Recovery Time – MT WK3 D3

After yesterday’s almost 35,000 steps which included a morning speed work session, mowing the margin and then going to Quarry Road for a slightly long 5K trail race, today was a much needed recovery day.

This morning when I got out of bed, I could tell that I had overdone things just a bit by the way my lower back (running too damn fast downhill does that too me), right hip and surprisingly my left hamstring/Achilles. They didn’t hurt, it was just soreness that went away once I used the car polisher on them, but I still felt tired.

Which meant a slowish 5.0 miles

During Bennie’s long walk Mary and I discussed our day’s/workout plans and I was torn between going into Waterville for a flatter i.e. easier 5.0 or doing my run down to Davis Dr. via Tiffany and stopping at the lower gate, so I wouldn’t have to run up Stevens Hill.

After talking with her, I decided that it was too much work to drive in, run and drive back, especially when the electrician would be here around 1:00 and I wouldn’t be leaving the house until 10:30. Continue reading “Recovery Time – MT WK3 D3”

A Top Ten Day for Running – RunLog 5-23-18

I really was not sure how this run going to work, yesterday the hamstring had a bad spell, so I shut down an in-town run after a quarter mile and went back into Planet Fitness and did my rehab exercises.

Not really what I wanted, but sometimes discretion is the better part of valor, besides I know that recovery from a hamstring strain usually takes at least three weeks and it is never a straight line of improvement.

There are going to be days where you have to listen to the body to avoid major setbacks. In other words there are going to be days the hamstring is going to feel like crap and pushing to get a run in, will more than likely screw things back up and you won’t be running well any time soon.

So I did something I seem to be doing more of – listening to the old body.

While I pat myself on the back again ;-), let’s move on to today.

This morning was one of those mythical top 10 weather days, so I really did want to run.

Usually, I determine what my workout for the day actually will be, when I do Bennie’s long walk I get to check out the aches and pains to see how things are doing. The hamstring didn’t feel great, but it felt good enough to plan on a run. Just no major hills, I find that running up “good” hills stress the hammies a bit and I have a few around the house. Continue reading “A Top Ten Day for Running – RunLog 5-23-18”

First Run Skechers GOMeb Razor 2 – RunLog 5-20-18

I finally ran in the Skechers GOMeb Razor 2’s that Sam at Road, Trail, Run was nice enough to give me a few weeks ago. I have put off running in them because I was pretty sure they were going to be a bad pair of ankle biters and I really hate blisters.

The stiffer collar around the around the shoe didn’t give me confidence that I wouldn’t end up with a least a couple blisters under the outside portions of my ankles. I have run a couple of short runs with Bennie in them and even started a run and then turned around and got a different pair of running shoes on, because I didn’t like the way the shoes felt around my ankles.

So today after I decided to run in the Razor 2’s, it was with more than a little trepidation that started the run in them. However, I needed to know one way or another – if the Razor 2’s were going to work for me or not. Continue reading “First Run Skechers GOMeb Razor 2 – RunLog 5-20-18”

Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – End of the Line Review

Probably my favorite running shoe in a long, long time. I was able to run any distance that I run, they were comfortable and believe it or not I ran almost as fast in them as I did my “fast” shoes.

Despite all the great things that I loved about them, unfortunately the Skechers GoRun Ride 7 only lasted just over 160 miles for me. It was not the outsole, midsole breaking down, a flaw in the shoe itself or anything like that.

Instead it was an old enemy that has plagued me with more than a few other running shoes – my left heel wore through the padding on the heel cup to the plastic. Based on my past experiences with this same issue, it will eventually either cause a blister in that area on my heel or the plastic will cause a sore spot that is very distracting.

So they will go away.

Also the right outside ankle well has worn through to the foam, which is just cosmetic, but still it is pretty low mileage for that to happen to my shoes and tells me that the side wall is a bit too high for my foot.

Damn I loved those shoes too, which means I get to whine and swear a bit a lot, especially since I ran so well in the GRR7’s and they were part of the solution for me being able to run several double-digit long runs over the past month or so.

So this really sucks.

Other than the wear in the heel/ankle area the Ride 7’s are in great shape, except for a little bit of Maine mud and dirt and normal outsole wear. I have no doubt that I could get at 300-400 miles out of the shoes if not for the wear areas.

Although I do have a hypothesis about why the heel cup wore through so quickly and if I am correct, it is at least partly my own fault. I put LockLaces in them from day one and I tend to like my shoes looser, so I didn’t lace them all the way to the last lace. Plus with those kind of laces, I just pull them off and on without taking time to loosen the laces at all.

The next time I get a pair of GoRun Ride 7’s, I will leave regular tie laces in the shoes and save the LockLaces for after I retire them, with hopefully at double or triple the mileage that this pair had.

I can see another pair of GoRun Ride 7’s coming in sometime around Father’s Day.

They are unlike some other shoes I have now – no fuss, no muss, just put them on and go running.

I miss that.

Skechers Forza 3 – 50 Mile Review

A semi new shoe review for a change. Yes, they are the Forza 3, but they are the Houston marathon special edition and I bought them for a very reasonable price from Running Warehouse.

Unfortunately, they are a running shoe that doesn’t work for me, just the way it works sometimes. However, due to too many factors that do not work for me, they are a shoe that I don’t look forward to running in.

I have run treadmill workouts, double-digit long runs, medium distance runs outside in the rain, dirt roads and sand/salt mixtures on the side of the roads (a present from sanding the roads last winter). So I have a pretty good idea of how the Forza 3’s work for me on a variety of conditions and runs.

