It’s been a couple of weeks since my last update. Lots to share.
First up, I bought some of the new Skechers running shoes at one of their outlet stores a couple of weeks ago. At first glance, they were very comfortable and really seemed to “energize” my legs over a short 3-4 mile run. If you are not familiar with them, they are designed to promote a mid-foot strike and utilize a compressed-arch in the middle of the shoe that seems to absorb force and direct energy as you run so that you don’t lose so much energy by heel-striking. For the first few runs, I loved them. But then, as my natural stride began to change (I suppose), I started having dead legs (even during short runs) and they were followed by large bruises that showed up just above both knees. At 41, I can’t afford too many injuries, so into the closet the shoes went and there they shall stay. My review of the Skechers shoes: Unless you are already a mid-foot runner, STAY AWAY!
Next, I went on my first trail run in over a year. I know. I am missing out. It was great! I ran about 4 miles with a friend on a course that a local high school cross-country team uses. The scenery was great and I really enjoyed the slowed pace that the rolling hills and turns required. However, the next day brought serious pain in my right hip. By the end of the day, I was limping so badly that I spent the night with a heating pad, an ice pack, an a bottle of Motrin at my side. I knew that I was using a muscle-group that didn’t typically get used on my Silver Comet Trail (rails to trails) runs, but I had no idea that these muscles were this UNUSED. Like everything else I try, it was too much, too fast. I definitely need to ease my way into trail running. Luckily the pain subsided and I am back to my old self.
I tested out my endurance in my long run on Saturday. I was planning to run 8 miles, but considering how the last 10 days had gone, I wasn’t sure if I could (or should). I decided to run slow and run a loop that would keep me within 2 miles of my truck at all times (just in case). Surprisingly, I felt pretty good. I ended up running 8 miles at a 9:27 pace. It was a much slower pace than I have been running, but was the longest distance and time run since my surgery back in November. I was very pleased with the run.
My Kicks and Giggles Virtual Run goes on. If you missed that post, I am plotting my YTD miles in a virtual run from my home in Rockmart, Ga to Indianapolis (to catch a Colts game) and then on to Cleveland (to see the tribe with the World Series). I ran 17 miles each of the last 2 weeks and YTD I am at 137 miles. That puts me 40 miles ahead of last year and well on my way to my goal of 850 miles for the year. I am currently between Kimball and Monteagle, Tennessee. Kimball’s claim to fame appears to be the 2 very large fireworks outlets that a located in town. It is nick-named “Fireworks City”. Oh-joy. As you may know, Monteagle is home to a very treacherous section of I-24 that is very steep and frequently makes many lists of the most dangerous American roadways.
Looks like I have a 700 foot vertical climb ahead.
I better Get Started.