New articles: Running Gone Wild and Runner’s Tech Review

Today’s run: Rest day

A busy evening kept me up late last night so I decided to forgo today’s run in exchange for 30 minutes of extra rest. I think it was a good decision and I am happy that I’ve reached a point where I can spontaneously skip a workout without concern that my training is going off the rails. Barring rain tomorrow I’ll be out there again. With rain, it’s the dreaded treadmill.

I’m happy to report that new stuff has been posted to Running Gone Wild and Runner’s Tech Review. In Running Gone Wild, Adventure Girl recounts two recent and memorable runs in the wilds of central Oregon. Adventure indeed! New on Runner’s Tech Review are our impressions of Saucony’s Kinvera minimalist running shoes. I’ve grown to really like these shoes and I’m impressed by how well Saucony has nailed the requirements for shoe that meets the needs of Born to Run mid-foot running fans.

I’m looking forward to a break in the humidity tomorrow and I hope that it lasts through the weekend. It probably won’t but I’ll still appreciate all this oxygen rich, low altitude air.

High Altitude Adventure (Girl)

Today’s workout: Unscheduled rest day

Adventure Girl is taking on running at great heights in her latest post on Running Gone Wild. Reading about her experiences at 4,200 feet is making me wonder how I’ll do on the trails in Colorado this summer. Perhaps I’ll practice running while holding my breath for long periods of time. Just kidding – but I’m curious to find out if there are ways to practice for higher elevations.

No running for me today. The weather has laden me with a sinus pressure headache and I chose to grab some extra sleep this morning. I’m planning to do my final week’s run tomorrow (maybe one more on Friday if I feel strong) and then rest on Saturday for Sunday’s race. That’s the plan. At least the elevations at the New Hyde Park 8K don’t approach those in Bend, Oregon.

Father’s Day recovery run

This weekend has been busy between my daughter’s birthday celebrations and Father’s Day activities. I’m very happy to have found enough time to run on both days. Yesterday morning I got out a little later than normal and I paid for it with the hot sun and the humidity. The 6 mile run on Friday definitely fatigued me and I slogged my way through a 5K distance at a moderate pace and I wondered at the end whether I should have taken a rest day instead. I guess it makes sense that it would be tough going because I was covering 9 miles in a 16 hour span between Friday and Saturday.

There isn’t much to say about that run except to say that I never really felt in synch with my form and pace and I was frustrated that three miles on a mostly flat course seemed harder than 6 the hard way. This morning was a much better experience although at the starting point I had some soreness in my right quadricep and groin area. I did some warm-ups (see the latest Running Gone Wild post for some examples) and that got me on my way. I started slowly to minimize any damage from the injury and hoped that the pain would dissipate with running. I cut over to neighborhood #2 and did a couple of miles crisscrossing those roads. I encountered another runner twice during that time and we remarked as we passed how nice the weather was for running. It truly was, cool and cloudy, just the way I like it.

I ended up covering 3.7 miles at around 9:10 which was fine considering my slow start. I would have run longer but I had an 11 year old at home waiting to celebrate her birthday and some things come first. Took the QStarz Sports Recorder with me and it dutifully recorded my run. One negative was that when I downloaded the data it showed a large margin of error in terms of route run versus route recorded. The QStarz seemed to cut corners, showing sharp vectors around corners rather than the actual rounding that I’d done. That probably accounts for the fact that QStarz recorded 3.3 miles when the run was actually 3.7. Too bad because the unit has a lot of capabilities but its limitations are problematic.

I’m happy to have covered over 12 miles between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning and that my first and last runs were very enjoyable. I’m hoping to do some long runs this coming week. Can’t wait.

Announcing the Expanded Emerging Runner

I am pleased to announce two new blogs from the Emerging Runner: Running Gone Wild, Adventure Girl’s monthly column which covers fun and challenging activities that contribute to better running. This month’s column is about Yoga and I even learned a few things. Also new is a blog called Runner’s Tech Review that will review running technologies, running gear and nutritional products that enhance the running experience. You’ll find a review of the Moji Knee icing system as well as our first review of MixMyGranola. As always, every week Sedentary Man shares his perspective on activity, motivation and life in general. I hope you enjoy these new features.