Is my blog, daily running log and where I get to write about anything else that interests me as I get older and supposedly "wiser". Yes, I still screw-up, change my mind, laugh at myself and don't always do things the way experts recommend. - Harold L. Shaw

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Back to Screw Shoes

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Most every winter, I take a pair of my old beat up running shoes from the past year and turn them into screw shoes for running on the white ice that seems to have more than its share of territory where I usually run.

However, this year the weather has been warmer than usual with less snow (the Mid Atlantic region has gotten more of it than us), so I really didn't want to "screw" up a pair of old running shoes that I could use to wear to work - unless I had to.

Plus TheWife has a pair of YakTraks in the closet that she doesn't use, so I decided to wear them for a couple of my recent down-back runs. They do make a difference and allow me to run more confidently. So they do work as advertised and don't mess up a pair of running shoes.

Unfortunately, the model that I was using also is rather high maintenance and tends to shift around too much during a run, which forces me to stop (usually in a place I would rather just keep going) to readjust them.

Beautiful Day

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Too Short Interval Workout - RunLog 2-10-16

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I am going to start with my second run first, because it is the run that matters most - well at least to me.

The biggest problem with it was that I just ran out of time. I was running really well and as much as I wanted, I had to stop at 3.0 miles, since I was on my lunch hour and needed to get back to work. Otherwise, I would have kept doing more intervals.

Oh well, at least I was able to get the 3.0 in.

What was I doing that was so good?

  • 0.50 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.50 @ 8.6 mph @ 1% incline
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.7 mph @ 1% incline
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.7 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 8.8 mph
  • 0.25 @ 7.2 mph
  • 0.25 @ 9.2 mph

Adding in just that 1% incline did make a difference in how those first two intervals felt, compared to the rest of the run. It was more difficult, but not unbearable. However, I wanted to just run, not push hard, so I didn't continue with using the 1% incline more today.

I do have a feeling that I will be using the incline more often, just to get me more used to the harder work at that pace. Yes, it did feel more like the sub 7:00 pace that I run outside, which means that I didn't need to go as fast on the treadmill to get the same workout in and it doesn't give me a false impression of what kind of pace I can maintain - that running at 0% incline does.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Steady State Treadmill 5.0 Miler - RunLog 2-8-16

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The cold has returned to Maine, the thermometer read 9*F and with the wind (not breeze), it was double-digit negative numbers outside this morning. Which means that Bennie doesn't get to do a run and I wimp out had head directly to the treadmill without even thinking about heading outside for a run.

With the winds howling and being all bundled up to minimize the cold, even if I had run, it would have been a slog and the entire time, I would have been just wanting to get it over with - no enjoyment out there.

While some might think the same of the treadmill, I don't. Running on one doesn't bother me most of the time and I know that instead of a bundled up slog, that I can actually run.

I didn't want to do a speed session, but I did want to do something a little longer than I have been lately at a faster pace than I usually do. So I settled on a steady-state 5.0 miles at 7.6 mph from start to finish.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

They Work Until They Don't - RunLog 2-6-16

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

No run or work yesterday.

Due to the surprise storm I got a text at 5:30 AM telling me we were closed, so I figured that I would get some good miles in later. I putzed around until around 9:00 when the plow went by.

Unfortunately, when we went out to run - mmmmm the road was pretty much a sheet of white ice - I don't have a pair of shoes rigged up with screws and I find that YakTraks don't help a lot on that stuff.

So we turned around and I got on my parka and Bennie and I went for a walk instead. It turned into a very short one, I almost fell on my arse twice and Bennie wasn't impressed by the wind or the snow. We went back inside and promptly took a long winter's nap. I must say it did feel pretty damn good

Yeah, then we did snow removal by hand because the driveway was too soft for the snowblower - not fun, but it got done.

Today we woke up to glorious sunshine and the storm dropped between 6-8" of white stuff. The town had been through a few times and the road was getting pretty nasty, melt water, white ice, slush, puddles and all that other stuff. I had a choice get totally soaked, have Bennie run in salt and crap or we could check out down-back.

I took the YakTraks with me, just in case.

This is what we saw.

Just about perfect double track!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Yep Snow Scooped the Whole Damn Thing

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With the temps being so warm (54*F yesterday) the past week, the driveway was soft and the "rocks" we not locked down.  Which means that if I had used the snow blower that I would have been flinging rocks everywhere and probably would have screwed up the augur or something.

So instead of ruining something that is costly, I removed the "surprise" six inches of snow the old fashioned way - using Harold power.

I definitely do not have to worry about doing another workout today, the upper and lower body are both telling me that they had enough of a workout and it only took 2.5 hours of constant movement to get it done.  Hummmm I wonder how far I can run in 2.5 hours. Well if I use a 9:00 min pace or so, it might be around 16-20 miles. Only I don't think I would feel quite as tired, because I wouldn't have used quite as many muscles as I did operating that damn snow scoop.

Glad it is done though and will be glad the next time when I get to use the snow blower :-)