I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

Monday, August 27, 2012

Saturday Was a Whirlwind Day!!! - August 27, 2012

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 27, 2012



I started to write this post on Saturday night, but by the time I got back to the hotel after 9:00 P.M. (the day started before 8:00 A.M.), I was pretty well exhausted.

All I did was open my email and then shut off the computer. Heck I couldn’t even stay awake long enough to watch the Red Sox game, which I really wanted to watch.

I am finally getting back to finishing this post a couple of days later. It seems as though I have just been on screech, since last Tuesday and it is going to be more of the same for a while!!!

To be honest I felt more tired Saturday night, than when I ran 14 miles in Central Park on Friday night, after flying down from Maine. It has been a long since I have had to be “on” like this and it was tiring.

I know – I must be getting old! Those days of being able to work all day, party until 4:00 A.M., hit the sack for a couple of hours and go to work at 7:00A.M. are over.

Oh well, I left life in the fast lane a long time ago .

What a whirlwind day!

All I can say is that last Saturday was an absolute whirlwind day. I was in New York City working on project that I can’t really talk about just yet, but I believe it will be pretty amazing and begins on September 17th. I know that I am very excited about it and I see so many great things that can come out of it.

Great People

The biggest thing I did that day, was meet some really fantastic people, who are really invested in seeing this project being very successful and they worked hard to make a country boy from Maine, feel as comfortable as possible in New York City.



I just am not crazy about big cities with lots of people around and all the traffic, but you know something, I had a great time while I was there. However, I definitely suffered from sticker shock!!! Everything was so damn expensive down there.

I also got to meet all the other people on the team, that I will be working with and was very impressed with them and the strengths they bring to the table. I foresee a lot of good, no great things coming from this team.

Comfort Zone

I also did things that I have never done before and were way outside of my comfort zone (but in a great way).

One of the things was to be filmed professionally. I am very proud to say that I didn’t step all over my tongue or freeze up when the bright lights were on me. I am not all that comfortable with being in front of a camera, especially when there are others around “watching” to see how well I would do.

So this was WAY out of my comfort zone, but you know something it wasn’t that bad, once I got by the initial “shock” of what I was doing.

The best part – The camera didn’t break when they turned it on me and no I didn’t break a leg either.

The reality is that

I had fun in New York City, learned a lot and met so many GREAT people this weekend. I came away with a smile on my face and a sense of confidence about this upcoming project and myself as a blogger, that wasn’t there before.

Stay tuned for September 17th, when I can tell you more about this project and what it means to me .

Friday, August 24, 2012

Central Park Run-Crossed off Bucket List 8/24/12

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 24, 2012




Well I made it to New York City this afternoon.

To be honest NYC is not my cup of tea – too many people and too much traffic! I already miss Maine and I only left it at noon .

However, I did get to cross off running in Central Park off my Running Bucket List!

I did the first lap around the park fairly easy probably around a 9:00 minute pace and then on the second lap, when I got to the reservoir, I did a lap around that, just to say I did it and then went back to the loop.

It was still pretty warm and humid – being 83 degrees at 6:40 when I was just about done running.

There were so many runners it was almost as though I was running in a never-ending road race, I got passed a lot, but I also passed a lot of runners, so I didn’t feel too bad. However, there was almost always someone else to set your sights on to try to keep up with or pass.


Central Park Run 8-24-12

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I did have to laugh though - I started to go by this female runner in an orange shirt and blue shorts who was wearing a pair of Nikes, at around mile 10 and for the next 3.0 miles we didn’t let the other go, when she sped up, I would speed up and when I sped up she sped up. I think we got a little competitive or she just didn’t like the idea of some old gray-haired guy in orange Adidas going by her .

Running this fast after that many miles was something that I wasn’t planning on, but I felt pretty good, but I was also starting to get a little tired and I thought about letting her go, when I saw the sign for 7th Avenue coming up (my turn to go back to the hotel), so I picked up to around a 7:00 minute pace (I still remember what they are like) until I turned off for 7th Ave, she kept up, but was starting to breath a lot harder, but so was I.

I gave a little wave and said thank you and she smiled and gave a little wave back.

