This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Well there, I got in 20 miles of running this week, no fast running, but getting mostly right around a 9:00 minute pace is definitely running.
Which means I have stopped feeling sorry for myself, well mostly anyway - I still want to run faster, like Prince's Song "When Doves Cry" - Just like my Father - Never Satisfied."
Speaking of father's -- happy Father's Day to all the Dad's out there, especially to Harold Shaw the Senior, who I get a touch of my orneriness from.
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.
Yeah, I know more than that 10% per week increase, but I am feeling stronger everyday - hell I even ran for 30 yards and it felt free and easy again, before things started talking to me about how that wasn't a great idea. I do like that I am back over 20 miles for the first time in about a month - finally.
However, I can pretty predict that I ain't hitting that Century this month with me needing 72 more miles on 6/19. In other years, it wouldn't be that tough, this month, I ain't chasing it.
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase
The LG7's are doing everything that I want from my primary recovery from injury shoes. 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.
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
These shoes now have over 200 miles on them and yes I do still like them - a lot. However, while I am recovering from the heel issues they are on the shelf.
Nike Streak LT3 (5.3 oz-RW) - Personal Purchase
30 Mile Review
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/left heel area and doing longer runs in these shoes seems to have instigated my woes.
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. When I compare them to the LG7's, I find that I reach for the LG7's almost every time. For now, I will keep them in the back of the truck as just in case shoes, but I don't really see me running in them all that much again.
RacesNot for a while.
HealthLeft Achilles Tendon area: Getting better - slowly but surely. I stopped doing the step drops and started doing flat calf raises, which seemed to strengthen my left heel area, without irritating it.
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 running in my mind.