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.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

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


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Paying it Forward With Other Runners

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: September 19, 2012 

This is one of those posts that I want to re-post now, not bury it back in the archives. Sometimes we just need to "pay-it forward and this is something that I thought was important 4 years ago and still believe is very important. 

If you have a chance think about it.

I have a challenge for other runners out there.

Have you looked closely at some of your running buddies lately, students you know or even family members who run?

Are their running shoes starting to really look pretty darn tired?

With the hard times many people are having right now a lot of runners are wearing running shoes that are worn out or pretty close to it.

How does that affect you and I?

With worn-out shoes, those runners are more likely to get injured or become unmotivated to run and are probably feeling very stressed about life in general because of what they can and can’t afford.

The other thing is if they stop running, we won’t have the pleasure of their company during our runs, being totally up front and selfish here.

If You Can

What I am proposing is – if you can afford to, sometime in the next week or two take one of your friends or a family member who you know is having a tough time, to buy them new running shoes.

Oh I many of them will say – no I can’t let you do this and the other things to try to talk you out of doing this.

Don’t let them.

Tell them you are paying forward their running and that at some point in the future, when things are better for them, they will be able to do this for someone else.

You know your friends and family who are runners better than I do and how different ones might react to your offer. However, you might be surprised about how they react if you do offer.
The reality is

that we don’t really stop and think about how our friends and family are really doing sometimes and in my opinion doing something as simple as helping another runner get new pair of running shoes, so they are able to keep running injury/pain free is the right thing to do.

I can think back to times in my life where things were extremely tight and a new pair of running shoes were way down on the list of priorities, yet in order to keep running injury/pain free I needed new shoes. I would keep running in the old shoes and eventually get injured. Which meant that I couldn’t run and felt even worse about myself and whatever was going on.

Think about it.

It might make a big difference in another runner’s life and yours.

After all they say the Karma goes both ways.

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Windshield, Fantasy Baseball and Running - RunLog 3-30-16

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Busy Day!!!

Let's see rush out of the house to get the truck a new windshield - yeah the small crack last Friday turned into a long laying down L, with with about a 14" line going across the windshield and 7" down to the bottom. Not legal and not good when every time I turned on the heater/defroster blower, it kept getting longer.

Which meant 2 hours of the morning were going to be spent sitting around wasting time. WRONG!!! I went for a run. The only thing is the route I took started out up Western Ave, went up to CMP and then turned right onto Granite Hill Estates. I know it wasn't even a mile, but I HATE starting a run uphill, it takes that first mile for me to find my legs and lungs.

Having to use, well abuse them like that at the start of a run is no fun. I guess it was a good thing it was a recovery day and I wasn't planning on doing anything fast.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Last Lecture and Thank You

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: September 12, 2012 and re-posted on March 29, 2016 as my annual tribute to the memory of Dr. Randy Pausch.

At least once a year since 2008, I have watched the below video and while I don't always write about it, I am today.

While going through my old blog posts I felt the need to watch it again – no I am in perfect health, I just felt it was time to watch it again.

Although the video is a little long, it is worth the time to watch it. If you watch it closely it will make you think and sometime in the course of that thinking you might become uncomfortable, but it will make you think.

If you do watch it, what I am writing below will make sense.

Short Rant and Progression Intervals - RunLog 3-29-16

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Quick Rant!!!

Tonight I was driving home right at dusk. As I was driving along I saw something in the road up ahead moving. Being a somewhat careful driver, I slowed down and it was a good thing that I did. A freaking runner was up ahead. The big problem was black shorts and black top, no reflective gear anywhere, the guy might have been stylish in the gym, but he was damn near invisible outside running at dusk.

Runners, if you are running outside, dress to be seen and if you are running when it is dark or getting dark wear reflective gear for your own safety!!! I really don't want to read about another runner getting hit by a vehicle or becoming a bad statistic or worse having hit another runner on my conscience. That would really suck.

End of Rant.

This morning we went out for a run and got to the end of the drive-way and Bennie looked both ways for the locomotive that was coming from nowhere and turned tail and headed back up the driveway. I had to laugh, there was no locomotive, just the wind chugging along at 20-30 mph.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Buying New Running Shoes - Is There A Right Way?

