12 x 20 Second Strides – RunLog 7-8-14

TheWife is on vacation this week, so my schedule is slightly different from it usually is. In other words my schedule is more about what she wants to do and I get my runs/workouts in around that.

Last night she was spending the night with SD2, so I got to entertain myself around the house, which meant that I got bored (which can be dangerous). Bennie is great company, but he ain’t much of a conversationalist and after his last walk I decided to finish up my Kinetic Revolution workout.

A part of  this workout was doing 12 moderate effort repeats focusing on my arm swing and keeping my stride shorter and quicker. I changed it up to being a speed workout.

What in the hell are you doing Harold?

This is one of those do not do as I do posts and if you have an injury and need to rehab it, do not be like me and actually listen to your medical professionals or coaches for what you should be doing after an injury. 

You ran a tough run yesterday morning and it was still in the mid 70’s with a lot of humidity. On Monday your Chiro fired your ass, because you wouldn’t take his advise to take a couple of weeks off and here you are doing speed work the next day – are you f$%*&$#+ nuts.

Probably.

At the same time, get over it.

I know my body better than anyone else and I am feeling 100% better than I was a couple of weeks ago.

So in spite of the Chiro’s recommendations (which I acknowledge are based on sound medical advice) and what many others would consider to be common sense, I am going to fail or succeed doing it my way.

Stubborn old bastid that I am.

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Hotter than I Thought – RunLog 7-8-14

Another morning at ACAR, but this was just to drop off the Toyo, to finish up some stuff. Still I have seen more of Al and Todd than I have anyone outside of the house his week, which is not a good thing. Sure they are great guys, but every time I see them, it tends to cost me money. Oh well the vehicles are in top-notch shape.

When I got delivered back to the house (courtesy drop-off), I talked with the wife for a couple of minutes to update her on what was going on with the Toyota and went for a run.

It was after 10:00 when I got going and by the time I finished, the thermometer at the house said 92F. So it was a bit hotter than I expected to be and did affect my run.

When started out, I was feeling pretty tight from all the sitting, so the first couple of miles were to shake things out a bit and work on my form some more. Yeah I even pushed it a little, one I loosened up.

Then the heat started to bother me and I purposely started slowing down and wasn’t going to push the pace in this crap.

Strava Stats 7-8-14
Strava Stats 7-8-14

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No Race Just a Bit of Rain – Run 7-4-14

Happy Independence Day for those of us in the U.S.

Wet t-shirt contest anyone?   :-)
Wet t-shirt contest anyone? 🙂

No, I didn’t race any of the local races in Winthrop, Freeport or up in Bangor areas. I wasn’t sure of how the leg would respond and decided to skip them, which was too bad, because I think I would have done just fine, but better safe than sorry.

Still when I read the tweets and facebook posts by people who raced today, I feel as though I should have – oh well it is what it is.

The weather coming in was a bit of a factor, not the rain and humidity those things didn’t bother, but with the low pressure coming in, I got my usual headache, verging on a migraine. It is something I have to contend with when a bad storm is coming in and it seems to be coming around a little more often this summer than it has for a while.

Oh well, running does help.

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Hat was a Leaky Faucet – RunLog 7-3-14

Running errr swimming today was pretty good and with the number of horseflies, mosquitoes and black flies down-back made it so that you didn’t linger too long in one place.

Yeah it was hot
Yeah it was hot

First Run

Was with Bennie and he wanted to fly! My legs were feeling reasonable so I was willing to push a little faster with him than I have been.

  • Course: Bennie Run Down-back
  • 2.3 — Distance
  • 18:25 — Time
  • 8:02/mi — Pace
  • Shoes: Skechers GoBionic Trail 6-18-14 (20.8 mi)

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Getting Acclimated – RunLog 7-2-14

I must be starting to get acclimated to the heat/humidity a little. While I went slow today for both runs, they really didn’t make me feel that bad, even with it almost 90 degrees and high humidity.

