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

Saturday, October 31, 2015

It Was An Opening Day 5.0 Miler - RunLog 10-31-15

I know that a lot of people up heah, look forward to to opening day with unbridled joy and I know that I used too. It was a gorgeous day, probably not really what hunters wanted, but it was a great day for a run.


Honestly, it has been a few years since I have hunted and I have become kind of "blah" about opening day nowadays.

Actually, it can be something of inconvenience out where we live, it means more traffic on our country road, it means dressing in bright colors even when out wandering around the yard and down-back has a few more people wandering/driving around. For the most part, when they see Bennie and I out running, they slow down or wave as we go by. After all, it is something that we do pretty much year-round and the locals are used to seeing us out running.

Now down-back is one of the few places that isn't posted so we do tend to also get a few not as local hunters. They are the ones that I tend to worry more about since they don't know Bennie or me and seem to get upset a little more when we go running by.

Oh well, they will just have to deal with us going by, because we ain't changing what we do all that much. Oh, I won't go down there first thing in the morning and will wait until after 8:00 AM before we head out the door unless we head down to Pepin Way.

Well, enough about opening day.

I was thinking about doing 3.0 with Bennie and then a longish something to finish out the month. However, once we got going he was pretty full of himself and wanted to go up Bartlett, which meant that we were going to go a "little faster" coming back down.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Eight Year's of Blogging - A Reflection on Lessons Learned

It is hard to believe that I have been blogging for eight years.

Here is that first post from October 21, 2007, in its entirety:

"I just want to talk a bit about how difficult it is to teach in today's world. How do you decide how to teach with: 
Blogs, Wikki, Open Source, Proprietary, Google, FaceBook, YouTube, TeacherTube and everything else that is out there to "help" you teach. All these things that I am just starting to see, but not yet use in the classroom. I am willing to start, but am feeling very overwhelmed. 
Technology is not new to me, I have been using computers since the old Vic 20 with a cassette tape as an OS, but I am a bit intimidated about using all these web based applications to "assist" me in my classroom teaching.

If anyone out there can assuage my uncertainty or give me some helpful hints to help me be successful ;) 
Thanks 
Harold"
A helluva lot more brief than my usual posts now. I do believe that I have gotten wordy in my dotage.

That first post was very simplistic, hell it didn't even have a title, no images, linkbacks, or all the other tricks of the blogger's trade and shows just how little I knew and how overwhelming all these so-called Web2.0 tools (what they were called) were to this then newbie.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Speed Work Tuesday - RunLog 10-27-15

I wanted to change things up a little today, instead of doing our usual slower, fartlek run with Bennie and then go to the gym right before work to do a killer treadmill speed workout (you know the usual Tuesday routine). That I would do a harder 4.0 mile Bennie run and then an easier treadmill workout.

As usual it didn't quite go as planned on either run, but it was a great idea.

Just a bit of frost on the roof and vehicles
The other big change is that I decided to use the PI N2 Roads to see if I could use them as my faster shoes. No nothing is wrong with my Asics Hyperspeed 6's, but I have a mental block about running too much past the 22:00 pace for a 5K in them.

Then again, it might be part of that Father-Time time dragging on me, but I wanted to know if it was the mental part or simply because I am getting to be an old fart.

Instagram - The bridge


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Instagram - Fort Western Augusta Maine


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Instagram - Looking down the Kennebec in Augusta


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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The "Why" Behind The New Header

I changed the header on my blog this weekend and I did it for a very specific reason.

To make it useful to me.

I wanted a tool to remind me of where I have come from, things I want to achieve and to remind me that my running has been a journey, not something that just recently became "something I started doing".



Picture #1 - Was a photo of me before a cross-country meet in 1974. It was the start of my senior year at Nokomis High School up in Newport, Maine and it reminds me of the great future that we all believe is ahead of us versus the reality that our lives become. For many the high school years are the "glory days" and we are limited to memories of "who we were then" or "what we should have done".

