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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!!!
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.
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 Shoe Rotation:
Nike LunarGlide 7
Pearl Izumi H3 v1
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.
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.