A very good week, it was busy at work, I said goodbye to a co-worker who is moving and will be missed. We worked a little in the garden, mowed the lawn, napped with Bennie - you know life and a pretty good one.
So what happened around here.
- I actually did a race.
- Got a little frustrated
- I am now the proud owner of a new Motorola Droid Plus, so I am hoping that the photos in the blog will be a better quality.
- I ran - a bit.
Other than that, not too much.
Yeah, the weather is very fall like, hitting the 30's in the morning and getting into the 60's during the day.
So the running is just about perfect for running and I am enjoying it.
My favorite photo from the week:
My running challenges and goals?
I accomplished the breaking back into the sub 22:00 club for the first time in a couple of years at the Rise 'N Shine 5K.
Now to go after a post-55 PR (21:20) in a 5K.
My training last week consisted of:
|Weekly mileage summary|
Now that I have accomplished my primary goal for the year, I will look for one or two more 5K's to go after that post-55 PR, but at the same time, I am not really that into racing right now, so we will see how that goes. Who knows maybe I will take some down time at the end of October and then in mid-November go into a base building phase and see if I can handle a little more mileage consistently.
Run a little slower though and not worry about pushing the pace too much at all. However, the speed work never goes away completely, because I run a lot with Bennie and he does his usual fartlek activity most every run he does.
New gear - None
New Shoes - None
Shoes I ran in last week:
- Nike Lunar Glide 5's
- ASICS Hyperspeed 6's
Asics Hyperspeed 6 - I like them -- a lot, but at the race on Friday, I learned that they ain't worth a shit on wet grass or wet grass to tar, during the initial transition. They are now a smoother bottomed shoe (the sipeing has worn down) and I have a feeling they will not be as stable when it gets wet on tar as they were when I first got them.
However, they will still work really well for most surfaces and what I wrote a 50-mile review on the Hyperspeed's still mostly applies. I can foresee them becoming my primary treadmill shoes when I need to move more inside since they are just about perfect for that.
Nike Lunar Glide 5 - The Lunar Glides are still working great for me and here is my 50-mile review of them. They are working and while I won't confuse them with the Hyperspeed's when it comes to being a fast shoe, that isn't why I got them. However, I can move right along in them if I want or need to change up a workout on the fly.
Altra Torin 1.5 - Not sure what I am going to do with them. They are a nice shoe, but I am finding that they (because they are zero drop shoes?) cause my Achilles (both of them) to complain too much and the firmness of the Torin 1.5 is not what I am looking for. Too bad because I do love the fit of the upper, but when I run in them compared to the LG5's, there is no comparison.
I do need a new pair of outside winter running shoes, even though the Lunar Glides are working great, they not what I would consider to be a good winter running shoe (not enough grip). Although I will be getting another pair of LG's sometime in October (once I get over 200 miles in the LG5's) and start rotating the new pair in, to get them broke in before these reach 400 miles.
That combo will work good enough through December and I can use the Skechers GoRun Ultra's in any nasty weather, until I figure out what I looking to get - although the Nike Wildhorse 3 would seem to be a pretty nice pairing to the LG's.
Just the issues during the 5K race where the hamstrings didn't like the pace for a longer distance. It seems that it can pretty much handle faster paces for quarter, half or even up to a mile repeats (with some rest in between), but when I get to that mile point and beyond without backing off, they begin to talk nasty to me and not in a pleasant way.
I know my hamstrings probably will never be great or even decent, they are doing - well good enough that I can run with them, but I know that I have to walk a fine line between going fast and not irritating the hammies too much.
Just the way it is.
Rise 'N Shine 5K -- 21:50 - 18 of 253 -- 1 AG, read more here
The reality is that
I am struggling with not being able to run as fast as I want or believe that I could if the hamstrings were better. However, it is what it is, I went through physical therapy and a bunch of other stuff without any appreciable long-term improvement in them. So if I run, I know that there will be a certain amount of discomfort and as long as it stays in the tolerable range, it is something I can deal with.
However, when I race, it takes the discomfort to a different level and not one that makes running enjoyable and I know that if I push too hard, that there will be twaaannnnggg and I won't be running for a while. Which to be honest frustrates the hell out of me, but at the same time I am smart enough to know the warning signs and so far have backed off when I know I am getting close to that point.
It just makes it hard to accept that I "can't" and I want to do something.
The Lunar Glide 5's continue to do well and I am still singing their praises after a 120 miles, so they have reached the point where many shoes are put on the shelf and yes, I look forward to continuing to run in them.
A little frustrated, but still running well, so I can't really complain all that much - even though I do tend to whine a little from time-to-time.
Keep smiling and good things can happen.
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