After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

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Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Summer Shoe Purge & Wanna Trade

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There it is done, I have gone through my running shoe inventory...yes, I looked in the closet, the back of the garage, under the dresser, front hall closet, in the truck and found all of the shoes that I don't like, can't wear or don't work for me.

Yesterday, I returned the Under Armour Bandit 2's and Apollo 2's, so that left me with a few more that it was time to get rid of. Eleven pair to exact.

If you or you know of anyone who wants to trade me (we can negotiate) or find a good home for these shoes let's talk. I am open to pretty one-sided swaps and if it came right down to it and you or you know someone who really needs some running shoes really badly, I am not greedy. I would rather know that they are getting a second chance with someone who needs them, then have them go to Goodwill.

Also I am very easy on running shoes, so even though they might have some mileage on a few of them for the most part they are still in very good shape. Although the two with over 400 miles might not be the best choice for someone to keep running in.

So what are the shoes I am getting rid of:

1. Nike Streak LT3

 (33 miles) - Size 8.5 - I LOVE these shoes, unfortunately, I have also found that my left Achilles Tendon does not love me running in 4mm drop racing flats. This is the second Achilles issue I have had after running faster than an old fart should in this style of shoes. They make me want to go faster than my current body can handle and the left Achilles is what gives. I gotta get rid of them before I wear them again and break me again.

2. Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Tri 

(66 miles) - Size 8.5 - I ran well in them for a while, but they are not really race day shoes for me and they don't have enough cushioning for me for running longer distances. They were too much of a tweener shoe and not what I was looking for.

3. Pearl Izumi EM/M3 Road v2 

(115 miles) - Size 8.5 - Nice shoes and very comfortable, but from the start they felt too heavy for me at just under 11.0 oz they were not what I look for in my daily trainers. I just couldn't get by the weight and even though I had some very good runs in them, I had to consciously tell myself that I had to wear them versus wanting to wear them.

4. Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Roads V1

(227 Miles) - Size 8.5 - The shoes are pretty much bomb-proof and while I run well in them, I don't reach for them for running anymore. To be honest, I just got tired of them, which isn't much of an excuse to get rid of a pair running shoes, but at the same time I don't see me running in them very much going forward so it is time to let them go.

5. Asics Hyperspeed 6's

(100 miles) - Size 8.5 - They are a fast shoe that I run pretty well in, but the grip where I live isn't what I need and to be honest, last fall when I slipped and fell in them on wet grass and again on wet tar,  I lost confidence in my ability to go fast in them in those conditions. Then there is not enough cushioning for running down back, so they have been pretty much limited to treadmill or dry weather running.

6. Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Roads v2 

(209 miles) Size 8.5 - My tweener shoes, not quite light enough to be race day shoes, but not enough cushioning to be my daily trainers either. They do great with my faster road days or on the treadmill, but with all the Achilles issues I have been having, the 4mm drop just isn't working for me. Otherwise they would still be in my rotation as the shoes that really don't fit and particular training run, but always seemed to end up on my feet.

7. Skechers GoRun Ultra Women's v1 

(133 miles) Size 10 - I like they way that they run, but they were too narrow for my feet, so I took off the pleather strap from the laces down to the sole on the right shoe and it made them runnable. I don't know, they just never really did a lot for me and while they were okay, well time to let them go.

8. Nike Lunar Glide 5

(178 miles) - Size 9.5 - I got these on a whim, because I was so frustrated with all my shoes last summer. The 9.5's were always just too big, but even so I ran well in them and liked them a lot. However, I wear the front of the LG series to pretty smooth and that is why I stopped running in them, even though the rest of the shoe is in very good shape.

9. Hoka Clifton v1 - Blue 

(427 miles) - Size 8.5 - I got these in a trade with another runner and they are dead to rights, not a whole lot of life left in them. Loved how they worked for me, but the toe box was always just a smidgen too tight for my right foot, which would bother me after 5-6 miles, but I put some great miles on these shoes and they were fast and light. If the Clifton 3's were a little wider than the one's, instead of the 2mm wider than the 2's and hadn't gained so much weight in the 3's, I might go back to the Clifton's again, but they changed what the shoe was initially into something else.

10. Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Roads v1

(449 miles) - Size 8.5 - They are tired and done as running shoes. I made them into screw shoes last winter and they worked well for that purpose. Initially, they were a pair of shoes that I hated with a passion! However, once they broke in they were the shoes I always seems to come back to when not much was working right for me. They became my old reliables and have been retired for a while. If I don't get rid of them, I might take the screws out pretty soon and start running in them if nothing else seems to work the way I want. That is why I need to get rid of them...I might just start running in them again and I have a feeling that would not be a good thing.

There are the eleven pair of running shoes, that are going to leave the house at some point in the next month, either by trading or giving them away.

Yes, I said eleven at the top of the page, but I just couldn't bring myself to get rid of my beloved Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1's - I do like them, so they will stick around for a while longer.

If I trade them what am I looking for? 

For a trade something with less than 150 miles and in reasonable shape, bright, gaudy colors are fine

  • Mizuno - Size 8.5-9.0 (Inspires, Elixir's, Hitogami, Ronin, Catalyst)
  • Nike  - Size 8.5-9.0 (Free's, LG6 or 7, Pegasus, Racing Flats with 8mm drop or higher)
  • Topo - Size 8.5 Magnifly - I know a lower drop but they just intrigue me
  • Karhu - Size 8.5-9.0 (always wanted to try a pair)

or something else that we can negotiate about

Basically, something in the 8-12 mm drop, 10 oz or less range, with a wider toe box.

If you are interested let's talk, otherwise at by the end of September they will all go to Goodwill.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

A Change in Direction to the Running Shoe Rotation

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Every year about this time, it is time to take a look at all the running shoes I have laying around the house, squirreled away out back of the garage, in the back of the truck or wherever else I have hidden away any running shoes, that are not currently in my rotation.

Then decide what to do with them.

  • Keep them in storage, 
  • Use them for lawn shoes
  • Give them away/get rid of them

Today was a bit different though, in addition to the old shoes, which I will go over in a different post...I also decided to get rid of, well return my most recent purchases and move in a different direction.

What in the hell are you talking about Harold?

Unfortunately, the two pair of new Under Armour shoes did not work for the way that I run. As part of that honesty about why I stop running in pair of running shoes, here are the real reasons that I returned them.

Under Armour Bandit 2. 

I like the ride a lot and they have many positive attributes that I talked about in their 50 mile review. Unfortunately, the more I have broken them in, the one thing that I was concerned about became something that I could not deal with any longer.

With the curved last and stretchy upper (which I initially loved), the forefoot (for me) feels as though the side of my foot feels like it is going over the side of the shoe when I land on the side of my foot when running "at speed" or turning. As long as I land heel-first and ran mostly straight ahead there was no problem.

There were a couple of other minor things that were pain in the arse stuff, but stuff that I could put up with - the tongue is finicky and you have to frig around with it to get it just right and on new tar the Bandit 2's were a bit slippery.

The salespeople at Olympia Sports in Waterville were great about the return and while they did not work for me, I still think the Bandit 2's are a nice running shoe, just not for me and how I run.

Under Armour Apollo 2.

This was a pair of running shoes that I loved right out of the box and had high hopes for. Unfortunately, after a few runs, I noticed that when I ran/walked in these shoes, my left Plantar Fascia was beginning to let me know something wasn't right.

Over the years, I have had 3 pair of running shoes before the Apollo 2's that had this kind of problem and when it happens, it only gets worse. I didn't want to add PF problems to my already compromised left leg, so they were put a return box and were mailed back to Under Armour this morning.

Which really sucked, this was a pair of running shoes that I really wanted to work well for me, but the PF issues made them a no-go.

The reality is that

Returning the Bandit 2's and Apollo 2's was a difficult decision, because I did like an awful lot about both pair, but they each had a fatal flaw that made them shoes that were not going to work for me.

Which doesn't leave me with much to choose from in my running shoe rotation.

  • N1 Trail v1's - lower drop that bothers my left leg, but I don't want to get rid of them.
  • N1 Road v2's - lower drop that bothers my left leg, but I don't want to get rid of them.
  • Nike Lunar Glide 7's - due to the durability issues on the front of the outsole, they have become my primary work shoes and I really am not all that amped to start running in them again.
  • Asics Hyperspeed 6's - I have them setup to be my treadmill shoes for now, but I stopped running in them last fall for a reason and I am not sure how they will do - they may end up on the give-away pile too (sooner rather than later).

