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.
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 →
The past 24 hours have been what you could call crazy busy.
I packed for the #RWHalf trip and trying to get all the last-minute stuff that needs to get done before going on a 5 day trip.
Did I get it all done – hell no!
However, I got more done than I thought I would. I even got a 5.0 mile run in yesterday, I went slowly and just used it as a recovery run, instead of pushing it. I felt good, but I had sat down a lot working and my legs were sore and tired. So I needed the run just to loosen things up.
The hardest part of most trips is the travel to your destination. This morning I got up at 3:30 and was on the road at 4:00 A.M. I drove from Sidney, Maine to Bethlehem, PA in about 9 hours. The only place that I had to slow down was going into Hartford, otherwise it was a good drive and only a couple of breaks to get gas and breakfast. For some reason my hamstrings at the end of the drive were toast! They were definitely sore by the time I got to Bethlehem.
Today was definitely a Fall day, it was 48 F with 20+ mph winds out of the NNW – luckily I was going South, so it was at my back most of the run :-). It would have been a lot different if I would have run into the wind. I did run in shorts, long sleeve tech shirt and a tech t-shirt on top and felt comfortable once I got past the first mile.
I really didn’t know how I would do today, my legs felt a little tired before the run and I walked 2.4 miles in the morning, so I was realistically looking at around a 1:50:00 for 13.0, if I even would run that far, but I was pretty sure that I would run at least double-digits. I exceeded my expectations by a lot!
After yesterday’s scheduled day off, I was ready to run this morning. Taking a day off is hard for me, but it is something that I really have to do.
Today at the last minute I decided to do the 5.0 mile Middle Road Loop with a few hills in it.
The wind was blowing 15-20 miles an hour which was great going out, but when I hit the Blake Road on the way back, it got my attention pretty good.
There was also a definite chill in the air and unfortunately, my time running around heah in shorts and a t-shirt like I did today are coming to a close. Knowing me I will push it until the very end and suffer through 1-2 miserably cold runs before I wise up and use my colder weather gear all of the time.
All 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 →
You know something is up and I know what it is. My running suddenly improved last Friday, my pace is faster by almost 20 (or more) seconds a mile on my training runs on average and I have set 2 training course records:
Friday 28 seconds off my Notta Road 5.0 Miler
Monday 4 minutes 26 seconds off my Pond Road 10 Miler
The only differences are the weather is cooling down and the Mizuno Elixir 7’s that I was provided for review purposes through Mizuno’s Mezamashii Project. The cooler weather is nice, but it has been that way for a few weeks now and I have run these courses slower in the cooler weather this fall.
Today we did our favorite hike down in Montville, which is around 4.0 miles (4.2 via GPS). Instead of writing about it here is the photo album and they pretty much show a lot more than I could ever explain about how beautiful this hike is