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Sunday, August 21, 2016

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

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

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.


  1. Saw you and Steph talking about PI dropping out of the running shoe biz, that is definitely a shame - I had a link bookmarked for you last week and promptly forgot about it!

    I felt like this week I had become numb to the crappy coverage of the Olympics after the first atrocious week. I mean, sure it was great having live coverage of the swimming, but everything else was poor ... one of my best finds* was the google Olympic schedule ... you could see what was coming up at what time each night. Made it much more bearable! But the worst was the gymnastics ... I had to try to stay away from spoilers, then stay AWAKE until they actually showed the conclusions! Ugh.

    And the talking ... the endless, mindless talking. Not just all the sexist and racist crap that has gotten plenty of coverage, but just the inane banter. I mean, do they always have to fill the air with their own voices? No sport is immune - swimming and track events have enough exciting action without the other stuff. Ugh.

    The 1500 races are just nuts, because they really do run them so tactically, 'slow' for the first two laps, then ramp up to insane speeds to the finish.

    I have ALWAYS had an issue with the 'no Americans = no interest' and 'no medal = loser' attitudes that have only seemed to have gotten worse ... it was nice to get ANY coverage of things like the Men's triathlon, but other events were nowhere to be found. For me one fun thing is stuff I have never really seen in action before. Oh well ...

    * the word 'hack' came to mind, not seriously, but as has become all too popular lately to describe any type of shortcut or time-saving thing. Ugh again.

    1. Yeah, I think there are a lot of reasons that PI is getting out of running shoes, but they had their opportunity and didn't capitalize on the positive vibes they had started. I like their stuff, but my leg needed something different. Too bad though.

      I haven't heard too many runners that we happy with the coverage and unfortunately, I don't see it changing much over the next 16 years.

      I root for exemplary athletes who are true ambassadors of their sport, like Meb, Bolt, Farrah, Shalane, etc. and worry about their Country less.

      I tend to think greed and not understanding or listening to the demographic of those that are interested in watching the events that they are covering.


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