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Sunday, March 13, 2016

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

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

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:


My mileage is lower than last year's or any year's since 2012 through the middle of March, but that is okay, I am still plugging along and now that I have kicked whatever bug was making me so miserable for the last couple of weeks of February, hopefully March is going to get a lot better.

I have purposely slowed down a lot and am working to keep my recovery runs at slower than 9:00 minute pace and then have at least one run a week have periods of race pace in it. Now I just have to do the race pace stuff outside more often, which should be easier with the weather not being as cold or miserable.

However, the increased hours at work are limiting my running to around the neighborhood = not much variety (down-back has become a mud run) and I hate having to run up the big hill all the time or the rushed 3.0 that I can get in during lunch hour at work either on the treadmill or around UMA. So my long running hasn't been happening all that much, by the time the weekend gets here I am toast.

Not much in the way of flexibility or variety, unless I don't run with Bennie and that would not be a good thing in his opinion - or mine.

Weekly Summary

I went back over 30 miles for the week, which is about where I want to be with everything that is going on. However, I do want to start getting in a second "faster" outside run and then a longer run on Sunday's, we will see how that goes.

I am working hard to stay out of my own personal Zone 2 and either be above or below that "no zone". Also I was very surprised at Tuesday's 3.0 miles on the treadmill, I wasn't sure what to expect that day and started out at an 8:00 pace for the first half mile and then picked up the pace pretty good.

The rest of the week was recovering from that run and then attempting to run in the mud downback or fighting the breeze for the past couple of days.

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 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 N1 Road v2 - Personal Purchase
  • Pearl Izumi N2 Roads v1 - Personal Purchase
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Tri - v2 - Free from Pearl Izumi as part of being a member of the Champions team.
Yep, still happy and very Pearl Izumi centric with my shoes this week. I really haven't felt a any urge to run in anything else. A good thing.

Enough so that I just ordered a pair of Pearl Izumi M3 Roads v2. I like the cushioning of the 3's and I seem to be going more and more old school with my approach to running shoes.

One of the things I learned back in the 80's was train heavy and race light when it comes to what shoes to run in. Which is something that I went away from over the past few years, when I pretty much stayed in lightweight trainers or racing flats all of the time. I also notice that I have a lots of aches, pains and injuries too, which I attributed to getting to be an old fart.

Now this philosophy worked pretty well for me for a lot of years and actually I have pretty much gone back to it the past 4 months and it seems to be working pretty well. So I am going to keep using Pearl's (3 series) which are heavier shoes for recovery or longer runs where I am not attempting a certain pace and using the lighter shoes Pearl's 1 series for faster running or racing.

I would prefer my faster day shoes be in the 7 oz range, but the N1 Roads and Tri's are pretty damn close to that and still give me that little extra cushioning that I am looking for.

Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road: I have basically retired them -- yet again. I made them into screw shoes back in January and they worked fine for that and proved their worth more than a couple times. However, something with a little more tread beyond the screws would be nice (for snow) and a little more EVA between the end of the screw and my foot would be even better on the forefoot. They didn't poke through or anything, but I could tell right where they were.

Overall, these have been my go-to shoes when everything else failed over the past couple of years. They just kept calling me back to them and Perl Izumi.

They now have 449.6 miles on them (which is the most I have had on a pair of running shoes in a long, long time), plus a lot of miles of walking in them, so they really are ready to be retired as running shoes. So I plan to take the screws out and continue to use them as work and around the house shoes, but not so much as lawn shoes - a little too smooth on the bottom to do that without slip, sliding away on the grass.

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road: I like them a LOT, however there is just a little too much control in them for the medium run length runs that make up the majority of what I am doing now. Although, hopefully, that will change over the next few months once things settle out a bit more and I will get to use these for the longer runs when my form deteriorates as I get further along and the extra structure that the H3's provide does become more noticeable benefit.

They run smooth and quiet, plus they do not bother my Tailor's Bunionette at all, so I can't really complain about them and the best part is that I "know" that I can run any distance that I want to run in them and not feel completely beat up - like I do or have in other shoes. I will have more to say during my 200 mile review which should be some time in the next week or so.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail: They are probably the best all-around style of running shoe that I have ever run in. They are not great at any one thing, but their overall capabilities in a wide variety of conditions make them the shoe I would choose if I could only have one pair of running shoes.

Of course I do not, so saying that is sort of a moot point, but still it is...

High praise indeed because I have run in a LOT of different brands and styles of running shoes. No this is not marketing drivel or something I was asked to say...it is what I believe.

The N1 Trails are my go to outside shoe for just about any kind of running this winter (not for ice or freezing rain though). They have done everything I have wanted and done it well.

Alas, I can also tell that I am getting to be an old fart with a LOT of hard miles on this body and while I run great in them, if I run in them more than 5-6 miles, I can tell that the next day. It is like the difference in driving my Ford Ranger or the Nissan Maxima down to Portland - you really notice the difference in the ride more than you do on the short little jaunts into Waterville or Augusta.

