I pretty certain that I set an all-time personal best month’s total for me and now I need to give my body some down- time to recuperate.
This was also my week to find out if I would run a marathon or not this year. While I think that I have pretty much made my decision, however, I still want to see how I feel after tomorrow’s long run to make sure.
I did really great at the start of the week, but all of those July miles, finally caught up to me and my hamstrings or was it the change to the Altra Instincts and the zero drop, which slightly altered my running for which caused the hammies to bark at me a little. Probably a combination of the two and I had to take a Friday and Sunday off from running to give them some rest.
My favorite post from the past week was: Who’s Running Data is It?
Running Summary This Week
RunLog Week of 8/5/12
Three Things Running
- Still Over 40 Miles for the Week: I came within a few miles of having another 50 mile week again. I had planned on a 60+ mile week but couldn’t maintain the workload needed to get there.
- Bond Brook 5K Trail Race: On Thursday, I ran a trail race and even though I didn’t think I was running better, I beat my previous time by almost a minute. I do like trail races, will be doing more of them in the future.
- Pushing too hard: Over the past month I have pushed my body to see what I could still do and re-learned that I need more than one day of rest in a month. I am not 25 anymore and I need more recovery time than I was giving myself, so that is next week’s plan is to have a nice recovery week to get ready for the fall racing season.
This week in two words: Tough Week
Top 10 Posts
Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on page views:
- Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
- Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
- My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
- First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
- Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
- Who’s Running Data is It?
- Retro Running – Is it Right For You?
- Women’s Olympic Marathon Thoughts
- Initial Impressions–Nike Free Run+3
- Retiring the Nike Free 4.0 v2
I bounced between 147 and 150, which is great and these lower weights feels better for running. Staying right around 150.
No real injuries, just a little discomfort in my hamstrings that I want to look after, before they become an larger issue, along with couple of nagging aches and pains that are always going to be there.
Here are my First Impressions and 50 Mile reviews of the Altra Instinct’s. They are still my primary running shoe, but late last week and this I have noticed a soreness in my hamstrings that I haven’t had at all this year, before the Instincts. The Instinct’s do cause me to run slightly differently, with the zero drop design and I am wondering if this change is causing some difficulties with my hamstrings?
Adidas Vigor TR
These are my primary trail running shoes (Initial Review & Run in Adidas Vigor TR). I ran once in them in the Bond Brook 5K Trail Race, Thursday night and they do everything I have asked of them. I am starting to use them as my walking shoes and trail shoes, just because they are so comfortable.
I ran in them once this week – a recovery run and to see if they helped my hamstrings calm down a little and they might have helped. I would have to run in them for a few days to really figure it out. Which I might do this week.
I reviewed my 2012 running goals 2012 Mid-Year Goal Review and Update and updated them.
The reality is that
That either my shoes or the lack of rest is causing some hamstring issues. So I am going to try resting them for a couple of days (until the discomfort goes away) and then do some more trouble shooting to find the cause.
Now that July is over I can go ahead and get back to resting more often, like every Sunday off, unless there is a race.
Thank you for your support and reading posts from "A Veteran Runnah" again this week.
Run While You Can and Keep smiling – good things will happen!
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