Back to Running Again-Well Maybe 10/24/12

The Runner’s World Half Festival is over and the memories while great are just that memories. Now it is time to get back in my normal running routine again, so today, I went out to do an easy 5.0 mile run. Unfortunately, my hamstrings are not ready for running that far yet and I cut it a mile short.

The hammies were barking at me pretty good by the I got done running. Then this afternoon I rototilled the garden, probably didn’t help them, but it had to be done. I used The Stick to roll them out and that seemed to help a lot. I probably actually need to take a few days off and let them rest/heal up. See how they are tomorrow.

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AVR – Week In Review #RWHalf the Main Story 10/21/12

This has been one of those weeks that I will remember for the rest of my life!!!

I got to go to the Runner’s World inaugural Half Event as a FitFluential Blogger. It was simply amazing all the great people who I got to meet (both at Runner’s World and other FitFluential Ambassadors). We were treated fantastically and it was worth driving down from Maine to attend the Event!!! Continue reading

Runner’s World Meet and Greet BBQ

Tonight was a meet and greet BBQ at The Runner’s World Offices. Usually these kind of things are something you gotta do as part of work, but tonight I was excited about going! Being a runner this is one of those places that I have dreamed about going to and having the  opportunity to meet so many of the Runner’s World Staff and also my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors in an atmosphere conducive to mingling in a relaxed atmosphere.

The ride over was noisy, with everyone introducing themselves, getting to know one another (beyond our Twitter handles or Blog Names).

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Feeling Ready After Todays Runs 10-18-12

This morning has been very hectic, trying to do things remotely that need to get done, and try to temper my excitement about the Runner’s World Half and 5K, this weekend.

Finally, it got to the point where I just needed to go for a run to burn off some excess energy and give the old brain a break.

So I ran the same 3.1 mile course. Only this time I didn’t start my running application, just my stopwatch. I purposely slowed myself down at a couple of different points of the run because I was going faster than I wanted to.

I had a good strong run and really like my new Zensa Calf Sleeves (which I purchased yesterday) – which will become something that I wear a lot when running. They are snug, not super tight and are very comfortable.  Continue reading

Final Outdoor Track Workout and BRRRR 10/9/12

Colby 2All I can say is after a summer of really warm temperatures, when I drove by Fred’s Coffee in Waterville this morning I didn’t expect it to say 33 degrees F not C.

At the house the thermometer read 40 degrees, so it was 7 degrees colder just 10 miles further north. I don’t care what anyone says when it gets in the 30’s it is cold.

Cold enough that I put on my new tights, long sleeve tech top and t-shirt and was still cold after the first couple of miles! With the breeze blowing a bit, I was glad that I had gloves, but didn’t bring my ear warmers – I will remember from now on! They were pretty cold when I got done.

What do you think of an old geezer in tights – fashion statement or practical? I know my answer.

Oh hell – enough complaining about the cold, this is Maine after all – it is October and it will get colder. But this was the first real cold weather run this year, so I can whine once or twice.

I got to try the Mizuno Ronin’s and I really liked them on the track workout. They were comfortable, didn’t get in the way, no slapping the track and I just felt comfortable running in them. It really wasn’t planned to be a hard track workout 1.0 mile warm-up 8 x 1/4 and 1.0 mile cool down in lane 4. I just ran for total time/distance and only timed quarters 4 (1:35:55) and 8 (1:42:66). Continue reading

Mezamashii–First Run Mizuno Wave Elixir 7 Was a Brilliant Run

PA050015I got my Mizuno Wave Elixir 7’s as part of the Mezamashii Project this morning!!!

Yes I took the pictures that I do with new shoes and started thinking about doing my usual first initial impressions post.

However, the Elixir’s beckoned to me to take them out for a run.

So I took them out for a run, instead of writing that post. After running, writing my initial impressions post became a secondary consideration, compared to writing about my first run in the Elixir’s.

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2 Runs – 1 Planned 1 Not 10/1/12

Today was a mixed bag as far as the weather was concerned, in the morning it was raining and in the 50’s, this afternoon partly sunny and 60’s, so it was interesting. I didn’t really plan on running twice today, but it was the way it worked out.

I did my morning run as planned, 6.0 miles at around 8:30 pace (actually 8:35), so I was pretty happy, but I have been having some problems with my right abductor muscle or a tendon in that area, it just isn’t responding well to just running on it. When I try to stretch out my stride very much, it starts to bother a little.

Then I had to drop the Toyota off at M&A to have it looked over, to see what work needs to be done over the next few months. So I ran home from there and just went really slow, my abductor was bothering a little more. Probably didn’t really need the second run Winking smile.

I ran both runs in my Instincts and felt pretty good on the first run, but noticed that my left foot tends to slap the ground when I ran in them today? Not sure what that means, but I know it is normal for me to do this in these shoes. Going to have to look at my form more to see what is going on.

I was happy with this morning’s run, but felt tired and slow this afternoon. Maybe I will take a couple of days off to give it a chance to heal a little.

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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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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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Giving Back and a Crappy 10 Miler 9/22/12

IMG_0396Today was one of those great days.

It wasn’t all about me or my running, it was about making an offer to help out the Cross Country Coach at a small local commuter college in Augusta and my offer being accepted. Smile

This is just part of my trying to give back to running in a little way, instead of just going out and thinking about just me and my running.

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