Happy Birthday to my oldest daughter Jenni today.
Three days in a row of no GPS while running, I went a little longer today, which meant that I had my Nathan hydration belt on, so I carried my flip phone and camera along.
Kind of glad that I did, you get to see the salamander I rescued crossing the road.
I originally ran by it and got about 30 yards down the road and began to wonder if it would get squashed by traffic, so I went back and put it over where it would be safe from traffic – I did make sure that it was in the same direction it was going. I just got to feeling a little guilty after I passed it and had to go back.
Guess I am turning into too much of a softie .
Actually I am beginning to get used to the no GPS and having to go more by “feel”, because I don’t bother to look at my watch too often and I am running a little more focused on the run, not on what the technology is or isn’t doing.
Would’ve been even faster if I didn’t turn around play with the salamander, but it was the right thing to do – glad I did it.
On the run I did 6 strides for at least 2-3 telephone poles (at least 100 yards), not sure of how fast they were, but definitely were a lot faster than I usually go. The first 4 felt pretty good, but the last couple my body had decided that running this fast on an 8.0 mile run, when it was in the low 80’s and humid, wasn’t the smartest thing the brain had dreamed up and ensured that I slowed down to a more comfortable pace for those two. It was still a lot faster than I usually go, so it was okay.
Definitely need to re-learn how to run fast, it feels so foreign to me to do it now.
Even coming back up my nemesis (Stephen’s Hill), I did okay. When I got back up on top, I kicked it up a notch and did the last mile and half pretty quick for me. Overall, this was the fastest I have run this course and felt pretty good about it when I finished. As hard as I worked, I didn’t feel too bad after it was all done.
I continued to work on my form, but when I took the video in the driveway, I don’t like the way my left leg/foot is turning out – still. It isn’t causing any problems right now, but…it just doesn’t look right to me.
I apologize for the quality of the video, but it gives an idea of what I am talking about.
So I still have a lot of work to do on my form. One of these days when I get rich, will have to go to get a good analysis and then work on tweaking on things I can do to improve it.
Nike Free 4.0
The knees and hips were a little achy after the run and that usually means it is about time to look at retiring the Free 4.0’s after over 300 miles, which is too bad, because they they have been an awesome shoe for me the past couple of months.
Now to figure out if I want to get another pair of them or do I want try something different? Hmmm I don’t know yet, but maybe I will visit a running store or two while out there to see how a lot of different models fit and if I fall in love with a pair, well we will see .
Highest 3 day total in a long time, but I wanted to build up a little cushion, so that if I miss some running time while I am in Minnesota, I still will have had a pretty great week .