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What Happened This Week?
It was one of those weeks where nothing special happened running, at work or personally, just a nice quiet week. What more could you ask for?
Although I did find out that the Nike Lunar Glide 8's are probably not going to be in my future, simply because the updated outsole design is not gonna work all that well for the type of running that I typically do. It is too smooth and looks like it will be a pebble magnet. Which is too bad, because I do like the update to the uppers.
Oh yeah, there was something called the Republican convention and all the falderall that went along with that and next week it is the Democrats turn to make me shake my head and go WTF.
Needless to say, neither party or candidate are impressing me all that much.
Yeah, I know politics is a dirty, rough and tumble world, but...I think we have turned some pretty dangerous corners when our political system and network coverage weeds out or makes it so that most qualified candidates will not subject themselves and their families to the scrutiny that they would undergo to serve the people as their President.
You know the ones that you would you WANT to vote for.
Unfortunately, what it leaves us with are Presidential candidates you chose to vote for based on who you are are against the least or who you think/believe will do the least amount of harm to our Country while they are in office.
I think somewhere along the way, we have lost something and it ain't because I am some old white-guy either.
Sometimes I don't know whether to be scared, pissed or simply sad on the direction that we as a Country and World are headed. I wonder at the world that will exist when my grandchildren are my age.
Oh well enough politics and that is about as close as I will get on this blog about what is going on politically.
Photo of the Week:
Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot
Thoughts on this week’s running. Not too shabby, I had over 36 miles for the week and the average daily run is getting back to reasonable. Also I have been doing a bit more quality work and even had a 3.0 mile treadmill run that was sub 8:00. So I am STARTING to get back in shape. No I am not even close to race shape, but getting back into running shape.
Unfortunately, this damned leg is still not letting me just run. I run through it or in spite of what is going on more than I do anything. Which kind of sucks at times and makes some days a LOT worse than they should be, but at least I am running.
Hell I even got up and got the door for a first thing in the morning run a couple of times this week and didn't piss, moan or whine about doing it - well maybe a wee bit, but not as much as usual.
A pretty good week.
Summary: I went over 800 miles for the year and although I am behind where I wanted to be for almost the end of July, considering that this injury has lasted so damn long I can't complain too much. Also I have 113+ miles for July already and if I can get to 37 this week I will have the most miles in a month this year, so that is something.
Although I do have to run more often to get the mileage in.
Running Shoe Rotation: Nothing but Nike Lunar Glide 7 this week.
Thoughts about running shoes: I still like the LG7's a LOT. They are comfortable and do everything I want...well almost. They are not trail shoes and on rocky or muddy dirt roads I have better options, but for everything else, as you can see by the number of other shoes I ran in this week.
Unfortunately, as I stated at the start, I tried on a pair of LG8's and based on what I saw, they are not part of the solution for where I live and how I run.
That outsole is just too smooth. If I complain now about the LG7's outsole when I run down-back,
I am pretty sure that the sole design of the LG8's ain't gonna cut it. They are definitely a road shoe and not much else. I wouldn't even consider putting them on to run in outside during the winter, I prefer my arse to not be bruised. 3 season shoes at most.
Shoes I Ran In This Week
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase
Still my primary running shoes and closing in on 200 miles at 177+, so next week I will be doing my next review.
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.
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
I am seriously thinking about doing the Belgrade 5K next weekend as a run and a check to see how things hold up at a faster pace - not race pace yet - not in shape for any racing yet.
Left Achilles Tendon area: Not too much change, it is still sore to run on and gets sore to walk on after a harder run, but that is a huge improvement over where I was a few weeks ago, so it is getting better. Just not where it allows me to run with my old stride or at faster paces without paying for it after.
Hamstrings: No changes
The reality is that
|As much as I am whining about my left leg, I am still getting in my 30 miles a week and it is getting better - just a helluva lot slower than I want.|
That is about a political as I plan to get on this blog. As you can tell I am not impressed with or excited about either major party candidate and the other candidates are not much more than a distraction at this time.
So we are left with one or the other - each with what I believe are flaws that make it so I don't want either one in the White House as our next President, but one will win and we will have to live the choices the majority has made.