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

After re-reading the post, this is one of those that I wanted to update and re-post it, since I think it is still pretty pertinent.

Originally posted on: December 10, 2011 and updated March 27, 2016

Actually not that much has changed in my opinion over the last 5 years.

So have you done your research and found four or five running shoes that you are interested in looking at closer?

If not you might want to think very carefully how you actually are going to use your new running shoes, along with where and when you are going to be running in them, well before plunking down that hard-earned money to get that new pair of running shoes.

Needless to say we all have several options about where to buy new running shoes.

You can buy your new running shoes online, chain stores or local running stores and they all can be good choices - under the right circumstances.

Yes, I have used them all at one time or another to get my new running shoes.

Each has their strengths and weaknesses.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Better Going up the Bitch - RunLog 3-26-16

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I hope that I am not annoying people too much as, I bring over some old posts from my other running blogs, but after a couple months of thinking about what I want this blog to be and how I will use the old ones - it became very clear it was necessary.

It does mean that I have to go to edit each blog post and copy/paste it to Blogger, clean up whatever doesn't look right and then (hopefully) post it to the correct date. Don't worry you are not going to get 4 years of my running log posts, but I do plan to bring forward some of the better posts, shoe reviews, race recaps and other posts that were important to me.

So I apologize up front for all the extra "stuff" you will be getting from me, as I catch things up.

Let's get back to running.

This morning's run...hmmmm

I wasn't sure about how it was going to go, it was still only around 35*F when we left the house and Bennie wasn't all gung-ho about it either. He was more interested in the sniffs and other things than he was getting a good run in.

As you can tell from the first mile, we didn't exactly set the world on fire out there.

Actually, when I finally did look at the graph, I was surprised at how consistent it was (it will never be great, when I run with Bennie) and surprised that I got my 3rd best time coming back up the Bitch.

Although I did purposely attempt to maintain a harder pace up the hill, still it was over 10:00 minute pace and I should be consistently down in the 8:00 to 9:00 minute pace range all the way up that hill. Oh well, I ain't there yet, but I will be.

Gotta Stay Positive.

By the time we finished, the sun was coming out and it was starting to get a bit warmer, but when you got into the headwind or shadows, it was still - not warm.

I even looked at down-back after we finished. Not runnable for a while - is the verdict. It is worse now, than before they back-dragged it. The boys and their toys 4-wheeled on it before it froze again and made a freaking mess of it.

Looking at down-back this morning - after yesterday's mini ice storm. By this afternoon this had all melted and it was a muddy-ass mess.

Oh well, I was young once and stove up more than a couple of vehicles wheeling, so I can't bitch about them too much, but I do anyway ;-).

Don't do as I did, do as I say kind of thing ain't it.

Why Do I Blog About my Daily Training Runs

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After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah blog, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years.

Originally posted on: March 21, 2013 - updated and republished March 26, 2016

This is one of those posts, that I wanted to update a bit and share again in real-time on my timeline.

It still holds true, three years later.

Over the years I have been blogging primarily about running (since 2011), I have been asked more than a couple of times, why do I bother to put my daily training results up on in addition to more readable and probably more interesting general posts on running, tips/tricks or product reviews?

Especially with all the negativity on social media about how those who do are seen as someone who is bragging about what they are doing and how great they are!
Hmmmmm is that really what I am doing or appearing to do to others?
If that is the case, maybe I better explain my thinking a little more.
So why do I put my daily training log up here?
If you know me in real life, I think you know it is not me bragging about how "great" I am.

I know my limitations and lack of "greatness".

Also as runners go, I not not and never have been nationally ranked, regionally ranked or even locally ranked, I just go out, run as well as I can, compete mostly against myself if I am racing (although I am a little competitive still and don't like to be passed).

I do the best that I can that day and attempt to keep smiling, no matter the results, although it does get frustrating some days when I know that I should/could/used to run faster and Father Time is kicking my ass, despite everything that I do.

