AVR – Week in Review 2-26-12

This has been a pretty good week until moving snow yesterday and I tweaked my left hamstring, which is going to put me on the shelf for a few days. Other than that this has been a very quiet week.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 2/26/12

Weekly Summary 2-26-12

I have gone to focusing more on time than just distance for my daily run, this is quite a difference for me and I am still not used to it and don’t know i I will switch over to this completely or not. Some things I like and others I do not.

Three things Running

  1. Injured Again
    While clearing the driveway after our most recent snow storm, I had to use the snow scoop because the snow blower blew a belt and strained my left hamstring. So far I have missed 2 days of running and will probably miss a couple more – I am going to be conservative and just take my time coming back – again.
  2. Running – feeling too much like work
    During the past month, I started to get too “serious” about my running and found out that I was not enjoying or looking forward to my runs in the way that I want to. I made some decisions and believe that a change of attitude was needed for me to continue to enjoy running.  This reflection was a good thing.
  3. 9 Miler
     I ran 9.0 miles for the first time in a long time and had plenty left – I could have run further without any problem. The Saucony  Kinvara 2 are working great and have made a difference in my running this week. I was looking forward to trying to 10 next week, but think that I will delay that a week. It does feel good to be running longer distances again.
  4. This week in a word:

Blog Posts

Top 5

Here are my top five posts for the past week based on pageviews:

My Favorite post from last week

Is Running Becoming too much like Work? Where I discussed how running had stopped being fun and what I needed to do to get back a positive attitude.


I have bounced between 163-165 all week – so I did loose a pound. I am not trying super hard to lose the weight, but it is coming off pretty well.


My left hamstring got strained while moving snow around Saturday, so I am off a few days while that heals – it is so frustrating. I just seem to get going good and then a minor tweak slows me down a bit. At least they are only minor inconveniences, but they are messing around with my consistency. Otherwise everything is getting better. My calf is still a little tight and I have to be careful about running too fast or putting very much lean into my form, but otherwise it doesn’t bother me.

Running Shoes


Are in the give-away pile after almost 300 miles


Returned to New Balance for credit

Saucony Kinvara

So far I really, really like them a lot. The right one is a slightly more snug on my pinky than I would like, but it doesn’t bother much when I am running. I have almost 35 miles on them and have been able to run longer distances than I thought that I would be able to with these shoes – so I am very impressed so far.

Racing Schedule

I started a Google Calendar – Running In Maine 2012 with a lot of the dates of races in Maine during 2012, I know that the calendar doesn’t have all the races on it, but I was able to put together my very tentative race schedule.

I have it sort of narrowed down to the races listed below

Date Name of Race Location
3/4/2012 Chamberlain 5k Brewer
4/7/2012 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China
4/14/2012 Rocky’s 4 Miler Augusta
5/5/2012 Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual
5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism
5/26/2012 Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k New Gloucester
6/24/2012 Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon Augusta
7/4/2012 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop
7/15/2012 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal
8/5/2012 Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler Pownal
8/11/2012 Topsham Fair 5k Topsham
9/9/2012 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal
11/10/2012 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland

As we go through the season, I have a feeling that some of these races will change, but at least I have an idea of what I would like to run.

Running Goals

This section shouldn’t change too much from week to week, but I want to keep them right in front of me so that I don’t forget what my goals are

A slight change to my goals – is to make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.

This year my big goals are to run 1,200 miles, run a sub 20:00 5K and get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others).  My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon (notice I said finish not race) and run a few trail races when the weather gets better.

My long-term goal will be to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run/finish Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. This is one of the major goals that I have in mind for my running and it would be even more fantastic if I could qualify for Boston that same day. Therefore, I am doing a 2 year work-up to the Marathon distance, just to see if my knee will hold up.

The reality is that

This has been a very good week overall. My injury is very minor and is a small glitch, where I will be back to running pretty quickly.

Thank You again for your support and reading posts from “A Veteran Runnah“.

Keep smiling and good things will happen! 🙂

Originally written by Harold Shaw published at “A Veteran Runnah” © 2011 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and A Veteran Runnah” with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.
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