So I have been sort of looking around to see what I should be running in now.

It seems as though everything is pointing toward Mizuno, but I don't want to invest over a $100 bucks for yet another pair of running shoes, so I decided to go with last year's model and finally settled on ordering the Inspire 11's. They should be here tomorrow night.

So the journey continues.

Yes, I also put a bunch of shoes on the back table that will end up heading off to Goodwill, unless someone needs a pair of 8.5's -- some damn near new as a result of the rest of the purging...more on that tomorrow.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Too Early and Too Many Bennie Stops

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Some days are meant to be and others...well let's just say that 10 hours shouldn't feel like two weeks. In other words, not a great day by any stretch of the imagination, but at the same time I am glad to be home sitting in my recliner.

Getting out and running first thing with Bennie is not really a highlight of my day. Today was double-duty...he was full of piss and vinegar...well until he wasn't. In other words we would just get going and then we had to run, stop, run, stop, repeat, repeat...nine times.

Not that way that my body wants to run at 6:30 AM. Maybe at 9:00 AM or later, but not that time of the day. That time of the morning I all it really wants, hell let's be real, all it can do is put one foot in front of the other in a semi-conscious plod. This old body ain't loose and is just barely awake, even though the mind is pretty well functional and thinks we should be doing sub 6:00 minute paces or some shit like that.

Then with Bennie doing his thing...well it gets Harold a case of the grumpies and the left leg barks a lot more than it should.

So I did learn a couple of things this morning:

  1. I ain't ever gonna be an early morning runner
  2. The Bandit 2's are loosening up a bit too much in the toe box and the feeling like I am going to go over the side when landing is getting more pronounced, unless I purposely land heel-first. Yeah, every so often I sneak in a forefoot landing and when I do the outside of my forefoot lands first. Not a good combination.

Bonus knowledge gained - the tread/sole on the Bandit 2's is a bit dicey on new tar when it is wet (it rained last night), something about the oils on the new tar and sole consistency just ain't working too great together. Unfortunately, the new tar is right in front of the house, where I try to pick up the pace to finish. Not today, I wasn't going to have the neighbors going by and looking at me either face first on the tar or sitting on my arse on the side of the road.

Oh yeah, at work today was the first day of the Fall semester, where Friday was the end of the Summer semester and the overlap with semester start-up (plus all the first day craziness) and closing out the old semester, made for a lonnnnnggg day. Oh well, I can see this whole week being wacky and if the leg doesn't do any better, Bennie might only be doing a walk in the morning.

At some point I probably should just go put the boot on and force myself to wear it for two weeks, which is what the doc would tell me, well... "order". Then get back to training slowly instead of just keep re-injuring whatever is torn/broken or pissed at me. :-)

Naw, that makes too much sense and isn't what a Harold does.

And the beat keeps on beating on my head ;-)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Disappointing Week - Week in Review 8-28-16

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What Happened This Week?

More dumb training - in other words get to feeling decent and do something stoopid - err running a 23:37/3.0 mile treadmill run after already running a decent 5.0 miler that morning. Yep dumb and yes, I paid for it.

Figured out that I don’t like the feeling of going over the side of my shoes and that as the shoe breaks in it is even more pronounced than it was. Then the other new pair are causing a flare-up of Plantar Faciitis, which only happens in certain shoes and these seem to be a pair of those shoes. Tough week for my new shoes.

Bad when I go back to the old running shoes, because they feel better than the new ones.

Other than that not much.

Photo of the Week:

Running Summary

Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot

Thoughts on this week’s running.

Until noon Wednesday, I was feeling the best I have felt running since May, then Iike said at the start, I got greedy, stoopid and all those wonderful words we use to describe bad training. Since then I have gingerly gotten back to it, but certainly not at the level I was at the start of the week.

Made 25 Miles and am pretty happy I got that many, considering how bad I was feeling Wednesday/Thursday. Good thing that I heal reasonably quick.

Year-to-Date Progress

spreadsheet screenshot


Hey, I made 100 miles for August, it was in doubt, but did it. A couple more weeks and I will have 1,000 for the year, not quite where I want to be, but better than I thought it would be ever since the leg started bothering.

Running Shoes

Running Shoe Rotation:

  • Under Armour Speedform Bandit 2
  • Under Armour Speedform Apollo 2
  • Asics Hyperspeed 6
Thoughts about running shoes:

It can be summed up in one word - Disappointing.

