It rained a bit this morning, which in the grand scheme of things was a really good thing, but not all that great for my long run. I like running in the rain as much as the next guy, but when I am going for double-digits…well it does tend to get old for the feet and you also risk those pesky things called blisters a lot more.
It was still raining pretty good when I did Bennie’s long walk, down-back was rather slimey and I didn’t feel like having to wear trail shoes to run there. Although the Pegasus 33S did a pretty good job while walking, I would have wanted more grip to run.
So instead of running on a course close to home or outside in Waterville, I figured that I would head to the gym, hop on the treadmill and run until I couldn’t deal with it anymore.
However, something happened on the ride over though that changed my mind about the treadmill.
The sun came out.
Which didn’t turn down the humidity levels, but sure as hell made it so I was going to run outside. However, I also had made a lunch date for 12:30 with Mary, so I wasn’t going to do double-digits for my long run, plus I wanted to calibrate the Milestone Footpod to the treadmill, since that is more where I will be using it going forward.
That and the fact that I had brought my Nike Rival 6’s to run on the treadmill. I had traded out the regular laces for LockLaces, which I prefer on my race day shoes (I hate it when shoes come untied during a race) and needed to see if they needed tweaking (they didn’t).
So I got on the treadmill, started it at 7.5 mph for .5 and then increased to 7.7 mph for the rest of the mile. The pod was only off by .1, but was fairly close to the mileage that the Garmin registered, so I am wondering if I should just go with the Garmin, especially since after I calibrated it, the mileage for the longer run was off by .51 too far.
Well enough of that stuff, let’s get to the run.
I was going to get to see how the Rival 6’s did on a longer run, which is something that I wanted to do at some point, so I might as well find out how they feel sooner than later.
Starting out I had to hold myself back from running too fast – not used to that and I thought that I was moving at about a 8:30 or so pace, err 8:04 first mile and 8:06 for the second one. The Rivals didn’t like to go slower at the start of this run, even though I did not push the pace.
After I passed the Waterville High School, I felt that crappy feeling in my stomach or lower getting in knots and had to endure that feeling until I got to the Colby Track, where there just happened to be a Porta Potty waiting there for me to use. After that I felt a lot better.
Unfortunately, that was also when I had to keep running to the top of Mayflower Hill. Stopping had made things better, but I had lost my mojo and pulling up my Lycra tights (I wear them under my shorts to prevent chaffing), which were sweat soaked was not easy and then getting them readjusted so they were comfortable again wasn’t all that much fun. One of those things that takes the focus away from running.
I plodded along in front of the new construction and then running up the hill just about did me in. The 73*F wasn’t bad, but the 100% humidity was tough and I struggled to just keep going. When I got to the Washington St. turn-off, I was running out of time, so I decided to go straight down to JFK, which while shorter, also exposes me to a LOT more traffic.
When I turned onto JFK, the traffic was pretty tough and adding that into heading up that small hill, made it even more difficult. Once I got past Dunkin Donuts, the amount of space on my side of the white line decreased dramatically and I had to get up on the lawn to stay safe. Even though the grass was wet and rather slippery (the shoes did great), it was safer than being on the side of the road.
After I got to the top of the hill I just wanted to finish and get it done. It was a good run, but one that I was glad was over.
When I stopped I was quite tired. The humidity was tough, but my legs and feet felt fine.
During the run I didn’t think about my shoes and when I hit some stretches where it was still really wet or on that grass, the Rival 6’s were fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to race with them on – for any distance that I might do. However, I wouldn’t want to use them as my daily trainers – they do not promote running slower, even though I did run quite nicely at a slower pace, it is too easy to pick up the pace without realizing how much you have until after you have done it.
Yeah, once I was in the locker room I had to wring my shirt out, to get rid of the sweat.
Lunch was pretty good and I do enjoy Big G’s every so often, though I wouldn’t want to make a habit of eating there.
Although Mary did comment that my arms and legs are starting to look scrawny and that I don’t need to loose anymore weight. Errr only one problem my weight is staying the same 159-161, so I probably need to start weight training a little more consistently ;-).