A Bit’O Speedwork on The Treadmill – RunLog 9/30/19

When you get up and it is 35*F and a bit of a breeze outside on the last day of September, you know what is right around the corner – Old Man Winter. At least, we didn’t get that snow storm that they got out West that was measured in multiple feet, so having things a bit chilly seemed pretty good in comparison.

Even so, I had on hat, gloves and light winter jacket on to walk Bennie on his first walk and still needed the gloves and jacket for his second one. Which made me re-think going to the track for a harder workout.

I don’t mind running hard in the cold, but as the body ages each year, the reality is that the colder weather doesn’t do me any favors. I seem to pull muscles and stuff too easily at this point, so with the real feel still in the 30’s I thought it was prudent to do the planned Intervals inside.

  • Day: Monday
  • Time of Day: 10:54a
  • Course: Planet Fitness Treadmill
  • Distance: 6.2
  • Time of Run: 48:53
  • Pace: 7:53
  • Rating (1-4): 3
  • Running Streak Day #: 7
  • Weather: Indoors

Shoes Worn: Altra Impulse – Even though they weigh a bit more than most of my trainers or “go faster” shoes, I didn’t feel as though they got in the way of me running faster.

Altra Impulse – Not from today’s run, but the shoes I ran in

The only problem I had is one that seems to bother after about 5.0 miles on the treadmill where the outside of my right foot begins to bother in shoes that are a bit firm or don’t have enough cushioning for my too consistent treadmill stride. It only seems to be a factor when I am running on the treadmill, but it will limit the Impulse to about 6-7 miles max on the ‘mill. Outside it will be interesting to see how they perform on a longer run.

Variables that impacted the run: I did a complete warm-up before the run and it did help with how I was feeling that first mile. Otherwise just the right lower back was a little tight when I started, but once I got going it didn’t bother.

Workout Description: I planned on doing 6 x .25 at race pace and then a few .1 strides to finish up to 10K. What I ended up doing was 1.0 @ 6.6 mph for a warm-up, 8 x .25 @ 9.1 mph, with .25 rests @ 6.6 and then .1 in a 9.2 to 9.8 ladder, with .1 rests @ 6.6.

Comments: It took a couple faster intervals to get the “right” stride with the Impulse, but once I did they did exactly what I wanted, until around the 4.5 mile mark when the right foot issue started. It didn’t really bother on the .1 repeats, but I knew it was there.

I was surprised that I was able to maintain the 9.1 mph for 8 repeats, in the past I had limited the speed a little more, but at this point I wanted to see if I could push the pace a little and it worked. The .1 ladder was tough though and that last tenth at 10.0 mph definitely got my attention. However, it was nice to push the last mile or so and not be totally trashed.

How did this run move me towards my goal(s)? Running on the treadmill is easier for me than the track or roads, so running at a faster speed will probably help me run better paces outside. I usually do my treadmill intervals at 8.6 or 8.7 mph for quarters or longer and today I was up to 9.1 mph. That might not sound like a huge difference, but I could definitely feel it.

Cardio (walking, elliptical, bike, mowing, etc.) Total: 3.97

Weight: 156

Non Running Comments: Just a small note, I have worn my watch on my left wrist pretty much since I started wearing a watch. However, all of my watches are set up for right handed people and now that colder weather is here, I went through my annual start the watch accidentally because I put my left hand in a pocket and the select button is the first thing that touches the pocket. So I am going to try again to start wearing my watch on my right wrist as it is designed for.

Just another one of those things that left-handed people have to put up with in a right-handed world. 😉

A Tough Week is Over – Ending 9/29/19

This week has been one of those, where you scratch your head and just go with the flow.

You might have noticed that I have discussed driving to Boston and back home twice this week. Someone we know is in the hospital and not doing well, so we are helping out with driving duties for family members to be there or get back home. I used to work in Boston and don’t mind driving down there too much.

However, I am learning that the driving to Boston and back is tough on me physically (my lower back doesn’t like sitting that long) and having to focus for over 8 hours of driving in that short amount of time gets the brain pretty tired/foggy by the time I get home.

Although I found that if I go for a run at some point during the drive, it seems to help a little.

All this driving has impacted the running a lot more than I expected for a couple of days after the driving. I guess as I get older it takes more out of me to drive that much in a day.

Also, I am making a few changes to how the RunLog entries look. When I updated my iPad Pro from IOS 12.4 to the new iPad OS, I lost everything in my Numbers Spreadsheet from August 29th on and had to recreate those entries.