The two Under Armour shoes really did well the first couple of weeks, but unfortunately, they both seem to have fatal flaws for me and how I run, which will cause me to get back on the looking for new shoes merry-go-round. Unless things turn-around quickly.

I did dig out the Hyperspeeds and put the Garmin footpod on them, because I needed a pair of shoes that are not lower drop, but still are decent on the treadmill for me.

I even dug deep into the archives and pulled these babies out of the backyard shoe rack and might even take them out for a spin, they did bring back some great memories of running in them during 2012 & 2013.

Shoes I Ran In This Week

Under Armour Speedform Bandit 2 - (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
I am still running decently in them, but I have learned that I have to be very particular about which socks I wear, since on Saturday, I had to take off my right one because it bothered my foot so much and run home barefoot in the shoe. Also the curvature of the last and mostly stretchable upper does not make for a good moderate stability shoe. As the shoe breaks in more, I notice my foot feeling like it is going over the edge on landing, especially if I pick up the pace a little and land a little more on the outside of my forefoot. Not a good sign for continued running in them.
Under Armour Speedform Apollo 2 - (8.1 oz) Personal Purchase

Until this week I was very happy with how the A2’s were performing for me. Unfortunately, a deal killer raised it ugly head this week. When I wear them, my Plantar Faciitis bothers - a lot. I don’t have a clue why these would bother, because they are flexible, with enough cushion, but the last two times I have worn them, suffering of the INITIAL stages of a bad bout of PF was not fun. I will try them one more time, but right now I am not looking forward to doing it. Probably will be Monday’s treadmill run, might as well find out sooner than just throwing them in the closet and then finding them a few months from now and wonder why I put them there.
Asics Hyperspeed 6 - (0.56) -- Personal Purchase 

Not really sure how much running I will actually be doing in them, but I know that I can run decently in the Hyperspeed 6's and not have them bother anything too much, just gotta be careful on wet roads, grass and not much running down-back on the dirt road.

Other Shoes in the closet, but not currently being used for running

Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase
Have become my primary work and walking shoes.

A pretty big difference in the weights, they are listed at 9.4 and these are 8.8 oz. I have put them into semi-retirement and use them as my primary work shoes. They are still comfortable and I wouldn't hesitate to run in them if I had to and it is looking like I might need to.
Nike Streak LT3 (5.3 oz-RW) - Personal Purchase
Moved to the back of the garage as I decide what to do next with them.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road (8.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
These have become the back of the truck, emergency run shoes, the lower drop tends to bother my Achilles, but I really do like the shoes, so I am not getting rid of them just yet.

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road (9.9 oz) - Personal Purchase
Moved to the back of the garage as I decide what to do next with them.

Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase
Moved to the back of the garage as I decide what to do next with them.


Not for a while.


Left Achilles Tendon area: 3 steps forward, 2 steps back as usual. Probably would be healed if I had any patience or brains.
Hamstrings - not bothering too bad, one thing about this lower mileage/slower speeds is they have had a chance to get a bit better.

The reality is that

I hate being on the running shoe search merry-go-round. I just want to get some running shoes, run well in them and stop worrying about always looking for something that will last long more than a couple hundred miles or lets me just run.

Maybe by next year, I will actually get this left leg of mine healed to the point where I can just run.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Lot Going On and the Little Escape Artist - RunLog 8-27-16

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Well my left leg must be getting better inspite of Harold being Harold, because after my most recent attempt to train stupidly (yet again), it only took a couple of days to recover. So what did I do this time?

What happened this time?

On Wednesday, I had a pretty decent 5.0 mile run that morning with Bennie and then, I needed to get another 3.0 done at lunch on the treadmill it was just too damn hot outside. Which probably would not have been quite so bad...if I had not done the 3.0 miles in 23:37, but I was feeling pretty good during the run.

It seems that I can go the 9:00 minute paces or slower without too many issues, but when I get below that 8:00 minute barrier, something changes and my leg doesn’t whisper when it tells me how stoooooopid I am being. 

The other part of the equation is that I can’t seem to do the eccentric leg drops below level without them bothering my leg, so a definite lesson learned there.

Then I wore the Apollo’s back to work that afternoon and they aggravated my left Plantar Facia, which flares up if the shoes are not quite right for me. When I got home, I golf balled the left foot and plantar, which helped - a lot.

