Of Mice and Marathons Running Blog at FastRunningBlog.Com http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/ Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:34:18 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Sun, Dec 17, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-17-2017.html <p>PM: 7.3 miles in 65&#39; on the treadmill</p> <p>Foot felt awkward during a few points, but after 25-30&#39; felt completely normal. Preemptively icing while I grade now. I didn&#39;t have any issues today at home. I have been wearing shoes in the house. Outside I have been wearing a pair of aluminum toe Red Wings (which look like athletic shoes) that I got when I worked at the Depot. They are stiff, built up, wide, and if I stub my toe the area is protected.</p> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 16, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-16-2017.html <p>PM: 6 miles on the treadmill in 55:30</p> <p>Started out slow and picked it up somewhat. My foot felt fine, then around 13-18&#39; it felt slightly weird, but then it felt completely fine so I kept running.</p> <p>I used a ball of the foot pad behind the metatarsal head and my old Altras, which seem to be the right combo.</p> <p>Felt great to run and sweat.</p> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 15, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-15-2017.html <p>Off.</p> <p>I have still been grading and icing. I have been taking pain reliever more regularly. Today the foot has felt pretty good. No weird twinges or anything. So much for cross training this thing. Hoping a 10-14 day rest period will rest this thing and I can get back to business.</p> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 14, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-14-2017.html <p>Off</p> Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 13, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-13-2017.html <p>Off.</p> <p>Wow. Not sure where the last 4 days have gone as I begin to catch up on entries.</p> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 12, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-12-2017.html <p>Off.</p> <p>Grading. I&#39;ve been icing my foot and taking pain reliever to make sure the neuroma doesn&#39;t get beyond its intitial stages. Frustrated but not enough to try running. It&#39;s been snowing a good bit and there is nowhere around here thats decent to run.</p> <p>I haven&#39;t been cross training as I have been grading and talking myself out of going to the gym. I still can&#39;t be sure whether or not cross training will make it worse.</p> Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 11, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-11-2017.html <p>Off.</p> <p>Grading.</p> Mon, 11 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 10, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-10-2017.html <p>Off.</p> <p>Gave my foot the lateral squeeze test and poked around near the third and forth metatarsal head and got the distinct clicking/popping/grinding of a neuroma. Just resting it for now, wearing my wide toebox Altras around the house. I will likely go some cross training once I get this round of papers shipped off. High incline walking didn&#39;t seem to bother too much. I think I will also rig up a ball of the foot pad with some tape to keep it in place. I think this is what I did 7 years ago, but I wasn&#39;t on the blog and didn&#39;t keep any other form of notes.</p> Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 09, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-09-2017.html <p>PM: 52&#39; of treadmill walking @ 15%</p> <p>I listened to two episodes of 99% Invisible, a student recommendation. The first one was on infrastructure (roads primarily) and the other was on the development of how car manufacturers began to focus on safey as a concept. In the early days it wasn&#39;t part of the design.</p> Sat, 09 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 08, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-08-2017.html <p>Off.</p> <p>Felt the slightest indication of Morton&#39;s neuroma the other day when I stepped down just right. I took Tuesday off just because I wasn&#39;t feeling life and needed to work. More or less the same yesterday, but I was also more concerned about my foot as I have felt it walking here and there and a bit today and I am favoring it even though it is not consistently an issue.</p> <p>I gave the foot a little pinching and prodding and the nerve is definitely inflammed or locked up with fluid or whatever the preliminary stages are, so I am not messing with it. It&#39;s an incredibly painful condition when it goes full on. I had this issue in early 2011 (January to early March as I recall). At times it was hard to walk.</p> <p>As near as I can tell the culprit is dress shoes and walking on steep downhills on concrete. I highly doubt it is running related (or at least running caused) as mileage and intensity have been lower than they have in many years and I ran a lot of uphill and downhill in Philadelphia (including the 2015 year being just shy of 4000 miles).</p> <p>I will try to cross train, something I have never done during an injury. I am still not entirely sure this thing is going to go south, but if it does it can be extremely hard to overcome because even walking can irritate it. If it is, this will be my first sidelining injury since late Ocotober/early November of 2013, when I did some foolish things and got what I deserved.