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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Busy Week - Week In Review 11-22-15

The week that was.

We had company, I made a couple of quick flip trips down to Portland, got a new to me Chromebook to replace my old MacBook Pro that finally died and while I didn't run as much as I wanted, I did run a bit.

During the week, I figured out the biggest difference between retired Harold and Harold who works part-time.

It is something very valuable and often under-appreciated - time.

Yeah, that simple little thing, that is so important in our lives and this week I really realized how good I had it when I was retired. My time was my own and I could make the priorities of how I spend my time based on what I wanted to do versus "having" to consider how I spend my time will impact my part-time job and that I do have to be somewhere at a certain time.

That ability to be flexible and run when and how much I want versus, what I can squeeze in.

Which really crimped my running this week.

Yeah, like everyone in the real world, life got in the way of running and, to be honest, there were times last week when I was just too tired mentally to run more.

In case you haven't noticed I have been enjoying my Chromebook. When I ordered it, the Chromebook was not supposed to supplant my Window laptop as my primary laptop, I got it to be my knock-around - if I break it so what computer, but the more I have used it, the less I have wanted to open up the Win10 ASUS. We will see how it goes and where it leads after a few weeks.

My favorite photo from the week:


My training last week consisted of:

It started out really good

Monday - Just an easy Bennie 5.0 miler, so there were some faster parts, but, for the most part, we just plugged along

Tuesday - DNR -- too much going on

Wednesday - A quicker Bennie run and then a harder progression run on the treadmill at UMA.

Thursday - Another one of those quick flip trips to Portland, but at least I got one lap around Back Cove and ran with Scootah for a ways. However, I wanted to keep running with him and get that second lap around the Cove, but ran out of time.

Friday - An easy run with Bennie down-back

Saturday - The old crazy runner guy came out to play. I ran an easy 5.0 with Bennie and when I got home, TheWife gave me an opportunity to do a run into Augusta, so of course, I obliged and did 8.0 more with only about 10 minutes between ending the 5.0 miler and starting the 8.0 miler, so it was really a 13.0 miler - not bad for an old fart. Buttttt boy did those first 4.0 miles of the 8.0 suck, then it wasn't too bad.

Sunday - Recovery run with Bennie, yeah the legs were trashed.


Not quite 40.0 miles for the week, but with all the other stuff going on, I can't say that I was surprised or even disappointed about it. Sometimes life gets in the way of running and that is what happened last week. 


New gear - None

New Shoes - None

Shoes I ran in last week:
  • Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - My 50 Mile Review. It says pretty much everything that I need to say about them.

  • Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail v1 - are over 50 miles, doing great and will be getting their review soon.

Yeah, nothing but a 2 shoe rotation of Pearl Izumi's lately and the legs haven't been too bad. The N2 Roads have turned into my walking shoes. I don't have a lot more to say about them other than - they are just working.

I am still debating what I will wear at Champion's Turkey Trot 5K, but have a feeling that it will probably be the Asics if it is clear since I know they do run fast well, but I also know that the hammies will pay for it. So I am not crazy about using them. If the weather is nasty, I will use the N1 Trails.


No changes here and what I said the last couple of week still applies
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.

Otherwise, I am doing well.


No races this week.

The reality is that

Life gets in the way of running and it did for me last week. The biggest thing about having a job, even a part-time job is that it takes away a lot of the spontaneous runs that I was able to enjoy when I was fully retired. You know those runs when you are feeling great and just keep going or the ones where you are someplace and decide that it would be a great time for a run.

Then when you look at the clock (that time thing), you cannot do it and have to either cut things short or not do it.

So, even having a wonderful part-time job does have a negative impact on how I run, well more where/when and puts a damper on those impromptu runs that I love so much.

The Pearl Izumi's are doing great for me, I can't say much more than that.

Yeah, I like my refurbished Samsung Series 5-550 Chromebook (a lot) and plan to keep using it as my new primary laptop.

Looking at my run summary, I am getting close to 2,000 miles for the year, which if I do get there will be the first time since the mid-80's that I hit that mark. It will be interesting to see if I actually make it because I am not going to any extraordinary lengths to get there. If I get it, great, if not it will not be a big deal, but...well it would be nice.

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