That was a lot of fun though – my race for the week.

I could enjoy running in Central Park, but the rest of living in New York, just doesn’t appeal to me and I miss being home in Maine already. Oh I said that already didn’t I - can’t guess that I am a country boy at heart – city life isn’t for me.

The Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 did everything that I could have asked of them on this run. No problems with my feet at all and they felt great while running in them.



But it was cool to cross something off the Bucket List this year.

How many things have you crossed off your running bucket list this year?

Do you like living in a major metropolitan area, something a little smaller or do you prefer a more rural setting like I do?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 22, 2014


Skechers GoMeb2

Okay, so I have a few more than 50 miles on my Skechers GoMeb 2 racing shoes, yeah that's right racing shoes. You know me - that guy who said back in February that I didn't need racing flats and now have 2 pairs.

However, it took a while to get to 50 miles, due to all of my wonderful injuries this summer. Then once my legs got feeling better and I started training little more seriously for some 5k's, the mileage piled up on my Meb 2's a lot quicker than I expected.

Yeah, this is another one of those reviews of an older running shoe that is nearing the end of its cycle, (so it is not the hottest new running shoe out there, but there are enough of people who are still interested in this racing shoe that the post is still pertinent. I plan to do a post next week on why I think doing reviews of these older shoes is still relevant - at least in my mind ;-) .

No I am not going to bore you with all the stats that the manufacturer or other sites that sell running shoes can give you.

I am going to focus on how the GoMeb 2's worked for me as an older, recreational runner, who wants to run faster, but ain't no Meb or even really all that good ;-) .

Let's get this out of the way. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this pair of Skechers GoMeb2′s from the local Skechers Performance Division representative after volunteering at the Skechers display booth at the Rail Trail Half Marathon & 5K, at no cost to me. I was not required to write a positive review or any review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experience with the product might be different. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

What are the GoMeb 2's to Me?

I am not an efficient or light enough runner to comfortably run in the more minimal racing flats (even for short-distances) and had been looking basically at what some of the better runners are using for half to full marathon racing flats to be my 5K to 10K race/speedwork running shoes.

Skechers GoMeb 2

In other words I wanted a pair of racing shoes, that provided more protection/less road feel than the Ekidon's or other similar light-weight racing flats I have tried recently, but at the same had a rockered sole and felt comfortable to me when I ran in them.

The Meb 2's are not minimal racing flats, they are longer distance racing shoe, a slight difference, but whatever you want to call them, they have become my primary racing/speedwork running shoes and they are not flats.

The Meb 2's have the rockered Skechers sole unit that I love.

The Meb 2's feel comfortable when I run in them.

Which means they are exactly what I was/am looking for.

Fit

Initially, I was worried about this – a lot.

While I tried on this model several times, before I got a pair (after all I was helping other runners try them on at the Skechers Booth at a couple of different events), but I was really concerned about the narrowness of the toe box and how long they seemed to get a good feeling in the toe box. The 7.5 was too narrow and the 8.5 way too long, so the 8.0 is what I ended up with, but they are still a little too long, which causes the fabric in the toe box to fold a little.

Skechers GoMeb2

Luckily, that doesn't bother me when I am running, but feels weird/off a little when I am just walking around in the Meb2's.

One thing that I found was that I can't run without socks (as much as I wanted to), there is a little ridge on the outside of right heel causes a blister and my heels on both feet had small blisters, but as long as I wear socks I don't have any issues. However, I see other runners going sockless in them, so it might be that I just have wimpy feet :-) .

Skechers GoMeb2

Something that I look for now in all of my running shoes now is that they do not have sewn in straps/overlays on the upper, which allows the upper to stretch a little more and in my opinion mold more to your foot.

The GoMeb 2's just has welded overlays, which do not bother my feet and have been wide enough that they do not bother my Tailor's Bunionette like so many other shoes do.

Skechers GoMeb2

Overall, while I expected the Meb 2's to be very narrow when I first looked at them and not work for me.

However, they surprised the hell out of me and fit my feet nicely.

The GoMeb 2's meet the comfort test, as long as I am running in them. They are not designed for just hanging around in.

