After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 - Month In Review

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Yeah 2016, was a lot different than January 2015 - we were not in the midst of a polar vortex (the temps were seasonable, but not stoopid and while we had some snow, the big east coast hay maker that clobbered the Mid-Atlantic region missed us completely. So all-in-all weather wise January 2016 wasn't that bad.

Let's start this off with

My favorite photo last month was from the Central Maine Striders January Thaw 4.5 Mile Race over in Belgrade. It just was a good photo of me after the race and being happy that I had run fairly well.

I finally set them.

Drumroll please...

First Run Outside in the Pearl Izumi N1 Tri V2 - RunLog 1-31-16

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The Pearl Izumi N1 Tri V2's were part of the swag I got for being a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team. The jacket and hat, were stuff that I purchased myself.

I have run one run on the treadmill in the N1 Tri's earlier in the week to decide if I wanted to keep them or not - they worked fine. Yeah, I am keeping them. So it was time to take them outside and see how they did in the real world.

The temps were decent at 40*F and light breeze out of the south, the roads clear and I was finally feeling normal again - whatever normal is for an old fart who flies by the seat of his pants.

I really don't know what was going on, but all day yesterday it felt like I had fought something off - I wasn't sick, but I was tired and didn't have any get up and get after it. So it wasn't me either for the past couple of days.

Friday I blamed on needing a day off, but I usually do not take two days off in a row very often (unless I am sick or injured) and yesterday was the second day.

Who knows?

All I do know is that I ran this morning and Bennie was happy about it.

Having fun in the yard

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Sure is Pretty

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Looking down the Bitch

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Not Today Harold - RunLog 1-29-16

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This morning I got ready to run with Bennie and by the time we got to the end of the driveway, I decided not to run. Yes, I was dressed for running, but didn't.

What's wrong Harold?

Nothing as far as I can tell.

No new aches or pains, I was in bed at the normal time last night, wasn't suffering any flu or cold symptoms, work has been pretty good and I have a positive attitude about things.

Nope, I just didn't feel like running today and I felt very strongly about it.

Let's back up for a minute.

All morning, I was feeling a little "off" and tired, but I have a certain mileage that I wanted to get to this week, which meant that I sort of, well kind of wanted to run, but just didn't feel like it. In the past I would just go ahead and make myself run and then be blah OR pissy the rest of the day.

Not all runs are created equal and when I am in that kind of mood, running is not the answer.

So I told myself that I would change into my running stuff, get Bennie geared up and then once we were outside finally make the decision of whether to run or not.

I have run a lot of miles already this week (for me that is) and have been doing them at a higher quality than I have for a while. I had a feeling that my body and mind were telling me that they needed a little down time.

When I got down to the end of the driveway - I had absolutely zero desire to run.

Zippo, zilch, nada, nothing and all those other things that told me to bag it, tag it and walk away.

So I took the day off.

Yes, Bennie and I went for a walk up on the snowmobile trail, but not too far and then I left my gym bag at home, so I wouldn't be tempted to stop and play on the treadmill on the way home from week.

The reality is that

Sometimes, you just gotta listen to what your body is telling you.

Yeah, I could have bulled my way to 3-4 miles and everything probably would have been just fine. However, this year is not about a certain mileage total, it is about running healthy, feeling good and enjoying my running. Along with that running faster thing.

Rest is a part of running 365. I don't streak well and for me to be a healthy runner, I have to strike a good balance between running and resting. Rest is not a 4-letter word.

Today, I wouldn't have enjoyed the run, so I get put a green line (a good thing) in the running log today.

It was the correct choice.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Close Encounters - Bennie Is Not Happy

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Yes I Know the Difference - RunLog 1-26-16

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Our first run in a long time where the temps were above freezing and even though it was a bit breezy, it felt pretty good to be outside without being completely bundled up - there is a difference.

Run #1

Was completely a nice, slow recovery run. Actually, sometimes I think it is harder to purposely run slower than it is to run comfortably - there is a difference.

Bennie wasn't much help, he just wanted to go faster, so we worked on some strength training and proprioception stuff, plus running down-back, while it contributes to running slower, doesn't mean that the running is easy - there is a difference.

We had a couple of stops where Bennie took longer than usual and the watch didn't auto-stop right away.