Basically, I am one of those older middle of the pack runners and happy to still be running.

In the past being able to share our running was limited to just a few people - if anyone. With the advent of the Internet and all the various social media platforms, now we have a much larger group of people to share our stories with.

Surprisingly, well not anymore I guess, but I still enjoy writing about and sharing my trials, tribulations and occasional triumphs with others in the online world. The words of support or congratulations are part of the online running community's way to get through tough times we all seem to encounter or celebrate the good with one another (just the same as you would with friends in real life).

I have found blogging about my daily runs are a good way to keep the narrative portion of my training logs and being able to go back and read about my good days and bad days, can be motivating or humbling. These daily RunLog posts that I write are more for the future me, to come back to read and see if there are trends developing to help me improve my running, figure out why I got injured and reflect back on a different time in my life than they are for most of you.

Me in Spring 2011
Honestly, I never believed or thought that I would be running or training, with this kind of intensity, level or enjoyment at almost 60 (another year and a few months, I will move to a new age group).


However, probably the another reason that I write about my daily training runs is that as a 55+ year old guy who at one point was very over-weight, facing knee surgery and unhappy in his professional life - is that there is the ability within us to change.

I hope to inspire others (both younger and even older), that they can change their life, be happy, run, train hard and still have fun, while putting the crappy parts of our lives behind us.

I want others to see that it can be done.

What do I really write about?

My running log posts focus on how and what I am feeling that day, with how I really did, not some artificial story, that leads you to believe that I am all that and everything is great all the time. Some days are really great, others really suck, that is life and I really believe it is how you get through the days that suck, that really make the difference.

Those are the reasons that I put up my daily training and no they are nothing earth shattering - I know that. However, I plan to keep posting my daily running logs and sharing them with you on various social media outlets.

If I come across as bragging about what I am doing, that isn't my intent.

When I write a blog post about my daily training run, it is because I am genuinely excited about something I have accomplished that I didn't think that I could, sharing a pretty neat photo or experience that happened to a real person or something as simple as getting through a tough workout, without breaking anything.

What do you think and why do you share your "story" on social media?

Moving some old posts to One Foot In Reality

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I am coming up on 300 posts and after a lot of thought I have decided to move some of my old posts from Aging Runnah blog over to One Foot In Reality.

This means over the next few months - yes, it will probably take that long, you will be seeing an odd assortment of posts in your feeds. Some days there will be quite a few, others it will be pretty normal.

It will primarily be the old reviews of running shoes and running gear, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. Who knows, I might even throw in a computer review here and there.


I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

So if you are reading some old blog post, that doesn't make much sense because it was written years ago, that is why.

I hope that you enjoy some of the trips down memory lane, I know that I will.

Runners and the Weather - You'll Understand

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Okay, runners piss, moan, whine, complain, and all that other stuff about Mother Nature and her vindictiveness toward us mortal runners - a least I know that I do.

I guess it is a lot like BMC Hart (my first Chief on the USCGC SPAR (WLB 403)), used to say when I first got there out of Boot Camp..."a bitchin sailor is a happy sailor, its when you guys stop bitchin, that I start to worryin".

After reading all the bitchin that runners do about the weather, I guess there are a bunch of happy runners out there.

If you go to just about any of the multitude of blogs, forums, online running communities or all the various social media sites that have an active running population, you will read, see, and hear them talking about the weather:

  • It sure was cold and nasty out there today, you know one of those days it was colder than a witches teet outside.
  • It sure was hot and nasty out there today, you know one of those days it was hotter than hell outside or it felt more like you were swimming than running on dry ground
  • It sure was windy and nasty out there today, you know one of those days you take three steps forward and are blown back two.
  • and so on...

Friday, March 25, 2016

Nasty Day and a Late Run - RunLog 3-25-16

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After running today.

Yep the glasses got pretty fogged-up.

Sometimes the best laid plans of mice and men are interrupted by something beyond your control - you know Old Man Winter's nastiness at the idea that his time is passing and trying to remind us that he can still make life pretty damn miserable.

