September 2012 Reviewed

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I don’t want to do a separate post on today’s run or the weekly summary so, I will do everything in this post since it is the last day of September.

Today’s Run

Today it was pouring rain and I don’t have confidence in any of my current rotation shoes to not cause blisters on my feet when they get wet, so I went out in the give away box to get out my old Nike Free 4.0 v2. I know that I can run in them in the wet and they do not cause any blisters. Continue reading

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Got in 6.0 Miles in Cold and Rain 9/29/12

P9290007This was one of those days when I had to move things around to accommodate getting my run in.

Usually on Saturday’s I head out for a longer run around 9:30 and finish up when I finish with no pressure on the time.

Today I was helping out with a local college’s cross country team and needed to leave the house at 10:00 to pick up a runner. So no long run this morning.

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What is Fast and Does It Matter

Running 1985Does it really matter how fast you are?

By the way who decides what is and who is fast?

Okay Harold where are you going with this? You write an awful lot on this blog about your efforts to run farther, faster.

To be honest I am not sure and this post has brought more questions to my mind than answers and I need your help to sort it out.

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Rise ‘N Shine Race Recap–9/26/12

P9280002BRRRRRRRR! That is the first thing that entered my mind when I left the house this morning. The Forester’s outside temperature gauge said it was anywhere from 32-34 on the way into the Rise ‘N Shine Race in Augusta this morning!

I am glad that I had my long sleeve tech shirt and my gloves with me – The gloves especially! My hands get cold pretty easy and I almost always wear gloves when it is below 40. Plus it gives me someplace to put the car keys.

This is my first road race since June and I was wondering if I had improved any with my track workouts and the mileage I have been doing?

One thing that I made a promise to myself for the race this morning was that I wouldn’t kick at the end P9280001and just finish with a nice even pace! I kept my word to myself, because that seems to be when I tend to injure myself, when I get up on my toes and sprint too much.

It was one of the the hardest things for me to do, because 2 people passed me in the last 100 yards!

That hardly ever happens, but I didn’t go with them, I kept my steady pace and held tightly onto the reins.

My first mile was in 6:40, which is right where I want to be for the entire race, but the first part is down hill, so that time wasn’t quite as fast as it sounds. During the race I could feel myself slowing down a little and then when we had to come back up the hill, I lost my chance for sub 7:00 pace. I finished in 21:42 with a 7:02 final pace. Next time I hope to get under 7:00 minute pace for a 5K race!

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I was surprised when I looked at the results!!! I finished 28/340 participants and 1st in my age group (55-59)! Very cool!

Overall I was extremely happy with my time and effort, which was a PR for the 5K this year, but could I have done better – Yes! Next time I need to get a little deeper into the racing zone, instead of just staying at the fringe, but that comes with racing more and knowing how far I can push myself. I really want to break that 7:00 minute per mile pace barrier. Smile

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Overall winner – sorry about cutting off his head.

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Women’s Winner – she raced a lot at Bond Brook trail races this summer

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Race Director – Mark from Kennebec Savings Bank. The proceeds from this race benefit the Augusta YMCA, so it was a good cause and a great way to support it.

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This was my first year I have run this race and I found it to be very well organized (going up to my bank teller window and getting my race packet felt strange), but it was cool. The volunteers were amazing, they were there before 6:00 A.M. and did everything they could to ensure that the runners had a great experience. So thank you very much to all the volunteers!

I even ran into a couple of neighbors who ran in the race, which was great to see and some other runners that I have gotten to know over the summer. That is the part that I am enjoying the most about running in races again, is the social side of running.

When I thought about what shoes I wanted to wear today, I really don’t have a pair of racing flats, so I went ahead and dug out my old Nike Air Flo’s that I bought back in the late 80’s and ran in them. It was kind of funny to think that I was running in a pair of shoes that were older than quite a few of the participants!

They did great! However, they are getting rather long in the tooth and I think I will look around to buy a new pair of racing flats over the next few weeks, so that I will have them for the Runner’s World 5K on 10/20/12.

Overall, it was a great race and I was very happy with how I did!

Bond Brook Trail Exploration Run–9/27/12

P9270004Today I went over to Bond Brook and did most of the 5K course plus a lot of other parts of the trail system.

When I went over to the new access road, WOW!!! is all I can say. I am very impressed with how well it turned out, I will get some pictures, so I can show before and after.

Then I took a right to see where the other dirt road went, but by the time I got to Gate 6, I knew that I would go over the time limit I had set and turned around.

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Skora Base–Initial Impressions

IMG_0512I was talking with a Skora representative on Twitter last week and was offered the opportunity to review the Skora Base running shoes.

They arrived this morning and I couldn’t wait to try them on (disclaimer: they were provided at no cost to me and what I write about them are my opinions about the shoe).

As TheWife would say they look like “Harold” shoes. The Base are slip-ons, that have a Velcro strap to tighten them if you need to. I really like the looks of the Base and couldn’t wait to try them on. Before I did, I looked them over very closely and found that the construction and the quality of the fit and materials was all great. When I tried them on they fit like a glove, but with plenty of room in the toe box, which can be a problem with a lot of shoes for me.

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Track Repeats and Trail Run Not What I Was Hoping For 9/25/12

Colby Track 9-25-12This morning I did quarter mile repeats at Colby with Sean. Yep he kicked my butt yet again, no surprises there!

What was a surprise was that this week I was on average about 5 second slower per fast lap and that was without doing a fast mile before my quarter repeats.

There were a couple of differences:

  • I ran the repeats in my Altra Instincts
  • Two of the gates that were open last week were both closed forcing me to run in lane 4 most of the workout.

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Double Workout and Good Runs 9/24/12

Today was a pretty unusual day for me, early in the day I decided that I wanted to do a double workout.

The Runner’s World 5K and Half Marathon are less than a month away and I have to figure out what shoes I will be wearing during those races.

In the first run I wanted to find out if my Newton’s were coming to the end of their reign as my primary running shoes and during the second run I wanted to find out if my Altra’s would bother me on a faster paced run, where I focused on my form, while trying to go under an 8:00 minute pace with tired legs.

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Sorry Runners–Vehicles Win

P8010008This post probably isn’t going to win me any friends in the running community, but it might save someone from some pain and suffering.

Over the time that I have been back to running, I have been hearing all the complaints about how many bad drivers there are in cars, from other runners online.

I have to admit I have had a few incidents myself. Were I have felt the need to salute certain drivers in what I thought was an appropriate response to their actions, stupidity or carelessness.

However, for the most part – I would say that 98% of the drivers on the road are pretty decent about sharing the road with runners. Where I live and run in Maine, there are not a lot of tarred shoulders or sidewalks and if you get off the road, you are either in a ditch, dirt or high grass. Most drivers I have found will try to move over and let you stay on the road – when they can.

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