Thursday, I took off - when I can't walk without discomfort, I am not going to run. Then Friday while I decided that I could run, that I need another day off just to be sure. I am trying to be smahter, just doesn't always work the way I plan.

However, I did want to find out if the Apollo 2’s were going to bother my Plantar Facia, so I wore them to work on Friday. Not a good thing. By 10:00 AM, I had to go out to the truck and change out of them. I wore my old PI M3 v2’s and they didn’t bother at all, but damn they are heavy as hell. 

So I am not going to run in the Apollo’s for a couple of weeks and will see how they do when I go back to them. I hope it is just a one off kind of thing, because I do like the shoes, but if they continue to bother my foot - well they won’t make it to 50 miles.

Saturday Morning Run

Which brings us to this morning. I definitely was going to run - no doubt about it.

Unfortunately, after we got out there Bennie was a lot more interested in sniffs and leaving “male” for other critters that it wasn’t one of those good runs I had hoped for. 

At almost 2.0 miles I had to stop and take off my right sock. For some reason it was bother the hell out of my right foot???? The Bandit’s did a good job with the barefoot running and I might have to start running barefoot in them, which is not a great thing for winter running which is only a two-three months away. So I have a feeling I will get them through the fall and be on the look out for a different pair of multi-purpose type shoes for winter running. 

Then once we got back up by the house a Jeep went by and somehow the leash caught the waist belt latch just right and the next thing I knew Bennie was running free and the belt was on the ground behind us. 

This totally sucked!!!

He can run like nobody’s business and he was going full out to get the Jeep.

Like the neighbor said "I didn't know he was that fast of a dog!!! He can really fly!!!"

I felt like saying "Yeah, no shit Sherlock.", but I was nice and said, "He sure can".

Usually, when this happens about 3 hours later he is back in the fold and I get to worry like hell that he will get hit by a car. Luckily, once he figured out that he wasn’t going to catch the Jeep, he stopped down at the 2nd neighbor’s mailbox, turned around looked at me and started running back towards me.

I had just kept running along towards him like nothing happened, calling his name, hoping against hope that he would get the message that we are supposed to be running together. He started running back towards me and slowed down as he got close, with one of those big doggie grins on his face. 

I quickly stepped on the leash and reached down to pet him and then we ran back to pick the waist belt and my phone up off the road - I was releasing some of the adrenaline burger that accumulated and Bennie just wanted to play leash tug-o-war - which I was so relieved that I just let him. I didn’t make a big deal out of him getting away and then we finished off the run.

I got lucky on that one!!!

I don't know, maybe when he realized that I wasn’t going to chase him, so it didn’t become a game and then he got to finish up his run with the old fart - thank goodness.

The reality is that

My training mistakes, make the recovery from my Achilles and left leg woes longer than they need to be! 

However, I do love to run faster, it just feels good to the rest of the body and actually didn’t feel that bad during the run on Wednesday, so I put a lot of the discomfort and needing to take a couple of days off on the eccentric drops, which stretches that leg's Achilles too much and breaks down the healing that has started. 

So I still do not know if it is the faster running or the deeper eccentric drops that cause the problems or a combination of the two? So no more deep eccentric drop for a while and no faster paced workouts or races until I can do 3.0 miles a bit quicker and not suffer after doing it.

I hate this constant searching for a decent shoe to run in, but it with weird feet and an Achilles that doesn’t like me, it seems my destiny to keep searching. I have a feeling that I might go back to a pair of Mizuno’s either the Rider 19 or Catalyst - the NB offerings as much as I want just do not fit my feet. Or maybe I just run in the LG7’s deal with the durability issues and run in those until I can't get them anymore. 

A lot to think about.

I had high hopes for the Under Armour stuff, but the Apollo’s don’t seem to be part of the answer and the while I can run in the Bandit’s, I have to be very selective about which socks I use or plan on going sockless in them, which will not work this coming winter, unless they become my treadmill shoes, but I have other shoes for that purpose.

Onward and upward.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

83*F is Still 83*F and a Dead Garmin - RunLog 8-23-16

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I should've run this morning first thing, it was gorgeous 51*F, just bit of a breeze out of the north. I didn't though - I just can't get motivated for running during that time of the day.

Oh well, just the way I am.