Luckily most weeks I do a screen shot of the week, but I hadn’t done a couple lately and it made it more difficult to update, especially since I stopped wearing my Garmin on most runs.

In order to avoid this issue again (not that it happens all that often, it is just when it does it is a pain in the butt), I will be wearing my Garmin watches most of the time, so that the stats will be there if I do need them.

Plus I have made my RunLog posts look more like a running log entry than the free form writing that I have been using most of the time. Having a template forces me to record more data and think about what happened during the run more consistently than I have before.

Running this week

While I was happy that I got to over 30 miles for the week, it was not really the week that I had expected when the week began.

Week ending 9/29/19

The trips to Boston did affect my running more than I wanted to admit to myself. Enough that I decided not to run in a race that I had planned on for a couple of weeks. I just was not in a good space physically or mentally and decided that nothing good would come of running the race. It would have been a waste of $30 bucks.

I just felt…well tired and out of sorts all week, so the running suffered.

Although I did run more in the Zoom Fly SP to get them over 50 miles earlier in the week and will be reviewing them soon.

However, none of the workouts or times are what I consider to be super high quality, it was more get this done and move on, than focus, push the pace and dig to get where I wanted to be.

The New Balance Beacon 2s have over 200 miles on them and I will doing a review of them and that milestone soon.

I even had a pretty good run in the Altra Impulse down at Back Cove in Portland.

This run showed me I could run well in them and they just felt comfortable

The Reality is that

It was not the week that I wanted or expected, but I still managed to get in some decent quality work, the mileage was almost where I wanted it, but we were able to help out someone who needed it, so that was more important than my running.

Notta Road O/B – RunLog 9/29/19

Today was all about getting enough miles to have over 30 for the week and also getting the Beacons to over 200 miles. Two minor goals, but ones that I wanted to get done this morning. Although I really felt more like doing this

Bennie laying on the chair and letting me know that I could go run for him. 🙂

• Day: Sunday

• Time of Day: 11:05 AM

• Course: Notta Road O/B

Variables that impacted the run: Back is still a little sore and the legs felt tired. I was still a little disappointed that I didn’t race the 5K this morning, but I wasn’t in the correct headspace to run well.

• Type: Easy

• Distance: 5.01

• Time of Run: 45:58

• Pace: 9:10

• Rating (1-4): 2

• Running Streak #: 6

• Weather: Clear, 60*F, Humidity 57%, Wind 11 mph N

• Shoes Worn: New Balance Beacon 2 (201.0) – Yeah, over 200 miles on the Beacon 2 now. Not a flashy shoe, but one that I can put on and run almost any run that I do, without worrying about how my feet are going to feel when I finish.

Comments: I really didn’t run hard this morning, all I did was run comfortably for the first 4 miles and then the last one I picked up the pace a little and worked Stevens Hill harder than I have for a while. It was a good run, where I got the kinks worked out of the legs and by the time I got done my back was actually feeling pretty good.

How did this run move me towards my goal(s)? It was an easier run where I relaxed and just ran for 4.0 miles. Working harder going up Stevens Hill is something that I know that I need to work on, since hills at this point in my life are a weakness for me.

Cardio (walking, elliptical, bike, mowing, etc.) 4.02

Non Running Comments: Worked on setting up my Lenovo for SD2 since her laptop died yesterday. I don’t really use it all that much now that I have a decent keyboard for my iPad Pro. I just prefer the Apple products now, so she can have the Lenovo for as long as she wants/needs it. I just wish that Never Winter Nights was available on IOS.

Running to Strengthen the Noggin – RunLog 9/28/19

I really was not into a run yesterday, it has been one of those weeks where the body and mind are just tired. Two Boston flip/flops and trying to keep most everything else going along as close to normal as possible. Yeah, it has been one of those weeks.

Running Log – Pepin Test Course 4.0 Miler

Day: Saturday

Date: 9/29/19

Time of Day: 11:32 AM

Time of Run: 31:36

Distance: 4.01

Pace: 7:53

Weather: Clear, 66*F, 73% Humidity, Wind 6 mph SW

Variables that impacted the run: While walking Bennie, I got to thinking about what I was going to do for a run, my plan called for a long run, but eight hours of sitting in the Transit on Thursday, meant that my back wasn’t up to double-digits even if I wanted to. Plus I was in a bit of funk mentally and had already decided not to race on Sunday, because the noggin just wasn’t into racing.

