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.

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Rise 'N Shine 5K Recap 9-27-13

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: September 27, 2013

Today was the 20th Annual Rise 'N Shine 5K, a race that I really love, even though I hate that damn hill at the end.

What a perfect day for a race! 50's very little wind, a little overcast.

My plan was to run, not race today, so I didn't wear my Garmin and wore my new Skechers GoRun Ride, instead of my racing flats (Ekidons) or even the GR2's, that way, I wouldn't be so tempted to go faster than I should. Wearing racing flats is a psychological cue to me that i am supposed to push through the discomfort/pain and go as fast as I can.

That is not what I wanted to do today.

I had three goals for this race:
  1. Don't be stupid and re-injure my Achilles
  2. A Goal - Sub 22:00
  3. B Goal - Sub 23:00

I haven't raced since early August and know that I am not in good race shape. So this was going to be a great test of where I am actually am and how well my foot is doing. While my training has been going pretty good, I have not run a sustained faster pace - so l I wasn't sure how the foot would hold up.

The gun went off and we all headed down the hill, it was interesting watching so many sprint down the hill and the different ways the lead runners attacked the downhill.

I really wanted to keep the guy in the white hat close by (Bill Hill) and managed to do a good job through the first mile. Which floored me when I got there and the guy giving out the time says 6:20. Now the first mile for this race is usually pretty fast, but that is the pace I need be running for a sub 20:00 5K not what I was going to do today.

Also I could feel my Achilles starting to tighten up a little, so I backed off the pedal, it was just a little too fast a pace for it. People were starting to pass me and when I tried to pick the pace back up (that competitiveness thing), my Achilles reminded me that wasn't a good idea. So I tried to find the right pace, where I could run without it barking too much, but still run decently. I went through mile 2.0 at 13:51 slowed down a lot!

The last mile was one of those precarious balancing acts where I really tried to go faster, but not to the point where it bothered the Achilles too much. Which was frustrating as hell because people were passing me, I was feeling really good, except for the Achilles and wanted to pick up the pace - a LOT!

However, I kept telling myself, I am not racing today, I am just doing a fast paced run to see where I am at. Not that it helped that much when people would go by me and I didn't try to respond or even attempt to pick off the runners in front of me (that ego thing).

To be quite honest it sucked, but I had a choice risk re-injuring the Achilles or stay conservative and run tomorrow.

Going back up the hill, I had to really slow down, the Achilles did not like the hill at all!!!

A bunch of people passed me at that point and even though I wanted to really pick it up at the end, I was a good boy and just coasted into the finish.

I finished the race in 21:51 unofficial, office time was 21:53, 39/253 and second in my age group by 4 seconds or so. Complete race results on CoolRunning.

I knew when the guy went by me down by the kiosk, that he was in my age group, but as much as I wanted go for it, I just let him go, it was more important to me to just finish without re-injuring myself, than to get caught up with a sprint at the end, which the way my Achilles was feeling, would not have been a smart move.

So who know, maybe I am starting to get a little smarter and listen to my body, instead of beating on it and hoping it holds up.

I ended up about 10 seconds slower than last year's time, (when I pushed myself really hard). Which indicates to me that I am getting in good shape, because I wasn't pushing as hard this year and got almost the same time,

The best part is that now my Achilles feels pretty good and I am thinking about doing a second easy run later today.

I achieved all of my goals for the race today and now I just need to keep letting this Achilles heel of mine heal a little more and I WILL be able to race, not just run soon. Which also means that I can start running trails and yes this sounds a bit sick - I can start working hills again :-)

Lessons Learned
  • Drink a cup of coffee, even if the race starts at 6:30 AM - caffeine headaches suck
  • Wear GR2's or Ekidons, not the Rides for racing
  • While the Achilles is doing a lot better, it is only at about 80% and it still bothers if I try to go too fast, distances are getting better, but the faster I run the more it hurts. I need to keep doing my rehab exercises
  • Need to desperately work on running up hills, but that goes with the Achilles getting better
  • Need to work on speed over longer distances (more than just quarters)
  • Not get into race anxiety mode, which I found myself slipping into a little this week - more on that later.

Overall, I was very pleased with how the race went and I was happy with how I ran. But damn, I wish that I would have found 10 seconds somewhere in that run - oh well there is always next year. That old competitiveness coming through, but I ran as hard as I was able to this morning and Jon beat me fair and square. He ran faster than I did and deserved it, so I want to congratulate him.

But...I do have a little more motivation to work harder in training now ;-).

It was good to see a lot of familiar faces, so yes I did a lot of socializing (for me) before and after the race. I do want to thank all the Volunteers, the YMCA and Kennebec Savings Bank for putting on a quality race this morning!!! It is a first class event that I want to do every year that I can for a long time.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Skechers GoRun Ride2 - Made it Past 200 Miles

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: September 23, 2013

Skechers GoRun Ride 2

I just went over 200 miles of running on my Skecher GoRun Ride2's (that I got for my birthday back in early August) and at least another 125 (probably a lot more) miles of walking in them.