So that meant that I got to run when it was a bit warmer - right around 83*F with very little wind. I had a little extra time and decided to to 5.0. Unfortunately, UMA doesn't really have a good 5.0 mile course without doing laps and Planet Fitness ain't much better.

Running Ahead - Course Map

Even so I decided that I could do pretty much a 5.0 mile loop if I went out Outer Civic Center Dr towards Belgrade, then back by the new Hospital and then cut through the cemetery. Turns out lots traffic and lack of shade made this an unenjoyable route, but I got the 5.0 miles in.

I purposely ran slower in the Apollo's to find out how they did at a recovery pace. They are not really not for running slower, but did well enough that I wouldn't hesitate to use them upta 5-6 miles and maybe a bit further. However, for me I don't think they are what I would want to run longer in. I heel strike a lot in them going slower and coming down the big hill by the hospital I noticed that my feet hurt a little more than they should, not enough to slow me down, but noticeable.

Unfortunately, I forgot to charge my Garmin last night and it ran out of juice at 4.0 miles and while I tried turning it on after the auto shut-off, that last mile was off by a lot. That is why I used the course maker in Running Ahead to see how far it was - a little old school tech = close enough.

I do know that I picked up the pace the last mile - it was mostly downhill :-). I always have been a better downhill runner.

A nice recovery run after a couple of faster for me runs the past two days and while I did feel strong, the heat did get me a little miles 3-4 where the hills were

Time: 46:43 (est)
Distance 5.01
Pace: 9:07
Shoes: Under Armour Apollo 2

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Late Start, But the Treadmill Beckoned - RunLog 8-22-16

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This morning we woke up to a torrential downpour outside. We really needed the rain, but Bennie was not impressed, he looked out the window put his head back down and planned to go back to sleep. I got up and coaxed him to move and he looked at me, sort of wagged his tail, put his head back down. We laughed.

We made the bed and he still had not moved, he was watching us, but wasn't going to get up anytime soon. We waited almost an hour for the storm to wind down and then he was more than ready to go out and do his business. Unfortunately, that didn't give me enough time to get a morning run in like I had planned.

After a long morning, computer system issues, meeting and just general Monday business, I was ready for my lunch run - at 2:30 PM.

A bit later than usual, but at least I got it in.

However, I knew that I had to keep it quick, so I decided to hop on the treadmill and start it at 7.6 mph (under a 8:00 minute pace) and see where it led.

  • 2.0 miles @ 7.6 mph
  • .50 @ 7.7 mph
  • .25 @ 8.1 mph
  • .25 @ 8.6 mph

The first 2.5  miles was about doing the time, because the pace didn't feel bad at all on the treadmill. However, as I expected the last two quarters were tougher, but nothing bad, I was going at about 80% and feeling pretty good. Unfortunately, I am not in good enough shape yet, to maintain those faster paces for a full 5K, but it was definitely encouraging.

I am still working on adjusting the LockLaces in the Apollo 2's and will need a few more runs to finish dialing them in.

Time: 23:23
Distance 3.0
Pace: 7:48
Shoes: Under Armour Apollo 2

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week in Review, Thoughts on TV Coverage - 8-21-16

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What Happened This Week?

Believe it or not I am finally starting to get the left leg so I can run a little more, well without discomfort. I just hope that it continues to improve, all I have to do is keep up with my exercises and not slack off them when I start feeling a better.

I did watch a lot of the Olympics and was impressed with the character and class displayed by most of the American athletes, with a few notable exceptions.

Although Usain Bolt and Mo Farrah are not American, I did cheer for Bolt to succeed, he is just so dominant in his events and runs with such obvious joy that it is hard to cheer against him. Farrah is so humble and seems to be a gentleman, but such a competitor that I was cheering him on in both races.

Matty C's win in the 1500 was unexpected and showed a lot of guts, along with Rupp finishing 3rd and Ward 6th in the marathon. The women's marathon team with 3 runners in the top 10 was holy wow and all the other moments that both the men's and women's track and field teams gave us was phenomenal.

So many other moments were fantastic as well, even though they were not related to running.

I thought how NBC brought up 4x100 US Team and Chilimo's DQ live on camera, before they were told about it by officials was despicable and that especially Chilimo did well in controlling his emotions in front of millions of viewers. It was almost as if the commentator was enjoying surprising them and asking about the disqualification - that deer in the headlights look that the athletes had when surprised in their moment of glory with that kind of news.