Monday, October 26, 2015

Running Down the Rail Trail to Gardiner - RunLog 10-26-15

It was a chilly morning with the wind chills at around 32*F and the wind was out of the north (in my face on the way back), so I kind of wanted my winter hat instead of the ball cap I was wearing, but otherwise I was dressed just about right.

After yesterday's quicker run, I wanted to stay around a 9:00 minute pace and just run comfortably in the H3's to see how they would feel in an hour or so run. No problems and I forgot about them, except to think about how good my feet were feeling.

Sitting on the dock in Hallowell and looking down the Kennebec
I thought about turning around at 3.0 miles and going home to do a few more with Bennie, but at the same time, I was feeling pretty good and figured that 8-9 miles would be alright and if I felt strong, could do a couple miles with Bennie or simply take him for a long walk to clean the crap out of my legs.

Going Backwards to Go Forward - Week in Review 10-25-15

First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my wife, who puts up with so much from a crazy runner husband!!!


Yep, she puts up with a lot from me, but also keeps me in line (someone has to).

Happy Birthday to the love of my life.

Lots of changes on the running shoe front, more on that later.


Relaxing in Hallowell after a good 8+ run


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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Bennie Said We Were Running Faster - RunLog 10-25-15

I have a feeling that this was one of the last shorts runs of the year...yeah the temps have been bouncing all over the place and today it was 54*F when Bennie and I went for our run. It had been raining most of the morning and everything was still pretty wet, but it was warm.



So shorts were the order of the day and more than likely I could have gotten away with a short sleeve top too because I pulled up the sleeves. I gotta admit that running in shorts is helluva a lot better than running in running pants or wind pants.

The run itself was a surprise.

I really had planned to just do a nice relaxing 5.0 miles to get 40 miles for the week. So there was not any pressure to get out and go fast for any particular reason.

Ummmm Bennie had other ideas.

Pearl Izumi Running Shoes - My Story

Yes, I am going back running in the Pearl Izumi EM series as my primary running shoes.


No, I am not writing this to get PI's attention or attempting to get free gear or stuff from them. I writing this to wrap my head around why I stopped running in Pearl Izumi running shoes twice and why I have decided to go back to them now.

Sometimes you gotta eat a little humble pie when you write something like this and are totally honest with yourself.

Pearl Izumi H3's are better on the muddy dirt road than I thought.


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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - First Run

It seems over the past few years I have had my share and more of first runs in running shoes.


Enough so that Mary mocked me (rightly) this morning after I was talking yet again, how much I loved my new Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 after running in them for the first time this morning.

She said, "you always say that about all the running shoes you get".

I agreed with her, I couldn't really do anything else, because you know something it is the truth.

First runs can be so damn deceptive. 


For me at least I want to think that any pair of shoes that I get are going to be a great shoe for me, so I try to be as positive as possible and usually try to overlook anything that is not quite right, during that first run - like:

Instagram - my #pearlizumirun EM/H3's now I remember how much I loved my PI's


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Instagram - Beautiful fall day down-back


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Friday, October 23, 2015

Shoes I Ran In - 2015 - Not the Direction I Expected to End Up

I know that there are more than two months left in 2015 and that knowing me just a little that I will probably end up with a few more shoes this year.

Yeah, more than likely anyway.



So why in the hell are you doing this now, instead sometime in late December...you know Harold when most people in their right mind start doing the end of year crap that us bloggers love to do?

I am tired...

I am tired of always feeling like I have to look for something different in my running shoes or the ones that seem to work well at first, end up having some fatal flaw for me that causes me to get rid of them.

When I step out the door in the morning to run in my new Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Roads, they will be the 20th pair of running shoes I have gone out that door in during 2015.

Which is just too damn many.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Finally Another Double-Digit Run - RunLog 10-22-15

I was planning to do 5 or 6 miles this morning on the Rail Trail, then head over to the gym, lift weights, do some stretching and then go home and do another 3-4 miles with Bennie.

