In Case You Were Wondering

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My old 1971 Camaro – Just as a change of pace, there is a great post here.

Over the past few weeks, you will have noticed that running has started to dominate my blog more and more.

Why?

Well first and foremost, I am most comfortable talking about running publicly and it seems that I have slid back into that habit.

Plus when you add in the fact that I am running the best I have since early May, well… not a bad thing, but it not where I wanted to go with the blog when I returned here.

This is not just a running blog. Continue reading “In Case You Were Wondering”

Bennie Looking at the Brook

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We were on a 4.0 mile run down-back and Bennie stopped to look at something on the other side of the brook. I thought it was pretty, but didn’t realize how pretty it was until after I looked at it on the laptop.
It is good to see water in the creeks and streams around us, but we are still officially in a drought, so we will see how things go. Here it is almost December and all we have had for snow is a couple of flurries that amounted to little more than half an inch each time.
Sooner or later we are gonna get dumped on.

Fascination or Obsession – Puma Mobium Line

Have you ever been totally obsessed with something that just doesn’t make a bit sense?

You  can’t understand why and when in the past you have gotten them, for whatever reason they just didn’t work for you, but it didn’t stop you from wanting to try them – again.

It is irrational, illogical, unreasonable, unjustifiable, absurd, preposterous and all those other words that we use to describe, us wanting something and not have any valid reason for our fascination with it.

That is how I am with the Puma Mobium line of running shoes.

Once upon a time, well a couple of years ago, I was going to wear-test for Puma, but come to find out, even though I wear primarily size 8.5 or 9.0 in most running shoes, when I submitted my Brannock device photo, my actual foot size is closer 7.5 or 8.0, so I didn’t meet the sizing necessary to be a wear-tester.

Bummer dude.

I even went down to Boston and met with the good folks from Puma’s wear-test division, to see why.

Pretty simple – my feet are too small. Continue reading “Fascination or Obsession – Puma Mobium Line”

Thanksgiving day Run Down back

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I promised myself and Mary that I wouldn’t do either of the two Turkey Trot 5K’s in the area this morning. So I was good and ran down-back. Although the Garmin and Strava say I had two runs, I will say that I did a nice 7.1 miler and smile.
The first part of the run was with Bennie. I had planned on a quicker 4-5 with him and it started out really great. I was wearing the Adios 3’s and told myself we were going to run faster than usual. I wasn’t prepared for the truck of hunters going by as we went past the quarter-mile point.

Continue reading “Thanksgiving day Run Down back”

Making Memories; Shopping Not So Much

Appreciate Your Time Together

Yesterday, I took the day off work so Mary and I could spend the day together. It is something we have not gotten the chance to do often enough lately. Our schedules just haven’t been syncing, to let us see one another more than a few hours a day lately.

This is more than just a what we did post, so bear with me, although what we did is part of the story.

Mary and I ended up going down to Portland (about an hour or so away) and did a little shopping. Neither of us are the shop till you drop types, we are more figure out what you need, go to those places and get it done. So we made 2 stops in Portland, 1 in Falmouth and 2 in Brunswick.

We didn’t go near the Maine Mall or any of the other larger shopping centers.

Hell, we didn’t even stop in Freeport. 🙂

The first stop was the Coast Guard Exchange.

While I was wandering around, I ended up in the uniform section and saw some things that brought back a flood of memories.

As I took them off the wall… Continue reading “Making Memories; Shopping Not So Much”

“Am I Done?” | The Players’ Tribune

Football has been everything to me since I was 10 years old. For the past few months, all of that has been taken away.

Source: “Am I Done?” | The Players’ Tribune

I have been a fan of JJ Watt, since he came into the NFL, not so much because he is such a great player.

He is!

More because of how he seems to present himself and the obvious love of the sport he is so gifted at playing.

This article was a nice reminder that sometimes players do love the sport that they get paid so handsomely to play and I truly believe that JJ Watt is one of those that does love his sport.

What in the hell does this have to do with you or anyone else.

I am not in any way a gifted athlete (other than I am a stubborn old bastard), but I do fiercely love my sport – running in my own way, as much JJ Watt loves football. I keep coming back to it after surgery, numerous injuries and all the other stuff that I have endured to simply keep running over the past 40 plus years.