They are "gofast" shoes.

Feel

The first time I put them on, I wasn't sure about how they felt, they are much firmer than my GoRun Ride 2's and didn't have that soft, comfortable feel that I had come to associate with Skechers shoes I have worn.

However, they are racing flats and having a marshmallow feel in a pair of flats, is not what you want or need.

Skechers GoMeb2

They are comfortable to run in and I have run well on the track, roads and yes, even down back on the dirt road with Bennie. On Tuesdays we have been doing a 2.0 mile or so time trial and as long as I am paying attention to where I am stepping, it is not a problem, (although the stability plate does help protect my feet a little from some of the rocks).

The most important thing about the feel of these shoes is - that they do feel fast.
Durability

Really, I do not worry about durability or at least it is not a big deal when it comes to racing shoes. I get them to run fast in and expect to get 150 to 250 qulity miles max out them. After about 60 miles I am starting to see more wear than I did on the GRR2's at the same point, but to be honest I do not care.

Skechers GoMeb2

On a dry night I wouldn't hesitate to use these at the Quarry Road Trail race, rainy day the roads roads they work fine, but I wouldn't run in them over at Bond Brook trails at race speeds, although others might.

How are they working?

While there are a lot of runners who would use the the Meb 2's to race any distance up to a marathon.

For me I am pretty sure that while I could race up to a half marathon in these shoes, I think I my legs would be pretty well beat up if I did.

So for how I run and how much I weigh, weight does matter when it comes to shoe choice in my opinion and yeah I have to loose 10-15 pounds to use these for longer races. For now, I will use them up to a 10K and call it good.

Beyond that distance, I would use a light-weight trainer like the GoRun or GoRun Ride series, to provide a little more protection to my aging and oft-injured legs.

Is that a concession to aging you are finally admitting to Harold?

Yep, it sure is. I am choosing to have more protection and comfort, than the need for lightness and speed. Especially, since that guy who used to think he was pretty fast, is only a memory.

Where I run downback

I just recently started to add in speed work to my training and I have done most of it in my GoMeb 2's and they have done everything that I wanted.

On my 2.0 mile time trials down back with Bennie, I am getting into the sub 6:40 pace range for portions of the run and have had a sub 7:00 pace overall on a dirt road that has hills/rocks and doggie distractions.

During track workouts, they do not get in my way, have the right amount of firmness to run fast on a cushioned track and I don't feel beat up afterward.

When I have done road speedwork (you know those tempo or fartlek runs) they feel great and this is where I think the GoMeb's do their best work - fast stuff on the roads. They provide enough protection to be comfortable, but are light enough/have plenty of traction to go fast.
Overall

The GoMeb 2's my go fast shoes and I can't wait until Sunday to do the Run for the Fallen 5K in Brunswick to see how they do under race conditions. I have a feeling that they will do better than this old body will ;-) .

From my perspective they are a solid racing shoe, that I will use a lot over the next few months. I can't give a running shoe any higher compliment than to say it is one that I will use.

Monday, August 20, 2012

6 Things I have Learned While Running

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 20, 2012


Over the past year, since I returned to running, I have learned a lot about myself and my running!

1. Getting Older Still Sucks


No big news here! It is something that is happening to each one of us.

I have noticed that my perceived effort while running is a lot more than it used to be. What used to be 6-7 minute mile pace is now 8-9 minute miles.

While I can get back into the faster range once in a while, I can’t train at those levels, which means – yep I am slowing down. Nope you can’t change the physical decline, you can delay and fight it tooth and nail – which is what I am doing.

The mental aspect of aging is one that we have a lot more control over and the old saying “you are as young as you feel”, has a lot of truth in it.

This crap of “act your age” that I hear so often when it is said to us older folk is just that crap. That is why I still believe in pushing the limits of what you can do, versus giving up, sitting on the couch and becoming a spectator – I still want to participate and running allows me to do that – just at a different level than in the past.

You can’t change your chronological age, but you can change your attitude, which will impact your quality of life and your running.

NO I WILL NOT GO GENTLY INTO THAT SWEET GOODNIGHT.

