RunLog 7-19-11 – Too Damn Hot

This is a two for the price of one Runlog.  Yesterday, was one of those days that you do a lot of running around when you finally get to do some exercise you are hot and tired. So we went for a hike over behind Inland Hospital in Waterville.

The trails are great, but where it is in town, there are a few more people.  About a quarter mile in, Mary asked if I had locked the car door and I knew that I hadn’t.  We were interrupted by a bunch of kiddos coming out of the trail and I simply forgot to do it.  So I ran back and locked the car and ran back to where Mary & Bennie were waiting – got in a cheap 0.5 mile run.

It was a good thing that I did, because coming down a hill, I stepped a small twig going the same direction as my foot.  Yes I did my best impression of an uncoordinated buffoon and almost sat on my ass with my bad leg stretched completely out in front of me.

Yep – it hurt for a couple of minutes, then I got up and walked it off.  I know that I slightly hyper-extended my bad knee a bit.  It wasn’t really painful, but it let me know exactly where it hurt.  When we got home I iced it and it felt better. I actually was being pretty smart, I decided not to go for my 2.0 mile run after that just to make sure it was okay.  That is why I was willing to take the cheap .5 mile run, I figured that I had earned it 🙂

Today was 82 degrees and high humidity – I didn’t know if I was swimming or running the air was so thick (this is for Maine – not down South).  The Blake Road sun field kicked my butt as usual.  I don’t know why I don’t just go the other way, which is not nearly as sunny – stubbornness and stupidity is the answer.

The knee has felt better, but seemed to loosen up as I ran, but I started out pretty slow and wondered at first if it was a good idea to run at first.

First time this year that I came back from a run and looked like I had a bucket of water thrown over my head and shirt. I still don’t really like hot weather running, but I need to run to get back in shape.  But the past two days have been pretty miserable, actually the last three.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

 

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RunLog 7-16-11 – I Wasn’t Supposed To

I know I wasn’t supposed to, but I did anyway, I felt really good this morning and ran over 2.0 miles.  I am really trying hard not to get too far ahead of myself and make things hurt, but I tried a new course and it wasn’t in the direct sunshine, so I didn’t wilt after the first mile.  I didn’t run up Quaker Rd hill to the second Steven’ gate.  But other than that I ran right along and no I didn’t turn off my watch when I walked 🙂
The day off yesterday was needed, I tried for at least one day a week off. I used to run for streaks to see how many days in a row I could go, my logs show the longest streak was 213 days, but that was many years ago.  I feel that this is probably better for me anyway.
I even went out back of the garage and lifted – very briefly – hate weights, but I am going to start doing them – a least a little more.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

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RunLog 7-20-11 – A Nice Breeze Coming Back

I got out a bit earlier than usual this morning, we knew it was going to be hot, so I didn’t linger around finishing reading my gReader feeds or anything else, heck I didn’t even check Facebook.  I got on the road at about 8:40 about an hour earlier than usual.  Good thing too.  It was hot and sunny so I decided to do the Brook O/B – the course has a lottttt more shade than my Blake Rd run.  I did really good going through the 2.0 mile mark in 18:31, so I am getting better, slowly but surely. The breeze in my face most of the way back helped a lot too.  Knee still didn’t like that little spill I took the other day, but not nearly as sore as it was.
Walked 3X after the 2.0 mile marker, but still ran the course faster than I did last time.  Now if I could just start losing the weight, I am staying steady at 185-190 even with the increased exercise and activity levels.  Guess I have to shut down access to the pie-hole for some of the great stuff that Mary makes or at least cut down the portion size of what I eat.  That has always been a problem, so either ratchet up a little more activity in the afternoon (i.e. second run) and get moving more.
Even went to the back of garage and lifted some light weights for a while, need to do this more.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

By Harold L. Shaw Posted in RunLog

Fugly Shoes and the Military – July 2011

I had read about the Army banning “toe shoes” better known as Vibram 5 Five Finger shoes,  before on a couple of other blogs, on Google News and when I was over at the Running Moron, this morning I couldn’t resist adding my two-cents into the conversation on a non-issue.

As a retired CWO (Coastie), I chuckled when I first read that the Army was banning the 5 finger shoes, then I got it. These shoes are not uniform in appearance and look really ugly, which is true – the toe shoes are fugly.