It was a hard run for me to run at this pace, it just didn't feel right, I kept wanting to pick up the pace and had to force myself to slow back down. Plus with it warming up there was a bit of a sheen on the white ice in places, which made for some slip and slide moments. So it wasn't an easy run.

This wasn't the run that I wanted to do, it is the run that I needed to do - there is a difference.

Monday, January 25, 2016

It Is Official - Pearl Izumi 2016 Run Champion Team

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Even though I found out that I had been selected to be a 2016 Pearl Izumi Run Champion back in December and I have been active on their Yammer site, there is still that little thing in the back of your mind where you ask yourself - "am I really one" or was it just one of those "Harold being Harold dream things - that didn't really happen"?

Well tonight it just got a LOT more real.

This arrived in the mail.

My complimentary team gear that Pearl Izumi sent their run champions this year.

Harold Being Harold Runs - RunLog 1-25-16

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Yeah, that's right "runs", the plural form of run. I did a double today and yeah it was one of those Harold being Harold things, that tends to happen all too often, when I ain't paying attention to things like I probably should.

 Run #1

Bennie and I ran down to Pepin Way, if really didn't feel like we were going all that fast. Actually, I thought that the times were going to be closer to a 9:30 pace going out. Especially, once we hit the lower part of Pepin Way - where it tends to get a little icy and stays that way until it melts off the tar.

There were a lot of places where we, well I kind of tiptoed through the black ice and icy patches.

How it was on the lower section, some patches clear, other parts just a bit slippery.

While we were running back up the bitch, of course cars came from both directions and we had to jump into the ditch, because the one coming down the hill at us wasn't slowing down that much. However, to be fair, they had just crested the top and didn't know we were there and did slow down as they got closer to us. Of course they were both neighbors and I could seem them both smiling and waving as we waded out into the ditch.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Weather is a bit Nicer - RunLog 1-24-16

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Well, the weather up heah is starting to break, it was 19*F with only 15-20 mph winds out of the north, so still chilly, but at least bearable to be outside - for the most part. Especially, when the wind was at our backs.

I still can't believe that that huge storm went completely to the south of us and all we got were some clouds - yep we lucked out.

The nicer weather meant that Bennie was full of piss and vinegar (he's sleeping nicely right now in my lap) during the run.

Yep, we went down-back again and while I really am not comfortable going very fast on the snow/ice down there, being attached to a spastic dawg, who has a different agenda during our runs than I do, it was still nice to be running down there.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Running Down-Back Again - RunLog 1-23-16

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Well we lucked out, that is for sure!!! The big blizzard that hammered most of the east coast today, missed us by a few hundred miles. I am not minimizing how bad Winter Storm Jonas is, but being honest, I am not complaining about it staying to the south either.

Although I am sure we will get our opportunities later, but I kinda hope that is the last "big" storm of this winter, but with the weather nowadays, you just never know.

So what did Bennie and I end up running today...Down-back.

Yes, we went down-back and it was just about perfect for running, there was just enough crunch in the road that my PI N1 Trails were able to get a pretty good grip most of the time, so I wasn't slipping and sliding around to bad.

However, the temps when we ran were around 8*F and the wind chills were sub-zero, so it was still a bit chilly. So we didn't linger around in any one spot for too long.

Still Chilly - No Snow

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Great Tempo Run and New Toshiba Chromebook 2 -- RunLog 1-21-16

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Hey, I finally got my new Toshiba 2015 Celeron Chromebook - what a difference there is on the screen!!! It looks fantastic and is very comparable to my ASUS Flip Windows machine. I am still getting used to the keyboard, but everything else is a very good first impression.

Which means my old Samsung 5-550 is now officially my bang around, go everywhere laptop - something that I have needed and wanted for a while.

We have someone out at work for an extended period, so my my boss asked if I could be flexible/creative, with my schedule to cover different peak periods than my normal 3-8 time for a couple weeks. Not a big deal, but it does kind of screw up my usual morning run with Bennie and then going for the second run at 1:00 or so either at the gym or a different run. So if I want to run again or if I miss my morning run, I have to run after work. Not really ideal, but the way it is.

Well, let's get back to running.

