This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Its been a couple of weeks since I did a week in review and it is something that I want to get back to doing on a more regular basis. I will be exploring and experimenting with different formats over the the next few weeks, so bear with me, while I get things dialed in.
Photo of the Week:
Us on a short hike in behind Inland Hospital.
What Happened This Week?
A week's vacation from work.
It was definitely needed and I feel genuinely refreshed. The brain fog is going away. As we used to say in the military the first week of vacation is to get your brain back and do stuff around the house that needs doing and the second week is to have fun.
Well there is no second week, so I will have to be happy with getting some of the old rattle trap back.
Unfortunately, it also reminded me how much I miss being retired ;-), the freedom of being able to do things at my speed, running when the body feels like it, not when I have to - to get my run in, do more of the things that I enjoy and not worrying about having to be someplace at a certain time, dressed a certain way.
It would be very easy and enjoyable for me to slip back into the retired way of life, but that little thing called earning a living to sustain the lifestyle we enjoy keeps calling me back to reality.
The other thing that happened was that for the first time I really felt like shutting the blog down completely and walking away. No not to start another one, but to actually stop blogging. After a few long-time internet friends and a reader I didn't know read the blog gave me some words of wisdom and I slept on it over night, I decided it is not time to walk away.
I will be doing my daily runlogs a bit different and the format is a work in progress, but getting closer to being what I want and I will be working on the Weekly Review format as well. It is about making the blog more useful to me as a runner, when I need to look back for patterns or to see why/how I injured myself yet again.
Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot
Thoughts on this week’s running.
Yes, I know. I did the unthinkable. I increased my weekly mileage by more than 10%. Heresy, heresy, heresy!!!! 34.0 whole miles of running in one week and that is how many more than the 25.3 I did last week.
Now what percentage is that? heheheh
Oh well, it seems as though I survived another week of not listening to the experts.
Actually, I did this pretty carefully, you notice there are only zone 1 and 2 runs. The only speedwork I did is one 3/4 speed hill work and Bennie vehicle intervals. It was a base building week, where I ran comfortably, but didn't push the pace too much, so I felt the mileage increase was doable.
Plus I was on vacation so I had the time to run.
I can feel that I am starting to run better again, but at the same time the left leg is only at about 60% and while it is getting better, slowly but surely, I don't want to overdo the speed/hills/trails too much at this point. Trail running/walking bothers it a little more than running on tar and more than I let on. So I will content myself with staying on the dirt roads, well groomed trails and roads for 2-3 more weeks.
It means no Quarry Road or Bond Brook until August.
Being patient is hard, damned hard, but something I know that I have to do if I want to keep running.
I am almost half-way to my annual goal of 1,500 miles for 2016. Which means that I am a couple of weeks behind where I should be. That is how much the left leg mess has affected my running over the past couple of months, but I am coming back and will be hitting that goal without too many issues.
The direction on my weekly mileage graph is headed in the correct direction and I am feeling better about running, now that I am again. Unnngggghhhh duh.
Hopefully, I can consistently hit the 35-45 miles per week that I really want to maintain for the next four months and be able to glide into the winter, not needing big miles to achieve that 1,500 mile annual goal.
Running Shoe Rotation:
That's it. I haven't run in anything else this week.
Thoughts about running shoes.
What is there to think about my running shoes this week, it was all about the LG7's, they did everything I wanted and did it comfortably. I have walked about in my N1 v2's, H3 v1's Hyperspeed 6's and LG5's and honestly, haven't been tempted to run in anything else, especially since when I do short walks in the N1's I can feel them pulling a little bit on the Achilles, so running in them is out of the question for a while longer.
If the N1's are bothering at around 5mm drop, the LT3's and their 4mm drop would bother too much and I haven't even bothered putting them on.
However, Bennie did whisper in my ear about some running shoes he ordered for me the other day for my birthday in August. He sensed I was down a little about some of my times lately and told me "that you better get ready to run fast in August, that birthday present I ordered the other day is gonna look sharp and make you feel like a puppy again. We might even catch one of those things that whiz by us down-back when you wear them". I wonder what he might have gotten me this time -- he did see me looking really close at those orange Nike Lunar Tempo 2's on he Running Warehouse website - there was 1 pair left and now it is out of stock. Naw he wouldn't have gotten me them...we will see in August.
Who knows by then the leg might be healed up enough to let me run a little faster a couple times a week.
Shoes I Ran In This Week
Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase
They are now over 100 miles on them and I am liking them more now than I did when I wrote the 50 mile review. No they are not the quietest, lightest, most cushioned or "fastest" shoe I have ever run in.
However, I put them on, go out the door and forget about 'em.
That is my biggest compliment I give to my running shoes.
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. Great for the treadmill, tempo or faster paced runs though. Right now they are too low of a drop shoe and I can feel the added tug on the Achilles when I am walking in them, so no running them yet.
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 for me.
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
Good old reliables, not fast shoes, but shoes that I can run in when I want or need to as far as I have planned. Unfortunately, even though they are sitting in the same shoe rack as the LG7's, when it comes to choosing between the two, I almost always pick the LG7's. I think I have run once in them in the last month.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
Not running trails right now and their lower drop does tend to make the Achilles bark a bit more than I want.
Not for a while.
I know that idiot Harold the Destroyer too well!!! Get him in the middle of a race and he will do something stoopid, so I am staying away from the starting lines until I can run without soreness and the achilles/left leg discomfort doesn't limit my stride.
Left Achilles Tendon area: Getting better - slowly but surely. It still is limiting my stride and there is some discomfort during and after a run, especially if I attempt to go fast for too long or go too hard up hills. So I am playing it conservative and not pushing it too hard. If it has a bad day, I take that day off or run super easy to see if it will loosen up.
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 4-6 weeks, so it is just part of the cost of me running in my mind.
The reality is that
This was a really good week where I got to run a lot, take time away from work and think about what I want from this blog going forward. No I am not where I was back in Mid-May, but I am on the way back there and that is all I can hope for.
I just have to keep doing the bottle rolling on the achilles/left leg, actually both legs, doing rehab work and staying mostly smart about this recovery process.
It ain't easy, but being stoopid all the time, just ain't gonna work that well for me be to get back to where I want to be. I have a feeling that every so often, I will still get a bad case of the stoopids from time-to-time - just a part of Harold being Harold I guess.