Well...that was the original plan

When I got on the Rail Trail condition were pretty great for running - at least in my opinion. Mid 40's, overcast, a light drizzle at times and hardly any breeze. Also, there are no photos, because I purposely have been running less with my phone, so I can just focus on running without any interruptions or thinking - this would make a great photo, stopping, taking the picture and then starting back up again.

Although there were multiple places on the Rail Trail that I would have loved to have stopped and gotten the photo, but hey, I didn't have the phone with me and just kept running. Which I believed led to a more even effort than I have had in a while.

So how did the run go?

Pretty damn well.



I started out a little faster than I normally would on a double-digit run (especially when I haven't done one in a while), then when I got to the 2-mile point, everything was feeling really good, I vacillated back and forth whether I should go for 10 miles or not. I knew that I hadn't done that for a while and my feet felt the best they have in a long time on a run.

Thomas College Terrier Trot 5K Photos

One of the things that I do like about the Thomas College Terrier Trot 5K is that Jen Buker, Director of their PR department takes so many photos of the event.

Enough so that I don't feel as though I have to carry my phone and take pictures or give one of my old cameras to someone I know who isn't running and con them into taking "photos of moi".

Jen graciously allows me to publish her photos on my blog and although it has my name on the photos, I did not take them - that is just an automatic thing I forgot to change before uploading the photos.

Photo by Jen Buker - The start of the Terrier Trot 5K


Photo by Jen Buker - No I never heel strike
 Coming down to the finish line...notice the heel strike. That is how I run when I am not thinking about my form, so instead of fighting it, I am just going to keep going with what works with my stride for shoes in the future.

Photo by Jen Buker - yeah a little toe-out action to go with heel striking hehe hehe

Photo by Jen Buker -- the medalist. Behind me is the gal that flew by me with the stroller and beside her is the guy who won the race in the greenish colored shirt.
This is one of my favorite races and although the turn-out is smaller than it should be, Thomas College alumni and the Cross Country team do a great job putting on the race. I plan to be there again next year.

Jen thank you again for allowing me to use your photos on my blog.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Not Every Run is A Great Run - RunLog 10-21-15

Yeah, the truth is that there are runs that just plain, out and out, suck.

This morning's run with Bennie was one of those - that flat out sucked donkey balls.

I know people call these mental toughness runs and a bunch of other things to put a positive spin on it and keep the positivity flowing. Unfortunately, sometimes reality just slaps you upside the head and you gotta admit that the run...

well sucked.

Nothing felt right from the first step to the last one.



Bennie was distracted by the school bus going around the circle, everyone going to work, lots of animal movement/messages left overnight and did his best to leave a message for every critter that left him one. That was the first mile.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Treadmill Progression - RunLog 10-20-15

Not quite as cold as it has been the past couple of days, but it was pretty damn raw for Bennie's Run and then for the afternoon treadmill run, it was absolutely gorgeous outside. It almost made skip the treadmill run and get my ass outside for one of the last shorts/t-shirts running days.

I didn't.

I did my scheduled treadmill workout.

Run #1


The morning Bennie run was a simple 4.0-mile run. The usual fast, stop, trot along sudden stop, in other words just a comfortable run with Bennie where nothing notable happened - A very good thing.

Run #2

Yeah, getting back to that treadmill run.

Tuesdays are my day to do a specific faster-paced workout and in order to hit those paces, I need to use the treadmill to do it. So as tempting as the run outside was, I also knew that I would not have done the quality/speed that I was looking for in this workout - So the treadmill was the tool I used to do what I wanted to get done.

What was my plan for today?

A semi-faster tempo/progression run at primarily 7:30 to 7:40 pace. Not a race pace workout, my hammies are still complaining too much about the race on Sunday to push them too much today.