I was going to run this morning, but you know something, that below zero to single digit wind chill - it just didn't appeal at all to me after getting out there yesterday.

The photo is from yesterday, but it looked exactly the same today, cold as a witches teet or so the saying goes. 
The sun was out and the temps were reasonable decent, but that damned wind out of the Northwest was just miserable. So I blew off the morning run and even then Bennie wasn't too thrilled about walking too far in this crap.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pearl Izumi N1 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review

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This is my second pair of Pearl Izumi N1 Road's.

Disclosure: I am a 2016 Pearl Izumi Run Champion, but these are a personal purchase and all the thoughts, opinions and comments are as usual my own.

Pearl Izumi Em/N1 Road v1                                                       Pearl Izumi Em/N1 Road v2

From August to November 2014 I ran regularly the N1 Road v1 getting over 200 miles on them in a fairly short time and I liked them a lot. They were comfortable, had a buttery smooth feel when running, but unfortunately, I wore a hole through the lining in the heel that caused some irritation on my heels, which gave me the excuse I needed at the time to stop running in them.

However, the thing I liked the best about them was:

Something I believe is very important is the N1 Road’s flexibility (the ability to be used for different workouts, not how bendable they are), if I feel the need to change a workout, while wearing the N1 Roads I do not feel limited by the shoes, which has not always been my experience with other shoes. I feel confident that no matter what kind of run I am doing (from a recovery run to track speedwork) that I can do it.

So my experience with the PI N1 Road v1's was pretty damn good and even though I stopped running in them - I always liked them. The real problem was that I was even though I was running quite well in them at the time, I was getting opportunities to review other similar shoes, so I moved on. However, I never forgot how well I had run in them and when I returned running in PI's last October, I wanted a pair of the N1 Road v2's to see if the new and improved model worked for me.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

First Interval Workout of the Year - RunLog 1-19-16

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It was just too damn cold to run outside with Bennie this morning. The temps were 9-10*F with the wind chills bringing things down around -10*F. No way I am making Bennie run in those conditions and to be honest I ain't doing it either.

Although I will give props to Mary this morning before she went to work, she did 4.0 miles outside in that stuff...so my hat is off to her and I will be the first to admit she is a LOT tougher than I am. Here I am getting wimpy in my dottage and she just keeps getting better. :-)

So since I wimped out on running outside what did I do for a work-out?

Honestly, after yesterday's 8.0 miles, I wasn't sure how the legs would feel, so I went ahead and started out easy and figured that I would go with the flow and see where it took me. About half a mile into the run, I got this wacky, crazy idea of doing quarter-mile intervals.

Monday, January 18, 2016

A Change of Plans - RunLog 1-18-16

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This morning the roads had an inch or so of snow, which is not a big deal, but I discovered when walking Bennie on the snowmobile trails that once we got on the road, that the combination of slush and black ice under the snow, wasn't fun walking and would have been miserable for running the 8.0 miles I had planned for today.

Nope we didn't run them, still a little too soft for good running.
Which meant that I needed to drive into Augusta and run on the treadmill.

No biggie, the roads were not bad once I got to the Middle Road, sometimes living on a tertiary road in a rural area does have its disadvantages. Oh well, just part of the deal.

Once I got on the treadmill, I didn't try to push the pace and kept increasing the pace a bit every couple of miles. Surprisingly, I felt pretty strong the entire way and did a couple of 5% inclines for a minute.

Walking the Snowmobile Trail

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

After CMS January Thaw Road Race

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Central Maine Striders 36th Annual January Thaw - Race Report 1-17-16

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The first race of the year is always a good check of where I am and how much work I need to do to get where I want to be. Plus it was my first race as a Pearl Izumi Run Champion, so I wanted to have a decent race.

I learned that I got a LOT of work to do.

But that is okay, I know what I gotta do.

Getting back to the race.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Slick, Snow and a Run Done - RunLog 1-16-15

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This will be short and sweet today.

The Patriots won!!!!

Been a fan since they were the Boston Patriots and Gino Capelletti was a kicker, so I endured the lean years and have enjoyed the last decade or so.

This is what the road looked like before the snow started. You can't tell that I just walked up the road and yes it was a bit slick.

