Friday, August 29, 2014
I was stunned to realize today that it's been since the middle of the month that I ran more than what I did today. Feels weird knowing that. I'm still running everyday, but not much over the four mile mark. I know it's the disruption in my life caused by not working. I've been so focused on getting to the things I put off doing around the house and changing utility services and plans that by the time I get out it's around midnight. It's nice to get out when there's nobody around, but that's a bit too late to put together a run that takes me that far out from home. The thing that sucks about the night runs is that I can't see the missing pieces of the road or the pieces of sidewalks that come up here and there. So I can't run as fast as I could on one of the paths (which I'm not running that late either.) Speaking of which another thing I was dealing with was the set of tracks by me that was closed that I had to run around to do a lot of my runs (but that work ended late last week.) So it's been a little strange. Today I felt a lot less restricted. I felt different running today. It felt good to be out on a run in 85 degree weather. The heat is something I really haven't run in too much this year, and the last time I ran into an issue with my body trapping heat so much that I could feel it radiating off of me. Today there was none of that. I just went out and kept stretching out the run. I felt good enough for another 3 on top of what I did, but time was ticking too. I'm done with the shoe testing and decision making too. The Hokas I've been experimenting with will just serve on short runs. For the price, they are a big disappointment, but they are ok enough for short runs. Didn't even come close to the other shoes I've been running in. One thing I noticed is that the Hokas hardly shoe any wear on them, and I should have with about 30 miles on them now. I made a decision the other night when I got back into the gym after a two week hiatus from that as well. If I'm not going to get in more than once or twice a week, then I might as well just do the things I can't do at home (mainly the machine weights.) I'm not pushing the weight I was in the past few years, so what I have in my basement free weight wise will serve its purpose. I will say that those 5.8 miles today were a surprise to me as my upper legs are still sore (got to love that Chi running!) Crazy how great I feel now, how eager I am to get out there again tomorrow, and how unmotivated I was to get out there initially today. It's played out like that before though time and time again. All I have to do is...............START! I'm thinking this might be the start of a major tear I'm going to be on now.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Man, this running everyday thing is challenging sometimes (especially when combined with half marathon training runs and trying to hit the 1000 mark before you get to that point as well.) The 1000 mile challenge for the year has turned into the 10 month mark actually since things are cruising along quicker now. It's the things that challenge the mind I think more than the body. I mean I've had a long, cold, and snowy winter to overcome, and now I have this construction obstacle. See I live a mile from one bike path, and there's also another one about a third of a mile after that. The thing is that the major street I use to get there is closed right now (for 10 days total.) I know. I know. I'm sweating something minor, but I really became accustomed to running to one of those paths and going from there (sometimes just three miles and other times well beyond.) So it's a stretch of the mind to come up with an interesting detour route that doesn't remind me that I'm going out of my way to get the job done. I can get to those same paths if I want to, but I have to take the scenic route (I mean that sarcastically) to get there. Yeah, I hear you once again. Sure it's just the potential for extra mileage, but it's just so BORING! So the way around it is to keep in intersting. Add as many turns and twists as possible and keep the mind moving. One other thing I'm doing is working on some gear shifting, like I'm going to do in a little bit tonight. Mix up the paces and see where I come out. Kind of like a pop quiz for the November half marathon (because it's going to be a gear shifting run for the most part.) The light is at the end of the tunnel soon though because Friday the railroad tracks will reopen again. The things like the winter and the construction is that you just find a way to make it through the uncomfortably and use it to your advantage. It's temporary and not forever, so I try to pick something out of it and focus on it. It helps keep the focus, but it brings more to the running game as well. The training is getting shorter and shorter though as I'm 90 days away from locking up my 3rd half marathon and of course that's followed closely behind by the end of the year (yay!) It's funny how I just kept adding more and more challenges to this year, and now one by one I'm subtracting them as I knock each of them out. They are all seek and destroy missions now!
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
For me, every run is a test. In reality it's a whole battery of tests. A test to see if I can pull off a run no matter what I'm experiencing. A challenge to complete the distance I set out to do. A speed test to see if I'm picking up the pace. A test of one's discipline to maintain a certain form or posture. A test of creativity to come up with a new route. A test of spontaneity to change a route on the fly. A test of drive in lengthening a run to make sure a certain mileage is reached. A test of courage to brave weather elements that others deem unsafe or crazy to be in. A test of one's dedication to continue to put on the running shoes. A test of one's patience to see gradual progress. A test of determination to train and work towards a goal, and even a test of ambition to set a goal in the first place. It's also a test of resilience to bounce back from a sub par run or even and injury. For me, this is what runs are for me. They are not fun, and I don't get that warm and fuzzy feeling when I'm exchanging strides. I really don't like the feeling when I run, because it's hard work. As described here, it's a series of tests for me. But at the end of every run, comes the feeling of accomplishment. That is what does it for me. It's like a euphoric drug that I can't get enough of. I think about where and when I'm running while I brush my teeth after I get up in the morning, here and there throughout my day, and sometimes wake up in the middle of the night awakened by the turning gears in my head. I'm a junkie. I get my high when I finish every run.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
I'm still experimenting with the new shoes with a certain manufacturer. Went the route of a lighter weight shoe (similar to what I've been running in for the past 2 months,) and I've gotten burned with the last two choices. The latest test run left my midfoot extremely tender after a 6 mile run, and so much that I didn't break into full stride and toe off tonight. So now I will be going back to a heavier shoe again with more cushioning when they arrive next week. If anything, they will at least (I HOPE) provide the right amount of protection underneath the forefoot that I need. If the weight is a factor, maybe I'll just use them as a short leg building shoe, which isn't bad because I probably will fly in the other pair shoes I have (which are about 3 ounces lighter.) As for the mileage, I haven't really cranked on the mileage. I did do a straight 8 mile run on Sunday, but I was supposed to go 2 miles further. I also skipped the 13 mile run a couple of weeks ago too at the end of the month. I'm cool with it though, because if I'm going to finish out the remainder of the year in complete accomplishments, then I have to mix things up a little bit. I feel good though, and if I'm not right on target I'm sure I'm pretty damn close.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
I was talking to a co worker whose house I stopped by today, and was telling him about my evening the prior night. How I had had a little bit too much to drink, but still managed to pull off a minimal mile run. Astonished he asked "Why did you run?" I thought for a second and explained it this way. Say you were working hard on a project in your garage for the last 8 months, and all of a sudden you grabbed a hammer and just smashed it into pieces. How would you feel? With that, he understood. Running everyday, means exactly what it says. Miss just one single day, AND IT'S OVER. Instant result: FAIL! All that effort put in turns into a waste. Tonight was another good example, though I'm not exactly thrilled about back to back one mile runs (but I did get some leg conditioning in today with a 20 mile bike ride.) My wife and I got back too late at one this morning. I didn't change my shoes, or my clothes. I just started running that mile (and it was like running barefoot in the worn out Ghost's I use do walk around in everyday now.) Tomorrow, I should be able to but together a long run again, and chip away some more mileage to those 1000 miles for the year. I'm going to have a little more free time with my days soon being between jobs now, but I plan on working on strengthening a few beneficial areas in an attempt to increase my pace more. It was another low mileage week, but it provided a little of healing and mixing things up a little. We shall see what happens!
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