This is my personal 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. Let's go laugh at my exploits and have some fun along the way - Harold aka "Harold the Destroyer" My grandfather always was telling me that I could stave up an anvil - he was right, but now it is me breaking my body more than anything else ;-)

Monday, May 30, 2016

It Feels Great to Be Running Again - RunLog 5-30-16

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First of all have a happy and safe Memorial Day, but take some time to thank those who gave so much to ensure that you can celebrate this day in the way you choose, not some proscribed manner.

 It is called Freedom and no it does not come without costs.

WWII photo from my grandfather's photo album

Thank those who gave you this opportunity.


So how did things go today on the run?

We got rain for the first time in a while, so it was a bit slimey downback, but the weather was about perfect for a run light drizzle and low 50's. The weather conditions that I prefer.

Bennie didn't act like a butthead today and was ready to get out the door when I was ready to go.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Week In Review for 5/29/16

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Lots of stuff going on this week!!!

The biggest thing was a mini vacation, the first since I went back to work last summer!!! I worked Monday and Tuesday and have off until after Memorial Day. It was definitely needed, from getting the garden in, to doing trim work at SD2's and a lot in between.

However, the best thing was going for a night over to Gorham, NH and just relaxing, not having Bennie to worry about, not visiting anyone, just the two of us and no responsibilities.

Yeah, it was nice.

When we got back from New Hampshire on Friday, How Much Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald was waiting for me and I finished it Saturday afternoon. You can read my thoughts about it here. It made me think, which is a dangerous thing.

Also, I came to the conclusion that I couldn't in good conscience continue as a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Team. I am moving in a different direction it seems and while I believe that PI gear and shoes are great, if they are not going to be a primary part of my rehab and racing, then staying on the PI team is not the right thing to do. So last Thursday I asked to be removed from the team and received the confirmation email back that afternoon. Yes, I am a little sad about it, but it was weighing on my conscience and was the correct choice.

I know that I will continue to use Pearl Izumi gear and running shoes, but just not at the level that I had been.

Oh by the way, I did run this week, but only after switching to walking around in my Lunar Glide 5's that I had retired to the back of the garage, they have a higher drop than I have been using lately and seemed to make a big difference in how the leg felt. Which also made me think long and hard about what I was going to do for running shoes during the rehab of my left leg, it is more than just the Achilles that is bothering, a number of the tendons in the left ankle area on both sides are part of the problem and the bursa sac that is on the heel may be involved as well. Tendinitis and Bursitis a lovely couple for a runner! ;-)

That was the deciding factor in my leaving the PI Run Champions Team, if I wasn't going to wear PI shoes during the rehab...well you get the picture.

We did stop in North Conway and as a result of no longer being a member of the PI Team, I didn't feel guilty at all about going into the Nike Outlet Store and buying a pair of Lunar Glide 7's and got a helluva deal on them for under $70 and the best part was that I got to try them on before I bought them. So I will experiment with adding in the LG7's to my shoe rotation and see how things go.

Favorite Photo This Week:

Bennie and Elliott getting ready to do battle, Elliott got in 2 swats and Bennie a quick nibble and then order was restored

Running With Mary - RunLog 5-29-16

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Actually the left leg was feeling pretty good this morning, despite all of my attempts yesterday to do a little too much with it. Which means that it is healing...which also means that this is the most dangerous time for me.

It is the time when I am most likely to be or do something stoopid. At least now I am recognizing that and working hard to not be too stoopid.

Bennie was being a butthead this morning and wouldn't come and I will not chase him around the house - he thinks it is great fun. So I went to do a mile warm-up without him, figuring that he would be more willing to go for a run then. He hates being left behind and was barking out the window at me as I headed down the driveway for that lap up on top.

When I got back there was no dog and no Mary, so I put 1 + 1 together and figured out that she had taken Bennie downback and that it might be a good idea to haul ass and go catch them.

I was pretty well warmed up so I picked up the pace a little. Well I didn't know that Mary was running with Bennie, not walking, so it took me until the Blake Road to catch them. During that time, I was running relaxed and for the most part without too much discomfort.

The heel area does not have full extension yet, but as long as I kept the strides shorter and didn't try to push off too hard with my toes, it wasn't too bad. However, when I caught them it was time to get back to reality and slow down again. Although I gotta admit it felt good to run a little quicker than I have been lately.

After that we just plugged along talking and gabbing about this and that. We usually don't run together anymore so it was nice to do it. Plus I think that Bennie liked it, but he did keep trying to go down the road a little faster than Mary was interested in going.

I thought about heading out and doing enough to call it 5.0, but figured that I had enough for the day and shut it down when Mary stopped.

A really good run, where I got to work on keeping my head up, I have been looking back through my running photos for a couple of things and noticed a pattern...when others are taking my picture during a race, my head is always down and I seem to be looking about 3 feet in front of me. Supposed to be running tall Harold, not hunched over.

It Got Sort of Warm Out Yesterday - RunLog 5-28-16

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Yes, Bennie and I ran yesterday, thankfully we got done before it climbed out of the 70's and got into that nasty 90's weather, that is awfully early for this stuff.

Elliot relaxing in air conditioned comfort
I consider this the first real run in the Lunar Glide 7's, because Friday's 1.0 mile was one of those just get acquainted things. Actually, that I/we ran as far as we did was a pretty big surprise.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

How Bad Do You Want It - My Impressions and Book Review

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I just got through reading How Bad Do You Want It - that Mastering the Psychology of Mind Over Muscle by Matt Fitzgerald.

I got the book late yesterday from Amazon (personal purchase) and finished it this afternoon.

So it kept my attention and while it was not the dashing Sword and Sorcery Heroic Fantasy adventure novel I prefer, by any stretch of the imagination, I didn't put it down too often either.

In it I was called a head case, choker, self saboteur, overly self-conscious and fantasy based runner. Fitzgerald had described in vivid details, so many of my weaknesses as a runner, it was like Chapter 4 of the book was written about me, not Siri Lindley.

Even though I do not resemble any elite athlete, that chapter and the failures described was/are/is the athlete I am. Yeah, at a vastly different level of competence and competitiveness and unfortunately - none of the successes.

A Matter of Conscience

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Sometimes running leads us in unexpected directions and that is the story of my running. Last December I was selected to be a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team for 2016.

Now I have never been really known for my brand loyalty, but I was running great in Pearl Izumi's EM line of running shoes and their running clothes are some of the best I have ever used. So sending in my application was a no-brainer, being accepted was a huge honor and thrill.

My experiences as a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team were all great and I got to meet a lot of fantastic people through the program. I had finished 3 of the 5 required races in PI gear and had quite a few other races lined up that I would be wearing the PI colors. I was active on social media per their guidelines, so things were going along really well.

Hell I didn't run in anything else but Pearl Izumi shoes right up until May and then it was only because I didn't believe that the N0's were what I was looking for in a racing flat. As I explained in my What Happened to My Brand Loyalty post.

After making the choice to buy the LT3's, yes, it bothered my conscience a bit that my primary racing flat was Nike and yet I was a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team. I resolved that one by some mental gymnastics and writing about it, but still it bothered me.

I may not have had a lot of brand loyalty in the past, but I do have principles that I believe in and I was getting too close to crossing a line that I was not comfortable with.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Mini Vacation, Choices and First Run in LG 7's - RunLog 5-27-16

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Well there, a mini vacation, a few decisions made, bought some new running gear and lots of driving.

Hell, I was even able to run twice today.

Okay let's talk about running first.