The Snow is Here

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Gotta Love Freezing Rain

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Friday, January 15, 2016

Still a bit chilly #pearlizumirun #run365

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Not Today Harold - RunLog 1-14-16

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Yeah, it was one of THOSE days.

Great photo, but just about right, considering ho I feel tonight ;-)
I did get in a couple miles on the treadmill after work, but even those were indicative of the rest of my day.

Let's start this out again.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Difference A Day Makes - RunLog 1-13-16

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Remember yesterday when I left off with not knowing whether we were going to get 2" or 12" of snow overnight?

Well guess what - of course we got a LOT closer to that 12" inches. What else is new?

I knew that I was going to have a long morning when I had to push snow with the storm door. In other words, the first really good snow storm of the year.

Oh well that meant getting out at 6:00 AM getting behind the snow blower and for the next couple of hours let that beast abuse my shoulders and back.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

A Nice Recovery Run - RunLog 1-12-16

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Hey, Bennie's been behaving himself a lot better over the past few days, so he got to go for a run and was pretty psyched about it. He didn't try to do the run-away thing and waited patiently for me to put the harness on him. All good things.

What wasn't so nice was the 18*F and a slight wind chill that took off a few more degrees in the feels like arena. However, I dressed correctly for it and Bennie didn't care so off we went.

The first mile was him getting re-acquainted with his territory and marking everything that wasn't moving and probably somethings that were, but I couldn't see. However, since this was a recovery run after yesterday's faster treadmill run, I wasn't all that concerned about all the stops.

It was your typical Bennie run: faster, slower, stopped and go again, then repeat. Nothing particularly noteworthy happened on the run, which was a good thing. Sometimes it is nice to just go, enjoy the movement, watch Bennie be Bennie, relax and get outside for a while.

I thought that I was going to be running down-back after dropping Bennie off, so I wore my N1 Trails, so I wouldn't have to change-out again. Unfortunately, I got caught up in something or other and didn't get back out like I planned and this week is my early to work and early out week that happens once a semester. Which meant no second run.

Tonight was the Central Maine Striders annual banquet, but a nice little snow-storm was on its way. Yeah, I could have gone, but when I stepped out the door at work and almost landed on my ass, I had some second thoughts and then when I got over by the Wal Mart lights, and traffic was snarled up. I decided it just wasn't worth it and turned around, went down around Bond Brook Road to Leighton and home. When I got home Mary told me that the storm had started with about half hour of freezing rain, which explained why it felt so damn slippery, even in 4WD

A nice little glaze with snow on top, ain't fun driving, so as much as I wanted to go to the banquet, I know that I made the correct choice for me tonight. We will see how much it actually drops the forecasts have been all over the place and it could be any where from 2-12 inches - depending on who you are listening to or reading. I have a feeling it will be just enough to snow blow in the morning, which means a 5:00 AM wake-up and get my ass going on clearing the driveway, so we can get to work for 8:00 AM.

Less than 3-4" inches I won't even bother. That would be nice, but probably won't happen.

My 200th Post Since I Returned to Blogger-Reflection

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Yeah, I have published 200 posts since I returned to Blogger last August. It doesn't seem like that many, but at the same time my return to Blogger was an important step for me.

It was where I really started to look at things differently than I have in the past.

Instead of always looking for the "next" cool, big or cheapest way of doing things, I started to focus more on what works best for me and the way I actually do things.

What has changed since I returned to Blogger.

Monday, January 11, 2016

A Surprise 5.0 Miler - RunLog 1-11-16

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After my mini but careful demo session on Saturday, I woke up with a right shoulder and side stiff and not doing a lot of moving without groaning and moaning. Hell I was even bruised and sore all the way down from my  to my knee and the right ankle/side of the foot wasn't feeling to pretty either. All that time of laying on my right side as I beat the hell out of the 3/8 sheet of particle board under the sink and not manage to wreck the waterlines, put extra holes in the floor or exterior wall, didn't leave the body in great shape the next day.

Which meant that even with the rains on Sunday, it was a day I chose not to run. The olde body needed a day off.

It got it.

So I wasn't too sure about how today's run was going to be. I was still pretty damn sore and stiff this morning, so I just did an easy walk with Bennie and then took off to the gym for a treadmill run. I figured that would be the safest way to do things, since I could stop at any point and just step off, instead of having to walk back to the house.

