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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Getting Closer - Week In Review 6-26-16

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

I almost made 20 miles again this week, but only ended up with 19.2, so close and yes I could have gone out and done one more mile this afternoon. However, I wanted to get through a week without doing any doubles and one day off.

Accomplished that.

Still struggling with the Achilles Tendonitis stuff, but it is getting better. Still not where I want to be, but at least I am running a little more consistently and not paying for every step I take after I get done running. So there is light at the end of the tunnel, it is just a long damn tunnel.

We did get to go to the Portland Sea Dogs game on Saturday night. It was the first time in probably 10 years we have gone to a game, so it was fun, but the food is expensive, too many rude people and the Sea Dogs lost. It makes me remember why I don't go to very many public venues anymore.

Will I go back to see the Sea Dogs, maybe, but probably not again this summer. I was on sensory overload for most of the night, just too much going on around me that I am not used to anymore.

Favorite Photo This Week:


Yes, it feels good to be running again, as you can see below, nothing overly fast, but definitely lots of running. I haven't done much on the trails and when running down-back I still keep it pretty slow. The uneveness of the dirt road, does seem to bother the Achilles a bit more than just running on tar.

Weekly Summary

Yes, a rest day and stopped my running streak at 11 days. I figured out that trail running or running on grassy surfaces ain't all that cool right now, the terrain makes the Achilles bark more than I want to put up with, so except for Quarry Road's 3K on Tuesday next week, I am going to stay on the roads for a while.

While that is mostly groomed, it does have some bumps, so if it bothers, I will just not run as fast and focus on enjoying being around all the regulars who tend to show up there.


A little dip from last week, but that is without running any doubles this week, so I am happy. My average run is going up, even though the weekly total didn't. Nope not gonna make a 100 miles this month, but I will get over 50, so that is better than the goose egg I thought was gonna be on tap for June.

Not what I wanted or expected, but it is what it is. I am running again.

Running Shoes

Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase

Nike Lunar Glide 7 - 50 Mile Review

I got to do the 50 mile review of these shoes - finally. I am happy with how well they are working out for me. The higher drop is putting less stress on the left heel area (I can tell the difference when I put on my lower drop shoes). They are comfortable and do not bother my bunionette, so I am very happy with them so far. I will know more when I am able to run longer and quicker in them.

The only shoes I ran in this week - again.

PI weights are from their website.

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

No runs in them this week.

Nike Streak LT3 (5.3 oz-RW) - Personal Purchase

30 Mile Review

No runs in them this week.

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

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!!!!!

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road (9.9 oz) - Personal Purchase

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - 60 Mile Review

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - 200 Mile Review

No runs in them this week.

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

No runs in them this week.


Not for a while.

Two more races that I really wanted to run in passed me by this weekend. Yeah, I know myself too well and if I had gone to Lawrence or ran the Rail Trail 5K, I would be dumb or worse, been doubly stoopid and set myself back another month. So I stayed away and didn't even go to spectate or cheer others on (Scott you did good in tough conditions), as much as I wanted to go this morning.

Next up is the Winthrop 4th of July 5K, I know that I am not in shape to race it, but it would be nice to be running pain-free enough to go run hard at the damn thing.

Yes, a little frustration is showing through, I know where I was in May and where I am now - not even close, but now I just want to run pain-free and racing too soon ain't a good idea.


Left Achilles Tendon area: Getting better - slowly but surely.

Hamstrings: The hammies finally are getting that extended rest that they needed, but they still have their moments even when I haven't been abusing them, so I have a feeling that the time off ain't gonna help all that much. I can still find exactly where the problem spots are even after 2-3 weeks, so it is just part of the cost of me running in my mind.

The reality is that

I am running again and that is the big thing.

I also know that I am working on rehabbing the Achilles and being smarter than usual, so I just have to keep being patient and not allowing myself to get ahead of what the Achilles is going to let me do without taking a bunch of steps back.

Three steps forward and only two back, so it is progress.


  1. I love how you track your mileage! Do you use an app or is it an excel spreadsheet?

    1. It is spreadsheet that alternates between being a Google Sheet and Excel. Depends on what mood I am in and what platform I am using the most. Right now mostly a Google Sheet. I also use Garmin Connect which loads to Strava. I guess my primar are still the spreadsheet and the blog, which I upload the Strava stats to for my daily runs.


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