Thursday, October 8, 2015

Sometimes Reality Sucks and Then You Smile

Sometimes you think, you have all the answers and then things change.

Today I went into Famous Footwear and bought my next pair of running shoes. I had a price point that I couldn't go above and needed to rely on coupons and discounts to get the shoes that I "hope" will work well for me.

Not that long ago, I wouldn't have even looked down my nose at most of the running shoes in there or other similar stores. After all, I was a running shoe geek and more than a bit of a running shoe snob - yeah I admit it. Just a little hubris on my part.

I was used to being able to run in some pretty cool shoes either right before or shortly after they came out.

In the past I preferred the Local Running Store (when it was open or shopping online), after all I want the latest and greatest running shoes and then be able to share with other runners my experiences in those fantastic running shoes.

Until now.

Finances and priorities change over time. That is part of what I am going through right now.

Excitement, New Shoes and Even Some Running - RunLog 10-8-15

Well, this was a very interesting day!

I was getting out of the truck to walk into where I work and got a text message. This was unusual - it is a rare event that I get a text message. It was from the University and it said that there had been an incident in the building I work at. So me being me, I hot-footed over to see what was going on.

Lots of students milling around, a newspaper photographer was taking photos and some of the people I work with were standing around, with at least 4 Augusta PD units sitting at the corner.

Ummm probably whatever was going on was not good.

I asked what was going on and was told that there had been a bomb threat and that the building had been evacuated and no one could go in.

Nope, it wasn't a good thing, bomb threats are not good and you have to take them very seriously.

So we waited around for a while, made the best of the situation. We told lots of bad jokes, got to know each other a little better and passed the time. Later on the University decided to cancel all classes and activities this evening and I was told to go home. Which was kind of nice, but at the same time not so good, because we are already behind and this is going to really get us behind, we had a full slate of testing to do. Tomorrow and next week are going to be...well busy.

New Shoes

Before all that excitement happened, I stopped got new running shoes and took the first run in them.

Yeah, the LunarGlides will be getting to the 200-mile mark sometime next week, so it was time to start thinking about what I want for my next pair. Another pair of LunarGlides made the most sense, but they are primarily road shoes and it is getting closer to nasty weather, so I wanted something with a little more versatility too -  errrr grip.

I have been doing a little initial scouting around at some of my local haunts and online, so when the wife told me that I could get a new pair, I had a pretty good idea where to look. I have a nice little post planned to explain my choice in a bit more detail, but it came down to the fact that I have always wanted to try a pair of the Adidas Boost shoes but wasn't willing to pay $130 or up for that pleasure.

There was a great sale going on at Famous Footwear for a pair of Adidas Boost Response 2's and it seemed like the right time at the right price (just over $70). That is the start of the story anyway.


I got them before work and had time to get out and do a few miles and I can't think of a better place to test them. I got to run on tar, groomed trails, hills, grass, rocks and stuff. Nothing technical, but a nice mix of conditions.

How did they do?

Okay...I am not sure that I will love the raised plastic cage on the upper, but it didn't really bother unless I made sharp turns, they a bit heavier than I wanted, but not all that much heavier than the LunarGlide 5's. Plus I probably could have gone with a pair of 8.5 instead of 9's, but they didn't have any and I have had pretty good luck with over-sized shoes, so that didn't bother me too much.

Even as tired as my legs were from this morning's 4.0 miles with Bennie, without trying, I moved right along and could have picked the pace up even more pretty easily. The RB2's had a nice cushioned feel (which I liked) and didn't bother my right foot at all, something that has been right.

I know that I will have to mess around with the lacing a little more and maybe change out the laces, but otherwise they run well, have a good heel-to-toe transition, although I did notice that if I am not paying attention that I do slap a little with my left foot??? Not sure where that is coming from, but it is.

Overall, a pretty solid first run in the RB2's,

Run #1

Oh yeah, I did mention that Bennie and I ran 4.0 miles this morning. It was another easier run, my legs are still zapped from that tough treadmill workout on Tuesday (yes, they were still tired this afternoon too - another reason I was slower).

Not a particularly exciting run, but one where I made myself do the 4.0 and get in the mileage.

Yep, it was a fairly interesting day, but here I am at home and relaxing versus sitting at work attempting to reduce the number of Red stars in the inbox and proctoring exams tonight. It feels funny, it is the first evening off, since I started working there a couple months ago...which seems such a long time ago.

