Throw Back Thursday – 1971 Camaro

This is a photo from 1976, in front of USCGC SHACKLE, when I was on the buoy tender in South Portland (depending on when the photo was taken) I was getting ready to go on liberty and had parked there. It seemed like a good photo and showed Portland in the back ground.

1971 Camaro after paint job 1976
1971 Camaro after paint job 1976

The car was my 1971 Camaro after a paint job by my Gramp and a new engine that Jimmy McGinnis put in (that 350 4 barrell, sure could fly). It was one of the most unreliable cars that I ever bought and I learned a LOT about car repairs, but it sure looked good and as a 18-19 year old kid driving around in it sure was fun.

Looking at this photo brings back a lot of memories, good times, bad times and more than a few smiles. 

Why Review Old Running Shoe Models

Why in the hell are you still doing reviews on older than dirt running shoes?

You know what I am talking about those running shoes that I write about, which are last year’s or older models.

Pearl Izumi Peak II
Pearl Izumi Peak II

Although I love the newest and greatest running shoes as much or more than most runners, they are not the shoes that I actually usually get to run in.


You see, I don’t work for any running shoe brand (though I do have my favorites), a sporting goods chains, local running store or even have a popular blog where I get a variety of free promotional shoes to review (although I did get free pair of shoes for working a display booth for a brand I like, back in June).

Oh, I have had my chances to do some of this stuff and last year, when I retired, those kind of opportunities disappeared.

Like the majority of runners, I pay for most of my running shoes or get them as gifts for my birthday/Christmas.

Which means many of those newest and greatest running shoes are also budget breakers.

Being retired and on a fixed budget, means that those new shoes costing $160, hell $100 or more for a pair of running shoes is simply more than I am usually willing to spend on new shoes and more than most people want to shell out for a present. Continue reading “Why Review Old Running Shoe Models”

Run for the Fallen 5K – Recap 8-24-14

All things considered, I did better than I thought I did.

Although when I finished the race and looked at my watch, I was a little disappointed with the time and my effort, but when I got to thinking about it while writing this post – I did just fine.

Run for the Fallen Finish Line
Run for the Fallen Finish Line

There were a LOT of positives to take-away from the race!

  1. Honoring the Fallen – the ringing of the bell after reading the Fallen’s name part of the memorial service was very powerful for me. (just a couple of tears were shed)
  2. Making it to the starting line today!!! Yes, I had some serious doubts about whether I would, over the past couple of days and even almost left around 9:30 – due to some frustrations I was having – my problems no one else’s.
  3. It was the fastest I have run a 5K this year – 22:33
  4. I had a right on pace first mile – 6:39
    Strava Run for the Fallen 5K 8-24-14
    Strava Run for the Fallen 5K 8-24-14
  5. I was smart and didn’t push through, when my hamstring started to tighten up after the first mile, I pulled back until it stopped barking really loudly.
  6. In other words, I finished the race uninjured.

What did I learn: Continue reading “Run for the Fallen 5K – Recap 8-24-14”

I Didn’t Feel Like Running Today – But Did RunLog 9-5-13

That’s right me – the guy who always wants to run. I really didn’t feel like running this morning. I was beat, tired, fatigued, felt like someone had shoved me through a meat grinder and tired of getting up to walk the dog a mile in the rain.

Oh well, I had a physical therapy appointment at 9:15 AM, otherwise I would have just bagged it and puttered around the house, I know I have plenty to do around here now – all those things I had to put off earlier and had otherwise procrastinated about.

So I left the house at 7:30 figuring I could at least do a couple of miles on the treadmill and a bit of strength work.

I started out easy.

  • 1.0 mile @ 7.1 mph – Felt good, the left foot was a little tuggy and tight, but not bad. So I kept on plugging
  • 1.0 mile @7.3 mph – Felt pretty damn good, still didn’t feel quite there, but figured I could do another mile.
  • 1.0 mile @7.5 mph – Feeling better, leg was still a little tuggy, but staying at about 3, so no big deal, plus I was starting to find a rhythm
  • .50 mile @7.7 mph – Felt good, getting that good rhythm, breathing normally
  • .50 mile @8.1 mph – Everything smoothed out, felt like I was running comfortably, my left leg stayed in the 3-4 range, still not quite able to have a good pain-free toe-off, but close.