Over the past 7 weeks I have used them for a 9+ mile long run (I am slowly increasing my long runs after a partial tear of my Achilles back on 5/27), several 8.0 mile runs, 40 plus mile weeks, speed work on the treadmill (down to sub 6:00 minute pace at times), tempo runs, recovery runs, fun runs and lots of Bennie walks.

Through all these runs and walks, the biggest thing that I can say about them is that they are -- Comfortable.

I am counting the walking mileage because it is still miles on the shoes and while the wear pattern might be a little different from if I was only running in them, it shows a few things:

  • Again - most importantly the Ride2's are VERY comfortable for me.
  • The out-soles have worn better than I thought they would. I run and walk a lot on stones/rocks on the dirt road down-back which are really tough on the out-sole of any running shoes, besides a lot of miles on tar roads.

I wear these shoes about 85 to 90% of the time - I just like the way that they fit and feel on my feet.
What do I like about the Ride2's?
The Ride2's to be extremely comfortable - Yes, I know I said this before, but to me it is the most important thing - they are comfortable.
They are wide in the toe box and do not bother my right foot's Tailor Bunionette, 5-6 miles into the run. This has been a huge problem with other shoes styles that I have worn. It becomes very uncomfortable to down-right painful, which causes me to change my gait on my longer runs, which causes chain-reaction injuries - which suck!
  • I like a softer feeling i.e. cushioned running shoe and these meet that "want", without being sloppy.
  • They are very flexible.
  • Light - coming in at under 8 oz.
  • Quiet. They are quiet, I do not slap the ground in them or pound it with my heels. All I know is that I run smoothly and quietly whether I am running at a sub 7:00 minute pace or at a slower 9:30 recovery pace.
  • I run with more of a mid-foot landing than I do with other styles of running shoes. I have read a lot of negative feedback about the hump in the Skechers performance line of running shoes - the one I really have never noticed in the Ride2's. Maybe the E-Motion bump just works its magic with my style of running - what ever it is - I like it so far.
  • No heel counter. A lot of people do not like not having a heel counter, personally I don't like having one and consider this a clear benefit of the Ride2's. There is no heel counter back there to cause blisters or "restrict" the natural movement of my foot.

Speaking of blisters. None - the only time I had a minor problem was once when the insole came out and I didn't put the right foot's back in correctly. Once I put it back where it was supposed to be, no issues.

Finally, even though I put fit and function over appearances, to me the GoRun Ride2's are a good-looking running shoe! They are not Fugly like some of the other shoes I have run in over the past couple of years.


They pick up small rocks in the heel unit - while they are easily flicked out, it is annoying to hear them clicking on the road and makes me lose focus until I take care of it. Usually they are not big enough to bother, but once in a while I get a pointed rock in there and have to stop to get rid of it.
I automatically put LockLaces in my all of my shoes, I wish they came with them.

Those are the only issues I have had with my Skecher GoRun Ride2's.
The reality is that

the Skechers GoRun Ride2's are my favorite running shoes that I have run in, since I returned to running in June 2011 and one of my favorite pair of running shoes that I have run in since sometime back in the mid-80's. That is saying something, because I have gone through A LOT of running shoes over that period.

The two biggest compliments that I can give these shoes are that:
  • I choose to run in the Ride2's over all the other running shoes that I have in the house
  • I bought another pair today. That is right - I bought them with my own money, in other words - I put my money where my mouth is.

The last one is something I haven't done for a while - going out and buying another pair of the same brand and style of running shoe. The best part was they were on sale locally at Famous Footwear for $69.99 and I had a coupon for 15% off, so for around $63, I got a new pair of running shoes.

Pretty sweet if you ask me.

The Skecher GoRun Ride2's may not work for everyone, but they do work for me.

I do know that my new Skechers Ride 2's will be primarily for running and my old blue ones will be more for walking or crappy weather running shoes. Those shoes have a lot more running life left in them, but I want to see how many miles I can get on a pair of Ride 2's, if I just use them for running.

I am very happy with how my Ride 2's have performed for me and can't wait to try the new pair, so I can compare the differences between the new ones and the old ones - it should be a fun post. Also I have a feeling that a pair of GoRun Bionic Trail Shoes, winter is coming, plus I want to start trail running again and someday a pair of GoRun Mebs (Speeds) will make it into my running shoe rotation, if I ever get back in race shape.

Good job - Skechers - I am impressed.

Disclosure - I submitted an application to become a Skecher's wear-tester back in mid-August (before I decided to stop social media marketing). Last week I was offered the opportunity to become a Skecher's Wear Tester and primarily due to my decision to move away from social media marketing, I choose to decline the offer. I might work with Skechers at some future event(s), but for now, I do not have any official or unofficial relationship with Skechers and have to buy my Skechers Running shoes - which I have done.

So all comments about these shoes are my own and are my honest opinion of what I think of the Skechers GoRun Ride2.