Global Running Day – RunLog June 3, 2020

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I hope that everyone that wanted to get out for Global Running Day was able to do so. I seriously considered taking today off until I kept seeing in my feed all the others who were running today.

Even though this morning got a little squirrely around the house, this afternoon I was able to get out and get going.

The Run

Planned run and focus: A recovery 3-4 miles to relax and get miles in.

  • Course: Bartlett – Howard Circle 4.0 Miler
  • Weather: 66*F, Humidity 60%, Wind 3 mph – W
  • Distance: 4.10
  • Time: 37:50
  • Pace: 9:13
  • 1.0 – 9:07 / A pretty slow start and the legs just felt really heavy, so I didn’t attempt to move too quickly. Plus it seemed as thought the Town came through and worked on the dirt road again. All kinds of small rocks on the roads.
  • 2.0 – 9:09 / Once I got back to the dirt road, I had to make a pit stop in the woods and then continued on
  • 3.0 – 10:01 / Wow the rocks and hill really slowed me down in this section, but I made it.
  • 4.0 – 8:49 / I had to see if I was just toast or if it was more the rocks down-back and then I got this great idea to go ahead and do a fast last quarter-mile to see how things felt in the Beacons vs yesterday in the 1400 v6s
  • 0.1 – 6:57 – I finished with a 1:46 for the quarter. Not too shabby and that was with having to get the legs figuring out how to run faster in the Beacons, which have a different road feel than the 1400 v6 for the first part of the faster quarter.

The Good?

I got out the door and ran, when I had plenty of opportunity and reasons not to.

I stayed at recovery/comfortable effort levels the entire run, well at least until I got to the last quarter mile, that was a little more work.

Yeah, I was still a little not so much frustrated, but more just not comfortable with how the last four quarter-mile repeats went yesterday and wanted to know a couple of things.

A big difference was the lack of a headwind, the 7-10 mph headwind made more of difference than I had thought it would. Plus even though the Beacon v1s are not racing flats, I seemed to run faster and more comfortably in them than I do in the 1400 v6s. Something to think about.

The Bad?

The rockiness of down-back slowed me down a lot, even with the higher stack heights of the Beacons, I could feel too much of the dirt road.

Shoes:

New Balance Beacon v1 – They did great again and felt fantastic on the fast quarter-mile. Even though I was still able to feel the rocks too much on the dirt road, it was not the Beacons fault, it is just too many rocks for a road shoe. I felt more comfortable running faster in the Beacon v1 than I did the 1400 v6 – go figure. I guess I like a little more cushion under foot than what is on the 1400 v6, although the Beacons are not a soft shoe by any stretch.

What was I thinking?

I focused on running tall, keeping my right foot straight and moving my arms in a straight line. For some reason I couldn’t get how I did on the last four quarter-mile repeats yesterday off my mind and even though the legs were pretty tired, I decided to go ahead and do a faster last quarter and figured out a couple of things as a result.

I also did a lot of thinking about the neighbors dog and how it keeps attempting to bypass its electric shock collar and come into the road to go after Bennie when we walk by. I kept thinking about how I needed to talk to the owner, especially since I took a video of things this morning.

Guess who drives by…so after the run was over, I stopped and we talked about his dog coming into the road despite the shock collar. He started to get all defensive and say that his dog couldn’t possibly be doing that. I told him that I had it on video and we could watch it together. When I told him his dog was on video, his demeanor completely changed and he became very amenable to taking care of the problem.

It was remarkable about how much of a 180 degree change in attitude once I mentioned the video. We will see how things workout going forward, but I have a feeling that I will have the video on my phone ready while walking by the house for the next weeks.

Which is true in other parts of lives as well, now that we all can video the actions going on around us, there are more of the curtains being drawn back and light being shown on what the actual problems are versus what some people want us to believe.

Videos do have power don’t they.

A decent recovery run and one where I learned that maybe at this point in my running life that true racing flats are not going to help me run all that much faster. Perhaps I need to focus more on a Mercedes SUV than a Porsche sports coupe. It still goes faster than I ever will, but does it more comfortably.

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