I attempt to actually toe-off during a run. The right foot is doing better and as long as I go slowly and listen on the days it is still sore.

Races

None

The reality is that

getting 40 plus miles this week, a couple of speedier sessions this week, in addition to that mental toughness building session on the Rail Trail made for a very good week. I plan to continue to be careful with the foot – yes it is getting better, but I have a feeling that there was a little more damage in there than I originally believed and while it is healing nicely, I don’t want to screw things up, by pushing to hard for a bit longer.

I just have to keep listening to my body, start working a more formalized, well let’s call it more structured idea of what I want to accomplish to keep moving towards my 5K race goals.

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4 Comments »

  1. Looks like you had a good week. Looking at your stats your cadence looks really good. Is that natural or did you have to work on it? I need to work on mine.
    We drove through Portland yesterday. Was in Calais for a wedding and I drove most of the way back. Too tired to write about that now.
    You met Meb! That guy seems to be everywhere.He seems very nice.

    • Thanks Andy – I have worked on the cadence a little, but find that it changes with my pace, if I go slower, I usually have a slower cadence, if I am running faster I tend to have a higher one. I am working more to keep my strides shorter and quicker, no matter what my speed. 🙂

      Yeah it was one of the those grip and grin photo opps, he does seem to be a genuinely nice guy though and someone who would be fun to sit down and just talk with. His wife was very pleasant too. and his children were there and they were running all around having fun and laughing a lot, so I have a feeling that is who he really is.

      • That is awesome that his whole family was there. It sounds like his kids didn’t think anything of being at the event and all of the attention their dad gets. It’s just normal for them.

  2. Agree with Andy – great week, nice to see it all laid out, and so happy that things really seem to be going in a good direction!

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