I think everything finally caught up with me, running consistently (a lot), going back to work and having a busy life...well hell, I just got tired.
While I did meet one of my primary goals in late September (getting under 22:00 for a 5K), it seemed to take the wind out of my sails. However, the motivation to get out and run extra just wasn't there as much.
Going back to work does make doing everything else more of a struggle and it adds stress to my life - just like it does everyone else, but after being retired for four years it was a little more of an adjustment than I anticipated, especially when we had to go short-staffed for almost a month at work during the first peak period of the semester - never a good thing.
Yeah, by the end of October I was pretty tired physically and mentally.
Which meant that I finally realized that I cannot do everything and backed off on the running a little during October.
My favorite photo last month:
|A picture of the 3 of us on a hike down to Whitten Hill|
I am in the process of setting up my old WordPress.com blog (http://www.haroldlshaw.com) as a static webpage to be my landing spot for social media and the web, since the URL is my name, I don't really want to get rid of it. So I figured it would be a good use of that space, at least better than just letting it languish in cyberspace, while I am still paying for the privelege of keeping it.
The update is a work in progress and hopefully I will have it setup the way that I want before the year is over. So it is not a big priority, but one of those nice to have sort of thing.
I did update the header on One Foot In Reality and explain my choices of images here.
No changes in my tech this month, except that I did turn my old MacBook Pro into a Chromebook. It is an experiment to see how I like it. It worked fine, except that the battery on the MBP is pretty much toast, so it is a plug in machine now.
Still going pretty damn good, other than being tired and lacking some motivation to get that second run in after running with Bennie, that I used to just go for without even giving it a second thought. Nothing serious, but I have run consistently and a lot this year with no real down-time, so I guess it was time for a few less miles.
Since I broke 22:00 in September and didn't defend my title at the Terrier 5K (hehehe not that I really expected too), but a guy can dream, my motivation has kind of left the building. I have pretty much accepted that I am not going to get the 21:19 OR faster 5K before the snow flies.
However, I did finally get it through this thick skull of mine that I run well, really well in Pearl Izumi's EM line and I have gone back to using that brand.
Unfortunately, I wore out the juicer I got at the yard sale and needed to do a bunch of research before getting a better one. In other words, we actually used the juicer - a lot and decided that the hassles were worth the effort.
We ended up getting the Omega 8006 and I am finding that things are a little different, which means there is a bit of a learning curve to get through.
Big Running Goal - Being Realistic
- Run 2,015 miles for 2015
- Break 6:00 for the mile
Break 22:00 for the 5K-- Ran a 21:50 at the Rise 'n Shine 5K
- Chase my post-55 PR of 21:20
- Then go after a sub 21:00
- If I do that, start chasing that sub 20:00 goal again
October Running Summary
I just didn't have that ummpphhh to get out the door and do more in October.
- Week 1: 31.2
- Week 2: 30.2
- Week 3: 20.8
- Week 4: 40.5
The hiking boots are banished to back of the garage for who knows how long, the Adidas were returned and the Asics under the dresser until my hammies stop barking so loudly.
It also means that I actually have to start using that Yoga video, that I keep saying I am going to use.
"and" just live with all the minor aches and pains that go along with getting to be an old fart, who runs, stays active and doesn't march to the beat to the same drummer as everyone else.
Running shoe rotation
- Nike LunarGlide 5
- Asics Hyperspeed 6
So I went out behind the seat in the truck and pulled out my old Pearl Izumi N2 Road's that I had retired to emergency-use shoes. You can read more about it here.
I ended the month in:
- Pearl Izumi N2 Road v1 - they are almost to 400 miles and I can feel they are getting tired, but will be good enough for treadmill running for a while or if I have a race that I suddenly decide to enter.
- Pearl Izumi H3 Road v1 - I already have 50 miles on them and haven't had any issues running in them at all. Yes, they are a little heavier, but for runs in the 8:40 or slower ranges, they do what I want. My long run/recovery shoes.
- Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1 - After talking with some other runners and looking back at how well I ran in the N1 Trails in 2014, if the new ones work the same way, do I really need another pair of daily trainers to pair with the H3's? I don't think so.
Which means that I have some decisions to think about when it comes figuring out my race day shoes. Whether I want to keep my Asics or go with a true racing flat like the Pearl Izumi N0 or more of a hybrid in the N1 Road, that could easily use out to the half marathon distance.
Looking back with that damned 20/20 hindsight. The idea of being a brand's wear-tester (never did any wear-testing) and the flashiness of some other shoes that I received/bought or traded for at the time, got in the way of my staying with what was working too well for me. Which lead to me running most of 2015 in shoes that didn't fit or work nearly as well for me as the Pearl Izumi's did in 2014.
Welcome back Pearl Izumi.
Sometimes you just gotta admit it when you were wrong and go back to what works for you.
- Thomas Terrier Trot 5K - You can read the recap here.
The reality is that
Things in the big change department in life have slowed down a lot and now getting back to running in Pearl Izumi EM series shoes is using what will work, is better than constantly searching for the next great pair of running shoes.
Simplifying my running shoe rotation has made life a lot simpler.
Now to start really thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2016 and start working on the base mileage to accomplish those goals.
The big thing is that I love the direction my running and life are going.
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