I just do not understand the reasoning behind making the bomb threat, but I know that we have to take them seriously.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Gym and a Tough Workout -- RunLog 10/6/15

Well, I went and did it, I joined a gym in Augusta. The little workout center at UMA is okay, but it felt like a blivet, claustrophobic and I wasn't too keen on the treadmills, so it meant going back to the old gym I had been a member of before in Augusta.

They had moved things around, added a few more treadmills, a couple of revolving step machines, maybe added some different weight machines and re-did the shower stalls, but it was basically the same place as it was before. There was still a blah feeling about the place, people go in, work out, get back out and nary a word is said to anyone else.

It sure as hell doesn't have the same personality and warmth that I got whenever I walked into Champions in Waterville, but location, location, location is what became important and it has the tools I will need over the winter to do my workouts, the way that I want to.

I am sure I will attempt to make conversation, but it is almost like everyone avoids eye contact with one another, are plugged into their music and if you greet someone you get a grudging single "grunt" reply.

Which means that I will go there do my workout, get it done and then get out the door.

Which is what I did yesterday.

I hopped on the treadmill and did a tough (for me) workout. I really wanted to lengthen the time I am in my race pace zone and thought that I would go for 3 x 1-mile repeats with .25 rest in between.

Here is what I ended up doing:

  • .50 @ 7.2 mph
  • 1.0 @ 8.6 mph
  • .25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 1.25 @ 8.7 mph
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.1
  • .25 @ 7.2
  • .25 @ 9.1

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Getting Colder, New Data Field and Chasing A PR - Week In Review 10-4-15

We had to scrape the frost off the windshield this morning - so the cold and cooler weather is here. This meant that the big job of the day was buttoning up the garden and getting the apples harvested off the 2 trees this afternoon. Now to mow the lawn one more time and we are pretty much ready for what happens next. The cold and snow.

This week I listened to the old body and took a couple of days off on Tuesday and Wednesday. I have run a lot of miles over the past few months and I was feeling a little crispy around the edges. It turned out to be the first week that wasn't a cut-back or injury related lower mileage week in a while that I didn't go over 40 miles.

While it was a bit of a cut-back in the mileage department, I did up the quality - thanks to a certain turbo dawg who wanted to fly every so often, versus just running. I guess the cooler weather is putting some extra pop in his stride and I hate to admit it, but it seems to be putting a little extra in mine too.

The good thing was that I had accomplished that sub 22:00 goal last week (so that pressure I had been putting on myself to get it done was off) and I just needed a couple of days to collect myself, rest the brain, the body and re-focus about how I will go about chasing that post-55 PR in the 5K between now and the end of this year's race season.

A Little More HIT or is that Turbo Training - RunLog 10-4-15

We started out at a nice pace and I was pretty sure that we were going to finally get an easier run in...

Yeah, right.

I forgot that Bennie was pulling the sleigh and although you can see where we stopped to allow him to mark "his" territory when we got down to the mile mark, he completely changed from just running along to "enough of this slow crap".

It didn't help that a white truck was flying by as we were going around the little corner. That is that sub 6:00 pace...errrr where we started to fly.

Not that we did it for very long, before the old fart chickened out and slowed down on the last part of the hill and the transition from dirt to tar, an area where there are a lot of potholes and loose dirt and rocks. Yeah, I was a little concerned that I might hit something wrong in that area and slowed down to a more reasonable, or at least where I felt more in control.

Then once were on the tar we picked it back up a little to Bartlett, where we slowed down and let me breath again. Then once we turned around, my turbo mutt decided that it was a good time to put the jets in gear again, until he had to stop and get a drink in the puddle and mark a regular spot on the way back up to the ledges.

I just started reading Faster After 50 and he talks about HIT a lot, well with Bennie around I don't think that I have to worry too much about only doing LSD kind of running. Loving all the acronyms.

We did pretty well, but at the same time, I did back off whenever the hammies started to talk to me about what we were doing. So I am trying to lengthen the faster paced running distances, slowly but surely.

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Consolidating September - Month in Reivew

If July was a month of change and August was a month of organizing, re-organizing, organizing some more, getting accustomed to having a schedule to follow, attempting to setup a system on how to get things done at work and at home, keep myself sane and finally, still getting my running in. 

Then September was the month where I consolidated things.

Yeah, I am late with my end of September review, but it is okay

My favorite photo last month:

Sunrise at the top of the hill on a morning Bennie Walk
So what have consolidated?