It came down to:

  • Take a day off
  • An easy 3-4 miles
  • Attempt the long run

Or do something completely stoopid and force myself to get out the funk I was in.

Me being me, I decided to go ahead, get my Nike Zoom Fly SP on and see how fast I could do my Pepin Test course.

Shoes Worn: Nike Zoom Fly SP

It was also a nice test of the Zoom Fly SP on this course and it gives me an idea of how they compare to other shoes that I have run fast in on this course. They did everything I wanted and the only negative is that I have to find the “right” socks to wear with them when racing, they are just a tad too snug on the right foot’s bunionette.

Comments:

Starting out I really wasn’t sure that this was all that great of an idea, so while I went out briskly for me, I didn’t really commit to running hard. It was again, more in the comfortably hard range. A pace I can maintain for quite a while, but not set any Land-Speed records.

Going down Philbrick Hill everything was fine, but the big difference was when I hit the flats, I didn’t pick up the pace like I usually would – that lack of commitment thing and the lower back bothering more than it usually does.

I was right around a 7:30 pace for the first mile, which is really slow for a time trial, so at that point I sort of gave up on going for a fast time and focused more on maintaining the pace/effort that I was at.

Down on Pepin which is a slight downhill most of the way and usually where I pickup free speed until the turn-around which is back up what I just rand down. I had to work to maintain the 7:30 pace through 2.0 miles.

Once I hit the 2.0 mile point, I had a choice relax and enjoy the run or keep pushing a bit. Something inside me said to keep pushing, so I did and while I didn’t really run all that fast, the effort level was there. Mile 3.0 split was under 9:00 which is good for me since it is just about all uphill and I have to fight going up Philbrick Hill.

Once I crested the hill, I was able to pick the pace back up to around a 7:40 pace and finished the run with a sub 8:00 pace overall.

No it was not my best time on the Pepin Test Course this year, but it was only 34 seconds off, so it wasn’t a slow run and it did seem to help clear my head quite a bit.

I think the biggest problem that I faced this run was not my body, but my lack of commitment to run harder. Other than the lower back issue, I was feeling good and could have pushed the pace harder in several places and just didn’t.

How did this run move me towards my goal(s)? Running today was more about doing the run and challenging myself to run faster than usual even though I really was not into running. Sometimes those runs help me more mentally than physically.

Other Comments:

Even though I felt a LOT better after the run, I still had that fatigued feeling the rest of the day and about all I did was mow the lawn and some Light reading the rest of the day.

Middle Road & Strides – RunLog 9-27-19

So after the longer dog walk this morning, I needed to sit a little longer than usual before starting my run. Not a big deal, but…I just felt pretty drained after only a 2.0 mile walk, so I waited about a half hour instead of the usual 10 minutes. Trying to listen to the body.

Since I have decided that I won’t be doing a race on Sunday and didn’t get to do a long run yesterday as I originally planned, I figured that today with the way I felt that I would just do an easy run around Middle Road and then a set of strides after I got done.

Running Log #1

Day: Friday

Date: 9/27/19

Time of Day: 11:29 AM

Time of Run: 27:22

Distance: 3.01

Pace: 9:06

Course: Middle Road Loop

Location: Sidney, Maine

Weather: 63*F, 65% Humidity, Wind 5 mph WNW

Shoes Worn: New Balance Beacon 2

Variables that impacted the run: I am still more than a little tired from yesterday’s 8 hour trip down to Boston and back. There is just something about driving for that long that my back just doesn’t like and the extended focus needed really seems to take it out of me a lot more than it used to.

Comments: During the run I was just in get it done mode. Actually most of my paces were right around the 9:00 mark and I ended up just over that, so while the run felt slow and sluggish, it wasn’t as bad as I thought while I was out there. It was a really great day weather-wize for running and while the body wasn’t into it, I did enjoy the weather. I also was looking forward to the strides after I finished the Loop.

How did this run move me towards my goal(s)? It was more miles that I put on the legs and I got out the door even though I could have easily have just taken the day off.

PART 2 – 6 x STRIDES and slow stuff

Yeah, I know I am a bit sick at times, but even though the old body was tired, I was looking forward to doing the planned strides.

Distance: 3.0/27:21

Pace: 9:06

Course: 2 Telephone pole strides in front of the house

Shoes Worn: Nike Zoom Fly SP

Comments: I was surprised at how good I felt after running the Middle Road Loop and the hills it has. I was able to have 27, 24, 25, 24, 26, 24 second strides today. This is pretty good considering that my CR for this segment is 23 seconds, so I was happy.