The roads are crap and the Freezing Rain is now sleet = NASTY

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Better Weather, Dog Training and Learning A Bunch of Things - 3-23-16

Not everything worked as expected.
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This morning was overcast and in the mid 30's*F, but the best part was the breeze was pretty negligible - in other words it was not blowing gale force ;-).

No running down-back yet, the road is just a bunch of ruts and is more ankle breaker territory than a decent running area.

So we went back down to Pepin Way again...it is getting boring, but I don't have enough time to run with Bennie in town or elsewhere, before having to get back in time to get to work for 11:00 AM. I like the schedule, except it does screw up our running in other places.

I hadn't planned on running fast today and purposely kept it slow in between those vehicle strides, which I gave in to and actually picked up the pace more than usual. In between those pickups, I did some lallygagging along and then coming back up the hill Bennie got into bonehead mode and had to be reminded that he is not the Alpha Dog in the pack.

Yeah, he finally got it through his head again, but every once in a while, he does the challenge thing and we have to go through the process of hauling him back, laying him down on his side until he settles down and licks my hand. After he does that we try the run again, we had to stop a couple more times to reinforce it, finally he got the message and turned into Bennie - Good Boy.

It Was Colder than I Thought - RunLog 3-22-16

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Brrrr yeah baabbyy, chilly was the watchword for that first run. The official weather was:

This was about a half hour after I got through running, but when I left the house our thermometer said 23*F and that 10 mph wind in the image, well let me tell ya, it weren't blowing steady at 10 mph and only gusting up to 20 mph. Doubling that at a pretty steady rate would have been about right ;-).

So yeah it was colder than I thought it was going to be outside, which also meant that I had dressed for warmer, not colder - so I was pretty thoroughly chilled by the time we got done.

Tuesday's are generally my "faster" workout day, but I was still feeling the affects or is that the effects of my long run on Sunday...no the hamstrings didn't like it one bit, which is the primary reason I did take a day off on Monday. So they were a little grouchy to start off and once I figured out how cold it really was, I didn't bother trying to "go faster" during the run.

Monday, March 21, 2016

A Day Off From Running - Yeah It Was Time

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

An Outside 8.0 Miler - RunLog 3-20-16

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Yeah, a long run outside for the first time in 2016!!!

I've been attempting to get one in for a while now, but it has either been too cold or the road conditions out where I live haven't been what I consider within that comfort zone I want when I run longer outside.

Yes, I am get old and wimpy, but if the windchills are under 25*F, I really don't like doing long runs outside, just me...it is a safety thing, first I run by myself and secondly where I run if things turn bad suddenly, there isn't always someplace where you can get out of the cold quickly. So I am pretty careful about longer runs in the winter.

Today's run was right on that cusp, it was 31*F and the windchills were in the lower 20's, but would be at my back when I started out. Yeah, they switched direction about 1/2 through and were pretty much in my face the rest of the run. That part wasn't fun, but it always seems to work out that way for me.

Gorgeous day otherwise, lots of sun and bright blue sky.

Yesterday when I ran in the M3's for the first time I was pretty impressed, enough that I was wanting to run a longer run in them to see what they were going to feel like. They were outstanding, the ride was perfect, I didn't really notice the weight, no blisters or hot spots and while I could tell they still needed some breaking in my feet didn't hurt after I finished.

Finished!!! #pearlizumirun

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

First Run In Pearl Izumi M3 V2 - RunLog 3-19-16

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Late yesterday afternoon the new UPS guy, walked up the driveway with a box that had Pearl Izumi all over the box and as he left he said "hope you have some good runs in them". Damn, runners are everywhere or is that he saw the 5K  and 26.2 stickers on the tailgate of the Ranger. Either way, I told him "I was going to have fun in this pair."

The obligatory unboxing photo of the new shoes that I bought from the Pearl Izumi Web store. Yes, these are a personal purchase and while I am a member of the Pearl Izumi Champions team and definitely positively predisposed to their products, because I have run well in them. Everything I say in this post is my opinion and no I have not been compensated to write positively about this product other than to receive that same discount that all other team members receive. Yeah, all the opinions are my own.