2. Long runs are necessary

I have learned that:
  • long runs do help your running immensely
  • that I am learning to enjoy double-digit runs

Once I started running double-digit runs, my running definitely improved and I noticed that the weight that I wanted to get, came off a lot quicker than it had been. Also they just give you so much confidence for shorter races or runs, you know you can finish them, it just becomes a question of how fast.

3. Rest more often


To be honest, I tend to suck at this one, especially when I am feeling good,

I just want to run. This goes along with number 1 – as I get older, I can still do some things, like I used to, but it takes a lot longer to recover than it used to.

In order to get better, athletes need to incorporate rest into their routines, it is just the way it is.

It seems that I need to take my own advice more often.

4. Trail Running is fun


I have done a lot more trail running this year and have had a blast! I have participated in a few 5K trail races and will do a longer one later this year. Running on trails is so different from running on roads!

When trail running I am present in the moment or I end up going ass over tea kettle (and yes I have done that a few times).

On the trails I focus on the run and not much else, which is a good thing. I just wish that I lived a little closer to different trail heads.

5. Racing isn’t a scary beast

I have had some problems with race day anxiety over the years and this year, I have run more races, than I have in the previous 25 years.

This year instead of putting a lot of needless pressure on myself, I have focused more on enjoying the experience and camaraderie than trying for a certain time and fixating on attempting to meet that goal.

Racing is a part of the social side of running and you get to meet other runners, who might have some of the same interests that you do. This is the biggest thing that I think that I missed over all the years that I didn’t race – meeting other runners and the friendships that I could have enjoyed.

6. Have Fun

The biggest thing that I have learned this year is to have fun when I am running. I attribute that attitude to how far I have come in a short time. Just because I am working hard at my running, does not mean that I can’t have fun while I am doing it. When I tried to follow a running program, where I had to meet certain distances/times, running stopped being fun.

Guess what - I stopped that running program and went back to listening more to my body and running according to that, instead of an artificial plan that doesn’t take into account 1) tiredness 2) injuries 3) age (yes it does matter – unfortunately) 4) actual physical conditioning 5) the joy of running.

Once I did that, I relaxed and went back to having fun with my running, even though I was putting in more than 50 miles a week for a while.

The reality is

That 2012 has been without a doubt the best year I have had running since 1986 and it isn’t over yet. I have raced more and had more fun running this year than I have in too many years. This year has been all about experimenting, finding what really works for me and having fun with running.

I am looking forward what the next year of running brings, what adventures I will have and the new things that I will learn.

What new things have you learned about yourself and your running this past year?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Fitting a Square Peg Into a Round Hole

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 14, 2012



To be honest today, I feel like a square peg, that is trying to fit into a round hole, when it comes to minimalist running.

Since about November of last year I have attempted to run with more of a forefoot/full foot landing to my running style and use less shoe.

Why?

After a lot of research and thinking, I really and truly believe that running with more of a forefoot/full foot landing is a better way for me to run.

However, at some point during my runs, usually after 2-3 miles, my focus flags and my running form begins to revert back to a heel landing and by the time I am 5.0 miles or more into a run – I am a full-fledged heel striker again.

Do I do this consciously?

No!

Changing my running style/form is one of those things in my running that I have worked very hard on over the past year and it seems that no matter what I do, this is what happens – I revert to landing on my heels when running. Short of hiring a running coach to train me to run differently, I have a feeling I am stuck with this running style that I have developed.

And yes I have run with no shoes on too this summer, so don’t go there, it hasn’t helped me.

Why is this a big deal now?

The Altra Instinct’s I am running in now are a GREAT running shoe and I really like them more than a lot! They seem like they would be that 500 mile shoe, I am looking for – if I really was more of a forefoot/full foot landing style of runner.



Unfortunately, they do not seem to be the right shoe for the way that I actually run (instead of the way that want or think that I run), especially once I get out beyond the 5 mile mark, when I tend to revert back to landing on my heels and pawing through my stride.

These shoes have a much lower stack height than I have run in, to go along with the zero drop.

From what I can tell, this change of shoe style does not have that bit of added protection and forgiveness that shoes like the Kinvara 2, Nike Free, Newton, etc. gave me, when I would revert back to a my heel landing running style.