Continue reading “I Didn’t Feel Like Running Today – But Did RunLog 9-5-13”

More Than I Bargained For — 2 Today – RunLog 9/3/13

I knew that today was going to be an “interesting” day, last night, when I looked at my calendar.

This morning at 9:15 I had a Physical Therapy appointment and then I had to meet SD1 at her doctor appointment, as soon I got done with my appointment, to see if I needed to drive her home and then run back down to get the truck. So it was definitely going to be a busy morning.

Round 1

I wanted to make sure that I got my workout in, so I got to the gym at 7:00 and hopped on the treadmill.

Today was supposed to be an easy day, so here is my treadmill workout: Continue reading “More Than I Bargained For — 2 Today – RunLog 9/3/13”

A Ying Yang Run — 9/2/13

Garden after pumping most of the day!

Have you ever had one of those runs, where everything seemed to go wrong to go right!

That was my running today.

Got up to a downpour, first dog walk got soaked, second dog walk was worse – 2.0 miles in pouring rain. Then it had rained so much that I had to get the sump pump out to de-water the garden .

I was supposed to do 5 miles today, 1.0 mile warm-up, 3.0 miles tempo (sub 7:50 pace) and a mile cool-down.

That was a bit of a change for my training plan, I found last week that I don’t like Tuesday for speed work and Thursdays for Tempo runs. So I changed it to Tempos on Monday and speed work on Wednesday. So here goes

Bad Thing – Good Thing Day

Bad thing: Didn’t really feel like running when it was raining outside like a cow pissing on a flat rock
Good thing: Decided to go to the gym after lunch and do tempo workout on the treadmill – more control of pacing and warm-up/cool-down.

Continue reading “A Ying Yang Run — 9/2/13”

This Sucks Royal Donkey Balls

This morning, I am more than a little frustrated, down, pissed and all those other useless words we use to describe how we feel when we planned and wanted to do something and then pretty much at the last-minute decide to do the “right thing” and not do it.

It sucks royal donkey balls!

However, I also know that it is the correct choice, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

So what happened?

My training has gone really well all week and even though my left foot, wasn’t behaving as nicely as I want it to, it was within my expectations of how I expect it to feel, especially since I am starting to push it a little harder. Continue reading “This Sucks Royal Donkey Balls”

A Little More Than I Expected – RunLog 8-29-13

Hey, can you believe it – I took yesterday off!!!! I just needed it and could tell that I did.

Oh I still walked 3.0+ miles on a new trail that a neighbor is building and did stuff around the house, but no running.

It felt great.

This morning I was ready to run.


It was also a Physical Therapy day, so I went into Waterville early to do the tempo run before PT. I didn’t want to do hills before the session, so I ran out to Western Ave in Fairfield and back. The course only has a couple of bumps and the Fairfield side is mostly part of the Joseph’s 5K course, which is pretty flat and fast. Continue reading “A Little More Than I Expected – RunLog 8-29-13”

Treadmill Speed Work – 8/27/13

Yes, I know what the PT told me and all that other stuff.

Sometimes, well let’s be honest, most of the time I am not a good patient and I don’t take orders very well (this is coming from someone who lasted almost 21 years in the military).

Oh well, just the way it is.

I decided to stop by the gym and see how my leg was feeling on the treadmill. I chose the treadmill for a few reasons:

  1. I can control the pace
  2. Same thing on the incline
  3. It is easier on my body
  4. I like the treadmill, (yes I admit it) I can “go away” for a little while, without worrying about cars, ditches, rocks, dogs or other assorted thing that I need to watch out for outside and just run. Continue reading “Treadmill Speed Work – 8/27/13”

No Graduation Today – RunLog 8-26-13

Today was the day I was supposed to graduate to no adult supervision in regards to physical therapy for my Achilles tendon.

Didn’t happen!

I took most of the month off from PT, to see how I would progress on my own, my good enough, was not good enough.

Like many of my past students, I regressed during my summer vacation and my Achilles was inflamed and painful to the touch, when my PT started poking and prodding it.

Strangely though it didn’t bother all that much when I walked or run on it??? Continue reading “No Graduation Today – RunLog 8-26-13”