Usually I am not easily wowed, by a pair of running shoes out the box, but this pair had three things going for them - even before I started running in them.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Dad, Politics and Running Downback - RunLog 3-18-16

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I took the day off from work, to go up to Newport and take Dad out for lunch and get him his birthday present. Mary made sure to have me ask him about a certain thing, which I did. It turns out that is was something that he really needed and she was spot on, so big kudos to the wife getting that one right. I never would have thought of it.

If you don't want to read some of my political views, skip over the next section and move on down to where I start to talk about running again. :-)


Dad and I got caught up on what's been happening and talked reasonably about politics. I think we were both surprised that we agreed pretty much with each other on this election cycle, especially since I am probably a little more conservatively liberal than he is. Usually we stay away from politics, it hasn't ended well in the past.

We talked about how there is a whole Country of people just getting by and they are getting tired, angry and becoming more vocal about their frustrations. There is becoming less tolerance for dissenting opinion or even reasonable discussion of topics. Unfortunately, if you disagree with someone, it seems as though you have to be the enemy, instead of someone with a different perspective or opinion.

After that we talked about the Presidential campaign. We agreed don't respect or like any of the candidates enough to support them or even want to vote for them, it has become more a question of voting for who is the least offensive or destructive to the Country.

  • Trump - reminds me of Lucius Malfoy in the first Harry Potter. Petty, mean, ruthless and gets others to do his dirty work.
  • Clinton - enough skeletons in the closet to start her own graveyard, but grudgingly may be the only candidate that is electable, as long as her teflon shell stays intact.
  • Cruz - scares us both more than either Clinton or Trump and that is saying a LOT.
  • Sanders - nice guy, but something and we couldn't put our finger on it, just was not comfortable with what we are seeing from him and he is not electable being so far to the left and the word socialist scares too many Americans.
  • Kasich - Typical midwestern bland Republican, in too deep with the party establishment and some of his conservatism is a bit much, but of the Republicans still running is the only one we would think about voting for. In other years, he would be considered too far to the right to be electable, but in this year's craziness, he seems almost reasonable.
Yeah, one of my favorite movie speeches of all time.

Where are the moderate candidates, you know if someone like Colin Powell was running that we would want to vote for him in a heart beat. However, it seemed as though the moderate candidates were all scared off by the extremists in both parties, who do not want to govern, but only dictate their ideology into policy. Then if you disagree with their position you are wrong and there is no middle ground or room for compromise - even if it benefits the biggest number of people.

The PI M3's Just Arrived #pearlizumirun #excited

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Another Treadmill Run and Some Strides at the End - RunLog 3-17-16

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This was going to be either rest day or a pretty easy run. Enough so that I only walked Bennie this morning and seriously debated whether to leave the gym bag at home, which would enforce the day-off or take it just in case I "needed" to run during my lunch today. I brought the gym bag.

Well it turned out that I "wanted" to run at lunch and when I looked out the window about an hour before lunch and it was sunny and in the 40's. A great day to run outside. So it was a good thing that I brought my stuff.

Unfortunately, when while I was driving there, the Emergency Alert system sent a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and by the time I got to the gym, it was raining pretty hard and I could hear some thunder in the distance.

So much for running outside today.

That sucked!!!!

I don't mind running in the rain, but those bright lights and loud booms, tend to put a damper on my good running form, so I passed on the opportunity for curlier hair and settled for a treadmill run.

Everything started out good, I had set the speed at 7.0 mph and planned on keeping it there for an hour. So much for planning. At the 1.12 mile mark, I had one of those no choice stops and get to the locker room times. Just something about running at PF which causes me to go, even though I try before leaving the locker room. Oh well, just the way it is.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nice Treadmill 5k Time Trial - RunLog 3-15-16

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My new schedule is in effect and I found out today how much difference just a few ticks on the clock do make. I didn't feel rushed or in a hurry during my treadmill session, which meant that I relaxed a little more and was actually able to have a cool-down and some quality time with the foam roller when I got done.

The hammies were not impressed by being tortured by that damn foam roller after running, but tonight as I sit here typing this wonderful post out, they are not nagging me to death about how much they hated this afternoon...so it was worth a little self-abuse earlier.

