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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Problem Solved - RunLog 11-24-15

This morning I was whining about trying to decide which shoes to wear at the Turkey Trop up in Waterville on Thursday. I tried my old Skechers GoRun2's and after my 4.0 mile run in them, they took a quick trip to the back of the garage - there was a reason I stopped running in them and I figured it out around mile 2.

So that left me with the Asics Hyperspeed 6's or my original Blue Hoka Clifton v1's. The Asics trash my hammies every time I run in them???? While I haven't run in the Clifton's since July, I did run well in them, although they were a bit narrow. So I when I dropped off the GR2's, I dug out the Clifton's and tried them on. MMMMMM a bit narrow still, but I took them with me to the gym and was going to do a quick treadmill session in them.

In other words, I wasn't instantly impressed and continued to strategize, scheme, think about and all those other things that runners do when they don't have quite the right pair of running shoes laying around the house.

One of the things that I typically do when I have a pair of laces in shoes I am giving away that I like is to swap them for a pair that I will never use. So I did and put them in my coat pocket (keep that in mind).

While I was driving to the gym, I had a brain cramp or a great idea, I don't know, but either way, I was wearing my old Pearl Izumi N2 Road's, that have been bothering my left foot and in previous posts mentioned that I thought it might have something to do with the LockLaces.

Hey, Harold, you have a pair of laces in your coat pocket that will look great in you N1's, you have them on and it might take 5 minutes to do the change out. Why not try it.

So when I got to the gym I swapped out the LockLaces for a different pair of regular laces.

Yep, the different laces made a difference almost immediately. I like the LockLaces a lot, but not all shoes work well with them and I guess my N2 roads fall in that category...which is too bad, but the way it is.

Well after all that back story, I can finally get to the run.

  • .75 @ 7.6 - warm-up: The N2's felt good, no issues with the left foot
  • .25 @ 8.7
  • .25 @ 7.6
  • .25 @ 8.7
  • .25 @ 7.6
  • .25 @ 8.7 -- 2.0
  • .25 @ 7.6
  • .25 @ 8.7
  • .25 @ 7.6
  • .25 @ 8.7 -- 3.0
  • .25 @ 7.6
  • .75 @ 8.7 -- 4.0

Total time: 29:26

It took a little bit to get the phone out for the photo.
No problems with the N2's, so it was something to do with the LockLaces not agreeing with these shoes.

The run itself was good, not one of those exhausting ones where I feel completely trashed when I get done. It was very controlled and didn't push beyond what I want to run for my race pace on Thursday (if I can even maintain that).

I am disregarding the distance the footpad gave and just using the treadmill distance.
I don't have a clue what the dip was, but I did a steady pace that first .75 and ran well at the faster paces. I didn't feel like I was maxing anything out, so that was a nice confidence builder for the 5K Thursday.

Well, even though the N2's are not what I would call real race day shoes, but they are the lightest, most comfortable ones that I have left that don't trash my hammies too badly. So the N2's will be my shoes Thursday and I have decided to run hard, but I just don't feel like leaving it all out on the course and possibly trashing something like my hammies.

So it will be interesting to see what happens.

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  1. Alright - how do you calibrate the garmin? I ca never seem to get it right.

    1. Stefan - you go through the menu's on your Garmin until you get to Footpad --> Then scroll through until you get to Calibrate, then run outside until it tells you it is calibrate. This is my goto site for anything to do with GPS devices -- DC Rainmaker -- http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/01/garmin-ant-foot-pods-everything-you.html


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