The Short Version

The Forza 3’s are a pair of running shoes that I can run in, but don’t look forward to using and as a result of my experiences in them have decided that they make better walking shoes than running shoes for me.

The Rest of the Story

There are three primary reasons for this:

Continue reading “Skechers Forza 3 – 50 Mile Review”

Welcome Back the GRR7’s – RunLog 4/26/18

And then the rains came, it was just a bit wet out there this morning. However, it is a sign of Spring and it is not the white evil stuff, that also brings cold and an over abundance of clothes. However, the rains were enough that Bennie was not interested in walking outside any longer than he had to and I decided that the treadmill would be a bit kinder than the driving rain.

Plus I really did want to see if the changes that I made to the GoRun Ride 7’s had made enough of a difference that I would be able to run in them again, without worrying about whether they would blister my left heel and right outer ankle or not.

So I got on the treadmill at Planet Fitness and started out at 7.1 mph, I increased it a bit every couple of miles and had a really strong kick at the end. So the run was my typical treadmill run, get warmed-up, run, think about stopping at 3.0 miles, play tricks on myself to get through 5.0 and with only a mile left, start increasing the pace to under 8.00’s by the time I get to 5.75. Then go for a good kick at the end.

Yeah, a pretty typical treadmill run.

How did the GRR7’s do?

Drumroll please….


The heels felt locked in the entire run and the right ankle was not rubbing against the ankle well as a distraction. I don’t believe that the wear in the heel cup is going to be a big deal, now that everything is locked down. They didn’t bother at all during the run and had that cushioned ride/feel that I really love, but when I wanted to step up the pace a bit, the shoe firmed up nicely.

Welcome the GRR7’s back as my primary longer run/recovery shoes and yes, I am ecstatic about it.

It is amazing how such a small thing like changing the laces does for the runnability of a pair of shoes — at least in this instance it was very significant.

The true test will be next Tuesday when I go out and do a double-digit run and see how things feel then, but now I am excited about the possibilities again.

Good treadmill run and even better news about the GRR7’s.

First Run Skechers GoRun Forza 3 – RunLog 4-11-18

Hey, a new 2018 course record on my test course by 15 seconds, despite not really going all that hard. I started out fairly slowly and then picked up a bit as I went down Philbrick Hill. When I got to the flats I did pick it up just to see how things felt.

Oh yeah, it was also my first run in the Skechers GoRun Forza 3’s.

Let’s start from the beginning. Continue reading “First Run Skechers GoRun Forza 3 – RunLog 4-11-18”

Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – 50 Mile Review

Sometimes you get a gut feeling about a pair of running shoes before you buy them. Then that feeling leads you to go ahead and get them, even though you question the need versus want aspect.

Though to be honest, I have been having trouble finding a pair of running shoes that didn’t bother my feet on long runs for a quite a while and the GRR7’s seemed to check off all the boxes for me. When you added in that none of the shoes presently in the house had inspired much confidence in their ability to go over the 10K distance marker completely comfortable.

I needed to find a solution for my long runs and it seemed like the GoRun Ride 7’s might be part of the solution.

This is pretty much the why behind my buying the the GRR7’s for $90.00 through Amazon.

Initial Thoughts

The bias about/against Skechers brand name as a “serious” running shoe provider is real and it is still out there even when Skechers has a good or great running shoe, overcoming the Skechers name can be tough to get beyond for some runners. Continue reading “Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – 50 Mile Review”

GoRun Ride 7 and Double-Digit Run – RunLog 2-28-18

A very different 10 miler than I was expecting.

No, nothing went wrong, in fact it was one of the best 10 mile runs that I have had in a long time. It was not easy, no 10 mile run is easy for me, but the big thing was that my feet did not hurt on the run because of my running shoes.

That made all of the difference.

This was my third run in the Skechers GoRun Ride 7’s and if this any indication of how they are going to perform, I am going to be a VERY happy runner! I zero problems related to my shoes and they did everything that I could ask of them. Continue reading “GoRun Ride 7 and Double-Digit Run – RunLog 2-28-18”

Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – Initial Impressions and Great Expectations

I will be honest, I have not been totally thrilled with most of the shoes in my rotation, with the exception of the Newton Gravity 3’s, which are doing more than I ever thought they would. My current shoes are enough for 3-5 miles, but as the weather up heah in Maine get a bit more reasonable for running outside, I have been starting to pick up my mileage a little.

So I have half-heartedly looking for a pair of long run shoes that are comfortable and don’t leave me feeling beat up after running long in them. This sort of looking for new long run shoes became more of a priority after this week’s run – when the shoes I ran my long run in, left me feeling beat up and were beginning to bother my tailor’s Bunionette.

About 3-4 weeks ago I read Sam’s blog Road, Trail, Run and his review of the Skechers GoRun Ride 7 and some other blog reviews, which intrigued me to say the least. I have run in the GRR2 (4-pair), GRR3, GRR5 and several other Skechers Performance models. I loved the GRR2’s and as much as I liked some of the other models/lines – they well…didn’t fit right. Which I attribute to the pleather strap that Skechers uses to provide some structure to the upper and how it lays across my tailor’s Bunionette.

However, when I read the review, a lot of what the reviewers discussed were how I felt about my old GRR2’s. The more I thought about it and fought to run longer runs in my other shoes, the more it sounded like it was time to try the GoRun Ride 7’s.

The $90 price point wasn’t as painful as other highly rated 2018 shoes and the shoes themselves are supposed to be more sophisticated than the other Skechers Performance shoes I had run in previously, so I ordered a pair from Amazon. Continue reading “Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – Initial Impressions and Great Expectations”