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

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Rail Trail 5K Race Recap - 6-22-14

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:

Today was the Rail Trail Half and 5K in Augusta - and the race director, staff and volunteers put on a GRADE A event.

I did a lot better than I thought I was going to!!!!

No, I my hamstring did not miraculously heal overnight and let me know all about it :(

No, I didn't break anything.

I saw lots of people I know, got to meet some new ones and had a great time.



Okay those are the highlights, now to get down to what happened.

When I got to registration, picked up my t-shirt, all within a minute (I got there early) and then asked to be dropped down to the 5K from the Half - no problems and that was done very quickly. There just was no way I would have been able to run, much less race the half today. My hamstring is still barking at me way too much and like I said in my post yesterday, it still just doesn't feel right.

The start of the 5K is 15:00 minutes after the start the half, so I was able to get some photos of the start of the Half

Rail Trail Half Marathon Start

and then had time to warm-up.

Where I really focused on loosening up the left hamstring and by the time the 5K started, it was feeling the best it has felt in a while.

When I got up to the starting line for the 5K, nobody seemed to want to be up front, so I ended up in the second row, which really surprised me. Jen B. started beside me and we ran together for a little, then for some reason or other, I started to feel really good going down Water St (the main drag) and picked the pace up, at one point I was briefly in 3rd place - certainly not where I expected to be today - that is for sure.

When we got to the rail trail, my pace started to fall off a little (not used to running that fast), but I was still feeling good. Unfortunately just after the first mile marker, my hamstring started to say nasty things in my ear and in no uncertain terms let me know that it was very unhappy. It told me that if I didn't slow my ass down A LOT, it was going to get pissed.

I slowed down.

The next mile was more about finding a pace that kept hammie happy and yet trying not to slow down too drastically. Finally, after the turn-around, I gave up trying to go faster, it wasn't working and just ran comfortably.

Yeah that is the upward creep on the pace chart down below, because the hamstring was barking at me way too much, to tempt fate too much.

It kind of sucked, because when the guy who won our age group flew by me, I didn't even try to stay with him. I just let him go. He did great and had a fantastic last part of the race, so I don't know if I could have kept up or not, but it would have been nice to have tried.

Next time.

Strava - Rail Trail 5K Stats
Distance: 3.1
Time: 22:51
Pace: 7:23
Shoes: Skechers GoRun Ride 2's

Needless to say, I was very surprised at how well I did finishing 8th of 87 and 2nd in my age group in the 5K.

I am not going to complain about the time, that really is irrelevant. The great news was that I was able to run and finish the race without blowing up or re-injuring anything. I was sore and starting to limp a little when I finished and would not have wanted to run much further today.

Gratuitous photo of me, after picking up my 2nd place age group award. Thanks Brian for taking the photo

No, the hamstring is still not right, but maybe it is better than I thought. Injury rehab is such a freaking roller coaster ride, one run you truly believe that you are never coming back and the next one you are back to being encouraged. All I know is that I want whatever is bothering the hamstring to quit it and just let me run like I know that I can run.

After the 5K, I stuck around and helped Seth and Scott out at the Skechers booth for a little while. It was fun meeting a lot of runners who were interested in trying out a pair of Skechers Performance line running shoes.



The looks on some of their faces when they first stood up and walked around in the shoes was priceless and the "these are Skechers?" comments were numerous. Skechers might not be for everyone, but I know that I really like them and they work better for me than other brands have over the past few years.

I have become a Skechers fan-boy and they are what I run in now. No I do not have any official or unofficial relationship with Skechers, other than I have received one pair of free shoes from their local rep, which sure as hell ain't going to make me say the great things that I say about them. I say these things because I love their running shoes that do not have that pleather strap on them ;-).

I want to thank the Staff and Volunteers at the Rail Trail Half and 5K, the race was well-organized, no issues during the event and was just a lot of fun. It is a race that I will do again next year and recommend it highly to anyone in the area.

Yeah, I had fun and maybe I am a little encouraged again, I will know more tomorrow, but I really hate riding the rehab roller coaster.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Skechers GoRun Ride 2 - 50 Mile Review - 2014

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: June 13, 2014


Okay, what's up Harold, why are you doing a 50 mile review of a shoe that is now discontinued and getting more and more like hen's teeth to find?

Skechers Go Run Ride 2's

Why?

To be brutally honest, they work for me that is why.

This is my third pair of Skecher's GoRun Ride 2's.

3 Pair of Skechers GoRun Ride 2's 2/20/14

and for me finding shoes that I can run in hasn't been an easy thing over the years. I am so damned finicky and when you add in a Tailor's Bunionette to the mix, well things get complicated.

After my most recent injury, I decided to go ahead and go back to the shoes that I have run the most injury-free in recently.

Which are the GRR2's.

Unfortunately, the 3rd generation didn't work for me, more because of a structural defect in my foot than anything being wrong with the GRR3's or other similarly constructed shoes in the Skecher's line, i.e. the GR3's or GRU's.

It took a bit to find this pair and I have a feeling that the next pair of GRR2's will be even harder to find, but it will still worth it, at least until I get to see what the NEXTGEN Skechers GoRun models feel like on my feet.

It is strange, because last year when I started running in the Skechers Performance line of running shoes, I was coming off an injury and successfully returned to running in the GRR2's. Here I am coming off yet another injury and I am successfully returning to running in another pair of Skechers GRR2 running shoes. Funny how things work out sometimes.



What do I like about the GRR2's?
  • Comfortable
  • The wide toe box
  • No sewn in overlays on the upper
  • Flexible
  • No heel counter
  • Have a rockered sole unit

and finally they are comfortable - oh yeah I said that already didn't I, but it is the biggest reason that I like these shoes so much, they just fit my foot and the way that I run.

I have made two changes to the stock GRR2:
  • Put in LockLaces - I just like the feeling that I have with these combined with the GRR2's
  • Since I have run some trail races this summer and don't have a pair of trail shoes now, I have used the GRR2's. The only problem is that on the rockier trails at Quarry Road or when I run down-back on the dirt road, I have to look out for rocks in the GRR2's.

Skechers GoRun Ride 3 w/removable Altra Superior rock plate

So I took the removable rock plate that were in my old Altra Superiors, did some trimming and put them in the GRR2's. They worked like a charm! I don't notice the rocks nearly as much and it is a lot more comfortable to run on rocky surfaces. However, the GRR2's are not really trail running shoes, but will do until I can find a pair and then see what Skechers has up sleeve for trail running.

What don't I like about the GRR2's

That the sole unit collects rocks in the heel unit.



However, Skechers fixed this issue in the GRR3's, so it is not an issue now.

The reality is that

The GRR2's are not for everyone, but they sure work for me. Unfortunately, they have been discontinued and are difficult to find.

Now to wait until November, when the next generation of Skecher's performance shoes will be arriving. I have a feeling that TheWife isn't going to be happy, because from the samples I have seen, I am impressed and can't wait to try them OR is that buy a pair.