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No. 1091

There's part of me that feels a bit weird sharing less about running this year after I've shared so much on this blog for 7 years. I offer no apologies for it, nor should I offer up any reasons. With two kids, a promotion, #RunChat and other normal life things, writing about running isn't a high priority. That also means that things are going fairly well too.

Aside from a monthly roundup, I doubt I write more than just a few times a month this summer.

All that said, here's a quick update:

  • I'm doing the Runner's World Run Streak that started Memorial Day and "ends" July 4. It's kind of nice to get some redemption on the holiday streak that I was forced to end after an illness.
  • I still want a 5K PR on July 4. I'm doing more speedwork; I can get to below that 5K PR pace on intervals; all I can do is go for it and see what happens. I do have a backup race a few weeks later in mind.
  • I miss winter.
  • There's no question that I'm fan of Altra's shoes, but I've struggled a bit with the Torin 1.5. The original shoe, however, fits me well and I'm making sure those will be my main shoe for the rest of the year.
  • I never did a recap of the problems with the 8K I did last month, but I wrote the race director and got a canned response. At least he responded, but I won't be going back to that race.
  • I still don't have an "A" fall race. I don't know what I want to do. I try to care, but I can't. Not yet. Right now I'm just focused on July. What happens in the 5K will be a part of those decisions.

That's really about it. Now excuse me while I try to get to bed at a decent hour ...

Have fun. Go watchless. Finish.

Disney Marathon 2013 medal

It's a race week like no other. Unlike the Richmond Marathon two months ago when I felt fully prepared (but had a miserable experience), I am running the Disney Marathon this weekend mostly unprepared.

It's not like I was going to be "ready" for it -- I was simply running to keep a good base going. When I got sick a few weeks ago, though, those plans went away.

My thoughts about Disney since I made the commitment to Comfort Zone Camp have been, quite simply, to have fun and finish. After watching the course video today, I have to say that I'm finally excited about what's ahead. And that "have fun" goal certainly will be reached.

I've been so disconnected with running in the past month that I've decided for this weekend that I'm going to do the marathon without a watch. With not having major time goals for this race, I can't come up with a good reason to actually wear one.

If I get excited at the beginning and bust out some fast miles, what good would it do me to know that?

If I want to stop and take a photo with Mickey, what's a slower mile going to do to me?

If I get halfway through and feel good, or get to mile 20 and have a lot left in the tank, I'm going to know what my time is by a clock. I don't need a watch with me to worry about whether I'm going to hit a certain time or fall way short should I decide to go all out.

By leaving the watch behind, it's also one less thing I have to worry about packing. No watch, no charger. Just one set of running clothes and shoes. It will also allow me to quickly cross off one of my 13 goals for the year.

Shoe check

For the past month I've been out of touch with something highly important to me -- my paper backup. I generally keep track of my mileage on dailymile, but in the past few months I've been logging more workouts via my iPhone, which means I haven't kept track of my shoe mileage on the site. It's in the paper backup.

Very quietly this year -- probably too quiet -- I've made a major shift in my shoes. At the beginning of the year I talked about my experiment to switch to Saucony Mirage. That worked so well through Shamrock that I dumped the other shoes I was wearing.

In addition to the switch of the main shoe, I also began wearing Saucony Kinvara 2 -- initially it was an experiment to see how they felt. Since the price was so awesome on them, I couldn't resist.

That experience has worked so well that I recently bought a second pair.

That brings me back to my paper backup -- how many miles have I put on my shoes? Is the experiment working? During my move, my backup got packed away and forgotten about.

I had been keeping track of what shoes I was wearing in my Notes app and backtracked to add my miles from my dailymile records. (It's all much more hands on than it needs to be, I know.)

This week, though, I found it and quickly added up my miles on my current shoes.

Saucony Mirage, green - 191.8 Saucony Mirage, black - 187.8 Saucony Kinvara 2 - 72.9

Saucony Mirage, Kinvara

I couldn't be happier with the way these shoes have performed and held up. My original pair of Mirage have gone through a few races with me -- it's a special shoe that I hate to part ways with later this summer.

In what has become a norm for me, I have no reason to buy anything new -- I have another pair of Mirage and a second pair of Kinvara that are in my closet waiting to see some action. I'm sure I'll soon purchase a pair that will be devoted for the Richmond Marathon.

I often get asked about shoes and my response is the same: find what works for you. This is not an endorsement of these models -- I just happen to like them a lot.

They work for me right now, but I know that may not always be the case. For now, though, I'll continue to enjoy the ride these shoes offer.

A rare "first"

Nearly 9 years of running. 0 new watches. That's right. I've never purchased a new GPS watch.

My GPS experience took a little while to get started -- I bought a Garmin 101 off eBay in late 2006; I upgraded to the 205 a few months later that I kept for a long time; then I bought a used 405 earlier this year. I had a brief trial with Soleus that I did not like.

The 405 has been a good watch -- it got me through two half marathons with no problems -- but I was always disappointed with the battery life. I'd plug it in the charger and never knew what the percentage of life left would be.

I never had problems with the bezel either, which is the complaint of many people who don't like to read instruction booklets.

I like simple, though, and I missed the extreme simplicity of my 205.

After looking around a little more this week and getting feedback, I finally bought a brand new watch -- the Garmin 210. I purchased it from Holabird Sports, who had a coupon with the Garmin that I can use on a future purchase.

Why the 210? It's simple. And no one has ever had anything bad to say about it.

My first run with it was a sweaty 10 miles today and it performed flawlessly.

Garmin Forerunner 210