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What Happened This Week?
I worked, I ran and really that is about all.
I had planned on a cut-back week after 3 weeks of over 30 miles, it was needed. The 25 miles I got were on single runs all week - no doubles. So my average run is starting to get a little longer and I am getting into Zone 2 a little more often.
Getting there - slowly...ever so slowly.
Other than that, I even wrote a few posts that were not running log posts for a change:
Photo of the Week:
No, it has absolutely nothing to do with running, it was me grilling in the middle of a bad thunderstorm. When I went down-back the next day you could see where there had been a microburst that knocked over a few trees.
Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot
Thoughts on this week’s running.
After 3 weeks with over 30 miles, it was time for a 10 mile cut-back week and I was happy with the 25+ miles that I got in this week. You see, I am trying to be smarter about running and training.
Plus the way that my leg felt at work on Monday I wasn't sure if I was going to get any miles in this week and couldn't have run on Tuesday if I had wanted to. Luckily, the leg finally felt better Wednesday and I was able to run on it the rest of the week.
I had really thought about doing the race over in Belgrade on Saturday, but with the way the week started, I decided that I didn't need a bad case of Harold being Harold and stayed home.
One thing that i have noticed is that I automatically set, brace or toe off with my left foot, which adds stress to a weakened leg too often. I think I have re-injured or strained it more times this week just because it is my left foot and I am left footed.
Year-to-Date and Monthly Progress
In spite of still fighting with my left leg/ankle/achilles tendon area, I had the second highest mileage total of the year in July. I could have popped over 140 miles for the month if I had really wanted to, but what for? It wouldn't have served any purpose other than to massage my ego, so I didn't bother. Other than that July was a decent (if hot) month for running and I am happy with the progress made.
For the year I am only 662 miles away from 1,500 mile goal for 2016 and as long as I do not get injured again or the left leg gets worse, I should be able to hit the goal a little sooner than December, but we will see.
Running Shoe Rotation: Nike Lunar Glide 7
Thoughts about running shoes: As much as I like the LG7's, I have almost worn through the outsole by the toe on both feet and like I said in my 200 mile review, it is more a question when it wears through more than if it is going to wear through. Which means that I need to add in another daily trainer, not a speedwork specific shoe to my rotation sooner rather than later, which was not what I had planned originally.
I had thought that the Lunar Tempos would become my speedwork, racing and treadmill shoes, while the LG would last until November or so, when I would get another pair of trail shoes (Nike Wildhorse 3's maybe) to get me through the winter.
But last week when I started to look closely at the LG7's outsole, I knew this plan was going to have to change.
So I have been doing some research on the direction I want to go with my next pair of trainers and got it down to 3-4 different ones. Like most runners, I prefer to buy locally when the prices are reasonably close or what is usually the problem do they have what I am looking for in stock. I checked out Dick's and the Pegasus 33 (a little snug in the toe box for me) and then I went Olympia in Waterville and looked at a couple more shoes - one of which was on my list and it fit great. Plus I had a 20% off coupon, so I decided to buy them and when I showed them to Mary when I got home - they quickly became another birthday present.
I get to add 2 pair of running shoes to my rotation next week :-).
Probably the LG7's will last until the 6th, because I still do really like them, but the durability in toe area, with the way I run was disappointing. If they don't last that long, I can run in the H3's until my birthday, it isn't that they don't work for me, but more that I prefer the LG7's
Shoes I Ran In This Week
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - 200 Mile Review
I will run in them until I go through the outsole, which could happen tomorrow or next month, but it is going to happen at some point fairly soon. Which is too bad, because I really like everything else about the LG7's.
Other Shoes in the closet, but not being used
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road (8.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
My tweener shoes that I love to run in, but are not enough shoe for long runs and are too much shoe to be my race day choice. The lower drop does make it so that I am not going to run in them for a while. I wore them to work the other day and my leg was a lot more sore than usual.
Nike Streak LT3 (5.3 oz-RW) - Personal Purchase
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/N1 Trail (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
Not for a while.
Left Achilles Tendon area: No real changes, it is taking its damn sweet time to get better.
Hamstrings - No changes
The reality is that
|July was a pretty good month, with all things considered. I just hope that August is even better and that by September the leg will be pretty much back to normal - at least that is my hope.|