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Monday, October 26, 2015

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.

The leaves are falling and the temps are dropping, hats, jackets and gloves are becoming common on my runs, which means it is also time to start purposely slowing down the pace and picking up the mileage a little more. In other words it is time to start working on a base again.

I am torn between upping the mileage to around 50 mpw for a couple of months or just keeping it at 40 to 45 mpw. It might not sound like much of a difference, but inside my head, the difference between 40-50 mpw and 50-60 mpw is huge. As long as I keep the paces slower, the longer distances are doable, it is when I attempt to keep the pace up and increase the mileag that I get myself in trouble.

We will see how it goes.

My running challenges and goals?

Go after a post-55 PR (21:20) in a 5K outdoor race.

I am thinking that even though I have a really decent base, have been running well and I really want that post 55- 5K PR that as the weather gets colder and I have to wear more and more clothes that this goal is going to have to wait until next year.

Not what I want say or hear myself saying, but at the same time it is probably reality.


My training last week consisted of:

Back up to 40 miles for the week...so I am feeling pretty good and that when I run now, my feet are not the center of attention - a good thing. It also let's me focus on running, instead of how my shoes are feeling, which is the way it is supposed to be.

I had a great speed work out on Tuesday, a double-digit run on Thursday and another sub 8:00 fartlek Bennie run. So 3 quality runs ast week and the rest of the week my comfortable runs were averaging under 8:20, which is pretty quick. I am feeling good and having fun with my running now.


You know something when your feet are not bothering you, it make running a lot more fun and that is where I am now - running comfortably and having fun with my running. It was nice getting back over 40 miles for the week and not have anything but my hammies bother me (and that is just the way it is going to be).


New gear - None

New Shoes - Pearl Izumi EM/H3

Shoes I ran in last week:
  • Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1
  • ASICS Hyperspeed 6's
  • Adidas Response Boost 2
  • Pearl Izumi EM/N2 v1

Asics Hyperspeed 6 -  No changes here, a tough treadmill run last week. I like them -- a lot and for a lot of reasons, but there is just something about them that I cannot quite put my finger on. As good as I run in the Hyperspeeds, I really do not know if I like them quite enough to get them again. They are (for me) 22:00 minute 5K shoes, which ain't bad and probably is not the truth, but I just haven't crushed a 5K in them. I have a feeling that it is me more than the shoes, but sometimes what you believe is what is.

Pearl Izumi N2 V1 - Most of my miles were done this week in these shoes, including a very comfortable 10 miler. I liked running in them enough that I ordered another pair of Pearl Izumi's. It seems that I keep going back to PI, after I figure out yet again, that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Read more about how I feel about Pearl Izumi here.

Pearl Izumi H3 V1 - I got these as closeout specials from Sierra Trading Post for a song. I really wasn't sure about them at first, they are a little larger than the N2's, but feel a little more cushioned and now that I have run in them a couple of times. I like them - a lot. They run quiet and I don't worry about them hurting my feet. My first run impressions.

Adidas Response Boost 2 - Gone. They just didn't work for the way that I run and after Wednesday's run, I returned them.


Someday, I would love to run without any issues in the hamstrings, but at the same time I don't see them getting a whole lot better. 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, especially in colder weather.

Just the way it is.


No races this week.

The reality is that

I am actually running quite well and don't have any thing that really stands out or is getting in the way of my running.

Although I am getting ready to shut down the racing prep work and get back to working my base again. Yeah, it is that time of year, when it is starting to get chilly again and the old body, especially the hamstrings ain't too crazy about running faster in colder weather. So while I might run another race or two between now and the end of the year, they are just to run, but not to push super hard and risk an injury before the end of what has been a very consistent year so far.

Keep smiling and good things can happen.

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  1. I'm still toying with finding a 5K to slog through by the end of the year! I'm glad you're finding your footing (no pun intended) in the PIs!

    1. Thanks Stefan :-), it is so nice to just run and not worry about how my feet are feeling other than how good things feel, even on long runs. Just finished a 8.6 miler in the H3's and had zero issues with my shoes. I am seriously thinking about getting another pair, an putting them in the closet for next spring. At $43 for a pair it is very, very tempting. or for long treadmill runs this winter when it is too crappy to do them outside.

    2. Go ahead and find a 5K and have fun...you are down south, so your race season is a bit longer than up heah, even though we have races pretty much year round, it doesnt mean that they are race fast races hehehehe. Get out and meet some of the other runners in the area :-)

  2. $43 is insane. It's totally worth stockpiling, especially at that price!!!


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