So what did I end up doing?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Yep, A Chilly 5.0 Miles - RunLog 10-19-15

Okay, the leaves are definitely falling and guess what along with that the temps are making that head first leap down the thermometer. This morning was 23*F with a bit of a wind chill when we got out for Bennie's first walk and then by the time 9:15 AM rolled around, it had climbed to 27*F, with the feels-like temp being around 22*F.

Which is chilly.

Which also means that I ran in full winter clothes for the first time this year.

You know: Long running pants, short-sleeve tech shirt, long sleeve tech shirt, running jacket, winter hat over the ears, gloves and nothing came off to be carried or pocketed, hell I didn't even unzip the jacket even a little.

So the weather is definitely getting chilly and getting us ready for what is to come.

As far as the run goes, it was the usual Bennie run, start, trot along, stop, vehicle goes by run like hell, stop, trot along, vehicle goes by go like hell again, vehicle goes by the other direction, slow down to see if we are turning around to chase it. A real steady pace today.

Sometimes I like to show the Garmin site stats, to show how a Bennie run looks with all the starting/stopping.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

A Lot Going On, Racing, Running and Thinking - Week In Review 10-18-15

It did spit snow a few times during the day today, which means that old man winter is laughing at us and giving fair warning that he is going to be visiting pretty regularly in the near future.

My Favorite Photo from this Week:


It sure was pretty, but...well when the leaves drop, so do the temps.

I took off Monday through Wednesday and didn't run until Thursday, which really put my streak of 20 miles a week for 2015 in serious jeopardy. I wasn't going to force it, but at the same time I wasn't going to let the streak end without giving it a good effort. I made the 20 miles, so the streak continues.

It is not really about the streak, but more about being consistent all year.

Thomas College Terrier Trot 5K - Race Recap 10-18-15

Brrrrr the coldest day of the fall we have had so far. You know that 26*F, ice in the birdbath and scraping the windshield kind of cold.

So of course, it is also the day that I have a 5K Race.

Now the cold doesn’t really bother me all that much, the wind that is a different story. It did kind of maybe...well...does suck, especially when it is only 36*F at the start of the race. Then when you add in going uphill against it...well yeah, it does make things suck.

Harold will you quit whining about the weather and tell us more about the Terrier Trot 5K.

Yeah, that would be a good thing.

Okay, even though I am not all that crazy about the course, mostly uphill the first half and then, of course, mostly downhill on the second half. I do like the people and the race itself, so the course is something that I just deal with.

This is the only race over 200 yards that I have ever won, so coming in I was the defending champ (you gotta show-up) and when I picked up my number, number 1 was still sitting there. I figured that I would give them a hard time and asked “hey doesn’t the defending champ get number 1?”.

I think I flummoxed them for a moment and then when I started laughing, we all laughed and the race director just said if you win this you will get it next year. I promptly took my hat off and good-naturedly said, “with all this white stuff on top, you ruined my only chance to ever wear #1. We all laughed and had some fun with it.

Unfortunately, as much as we were laughing and having a good time with that...it is also the truth, it probably was my last chance to wear #1  and be a defending champ at a race. Oh well, we still had fun picking on each other and is the reason that I do like this race so much.

Looking from the finish back up the hill to the River Road - it doesn't look steep, but it gets your attention at the start of a race.
The start goes up the hill out of Thomas and I always have problems with this start, by the time we get to the River Road, I am out of breath and out of sorts, then it takes me a while to get my breath back (that sucking on hills thing - I just don't do as well on them as I used to). I settled into fourth place and just let the three ahead of me take off.

Terrier Trot Stats - Strava 2015
Which was a mistake, but until I got that breathing right again, there weren't a whole lot I could do about it.

The guy in 3rd either slowed down or I sped up and I got on his back and stayed there.

Which was another mistake, there were several places I am pretty sure that I could have passed him and would have picked up the pace a little, instead I got lazy and just tucked in behind him all the way up Webb Road, let him do the work on the hill and going into the wind, since it was a lot like a wind tunnel or is that a wind funnel. Either way it was coming straight down the hill at us.

