I Ran – Not Just Slogged – RunLog 6-28-14

IMG_20140628_105838_840This morning I had the most progress I have had in almost 2 months and it came after the day I seriously thought about shutting everything down for 2 weeks. In other words I am in the middle of Running Injury Recovery Madness.

One day I hit the depths of despair and want to bag it and the next day things seem to be turning around. Yeah, I am riding the roller coaster pretty hard now.

Today’s first run with Bennie, even though I can’t focus my arm swing very well, the first quarter-mile was AMAZING!

NO FREAKING PAIN in my left leg!

Then I came back to reality and the discomfort started in again, but I had run without pain for the first time since April 30th.

I had also had a free and flowing stride that felt strong and was holding myself back, because I really didn’t know what to do with how I was feeling! Continue reading “I Ran – Not Just Slogged – RunLog 6-28-14”

Active Rest Day – RunLog 6-23-14

Beautiful day
Beautiful day

Yep, I need a day for resting!

Yesterday’s Rail Trail 5K, left my hamstring sore, so it needs a day or so to recover. It is not painful just sore (big difference). I was still able to do my mobilization routine, Day 19 of the Kinetic Revolution’s 30 Day Challenge and a little weight work in the back of the garage, without too much in the way of discomfort.

However, running a few steps this morning during Bennie’s first walk caused the discomfort level to get a little more than I wanted to play with today.

So I figure that I will not do my run today and just relax a bit.

However, Bennie didn’t get to run yesterday and when we headed out later to do his long walk, he was grabbing the leash and pulling to tell me exactly how unhappy he was about just walking. Continue reading “Active Rest Day – RunLog 6-23-14”

Week In Review – The Good and The Bad 6-22-14

IMG_20140622_082205_663I am at the point of recovering from an injury where it becomes a freaking roller coaster ride. One day you feel like you are make huge progress and then the next you are down in darkest, deepest of lows thinking that you will never run well again.

It sucks.

However, it seems that is what I and I have a feeling many athletes go through, when they are rehabbing from an injury. How about you, do you go through this same roller coaster ride?

Maybe I should look at Shane Victorino’s lack of progress or slow progress, who has had hamstring woes, since the MLB season began and who has access to the best medical and rehab big money can have. Yet he still is just coming back to playing, so even a professional baseball player with all their advantages, still have to take time for things to heal.

It is hard though.

Overall, I ran well this week and went over 40 miles for first time since April. Probably a little too much too soon, but at the same time a lot of these runs were done with Bennie, he accounted for an extra 12+ miles and 6 doubles this week.

No they are not cheap extra miles, they are typically between 8:00 and 8:20 pace and holding on to a dog who wants to run faster is a pretty good workout, especially when he decided to go on a tangent and tried to pull me along with him :-).

I am running more, which is the important thing and yes I am trying to run smarter.

Proof of that was last Tuesday’s 8K Trail Race at Quarry Road, I know the course and after going to the Chiro that morning, decided not to run the 8K. In the past, I just would have sucked it up and done it.

That is progress for me. Continue reading “Week In Review – The Good and The Bad 6-22-14”

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.

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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”

Humbled and Just a Little Scared

cropped-miles-for-mills2.jpgOkay this is one of those posts, where I am going talk about one of my greatest fears in running. And no, I am not whining or complaining this time, I don’t need Karma to be such a Bitch.

It is something that all athletes (no matter how great or humble) face at some point in their athletic careers.

Think of the many athletes (whether they are 30, 40, 50 or older), have an injury and they just are not the same afterwards.

Now I am not my any stretch of my imagination or any thing else all that a great runner, but I am still competitive, if only in my own mind and with myself. Okay, once in a while in my own age group too.

Right now I am scared to death, that I will not be able to return to running at the same or even close to the level of running that I was able to do, just a couple of months ago.

Yeah we all have our highs and lows, when we rehabbing from an injury, but this time it feels different.

Continue reading “Humbled and Just a Little Scared”

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”

Progress Is Being Made -RunLog 6-17-14

No I didn’t run the 8K Trail Race at Quarry Road tonight – as much as I wanted too, I was a good boy for a change.