The Run

Even though I was a bit stiff, I still felt pretty strong, so I figured on a short, fast and sweet 3.0 and started off at 7.6 mph and then increased it to 7.7 mph to 2.0 miles. All the Apple Pies and other assorted stuff I scoffed down this weekend caught up with me and I had to briefly stop the treadmill and make a pitstop. When it happens it always seem to be right around the 2.0 mile mark.

After I got back on, I did move right along.

I did feel good and the soreness/stiffness seem to work its way out the more I ran. It probably was the best treadmill 5.0 miler I have had in a while. I was going to stop at 4.0 miles because I was running out of time and needed to get to work, but I figured that if I could go ahead and run a fast last mile and take a sea shower, that I would still get to work on time.

The last mile wasn't as fast as mile 4.0, but it wasn't too bad, especially since I did an 8:00 pace to get my breath after that first fast quarter.

The N1 Road V2's are quickly becoming my favorite shoes for running fast(c'mon for me), I don't think about them and just run. Although Tailor's Bunionette has been bothering since Saturday's fun and games. It didn't bother during the run, so I don't think it is anything serious.

Overall, a very good run considering, I wasn't even sure I was going to run or not today.

Down-back is in pretty good shape after the rains yesterday and I might go for a run down there after I do Bennie's run.

It is still a bit icy for going down there with Bennie, but by myself I should be fine. However, with a big snow maker coming in tomorrow afternoon I have a feeling it might be the last chance for a while or at least until the snowmobilers start to pack things down.

Down back after the rains

Hopefully, it will be a bit more runnable, although I still hesitate to run it with Bennie, since it still has a little too much ice in spots.

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Unexpected Demo Day and a Short Run - RunLog 1-9-16

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Some days we are just on screech and a "surprise" project around the house takes priority over what you originally planned -- mmmm my long run, before the torrential rain we are expecting tomorrow.

Conditions about 1/2 an hour before my run.
Nope not today.

Instead I did the usual Dump/Transfer Station run, got three 5 gallon buckets of the salt/sand mix that will be necessary after the torrential rains that we are going to get tomorrow (frozen ground and rain = lots of glare ice when temps get cold), worked successfully with Bennie on not running away from me when I call him. He is doing a lot better, then I got to crawl around under the house to double-insulate the main water line to the house so it doesn't freeze up as easily next time.

All the stuff I expected to do before getting in a long run.


Well Mary was looking at the cupboard under the sink and told me that it needed to be worked on...yep it sure did.

I tend to sort of listen to my wife when she talks to me a certain way...she was talking in the way that left no doubt in my mind that I was not going to be doing a long run this afternoon.

Yankee Swap and a 5.0 Miler - RunLog 1-8-15

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Well that is two days in a row I haven't run with Bennie, he didn't come to the door when I was leaving, so he got left behind. However, he did greet me at the door when I got back from my 5.0 miles and when I was uploading the Garmin he jumped in my lap, so we did go for a walk....mmmm strange how that worked.

How was the run?

Actually pretty peaceful, plus I have a few more options if I don't run with Bennie where I can run locally. I don't have to worry about the other dogs that are not hooked as much, like down on the farm or other houses - they usually just stand up, watch me go by and then lay back down. However, if Bennie is with me they get all territorial and a big fuss happens.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Damn Dawg - RunLog 1-7-16

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Sometimes I wonder about dogs. Bennie is spoiled and I know that he gets treated better than many people do but...

No, nothing bad has happened. However, Bennie is either smarter than I am or he is just being ornery. Lately, he has been playing the hard to get doggie. When I want to take him out for a walk or run, he literally runs the other way and goes in circles around the inside of the house so that I can't get him.

He will not come when he is called, which gets a little frustrating when you want to get going.

However when the Wife or SD1 call him to come to the door and get in his harness, he goes to them without any issues??? It has gotten so bad that if I want to get going on a run or a walk that one of them have to go by the door and call him over, so I can get him harnessed up.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

A Bit Warmer - RunLog 1-6-16

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Lately, I have not had a lot of ummppphhhhh when I get home from work...at least enough to want to write a blog post about how my run went that day. Been doing a lot of technical writing/reading at work and just don't have anything left by that time.