Did I say how much I dislike running into the wind when it is cold -- yeah it is true, but if you run outside it just part of the deal.

After the turnaround, I picked the pace back up to race pace and came back down the hill, within a couple of hundred yards, I went by the guy who I had followed up Webb Road. So there is no doubt that I lost a lot of time when I tucked in behind him. Lesson learned.

Then I had a big shock, this gal in with a 3 wheeled baby stroller flew by me. I tried to pick up the pace, but there was not any way in hell I was going to keep with her. She was flying. Which demoralized me more than a little, I couldn't even keep up with someone pushing a damn baby stroller...I knew just looking at her she was an exceptionally strong runner, but even so...oh well this getting old shit ain't great on the ego some days.

Enough so that while I maintained the pace for a bit when I figured out that I wasn't going to keep up with her, I lost my focus for a while and slowed way down. Actually, I was frustrated with myself and was doing some of that beating myself up thing over letting a gal in a stroller go by me like that. You know, that we do during a race when things ain't going the way you want.

She was just a helluva lot better runner than I am now.

Then I started to hear footsteps behind me and I figured that I better haul ass or the guy that I passed, was going to return the favor. This time, there was no way I was going to let it happen coming back down the hill to the finish.

He didn't and I did manage to pick up the pace pretty well during the last part.

I finished 4th and 1st in my age group, so really I wasn't all that disappointed and my actual time was 22:31, which is only 3 seconds slower than last year's time. However, I am not going to say that I couldn't have done better because I could have and will, but at the same time, I also am learning and it really sucks that there is something about hills that just take a lot more out of me than they used to.

Here are my Strava stats from last year (notice that the pace chart is inverted from how they do it now), to see where I ran differently this year to when I won last year.



Oh well, its all good and I am still running pretty decent, but the best part, I still had my hamstrings after I finished. They were just a wee bit bothersome going up Webb Road and then coming back down, they didn't allow me do what I really wanted...run faster, even though the rest of me was willing. It is what it is and I can accept that my hammies are my governor when it comes to how fast I will run, but at times it can get frustrating and to be honest, this was one of those times it was frustrating.

I just hate the getting older part of this running in races thing, when...well it doesn't matter, someday I will accept that I am what I am - an aging runnah, who is still struggling with the aging part of the equation.

Overall, a nice local race and the people and volunteers at Thomas did a great job in making the runners feel welcome and it will remain one of those race that I put the calendar a year in advance. Now if they would just make the course go to the right instead of the left, I have a feeling I would like it that much more.

Next year should I show up in a UMA shirt - hehe hehe

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

Cold Weather Running Attitude and Staying Safe

Okay, it is getting to be that time of year again. You...know...when we start wearing 2-3 layers, dig out the hat, mittens, gloves, running pants and maybe even find those running tights that everyone laughs at us about or that we choose to wear a pair of shorts over - well just because.

In other words, it is starting to get colder out and winter will be here before you know it.



Now you can get advice on what to wear, how to wear it and when to wear the extra layers, the latest hi-tech or low-tech fabrics, which running shoes work best in the colder weather by Googling or reading a multitude of other blogs.

Nope, this post is all about attitude - you know that little thing that makes the difference between continuing to get your ass out the door, on the treadmill or going through the gym door.

Attitude


What you believe and how you feel about something - in this case the forthcoming cold-ass nasty weather.

Running outside during the winter is more mental than physical many days. Just the idea of having to gear-up, get out the door when the weather can be cold, nasty and the footing treacherous can feel at best intimidating, at worst overwhelming.

Lots of color, but dreary start to the day


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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Back to It - RunLog 10-15-15

After 4 days of no running, I gotta admit that I was chomping at the bit, to get back at it.

However, I also said that if there was any pain or discomfort from my most recent escapade in stoopidity that I would not run.

