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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Sunday, September 6, 2015

Settling In and Relaxing - The Week That Was 9-6-15

The major changes are pretty much done - well at least I hope they are. This week was more about settling in, relaxing and getting used to the new routines that I have started.

The move back to Blogger and this blog was a good choice. It re-energized my writing just a bit and I feel more comfortable here. It is like going back to the old neighborhood and finding out that it really isn't what you remember - it is better. So that is good.

If you have been reading between the lines and when I go back and re-read my blog posts, I could see that I wasn't all that happy with my daily trainers (for a while) and last Thursday was the final straw, read about it here. I ran a run in the morning with Bennie and finally the Clifton's went from annoying, into discomfort and if I had run much further it would have turned into pain - not what I wanted from my running shoes. However, it is what it is.

Which meant that I had to do something about not having any daily trainers that felt comfortable to run in. I did and so far (knocking on wood - or is that my head) I really like the choice that I was lucky enough to find - completely by accident.

My favorite photo from the week:

A gorgeous late summer day
The view after Bennie and I got done running this morning.

The new job is starting to just be the job, which is a good thing. This will probably be one of the last updates, that I will do here. I like to keep what I do for work and my blogging separate - it is easier that way and there will be no misunderstandings about what I say, if someone from work happens to stops by and read the blog. Just the way it needs to be.

I still like what I am doing and the people I get to work with. The only issue I am running into is that I get out of work at 8:00 and by the time I settled down, it is already 9:00 PM. In the past I got used to going to bed at 10:00 and get up at 5:45 AM. I am finding that an hour is not enough time to quiet myself to be ready to go to bed - I am still a bit to "wired" from work to simply go to sleep that soon. Which means that my hours of sleep are not quite what I am used to. Other than changing my sleep patterns, all is good.

My running challenges and goals?

They haven't changed for a while now - I will break 22:00, then go after a post-55 PR (21:20) in a 5K at some point this year.


My training last week consisted of:

This week was actually a pretty good week, I had a couple of quality runs where I got into the race pace zone for a bit. Sometimes I worry about running too fast too much, but I think that I have been pretty conservative in my adding in faster runs. I even had a rest day this week, which was also a nice way to break that minor running streak I had going.


I could have gotten more miles in, but right now once I get around 40 miles, that is good enough and I don't push too hard to get much more than that. It seems to be working.


New gear - none

New Shoes - Nike Lunar Glide 5's

Shoes I ran in last week:
  • Altra Torin 1.5
  • Asics Hyperspeed 6
  • Hoka Clifton V1
I wrote a 50 mile review on the Hyperspeed's and you can read about it here.

Asics Hyperspeed 6 - I like them -- a lot as you can tell by how I raved about them in my 50 mile review. They just work really well for me.

Nike Lunar Glide 5 - You can read more about the why's here, but so far I haven't had any issues, problems, annoyances, discomfort or pain, from my right foot. If anything in the 5 runs I have done so far in them, my running has become fun again. I am not wondering if or when my foot is going to start bothering me. I can just run. They are comfortable and I will be interested to see what I am saying about them in a couple of weeks.

Hoka Clifton #3 - gone

Altra Torin 1.5 - Not sure what I am going to do with them. They do make me think about how I am running, which makes me run a little more efficiently, so I like them to work on my form and stuff, but I don't like them enough to keep in my regular rotation. Maybe they will be a once or twice a month tweak my running form type of shoe to remind to run more efficiently and be an alternate pair of work shoes, because they are fairly comfortable to wear for walking. Still not sure on these, but I know now that zero drop is not the answer for the way that I generally run.


Same as last week on this one.

Other than a few of the usual niggles here or there nothing of note.

The hamstrings probably will never be great, they are doing - well okay. I just think they do not like the faster paces that I am pushing on them. Although having the option of using a stand-up desk at times during the day is helping to keep them less argumentative.



The reality is that

I am still very happy with my move back to Google and in particular my move back to Blogger. The stats have stabilized down where I thought they should be and I just chuckled when look at the steep decline - it looks like my running graph on a hot, muggy day. I start out great and then quickly slow down. That is just how the blog graph looked.

The Lunar Glide 5's are doing well in the short time I have had them. Sometimes you just have to follow your gut and on Thursday when I went in to Olympia Sports, I really didn't expect to find anything that I would want. I have been in there several times and never found anything that works for me in the last few years. Something told me to go in anyway and so far I am glad that I did.

Who knows, now that my feet don't bother me as much when I am running, I might get back into running those longer runs - again.

It is going to be warmer this week, so I am going to get to enjoy running in the hotter/more humid weather for another week, but it isn't a big deal and I can deal with it.

At some point I am going to run in a race again, but you know something, even if I don't I am pretty happy with how my running is going. Sometimes not racing can be a good thing, especially if it allows you to relax and just enjoy the running. I think sometimes that we runners tend to think of racing as an affirmation of our running and it is not always the case. Some of us just love to run and that is where I am now, just enjoying my running for the sake of running.

Keep smiling and good things can happen.

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