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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Week In Review Post - RunLog 12-13-15

This week was pretty good, the weather has been unseasonably warm, which has meant down-back has been a mud run and hells bells, on one run Bennie even refused to run down there, because it was so bad. Otherwise, things have been pretty quiet

Life: Christmas is almost here and I only have a couple more presents to get. I have a feeling that next week is going to be “one” of those weeks at work, with finals and mostly full testing sessions every day. So by Friday, I will be pretty well toast.

Technology: I am still liking the Chrome OS and using the old 2012 Samsung 5-550 Chromebook as my primary laptop. I turned on the ASUS Widows 10 machine today and it really sucked in comparison. After 15 minutes I was able to finally start doing something and then I had to run Malwarebytes and Windows Defender, because they were both pinging me to get it done. So I ran both of them and went for a 5.0 mile run this morning. 

I don't want to frig, fart around with a computer nowadays and it seems that every time I turn on my ASUS Widows 10 machine that I am doing everything else but using the damn thing. I have a feeling that I might be selling my ASUS  TP300L pretty soon and getting a more powerful/updated/newer Chromebook.

In other words, the Chromebook does more than enough of what I need that I don’t really enjoy using other OS’s at all right now and today’s experience really brought that home. I came very close to wiping the ASUS and turning it into a Chrome OS machine using Neverwear, but chickened out at the last minute. If I can't sell it, it still might happen and since it has pretty much the same specs as a Pixel Chromebook, it would be interesting.

I also have been trying out an app called Gingko for drafts (I drafted this post using it) and note-taking and have been impressed so far, but we will see whether I spring for the pro version or not. No offline access is a sticking point, otherwise it does more of what I want, the way that I want to do it. 

Time will tell.

Favorite Photo This Week:

It has dried out a bit for our run today, but it was still plenty muddy.

Since this blog is more about running, let's get to it.


Weekly Summary

While things have been going pretty good, if I am honest with myself I am into the blahs time and motivation is hard to come by right now. The year is just about over, days are damn short and while I like running to run, I just don’t feel the need or want to get out and do those second runs that I did so many of this summer.

Monday: A easy run down-back with Bennie and then I went over to the Messalonskee Stream Trail and over 3.0. The trail was a little slippery with icy leaves, so I just went slow. N1 Trails did great.

Tuesday: Bennie and I did a slow 4.0 over at Quarry Road, they have made the back loop into a groomed trail, which was nice, but the hill still kicks my butt - hard. Coming down on the frozen grass was a little tricky in the H3’s, but I just went slow and it all worked out.

Wednesday: An easy run out to Wildwood with Bennie.

Thursday: I ran in Augusta while the truck was getting its annual inspection sticker and did a Rail Trail and Augusta loop. I went slow because the temps were mid 30’s and it was raining pretty good. Not a good combo for not so great hammies, but made it through without any issues.

Friday: Down back was a muddy slog and Bennie refused to go any further than Blake Road, probably a good thing. It was just nasty down there. Then after work I went and did a quick progression run (7.2 to 8.6) on the treadmill at Planet Fitness. I needed the faster run and it felt good.

Saturday: DNR. I helped SD2 for most of the day, move some stuff into the back of the garage and then took a bunch of stuff to Goodwill. So by the time we got done, I didn’t feel too much like running.

Sunday: An easy run down back with Bennie, yeah it was still muddy, but not nearly as bad as it was on Friday, unfortunately the weather was not as nice as Saturday, but still unseasonably warm. We did run about 1/2 mile with Mary, which was nice.

Running Shoes

My running shoe rotation this week:

  • Pearl Izumi H3 Roads v1
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Roads v1

Yep, still happy and very Pearl Izumi centric with my shoes this week. I really haven't felt a big urge to run in anything else right now. A good thing.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road: Now that I have gotten the lacing figured out, they feel really good and I am enjoying running in them. Also the Garmin Footpad calibration is pretty close to spot on, so when I get on the treadmill, I just use that, instead of the treadmill’s mileage. Never done that before.

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road: I purposely did a few runs in the H3’s this week. I hadn’t used them for a while other than for wearing to work and that is not what I got them for. They did good on the groomed trails at Quarry Road, until we got into the frozen/wet grass, then I didn’t feel real comfortable coming down the hills. Otherwise they just did great.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail: Mud running and quite a bit of it. The weather warmed back up and it rained a bit, so down-back has turned into a slog in places down there. The N1 Trails did really well on the MST single-track trail (lots of roots and rocks, with a few frozen/wet leaves. 

The mud didn’t clump on the bottom like it usually does with other shoes and I was able to retain some grip on the road down there - a good thing. They are really impressing me, but are looking pretty damn nasty, gonna have to wash them when it gets colder and re-freezes.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road: Soon, real soon, 12/25 soon heheheh ;-)

When we cleaned out the back of the garage yesterday, all those old shoes I have been meaning to get rid of, finally did go away and I even put the Altra Torin 1.5's in the "they are gone bag". I had tried using them as my daily walkers and work shoes, but my Achilles and right foot began bothering when I was wearing them. So instead of being stubborn, they went away. My old Brooks Cascadia 8's are now my daily walkers/work shoes.
However, I did keep the Nike Lunar Glides 5's in the back of the garage, just because I do still like them. However, I can also see the sole flapping around on the front of the left shoe pretty soon if I started to wear them again, so I should really just get rid of them the next time I do a Goodwill run.




Hamstrings: They are what they are. My hamstrings do impact what I can do and how fast I do it, but at the same time, some times you just gotta go ahead and do it. Yeah, at my age, I am not going to let a “little” hamstring discomfort stop me from running - it is just something I have learned to ignore and live with as a part of my continued running. However, running slower does seem to help, especially when it is cold out.

Everything else: Otherwise I am running pretty well, even though I am tired. This time of year with the shorter days, cloudy weather and lack of sunshine does get to me and yes, it does affect my running negatively. Just one of the joys of running up north.

The reality is that

I am getting within striking distance of getting that elusive 2,000 miles total for 2015 and if I put together a couple of 40 mile weeks, I will get it without any problems. The issue is I don't have a lot of motivation to get out and put in a lot of mileage, so I still don't know if I will get there or not. However, I have been able to keep my mileage over 30 every week, so it would not be out of the question.

I will probably put together a what I am using on the Chromebook sometime over the next couple of weeks. More to document for me the stuff that I am using and share some of the neater things I have learned and relearned about using a Chromebook.

It would be great if this weather continued for the rest of the winter, but at the same time I do know that it won't and that the cold and snow will be here before we know it. So whining about the mud will not be a big deal pretty soon.

Now to start wrapping up 2015 and getting on with the direction I will go in 2015. 

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