Which means in a few months that I will probably be running in them. ;-P

 

I seem to remember that it took several years before the services allowed soldiers/sailors to choose their own sneakers/running shoes for their feet, instead of the ugly and useless issue “white or black canvas sneakers”, which were the original minimalist running shoes.

We have to remember service members not fully part of our democracy, I know I am spouting blasphemy, but listen a minute – people in the military serve our democracy – which is a big difference. We/They/I voluntarily signed up for military service and voluntarily give up many of their civil liberties to “serve” in the military.

It is actually pretty simple, while you are in the military you abide by their rules, laws and don’t complain too much.  The old saying “a bitching sailor is a happy sailor – a quiet one is something to look out for” applies. Once you leave military service you can have your freedoms back, after all in today’s world, it is an all volunteer service, not forced or drafted – those soldiers and sailors all made a personal choice to go in or stay in.

Personally I think this is one of those things that civilians should just keep their noses out of and shut-up about. It is a very minor thing that affects very few soldiers. In other words this really is not a big deal, but some are carping about freedoms that are not applicable to military members.

Like they say shit roles downhill and seeing those fugly 5 finger (toe) shoes in formation put a burr under somebody’s beret – therefore in PT they can’t be worn. Big whoop!

They can still run on their own in their fugly shoes or they can go back to the minimalist white/black canvas rubber soled issue sneakers and make everyone wear the same damned things. Sometimes it is better to let a sleeping dog lie there and just walk around it. Especially when the rules are different and the players know that they are different.Besides if there are enough of the “toe shoe” proponents in the Army, there are ways to get these kind of “stupid” rules gotten rid of or just be patient and when that Generalretires, the staff changes the “Instruction” and the new General doesn’t really care. Like they say in military service every 2 years things will change, so just be patient on stupid rules.This is one of those issues where everyone (including me) is wasting time talking about something really stoooopid and not a big deal.

If civilians really wanted to support people in the military they should show their outrage in better places i.e. press for better pay, support services to families, better support for veterans, etc., not feign outrage over what kind of g’damned shoe someone wears in formation.

“Are you doing the right thing for the right reason.”

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

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RunLog 7-14-11 – No Stopping Today

This morning was a lot cooler and not nearly as humid as it has been, so today, I wanted to run the 2.0 miles without stopping and I did. This was also my fastest time yet, so I am really pleased with the progress.  The knee still is not a comfortable as I want it to be, but I know that it feels 100% better than it did before the surgery.
On the last mile, I walked just over half and ran slowly from the top of Blake Rd Hill to Steven’s Gate and felt fine.  So my total today was closer to 2.4, but I know that I am not ready for the hills or the 3.0 miles yet,  still have 17 days left in July, then I will think about running further.  Who knows maybe I will go up to Benton and run the old railroad bed, they turned into a walking trail.  It is flat and the surface is dirt.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

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RunLog 7-13-11 – Broke 19:00

English: Horsefly

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I did it, I broke 19:00 minutes for 2.0 miles!

That might not be a big deal to many people out there – I know “big whoop and a yawn”.

To me it means that I am making progress, listen I know that I will never break 18:00 for a 5K again, but my goal is to break 24:00 for a 5K this year and if my knee holds up, I know that I can.

I started out great, hitting 1.0 mile in 9:08, but wilted in the sun on Blake Rd and did the walk run routine 4-5 times.  The sun just seems to completely drain me and I have gotten smart enough that I don’t try to fight it nearly as hard as I used to.

I keep moving and start running again as soon as possible.It worked good enough to break 19:00, now to just keep plugging away at getting my endurance base up to where I can make the entire 3 mile course without walking.

I predict sometime around late August. But a couple of those hills are a real bear.

The bog warriors attacked in force today.  The were swarming in a cloud around my head and for a long time didn’t land to take a bite.  One did and when I smashed him to a pulp on my neck, the others attacked in force.

I don’t know if this helped with breaking 19:00, but I know that I ran faster to get away from them.I guess I should have just flicked him away.  Took 3 major welts, but 24 bog warriors were casualties in this engagement.

