This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Lots of stuff going on this week!!!
The biggest thing was a mini vacation, the first since I went back to work last summer!!! I worked Monday and Tuesday and have off until after Memorial Day. It was definitely needed, from getting the garden in, to doing trim work at SD2's and a lot in between.
However, the best thing was going for a night over to Gorham, NH and just relaxing, not having Bennie to worry about, not visiting anyone, just the two of us and no responsibilities.
Yeah, it was nice.
When we got back from New Hampshire on Friday, How Much Do You Want It by Matt Fitzgerald was waiting for me and I finished it Saturday afternoon. You can read my thoughts about it here. It made me think, which is a dangerous thing.
Also, I came to the conclusion that I couldn't in good conscience continue as a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Team. I am moving in a different direction it seems and while I believe that PI gear and shoes are great, if they are not going to be a primary part of my rehab and racing, then staying on the PI team is not the right thing to do. So last Thursday I asked to be removed from the team and received the confirmation email back that afternoon. Yes, I am a little sad about it, but it was weighing on my conscience and was the correct choice.
I know that I will continue to use Pearl Izumi gear and running shoes, but just not at the level that I had been.
Oh by the way, I did run this week, but only after switching to walking around in my Lunar Glide 5's that I had retired to the back of the garage, they have a higher drop than I have been using lately and seemed to make a big difference in how the leg felt. Which also made me think long and hard about what I was going to do for running shoes during the rehab of my left leg, it is more than just the Achilles that is bothering, a number of the tendons in the left ankle area on both sides are part of the problem and the bursa sac that is on the heel may be involved as well. Tendinitis and Bursitis a lovely couple for a runner! ;-)
That was the deciding factor in my leaving the PI Run Champions Team, if I wasn't going to wear PI shoes during the rehab...well you get the picture.
We did stop in North Conway and as a result of no longer being a member of the PI Team, I didn't feel guilty at all about going into the Nike Outlet Store and buying a pair of Lunar Glide 7's and got a helluva deal on them for under $70 and the best part was that I got to try them on before I bought them. So I will experiment with adding in the LG7's to my shoe rotation and see how things go.
Favorite Photo This Week:
|Bennie and Elliott getting ready to do battle, Elliott got in 2 swats and Bennie a quick nibble and then order was restored|
Hey, I actually ran this week, I did a mile on Monday in the old Hoka Clifton v1's and it hurt like hell (so they were not part of the answer), so I took a couple more days off and figured out that higher drop might be part of the answer.
So I started wearing my old Nike Lunar Glide 5's around as walking shoes. It seemed to work, by Friday morning I was able to run another mile and when we got home that night, I ran another mile in my new Lunar Glide 7's. Then I added on 3 yesterday and 4.5 today.
So I am making progress. Yeah the left leg is still pretty tight and gets a little sore, but at least I it is not painful or making things worse. It is at that point where it is uncomfortable and that is when I back-off a little. I ain't ready for racing or even attempting to do much work at a sub 9:00 minute pace.
However, I am running again.
With this injury, I was wondering if I could get up over the 100 miles for the month and did it this weekend.
I don't want anyone to say - "Harold I didn't know you had a relationship with Pearl Izumi...blah, blah, blah." Since I did, 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.
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase
A shoe I came very close to getting last fall, before I returned to the Pearl Izumi fold. However, no one had them in the local area and the reviews I was reading had conflicting advice/thoughts on how they fit, so that scared me off.
When I tried them on Friday morning, the 8.5's...well they "just fit". No muss, no fuss and I haven't had any fit issues since I got them. I put them on, start running and forget about them.
The highest praise that I can give any running shoe.
Now to see how they do in the long run, but for now they seem to be doing what I want, primarily they allow me to run without my left leg bothering too much. The only thing I changed on them was get rid of the blue laces and put in orange ones to make them a brighter shoe. You know that Harold shoe thing.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road (8.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
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 enough shoe (for me) to be my long run, recovery shoe. They are tweeners that I love to run in but have better shoes for racing and other runs.
Nike Streak LT3 (5.3 oz-RW) - Personal Purchase
I can honestly say that when I run in these shoes, I want to run faster - too fast sometimes and they are part of the reason that I got injured. The 4mm drop is something that I have to be careful about, since it seems to bother my Achilles and doing longer runs in these shoes seems to have instigated my woes over the past week or so.
Repeat after me Harold - the Nike Streak LT3's are not light-weight trainers, they are racing flats, so only 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.
Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - 60 Mile Review
Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - 200 Mile Review
Old reliables, shoes that I know I can go out and just run in, but unfortunately, when my left leg/Achilles is bothering me, they do not seem to be shoes that help calm it down. Once I get things back under control, I will continue to use them. A nice workhorse of a shoe that eats up the mileage for me. That's why I call them old reliables.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 50 Mile Review
Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 200 Mile Review
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) - Personal Purchase
Pearl Izumi EM/M3 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review
The M3's are unfortunately, too much shoe for my taste - especially at almost 12 oz. They are very comfortable and run buttery smooth and I know that I can run in them without any issues, other than heavy legs at the end of a long run. 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. Plus when I ran that mile in them on Friday, the left heel tightened right up, so they are not part of the solution when my leg is bothering me either.
I still plan to run in them until they are worn-out, but I also know they are not the answer to my daily trainer odyssey.
RacesYeah, so much for pre-registering for races and putting them on the calendar "in stone". I know myself too well and if I drove down to Freeport tomorrow for the Mile race, I would be tempted to go faster than I should, so I am going to stay home and just contribute my registration to a good cause.
Maybe by mid-June things will be back to normal enough to think about getting back to the racing side of the fence, but for now I just want to get back to training normally again.
HealthLeft Achilles Tendon area: I am starting to run slowly again, there is still a hitch and tight spot on the left heel area and when I attempt to pickup the pace or toe-off, it lets me know that ain't all that good an idea. I am probably a couple of weeks away from getting rid of that feeling, but I am working on it.
Hamstrings: The hammies finally got that extended rest that they needed, but I have a feeling it ain't gonna help all that much. I can still find exactly where the problem spots are even after a week and a half, so I it is just part of the cost of running in my mind.
The reality is that
I can still see myself using PI gear and running shoes, but I won't feel guilty now when I use or try other brands as well.
Well the vacation is almost over, but it has been fun and I learned a lot and got a lot done too. Almost made me yearn for those days back when I was retired full-time - well almost. :-)