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Thursday, September 10, 2015

My Longest Run in a While - RunLog 9-10-15

Today was going to be another one of those "busy" days, you know you gotta got get the vehicle worked, pay the property taxes and all the other stuff that you do on a daily basis, so getting a run in meant going while they were working on the Cherokee.

Looking up the Rail Trail from the Hill Street Access point, by the Hi Top Restaurant
This is what I usually do, but with the high levels of humidity this week, I wasn't really into doing much of run when I stepped out of ACAR's door. Oh I knew that I was going to run down towards Gardiner on the Rail Trail, but the way I was feeling...well I figured I would end up doing a couple miles and then turn around. \

Really a positive way to start a run -- right.

I was already sweating by the time I was going through Hallowell and to be honest, I just couldn't find a good stride, that felt comfortable. Going up the little hill past Hallowell I started to feel better and then a guy passed me, just before the 2.0 mile point, which I still don't like to have happen (yeah I know), which meant that I picked up the pace just enough so that he didn't get any further ahead of me.

Yeah, I forgot to turn-around at 2 miles.

He really wasn't going all that much faster than me, so it wasn't all that difficult, but I wouldn't have done it if he hadn't gone by. When he turned around, just before the 3.0 mile point, I was starting enjoy the run a little more and the cobwebs seemed to clear away. Yeah I kept going.

Then I spotted this guy in a red shirt up ahead and that old competitiveness came out again. I had been steadily gaining on him for a while and I knew that I was going to turn-around at 4.0, I was sopping wet with sweat, so 8.0 total was going to be far enough. I slightly picked up the pace to a point where I thought it would be enough to catch him before the 4.0 mile turn-around.

He must have "felt" me coming, because he really picked up the pace at Airport Auto and I wasn't going to go after him at that point, I still had more than 4.0 miles left.

When I turned around, there was a little breeze and it felt pretty good. I thought that I had picked up the pace a little, but looking at the Strava stats I didn't really pick it up much at all.

On the way back to Hallowell, I could see a bright orange shirt off in the distance and it seemed as though I was catching up to the runner. Then coming back down the small hill, I could see that I was definitely catching up and I had a pretty good idea of who it was.

It is amazing how you can tell a runner you know, by their stride and how they hold their body when they are running. We all have pretty distinctive running styles and I was pretty sure it was Derek Z. and when I caught him up by Slate's, we talked for a few minutes and it was good to catch up with him.

Since I started working evenings, I haven't been able to do the Liberal Cup 6:00 PM runs and miss out on seeing some of the other area runners. We talked about running the Rise 'N Shine 5K at the end of the and I have a feeling that I will get the opportunity to see quite a few of the local runners there.

I gotta admit that it felt good to get a longer run in. It has been a while since I have run this far, ever since I decided to not run a marathon (at least for a while). I lost interest in doing long runs, so it felt good to run a little longer again.

It is amazing how something as simple as changing the shoe laces, make a pair of a running shoes look so much better.

The Nike Lunar Glide 5's did great, I didn't notice them and that is all I want from my running shoes, for them not to get in the way, allow me to run comfortably and not bother me when I run long runs. However, I the LG5's will never be what I consider a "fast" shoe, but damn they do eat up the miles like no other shoes I have had in a long time.

A tough, but good run, now to see if I have really lost all my speed during this humid spell - it sure does feel that way.

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