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Sunday, January 3, 2016

First Week In Review 2016 - It Begins Agin

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

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. 

Weekly Summary

At the start of the week, I was still in my blahs of December, I hadn't decided if I really wanted to go for 2,015 or settle for less at the start of the week. By Tuesday I had decided to get over 2,000 miles for 2015 and ended up with the nerd's 2001 Run Odyssey total.

Since 2016 began, I have had a different mindset and have run better.

It is amazing, what a difference a day makes or in this case a new year in my attitude.

My runs outside have been slower because of a snow storm, running downback has been on white ice and I like to avoid find my arse or face kissing the road surface, I have to go slower (which is probably a good thing). Then running on the trail over at Colby, the footing was such you just go and don't worry about pace.

With the colder weather I will be more cognizant of the "feels like" or "wind chills" and wind speed/direction for my long runs this year more than I ever have in the past. Last winter, I had a couple of long runs that were not good and I got more hypothermic than I wanted to admit towards the end of them. That is why on Saturday I chose to run on the treadmill versus doing my long run outside.

Winter is not the time to screw around with cold temps or when the winds are really whipping, especially when running solo and long.

I was surprised and impressed with the long treadmill run, for me to run 10.0 miles at an 8:15 pace this early in the year and not be struggling at the end...well it bodes well for my running this year.

Now to keep it going in the same direction.

Running Shoes

Disclosure I was selected on December 22, 2015 to be a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team and am positively predisposed to Pearl Izumi products. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experiences with Pearl Izumi products might be different from mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

I am putting that disclosure in this section since I talk a LOT about how much I like Pearl Izumi running shoes and I was selected to be a Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team member. As such it doesn't mean that I am being paid for my writing, because I definitely am not, but I will get some free gear here and there that I will be using and as a part of being on the team I will be representing Pearl Izumi at some local races or events. 

I don't want anyone to say - "Harold I didn't know you had a relationship with Pearl Izumi...blah, blah, blah." Since I do and I will make sure that when I am writing about Pearl Izumi gear that I say whether I got it as part of my team Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team membership or not 

My running shoe rotation this week:

  • Pearl Izumi H3 Roads v1 - Personal Purchase
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1 - Personal Purchase
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Roads v1 - Personal Purchase

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. 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. I notice that my right knee is a little more sore running in them than in my other shoes and have basically put them into semi-retirement, until the next time I need to run in them. They seem to resurrect themselves, whenever I need to be reminded why I love to run in Pearl Izumi running shoes.

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road: With the road conditions getting worse outside, I have chosen not to run as much in them - they just don't have enough traction for nastier conditions. I did a mile in them on Monday, because the roads were clear, but decided to turn around when the conditions were just too cold for Bennie.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail: I have been running primarily in them this week, between the snow storm, running down-back on the white ice/snow they have done everything I want.  

They have been wet, soaked, muddied so many times, that the wife was complaining about a certain aroma emanating from the shoe rack and these shoes yesterday. So I will have to throw them through the rinse cycle pretty soon, just to keep peace in the house. Also I cut the pull tabs off the heels, I had ripped one and I tend not to use them all that much, so it was no big loss. In my experience it was just a place for pebbles to get snapped up into the back of my heel, so I am probably better off without them.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road: I have had a couple of pretty good runs in them on the treadmill this week. They feel a lot better to me than I remember my V1 N1 Roads, it seems they are a bit more flexible and just feel good in the forefoot. The N1 Road V2's didn't bother at all on the 10.0 mile treadmill run and I could have kept going without any issues from my shoes - not something I can say about too many running shoes over the years.

I have pretty much cleaned out my old shoe inventory. The Nike Lunar Glides 5's in the back of the garage are going on the next Goodwill run.

The only old running shoes I have left are my old Brooks Cascadia 8's are now my daily walkers/work shoes, Skechers GRU's that are in the back of the truck - as just in case I have a surprise run opportunity, although that might be a good place for my N2 Roads and a couple pair of GRR2's for working around the house. I don't think that I have any others squirreled away anyplace.




Hamstrings: They are what they are and when it is cold, icy and nasty I have to be extra careful to not be stoopid.

Everything else: Pretty damn good.

The reality is that

It is 2016 and my being a member of a team has re-energized me to get my arse out and run more again. Sometimes, the psychological part of running is more important than we want to admit. At least for me it is.

The new year is just that a new beginning and I am ready to run again.

As far as my technology needs go, I ordered the Toshiba Chromebook 2 (2015) model and should get it sometime around the middle of the month. The more that I use the CB, the less I even want to turn on my Windows 10 machine and while I like my old 5-550 Chromebook, the battery life is about 2 hours and the screen is definitely from 2012. So I am pretty excited about getting a new Chromebook Computer.

The 5-550 will become my travel computer and I still haven't figured out what is going on with my Windows Laptop - it will probably end up sitting on the bureau for those times I want to play NWN2  or something similar.

I am excited about the direction that 2016 has started and believe that it will be a great year of running for me. 

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