Especially, when they did not have the correct reason for the DQ that they showed the world and Chilimo as the reason for disqualification. I thought that Chilimo handled the situation with class despite NBC's attempts to "show him up" with the story of the moment. It was the right thing for officials to overturn the DQ.

Gotta bring the high flaluting athletes down a notch or two attitude, the announcer seemed to relish asking those questions. I felt sorry for the spot that he put them on.

It seemed like that for any event that that doesn't have built in time outs for TV  or jiggly whatevers, would constantly be interrupted for commercials or switched to other events/interviews that had little or nothing to do with the event going on. I know the reason for commercials and understand that sponsors pay big bucks, however, there has to be a better way to cover the events and have better spots for commercialization.

Let's face it some events are not made for TV and when NBC switched to something else, we would miss important parts of the race or event and many events did not even get to be seen - I guess they were too boring for TV audiences.

Can you tell that I am less than impressed with NBC's coverage and I do not expect it to change all that much, since they have exclusive rights until 2032.

Too bad, because it could and should be done better.

Well now I can now find something else to do in the evenings, besides watch great athletes push themselves to the limit.

Photo of the Week:
I don't know if this should be a favorite or scariest, it just shows how the drought is affecting us locally.

Running Summary

Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot

Thoughts on this week’s running.
A very good week! Not my highest mileage week or even my best intensity week, but I actually started to feel as though I was running again, not just gimping along putting in time and distance. 7.0 miles ain't much as far as a long run goes, but to do it pretty much pain-free was a huge step in the right direction. Now to get back into shape.

Year-to-Date Progress


I keep moving forward slowly but surely and stayed within the recommended 10% increase this week. I even have a mini streak of 16 days in a row going, so I am starting to run consistently - at least I hope it continues.

Running Shoes

Running Shoe Rotation:
  • Under Armour Speedform Bandit 2
  • Under Armour Speedform Apollo 2
Thoughts about running shoes: I wanted to get the Bandit's to 50 mile to get their review in and you read my thoughts about them below in the link. However, I really think that the Apollo 2's will be the surprise hit of the summer for me. I run very quietly and feel good when I run in them.

Under Armour Speedform Bandit 2 - (9.3 oz) - Personal Purchase

So far, so good, although there is a bit of snugness that I have to figure out whether it bothers on long runs or it is just the shoe being snug with a great upper, need to get some double-digit runs in to answer that question..

Under Armour Speedform Apollo 2 - (8.1 oz) Personal Purchase

Like I said before, they are surprising me with how comfortable I am finding them, but it is way too soon to be taking about how great they are. So for now I am just going to say after 5 runs...I am liking them.

Other Shoes in the closet, but not being used

Nike Lunar Glide 7 - (9.4 oz) - Personal Purchase

A pretty big difference in the weights, they are listed at 9.4 and these are 8.8 oz. I have put them into semi-retirement and use them as my primary work shoes. They are still comfortable and I wouldn't hesitate to run in them if I had to, but the Bandit's have replaced them as my daily trainers. 

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/N1 Road (8.3 oz) - Personal Purchase

Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road (9.9 oz) - Personal Purchase

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


Maybe I will attempt to run a 5K on 8/27, we will see how the leg feels on Tuesday.


Left Achilles Tendon area: Getting better, gonna stop whining about it. Until the next time I go backwards anyways.
Hamstrings: Not as bad as they have been.

The reality is that

Not quite where I thought I would be at the end of August earlier this year, but it is what it is and my expectations and goals have changed a bit to focus more getting ready for 2017 and enjoying this fall more than worrying about racing. I still plan to do a few races, but I have a feeling that I will be keeping the LT3's in the closet until next year. No, I have not jumped on the Under Armour running shoe bandwagon, but at the same time of all the shoes that I have tried on locally, they do seem to fit my feet the best and it seems I am running decently in them. I have noticed that since I started running in them, my problem child left leg seemed to stop bothering as much. Coincidence mmmmm maybe, but they are not as soft as the LunarGlides were and maybe I need a firmer heel/shoe for me to run decently. It is something to think about. You notice that I purposely didn't say the "magic" words that would get me in trouble about the last 2 weeks. Overall, a pretty nice week of running and enjoying life.