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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Stoopid Training Choices Led to Lots of Down-time - Week In Review 5-22-16

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

Okay, due to my own stoopidity, there is not a lot of running going on around heah since last Tuesday. Yeah, I was dumb again and got that damn Achilles tendon barking at me pretty good. Probably a least another week before any running is even thought about...well I still think about it and then I walk around and quickly figure out that thinking about running is all I am going to be doing.

So that has given me a lot of time to think about...well yeah running.

Moving on...

One thing I got to think about was during University College's Faculty Institute...was being an educator again and a couple of times I got to thinking about how I could use what I was learning if I ever went back in the classroom again.

When I really thought about it, I am happy not being in the classsrom...there are too many things that I disagree with the direction that political, education and business leadership seemingly wants to take education...well I know that I made the correct choice for me when I left 5 years ago.

Yeah, there was some of that romanticized, revisionist thinking going on inside me about how great teaching was, when the truth was that I was stressed out most of the time and frustrated with far too many things as an educator.

I am a happier and probably a better paper pusher than I was a teacher and plan to stay that way.

Favorite Photo This Week:

The Apple Trees in bloom


Yeah dumbshit running got me in trouble this week and as a result I have plenty of time on my hands to think about what happened and why.

I was disappointed that I could not run in the UMA 5K Trail Race yesterday and it will probably be really smart of me to not even go to the starting line for the Memorial Day Mile Race in Freeport. So my idea of registering weeks early for those races, didn't really pay off for me. If anything having them in "stone" on the schedule, especially the mile race probably didn't help with my lack of brains last Tuesday.

I got so focused on running a fast mile that I ran faster than my current fitness levels could do, with this old bod. Which is usually a recipe for being forced to take some time off, due to something breaking, pulled or tendinitis (or whatever the newest definition or word for WTF is that pain in the tendon called).

Nope I don't blame anyone but myself and some of the warning signs of impending injury were there, but I chose to ignore them. As usual.

The other thing I learned is that my 5K racing flats are not light-weight trainers and using them to run 6, 7 and 8 mile runs over the past couple of weeks, probably was not the smartest use for those running shoes. Keep them to what I got them for - racing and speed work, and leave the longer, slower stuff to my N1's or other shoes that are better for those distances when I am not racing.

I also did that go back and reading what worked well to recover from the last time I screwed up my Achilles in my blog, is one of the reasons I tend to write so much here. So I will probably dig out my old Hoka Clifton v1's (the blue ones) and start wearing them around as walk-about shoes, because of the higher cushioning and rockered sole that seemed helped the last time I had some issues with my Achilles and Hamstrings last year.

While reading back a few weeks to see what actually happened versus what I thought happened, I did learn that I didn't have any issues with my left leg, until I started ramping up the speed and mileage in my LT3's. It wasn't their fault, but the choices I made in how to use them was the issue. It might be a couple of months before I attempt to get back in them again. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that I will be running in them, when I am ready to run fast (for me) again.

Weekly Summary

Hey, I managed to get 10 miles in before I crapped out the rest of the week. Actually, this is still pretty good, it is the first real injury I have suffered in a couple of years, that caused more than a few days away from running.


I still would like to get over 100 miles for the month to keep that streak going, but if I don't it really isn't that big of a deal.

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 

After reading my old blog posts about how I rehabbed my Achilles tendon in 2013, I found that a rockered sole and softer shoe helped me be able to run a little sooner and more comfortably. Since I don't have any Skechers GoRun Ride 2's left that I could run in, the only running shoes I have left that meet this description are my Hoka Clifton v1's that are in the back of the truck.

So I dug the old Hoka Clifton v1's outt and wore them for a walk this morning and a 50 yard trot. They felt good except for that damn tighter toe box thing that forced me to stop running in them - gotta go with real thin socks in those shoes.

So we will see if they help me in getting back on the road sooner than later.

Right now I don't have a running rotation, so I will just talk about the shoes I have run in lately.

PI weights are from their website.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road (8.3 oz): 

Pearl Izumi N1 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review
Pearl Izumi N1 Road v2 - 200 mile Review

These shoes now have over 200 miles on them and yes I do still like them, however they are not really race day shoes (but they might be anyway as I recover) and they are not really enough shoe (for me) to be my long run, recovery shoe. They are really tweeners that I love to run in but have better shoes for racing and other runs. However, they are shoes that I still seem to reach for when I just run.

Nike Streak LT3 (5.3 oz-RW)

My only pair of running shoes in the rotation that are not Pearl Izumi. The why about why I chose the LT3 can be read here (What Happened to My Brand Loyalty?) and I can honestly say that when I run in these shoes, I want to run faster.

Repeat after me Harold - the Nike Streak LT3's are not light-weight trainers, they are racing flats, use them for racing and speed work, use your other shoes for daily training or running longer distances other than in races!!!!!

Once I get this Achilles issue resolved, I will just be using them for running fast.

I am still running in them and continue to use them. A nice workhorse of a shoe that eats up the mileage for me. I call them old reliables.

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. I have put them in the back of the truck, that way I will have them to run at UMA or other trails when the opportunity presents itself.

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 M3 v2 (11.9 oz)

Pearl Izumi EM/M3 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review

The M3's are my heaviest running shoes and are the heaviest running shoes I have run in for several years. Unfortunately, they are too much shoe for my taste - at least in the weight department. They are very comfortable and run buttery smooth and I know that I can run in them without any issues. However, I have learned that I prefer a daily trainer that is fairly cushioned but in the 8-10 oz range and the extra 2-4 extra ounces do make a noticeable difference for me and how I feel during a run.

Oh, I still plan to run in them until they are worn-out, but they are not the answer to my daily trainer odyssey.


Yeah, so much for pre-registering for races and putting them on the calendar "in stone". I have a feeling that I will go back to the registering the week of the race or just before the deadline for the local races that I do. If I decide to do some kind of a bigger race, I will wait until I have to, before registering. It seems that when I pre-register too far ahead that something always seems to happen that makes it so I can't run that day.


Left Achilles Tendon area: I don't think I did any permanent or long-term damage to it, but I have a feeling that it needs some down-time before I get back to it. However, this morning I ran about 50 yards and it felt better running than it did while walking??? So we will see how things go.

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, however, I do know that if I run too many longer runs or especially when I attempt to pick up the pace for a longer run - they ain't pleased with that crap. During this Achilles issue maybe they will get some of the down-time they need to feel a bit better too.

I need to keep loosing the extra pounds that I gained according to the Doc's scale that I stepped on. 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

May seems to be my injury month. It seems when the weather gets warmer I get all hyped up about running faster and then go out and try to run faster/further than my current conditioning can do and end up missing time from running in May and June.

This has happened 4 of the last 5 years.

It is a Harold being stoopid thing and nothing else. Every one of my May injuries have been self-inflicted and could have been avoided by training properly and listening to my body's attempts to tell me to back-off.

However, the Clifton 3 with a supposedly wider toe box is making me really think whether they are something I should be trying when they come out, in addition to my Pearl Izumi rotation shoes. That is one thing about being injured you start to think too much about what is the problem and what are possible solutions.

Right now the biggest thing will be to get my left leg back to running pain-free - yet again.


  1. Dammit - so far behind reading this week (suppose that is good in terms of life and work, but miss reading all my friend's stuff!) ... sorry you ended up hurt again!

    1. My own fault, so I can't complain. Just have to be patient and you know how that works with me.

  2. Good luck with the Achilles. My ankles have been bothering me since Boston. I think it is time for new shoes.

    1. Thank you Andy, yeah or going back to a pair that actually work for training runs, not my racing flats. ;-)


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