How did this run move me towards my goal(s)? Adding strides after a hilly run forces me to run faster than my planned 5K race pace on tired legs and makes me push myself harder to maintain those paces – a good thing.

Other Comments: While on the Blake Road, when I got to the top of the hill, there was a tree down in most of the road. It was a tree that I had told Mary a couple of weeks ago that it was going to go down pretty soon. It did. It seems that last night’s rain and a bit of wind finished it off.

The rest of the day I didn’t really do a whole lot, the body needed the rest more than than I needed to mow the lawn or do some painting.

I Did Get A Run in Today – RunLog 9/26/19

Two Boston (about 4 hours one way) flip/flops Monday and today, with probably at least one more in the offing is making this old boy feel rather old, but they are being done for the right reasons. So I will smile, suck it up and do what I can. 🙂

It does mean that I have to really think about what gives and on Monday, by the time I got home, I was toast and didn’t even think about running. Today, I wanted to get a run in and knew if I waited until I got home that I wouldn’t run again, so I planned to run Back Cove in Portland on the way home.

This is one of my all-time favorite runs and one that I look forward to doing whenever I can. I figured that by that time I would be pretty crispy and ready to get out of the Transit after driving for around 7 hours.

Once I got down to Boston, I even thought about running along the Charles River (another of my all-time favorite places), but parking is so difficult and I was stressing about figuring out how to get out of there, I didn’t even try to find someplace to park and got to hell out of Boston.

Even though traffic in Boston wasn’t totally terrible today, it was still bad enough that I hate dealing with it anymore. Getting out of the city again was a pain, so I was ready for a run, but it would have to wait until I got up North again.

By the time I got back up to Portland, I was definitely ready for a run.

I was already dressed for running and just had to stow my pants and change my shoes and was ready to go.

Running Log

Day: Tuesday

Date: 9/26/19

Time of Day: 3:16 PM

Time of Run: 30:38

Distance: 3.61

Pace: 8:30

Course: Back Cove Loop

Location: Portland, ME

Weather: Overcast, 68*F, Humidity 79%, Wind 7 mph – South,

Shoes Worn: Altra Impulse

Variables that impacted the run: Tired and stressed from Boston flip/flop

Comments: The run itself was pretty routine, I wasn’t going for any course records, this was simply a get the stress out kind of run. There was a bit of breeze coming back from the bridge to the parking lot, with a few sprinkles, but it was a lot cooler than it was earlier in the day, so I was thankful for that.

How did this run move me towards my goal(s)?

I ran, when I easily could have bagged the run, so that in itself was a big deal. Running an 8:30 pace under these circumstances was pretty encouraging and I even copped a bunch of 3rd best personal Strava segments, without trying to do that.

Other Comments:

This one of those TMI things, but it one of those things that happen to us runners – all too often. Speaking of ready to go, before I ran I had to walk down to one of the blue boxes and as I walking down the Port-a-Potty clean-up crew showed up to clean. I might have been hopping around a little, when I asked if I could use one and they asked 1 or 2, when I replied 1 they said the one on the right. Yeah, I know – TMI, but I thought you might understand why I chuckled.

The rest of the drive home (another hour was in the pouring rain), was heavy traffic until Brunswick then it thinned out and I was able to relax a little while driving. I do know that I was happy to get home.

I had thought about racing this weekend, but with all these trips to Boston and back and the reasons for it, I am not in the best space mentally to run a hard 5K right now, so I probably will skip it.

Track Tuesday – RunLog 9-24-19

First day back at the track in a few weeks, so of course it was hot and muggy. Plus I learned the hard way not to have eggs and sausage patties for breakfast, when I plan on running faster – the stomach didn’t appreciate the abuse.

Anyway…I went over to Colby to have my fun.

I was pretty happy with the mile Time Trial time considering the nice little breeze on the back straight and how warm it was this morning after last week’s colder weather. It still amazes me after all these years, how quickly de-acclimate to hot weather.

I wasn’t sure about what to do after the time trial until I was sitting there thinking about what I wanted to do. I finally decided to only do 200s, since breakfast wasn’t sitting too well and I hadn’t even started running yet.

The 200s were pretty consistent, but I just ran out of gas and the heat got to on the last couple, so I bagged it after 8 x 200 and did a cool-down mile. After that I did something I have never done at Colby, I just walked a lap in the outside lane and when I got down to the far corner, I noticed a plaque.

I couldn’t resist going over, cleaning it off and taking a photo. All the times I have run over at the Colby Track, I have never noticed it.

