Long Run in Waterville–RunLog 4/7/19

Long run for the week – done.


What a gorgeous day, the first day this year that I was actually able to run outside in shorts!!! Temps were in the 50s, a little breeze and mostly sunny. This is the kind of day that I love to run outside, now to get ready for the 4-8 inches of snow that is being predicted for tomorrow.

The old saying – just wait a minute and the weather will change. That is Maine this year and winter is struggling hard to keep a hold on to the weather.

I did drive up to Waterville for my run. Running this far around the house just is not an easy thing this time of year and running there I can focus on the run versus dodging traffic or going ankle deep in mud. So I decided to run from the Alfond Youth Center, out through Marston Road…


then head down to Silver St and back to AYC.

Waterville Run 2019-04-07

I didn’t try to push the pace and let the course and how I felt guide me on how fast I was running, but even so I felt strong through 8.0 miles, but at that point I did start to get a bit tired and also my feet were just starting to talk to me. Nothing serious, but it is the first time on a run that the Beacons have had this happen.

They are getting pretty close to the 300 mile mark and I am starting to notice more aches and soreness after running in them on other runs, compared to how they were earlier. While I will try to get another 100 miles out them, I think that their days as my long run shoes is at an end and my Tempo 9 #2 will take over those duties.

I was very happy with this run and it was one of those get out there, do it and finish with a pretty good smile.

New Shoes–Only the Second New Ones in 2019–RunLog 4/6/19

Yeah, can you believe it, this is only the second pair of new running shoes that I have run in during 2019. I really think that is some kind of record!!!


Unsurprisingly, it is a pair of adidas Tempo 9’s that I got for Christmas 2018 and have had in the closet waiting for my first pair of T9s to finally give up the ghost. While I could probably get more mileage out of my first pair, when I ran in my new ones today there was a definite difference for the better.


So it was time to change.


I did take Friday off, I got changed up and ready to run, but I really just didn’t want to, so I didn’t. Sometimes you gotta listen to the old body and it said time for a day off. I am attempting to listen better and more often, even though I am attempting to follow a plan, at times the body is going to need something different.


Spring is here with temps in the 40s, but the breeze still feels colder than it will in a few more weeks. We just have to see the sun more.

The run itself was nothing all that special, an easy run down to Pepin, a quite port-a-potty stop and then running up that hill. I did better than usual going up the hill without really pushing all that hard, so that felt good.

I have a feeling that I will be running down to Pepin more often if I run around the house, the local young and old guy mud runners have made down-back unwalkable, much less unrunnable for at least a month. So I will get more town running done, I have a feeling.


I know that I will go through more shoes than a lot of runners, but this year I have purposely cut back on the number of running shoes that I have bought and worked on using the shoes that are actually working for me.

One of the things that I have been merciless about getting rid of running shoes that only sort of work for me, versus keeping them around and hoping they will work great if I wait a while. It usually doesn’t work that way.

My second pair of Tempo 9s felt great and I am looking forward to running more in them.