A Surprising Week – Week In Review 5/19/19

Let’s see…I haven’t done a week in review for a while, but with so much going on this week that I want to remember going forward, I figure that I probably should write some of this stuff down here.

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I swear every other day it rains and doesn’t give anything around here a chance to dry out. We haven’t even attempted to get into the gardens yet and usually we have at least planted our spring garden and rototilled the big garden by now. I stepped in them and sank almost up to my ankles, so it might be a late planting. The only good thing is that I have only had to mow once so far, instead of the usual 3-4 times that I usually have in past years.

We finally decided to do some work around the house and made a commitment to re-do the dining room, kitchen, master bathroom and some other things that just need to be done on a home that is over 30 years old.

It is a bit daunting and intimidating, especially once the work begins, but after it all gets done we hope that it will make our home better for us as we get older and have different needs going forward. I am sure that I will be writing more than a little about this over the next few months.

My Lenovo Thinkpad X230T has been acting a bit wonky and when I ran a diagnostics on the harddrive, it showed a few bad sectors. At this point I decided to go ahead and get a replacement SSD. Once I got the harddrive cloned, it took about 5:00 minutes to change out the drives. All I did was turn the X230T back on and everything was there. Oh, there was one difference…performance. WOW!!! I didn’t realize how much faster the SSD would make my old Lenovo perform – there  is a noticeable difference.

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Oh yeah, my iPhone 7 is still working just fine, you can read about my misadventure with it here. I got lucky, very lucky after submerging it for that long.

Running

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I kept pretty close to the Hansons Half Marathon plan, despite the wonderful weather we are having up heah in Maine. While I am doing most of the plan, I am attempting to keep the mileage on the lower side of the scale and when I get to 40 miles for the week, that is about where I want to end up – well most of the time.

Which means that I am being more careful about how many miles that I am doing on my easy days and not attempting to do the cumulative fatigue part of the Hansons plan.

This week’s quality workouts were just that – quality and my slower runs were done at comfortable for me paces – you know the way I am supposed to train. However, if you read my post from this afternoon, you know that tonight I have a bad case of should’a, could’a, would’as and as a result might be looking for a race to actually do at some point in the near future.

Running Shoes

I have basically gone to a two shoe rotation.

Annotation 2019-05-19 212822Nike Epic React v1 – They now have over 100 miles on them and this is the point where I said that I would do a review, so that is coming at some point this coming week. So far I have liked running in them, they are comfortable don’t bother my feet to run in them at any speed or distance. The Epic Reacts do everything that I want from a daily trainer.

Nike Zoom Fly v1 – Ah the Zoom Fly v1s, I haven’t decided if they are a maximal light-weight trainer or a race day/go fast for me running shoe. What I do know is that according to my Milestone Pod/App is that I run differently in the Zoom Fly than I have in any other running shoe I have run in during the past year. My paces are faster with less effort and it is being done with less fatigue or soreness after the runs. I can foresee that the next time I run in a race that the Zoom Flys will be on my feet.

Yeah, can you believe it I am back to running primarily in Nikes again? Even though my adidas Tempo 9s, adidas Adios 3 and Karhu Ikoni Ortix all are good shoes, but when I get right down to what I want to run in on a daily basis I reach for either the Zoom Fly or Epic Reacts.

Which surprised me, due to the polarizing reviews that both of these shoes had when they first came out, but they were shoes that I really wanted to run in and make up my own mind about them. I guess it comes down to runners either loving or hating them and I am one of the runners who love both shoes.

Aches and Pains

Nothing that I haven’t dealt with as ongoing fun stuff.

The right ankle is bothering more than it has in the past, I am thinking that there is a bit of arthritis going on in there. Too many torn ligaments and sprained ankles from my past are finally starting to catch up with me.

The tailor’s bunionette is sort of under control…well as long as I remember to wear my soft gel bunionette pad at night. Since I have started wearing them almost every night, the number of different running shoes I have been able to wear comfortably has tripled and I have been able to actually enjoy running without discomfort on most of my runs.

My left Achilles tendon is feeling the best it has been in several years, so I am hoping to keep it that way.

The reality is

That I was very happy with how things have gone this week.

While the work on the house has been delayed for a couple of years for circumstance beyond our control, it is both more than a little daunting and at the same time very necessary. I really believe that once it is done we are going to be very happy, but it will be some big changes in our house.

