That felt good

not a bad run on a rainy day

I love impulse runs….I was bored, tired of digging through my fitness foundation material – interesting, but a lot of it, and I have 2 months to get through it all – so time for a fun run, through the soggy streets of Northern Alberta.

And it felt great……easy enough. A bit of a climb involved, and quicker than I expected.

I headed out with shoes I’ve been testing, maybe getting used, and it felt like a good day to give them another go.

Altras are a lot different from what I’m used to….zero drop/offset and not a lot of cushioning or support….the Paradigm..…as with the last few times I’ve used them, they feel clunking, really not the spring or energy return I’m used to…..and that zero drop was playing havoc with my Achilles…….

As in past runs in them, eventually they felt okay. I’m not sure if they help with a quicker turnover, maybe the speed…..the jury’s still out on that, and I’m not sure if I like the wider toe box…at first I liked that, but perhaps too much room?……In the coming weeks I’ll add the shoes to my rotation for some shorter runs….I do usually prefer support that the Brooks Adrenaline GTS gives me, or the Asics Nimbus… to compare…

The thing I really don’t like, possibly the only thing, I don’t like about running on a rainy day, is that I really have no idea what to wear….yes, I want to stay warm, possibly dry, at least for a while…but a jacket always, and it doesn’t matter which jacket, makes me over heat..or just feel uncomfortably warm…

Today I wore a Brooks jacket I think I won in a store contest years ago…I kept it on, it’s more of a bother either having to carry it, or then putting it back when I feel the need, I could have just started in the t-shirt, but, do I want to start cold?…….

Tomorrow’s time for a longer run…I’m promised the group Sundays will always at least begin with 10K…and I’ll add on if some want to go longer….I know some in the gang are aiming at a half marathon on August 21st, which means tomorrow the scheduled run should be 16K……..but, well, first, I know this because I’m aiming at the same event…..but second, she hasn’t told me what her longest run until today has been, but am guessing it’s less… tomorrow, will build on whatever and wherever she’s at, and add a few kilometers to the finish…..but, you talk, understand where everyone is at..and then we’ll go

It’s my Sunday..and then a swim to, well, just because and then back to the books, and as they say, it’s all about leadership.


A down day so why not work on the blog?

A depressing morning…am not up to doing anything…..had plans, but woke up with a headache, and just not feeling up to doing whatever…..maybe over-trained, or just tired???…or?

I hit the weights harder than normal yesterday, and during I felt a little bit of a twinge and a headache/sore head during doing so

Is this maybe the concussion reminding me that it’s still there; maybe it’s allergies, the change in the weather…barometric pressure, whatever, just taking a day off…for a while…just a chill day.

Had a great fun run yesterday evening.

I’m loving the group runs.

I’m looking after two separate groups, one of them on Wednesdays, the other is Tuesdays and Sundays…it’s a bit of work; I hate running the same route all the time, I spend a lot of time mapping out routes…and I have to run them before I take groups out on them, just to make sure we can do them……

Also convincing some to join us…there’s always those that want to join or may be interested, but, well, are not sure, don’t think they’re not quick enough, and no matter how offen I say we’ll run their pace, that there’ll always be someone to run with them (possibly me) .. it’s a challenge to get them to join in….so add that to my day, trying to convince people to take part……

switching gears…..blogging?

I’m still working on this, almost a year in

I know way too often (like today) this seems like my personal journal on-line……

I spend way too much time trying to convince myself, analyzing myself, and well, maybe going some where, sometimes, others maybe not…..yes, it’s all about me.

I keep trying different strategies like, the 75 Day Hard, then challenging a friend to running once a day every day…..then picking a goal, and sort of aiming towards it…..and I have to say, except for days like today, things are going well….at the end of yesterday I felt very positive, this morning, a little less positive.

But why blog? and what’s this blog? about.

I use it to sometimes rant, sometimes to think out loud, look back at good memories, and bad……and seeing if I have common struggles with others, and perhaps maybe sharing will help others..and others will have suggestions.

What I learned yesterday evening

I can usually run no matter what…

the weather began awful, I felt not the best, and was testing some new shoes…Altras, the Paradigm.

I’ve run Altras before, I did because, well, I sell them, and I wanted to experience the feel of that design – the toe box is shape, and that zero drop off-set –

I wear a lot of shoes, and am not adverse to trying anything, but these are taking a while to get used to……

The first test on Tuesday evening, I didn’t notice them much, I felt the less cushioning, they don’t have the bounce my Asics Nimbus or my Brooks Adrenaline have….they are light, and felt good for speed…

then yesterday evening, at least at the start of the run, I wasn’t sold on them…I felt a little thudding….but the longer the run went, the better I felt, and the less I noticed the shoes…a good thing…..I’ve a longer run planned this week, so will see how that feels….

Again the group…

I can, and do run a lot on my own….but the group really helps carry me on, the paces somedays are little quicker (depends who’s in the group) and because, well, I’m responsible for the groups, I have to show up…….so I like having that incentive…and the quick makes me stronger, the slower, recovery.

I’m actually comparing the Altras to my HOKA ARAHI, both are new to me, so will report later on…kind of two ends of a spectrum….one with a ton of cushioning and some stability, and one with not…..saying the ARAHI 6s is new to me, and they are, but I did run in the 5s..and so far they feel a little different….not sure what that is, but will give them a few more runs as well….

Tomorrow, hopefully I’ll end up feeling better….cause I’ve got stair repeats to do, and maybe a swim…..

and yep, still exploring the world of blogging?…following a out of them, so learning while surfing