Pushing the Redline – RunLog 9-9-14

Tuesday = speedwork, which means tonight I am freaking toast. Bennie and I sat in our easy chair after lunch (around 1:30) and then next thing I knew it was 2:45. TheWife is on vacation, so she was puttering around the house, making plenty of noise and I was basically – out and she said that Bennie never moved at all either.

Based on that result, I guess they were great workouts.

Really both of my runs today were tough ones, that challenged me in different ways.

Bennie Run

I think that Bennie can tell when I put on my Skechers GoMeb 2’s, maybe there is something about the way I walk or get more focused when I put them on. All I know is that he seems to know when I put them on, that we are gonna run faster than usual and he takes off, then looks back at me as if to say “well aren’t you coming you old fart!”

Silly dog!!! 🙂

Strava Bennie Run 9-9-11
Strava Bennie Run 9-9-11

Continue reading “Pushing the Redline – RunLog 9-9-14”

Today I was the Bug – RunLog 9-2-14

You know the old saying or song, that sometime you are the bug and sometime you are the windshield.

Today the humidity was the windshield and I definitely was the bug.

Just a little humid today
Just a little humid today

Tuesday’s are my hardest speedwork days and this morning was somewhere near 80-100% humidity earlier.

That high humidity was going to make things pretty tough, especially when I did a longer run yesterday in some pretty bad heat/humidity too. Looking back, that run took more out of me than I thought it would, even though I took it easy.

Today, I woke up tired and not very motivated, which was VERY unusual, because I do like my Tuesday speedwork sessions and look forward to getting out there and pushing myself harder than usual. Continue reading “Today I was the Bug – RunLog 9-2-14”

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”

Skechers GoMeb 2 after 50 miles

Skechers GoMeb2
Skechers GoMeb2

Okay, so I have a few more than 50 miles on my Skechers GoMeb 2 racing shoes, yeah that’s right racing shoes. You know me – that guy who said back in February that I didn’t need racing flats and now have 2 pairs.

However, it took a while to get to 50 miles, due to all of my wonderful injuries this summer. Then once my legs got feeling better and I started training little more seriously for some 5k’s, the mileage piled up on my Meb 2’s a lot quicker than I expected.

Yeah, this is another one of those reviews of an older running shoe that is nearing the end of its cycle, (so it is not the hottest new running shoe out there, but there are enough of people who are still interested in this racing shoe that the post is still pertinent. I plan to do a post next week on why I think doing reviews of these older shoes is still relevant – at least in my mind  😉 .

No I am not going to bore you with all the stats that the manufacturer or other sites that sell running shoes can give you.

I am going to focus on how the GoMeb 2’s worked for me as an older, recreational runner, who wants to run faster, but ain’t no Meb or even really all that good 😉 . Continue reading “Skechers GoMeb 2 after 50 miles”

Tough Speed work Day – RunLog 8-18-14

Since I have a race coming up on Sunday, I changed up my normal routine and did my speedwork today, instead of Tuesday. So the body really wasn’t ready for or into this kind of effort on a Monday 😉 .

The first run was with Bennie down-back and then the second one was originally going to be a track workout at Colby, because I had errands to run up there.

Bennie’s Run

We started out really good as you can see below:

Strava - Bennie Run 8-18-14
Strava – Bennie Run 8-18-14

and had a nice steady pace until we got to the first hill and then just before 1.2 miles, Bennie caught a good scent or something and just stopped, I did everything I could to avoid running over him and making out with the road. I clipped him a little on the back leg and then dragged him a little ways, both of which got a couple of yelps out of him and had him looking at me what are doing that for kind of look. Continue reading “Tough Speed work Day – RunLog 8-18-14”

Tuesday Equals SpeedWork – RunLog 8-12-14

Yesterday was speedwork Tuesday, which means that I do a quick/hard 2+ with Bennie and then head to a local track and do some interval work.