Now, if only I was as gifted at running, as he is at football, all would be right with the world.

hehehehe Yeah right!!!

Bennie’s View Down-back

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We were running down-back and had just finished a Bennie stop. When before we got going again, he stood in the road and didn’t move, with his tail straight back. Over the years we have run together, when he does that, I stop and look around carefully – it usually means something is there he is either unsure of or that is a threat.
I looked and couldn’t see anything, so I kneeled down to get his perspective and grabbed my camera to document…whatever he was looking at?
I still don’t have a clue what he was so intently staring at, but a few seconds later, he stopped staring and tugged on the leash to get going in that direction.
So we did and I still don’t know what to hell he was looking at?

Week of Running – 11/20/16

I have been talking about running a little more lately on my blog, but haven’t been talking about how my running is actually going.

Better.

The leg is getting closer.

A good thing and directly related to my running getting better.

So it is time to start doing a weekly  update on how things are going with my running, especially since I want to start base training next week.

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Monday – 4.25/33:59: I didn’t feel like running outside even though it had been nice all day. I was tired from working and just did the treadmill at Planet Fitness. I started out slower and it ended up being a nice progression run going from 7.2 mph to 8.6 mph. So it ended up a little faster than a recovery run, but not too bad. Unfortunately, due to some calibration issues the Garmin only gave me credit for 4.0 miles, I used the treadmill’s 4.25 miles.

Tuesday – 4.01/37:18:  An easy run down-back with Bennie.

Wednesday 

#1 – 4.04/33:18: An easy run down-back with Bennie. It was a good thing we like running in the rain, it was coming down pretty good. Nothing special about the run itself, no big intervals, no excitement from the drivers going by, just a nice run in the rain. Bennie was chilled after, so he got the blanket wrap treatment and was quite content.

#2 –  3.15/24:07: Started easy and progressed up the scale .25@7.2, .75@7.5, 1.0@7.6, .50@8.1, .25@8.6,.25@9.1. So a lot faster than I have been going lately and the leg didn’t bark hardly at all. It was a check to see if I would be running a Turkey Trot or not. As good as I did, the leg didn’t like the last mile as much as I wanted. So I made up my mind not to run a race until next year – now to just keep that promise.

Thursday – 4.0/36:47: The leg didn’t bother too much from Wednesday’s faster pace, but enough to know I had made the correct decision on racing this year. The weather was about perfect and Bennie even got in a couple of vehicle chases.

Friday – 5.0/41:44: A treadmill run that I should have done outside. It was too damn nice to run inside and I did anyway. I was in a hurry and wanted to keep a decent pace throughout the run. I felt good, the calibration seemed to work better on the front treadmills than the ones up back and I could tell they were a lot closer to the true pace. I did pick up the pace the last mile a bit, but didn’t try to kill myself.

Saturday – 4.01/36:27: I purposely kept it around a 9:00 minute pace after yesterday’s faster 5.0 miles.

Sunday – 5.03/45:28: I ran the Middle Road for the first time this year. It is a pretty tough loop with some good bumps to contend with. The wind and drizzle were a little bit of a pain, but running in shorts the Sunday before Thanksgiving wasn’t bad. I felt strong the entire way and could have run a lot further.

Running Shoes

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My three shoe rotation is doing quite nicely.

The Inspire 11’s are still my go to shoes for running longer or easy runs. They are comfortable, I can run just about any run I do in them. I really wish that Mizuno had left them alone.

The Kazan’s do what I want when the weather is nasty or it gets wet and slimey down-back. They are not super technical trail shoes, but for what I got them for they work great. Road to trail and everything in between. Soon I will get to see how they do in snow.

I had three runs in the Adios Boost 3’s and to be honest I am really liking them so far. They have become my treadmill/faster pacing shoes and the biggest problem that I have had with them so far is that – I want to run faster than I should in them.

Although yesterday, I had to change out the laces, to LockLaces. I just couldn’t get the stock laces to feel comfortable on my feet – they were pressing too much against the top of my foot. Next week I will get a chance to see how they do with the new laces. Walking around in them, they felt a LOT better.

Thanksgiving is next week and I typically, have problems getting my runs in, because the schedule is screwy. So we will see if I get up to 30 miles this week or not. However, this week was a very, very good week, where I learned I still ain’t ready to race and that the AB3’s are a good running shoe for me so far.