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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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Recap - RunLog 7-16-15

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: 7-16-15

Probably my slowest 5K in well, a long, long time and you know something I can honestly say it was one of the more fun runs that I have done in a long time.

Looking down the start at Bond Brook - that is a hill over there

I wasn't sure that I was going to do this race or not and at 3:00 PM, I decided to go ahead and do it. 

It was how I celebrate a big accomplishment (I know I am weird), but I got my tentative start date at my new job - July 30th, as long as I pass the background investigation -- which means the next two more weeks are vacation and I can start prepping/updating my wardrobe a little - the stuff I wore before is a LOT large on me.

Well getting back to the run.

I started out pretty slow (something I am not good at) and then went slower on purpose. I wasn't pushing the pace today, it was more about getting out, having fun with other runners and enjoying the trail.

Strava Stats Bond Brook 5K 7-16-15

Once I got past the first quarter-mile, I just settled into a nice steady pace and only had a couple of runners pass me the rest of the race. Which is unusual because I almost always slow down so much that I end up getting passed a lot during 1.5 to 2.5. I passed a few and then once I got into the single track, I did learn something about me and trails tonight.

I am meechy.

As in no guts (yeah, the other word too), to go fast on single-track anymore.

Yeah, I don't have that old derring-do that I used to have to just bomb the trails and what you need to run trails well.

Instead of attacking the trail, I run defensively to not fall, trip, or hit rocks/roots wrong. I am not afraid of falling, getting bloody or all that other stuff, what I am afraid of is hurting myself and not being able to run due to an injury. Not the right attitude to have or the way to race trails well, but it is what it is.

I have a feeling that my glasses probably don't really help matters either, wearing progressive tri-focals with transition lenses, kind of sucks.

While I like transition lenses (clear to sunglasses) for the most part means that in varying sunlight conditions, that they can be too dark and they seem to not as sharp when they are in sunglasses mode, so the depth perception is a little off, which ain't a good thing running trails.

The progressive tri-focal lens cause me to keep my head down in order "see" things that I am going over, so I have less time to react to roots, rocks, dips and bumps, instead of looking further ahead and planning a route through the trail. I am not making any excuses, but it is a factor that I have to think about/deal with.

Which is okay, as long as I realize this upfront and don't let it bother me too much. I have to admit that at times during the run tonight that I really wanted to pick it up, but didn't quite dare to open it up too much on any of the single track.

Yeah the hill, kicked my butt, big time!!!

It is a long enough to be a pain and is a grass hill, so you have to really be aware of where you are stepping in addition to going uphill and it got to the point where I was running slower than can walk, so I switched to fast-walking. First time in a race I have done that in a long time, but the combo of being pretty warm, grass and a hill did me in.

Even so, I felt really good about how I ran, because in the sections where I felt comfortable opening up - I did. Which has not always been the case lately, so it was nice.

Bond Brook 5K post-race

As usual the race staff and volunteers were great. It was also good to catch up with several runners that I know who there.

At the last minute, I decided to change from my Clifton's to the Skechers GRU - which was a good choice, the extra grip was nice in some sections and they felt comfortable the whole race.

Oh yeah Bennie and I did our usual 3.3 fartlek run this morning :-)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friends on the Fourth 5K Race Recap - 7/4/15

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: July 4, 2015

Okay, I didn't quite meet my goal time of sub 22:00 minutes for the 5K, but that is okay, I made it to the end of the race without embarrassing myself and made it to one of those wonderful blue boxes very quickly after crossing the finish line.

MMMMM Harold what happened?

Weeeellllll it is a matter of two runs.

Start to about mile 1.8 - which was going extremely well, I was keeping pace behind Amy L. and thought that I could keep up with her the rest of the race.

After that - You will notice a sudden steep slow-down in my pace. It was clench tightly or have a really embarrassing mess to clean up, I thought quickly about letting go, butttt well that is just too gross and I decided to slow-down, keep the cheeks together and just finish. Although I almost did a quick pit stop when we went by the starting area - probably should have, but shoulda, coulda, woulda - well you know.
Strava Stats 5K Race

Let's back up and figure out what happened. There is a little too much information in this section, so skip to the next part if you want.