Guess what - no pain and the more I walked on it this morning, the better it felt!!!!

I figured that I would play it safe and go to the gym, run on the treadmill, instead of running outside.
That way I could lift weights and do other things if, my foot started to bother while running.

I didn't plan on going very fast and believed that I would do a mile or two and not push the foot too much - you know to be smart about things.

Well, the best-laid plans of mice and men - then there is the Harold planning style.



What did I do?


  • 0.5 @ 7.2 mph - easy warm-up. Nothing hurt and I felt like I had plenty of energy
  • 0.5 @ 7.6 mph - still no pain and felt really good
  • .25 @ 7.7 mph - this is where planning according to Harold goes into effect
  • .25 @ 8.6 mph - no problem
  • .25 @ 7.7 mph - feeling good
  • .25 @ 8.6 mph - 2.0
  • .25 @ 7.7 mph
  • .25 @ 8.6 mph
  • .20 @ 7.7 mph
  • .10 @ 8.6 mph
  • .10 @ 8.7 mph
  • .10 @ 8.8 mph
  • .10 @ 9.1 mph - 3.1
  • .10 @ 7.2 mph
  • .10 @ 7.6 mph
  • .10 @ 7.7 mph
  • .10 @ 7.7 mph
  • .10 @ 7.8 mph  
  • .10 @ 8.6 mph
  • .10 @ 8.7 mph
  • .10 @ 8.8 mph
  • .10 @ 9.1 mph


I felt strong throughout the whole run and the foot didn't bother me at all. Yeah, I was hyper-sensitive about how it was feeling and would have shut it down without any second thoughts if my right foot began to bother at all.

Yeah, this was a prime example of planning by Harold, luckily my love of running fast didn't result in any problems - well other than Harold being Harold - yet again.

The last 4 days off was the most that I have taken off in a row this year and it did feel good, but I love to run and as soon as my foot was feeling fine, it was time to run. It did surprise me that it didn't hurt at all, after how it was feeling yesterday, but hey - I will take it.

Hell, I even lifted weights a bit after the run.  I know shocking isn't it.

The best part is that 8 hours later, it still feels fine.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Fast After 50 - Thinking After Reading the Book

I would like to think that I am a lot like many others who are considered Baby Boomers and decided or figured out that retiring to the couch is not the answer I am looking for. Nope, I want to stay active, keep running, be competitive and who knows maybe even (if it can be believed) improve as a runner.

Over the past 4-5 years, I have read a lot of books, blogs and articles on running, aging, nutrition and healthy living, especially where the focus is on aging and running in the same book.

One book that has intrigued me since it was released in 2014 is Fast After 50 -- How to Race Strong For the Rest of Your Life by Joe Friel. I finally got around to buying it a couple of weeks ago and finished it a week later.

Now, I am not going to bore you and give lots verbatim quotes from the book, I am going to limit this review to my impressions and takeaways from the book.

This is not a book review - it is more how I plan to integrate what I learned from reading it, into my lifestyle and running.

I will start off by saying - it was a very good book, well written and while many of the things that Friel wrote about I had read in other places, he put the information together in one place in a very readable way. He re-emphasized and reminded me of things that I had heard about, read about and forgotten over the years, which was necessary.

Also, it is not just written for runners, but endurance athletes - you know those people who bike, swim and do other things - that I try to avoid.

The other part was important to me, is that Joe Friel is one of those older runners who is now in his 70's and has a lifetime of experience as a competitive endurance athlete at a very high level. He isn't just some hack off the street giving his opinion on this aging athlete thing or someone in their 30's/40's giving their opinion on how/what older athletes should or could do.

He has gone through and experienced much of what we have or are facing - some of that real life stuff versus just theory or how it should be.

Which meant that I took what he said a little more seriously and didn't regard it as drivel or part of the aging propaganda (that there is a secret formula, cure or instant fix) that is often provided to my cohort.