First Run

Bennie and I ran down-back, they had just graded all the dirt road yesterday, so it was tricky and if you are not careful an ankle breaker waiting to happen. Need some rain and lots of traffic to drive over it to calm it down. Until then no fast running with Bennie down there, to much of a risk for getting hurt.

Strava Bennie Run 7-2-14
Strava Bennie Run 7-2-14

Plus in this heat, he doesn’t go so much like a bat out of hell after we hit the dirt and tends to just lope along and plays in the old mud puddles in the ditch as we run along. He did have that doggie grin going today, especially when we were walking and he got to play in the stream. Continue reading “Getting Acclimated – RunLog 7-2-14”

Sorta Speedwork – RunLog 7-1-14

I am tired of whining, pissing and moaning about my frigging leg. No matter how I do, it isn’t going to change anything.

I know that I will still do it, but at some point everyone else has to be getting sick of it being the primary topic of conversation on my blog and when any of my local running buddies see me.

After yesterday’s Chiro appointment, if all that is wrong with my leg is accumulated scar tissue rubbing together and irritating the hell out of my hamstring, there ain’t a whole hell of a lot that I can do about it.

Scar tissue does not dissolve, go away or any of the other fairy tales that I have heard. About all you can do is make it softer and more pliable, so it isn’t as painful when it rubs over each other.

So unless there is a miracle cure for softening up scar tissue out there that I haven’t heard of, it means that this crap  is just something that I am going to have to learn to live with, if I want to keep running.

Which I am going to do.

No two pieces of scar tissue rubbing together is not the most comfortable feeling when I am running, but as long as I am not doing too much further damage to my hamstrings, I can handle the discomfort. It just means that I will not ever be as fast as I was 2 months ago, but at least I will still be running, which is the most important thing.

So this morning, after getting an inspection sticker on the Toyota – yes it passed, so all the work we did on it was worth the effort.

I went down to the Rail Trail and parked on the other side of Hallowell at the 2.75 mile marker and proceeded to run towards Gardiner, to do some quarter-mile intervals – my favorite type of speed work (well I prefer to do quarters on the track, but I didn’t feel like driving over to Cony or up to Colby).

Yes it was already 82F and climbing, with high humidity. Continue reading “Sorta Speedwork – RunLog 7-1-14”

Run Around Back Cove – RunLog 6-30-14

I had to go down to the JetPort to pick-up SD2 and decided it would be a good time to run around Back Cove.

Fortunately, it was still in the 60’s and there was a slight breeze, so the heat and humidity were not a factor.

Strava Stats 6-30-14
Strava Stats 6-30-14

Unfortunately, I just never really got a comfortable stride going. From the start, my body just felt tight and even though I thought that I had loosened up well in the parking lot, the body didn’t cooperate during the run, so I just plugged along. I did really focus on keeping my elbows back and not crossing my body with my hands.  Continue reading “Run Around Back Cove – RunLog 6-30-14”

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”

First Run in Skechers GoMEB 2 – RunLog 6-24-14

Skechers GoMEB 2's
Skechers GoMEB 2’s

I did my first run the Skechers GoMEB2’s, that I was given after volunteering at the Skechers booth last weekend at the Rail Trail Half & 5K.

Ummmm — they are gonna be a fast, freaking shoes for me.

Not a doubt in the world about that!

Unfortunately, my hamstring was still telling me how unhappy it was about running too damn fast on Sunday and what in the hell we were doing running down-back with that Damn Dawg this morning, before going out for another bleeping run.

Especially a run in brand spanky new racing flats! That you know you will want to see how great they feel at faster than hell speeds.

Whah, whah, whah, the hamstring had its whiny self going in over-drive and told me in no uncertain terms that I tried anything fast or tried to get smart, it was going to really pitch a fit.

So I went easy – well most of the time, a couple of times the faster pace seem to come out of no where and old hammie didn’t realize what was going on until a few hundred yards down the road, although when it figured it out, hammie did tell me what an idiot I was and proceeded to call me every name in the book, until I slowed down again.

Oh well, sometime you just gotta do what you gotta do. Continue reading “First Run in Skechers GoMEB 2 – RunLog 6-24-14”

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”