Problem Solving Mode

The past couple of weeks I have battled discomfort/pain in my hamstrings and right hip, that hadn’t been problems before switching to the Altra’s. So over that time I have trying to figure out what is causing this, so that I can run without discomfort after these issues get resolved.

Going back through my running log, I noticed that I had some of the same aches and pains starting, when I tried running in the MT20 and MT110’s, which also have a very low stack height.

So I tried running in my Newton Gravity’s, since they are the only higher stack height shoes (more heel) I have around that are not worn out or that are not trails shoes. When I did the hamstrings and hip don’t bother me nearly as much during or after the run (they are still healing, so I expected some issues) and I was able to run a faster pace than with the zero drop shoes without discomfort.
Disappointed

It seems that it is what it is.

Even though I want to run with a forefoot/full foot running style – I don’t.

If I want to run in zero drop or other lower drop shoes styles, it seems that I need shoes, with a higher stack height, that offer more protection and forgiveness for when I start inevitably landing on my heels.

In other words I still need running shoes that can protect me from myself.
The reality is that

After yesterday’s run and reviewing all the video’s that I have taken of myself since last October, there is not much doubt that I continue to land on my heels more often than I land on my forefoot/full foot, when I am running.

Which really sucks and is pretty damn frustrating!

Especially since I have actively attempted to change my running style to a more forefoot/full foot.

So it isn’t the Altra’s fault that my hamstrings and hip are uncomfortable, it is that my running style doesn’t fit with a zero-drop, low stack height shoe. In other words I have tried fit a square peg into a round hole and it just ain’t working too well.

Which really sucks too, because I do like these shoes a lot. I have an idea that I will still run some in the Altra’s, but will keep them to the shorter runs.

From what I can tell it seems that for now, my sweet spot for running shoes is around 25-30MM stack height with 6-10MM drop. In other words a shoe that is designed more for a heel landing running style, but also works well with someone trying to land more towards the forefoot/full foot style of running.
Final Thoughts

Everyone runs with a different style and my style has more of a heel landing than I thought it did, which makes a low stack height running shoe difficult for me to run in without eventually having discomfort, due to the lack of forgiveness for when I do revert to landing on my heels.

I guess the lesson that I learned while reading Tread Lightly really applies to me here – “do what actually works for you – not what you want to work for you or works for someone else.”

Yep, I feel like a square peg, that is trying to fit into a round hole when it comes to changing my running style to be a forefoot/full foot running style. I have finally figured out that I need to stop worrying about trying to become more of a minimalist runner and instead work more on finding the shoes that work for me – whatever category they are listed in.

But I still plan to keep working towards the elusive forefoot/full foot landing, it is just taking a little longer than I expected.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tread Lightly - Book Review - 2012

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 11, 2012


I have read Pete Larson’s Runblogger blog for a while, “talked” with him a few times on Twitter and always found Pete to be more than willing to help or answer questions.

So when Tread Lightly came out, I put it on my birthday wish list. TheWife was nice enough to give me it for my Birthday on Monday .

I finished reading it Wednesday night, yes I found it that interesting.

Validation

The book pretty much validates the direction I am attempting to go with both my running and choice of running shoes. Tread Lightly puts into words what I have done over the past year – moving toward the minimalist side of running.

I am not totally there yet and sometimes I question whether it is the correct direction to be going. Especially when I am running longer distances and the aches/pains that go with those distances, make me wonder if a more cushioned shoe would be more appropriate after a particularly tough run.

Something inside of me still thinks that this is the correct direction to go, even though I do have my doubts at times and books like Tread Lightly just reinforce the feeling that sometimes less is better.
More than one Perspective

Peter and Bill did a great job presenting the arguments for more minimal running shoes, without being evangelical about moving in that direction. Which is something some of the more vocal adherents of the barefoot/minimalist movement tend to do and turns a lot of people off – I know that it does me.

I liked the way that Tread Lightly gave different perspectives. It gave readers enough information to make us think - beyond the just one point of view and to not just accept their conclusions blindly or that of others either.