Which means that you get the news about how my run went a day late and a dollar short - as if my running really does mean anything in the overall scheme of things ;-).

Oh well here it is anyway.

It is amazing how 17*F degrees feels one day compared to another. Monday's 2.0 miles the temps on the thermometer said 17*F and with that wind straight out of the north made it almost unrunnable. Yesterday it was 17*F also and after a few days of frigid temps it felt damn near balmy.

Bennie and I headed out the door and just walking down the driveway there was no doubt that we would not be running down-back. If the driveway is full of white ice then down-back would be worse. So we ran down to Pepin Way, not my favorite course, because it means coming back up the Bitch, but unless I want to drive 10-13 miles, to run with Bean in town, it is all we have right now.

The run was pretty uneventful until we got to the lower half of Pepin Way...the Town only maintains the upper part, so the lower part had patches of ice on the road. Which meant that we had to pick our paths instead of just bulling our way through in a straight line and stay on tar whenever we could and be on the ice as little as possible. So we did slow down on that part of the run.

Coming back up a lady was out walking her dogs off-leash and when she looked back, you could see her shake her head, call her dogs and put their leashes on. As we got closer, I said "Hi" and she turned and just glared at me. She had such a sour look - as if I was ruining her day, but she did leash her dogs, which was the important thing. As we went by Bennie started his usual "I'm the KING act" and it wasn't a big deal, but it seemed to piss her off even more. So I laughed at him and said a bit loudly "Let's run and have some fun".

I heard some muttering behind me from her, but Bennie and I were running down the road with him playing tug-o-war...I was laughing and just enjoying the run.

We didn't rush the pace, but even so the first couple of miles were faster than I expected when I looked at the splits.

I haven't run that much in the H3's recently due to weather conditions, but I can definitely feel the difference between them and the N1's (Road v2 & Trail v1) I have been doing most of my runs in lately. The extra cushioning and the smoothness of the ride just lets me run in them without thinking about the shoes. The H3's are a great change of pace shoe for my recovery days and the heavier feel, does remind me that when I am wearing them that this run is not about speed but simply running comfortably. Some days you need that more than anything else.

Overall, it was one of those runs where we just ran relaxed, had a little fun (even though the tug-o-war, coming up the Bitch was a bit exasperating) and got in some miles outside which we both needed.

Running on the treadmill is okay, but I still prefer to run outside, whenever I can.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Much Nicer Day

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

A Damn Cold Run and Then the Treadmill - RunLog 1-4-16

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Well...waking up to frozen pipes is not what I had expected to be writing about first thing this morning (the plan was to write about my runs yesterday - I did too much writing at work yesterday and didn't feel like it when I got home). Instead I got up to find out that water wasn't coming out of the faucet when I turned them on.

That means it is going to be a major - Pain in the ass!

Which meant that I to crawl around under the house when it got light out in temps close to zero degrees fahrenheit that 0*F, lay with my ass in the snow bank, while using Mary's hair dryer to de-thaw, where the pipe insulation somehow was laying on the pad and not wrapped around the pipe where it was supposed to be.

Damned squirrels - that is about the only thing I can think of that could have done this.

I will get even...someday.

Luckily it didn't take too long to un-freeze the pipe and I didn't see any leaking or anything so that issue seems to have been avoided. We have water again, but it does make you realize (even if it is only momentarily) how much we take for granted having something as being able to turn a knob and suddenly water appears.

One of the joys of modern living. Like being able to write on the this blog ;-)

Well time to write about yesterday's runs.

I have stopped running down-back until the footing improves, the amount of white ice that I have to contend with down there causes my achilles and hammies to bother more than they do when I run on better surfaces. I am unwilling to risk injuries to just run down there or many of the local trails for a while with the icier or hard packed snow conditions for a while.

Not what I really want, but it is the way it is for me for a while.

Yeah, I could use my screw shoes or YakTraks, but they also do change how I run just enough that they cause other problems, so as long as the roads are clear and it remains colder I will be doing roads or treadmill for a while.

