Last Run in GlideRides for a While – RunLog May 28, 2020

After yesterday’s run, the GlideRides have over 200 miles on them and since I have been having increasing issues with my ankles every time I wear them.

Therefore, I have decided to put the GlideRides in the back of the garage for a month or two to see if the ankle issues clear up. Then decide what to do with them at that time. You can read more about my what is going on in my 200 mile review.

A photo from the day before, but it didn’t look any different yesterday.

The Good?

I was able to get a decent run in out to Davis Drive in some serious (for Maine) humidity. The temps were not quite as bad as yesterday, but the humidity was a bit higher. I did stop at the Lower Gate and walked the last half mile back to the house. I just wasn’t into going to the well and punishing myself by running up Stevens Hill.

The Bad?

At around 3.5 miles my right ankle started getting some serious twinges and a few minutes later the left one got a little grumpy. It is the way it has been going lately with the GlideRides and while it doesn’t reach the point of where I feel that I have to stop, it is a noticeable amount of discomfort and a distraction. That and the ankle grumpiness is getting a little worse with each run.

The Run

Planned Run: Thursdays are one of my longer run days (7-10 miles) at a comfortable for me pace. However, with the humidity, I kind of figured that 5.0 maybe 6.0 miles would be about all that I would want to do.

  • 1.0 – 9:15 / I started slow and with the dirt road in good shape was able to pick up the pace a little more than usual through the first mile.
  • 2.0 – 9:03 / I continued to plug along and just run very relaxed the entire mile.
  • 3.0 – 9:13 / The damned deceptive hill always gets me and I slow down more than I realize, but not as much as I usually do. So that was a good thing.
  • 4.0 – 9:00 / Coming back down that deceptive hill is nice, but when I was coming back over that little hump, my right ankle started to complain and going by the old dump the left ankle decided it was going to join in the complaint department chorus. Like I said, nothing super serious, but it seems that each time I run in the GlideRides lately that the ankles are complaining more.
  • 5.0 – 9:13 / I decided to finish at the lower gate, instead of fighting to finish going up Stevens Hill. I was done and glad to be walking .

The lower end with 5.0 miles was more than enough. Though I was pretty surprised when I did look at my watch after I finished and saw how consistent the pace had been. I mean 9:00 to 9:15 per mile pace in this kind of humidity is very consistent.

  • Distance: 5.07
  • Time: 46:22
  • Pace: 9:08
  • Shoes: ASICS GlideRide – Even though the GlideRides have plenty of mileage left on them, the way my ankles are complaining when I am running in them lately makes it so that I am putting them into semi-retirement for a month or two to see if the ankle issues clear up. I have a feeling that it is something to do with my stride and the way I toe-off versus how the GlideRides have a very aggressive rocker on the forefoot and they do guide your stride to a more heel-first landing.

While it wasn’t the most exciting run or anything like that, I did get the GlideRides over 200 miles and learned a bit more about how they treat my ankles. I am hoping when I go back and give them another chance that things workout, because I do like them a lot.

We will see.

Now to get more acclimated to this hotter weather and then watch it turn colder than all get-out. Maine in the spring, just wait a minute and you will get some different weather.

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