Problems before the Race

There was this major problem before I even left the house, 3 bm's in less than 45 minutes. Then rushing to a blue box immediately upon arrival (not even stopping to pick up my packet), then rushing back to the blue box right after going through registration. It was getting a bit tiring all this looking at the inside of the port-a-pottie. Finally, I thought I had gotten as much out as there was in there and tried to relax the last 10 minutes before the start.

No it wasn't pre-race anxiety, nerves or anything like that...I slept good last night, woke up before the alarm, bright and alert, plus when I got home both Mary and SD1 had had a case of the trots too. So it was a bug going around the house, because we all ate different stuff last night. Don't know what it was, but it sure made my pre-race routine pretty miserable and the race itself not quite what I planned.

I guess I should have known that there were going to be issues when the race volunteers had me park in the Funeral Home parking lot - hehehehe

Where I had to park

The Race Starts

10 Minutes, no needing to escape to the port-a-pottie.

So I had hoped that I gotten everything out in time and that during the race I would be fine.

It was a pretty big race (611 participants) and I was back a ways on the starting line, so the first bit was the usual jostling around, weaving around the slower runners who were up front and then finally being able to open up a little as the pack opened up.

I saw Amy L. up ahead of me, while we were going down the hill on Main Street and I sped up a little to catch up to her and then tucked in behind her. I had planned to stay there for the rest of the race. She is faster than I am and I was going to use her as my pacer, without her knowing it. The plan was working great and I was running comfortably, with plenty in the tank until around mile 1.8 and then it fell apart.

The Cramping

It was just as sudden as that steep drop in pace indicates. That feeling you get when you "know" that you have to go "2" and with 500-600 other people around you also know it ain't gonna happen. Then when you don't stop running, the cramping and feeling like this ain't gonna be good takes over priorities and the need for speed - well becomes much less important.

Running faster with a clenched sphincter muscle just ain't fun or conducive to running very well.

Every so often, things seemed to ease and I could relax and attempt to run a little quicker again, then the cramping and "that wonderful feeling" would return slowing me back down again.

Not an even pace by any stretch of the imagination over that last 1.3, but I finished.

Photo of the finish I took before the race started

I stopped long enough at the finish for them to get my chip and then I scurried to the blue box. Made it...barely...sat and contemplated the ills of the world and the unfairness of it all, while I sat in there. 

Yeah, in the moment I was pretty damn disappointed with my time, because I should have done better and it wasn't because I bonked or gave up, it was because of something going on inside me that slowed me down. 

So yeah, I was a little frustrated with my performance.

Well the good thing is that I am a few pounds lighter than I have been for a while, but all those BM's also dehydrated me a more than a little, so I think that I would have struggled that last mile or so and not have been able to keep up with Amy, but I would have broken 22:00 which was my primary goal.
How did I do?

Well actually, I did pretty good. Considering the circumstances, I was very pleased with my time (not too worried about place in a race that big)
Friends on the Fourth 5K results courtesy of RunSignUp.com

Even with all the issues this morning, I just missed breaking the 22:00 minute barrier. Because it seems like it has become a barrier that is becoming more difficult to get through.

I got to wondering, when was the last time that I broke 22:00 for a 5K?
21:24 in April 2013 at the Joseph's 5K (my post 55 PR). So while I was disappointed at not going under 22:00 today, it was still a pretty successful run in the overall picture and shows me that I can still do okay, while I still have a lot of work to do.

Now to just get that last mile back in line with the other two and I will be pretty happy.

I finished 8th in my 55-59 age group and 74/611, although the certificate kind of screwed up on the age group and gender.
Friends on the Fourth Race photo

I didn't take too many photos today, just wasn't feeling like it for some reason or other. The race itself is a great race, they do a fantastic job of treating the runners right and the course is pretty decent. You can run a fast time on it, although there are some deceptive little bumps in it, but nothing major. I will be back to do it again next year.

Bennie Run

After I got home and had to visit the bathroom one more time, yeah something was getting a bit tender back there...I knew that Bennie hadn't had his long walk yet, so I took him on an easy 3.0 miles.

No biggie just something to loosen up the legs and whatever was going on didn't bother me the rest of the day???? So who know what is going on with my body, but all I know is that it wasn't a very fun experience this morning. :-)

The trials and tribulations of running and doing what we consider fun to ourselves. Right???? hehhehe