Run #1

The thermometer said 17*F, but when I looked at my phone to see what it was saying, that damned minus sign showed it ugly mug. It was saying that with the wind chills it was -7*F brrrrrrr. Now I don't care about the cold so much, but that damn wind in those temps is a killer.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

First Week In Review 2016 - It Begins Agin

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Back to reality. 2016 has begun and it is time to get my mojo back.

That new beginning stuff and all that.

The New Year is more than just another day psychologically, it is the start of THIS year and you know something with everything going on, I am pretty damned psyched about 2016.

Becoming a Pearl Izumi Run Champion Team member is one of the reasons I am re-energized and the other is I want 2016 to be a GREAT running year. Even though I am not making any specific goals, I want to run a lot and run well all year. Who knows maybe I will even "accidentally" grab a post-55 PR or two. We will see.

This week has been a very good start to the new year. I plan on staying in the 30-40 mile range through March - unless the weather is particularly nice and this week I ended up with 35.2 for the week, right where I want to be.

Favorite Photo This Week:

Yep the treadmill and my N1 Road v2's, with the sweat drops, my best run of the week. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Trail Run & Then Long on The Treadmill - RunLog 1-2-15

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Okay, Bennie and I went on a little adventure this morning, we didn't have a lot of time (maybe 1-2 miles), so I decided that we would do the Colby Upper Trails. I wasn't sure about what kind of conditions we would find, but I figured that there wouldn't be too many people in there traipsing around.

Looking Down Mayflower Hill towards Waterville - just is a gorgeous sight.
Initially I thought this ain't gonna be fun, when we turned right the trail suddenly morphed into trying to stay off the ski tracks and hopping through where the snowshoers had gone, but there was still a lot breaking through a lot of crusty stuff.

Needless to say, I could tell my heart rate was getting going pretty good, so it was a good thing it was at the start of the run, where Bennie tends to stop and do his business more. It gave the old body a chance to slow-up a little and calm the h/r down to more acceptable levels.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

First Run of 2016 - RunLog 1-1-16

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There now I can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. No more end of year reflections, goal setting or should I say not setting goals, now it is time to just start running again. I don't have to worry about how many miles I will end up with or what my overall numbers look like.

It is the new start, a new beginning, a new year and all is right with the world. Okay, Harold you are getting a bit overboard in your dotage.

It is simply another day, today is Friday, which seems to always follow Thursday and comes before Saturday. Yeah, we got to take down the old calendar and a new one was hung on the same nail or you use the arrow icon to move to the next month in Google Calendar - not really a big deal.

However, my spreadsheet has been changed to a new sheet and The slate is re-set and all the numbers have been set to zero.

Geez Harold, you sure are turning into a long-winded old bastid who loves to hear himself talk.

Yep, no doubt about it.

Well get going to the run or everyone is just going to click out think all you do is yak about imponderable crap.

The Run

Our first run of 2016 appropriately was down-back. The road down there was quite passable, but at the same time, where the tire tracks are the snow has been packed down to white ice and if you didn't pay attention, you could end up quickly on your ass.

So it was a slower run than it would have been otherwise.

Otherwise, it was pretty uneventful, oh there were some people out hunting with their dogs, a few trucks trying out their 4WD's and a flock of turkeys that took flight when Bennie announced himself to them.

I did have to laugh a little though from the bottom of Stevens' Hill to the tar, Bennie was either barking to encourage me to run faster or barking at me out of frustration because I was running so damn slow. Either way, he got just a little annoying with his bouncing and barking.

Once we got to the tar, he stopped the shennanigans and started to just run again. Maybe it was because I actually had decent footing and could pick up my pace a bit :-).

We finished up with a pretty good final push. It was a tougher run than I expected, not because of the pace, but the lack of traction on ice made me work a lot harder. My N1 Trails did great as long as there was a little snow for traction, but on the white ice, unless you have spikes or something they just do not work well.

I was happy with my first run of 2016 and hopefully it is a harbinger of good things to come for the rest of this year.

What Comes Next in 2016

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2016 has arrived, so what are the things that I want to accomplish this year?

The view down-back on 12/31/15 looking up Stevens' Hill. It just seems an appropriate image to start 2016 since I run down there so much of the time with Bennie Bean.
Since I write mostly about running here, that will be the focus of this post with a few outliers.


No specific or S.M.A.R.T. goals other than fairly realistic or natural ones that I think most runners have: