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Monday, April 25, 2016

Week In Review - Ending 4-24-16

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

I haven't done a week in review for a while, but since I have pretty inconsistent about actually writing about running on a daily basis lately, so I figured I might as well resurrect the weekly review.

One of the reasons, well the big reason I have been so inconsistent with writing about my running is that I have been transferring the posts that I want to keep to One Foot In Reality. That and I have decided to republish my 40 plus years of running series, which needed a lot more work than I thought they would.

Now that those two projects are done, I have a feeling that I will be getting back to writing more about the daily runs and maybe even get more consistent about the week in review posts.

Work is interfering more and and more with my training, but it is what it is and I know that I will survive. However, my running is running well behind last, but I did manage to get to the 499.8 mile mark for the year this week, so it is not all bad.

Favorite Photo This Week:

Looking back down that damn hill coming out of the UMA trail by the ball field :-)


My mileage is up a little, but still not at the 40 mpw week level that I want to get back to. One thing that I have noticed with the Run Faster program is that I will be running more and more hard hill repeats (short but max efforts) and after just the first week, I have noticed some minor improvements in my hammies - at least I am not thinking about them as much. So we will see if it is fool's gold or something that actually helps them.

Also, I have really decided to focus on running a faster 5K this year, no it probably will not be be that sub 20:00 that I have been looking for, but I want to run a fast for me one. You know a new post-55 PR in other words something under 21:20.

I have started following Brad Hudson's Run Faster program and attempting to follow it more than not. No I probably will never follow a plan exactly, but this one does gives me more flexibility than most, but provides me with a little more structure than I tend to have.

Which I probably need, plus I really want to beat another runner in the 5K this year, so far I am 0-3 and not really gaining much ground. Gotta work on things now.

Weekly Summary

I went back over 30 miles for the week, without a long run, so I am about where I need to be to start getting over 40 miles pretty soon. By June, I should have an idea of which direction my job will be going and whether I will be able to get my training back to what I really want or if I have to start doing things differently to get the miles in.

Following the running plan for week one meant that had a lot more easy days than I am used to, but it probably was a good thing since I raced last Saturday at Unity and then again today in Waterville. The consecutive week races, really didn't work that well for me and I probably won't do it to often.


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:
  • Pearl Izumi H3 Roads v1 - Personal Purchase
  • Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1 - Personal Purchase
  • Pearl Izumi M3 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...although the past two weeks when I ran in the two races, the shoes performed just like the comfortable trainers that they are. They are in my mind light-weight trainers and are in the 8-9 oz range and don't have the snap, pop or crackle that I expect from a true racing shoe However, at this point in my running, I have to figure out whether going to a 7oz shoe with some pop in the forefoot is going to make enough difference in my race times to be worth worrying about.

Thinking out loud - which doesn't mean much of anything, but still, I am thinking...

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.

I would prefer my race day shoes be in the 7 oz range with a graphite plate in the front for a little added spring, so the PI N0 while a lot lighter and intriguing, I am wondering how it would compare to a couple of other shoes I have in mind or even to the Hyperspeeds that I ran in last year???

The thing is I am damned happy with how well I am running in my Pearl's and where I am a PI Champion Team member, well that presents a rather ethical issue for me as well. Although the only requirements were to run in 5 races this year using PI gear and be active on the Yammer site.

Sometimes I tend to overthink things...yeah.

Oh well let's see how my present rotation is doing:

Weights are from the PI website.

I am still running in them and they are becoming my faster long distance shoes.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail (9.3 oz):

Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 50 Mile Review

Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 200 Mile Review

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

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 (8.3 oz): 

Pearl Izumi N1 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review

They have done everything that I have asked of them and I will putting LockLaces in them soon to see how they work with them. No complaints, they are a great light-weight trainer that I can run pretty fast in.

Pearl Izumi N1 Tri v2 (9.1 oz) -

They took a while for me to like them, but once I put LockLaces on the stock elastic laces, it changed what I thought of the shoes.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Tri V2 - 50 Mile Review

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.

Pearl Izumi M3 v2 (11.9 oz)

Pearl Izumi EM/M3 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review

The M3's are my heaviest running shoes and perfect for forcing me to run slower than I would otherwise, which is something that I need - a governor for those recovery runs or the longer runs at a slower pace. My mileage eaters.

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.

Oh yeah, I forgot about the Hyperspeed 6's that I put in a box and "found" again this afternoon when I was wandering around in the back of the garage. I may have to put them on and see if they truly do bother my hamstrings or if it is just me. :-) I do have a pair of real racing flats, but they just are not PI's.

Decisions, Decisions

Yes, I have light-weight trainers that I CAN race in, but I don't think they are what I WANT to race in. I don't know if that makes sense or if moving to racing flats would even make a difference in my times, but I am still an experiment of one and won't know unless I do - right.

Mixed up old bastid, that's what you are Harold.


One in Five 5K - Waterville -- I was pretty satisfied with the race, even though it was a bit slower than I wanted.


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: Once I can get back to breathing reasonably well again, when allergy season gets over, things should improve in that department.

The next big thing is to lose the 17 pounds that I gained according to the Doc's scale that I stepped on, on Thursday, that will get me back under 150 (you can do the math). Yeah, that is what happens you you go back to work, have a crazy schedule, don't monitor how much and when you eat. Time to get back to it. I have a feeling that loosing that weight will do more to get faster than any changes in the kind of shoes do.

The reality is that

Lots of changes have happened and I have a feeling they are for the best.

Now to get my running back to where I want it and get the times down to where I think they should be.

Time to get back to work and do the work necessary to get there.

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