</p> Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Dec 07, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-07-2017.html <p>Off.</p> Thu, 07 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Dec 06, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-06-2017.html <p>Unplanned day off.</p> Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Dec 05, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-05-2017.html <p>PM: 7 miles, averaged 8:39</p> <p>Ran to the park and instead of doing my 1-mile loops I went off into the woods and ran the trails. I haven&#39;t been doing this because they are very small loops and formerly were not well marked. As I recall there is some single track but I couldn&#39;t even find it. Recently a group of (I assume Boy Scouts) put in some trail markers, which helps. Still very flat and the trails are wide, but the trees provided a good wind block. I might run them more to see if I can get the pattern. The young folks use these for part of the cross country course. Not much of a cross country course without a single hill.</p> <p>Kind of an anxious end-of-semester mess even though it is better than most semesters as I am no longer a student and not writing a dissertation.</p> <p>Cutback week continues. Doing a workout in the wind would not have been fun today.</p> Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Dec 04, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-04-2017.html <p>PM: 7.5 miles, averaged 8:39</p> <p>Felt good. Legs were surprisingly normal. I saw what I thought was a cat in a tree, but then I thought maybe it was an owl, and I finally decided it was a racoon. My eye sight isn&#39;t terrible (I wear glasses for TV, driving, and distance) but not while running. It was dark, but I am thinking I need to get my eyes checked. It&#39;s probably been 7 or 8 years.</p> Mon, 04 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Dec 03, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-03-2017.html <p>PM: 15.5 miles, averaged about 7:37</p> <p><strong>40&#39; Aerobic Builder + 45&quot; Strides</strong></p> <p>Covered just a whisker under 10k, so <strong>6:27 average</strong>. After a 6&#39; jog back to the park I did 6 x 45&quot; strides at 5k effort</p> <p><strong>Splits: 6:29, 6:43, 6:26, 6:27, 6:20, 6:20, 6:13 (for the partial)</strong></p> <p>30&#39; up/~28&#39; down</p> <p>I ran this on a ~2-mile loop in the neighborhood across from us that leads to the park in an attempt to change venue (I run the same route every day even for workouts). It worked okay. Mile 1 was suprising and mile 2 was confusing. Much faster than last weekend and closer to the paces I am used to for the 8-mile version of this workout. Effort was slightly up from the previous week, but I felt I had a decent rhythm even if my stride felt clunky.</p> <p>This upcoming week is a recharge week of all easy runs of 35&#39;-65&#39; (likely 65&#39;) and a easy 2-hour run. As it is the last week of classes, this is timely.</p> Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Dec 02, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-02-2017.html <p>PM: 8 miles, averaged 8:06</p> <p>Broke in a new pair of Brooks Launch 3s, which was what I should have got a few weeks ago when I picked up my Zealots. My other pair has gone 600+ and they are good for pretty much everything. Haven&#39;t found anything as good as the Kinvara 5 and these are close but not quite.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 02 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Dec 01, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-12-01-2017.html <p>Day off. 32 days on.</p> <p>Worked from home. Could have got out twice, but I kept working a bit and decided to take the day off even though it was sunny (which has been far and few between lately). Megan is sick and I am on the verge of it, so I thought some preemptive rest might help.</p> <p>I made a veggie lasagna for dinner. It was okay. Very time consuming for what it is. I also purchased an Instant Pot (I do all of out cooking).</p> Fri, 01 Dec 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 30, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-30-2017.html AM: 8 miles, averaged 8:04 Picked it up a little over the last mile or so to stretch the legs. PM: 4 miles, averaged 8:52 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 29, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-29-2017.html PM: 6.6 miles, averaged 9:47 Sluggish and very slow. Right hip and abductor somewhat sore and definitely tight. Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 28, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-28-2017.html <p>PM: 14.7 miles, averaged 7:49</p> <p><strong>Fartlek</strong>: <strong>20 x 90&quot; On/Off + 5 x 30&quot; On/Off.</strong></p> <p>30&#39; up/20&#39; down</p> <p>The first 14 were at 10k effort. The last 6 were at 5k effort. The 30s were a bit faster than 5k effort, but the pace wasn&#39;t reflected given that the GPS takes a bit to catch up. It was very warm for this time of year (63 degrees) and quite windy (20MPH headwind at times that messed with me even when to all appearances it should have been a cross wind in places. I am using the movement of the lake for reference).