Unfortunately, my Garmin FR-35 wasn’t all that accurate and while it showed that I did the 200s, the paces and distance were pretty much off. So I was glad that I rely on my Timex Ironman more when I do the track and trust the distances on that versus relying on GPS. 😉

Overall, it was a good workout, but I gotta be more aware of what I eat beforehand in the future.

Good Runs and Figuring out a Newish Ache – RunLog 9/21/19

Finally, a day where I felt half-way decent during a run and nothing happened to make things – shall we say more “interesting”.

After yesterday’s bloodletting and then a bit faster run, I was pretty sure that I wanted to just run easy. Well as easy as a run around the Middle Road can be anyway. Although I was pretty surprised when I looked at the splits the first 3.0 miles were all within seconds of each other and mile 4.0 was less than 10 seconds away from what the others were.

Of course the last mile was the slowest when you add in Blake and Stevens Hills, by the time I go up them I just want the run over.

What did surprise me about this run was that I was wearing my Altra Torin 3.5s and while I wasn’t pushing the pace, I was still easily maintaining a 9:00 minute pace. I really think that I do run a bit differently in them, but I also have noticed that they do pull on my hamstrings more than other shoes in my rotation, so that is something that I need to be careful about.

Part one of the run done.

Oh yeah, when I started this run I brought down my Zoom Fly SPs, just in case when I finished the Middle Road Loop that I had a energy left to do some strides. When I do strides I prefer to do it in my “go faster” shoes.

I felt good, but my hamstrings were a little uncomfortable, so I walked a little and then stretched the hamstrings a bit, before I changed shoes.

Since I was going from zero drop to around a 10mm, I thought it was prudent to do a warm-up lap around the Circle (about a half mile).

Then I got going on my 2 telephone pole strides.

The first stride was to just get the cobwebs out of the legs, the next couple were better and by the fifth one, the hamstrings were feeling pretty good and the body was remembering how to run faster. The fifth and sixth ones were good and I shut it down at that point and did enough of cool-down to finish up with 2.0 miles.

Part 2 done

So I was pretty happy with the good run around my Middle Road Loop and then 6 x strides to finish things up.

At least I think that I have figured out why my hamstrings have been bothering a bit more than usual lately – it has to do with running in zero drop. Especially, when the hamstrings did not bother me yesterday while running in my blue Zoom Fly v1s and then today by the time I finished running my hamstrings were not complaining nearly as badly, even though I had run at a decent pace.

1-1+1+1 = 2 sometimes you can connect the dots.

When I looked back through my old RunLogs tonight, to back when I was running regularly in zero drop shoes, I noticed that I complained more about my hamstrings for about 3-4 weeks after I started running in them. Then after that I stopped complaining about them as much – my body seemed to adjust to the different running stride.

One of the reasons that these RunLog posts are important, I can look back to see patterns or issues that I have had in the past to explain some current aches and pains.

All good things.

It just means that I have to use my Altra running shoes judiciously in my rotation.

Why Yes Running is my Hobby

Lately I have been hearing the words Hobby Runner a lot and it seems that the manner in which it is being used is meant to be less than flattering by some of the people who have been using it.

Although I used it myself, to quickly describe my place in the running world to a nationally known writer who writes about running, while commenting on a blog post that he had recently. In that context it seemed to be the proper description of what kind of runner I am in relation to what he was writing about. So in my opinion being described as a hobby runner is not always a bad thing, it depends on the context of how it is being used.

You know like calling a runner – a jogger and how that raises hackles for many of us. When used in that context, it brings up the image of someone who occasionally goes out for a slow run for a few minutes and then stops, all the while complaining about having to run. That at least is the image that I have when someone calls me “a jogger”.

That is not the runner I am or the image that I have of myself as a runner. You know from the vantage point of an old fart who has been running with varying levels of success and failure for over 48 years, who still runs 30-40 miles a week and can surprise people on occasion.

The people who are using Hobby Runner with dripping sarcasm in their voice/writing or having that slight sneer that people use when they are attempting to insult you with double entendres are in my opinion are rather ignorant or attempting to be elitist in their view of what or who runners are or should be.

Just what is a hobby anyway?

Using the screen shot from Apple’s dictionary app, I have a feeling that my running meets the definition of what a hobby is pretty closely.

1. I run during my leisure time.

2. I do not get paid for running.

3. Running is a sport, although some sports announcers do not believe that it is.

4. I would like to believe that I have acquired a fairly substantial skill set and knowledge about running over the 48 years I have run.

