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Rail Trail 6.0 Miler – RunLog 4-22-14

Yesterday, I wanted, change that – needed to get out and run.

After Monday’s race, I needed to do a systems check on the body and I had a bunch of things on my mind to figure out, which is why this post is a day late.

I went down to the Augusta Rail Trail head and ran according to what my body wanted to do. I like the Rail Trail because except for going through Hallowell, I don’t have to worry about traffic and can put things on autopilot and do some thinking.

Strava Stats 4-22-14

Strava Stats 4-22-14

I wasn’t planning to run super fast or turn this into a redemption run. I was looking to run hard in a couple of places, run comfortably most of the run, but mostly I wanted to digest all the information I had processed after Monday’s race. Read more…

What is Your Problem – Harold

I have run two races this month and in both races I was extremely disappointed with my efforts or my results. Actually, I was pissed at how poorly I had done.


  • A big disconnect
  • Training mistakes
  • Lack of consistency
  • Weighing too much

This has nothing to do with what shoes I am wearing, surprise, surprise, surprise – as much of a shoe geek as I am, my running shoes are not to blame for my poor performance at those two races.

Patriots Day 5 Miler Finish - 4-21-14

Patriots Day 5 Miler Finish – 4-21-14

There is no one to blame, but the man in the mirror. Specifically, what I am doing for training and my running over the last three months.

Last night I started looking at my running log and my blog RunLog entries, then this morning while sitting in ACAR’s waiting room, I really took a long look at what I have really been doing over the last three months, versus what I thought I had done. Read more…

85th Patriot’s Day 5.0 Miler Race Results

Congratulations to all the runners that ran at Boston today and all the runners who ran in Portland too.

Okay, there are a bunch of conflicting thoughts running around through my noggin now about today’s – Patriot’s Day 5.0 Miler race.

Patriots Day 5 Miler Finish - 4-21-14

Patriots Day 5 Miler Finish – 4-21-14, photo by Phil Dionne

Great Race – Loved the race organization, lots support from the city of Portland, fantastic volunteers and the course, which was fast but fair. These things along with gorgeous weather (just a little breezy), made it so it was going to be a good day for a race.

I enjoyed was the company of my brother-in-law Phil, who came along for the ride and even took a few photos during the race.

While I am happy that I finished, I still have this huge sense of disappointment about how I did. Read more…

3.0 Miles Doing Alright – RunLog 4-19-14

Ah – 2 days running in a row – it feels good. I know that down time is necessary, but running is necessary too.

Personally, I prefer to be running. I will have plenty of time for extended resting later.

No, I didn’t go out and run 15.0 miles or even 10.0, I did a go with how I feel 3.0 miles.

Yep, 3.0 miles.

Yes, I could tell and still know that the knee is still not quite right, but it is still is a LOT better than it was. There was no pain while I was running or after, it is just a feeling of it not being quite right.

It was still chilly and pretty windy, so I wore long sleeve shirt and shorts, but at least it is not multiple layers with a winter hat and gloves. Warmer weather will get here eventually.

RA-Stats 4-19-14

The first mile was comfortable, it was here that I my knee just felt off, it didn’t hurt at all after the initial and pretty normal twinges that go along with getting the old body going, but I had to think for a second or two, whether I wanted to keep going, after that first half mile.  My body was getting pretty comfortable with the idea that being a sloth wasn’t all that bad. Read more…

Not a Patient Runner – RunLog 4-18-14

As you can see from the title, I admit it, I am not all that patient! Others probably would add – not to smaht either.

Especially when it comes to whether I can run or simply suck it up and just freaking run though whatever is going on with my body.

Back on Monday, my right knee really barked pretty loudly at me and when I ran on Tuesday, I knew that it was time to take at least a couple of days off.

My body was telling me enough was enough.

I have a feeling that trying out 3 different running shoe styles over the past few weeks, all the 30-40 mile weeks I have put in this year and trying to run a little faster lately had given me a good case of dead legs and the beginnings of an injury if I didn’t smarten up.  I think that the dead legs during Sunday’s race were a real good clue that I needed some down time and when I didn’t listen all that well on Monday and started to run a little too fast on my recovery run.

Well this old body had enough of me ignoring subtle suggestions to stop and smell the roses once in a while and said – “Okay asshole if you can’t take a hint, maybe I need to be more direct!” and proceeded to pretty much stop me in my tracks and made running rather uncomfortable – err let’s call it like it is – painful.

So the body finally got my attention and I listened and haven’t run for 2 whole days – now let me tell you not running for two days was tough!!!! Read more…

Beyond A Niggle – Time to Take A Break

This is the part of running that is the hardest!

You know, when your training is going really, really well and you have a niggle that is turning into a little more than a niggle.  Yet it hasn’t been enough to really stop what I am doing – after all I have lots of niggles besides my right knee that I do keep an eye on, but haven’t caused me to stop running.

However, my right knee has hinted a little more frequently that it doesn’t like something and started to really bark and let me know in no uncertain terms that it wasn’t happy with me on Monday’s 8.0 miler.

I was out for a recovery run and did a Harold being Harold. I was feeling pretty good coming down the road in front of Fred’s Coffee (it is a pretty long flat/downhill stretch) and I accidentally picked it up a little to a sub 8:20, which is not really a recovery pace.

RA - Course Map 4-14-14

RA – Course Map 4-14-14

Just after the 2.0 mile mark, my knee “talked” to me in no uncertain terms and said. “I didn’t like that fast downhill, let’s stop and I will tell you how much I didn’t like it.”

I had to stop for a minute or so, to listen to what my knee was trying to tell me and figure out what was going on. Read more…

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