I should be, I am trying to get used to being back at 40 miles a week again and part of this is running with Bennie, so many days I am running twice a day. Which can be tough, but as I get back to running regularly again, it will be a good thing.
Thank you everyone who wished me a happy birthday this week and I am enjoying the additions to my running gear and books. I got a couple of books on Saturday morning and the one that I wanted to read the most was one of them.
Meb’s Run to Overcome.
I started reading at lunch and by 10:00 P.M., I had finished it. It gave me a little more insight to the man, that I had a grip and grin with last Sunday. He shows that it is okay to be driven to succeed, but at the same time you don’t have to be an asshat to do it.
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 🙂
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.
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.
Getting to see so many great people down in Portland yesterday and yeah, getting my picture taken with Meb was cool too.
Doing a couple of sessions with “real” speedwork (at least for me) and getting over 40 miles for the week – felt good. Yes, I am tired, but a good tired.
Getting my Spreadsheet caught back up…I like Strava a lot and plan to keep using it, but at the same time there is just something about having control over your running data and not be reliant on a site, company or brand to make sure your data is always available to you. Continue reading “Week In Review – A Good Week 8-3-14”→
I drove down to Portland (yeah Maine) this morning and spent a relaxing morning around other runners.
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.
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.
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.
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”→
At some point and time, the crazy, freaky injuries that seem to find me so often, will stop seeking me out and allow me to just run and enjoy the feeling of running pain-free for a few years. 🙂
It will happen – I know it will.
Now that my right foot is feeling pretty good (not 100%, but pretty good) hopefully I am starting down that road.
I had planned on doing some really slow return to running this week, instead I felt good enough to just keep running. Not stupid amounts or at speeds that are bordering on insane…no I listened very carefully to my body, didn’t push too far and ended the week with 33.9 miles, which didn’t include a nice 3+ mile hike at Messalonskee Stream Trail this morning.
My right foot is a little sore from when Bennie decided to pull and caused me to land awkwardly on my right foot on a rock.
My tailor’s bunionette didn’t like that but otherwise this has been a GREAT week.
Bennie and I got back to running together and I started using my old archery field quiver belt and it has worked well in allowing me to run hands-free.
Yesterday’s run would have been a gorgeous morning for a run, but by the time I got out there it was in the mid-70’s, which is great for doing everything else, but still a bit warm for running.
Right now I am running by feel, if I feel good I do a little more, if I don’t feel right, I do less, if I need a day off I take it and if I feel like running faster I do and I am learning slower is not a bad thing. Yeah I know it isn’t much of a recovery plan, especially if you are the type of person who has to have a plan, but now I need to listen to my body more than look at or try to fit a plan into how my body feels.
Initially, I was going to do 3 or so, but I was feeling pretty good and decided to go for 6.0. I couldn’t decide on whether to do the Champions 10k course or up over Colby and back to Champions. I did feel like fighting the traffic over by WalMart, so I went around Colby.
I was not planning on going very fast and simply wanted to get some time on my feet. Yeah, Mayflower Hill slowed me down pretty good, but I felt good going up it for the first time in a long time.
Yesterday, I had a couple of good runs which was the good news, but the big event of the day was something that was very unexpected and not anything that I wanted to have happen.
Yeah I was sore and a little tired from haying the day before, but not nearly as bad as I thought that I would be. In other words I wasn’t completely wiped.
I made sure that both of the runs were slow recovery runs that totaled just over 5.0 miles, the body wasn’t up to or into doing a lot more.
My neighbor was still haying and had even less help than the day before, so I lent a hand again. About half-way through the field, we were on the 3rd tier, so the stack was about even with my chest and I was having to pick up the bales and then toss them on the trailer.
As a part of this tossing motion, I step forward with my right foot.
Yeah this isn’t going to be good.
Wellll, as I was tossing a bale on the trailer, my foot went forward as usual, unfortunately at the same time the first tire of the trailer was about to occupy that same spot. This was the double axle heavy-duty trailer pictured above – luckily it was only half full of hay.
Really not good.
With peripheral vision, I saw the tire beginning to go over my foot and the tire wasn’t stopping. At that point I felt a sudden pressure on the outside of my foot and couldn’t move it (believe me – I tried).
As I looked down.
There was nothing I could do, but watch the friggin tire run over my foot.
Yes time does slow down, when something like this happens. It seemed like it took forever for that wheel to get done going over my foot.
It was kind of surreal, the tire going over my foot, there was a squishing sensation, sharp pain and then relief as the wheel rolled off my foot.
Then I had to move it quickly, so that the second axle’s tire didn’t have a chance for a repeat performance.
Yep, it hurt like a son of bitch!
All of I could think of right then was, there goes my running the rest of this summer and beyond.
Some days you really think you have it all together and then BAM, it’s gone.
That is how it was today for my primary run.
I went ahead and did a bunch of stretches before the run, because the Achilles was feeling tight on my earlier Bennie run and by the time I got started, my GPS watch had reset itself and I didn’t realize it. So without looking down, I just hit start and started running.
About half a mile down the road, I looked down to see what my pace was and figured out that I hadn’t started the GPS.
Oh well, sometimes it happens, so I stopped and waited about 30 seconds for the watch to get signal and started out again. I was feeling pretty good and decided to just go with it.
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.