So do I meet the definition of what I would consider to be a hobby runner?

Yeah, pretty much to a tee.

Then Harold why would you get your knickers all in a knot about someone calling you a hobby runner?

It is not so much that someone is calling me a hobby runner, because really that is what I am. It is more that they are insinuating that I am not serious about my running and disrespecting myself and other runners with their snide ness when they say “oh you are a “hobby runner”, with that Snidley Whiplash sneer or sarcasm projected into what they are saying.

While the actual words might be accurate in the correct context it is more the intent and manner in which the words are conveyed to the listener or reader that make them unflattering.

Words are powerful and when they are purposely used to belittle or demean others, even when they might be appropriate in a different context, that is when I get my knickers in a knot.

A person who runs is a runner – that has been argued and thrashed around ad nauseom for years and finally I think that this definition has been accepted as the norm.

However, just like any sport there are different levels of abilities and expectations about the levels runners think of as “their” place in running world. Some people are getting too damn hung up on the levels and where they place themselves in comparison to others, when they should be supporting and encouraging other runners no matter what their ability level is.

After all without the hobby class of runners, there would be a helluva lot fewer runners out pounding the pavement or taking the trails and the brands/companies would be lot less focused on running related products, races, events or even paying professionals the amounts they now receive to promote their products.

So am I a hobby class runner?

Of course I am, I tend believe that most of us are.

However, I don’t worry so much about the type of runner that I might be, other than I am…

Just a Runner.

My Shortened Long Run – RunLog 9/20/19

Saturday is my usual long run day, but due to a possible trip to Boston at some point over the next 3-4 days, I wanted to make sure I got it done. The other thing that I wanted to accomplish was to do a long run in my Zoom Flys.

I figured the best place to do this run was going to be Waterville, because if my left calf or the shoes were not up to the task, there are many options to get back to the start without having to do suffer too much.

Little did I know!!!

I left JFK Hannaford and the temps were fairly warm (we are in a warming trend through Monday), I started fairly easy, but it was still sub 9:00 for the first mile. There is just something about the Zoom Fly that works well with how I run.

Going across the little bridge, I got this urge to find a tree and headed up the little closed road to the damn. Just as I was getting near the perfect tree, a downed log reached up and grabbed my toes!!! Down I went in a heap, wondering how in the hell, I ended up on the ground that quickly.

Unfortunately, when I went down – a stick decided it was going to try to come out the other side of my right hand. No, it did not make it, but as I was getting up, I needed to pull it out.

Wonderful.

I did a quick body check and that was the only wound received, so I proceeded to finish what I came to the woods for.

When I looked down, I saw red stuff dripping down my hand. Crap!!! It was bleeding pretty good, so instead of doing my run, I headed back to the truck to do some emergency repairs and triage the situation to see if I needed to shut things down or if I could get a few more miles in.

By the time I got back to the truck my t-shirt and shorts were pretty well covered in blood, but the bleeding seemed to have slowed up a little. I got out my trusty first aid kit, did an emergency repairs and stood around for a couple minutes to see how things were looking and how I felt.

No photo of the wound, just the repair job. I figured I did not want to gross people out.

I had been running very good, before I screwed up and while the hand was not great, the bleeding had stopped and…well you know me, I decided hey why not. I restarted the Garmin and wandered down the road again. I figured that I could get at least a couple more miles in.

As I was finishing up Silver Street, a car pulled into a driveway and the driver yelled out “Hey Harold”. It was my old trainer from Champions, we chatted for a couple of minutes got caught up on what was going on. It was good to see Judy again and I hope that she gets back into the trainer world soon, she was very good at what she did.

After that I just ran at a comfortably not quite hard, but not easy either pace until I got back on First Rangeway, where I picked the pace up a little more down through to Cool Street, until I finished the 10K.

I had thought about heading up around Colby, but when I got past the hills, my hand was starting to complain a bit more than I wanted to deal with, so I figured that getting a 10K in was pretty good – all things considered.

I went home and did a more complete cleaning, putting triple antibiotic on and bandaging of the hand. Luckily, the stick hit bone and didn’t go through, it is a little sore, but everything works and the bleeding stopped completely once I got through cleaning it out, so I will heal.

Not the run that I was expecting, but it was still a good run and one where I overcame a setback to have a better run than I probably should have. I still am not sure how the Zoom Fly will do on a longer run, that will have to wait for another day.

I guess I will see if I can get a longer run in on Sunday, since today was a little faster than usual.