Quarry Road 8k 6-17-14
Quarry Road 8k 6-17-14

I had a 10:00 o’clock appointment with the Chiro this morning and with him doing some Graston work on my Achilles Tendon, there was no way I would be able to run the 8K course that was planned and still have my hamstring and Achilles feeling like they are progressing. He told me as much after he got through torturing my leg and making me squirm and say wonderful things about what a nice guy Dr. Lawton is – under my breath. 🙂

The worst part is that I pay him to torture me like that, man did I chose the wrong profession. Continue reading “Progress Is Being Made -RunLog 6-17-14”

Skechers GoRun Ride 2 – 50 Mile Review

Okay, what’s up Harold, why are you doing a 50 mile review of a shoe that is now discontinued and getting more and more like hen’s teeth to find?

Skechers Go Run Rode 2's
Skechers Go Run Ride 2’s

Why?

To be brutally honest, they work for me that is why.

This is my third pair of Skecher’s GoRun Ride 2’s. Continue reading “Skechers GoRun Ride 2 – 50 Mile Review”

Maine Veteran Memorial Cemetery Run – RunLog 6-12-14

What a GREAT day for a run, it was drizzling, mid 50’s and hardly any wind. Conditions that I find just about perfect for a good run.

We had to put new front tires on the old Corolla, so as usual instead of sitting around and twiddling my thumbs, I went for a run. Well I had never run from the Mall before and had a choice, either get across a busy 4-lane highway to go run on the UMA trails or go out the back gate by Kohls, to the Old Belgrade Road and run out  there.

I didn’t feel like soaking down my shoes, so I went ahead and took off for the Old Belgrade Road. Luckily the road wasn’t too busy and after I crossed the I-95 bridge I slowed down a little

There was the Military Cemetery

Maine Military Cemetary - Google Maps
Maine’s Veteran Memorial Cemetery – Google Maps

The one that they will probably put my ass in one day.

I thought to myself, I might as well go in there take a look around the place that this old body will probably spend an eternity in.

I had never been in there before.

At first I felt as though I was intruding, but then I got to thinking, these might be my neighbors someday, isn’t it better to take a look around now, while I am upright and can appreciate the beauty of the spot. Besides once I am dead and buried, I would want to have the living running around where I am planted.

I guess I am more of the Irish Wake type than the old solemn, quiet sort, when it comes to talking about death and dying. I want others to celebrate the life I have lived laughing, joking around and swapping a few bawdy lies about me, instead of sitting quietly, saying nice things about me, which are probably lies any way.

It had a few bumps for hills and actually it was pretty peaceful. No cars screaming by and there was a burial in progress as I was running by, so I took my hat off, to show my respects. As far as cemeteries go, it was well maintained and with the rainy day – well everything just seemed appropriate.

No I didn’t stop to get any photos, I didn’t think putting pictures of where I think that I will be buried someday is something that should be part of a blog post at this point.

I just ran comfortably and didn’t hurry, it didn’t seem like the right place to be huffing and puffing.

Nice place to visit, I just don’t want go there for the long sleep any time soon. Especially when I am planning on it being at least 30-40 years in the future.

As I left, I stopped did an about-face to those who stayed, hand saluted and simply said “Someday”. Wiped some rain off my face and slowly ran out the back gate.

It is a run that I will remember. Continue reading “Maine Veteran Memorial Cemetery Run – RunLog 6-12-14”

Yep Definitely Hot – RunLog 6-9-14

The Sun coming 6-9-14
The Sun coming up 6-9-14

Two of the three banks that I drove by had temps over 90 on the way into the Rail Trail and the other one was 88, so it was purty warmish.

So of course, I was running.

I had to go into town, to get a new Weed Wacker at Sears and decided to do the Rail Trail to Hallowell. I started out pretty good and maintained a nice pace down to Hallowell, but when I turned around, I purposely pulled back. I was starting to feel the heat and didn’t want to push it.

Running hard in this kind of heat, just ain’t real smart, especially when I still haven’t acclimated to it yet. Once I slowed down I felt fine and about half-way back, I decided to stop at the Rail Trail Run Shop, which meant adding on an extra mile to the run. It turned out that it wasn’t all that bad. Continue reading “Yep Definitely Hot – RunLog 6-9-14”