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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Another Birthday, New Shoes, New Goal - Week In Review 8-7-16

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

What Happened This Week?

A very frustrating and shitty week is the best that I can say about it!

Oh it did help that I had a great birthday yesterday and getting new running shoes helped, but the running side of the fence kind of sucked donkey balls for most of the week.

Oh well, it seems that last Saturday when I wrestled that g-damned waterlogged recliner into the back of the truck to take it to the recycling center, when it attempted to jump back out and I wrangled it back in...well bracing that left leg didn't do the Achilles any good.

Oh, as usual I minimized the damage and kept running until Tuesday, when I decided that until I could frigging walk without limping, that it meant no running. I got a good three days off and by Saturday, I could walk without limping and stuff, so I got to try out the new Under Armour Bandit 2's.

I have a sneaking suspicion that probably 2-3 weeks in boot would have been a better solution, but with me the old body is gonna take time off when it gets it (six feet under and the long sleep) -- ;-) hehehehe. I will have plenty of time for resting later, I am gonna push the limits until I can't no mo'.

There...can you tell I needed to vent!

Yes, I am my own worst enemy when it comes to hurting and minimizing how much something hurts, but at the same time I ain't gonna stop until the body doesn't have anything left to give and something tells me I got plenty more to give. At least another 30-40 years, so I am just gonna have to suck it up, smile and keep putting one foot in front of the other.

Mary worries about me sometimes. Am I getting to be a Crotchety old fart? ;-)

Photo of the Week:

Bennie and I out testing those new shoes

Running Summary

Weekly totals spreadsheet screenshot

Thoughts on this week’s running. The three days off was hard to recover from but when I finished running on Tuesday, I had a feeling that I wouldn't be running again for a few days and I was right. You can only grin and bear it for so long. The rest and starting to do the eccentric floor drops seems to be helping a lot. I am not going to start doing the step drops until the damn leg stops hurting so much when I do them. However, I do feel better when I am done, so it is a start.

The last couple of days have been pretty easy runs and Bennie is hating the heat, so I have to watch him closely and not have him overdo things too much. He is too willing on most day to just keep going, but then there are days like today when he is just a butt head.

Year-to-Date Progress

spreadsheet screenshot

Summary: Not a whole lot of progress this week on getting better or increasing the mileage, but at least I am walking without limping and starting back to running again, so those are positives.

However, now is when I am going to start preparing for that age 60 age group next August. That is the big goal for the next year, get my arse healthy, stay healthy and then get running well for that next age group.

Running Shoes

Running Shoe Rotation:
Nike Lunar Glide 7
Under Armour SpeedForm Bandit 2
Thoughts about running shoes: The LG7's, have a dark splotch on the toe area of the right foot - so I have worn through the first layer of the outsole. Doing that at 400-500 miles wouldn't bother me too much, but doing it at just over 200 miles, was just too soon and while the rest of the shoe is holding up great, the way that I run, sooner or later that smoothness on the front of both shoes is gonna cause an issue with either traction or how I run. So they will become my work shoes and I will ease them out of the rotation over the next few weeks or maybe faster if my new shoes are doing well.

I purposely looked for a shoe that had similar stats and design features to the LG series and after trying on some of my finalist, what I decided on was the Under Armour SpeedForm Bandit 2's. They seem pretty close to the LG's in the comfort of their ride and the outsole is a bit different in a good way, so we will see how it goes.

I am pretty excited about the U/A Bandit 2's they seem to be a no nonsense running shoe that is going to work well for me, but we will see how they do when I get back to running longer and how the outsole will wear on them.

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

This is a shoe that I had really high hopes for, but the durability is a factor that just couldn't overcome the 200-250 miles the LG7's got for me, to how much they cost even at the "discounted" prices for last year's model. 

Unfortunately, while the LG8's look like an awesome urban road shoe, the design of the outsole makes it so that I didn't even consider buying it, it just wouldn't work that well where I run. A mostly smooth bottom, with siping for traction is asking for trouble on dirt roads (pebble collectors and when the dirt gets wet and a bit slimey = lots of fun) and winter running (it is gonna be here in a few months). 

So I reluctantly went in a different direction.


Under Armour Bandit 2 - 9.5 oz (Personal Purchase)

Under Armour SpeedForm Bandit 2 - Initial Impressons

So far with 2 runs under the belt, they seem like a nice solid running shoe. Not a lot of fancy bells and whistles - just a running shoe that doesn't get in the way of my running. Time will tell if it is what I am looking for, but the first impressions were positive.  

The biggest negative I have about them so far is that I changed out to the LockLaces, which I do for most shoes anyways and I am not all that crazy about the houndstooth look. It doesn't do anything for me and I would have preferred a more "loud" look.

These do look good with jeans or conservative enough to wear to work, but I want my running shoes to be almost obnoxiously bright when I run in them, not be "right" for work.

Yeah, I know I am in the minority, but bright shoes make you run faster --- right. hehehehehehe

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


Not for a while.


Left Achilles Tendon area: I whined about it enough earlier
Hamstrings: No big changes here either.

They are going to have to put me in a pod, strap me down for a couple of weeks, just to give the body a fighting chance to start to heal, much less get better. :-)

The reality is that

I am getting pretty damned frustrated by three inches between my left heel and calf. The rest of the body is ready, able and willing to run and those frigging three inches are holding back the rest of the body. ggggggrrrrrrr

Oh well, such is life in the fast lane.

Now to work on the next 364 days, I am going to be ready for that next age group and need to focus on getting the body back to at least reasonable, so I can actually train to do well (at least what I consider to be doing well).

I am even going to put a count-down timer on my blog to continuously remind me when I will be 60!!!


  1. Ugh ... all of these little things we do to ourselves - then think that we should be ok to run ... fun (not)! I definitely sensed a bit of frustration in you post about the continued achilles fun ;) Hope it heals up soon!

    1. Yeah, I just want to keep running, oh well if my experience in 2013 is any indicator it will be about 6-8 weeks before I start running pain-free and 12 weeks to be back to normal - as long as I am not stoopid, well too stoopid. :-). I did take your advice and looked around my desk at work and figured out that the footstool under the desk was part of the problem. I would place my foot on the moveable surface or frame and it would almost always hold my foot at an angle. Which was constantly stretching my Achilles. I had put this under the desk in March or April and gee in May I have Achilles problems - is it the shoes, bad training or the foot stool or more likely a bad combo which led to everything. Oh well, at least part of the issue has been figured out.


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