Tough Speed work Day – RunLog 8-18-14

Since I have a race coming up on Sunday, I changed up my normal routine and did my speedwork today, instead of Tuesday. So the body really wasn’t ready for or into this kind of effort on a Monday 😉 .

The first run was with Bennie down-back and then the second one was originally going to be a track workout at Colby, because I had errands to run up there.

Bennie’s Run

We started out really good as you can see below:

Strava - Bennie Run 8-18-14
Strava – Bennie Run 8-18-14

and had a nice steady pace until we got to the first hill and then just before 1.2 miles, Bennie caught a good scent or something and just stopped, I did everything I could to avoid running over him and making out with the road. I clipped him a little on the back leg and then dragged him a little ways, both of which got a couple of yelps out of him and had him looking at me what are doing that for kind of look.

I ran over to pet him and reassure him everything was okay and started to run. Needless to say, he wasn’t too thrilled about getting going again and we slowed down a lot after that. He just wasn’t into the run anymore and I had lost my focus.

However, the last quarter, he got his second wind and grabbed the leash and started to pull-on it like “oh yeah, we gotta finish strong :-).

We still did pretty good in spite of the near wipe-out and loosing focus. While trying not run over Bennie, I know that I stretched the hammie a little much and could feel it talking to me a little more than it had been lately. Nothing to worry about though.

On the walk back home, I also found out another reason, why I was feeling like crap and my eyes felt like they had sandpaper in there and my throat was starting to feel really scratchy.

Yep the Goldenrod has bloomed
Yep the Goldenrod has bloomed

Yep, the goldenrod and ragweed have let loose their deadly spoors and it sucks.

Run #2

Which meant by the time I got to Colby a little later, my eyes had 200 grit sand paper in there and I just felt miserable. So I bagged the outside workout and even though it was a PERFECT fall day (in August) for an outdoor track workout, due to the allergens in the air, I opted for a treadmill workout.

Yeah it sucked!

I would have definitely preferred the outdoor workout.

However, I wanted a quality speed workout and knew that there was no way that was going to happen outside today.

So I drove by Colby and just went to Champions and did a GREAT treadmill workout:

Strava Stats Treadmill 8-18-14
Strava Stats Treadmill 8-18-14

Yeah – this was the HIGH quality workout that I wanted to do.

The first two quarters didn’t feel too bad, but the next 4 – they HURT to get to the end of the quarter (I know, that is what they are supposed to do), but I was able finish each one strong and then died for a short-while at the start of my recovery lap.

The guy beside me probably thought he was going to have to do CPR on this old fart who was running way too fast for his age.

Then I bumped it up a couple notches for the 200’s which felt good, almost more comfortable than the 9.1 speed. I just felt more fluid going just that little bit faster.

When doing the last 200m, I decided to make it into a quarter, because I wanted to just do a total of 6.0 miles and wanted the full 1.0 mile to cool-down.

All I know is that I was toast, well-done toast, when I finished.

Treadmill results 8-18-14
Treadmill results 8-18-14

There is no way that I could have done this kind of quality outside today, so I definitely made the correct choice.

Tonight I soaked in the tub, with a couple of cups of Epsom Salts. I do feel better now.


During Bennie’s run, I wore the Skecher GoMeb’s and they did great as usual.

However, when I did the treadmill workout, I wore the PI N1 Roads because their website promotes the N1 Roads as a lightweight/trainer or perfect for race day:

Pearl Izumi N1 Roads
Pearl Izumi N1 Roads

Per the Pearl website:

Our lightest road style, the Project E:Motion Road N1 is designed for the runner seeking an ultra-smooth, light-as-a-feather, running experience. Perfect for race day, our E:Motion midsole promotes a smooth and quick running sensation giving you the liveliness you need for maximum speed.

Me being me, I had to test out whether I agreed with them or not.

I agree completely with the smooth part and after today’s workout, I wouldn’t hesitate to wear them in a race. However, even though the N1’s did great, the GoMebs have a touch more “pop” to them and I feel just a little faster.

For me the N1’s are more of a lightweight trainer/longer distance racing shoe and the GoMebs are racing flats that I use for 5k/10k races.

So I will wear the GoMebs for the 5K this weekend and run hard in them.

Skechers GoMeb2
Skechers GoMeb2

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this pair of Skechers GoMeb2′s from the local Skechers Performance Division representative after volunteering at the Skechers display booth at the Rail Trail Half Marathon & 5K, at no cost to me.  I was not required to write a positive review or any review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experience with the product might be different. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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