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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Another Week that Was - Week In Review - 7/17/6

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

What Happened This Week?

Work was busy as usual and around the house was not so much busy as never enough time to do all the things I would like to do.

It was the week after a week off for vacation and I had gotten use to the do things at a slower pace that being on vacation allows. Having to speed up to rat race speed again was a bit of a bummer, but part of the deal

Photo of the Week:

Mary has done a great job on the garden this year!!!

Running Summary

Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot

Thoughts on this week’s running.

I got back up to a 10K for a run finally, but of course I chose the most miserable day possible to do it and on top of that I had run over 2.5 with Bennie right before I did it, so it was actually closer to a 8.8 mile run than just a 10K.

Which means that I am starting to be able to run longer, as long as I don't attempt to push the speed too much.

Definitely not ready for any speed work or paces much faster than 8:20 for any kind of distance outside. As I learned on my Wednesday treadmill run, when I did push a little harder than that, just to see how I would do.

I did get 34.6 miles for the week, so I am almost to where I want to be, now to just get things feeling better again and I will be happy.

Year-to-Date Progress


I already have more miles than I did in June and will probably get over 100 miles for July without too many problems, but it hasn't been as easy as I would like. I am still fighting the soreness in my left leg and can't quite stride my regular stride. Both of which are frustrating, but the way it is.

Running Shoes

Running Shoe Rotation:
Nike LunarGlide 7
Pearl Izumi H3 v1
Nike LT3's
Thoughts about running shoes: A couple more pair of shoes in the mix this week, but still primarily the LG7's. Oh yeah, a package shaped like a shoe box arrived for Bennie from Running Warehouse and I know that he doesn't wear running shoes, so I am thinking he got me a birthday present ;-) hehehehe. Maybe a pair of Lunar Tempo 2's????

Shoes I Ran In This Week
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase

I am still running mostly in the LG7's, but since the Town fixed/graded the dirt road down-back, I have noticed some definite limitations for the 7's. They don't protect the feet well from rocks and are useless on muddy dirt roads. I know it is not what they are designed for, but it is what I run many of my runs on. So it means that until the road bed down-back gets calmed down, I need to use other shoes down there, but on the tar, they are still my first choice.

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

Yes, I had to try them out, but I did it where if they were going to bother me, I would just stop the treadmill, get off and go get my LG7's. I made the 3.0 miles in them and yes, my left legs was more sore than it usually is, which I attribute to a combo of the faster pace and the LT3's lower drop.

I am definitely not ready to start using them or even do speed work yet, so they need to go back into the closet, until all the soreness and discomfort is gone from that left leg of mine.

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 - 200 Mile Review

My crappy weather shoes, that I can use down-back since they have a thicker and firmer sole than the LG7's, which does protect me from most of the rocky landings that I had this morning. Although a few still did manage to cause a blue stream to issue forth from my mouth. I could immediately tell they were a heavier shoe, but damn they run quiet and smooth on the tar. I gotta keep them in the weekly rotation a little more often, just a change of pace, so that the legs have something else to whine about other than just the one shoe rotation problems.

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.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase

Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 200 Mile Review

I got them out of the truck tonight and will be using them down-back, which is what I should have been doing right along, well ever since the Town fixed the road anyway. They have a rock plate and will protect my feet better than other shoes I have been using. 


Not for a while.


Left Achilles Tendon area: Still sore and was getting better until I interrupted the cat/dog fight in the kitchen last night. That made it sore and I had to do some serious stuff this morning to get it loosened up enough to run on. Once I did it wasn't too bad, but still set it back a week or so on the healing process.

Hamstrings - not a lot of change here - they are gonna bother some and some days are gonna be worse or better than others, I have come to accept that.

The reality is that

I have had two weeks of over 30 miles in a row!!!


So I am making slow progress, but it is progress and I am running - all wins in my mind.

I just wish I wasn't so hung up on the running faster thing, but that is just a part of who I am and I will always want to run faster than I probably should for my current conditioning or injury status. ;-)

Oh well, let's face it, I wouldn't be nearly as much fun to read if I wasn't doing "Harold being Harold stuff" and then getting to "hear" me whine about my latest misadventure and rehabbing inconsistently while trying to run too soon again.

Overall, a pretty good week.


  1. The garden looks great and you are still running way more miles than I am!
    Getting back to work after a lazy summer vacation is a pain.
    I'm headed to St. George Friday night.

    1. Thanks Andy

      Mary is doing double-duty in the garden this year and it really shows. I am also probably running a lot slower than you too, but if this damn leg thing ever resolves, it will come back ;-) at least I hope some it does. The not doing trails this year is killing me though, I do miss being able to run them and I actually have evenings off 4 days a week, so I could do a couple of local trail race series that take place on Tues/Thurs - oh well next year.

      Enjoy St. George and run well.


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