The bog warrior part of this post is just for fun, but I really don’t like horse flies alias bog warriors.  Who know maybe this will be the basis for an alternative earth view fantasy book, with horseflies having a life of their own and how they defend their kingdoms against the invading giants :).

Let’s have fun today and enjoy life.
Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.
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RunLog 7-12-11 – Muggy and Overcast

I started out really slowly today and then picked it up a little at the bottom of the hill. Freakin horse flies and mosquitoes wanted to carry me into the woods and do wonderful things (in their opinion) to my body, however, I was very unwilling.  I killed a few of what I call the bog warriors and their allies.  They just seemed to keep coming not matter how many I slapped or stepped on after I knocked them to the ground.  It was a battle royale and they definitely were winning.
All this caused me to run faster, if awkwardly as I was swinging and waving my hat at my tormentors.  The few trucks that went by must have thought that I was totally crazy.  Maybe I was for going down towards the bog on an overcast day, after a night of rain.  I know that it was a tough, tough run – besides the bugs, it was hot, humid and already in the mid 80s.
I have never done well in high temps or high humidity, even when I lived in Washington, DC and ran everyday at noon time – year round.  But I finished faster than I have before on this course (this year).  While I was out there fighting my tormentors, I thought how much I liked the idea of running 2 and walking back in the last mile.  This is usually my 3.0 mile course and mostly down hill going out, with a couple of small hills to get up that just about kill me now.
This will be a great run in late August through when the snow flies, hopefully the knee will allow me to get up to that 3.0 mile point, it sure is not ready yet, but is still making progress.  Now to just get rid of those darn bog warriors.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

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RunLog 7-11-11 – A Running/Walking Run

After a day of no running yesterday, baling hay and walking 5.0 miles doesn’t count :), today I felt pretty tight and sore.  Mainly from the picking, chucking and moving hay bales around for a while yesterday.  Although it doesn’t hurt to walk, it was more uncomfortable than it has been to run today.  The knee was a little sore, so I thought that I would just run easy and not go too hard.
Instead I went through the first mile in 9:16 faster than I have gone this year and then wilted once I hit the Blake road. All the trees and shade went away and I was in the full sun and 88 degree for the next mile.  I didn’t try to be a hero, I stopped and walked 3 times and then started back up again.  It was just too damn hot for me, but my time was the same as the other day.  I just have to remember that in the heat time and distance don’t mean a lot, safety is the most important thing.
I felt pretty good walking back in the last mile and even jogged a couple hundred yards on a flat part.
Then I had lunch with a friend at Big G’s in Winslow and overate, but was still fairly healthy by having a large Mathieu Fitness Sandwich with Cajun Chicken, green peppers, onions, munster cheese and lavash bread, along with an OJ and a Chocolate milk.  A little too much of a good thing, but not the old fries or chips routine which I would have done in the past.  Now just have to work on the portion sizes.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

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RunLog 7-10-11 – Baling Hay

Today was a DNR in the log book, but I sure didn’t just sit on my butt all day, today I helped the neighbor down the road get his hay inside.  I haven’t bailed hay since the mid 1970’s. I had forgotten how hard, dirty (yes dirty) and how tired being out in the hot sun working is. I have gotten soft, spending most of the last 30-40 years doing administrative type jobs – those office jobs where you don’t usually break too much of a sweat.
I know that I am tired tonight, but the best part of it all is that my knee isn’t bothering me, some slight swelling but that is it.  That is after all the twisting, turning, bending to pick up 30-40 pound hay bales and tossing them up on the wagon, then offloading and putting them on the elevator to the hay loft.
Overall, it was a great workout – yes I will be sore in the morning, but I  helped out a neighbor and followed through when I said that I would help him.  That was to me the most important part – that I kept my word.
Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.
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RunLog 7-9-11 – Two in a Row

This is the second day that I ran 2.0. It didn’t feel as good as yesterday, but not too bad. I added about 20 seconds when I stopped to talk with a who neighbor invited me to their pig roast this afternoon.  I probably won’t go though – too many food temptations and I really don’t know anyone there.
Getting back to the run, knee was a bit sorer today, so tomorrow’s run will probably just be a 1.0 deps on how I feel.  I walked another 2.0 with Mary, Katie and Bennie and then iced it after lunch for a little while.

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at Veteran Runner © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and Veteran Runner with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.

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