Yes, there will be before and after photos.

Running is going well and I am starting to get the itch to race again to challenge myself and get out of my comfort zone, both physically and mentally, especially after so many runners that I know participated in the Sugarloaf 15K or marathon and did so well.

When it comes to running shoes, it seems that I usually come back to Nike shoes most every year, just because they work for me and then I wander off on some tangent for a while, then come back to them again. One of those they work and I get bored with them working things that I am attempting to change. That if it works well, don’t F%$# with it idea.

I wonder what I would do if I ran in Nike shoes for the rest of the year and didn’t take off on the tangent? Who knows maybe I will find out this year.

Yeah, a good week.

Especially, since I didn’t have to replace my iPhone 7 and repairing my laptop was very simple.

 

You Gotta Show Up – RunLog 5-19-19

Congratulations to all those runners who competed and/or completed their race at Sugarloaf this morning. No, I didn’t go, I am still in my non-racing funk, but I knew more than a few runners in both the 15K and the Marathon. Each runner had their own story to tell and the biggest thing is that they trained and then showed up.

Which is the biggest thing – many times just showing up is the difference. All those could’a, should’a, would’a that we all think about after not doing something, that we would’a, should’a and could’a – well they are going through my mind right now.

A lot.

One of the guys I have been running with lately – Jon, ran it this morning. He did amazing finishing 3rd in our age group in the 15K, only 5 weeks out from knee surgery. Needless to say he is a much better and mentally stronger runner than I will ever be. So a big congratulations to him on a great performance.

Along with several runners I know who punched out their BQ qualifying time. 🙂

Getting back to the running log.

The last few days, I have had a bad case of the blahs, not feeling like doing a whole lot and having to force myself out the door to run or just do stuff around the house. So looking at how Jon and some others did, helped to motivat me to get off my arse and get moving this morning. I had seriously considered taking the day off from running.

I was scheduled to do an 11.0 miler, but I only needed 9 miles to hit 40 for the week and it seemed like a perfect day to do a 15K training run. Actually the weather was about as good as it gets for me, low 50’s, light rain and a bit of a breeze. I wanted to see what kind of time a normal for me training run would get in comparison to the Sugarloaf 15K results.

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Yeah, I know could’a, should’a, would’a.

I also wanted to see how the Zoom Fly v1 did on a “normal”, but longer training run at a slower pace. One where I was not purposely attempting to pick up the pace all that much.

The first 3.0 miles were at an easy pace, just to get rid of the cobwebs, blahs and crap. Once I got out to Goodhue, I started to feel a bit more like me and naturally picked up the pace going down towards the Pond Road and stayed about the same pace until I got over to Bartlett, where the hill in the photo got my attention pretty damn quickly.

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I did see another runner coming down the hill, which is unusual for me to see any runners over that way. I kind of wonder if it was one of the local runners I follow on Strava, I didn’t get a good look at the face, because I was working hard on simply getting myself up that damn hill. We greeted, smiled and kept moving.

Coming back down the other side of Bartlett I picked the pace up a little and then once I got back on the dirt road I slowed things down. The Zoom Flys did great on the wet roads, but on wet dirt…well let’s just say I made it back to the tar without any misadventures.

Now the Sugarloaf 15K course is a fast one and many a PR has been set along it by other runners, which is great, but that is not the couse I ran today. My Pond Road Loop course is a bit more challenging shall we say, but nothing crazy.

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That being said, I would have a feeling that I would have done alright based on comparing my time this morning to the race results. That is if I had shown up for “that” race this morning. Which does help my confidence levels and leaves me wondering even more about getting off my arse and doing a few races.

Oh yeah, the Zoom Flys did just fine at the slower paces, I ran this morning, which reinforces the idea that I could probably use them as trainers if I wanted to.

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In running races it is all about running with and competing against those that do show up. I don’t show up to races, so I can only talk about what might have bee. The truth is that I don’t attempt to challenge myself very often, to get out of my comfort zone and see how I compare to other runners, both my age group and others. It is a demon that I haven’t quite gotten the best of yet.

Now to work on that part of the equation.

All I know is that running with Jon is starting to pique my interest in actually showing up once or twice at some point.

Right now I have a bad case of could’a, should’a and would’a…

and you know something I am good with that.

However,…let’s add in – for now.