Friday, January 29, 2016

01/29/2016 I don't want to hear about your "dreadmill," my indoor track is insanity

Today, I put in a punishing 5.25-5.5 mile run in 45 minutes.  A 45 minute run is generally not punishing, but on my "indoor track," it is.  

This time of year, you cannot go online to a running site, blog, magazine, etc., without hearing about the dreaded treadmill workout.  There are a ton of articles talking about the dreadmill, how you cannot get a good workout on a treadmill, how you CAN get a good workout on one, and so on.  Runner's World, Competitor, blogging sites, and more have all the information.  

I have been there.  I ran on a treadmill in the winter for years.  Also, I would use it when time didn't allow me to run until it was dark.  I did a 23 miler on a treadmill for my long run before my first marathon.  I still have mental scars.  However, the treadmill has nothing on my current indoor situation.  Pictured here, my 30X60, hardwood floor gymnasium.  It's certainly not the Armory Track in NYC!  A 45 minute run on this, at a pace of around 8:30ish/mile will pretty much feel like a constant sprint while turning.  There is just not enough straight away to get smooth and flow.  It's my own fault really.

I need to build up the courage again to get outside and run.  Next week, the weather looks promising for some mid 40's temps.  I'm going to have to suck it up or hit the indoor track again, yikes.....

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Product Review: Another Brilliant job by @asicsamerica, the Gel DS Trainer

I generally have done a decent job researching and picking out the sneakers I chose to run in.  For the
most part, this takes me down the Asics road, like most people.  They just know how to do it and do it well consistently.

For the first time though, I have been blown away by a shoe.  I laced up my new Gel DS Trainers today for the first time and fell in love immediately.  I didn't even begin running when I realized I was on to something.  The shoe slid on with a comfortable glove-like feel on my foot.  It was sized correctly, true to form and I loved the secure, but not tight feeling I had right away.  

As a trainer, the idea is to be supportive enough for everyday use and keep the runner free from injury.  Most runners run and race in these types of shoes.  There are a good number of runners, like myself, that like to race in flats or racers.  This is usually done to get a little lighter and more responsive after the foot strike to build and maintain speed, at the sacrifice of longer term cushioning.

The Gel DS Trainer is a fairly light shoe though, and I could easily see myself racing marathons and half marathons in them.  I do not feel like I would lose much, and the added comfort would probably outweigh anything else.  The shoe just feels great to run in.

Besides the weight, the difference in the feel between the DS Trainer and the DS Racer I wear is the cushion underfoot.  In most shoe comparisons, I would say the difference would be easily noticeable and distinct, forcing you to choose one or the other depending on what your run would be at that time.  However, the Trainer is amazing in that it does not feel like you are sacrificing responsive action in your footstrike when wearing them.  What does this mean? Basically, to me, there is no pillowy feel even though they are more cushioned.  The Racer is meant to be more stiff, to race in.  The Trainer, although it would not be my first choice to race a 5K, would be a solid choice for most casual racers and marathon/half-marathon runners.

As usual, Asics has done a great job with their shoe line.  I am sold on my combination of the Trainer and the Racer for my go to shoes.  Check them out at the following links:

Gel DS Trainer                              Gel DS Racer

01/26/2016 Reset, Recharge, Restart

T.J., born 1/2/16
Today, 42 years old to the day, I sit here at my computer sweaty and happy.  The sweat comes from the 45 minute run I just finished up.  The first run I have had since January 1st, the First Day 5K.  The happiness comes from celebrating my 42nd birthday today with a great wife that puts up with tons of shit, great kids that surprise me every day, and specifically, the recent birth of T.J. DePersis.  T.J. is now 3 and a half weeks old and enjoying his roll of sleeper/eater/pooper of the family.  

I have all a guy could ask for.  Throw in an ability to be a decent runner and a Jeep Wrangler to the above stuff and I am blessed everyday that I wake up.  

Today is the restart to my running.  I have taken the last three weeks to recharge, come off the plantar issue, and just get to a point where I feel good about running again.  A little rest was in the cards, more mentally than anything else.  After today's run however, I feel the itch to get going again.  I love getting that feeling back, the hunger.  I want to run fast and it's time to do so.  Another bright spot is the way my foot has been feeling.  I, so far, am good to go and really have seen the foot discomfort go by the wayside.

Unfortunately, as the foot pain has gone away, the waist line has grown.  I need to back up from the table, at least after today's glutenous celebration.  The time is here to buckle down.  I have 5 months until my big race, with a smattering of 5K's throughout the spring to do.  Coming soon, my goal sheet for 2016.