A Little Time on The Rail Trail

I know that this morning I published a post on no longer being a RunBlogger and here I am tonight writing a post about my run today.

What’s wrong Harold can’t you make up your frigging mind?

I have made up my mind, but my choice also means that I get to write about what ever to hell I want to write about. Which means every so often, when I have a training run that I want to remember for a particular reason, I will write about it here.

It just will not be every day, but my running escapades are still a huge part of my attempts at making the Grim Reaper laugh a little.

IMG_20161104_151407246_HDR.jpgI got off work early this afternoon, due to some schedule rearranging and stuff, so I decided to go for an easy run down on the Rail Trail in Augusta, I haven’t run there in a long time.  It is mostly flat with a random bump here or there and except in Hallowell, I don’t have fight traffic and can focus on running.

Which is exactly what I did today – focused on my running.  Continue reading “A Little Time on The Rail Trail”

Tired But Good – RunLog 8-1-14

I can tell that I am starting to run more, I feel tired more lately than I have been and it is a good tired, not that exhausted feeling, but that I have done something good tired.

Run #1

A good Bennie run, I kept slowing him down, acting as that big anchor, he was more than willing to fly and I was trying to keep up a nice comfortable pace.

I hadn’t decided whether to do a long run or not this morning and if I decided to, I didn’t want to push really hard on Bennie’s run. I did pick up the pace a few times and he grinned pretty good until I slowed back down and he would grab the leash and try to pull me to go faster.

Silly dog.

Strava Bennie Run 8-1-14
Strava Bennie Run 8-1-14

We went a little further than the usual 2.0 miles or so, but the weather is so nice in the mornings that we both are able to run a little more. We did pick it up from the Big Pine to the Lower Gate – it felt pretty good and made Bennie happy. Continue reading “Tired But Good – RunLog 8-1-14”

Rail Trail 5K Race Recap – 6-22-14

Today was the Rail Trail Half and 5K in Augusta – and the race director, staff and volunteers put on a GRADE A event.

  • I did a lot better than I thought I was going to!!!!
  • No, I my hamstring did not miraculously heal overnight and let me know all about it 😦
  • No, I didn’t break anything.
  • I saw lots of people I know, got to meet some new ones and had a great time.


Okay those are the highlights, now to get down to what happened.

When I got to registration, picked up my t-shirt, all within a minute (I got there early) and then asked to be dropped down to the 5K from the Half – no problems and that was done very quickly. There just was no way I would have been able to run, much less race the half today. My hamstring is still barking at me way too much and like I said in my post yesterday, it still just doesn’t feel right.

The start of the 5K is 15:00 minutes after the start the half, so I was able to get some photos of the start of the Half Continue reading “Rail Trail 5K Race Recap – 6-22-14”

Double-Digit Surprise – RunLog 6-18-14

This morning we had to take the Corolla in to replace the fuel lines and gas fill pipe (you know the routine 14-year-old vehicle and Maine winters), which I thought was going to take 3-4 four hours. Which meant that I had some extra time this morning for a nice run.

I planned on 6 miles or so and then going home to run a couple with Bennie.

After I got going, I was feeling pretty good, even though it was pretty muggy, the temps were still in the 60’s and it was overcast/foggy, so the weather conditions were not outlandish yet.

When I got to 3.0 miles, my legs were feeling really good (the hammie was there, but wasn’t bothering as long as I stayed slow), so I kept going. I am glad that I did, it was a big confidence building run. I really believe that all the strength, mobilization and stretching work that I have done over the past month and half have made a difference and hopefully will pay the dividends that I am looking for.

However, I was a good boy and didn’t pick up the pace, worked on my form and maintained a comfortable pace, which was a really good thing.

Strava Pace Elevation 6-18-14
Strava Pace Elevation 6-18-14

The temps/humidity were climbing, so I was running more by effort than time. I was feeling a little too froggy on the way out and ran all the way down to the Gardiner Rail Trail head and had to contend with those conditions without any hydration with me. So I wasn’t totally ready for running 10.+ miles, but at that point, I had to get back to ACAR.  Continue reading “Double-Digit Surprise – RunLog 6-18-14”

Augusta Rail Trail Mistake and PI N1 Trails-Great Performance

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trails
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trails

This morning I had to take TheWife’s Jeep in for some repairs, which were going to take at least a couple of hours. Now I am not keen on sitting in an auto repair shop’s waiting room for 2 hours. So instead I went for a run. Well sort of, kind of, err well yes I did.

What are you talking about?

Yes, I went for a run from ACAR in Augusta. The temp was 29F, which meant with all the melting that happened yesterday, that there was plenty of black ice around, just waiting for me to not be concentrating on what I was running on.

Then I did something dumb, now let’s be honest – stoopid! I decided to go on the Rail Trail. Which is usually one of my favorite places to run in Augusta. However, today it was not the smartest move I have ever made, but it gave me a chance to give the Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trails a great torture test on how they would do in nasty stuff. Continue reading “Augusta Rail Trail Mistake and PI N1 Trails-Great Performance”

9 Miles – Tired and Happy – 2-21-12

What a great run today! The Saucony Kinvara 2s felt fantastic and actually after about the first half mile, I stopped worrying about them and just ran.

It was nice to just be able to run, without having to think about what I am doing or worry about re-aggravating my calf strain. I took a chance this morning and decided to run 8.0 on the rail trail in Augusta, while TheWife walked 3 miles with the Beener. I figured with an out and back course if my leg or the shoes started to bother me that it would be easier to just turn around and come back.

I also started a new “canned” training program in MiCoach, I am not a big fan of canned programs, but this one is not the same as others I have tried before. I usually prefer running for a certain distance and this program is based on the amount of time spent running. I will try it for a while to see how it works for me – something different may be what I need, there is nothing saying that I have to do exactly what it says.

That being said I have made Tuesdays my long run day – Sundays just don’t work for me due to other reasons. So this was my long run for the week.

Back to the run – It was sunny mid 30’s with a slight wind going out. I was not going for speed, just time and distance today. So I started out pretty conservatively and when I increased my speed too much the program told me to slow down or when I was going too slow it would tell me to speed up – decent motivation, but going to have to wear earphones to catch what the “coach” is telling me.

The Augusta to Hallowell part of the trail was in great shape with only a couple of places that had some black ice. However, while the Hallowell to Gardner section while it was mostly clear it did have patches of ice, that you have go around and be very careful, because the sides are a snow/ice combo, which was slippery. Actually for this time of year, the Rail Trail was in great shape!

I started at the .25 mile marker and turned around at the 4.50 marker, to make sure that I got the full 80:00 minutes in on the run, I still needed a few more minutes when I completed 8.0, so I went back out to the .75 mile marker to give me a 9.0 mile total. However, the GPS only gave me credit for 8.88 – guess what I believe the mile markers more than I do the GPS, so I ran 9.0 and put that in my official log spreadsheet, not the auto-post to MiCoach :-).

This is also the longest run I have done this year and I was very happy with it!!!

Yes the calf strain still bothers a little if I try to put a decent lean into my form or try to go faster, so I am going to do it right and just be happy that I am running mostly pain-free :-). My right knee was great and as long as I held my form everything else felt good.

Just for giggles I weighed myself when we got home and came in at 161 – the least I have weighed since the mid-90’s (when I would always weigh myself after runs). I really want to crack that 160 barrier soon, but will probably be back up to 163/164 tomorrow.  It is progress though, maybe I should make it a habit to weigh myself only after long runs ;-).

Here is the official running log page for today