FYI, in my last post the dog is trying to eat the bubbles and having fun. When she was much younger she would love to chase the bubbles with a "woohoo!!!" attitude.
It figures that now we're into November the weather is more summer-like. I'm not complaining one bit, but after the overcast and sometimes cold summer, I am enjoying the warmer weather.
I know, not exciting. This is the view from the parking structure of my doctor's office.
Running has been less productive as I would like. I just can't get beyond the shin splints, still. The right leg is OK, it's the left leg shin that will scream at me when I run anything beyond 5 miles. It's not as sore as it was just a few weeks ago. I know if I just stopped running for 3 weeks I could probably get rid of the shin splints once and for all, but with a half marathon in about 4 weeks I can probably take one week off. My mileage base isn't what it used to be, either. The most I've run (at one time since about August) is 7 miles at one time. Not good. I'm all set for a slow 10K, not a half marathon. My weekly mileage has suffered, too. I've been running about 10 to 15 miles a week -- Not good, either. Yikes. I guess my strategy will be to enjoy the ride, so to speak. My pacing is off, too. I should be running in the low 9 minute mile to mid/high 8 minute mile range for a half marathon, not 11s and 12s. I was so looking forward to PRing at the Las Vegas Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, but I guess it's not to be. I also have a 5k THIS weekend that I was hoping to do well at, but I'll do well when I'm finished and enjoying the champagne brunch after the race is over.
I know every runner tends to go through some sort of slump due to injury or unforeseen circumstances, but, come on already. It has been over 3 years! I haven't had a PR since 2007 or early 2008. 2008 was when I had the fractures and surgery. 2009 was all about rehabbing and rebuilding and I was happy just to get going again. 2010 started out hopeful and I was making a ton of progress, but then it was one illness or injury after the next. Perhaps I need another odd number year. 2011? Please?
Remember those Nike Lunarglide + 2 test shoes? I LIKED THOSE, a lot. They're more comfortable and durable that I expected they would be. I've had past issues with Nike's not lasting more than 100 miles, which isn't good for marathon training. I've put well over 100 miles on those Lunarglides and they have hundreds of miles in them. From what I've heard, they're featured in the November 2010 Runner's World Magazine*. They didn't use my 2 cents, but I thought I'd give those a positive mention , anyway.
Currently, I'm testing the Saucony Pro Grid Jazz 14. I've had these a couple of weeks. They're super durable and, for a neutral shoe, are really supportive. These feel much firmer than other neutral shoes I've used, but Saucony's are durable and can usually take a beating. Bonus points that they're not making my shin splints worse. I still have my Sauconys from a wear test I did well over a year ago, and those still have a lot of run left in them.
Although the pastel green color is minimal, I still have issue with pastel colors on my running shoes, however, the mostly black, white and silver overlays and details makes up for it.
Last week I pulled a muscle in my right hamstring while at my RU Run Fit Class. As usual, I wasn't doing anything extraordinary. We were doing warm up exercises when the cramp suddenly came on. Most of the discomfort is gone, but every once in a while I feel that minor tension in my hammy. Sheesh.
Halloween came and went. The kiddo went as Ironman. His mother went to a party as a version of Lady Gaga the night before. I didn't dress up this year. Call me crazy, but I stayed home with the dog and doled out candy to the 30 trick or treaters who came by. Go me. My daughter took the kiddo trick or treating closer to our house and Hubs took the kid trick or treating on a second shift in a different part of the neighborhood. It's not like the kid needed any more candy, I just think Hubs really likes trick or treating, plus there's a street in our neighborhood that caters to the adults and hands out bowls of chili and Dixie cups filled with margaritas.
Tuesday I was at the rental house waiting for the new renter to show up with a rent check. She called to say she'd be about 30 minutes late. I decided to walk my old run route in that neighborhood. Not much has changed there, other than a few more homes are up for sale, but I put in my 2 mile loop. It was a beautiful day in the old neighborhood.
Since I had my cell phone with me, I used the GPS running program, however I just found out that Bones In Motion is closing shop and we can transfer our past data to another application.** That's nice, but my cell phone doesn't work with the new application. My cell phone carrier is not supported. I was planning to post that map here, but now I can't. SIGH. I need to migrate three years worth of data over to the new application so I don't lose it, but it won't migrate everything, such as my notes on the run and mile splits. Now I'm really glad that I have my Garmin, but that means I need to remember to wear it every single time I run, and I don't always remember to wear it.
It's kind of funny that, as adults, we still receive stickers. Here's two I've just received:
I always expect the "I Voted" sticker.
I did not expect the nurse to slap a sticker on me for getting a flu shot.
I'm still going though testing to figure out the intermittent fatigue I've been dealing with all summer. Today I gave more blood for allergy testing, although I have no idea which allergies I'm being tested for. I really should have been given a referral to an allergy specialist, but we'll see if anything shows up.
Finally, I was rummaging through several item that were in storage. I came across a series of watercolors and inks that I created when I was a sophomore in high school... 19*cough*74*cough*...
This was before the advent of disposable, pre-filled tech pens and Prismacolor felt tipped pens that comes in ten-thousand colors. I used cake water colors, sabline brushes, and a traditional fine point calligraphy pen and dipped that into a vial of India ink over and over again. That really was so old school. My style has changed so much since that time due to time. That particular piece took weeks to do in a twice a week, two hour art class. I don't think I would have the patience to do anything like that at this time in my life. I take that back. With the disposable, pre-filled tech pens and Prismacolor felt tipped pens the process would probably be faster, but it still would take more than one day. I'd rather be out running.
Last Wednesday's Song:
Something Good This Way Comes - Jakob Dylan
*I still have not received that issue.
** I don't care for it. BiM offered more data.