So I will probably keep the N1 Trails as more of a trail racer and probably look at the PI N3 Trails as my next pair of trail running shoes for every day trail running or next winter's nasty weather shoes.

However, I can see me always having a pair of N1 Trails (whatever version) on hand, just because they can do anything I want and I don't feel like I really need to carry a gazillion pair of shoes around if I decided to go on a trip. They would be my hiking shoes, running shoes, go out to eat shoes, wear around town shoes and if I had to I could race a road race in them pretty well I have a feeling.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road: I still am not that crazy about the colorway, but that is the only thing that I dislike about this pair of running shoes. I got them to be my race day or faster paced training and treadmill running shoes. For those purposes they are working great.

I have very little to complain about...well I am not crazy about the laces, but I hate to change them out because sometimes changing something that minor changes the entire feel of the shoe for me. So as long as I am happy running in them, the laces do not come untied during a race, I will keep them stock. However, if they come untied or loosen up too much even though I have a double-knot in them, well I have a pair of the original laces from my N1 Road V1, which I do like and know will stayed tied for me or who knows I might go with a pair of LockLaces again - only I would get a new pair not a pair that I recycle (the tension springs do wear out after a while).

Pearl Izumi N1 Tri v2 - These are my newest running shoes that I got free from Pearl Izumi. So far I have just over 20 miles on them and am still deciding if I like their version of the stretchable laces or not.

Running in them is very similar to the N1 Road v2, although the upper is different with how the tongue is done. You do have to frig, fart around with the lacing a little more than with the N1 Roads, but otherwise they are a very nice shoe and there are some things about them that I like better than the N1 Road v2's. I will be doing a comparison post on the two probably in the next couple of weeks. There are some differences between the two and dependent upon what is important to you, would make a difference in which style you might chose to get.

The only old running shoes I have left are my old Brooks Cascadia 8's are now my daily walkers/work shoes, Clifton 1 (blue) 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 sent in the entry fee for the Unity 5K on April 16th, with Mary's broken wrist I have pretty much decided that March racing ain't gonna happen unless something pops up locally that I hadn't noticed. Being gone for a 2-5 hours on the weekend to go to a race, wouldn't be right or fair to her.

Honestly, in April I had very seriously thought about doing Race the Runways and am still thinking about the One in Five 5K in Waterville (if I do it will be a night before decision), but it came down to economics the $10 entry fee was the deciding factor. Race the Runways is a bit more than that and I would also want to do the mile race, which would add even more cost, so I just went for the cheaper route.

High race fees are the bane to me racing more.


Hamstrings: They are what they are and when it is cold, icy and nasty I have to be extra careful to not be too stoopid. The warmer weather does help them feel better.

Everything else: Pretty damn good, now that that bug or whatever it is has decided to R.I.P.

The reality is that

That Mary's broken wrist has changed a few things, just the way it is and it might change some other stuff as well. Sometimes an injury can also be a wake-up call to see things more clearly. Right now she cannot do many of the things that she and I took for granted before the injury. which means that I and SD2 have to pick up the slack wherever we can, without being overly protective or not letting her try to do things first. Which also means that the running takes second fiddle to everything else for a while - as it should be. She would do the same for me.

At work getting my schedule worked out so that it meets everyone's (including my) needs, regulations and all that other stuff needed to get done. I like what I am doing and know that the office is short for a while and will help pick up some of the workload. The schedule does affect my running though, boo, hiss, boo ;-)

Unfortunately, I can tell that I am not in the shape that I was last year, my mileage is way down compared to where it was and I am a few pounds heavier than I want to be, so I gotta start by not having Peeps around the house...well maybe once more when Easter gets here, but otherwise I gotta start watching what goes in the pie-hole more - yet again.

Tomorrow I also plan to start in on my body-weight work before running. I haven't been making time for it and I can tell the difference when I don't do it.

Quite a week that was.


  1. Glad to hear Mary is doing ok, and hope she doesn't end up needing surgery! And yeah, work craziness must be loads of fun when you planned on a certain set of hours. Oh well, this is what happens - and it seems whenever I start to think about blogging or some old friend tries to entice me back to writing for some site or other ... it is a deluge of work that reminds me why I am not doing those things - my life is full and happy enough :)

    Thought of you this weekend - we were out getting gas for the grill and a few extra groceries since Thing #1 is home for spring break, and in the store was a huge display of Peeps. Had to laugh :) Last week we were out with my younger son and saw some Peeps at the store picking up prescriptions and after I pointed them out he said "not for another couple of weeks" and I replied that I was a grown-a$$ man and I'll eat Peeps whenever I want. Of course I'm not a big fan so I didn't get any ... :)

  2. Thank you Mike, luckily Mary didn't have to have surgery and only need a cast, phew...so that was a relief.

    Yeah, even grown ass men, can only eat so many Peeps hehehehe


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