No, Bennie and I didn't run this morning. We got to the end of the driveway, he lifted his leg, walked down the road a few feet and turned around to go back to the house. Looking at me with that look of -- well are you going to get me back in the house and out of this shitty weather look.

Yes, it was raining pretty hard and the temps were hovering around 35*F - not a warm spring rain by any standards. It wouldn't have been a fun run - outside in the morning. Yeah, he is smarter than his human - most of the time, when it comes to running. So we didn't run.

Which was a good thing.

I got to the gym and decided to do a good treadmill run, I initially planned on quarter intervals with quarter rests for 3-4 miles. So much for planning.

When I got on, I felt pretty good since I hadn't run earlier and just felt stronger, so I popped the start to 8.6 and figured I would go from there. Here is what I did:

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Busy, Busy, Busy Week - Week In Review 3-13-16

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I haven't done a week in review for a while, not for any particular reason, but work and life have been busy this year, so the blog has become less of a priority as other things take up my time. Just the way life works...it is only temporary, maybe 6 months, maybe 3 years, but at some point the blog will get back to where I want it again.

Now that you have heard that whining, what has been going on this week.

First and foremost Mary is doing about as well as could be expected for someone who just broke her wrist and can't do a LOT of the things she is used to doing. So while there is some frustration factor on her part, but for the most part everything is going well. She gets to see the specialist tomorrow, so we will find out a lot more about what happens next.

Hopefully, it will be just a cast and go, without the surgery that seems to be all too common with wrist fractures. We will see, so there will be more on that next week.

At work, we are still getting my schedule ironed out, due to a long-term absence of a co-worker due to medical issues. I am being as flexible as possible and my boss is being great about it, but the extra hours that I need to do are definitely cutting into my blogging, running and 1:00 PM napping habits...errrr training for a faster 5K this year.

Favorite Photo This Week:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

The Mud Runs Have Begun - RunLog 3-12-16

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Yeah, I changed my header photo to show the quality of "level" road surface that we have to run down-back on for a while. Hopefully the frost gets out of the ground quickly and the mud starts to dry out just a bit more.

Just a bit o'mud and this is ankle breaker/sprainer type of terrain, so if you see that I am running down back for the next few weeks, it will definitely be a planned slower run.

Which I am attempting to more of. That running after a quality workout day and purposely staying above the 9:00 minute pace. Running in this stuff just does it automatically for me.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mud, Mud, Hoarfrost and Mud - Runlog 3-9-16

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The unusual weather patterns continue...

Yeah, for my morning run (remember this is still the first part of March in Maine), I ran in shorts, t-shirt and long sleeve tech shirt for my first run it was 46*F - no breeze. Then for my second run I ran in shorts and a sleeveless top, it was 61*F partly cloudy.

Now mind ya, I ain't complaining - perfect running weather on the roads. However, since I prefer down-back's dirt road and running trails when I can, all this great weather is causing the frost to come out of the ground, which results in copious quantities of mud where I like to run.

Or worse on the UMA trail that wonderful thing called hoarfrost. Where parts of the ground are still slightly frozen, but not enough to support your weight. So that when you step on it, you break through - very suddenly - to wherever the ground is more solid or still frozen.

Which makes for some serious problems if you are not paying attention. Especially when you hit a section that looks normal and suddenly you breaking through with each step. If you are a heel striker like I am when I am running faster, it leads to hyper-extended knees, so you do quickly slow down and become a prancer on the ball of foot, shorten up the stride, with the knees never fully extended for a while.

Enough whining how were the runs.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Well Hell I Needed That Run - RunLog 3-8-16

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It has been a stressful couple of days.  Yeah really!!!

Last night when I was at work Mary fell on the ice and broke her wrist. Yeah really.

You know the whole ER thing that she went through and I was having to wait a few before I could leave kind of deal. Then this morning we were dealing with all the other stuff that goes along with breaking things and the medical system we have --- especially when you were in the middle of changing PCP's.

I found out that she is going to be a worse patient than I am (which ain't good) and stubborn as hell.