The short version is that:

  • You have to still work hard
  • You have to know what you want to do
  • Strength training is not a visit to hell
  • Plans are flexible guides but need to be done
  • What are your personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Watch what you eat - older runners need more protein
  • You do not recover as quickly from workouts or injuries
  • That you do have to do things differently
  • How badly do you want it
  • Finally, you have to do the work

Yep - An Unexpected Week Off - RunLog 10-14-15

Sometimes shit just happens and you smile because there ain't a damn thing you can do about it, but keep smiling.

Last Sunday, we went for a 4.0-mile hike, it took us about 2.5 hours (we took our time) and I wore my old hiking boots, which I haven't worn in years.

That was my first mistake.


My feet have changed over those years and I should have known that I was gonna have issues when I put on the wool socks and the boots felt so tight that I had to take off the wool socks. Even then they felt a little snug in the right toe box. Warning sign #1.

About half-way through when we stopped to have a snack at the stream, my right foot was beginning to bother and I should have stopped, taken the boot off and readjusted the lacing a bit. Mistake #2

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Learning The Hard Way - Week In Review 10-11-15

The temps are getting into the 30's pretty consistently overnight, the trees are turning color and I have dug out the long sleeve shirts for work and play. Which means summer is done and we are getting closer to the white stuff.

My Favorite Photo from this Week:



We did a couple of hikes this weekend, which were a nice change of pace and we got to see a bunch of great views and Bennie emptied all four legs on both of the walks/hikes. I even got out my old hiking boots that I haven't really worn for three or four years to see how they felt.

That wasn't really a smart move Harold - was it?

Unfortunately, today I found out that my old hiking boots screwed up my right foot after less than 4.0 miles of walking in them. No, no blisters or anything, but by the end of walking around the Whitten Hill Trail (moderately difficult rating), my outer right instep was telling just how stoopid I was.

I have a feeling that as a result of  how it feels tonight that I will be taking tomorrow off. Which I hate to do, but at this point of the year a day or two off probably ain't a bad thing, especially with a 5K race coming up next Sunday.

That was one of the things that I learned the hard way on, the other.

I am getting older and I keep believing that I am in better shape than I actually am.


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Saturday, October 10, 2015

A Neighborly Kind of Run - RunLog 10-10-15

After our walk over at Vaughan Woods in Hallowell this morning, I was left wanting more. The walk was nice and everything, but...well it wasn't a run and after this week at work, I still needed to run. However, once we got home, it got a little busy and I didn't get out until late afternoon.

I took Bennie for his usual afternoon walk and after we got back, I got myself ready to head out for a 5.0 miler by myself.

Umm, the face tells it all!

You are leaving without me????
We have been introducing him to a new cat Elliott and he ain't impressed with the new addition. So I couldn't just go for a run...especially when he knows when I am going running without him because I put my phone in my belt pouch, not his running harness and he told me all about it.

Also getting the shoes out are a dead giveaway.

Walking Around Vaughan Woods

I may run later, but this is what we did this morning.

Over the past several years, we have heard about and read about Vaughan Woods in Hallowell, but never had gotten around to seeing what it was all about.

Well this morning, we to paraphrase Nike's motto..."Just did it".

It is easier to describe in photos than it is to write a lot of words about it.















It seemed like about 2 miles or so to get around and was a combination of groomed trails and some rooty stuff past the bridge. There are a few other trails meandering around in the woods, so you could probably get a few more miles out of it or do some laps if you wanted to run it.

The Vaughan Woods trails do have a few grades and one section might be considered a little more technical, but not too bad. I wore my Lunar Glide 5's and would not have wanted to use them for running in some sections of the trail section unless I went really slow.

Overall, I am glad that we went and I have a sneaking suspicion that we will be back, I know that I will go there to run the trails, but not to run them with Bennie. In some places having him attached to me and running on those trails probably wouldn't be a great idea.

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