Week In Review 8-17-14
I have been busy this week, running more miles than I have in a while, reading a lot, writing a little more than usual, got a new pair of daily trainers, sent back my TomTom GPS watch and doing a lot of thinking about the book I got for my birthday Run Simple by Duncan Larkin and how I have incorporated (already) some of the suggestions in the book.
When I was first writing this post – I hadn’t decided if I want to do a complete book review or not, but my first, but not my last reading of this book has been a good thing, it is getting me to think about how I can simplify my running some more.
I was going to do a quick two paragraph review here, but it grew and grew, so I will end up writing a full book review on Run Simple, later this week :-). It is a good book and worth taking a look at, no I don’t agree with everything he says, but he did make me think about why I do some of the things I do and gave me some great tidbits that will help me focus my training even more.
On Friday, I was running into Augusta for my long run and suddenly a white Toyota pulls in front of me and TheWife says get in something is wrong with Isabelle (our 11 year cat). We rush her to the vet, she gets some shots, pills and although she is doing better, she is still not quite herself. So we are keeping an eye on how she is doing and spoiling her rotten.
I did good, another over 40 mile week – 3 in a row, if I had really, really wanted to I could have gotten to 50, but it really isn’t that big of a deal.
I actually had a 2.0 mile run in under 14:00 minutes, so that means I am starting to get into shape, but my Middle Road Loop run sucked – bad. That is the one run that really tells me what kind of shape I really am in and when I am able to run that loop in under 40:00 minutes, it means that I am in good shape.
So once a week, I plan to run “The Loop” as a quick check of where I am – kind of a weekly quiz on my running.
Bennie has a pretty good running streak going, which means I am running more than I have in a long time.
You know something, it feels good to be running a lot again.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Roads – My birthday present! You can read my decision on why to get them here and my first impressions here. So far they are exactly what I wanted and expected, we will see how they are at the 50 and 200 mile reports.
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads – Due to a little right knee discomfort when I ran in my GRR2’s, so I decided to start running in my N2 Roads that I got in a trade in January. I was pleasantly surprised at how well I ran in them, even though they are not all that responsive at faster speeds – I just feel slower in them. Also while they have loosened up a little compared to when they were new, but are definitely a lot firmer than my Skechers.
Skechers GoRun Ride 2 – My 50 mile review. While I love how these shoes feel when I run in them, however as I am getting closer to 200 miles, I notice that I am getting that familiar right knee discomfort that I use to tell me that it is time to start looking for another pair of running shoes. I will continue to run in them for recovery or shorter/easier run, but nothing longer than 5 miles.
Skechers GoMeb 2 – I went over 60 miles in them and will be putting up my review of them this week – I hope. I continue to be impressed with how well they are working for me. I like the extra “pop” feeling they give me, when I run in them.
Pearl Izumi Peak II – I still 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 him, I want/need 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 or even the EM Line of shoes from PI, but they seem to be working well for me. I will be going over 50 miles next week and will be doing a 50 mile review soon.
TomTom GPS Watch: Hey, I finally got that review done and if you are interested, you can read about it here. Unfortunately, shortly after that review, the controller fell out, which made the watch useless, so when combined with the other issues I have talked about in that review, made me very disappointed with the product’s durability.
Well I worked with TomTom’s customer service department and while it was a little slow going at first, once CoCo (TomTom CSR) got involved, things went very quickly. I got authorization for a new unit and FedExed my old unit last Wednesday. Which means I should be getting a new TomTom Runner GPS Watch early next week. While I am still disappointed with the durability of the first unit, I was pleased with TomTom’s customer service.
While the Forerunner has been rock solid, it is still very slow to pick up a satellite signal (I have to wait before I can start running, even after doing my 100 ups and some stretching) and find that I miss many of the functions that I used on the TomTom that my Garmin Forerunner 10 cannot do. The only thing that I will miss about the Forerunner 10, that the TomTom doesn’t support is the autostop functionality, which is a nice feature.
I will be happy when I get my TomTom back and get back to normal.
Let’s see how the new one works once I get it.
The left hamstring issues, the left Achilles/Posterior Tibialis and both hamstring are bothering a little more than they have been, but I have not been good about my mobilization/stretching/strengthening routines this week, so I need to get back to doing them when I am supposed to. Plus I am starting to run faster, which is causing more of a strain in those areas. The right foot continues to improve although there are sometimes that it bothers a little more, but not enough to stop me.
It was the last week of the Quarry Road Summer Trail Race series, which I volunteered at for most of the summer, which was a little bittersweet, because I enjoy seeing and talking with so many of the local runners that attend the series.
The reality is that
I enjoyed reading Running Simple and finished it in less than a day. It gave me a few gems to add into my training and made me think about other things in a way that I haven’t before. Which are good things.
Isabelle is doing better, but still not out of the woods, so we are keeping a close eye on her.
I am really liking the Pearl Izumi N1 Roads, they fit well, feel right and only time will tell if they are as good as shoe as their initial impression has made on me.
I can’t wait to get my new TomTom watch in this week and see how it holds up compared to the last one. I really like a LOT of things about my TomTom GPS watch and hope that my first experience with their product was an anomaly and not the norm. We will find out.
Yeah I have to get back into my mobilization/stretching/strengthening routines on a regular basis again this coming week.
Speaking of this coming week, I have a 5K race on the 24th and plan to push as hard as I can during the race. I want to know where I am with my conditioning and plan to use this as a measurement of where I am now.
Now, I get to combat the race anxiety and all the pre-race thoughts that are going to be screaming through my head all week long…I will be fine, just one day at a time and then when the gun goes off at 10:00 AM next Sunday, I can finally just run and enjoy the race 🙂 .
So I got a lot done and have a lot to look forward to this week – ain’t running great!!!