</p> <p>This one was a little tough. I made it through fine, but I was dragging on the recoveries of the last two 90&quot; reps and the 30&quot; reps were fairly hard. Did not feel great after the workout (minor but not insignificant GI issues). Limped the cool down home.</p> <p>The last two mid-week workouts have felt more like real workouts: I have to focus and don&#39;t really feel like doing all the reps, but I manage and get in a good effort.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 27, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-27-2017.html <p>PM: 7.3 miles, averaged 8:51</p> <p>Late: AIS hamstring</p> Mon, 27 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Nov 26, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-26-2017.html <p>PM: 14.8 miles, averaged 7:40</p> <p><strong>Aerobic Builder&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>30&#39; up/30&#39; down. 40&#39; aerobic builder. 5&#39; jog then 4 x 45&quot; strides.&nbsp;Covered just over 6 miles in 40&#39; or 6:40 pace.</p> <p><strong>Splits: 6:53, 6:49, 6:41, 6:37, 6:32, 6:20</strong></p> <p>About 4 seconds faster than 2 weeks ago. Still slow, but I&#39;m happy to be running faster again. Felt strong at the end and just okay throughout. Decent for holiday decadence I think. We drove back to Toledo yesterday and drove back to Michigan around noon today. Took a nap and didn&#39;t feel like doing anything.</p> <p>Late: AIS hamstring</p> Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 25, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-25-2017.html <p>PM: 7.7 miles, averaged 8:26</p> <p>First few with Megan from 9:48 to 9:18, then progressed from there to about 7:00. Got up late as we were up late. Having trouble getting out of bed. A touch of seasonal depression along with the typical standard variety.</p> Sat, 25 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 24, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-24-2017.html <p>PM: 7.1 miles, averaged 9:08</p> <p>Ran the first 30&#39; or so with Megan. Did 6 x 20&quot; strides. It was in the lower 50s, which didn&#39;t feel warm exactly but pleasant.</p> Fri, 24 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Thu, Nov 23, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-23-2017.html <p>Noon: 6.2 miles, averaged 8:37</p> <p>Ran on the University of Toledo trail. Very hungover. A jog in the cold felt great though.</p> <p>Happy Thanksgiving!</p> Thu, 23 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Wed, Nov 22, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-22-2017.html <p>PM: 7.3 miles, averaged 8:55</p> <p>Legs were a mess. Not sore so much as stiff. Zero range of motion.</p> Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Tue, Nov 21, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-21-2017.html <p>PM: 13.2 miles, averaged 7:34</p> <p><strong>Fartlek: 20 x 1&#39; on/off @ 5k effort + 30&quot; on/off @ a bit faster&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>30&#39; up/20&#39; down</p> <p>I should have gone out earlier in the sun, but as usual the worst party of the weather occurs when I&#39;m ready to go out. This happens all the time lately. Light rain and wind, but not too cold. Felt just okay throughout and then strong at the end of the 20 x 1. The 30&quot; intervals added a touch of difficulty.</p> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Mon, Nov 20, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-20-2017.html <p>PM: 7.6 miles, averaged 8:32</p> Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sun, Nov 19, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-19-2017.html <p>PM: 13.7 miles, averaged 8:02</p> <p>1:50 easy with the last 20&#39; somewhat moderate (about 7:20-7:30 pace).</p> <p>Ran on the roads rather than the park (for most of it anyway). I was hoping to pick up some of the trails to go to Dodge Park (where I ran with Jeff Shadley not long after I got here) but the paths were flooded. I turned around and thought I would go the other way as originally planned but figured that would be flood as well, so I ran back the way I came and finished up at the park before headed home. My legs and body are not used to running on concrete. Cold and damp with some snow showers just before I left.</p> Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Sat, Nov 18, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-18-2017.html <p>PM: 7.75 miles on the treadmill in 65&#39;</p> <p>It was warm in there. Megan opened the window. She also did some video so I could analyze my stride. Felt kinda blah. No doubt the weather. 40 and overcast all the time with periods of rain.</p> Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:00:00 Fri, Nov 17, 2017 http://JasonDodge.fastrunningblog.com/blog-11-17-2017.html <p>PM: 8 miles, averaged 8:08</p> <p>Did 25&#39; easy, 22&#39; easy to moderate progression, 18&#39; easy.</p> <p>I felt really quite sluggish and crappy, which is okay given that I have felt really good on my runs lately. The air has been very damp (70% humidity). 40 degrees feels very cold. I&#39;ve been wearing a hat and gloves, which I wouldn&#39;t formally do until it gets decently into the 30s.</p> <p>Night: AIS hamstring. Need to get back into my stretching routine&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Nov 2017 07:00:00