It is a good thing, but not always the best thing, especially when it is the first day after breaking her wrist. There is that thing rest/let it heal - not in her vocabulary.  Oh well, she will do what she has to do and I will be along for the ride for a while. I am pretty sure that I will hear a lot of "Yes dears" in my future. hehehehe probably a good thing.

So I did need my run at lunch, since this morning the roads were a black ice mess and we were not sure about when appointments would crop up (if at all today).

No AM run with the Bean, just a quick walk to let Bennie do his business then get back to the house.

When I got on the treadmill I wasn't sure what to expect, but I said what to hell and did a fast 3.0 - that is all I had time for.

  • 0.5 @ 7.6 mph
  • .25 @ 8.6 mph
  • .50 @ 8.7 mph
  • .25 @ 8.8 mph
  • .25 @ 7.6 mph
  • .25 @ 8.8 mph - 2.0
  • .25 @ 7.6 mph
  • .25 @ 9.0 mph
  • .25 @ 7.6 mph
  • .25 @ 9.2 mph - that one hurt.

I didn't have a lot of time to get this done, so I got it done as fast as I could.

Those are some paces that I haven't hit in a while, I think it was just a lot of stress relief, because I do love her and worry a hell of a lot when something happens to Mary. So I needed to beat the hell out of the treadmill, even though it was gorgeous outside when I was doing it.

Now to see how long her patience holds up with this limited ability to the things she loves like running, cleaning and keeping me busy hehehehe.

No Running Till the Black Ice is Melted

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 200 Mile Review

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Okay, I am on the Pearl Izumi Run Champion's Team, but I purchased my N1 Trails before I was selected and continued run in them after being selected. 

Enough of the disclosure stuff.

How did this pair of Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1's end up doing after 200 miles.

Pretty damn good.

Yes, this is the second pair of the model that has made it to 200 miles for me. However, I did make a slight adjustment in the size. 

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trails

My original N1 Trail's were size 9.0 and I sized down to an 8.5. It did make a positive difference and were more true to my size. Even though they were a little more snug with wool socks on than my first pair, it was not enough to bother anything.

Another Week Starts

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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Mud or Ice and Not Much Else - RunLog 3-6-16

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Sometimes we just have to deal with what you get. Today's run down-back was one of those days where we couldn't/didn't run too fast, but we stayed upright and didn't go ass over teakettle, even though it would have been pretty easy to do so.

Bennie was a mud-pie when we finished and he needed that thing called a bath when we got home - he wasn't impressed by that. He hates baths.

Yeah, the post's title pretty much say it all.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Still Icy Down Back - RunLog 3-5-16

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After an morning that wasn't all that much fun, we needed a run.

We went down-back and the frost was just coming out of the ground in places. So there was a little mud to contend with, in addition to the ice and frozen mud. As we were running, somehow the leash got wrapped around Bennie and he stopped suddenly to sniff a good sniff...well I didn't know he was stopping and it took a few steps. He flipped over on his back and did the mud slide.

Ummmm Bennie wasn't impressed - at all. He got up shook himself off, looked up at me with a WTF are you doing look, walked back to the good sniff, pissed on it and then started trotting down the hill. I almost fell down because I was laughing so hard at the looks he was giving me and if he could talk I am pretty sure that I would have gotten an earful.

Oh well.

This was supposed to be a nice easy run, so I didn't try to pick up the pace and with the amount of ice in places, all I could do was walk through those areas and even then I had to be pretty damn careful. Even so the run was pretty decent and I was happy with how I felt.

We did go back up to the top of the hill and back just to remind the neighbors that we are going to continue walking and running with Bennie on the road after the events of the morning.

I try to keep a record of when and how many times the neighbor's dog come out into the road at us, so an abbreviated account from our point of view about what happened.

But, sometimes you just gotta wonder.

Mary was walking Bennie this morning and the neighbors dogs (who have the electronic fence collars) dashed out into the street and the little one started going after Bennie. Okay, shit happens and dogs get out of the yard and is a pain in the ass when it happens. However, it sure does make you wonder when the owner gives her a ration of crap and acted like it was her fault that his dogs got out of their yard and accosted a properly leashed dog on the other side of the road. Not good.

