Finishing Things Up – Week In Review 12-17-17

Sometimes it just feels great and also a relief to finish things up.

Although Bennie was pretty relaxed this morning before heading out into 5*F temps and it was my favorite photo of the week.

Bennie looked like he was saying “Why are you bothering me?”

The good news was that on Friday we closed on the house in New Hampshire, which is the beginning of the final chapter of a very long summer that started back on June 2nd. We went through a lot of tears, work and out of pocket expense to get to this point and I am proud of how much we accomplished over the last six months. Friday provided some badly needed closure on a very difficult time in our lives.

Now that it is done, I know that I feel a profound sense of relief that this part of the journey is over.

We can now turn the page and start the next chapter in our lives without having to worry about that three hours plus one-way time, it took to travel to New Hampshire during the winter hanging over our heads.

A very good thing.

What will we do with our time going forward?

Relax a little…well a lot.

Get to enjoy the retired life and lack of having to be places, unless we chose to. That idea that our time, is our time again.

Then get back into a more regular routine, catch up on some work around our house that was neglected because we were so busy in New Hampshire and get back to taking better care of ourselves. However, for the next week or so, we will enjoy the holidays and get ready for Christmas.

So how did this week go with my running?

With everything going on and looking at the extended weather forecast last week, I predicted that this would be a cut-back week and I was correct in that prediction. I got in 23 miles and three out of five of those runs were on the treadmill. We are in the midst of a cold snap, the like of which, we don’t usually see until January. Below zero and single-digit temps have occurred all too often, which inhibits my running outside for any longer runs.

Oh, I know that I could probably do them, but I don’t like to run in that kind of cold anymore and where we live it is a bit of a safety issue. Especially, since you can get in trouble pretty quickly in that kind of weather and if I run from the house, the availability of safe places are much more limited in a rural area. I will also admit that I have gotten a good deal wimpier when it comes to cold weather and running outside. I take the easy way out and run on the treadmill.

Plus we got a snow/rain/ice storm on Tuesday that makes running on the road shoulders pretty treacherous when cars go wizzing by. So my paces outside have definitely slowed considerably between the combination of cold and ice. However, I have run pretty well on the treadmill and while I don’t like it as much as running outside, it does allow me to keep running – safely.

That is more important at this stage of my life and training.

This was also the week of the Hoka Bondi 5’s. Since I ran three times on the treadmill and wanted to get the Garmin footpod calibrated before I did. I ran 4/5 runs this week in them. Even now I am still not sure they are part of the answer or not.

They fit fine and have plenty of padding. However, when I run in them whether on the treadmill or roads, the bottoms of my feet bother, not enough to stop at 3-4 miles, but by the time 5 miles come around I am more than ready to stop. Once I stop things are fine, so it is not anything serious, but it is not how I want to feel in my running shoes when running. I am not sure if they just need more break-in time for the insole or if I need to change them out. If that doesn’t work than I will have some thinking about what I want to do with them.

I do think that I got my Garmin FR230 calibrated pretty closely to the treadmill and will know better the next time I run on one. It seems that 86% or 85% is the magic number for this particular way of calibrating my Garmin to the footpod. Not what I expected, but if it works, I am not going to complain.

Overall, a pretty exciting week and one where we were able to turn the page on New Hampshire. As much as I like Lancaster and the people there it is now time to move on and take back our lives. Running will continue to be a big part of what I do going forward.

A Quick Treadmill Jaunt – RunLog 12-17-17

This morning Bennie and I were doing his longer walk down-back. It was still chilly (that single digit thing) and Bennie wasn’t really thrilled about being out there, you could tell just by the way he was puttzing along. Finally, we got down around the lower gate and he suddenly began to limp. I still am not sure which leg he was favoring and I don’t thing he really knew either. I cleaned off all of his paws and we walked a bit further and he started to “limp” again.

I asked him if he wanted to go home and he promptly turned around and started to walk pretty damn normally. Little bugger, just didn’t want to go any further and we didn’t have anymore “limping” all the way back home.

However, it was still was purty chilly, so I decided to do another treadmill run at Planet Fitness.

I wasn’t sure about what I was going to do, but I wanted to do at least 4.0 miles

  • 1.0 Mile @ 7.2 mph
  • 1.0 Mile @ 7.4 mph
  • 1.0 Mile @ 7.6 mph
  • .25 @ 7.7 mph
  • .25 @ 7.8 mph
  • .10 @ 8.0 mph
  • .10 @ 8.1 mph
  • .10 @ 8.2 mph
  • .20 @ 8.6 mph

I felt strong the entire time, but I am still getting a “soreness/burning feeling” on the soles of my feet still when I run in the Bondi 5’s. I am not sure what that is all about, but I have a feeling it has something to do with the thickness of the insoles. If by the time I get 50 miles on them they are still doing this, I will be switching out the insoles. I want to keep them stock for as long as possible, but I am not going to put up with that feeling on the soles of my feet over the long-term.

Overall, it was an excellent run and pretty good confidence builder.

Oh yeah, I think I got my FR 230 and footpod calibrated to be pretty close to one another. I set it to 86% and for the 4.0 miles that the treadmill said, my watch was at 4.04. Pretty close, so I will probably go ahead set it for 85% and see if that comes just a bit closer. Although I would be pretty happy with .01 off per mile – that is close enough.