Hot, Renogotiate, Finished – RunLog 7-20-1

Back home in Maine, it was hot and sticky – at least it felt that way. It was bad enough that I didn’t run with Bennie. Usually he will let me know if he wants to run or not by pulling on the leash and going “let’s get our arses in gear buddy” at the end of the driveway. Today, he just walked down the road and when I started to run he looked at me like I had three heads and pulled me towards the other side of the road to go pee.

Okay Bennie I get the message you are not going to run today.

So I didn’t push the issue and we did about a mile walk, which was pushing it for him today. When we got back to the house, I got ready to go out for a run and usually this sets him off barking and charging at me – to tell me he wants to go. Today, he sat on the couch looked at me as if to say – “Boy you sure are stupid” – about ¾ of the way through the run – I was in total agreement with his assessment of me going out for a run.

I did go out and the first mile was into the breeze and actually I felt pretty good, the mile walk had warmed the legs up and the legs were not barking at me about how bad things felt.

When I got down on Tiffany, the heat creeped up quickly and slapped me up side the head a few times and by the time I got back to the 2.0 mile point I was feeling pretty crappy. I had planned on doing 5 hill repeats on Stevens Hill, but by the time I got back there – it weren’t happinen.

I wimped out, but sometimes not doing a planned workout based on the weather is not a bad thing and I was feeling enough like crap to know that doing crappy hill repeats wasn’t going to be useful in any way, shape or form. It would be an exercise in futility. So I made a deal with myself, if I wasn’t doing the hill repeats I had to do at least 4.0 miles, the time/pace didn’t matter, but finishing the miles did.

Actually I did better than I thought that I would and even though it was still pretty slow, I didn’t feel like crap for the last mile, but I did sweat just bit.

Not a great run, but I finished the 4.0 miles that I renegotiated with myself, even though when I came off the circle I really, really wanted to stop.

Sometimes finishing is a victory in itself and yes sometimes Bennie is the smahter of the running partners.

Lancaster Rt 3 – 10K – RunLog 7-19-17

We got most things done around the house and knew that we had to go upta camp to see how things were up there. Which gave me the perfect excuse to do one of my infamous runs and then Mary drives to pick me up.

After eating a light breakfast and doing a couple of quick things around the house in Lancaster, I headed out around 8:30 and asked Mary to leave about 45:00 minutes later.

Going down the hill was easy and I just kept it slow and steady. Lancaster’s down-town is very flat which was nice. I did overtake one runner, but there was only that one. However, I know there are plenty of runners in the area, just from the number that I have seen during my trips through the town.

This is a very flat course up Route 3, but even though the temps were only in the 70’s, when you combine that with 70% humidity and bright sunshine, it really does start to take a toll on my out of shape body after 3-4 miles. This was really evident when I ran along by the Fairgrounds, after getting through there I started to slow down quite a bit.

Then my left ankle began to bother again. It was not really the usual Achilles area (that felt pretty good), it was more the posterior tibial tendon area, towards the lower part.

Which is not a new issue – all those old basketball injuries coming back to haunt me are a part of it I think.

Whatever it is, it did definitely affect my ability to run comfortably – even on this flat course and combined with the temps/sunshine I slowed down quite a bit.

After the 5.0 mile point, I knew that I wasn’t going to complete my 8.0 mile planned run and would be cutting it short by a couple of miles. I had a pretty good idea that I wasn’t doing any damage, but it was getting to the point it was getting rather uncomfortable. I negotiated with the chimp brain to let me run 6.0 and call it a day.

I am finally learning to know when to stop and when to run through something to finish a training run. It only took me a few years.

I made it to the 10K mark and then decided that was a great spot to stop and walk until Mary picked me up. I made it up to hardware store when I heard the horn beep behind me – about another ¾ of a mile. She was surprised that I had made it that far up the road and had planned on stopping to call and see where to hell I was, just before she saw me walking.

It wasn’t a great run, but it gave me more information on where I am with my conditioning and how I am doing physically. I need to work on strengthening and getting a bit more flexibility in the left leg, well actually both of them.

The one thing that I am noticing more as I age is that I do not acclimate as well to the higher temps. Extremes in temps in either direction seem to affect me a lot more negatively than they did when I was younger.

Overall a pretty good run and just under a 9:00 minute pace in 70/70 conditions is pretty good for me, so I was satisfied with it.

A Busy Day and a Decent Run – Runlog 7-18-17

Another three-hour drive over to Lancaster, NH, this morning, stopping at one so-so bakery and then finding a pretty decent bakery over in Bethel. I think it was something like the Red Hen bakery and ice cream shop. I know now that stopping there might have been a mistake, they had cinnamon rolls that were too good (yes, it disappeared quickly and went straight to the waist) and the coffee was pretty decent as well.

We will stop there again and my waistline will hate me each time. hehehehe

Things are moving along on getting the house in Lancaster up-to-snuff and three more truck loads of demo crap to the transfer station. Then add in all that cleaning out kind of stuff that goes along with getting the truck loaded in 88*F weather – I was pretty gassed by the end of that third load. However, you can move around in the garage and can see the back of the house a lot better now. Continue reading “A Busy Day and a Decent Run – Runlog 7-18-17”