A Few Lessons Learned

Lesson 1. When you decide to retire your shoes because they have over 400 miles on them, you should REALLY retire them.
I headed out first things this morning for my usual Wednesday easy pace/maintenance pace run. If you will remember from the other day, I decided I was going to wear my old shoes, hopefully for another 100 miles, taking them all the way to 500, but it would only be for easy runs.

Today's schedule was calling for 6 miles, easy pace. So I went in with my same plans as usual, don't worry about your watch. Wear it, so you can look at your splits later, but don't worry about it.
Mile 1 - 9:43
Mile 2 - 9:35
Mile 3 - 9:18 (finding my groove)
Mile 4 - 9:40
Okay, there is a story that goes along with this mile getting slower that I feel needs to be told. I ran my 6 mile loop around my neighborhood that I discovered last summer. I did it the easy way, which consists of gradual uphills and one huge, steep downhill. (I am sure not everyone would agree with me that this is the easier way, but that is what I feel). There is a long straight stretch down what would be considered a main road. It is a 2 mile+ stretch. It also happens to run by a cemetery. Because it is a main road, it is fairly well lit, even at 5 am. As I was running past the cemetery and under a streetlight, the light went out. And I started to feel a little spooked. And then it happened again. The next street light, still in front of the cemetery, went out as I ran under it. Suffice to say, I was spooked, and I attribute my slowness on this lap to that!
Mile 5 - 9:29
And here is where the lesson comes in... At about 4.5 miles, the muscle (or tendon or something) that is just below my right buttcheek started THROBBING. I have had some trouble with tightness in my gluteus medius on long runs, but this was a completely different place and it was not tightness. It was straight up pain. I actually caught myself grabbing the cheek while running, trying to dig my fingers into the spot of the pain (hoping it was a knot and I could loosen it, I guess?) without even being aware that I was doing it. The pain lasted the rest of the run, and I can still feel it now!
Mile 6 - 9:15
Mile 0.16 - 1:28
Total Time: 58:27 for 6.16 Miles
So yeah, these old asics are going to become my walking around shoes, which means tossing the Pig shoes into the trash. They have lived a full life. I am not sure that I am correct in putting all of the blame on them for this hurt, but I feel that they will serve me better as kick around shoes, now.

Lesson 2: When you are a protein freak (leftover from some contest mentality) you cannot add protein powder to everything and expect it to turn out ok.
Case in point: Coffee. I figured my vanilla protein powder might end up working out like a non-dairy powdered creamer. (well the protein powder IS dairy, but the creamer is not - if you get what I am saying). So I poured my coffee and dumped about a third of the scoop that I packed into the coffee and started mixing with my little straw. Nope. It just got clumpy and looked kind of gross. But you bet your butt I am drinking that cup and will drink more to finish up that scoop of powder I brought for breakfast!

Have you learned any tough lessons lately?

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  1. I've done that before with coffee too! It's nasty! Seemed like a good idea at the time though...

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