The Winds of Change Drove Me Inside–RunLog 4/4/19

The Winds of Change have been blowing for the past few days and today, they drove me inside on the treadmill again.

32*F with a slight breeze in excess of 30 mph most of the day meant the feels like temperature was actually down in the teens. Not what I really wanted to deal with this morning. So yeah, I headed for another run on the treadmill. However, I wasn’t all that keen on doing 9-10 miles at a 9:00 minute or a bit faster pace on the ‘mill.

I really prefer to use the treadmill for “faster” paced stuff, I decided to trade Sunday’s speed workout to today and do the long run on Sunday, when the meteorologists are predicting a pretty nice day. So I planned on doing a 12 x .25 @ 8.6 mph (just under 7:00 minute pace supposedly).

What did I end up doing?

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  • 1.0 mile @ 6.5 mph for a warm-up
  • 11 x .25 @ 8.6 mph – After the first one I felt really strong and focused on my arm swing and how I was feeling running at this pace. I wanted to “know” this pace, especially the last four repeats when I was getting tired.
  • 1 x .50 @ 8.6 mph – I purposely started the fast repeats right at the 1.0 mile mark, so that I would have a choice of ending the workout at 6.75 and cruising to 7.0 miles or finishing hard. You can guess what I did – yep finished hard. Surprisingly I was feeling pretty good right to the end.
  • with recoveries @ 6.2 mph

It was a really good workout, but at the same time, it is a workout that I KNOW that I can do now. I have finished this workout twice before, so even changing up the workout at the last minute, I was confident of my ability to finish it. Which is something that I never had in the past and always listened to that little voice inside of my head that said this is getting too hard, it is time to stop after 7-8 repeats. Hopefully, some of this translates over to an actual race.

One thing that does make a difference is listening to music during the run, I do tend to change my cadence based on the tempo of the song at the time. I still haven’t really thought about using music during a race, I have never done that, but I might on a fun run this spring. We will see.

We did loose power this afternoon, but we were lucky and it was only for a couple of hours and I didn’t even have to bother with lighting off the wood stove. It was an excellent time for that wonderful thing called a nap. Bennie and I got comfortable in the new recliner, put a blanket over us and did our best impression of a siesta time.

Other than the run and lack of power, it was just another day, where things just went along quietly.

Snow-Treadmill-Sun–RunLog 4-3-19

Oops – I forgot to post this yesterday.

Okay today was supposed to be a rest day, but since I had one on Sunday, I felt as though I really wanted to run.

So I did.

However, I would like to think that I was fairly smart about it.


Yeah, it snowed here this morning, we ended up with about 1-2 inches of the white shite (that is what I start calling it this time of year) and it was just enough stuff that I did not want to run outside on it. Yeah, another day on the treadmill.

In respect to it being a rest day, I only did 3.1 miles @ 6.5 mph. Nothing special about the run itself, but as a result I culled another pair of shoes.

There was a reason that I stopped running in the Razor 3s last summer and today I remembered what the issue was. They do not disappear on my feet. The forefoot has just enough of taper that it pushes my little toe into its neighbor, which causes me to focus more on if it is going to really start bothering or just stay at that level.

While the feeling never got any worse, it didn’t get any better either. So when I got home I tried several more combinations of socks/insoles to see if I could loose that “its gonna get worse feeling” and none of the combinations worked, so after cutting a walk short after taking out the insoles and having them almost cause a blister under my ankles, they are going to go away. As much as I wanted them to work for me, my feet are weird and the Razor 2s didn’t disappear when I was wearing them, like they needed to.

I think that I am down to the lowest number of shoes in my possession in several years. Let’s see 2 pair in the garage, 1 pair in the closet, 1 pair under the bureau, 1 pair in Clifford, 1 pair in my gym bag, 2 pair by the front door and 1 pair of lawn shoes by the back door. Yeah, that’s all the shoes that are mine in the house now. Oh, yeah I have a pair of old Mizuno Elixir 7s squirreled away in my summer clothes storage box.

Which means that my attempts to pare down my collection of running shoes is working. According to Mary, that it is a good thing, me I am not so sure, but I will go along with it for now.

I needed the run and was careful to not overdue the speed part for a change. Let’s see how tomorrow’s planned long run goes in the wind tunnels that are predicted for tomorrow.

By the end of the day, the sun was out and all the snow melted…typical Spring day in Maine – ayuh.