Now that was a pretty damn good week.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.