A Bit Dry In Places

To be honest I found some parts a tad “dry”, yes I understand the need for this background information or reporting study results. However, it was a lot of information that I had been exposed to before in blogs and eBooks that I have read, so it was a little tougher to get through those chapters for me.

However, for the most part Tread Lightly really got and kept my interest, and I sped through the book very quickly. No it wasn’t a mystery thriller that I couldn’t put down, but the information provided, definitely kept my interest.

Examples


One part that made me chuckle and think a little was this passage from page 37:

…let’s consider the primary underlying factor at the core of nearly every one of the injuries mentioned in this chapter: repetitive stress. Combine the repetitive stress of running with an ill-fitting par of shoes or poor running mechanics (or both) and high running mileage, and a nagging pain somewhere in the lower extremities is not infrequent result. Add in a bit of fatigue and some stubbornly obsessive determination that causes you to ignore internal warning signs, and you have the makings of a full-blown disaster!

I had to smile a little at this description of the progression to a full-blown running injury – I didn’t know they knew me so well, especially that “stubbornly obsessive determination that causes you to ignore internal warning signs.

Does that sound like too many runners that you know, maybe yourself?

Also on page 127, Tread Lightly gives an insider view of what happens sometimes when we buy running shoes, which validated what I thought happened at some running shoe stores. Back in December I wrote a post that gave a few helpful hints how to go about buying running shoes and many of the things that I thought happened, it seems were correct.

The reality is that


I have moved towards wearing more minimal footwear, changing how I eat and trying to improve my form for a while now and Tread Lightly re-affirmed my decision to go in this direction.

There are some parts of the book that well - remind me of reading a textbook – great and necessary information, but tough to get through. However, when writers are presenting the results of studies, etc. it is tough to have it be really exciting to read. Overall it took me less than 2 days to read the entire book and I am easily distracted from reading by the computer, you know the drill Twitter, Facebook, Google +, etc., so it is very readable.

Tread Lightly
definitely is not a textbook and has many parts that I re-read a couple of times and will re-read in the future, because I believe that they will help me with my running.

Final Thoughts

If you are interested in learning more about minimalist running, this is a must read book. Tread Lightly will help you think about whether this style of running is right for you or to piqué your curiosity to find out more information about it, or heaven forbid give it a try.

The biggest thing I took from Tread Lightly – was to use what works for you, not someone else.



Thursday, August 2, 2012

Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Series - Race 3

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: August 2, 2012



Tonight I ran in the 3rd race in the series of the Bond Brook 5K Trail Race. I have made 2 out of 3 so far and I plan to run the rest of them.

Before the race my legs felt tired, tight and heavy, due to my high mileage in July and already having 31 miles this week. As a result I really thought that I would be a lot slower tonight than I was the first time.

I ran over 1.5 miles to warm-up and then really worked on stretching out my hamstrings which were so tight. At the start I still felt really tight and just didn’t feel like I was running very fast at all. It turns out the reason that I felt so bad was because I was running faster, not slower than I did last time.

Once we got strung out a bit, I followed a runner called Mark (I talked with him after), for most of the first mile and a half, until he suddenly tripped on a root and went ass over teakettle. I stopped for a second to check to see if he was okay and he was.

So we went back to the race, he decided to slow down and I actually started to speed up a little at this point – it was a downhill section of the course. Then I tried to catch-up with another runner who was ahead of me and finally caught her on the second to last hill and pushed the old body down to the finish after that.

To say I was surprised at my time would be an understatement! Pleased very, surprised – absolutely.

I know that I want to go and practice that first part of the race course to the first single-track. It just seems like I really struggle with this section of the race. Because once I hit the single-track, I start to get going, but until then, what a struggle.

The race results can be found at Cool Running.

Here are some photos I took before and after I finished.













I do enjoy running the Bond Brook Races, everyone is so friendly and laid back, which is what I need to help me get over this race anxiety thing I have had for so long. The biggest pressure with racing is the pressures that I put on myself, not anything external. This makes 2 races in less than a week, something I haven’t done in a very long time.

On October 21st there is going to be big 5 or 10 mile trail race and a mountain biking race at the Bond Brook recreation area, which is going to be called Treadfest – see the link for more information.