Bennie and Mary were fine, but we went down their house to talk about what happened, because it is not the first time that this happened and the owner's attitude was not appropriate for the situation. I really don't think that we resolved anything, but...we will see.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Still Chilly - RunLog 3/4/16

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Now that I am feeling a bit better, well lets be honest, I am feeling a helluva lot better, maybe I can get back into my regular training routine and get ready for a good 5K. However, I have a feeling that I will do a lot better when the temps get regularly out of the single digits.

However, today wasn't that day. The temp was 10*F and with the wind chills, it was definitely in the low single digits. Still not really shorts and t-shirt weather, but supposedly we are getting closer. I know that the driveway didn't melt at all today and when I drive on the ice, my truck doesn't even leave tire tracks now.

It might be here for a few more days, before it goes away.

Oh well, the run was interrupted by Bennie being Bennie more often than usual and it seemed like he needed to mark or re-mark his territory a LOT more than usual. There must be some new critters and pups in the area.

Feeling Human Again and Surprise Treadmill Run - RunLog 3-3-16

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Finally, back to feeling like a human being.

What I saw when I woke up Wednesday after really getting hammered by the nasty buggies. Bennie keeping watch to ensure that no more of those nasties are able to attack the old fart.

One thing about working where I do, I get exposed to just about everything under the sun or that is making the rounds of the campus. Over the past couple of weeks I have been fighting (very heroically I might add - yeah right) a seemingly endless onslaught of nasty, vile bugs that want to put me down for the count.

They get me to one, two or three and then I battle up off the canvas. However, on Tuesday afternoon, while I was running on the treadmill, one of the little beasties sucker-punched me in the middle of the workout. I didn't even try to get back on and finish.

I made it through to the end of work, but called in sick Wednesday. The first sick day I have had in a long, long time. When I woke up it was like the body had been beaten with a bat and a horrible brain fog had taken over and there was no ability to focus or any energy to move. After doing a lot of sleeping in the chair that morning, around noon time, my temperature suddenly spiked and I went in, laid down on the bed (yeah, I really felt like shit) and fell asleep for about an hour.

Something happened during that hour, because when I woke up, the fog was gone the lassitude was over and whoever was swinging that bat had stopped and I simply felt weak -- there is a big difference.

The old body was up to the battle yet again and kicked the nasty buggies out -- at least until the next round.

So yesterday, I figured it would be a rest day.

Surprise, after an easy morning and a cold-ass walk outside in the sub-arctic winds (below zero wind chills), by the time it was 3:00 PM, my lunch time, I was feeling good enough to want to go do a run on the treadmill.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Snow, Rain, Sub Zero Wind Chills Leaves A Mess

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Leap Day Run - RunLog 2-29-16

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Yesterday's run was a nice and comfortable run. It is nice to be able to say that again.

We ran down to the Town Office, which meant that we had to run on Blake...which for the most part wasn't too bad. Yeah, there were some stretches of dirty ice that made sure that I didn't try to stretch out the legs too much and had to be sure of how I landed and picked up my feet (no big toe off in those areas).

Down-back is probably the best I have ever seen it for the end of February and as long as the boys with their toys (trucks) can stop being stoopid when the frost does come out - because there still will be some good mud, the roads down there should be pretty good.

Medical Stuff

We are also in the process of attempting to find a new Primary Care Physician...which is a pain in the arse. It really sucks when you are supposed to find the person/practice that that shares your medical philosophies (yes I have pretty damn strong opinions on some things) and will be your new gateway to the wonderful world of western medicine.

I haven't had much luck with doctors over the years and now only go when something is broke, bent or twisted wrong, yeah I do the once every couple of years thing, to let them know that I am still alive. However, the truth is over the past 5 years, the less I see them the better I have felt. It might not always be that way, but for now it is working for me.

Oh well, it has come down to a couple of practices/doctors and I guess I will have a bunch of forms to fill out once we make the final choice. Still it sucks more than it should, just to have medical care.