August 2014 – What A Surprise

A much as July was a roller coaster — August was all about becoming consistent:

  • Carrying through on a decision made
  • Consistency
  • Running with Bennie

Favorite Photo from Augusta

Meb and Me 8-3-14
Meb and Me 8-3-14

Decision Made

When my Chiropractor basically told me back in June, he had done about as much as he could do for me and my hamstring. At that point I decided to stop playing running injury victim and started to just run during July and in August I just ran.

No, everything was not, is not 100% and in all likelihood never will be. I have accepted that in order for me to run, that there is going to be a certain amount of discomfort – so I just have to suck it up and smile.

The decision to just run was the right one and I am doing fine. Continue reading “August 2014 – What A Surprise”

Meb – Skechers and Fleet Feet Sports Maine Equals GREAT DAY

I drove down to Portland (yeah Maine) this morning and spent a relaxing morning around other runners.

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Nope, I didn’t run in a race, actually I did this instead of a race that I had planned to do up in Skowhegan. I had thought about doing both right up until last and probably could have since the race started at 7:30 and I could have gotten on the road to Portland at 8:00 or so, but I am getting soft and didn’t want to leave the house at 6:30 this morning — yeah getting soft.

I got a chance to see people who I haven’t seen in a while or get to meet someone I have wanted to for a while.

Jen, Barb, and Weez
Jen, Barb, and Weez
Scott
Scott

Got a chance to look at the what the new Skechers Performance line will look like this fall. Continue reading “Meb – Skechers and Fleet Feet Sports Maine Equals GREAT DAY”

July 2014 – What A Rollercoaster

July was a roller coaster — no doubt about it, but I am encouraged about the direction my running is going and here are some of the things that I want to focus on:

  • Carrying through on a decision made
  • Dodging a huge bullet
  • Running with Bennie
  • Slight Name Change Again

Favorite Photo from July

Dad, when are we going for a run?
When are we going for a run?

Decision Made

At the end of June, my Chiropractor basically told me he had done about as much as he could do for me and my hamstring.

At that point I decided to stop playing running injury victim. What – my hamstring was bad enough that I was willing to pay out-of-pocket for a Chiropractor? Yes, it was still sore, but strangely enough, as soon as I decided to move on from being an injured runner, to just being a runner again. It didn’t bother me as much?

It was as though a switch had been flipped — I started to move on and get back to just being a runner again. Did this mean the hamstring miraculously stopped hurting or effecting my running completely – no, but it meant that I stopped focusing on how it felt and how it was holding my running back. Instead I focused on improving my running.

The mind is a strange thing sometimes.

Dodging a Huge Bullet

Back on July 12th, I had a hay wagon run over my right foot (read about it here).

This is the fully-loaded trailer the day before,
This is the fully loaded trailer the day before,

Watching that tire run over my foot was scary, all I could think of was how long would I be injured this time. Luckily, it didn’t do the severe damage that I expected. Sure my foot was SORE and bruised, but I was able to keep walking on it and only felt that I took a week off to make sure that I didn’t make things worse.

While I am back to running over 30 miles a week again, my foot is still a little sore at times, so I am being a cautious/conservative on those days when it is, until all the soreness is gone.

Running With Bennie

Bennie and I are becoming best running buddies, he enjoys our morning romps, he is my extra speedwork or is that strides workouts, the pace is usually not all that even, faster, slower and some strength training – when he decided it is time to go after some critters that are down back.

It is a LOT of fun running with him and no these are not crap miles, that I use to “pad” my weekly mileage totals. If you think that come on over and run a couple of miles with us 🙂 , it will change your mind .

Slight Blog Name Change

I went ahead and changed the name of my blog to Aging Runnah. You can read the reasons here. It has a lot to do with accurately describing what I write about here and not having a negative perspective/vibe on my running and life.

Running

The good news is that I was able to run over 100 miles and since I made the decision to just run, my running has gotten better and I am starting to feel like I am getting back in shape.

July Summary

Strava Monthly Summary July 2014
Strava Monthly Summary July 2014

Not too shabby considering how close I came to having a pretty significant injury and taking 8 days off in a row to make sure my foot was okay. I am running by feel versus any plan for a while. That way I do not feel pressured to do a certain workout or mileage, while I am making sure that the foot continues to improve.

However, I have had an amazing run/workouts this week that make me feel hopeful about my running going forward.

Strava Weekly July Summary 2014
Strava Weekly July Summary 2014

I am going to start the Kinetic Revolution’s 6 week program to improve my running on Monday. I like the different exercises/routines that he has and I think that adding those to my running over the next month or so, will make me a better runner.

Injuries

This month was dominated by what happened or better what didn’t happen to my foot when it got run over by the hay wagon. The hamstring is still not 100%, but it is not the focus that it was in May and June. I am moving on.

If you are interested in all the different injuries I have had over the years, you can read about them here, I know that once I put the list together, I was shocked by the number of things that I have done to myself.

Running Shoes

Running shoes are not the answer to my injuries, but they can make a difference in how you run. Although I have a bunch of shoes listed below, I pretty much have gotten my rotation down to:

  • Skechers GoRun Ride 2’s – Long runs and recovery runs
  • Skechers GoMeb 2’s – Track, treadmill and road speedwork sessions
  • Pearl Izumi Peak II’s – For running downback with Bennie and on easy trail runs.
  • Skechers GoBionic Trail – Trail racing, if I ever get around to doing one again.
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Roads – My walking shoes – no running.
Strava Running Shoes List 7-31-14
Strava Running Shoes List 7-31-14

 

I have put away my Brooks Launch and Green Silence for a while – at least until my hamstring is fully healed and then see if I can add them back into the rotation. The Energy and GoRun2’s are sitting in my gym locker as just in case shoes, the N1 Trails are gone and N2 Road CY will probably be added to the long run/recovery day rotation, when I start adding more miles to my weekly totals or the GRR2’s start getting more miles on them and the GR4’s or other Skechers trainer that are due to be released in November.

Racing

None – I was starting to get ready to start again, but decided not to after the hay wagon incident, just to make sure that I don’t push it too hard and do something stupid. Although I really wanted to do the 5K in Belgrade last weekend and Bond Brook last night – the foot is still sore enough after a tough workout to be conservative for a while longer.

The reality is that

I am actually pretty happy with where my running is, compared to where it was a few weeks ago. I know that I am very lucky to even be running now, after that hay wagon ran over my foot. It could have been months of not running and a painful rehab, if my foot had been crushed just a little more. So I really appreciate my running now and do not take it for granted.

I want to thank everyone in my online and local running community who have supported me through the past few months and my ups and downs that has been the story of my running lately. You have shown me how important having supportive people around me is to helping me get through some of the tough points I have had  lately.

TomTom GPS Watch – Review Update

TomTom Runner GPS Watch
TomTom Runner GPS Watch

Back on February 27, 2014, I initially reviewed my TomTom GPS runner watch and since then I have used it almost daily, so it is time for an update to that review.

What kind of relationship do I have with TomTom – none. I purchased this watch from Clever Timing using a discount code from Pete Larson’s RunBlogger site – yeah with my money, so I can say what ever the hell I want about this product as strictly a consumer.

What I wanted originallywas a dead solid watch that quickly gets the GPS signal, keeps signal, tracks my treadmill workouts, gives mile splits, charges quickly and accurately uploads my data, along with some simple workout programs that I can set up and listen for the beep or buzz to start/stop different parts of my workout.

So is that what I got?

For the most part I am very happy with my choice of the TomTom Runner GPS watch, but like all things electronic, it does have a few quirks and things that I do not like.

My Needs

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