Bennie Run

We started out quick and went faster. The Bean was ready and raring to go. When he sees me pulling on those Blue and Yellow shoes, he gets all excited. He is learning when I wear those on a run, we are going to run fast.

He LOVES TO RUN FAST.

Strava - Bennie Run 8-12-14
Strava – Bennie Run 8-12-14

After coming down Blake Hill, we began to slow down a little, he was getting distracted by what some other animals had left. That was until the car was going in the same direction and we went into chase mode!!! He got into 4 paw drive and we did a wind sprint. After that part was over he had his tongue dragging, but had a big doggie grin and I was laughing too,  after I remembered how to breathe again – been a long time since I ran that fast 🙂 . Continue reading “Tuesday Equals SpeedWork – RunLog 8-12-14”

Speedwork Kind of Day – RunLog 8-5-14

Gorgeous summer day again today!

However, by the time I got out there it was in the 80’s which is great for the beach, but a little warmish for doing speedwork.

But it didn’t stop me!

When I put on my Meb’s, Bennie’s eye’s lit up, then when my GPS connected and beeped/buzzed – we were still in the house and he started bouncing all over the place. Hence one of his nicknames Bouncing Bennie 🙂

Run #1

Yeah Bennie didn’t want to worry about warming up and all that other foolishness that I have go through before we start our run, he was ready to fly. At first I kind of held back a little, but once we got around the corner, I just said what to hell, smiled and ran. Then it was the usual speed play with Bennie.

Strava Bennie Run 8-5-14
Strava Bennie Run 8-5-14

As you can see we did run a bit quicker than usual for the first mile and it felt good.  Some things were still tight, but didn’t interfere too much with the paces we were hitting.

It is was harder to keep up the pace, I just am not used to going this fast – for now. Continue reading “Speedwork Kind of Day – RunLog 8-5-14”

Almost At Race Pace – RunLog 7-30-14

IMG_1751Hey, what in the hell is up with September weather in July, while I LOVE IT for running and sleeping, if this trend continues we will be having frost in late August = not good. Oh well, we just have to wait and see what Mother Nature has in store for us.

I have a feeling that this winter might not be a fun one and you better make sure that the wood box is full and you have gotten your prepaid/lock-in for whatever you use to heat your house done.

This morning’s first run was with Bennie – we both were ready to run!!! Enough so that I wore my GoMebs and started fast and held it for as long as I could.

Strava Bennie Run 7-30-14
Strava Bennie Run 7-30-14

Yes, a couple of those lower bumps got into where I want to be for my 5K race pace! Continue reading “Almost At Race Pace – RunLog 7-30-14”

Just A Little Speedwork – RunLog 7-28-14

Bennie and I ran downback this morning just before the rains came and at the bottom of Stevens Hill, I decided to pick up the pace, just to see how everything felt.

It wasn’t for all that far and wasn’t an all out effort, especially when Bennie somehow almost got the leash tangled in my legs (that would have been a hard one to explain, when I finally came too), so I had to do a quick twirl, while running rather quickly.

Nope I didn’t fall or hurt anything, but I am sure it would have made for a great blooper video.

Strava Bennie Run 7-28-14
Strava Bennie Run 7-28-14

That is that blip in the middle of the faster paces just after .4 miles. Continue reading “Just A Little Speedwork – RunLog 7-28-14”

A Little Quicker Today – RunLog 7-25-14

After yesterday’s surprise long run, I really wanted to see how I felt this morning.

Not too bad, not too bad at all.

Legs felt tired, but nothing was overly sore or at least no worse than before I did the long run.  Which in my opinion is a win, win.

The above video is Bennie pulling on me trying to get me to run some more, after we had finished up the run, but this is what he does when we first start out on most runs, I though you might get a chuckle out of it.

Run #1

The first run was with Bennie, he was ready and raring to go this morning. He was pulling me harder than usual and had that 4 paw drive just a churnin.  Continue reading “A Little Quicker Today – RunLog 7-25-14”