AVR Week In Review 4-22-12

P4200004Today is a scheduled day off and I can tell that I definitely needed it. My body is pretty tired and starting to get a couple of aches and pains, so a day or two off is happening.

If it is raining hard tomorrow, instead of being my usual stubborn self and running any way, I may bask in the heat of the wood stove and just do my 100 up and some light weight lifting after my appointment.

The return to Windows is going great and I am happy that I decided to go this route instead of getting the Mac repaired. I am just more comfortable in Windows Smile – personal preference.

On the job search front, getting all the preliminary paperwork (resumes, cover letter format, work history, research sites, etc.) done. Now I just have to find positions that are interesting to me and start applying. Luckily, I am not in a big hurry to find a job and can be selective about finding the right one for me.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 4/22/12


Miles walked this week: 24.1

Three things Running

  1. Newton Gravity are my primary running shoe now: After Monday’s long run, I decided to start using the Newton’s as my primary running shoes. Since I have, a couple of things have happened, they started to rub on my right ankle, but only when I go through the down-back (I must land differently because of the uneven footing), just don’t like that bloody sock thing and my left shin is starting to bother (shin splints). 

    This was surprising because I had over 60 miles on them with no problems and started up when I began to use the Newton’s daily, but they are minor inconveniences that will go away. Other than those minor things, the Gravity’s are doing great!

  2. Weekly Miles: I am finding out that 40 miles is about my limit a week right now.  I start to wear down too much (too tired) and the little aches and pains start creeping in. So I plan to keep my distance right around 35-40 miles (knowing me it will be closer to the 40) for a while, especially with my non-running alternative exercise programs going through the roof over the next couple of months.
  3. Long Run: Even though it was very warm Tuesday (in the 80s) I was still able to run 13.1 in less than 2 hours, which is fantastic in my mind. I did really good through 9.0 then just got pretty tired.

I know that I should start doing a little speed work and fighting up hills instead of just plugging along up them – those are the two things that I am going start doing this week. We will see how I feel and it will be really interesting to see how the Newton’s do on my long run which will happen on Tuesday this week. I have an appointment for when I usually run on Monday’s. Probably a good thing it is supposed to be fairly nasty tomorrow.

This week in a word: Newton’s

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1.  Knowing What You Eat
  2. Just a Bit Warm 4-17-12
  3. Zensah Compression Socks–Initial Review
  4. Dell is 90% Setup & I am Happy
  5. Long Hot 13.1 Done Today 4-17-12
  6. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  7. Nice, Easy Run–Needed It 4-18-12
  8. A Dog, Hip Belt Problems and a Good Run
  9. Just an Easy 5.0–4/20/12
  10. Body is Telling Me Time For a Rest Day

I know that I have been neglecting my online presence for a while now and have been trying to be more active on Facebook and Twitter, but other priorities are still claiming a lot of my that I previously devoted there. But I am finding a little more time to comment or reply to what others are saying.

Top 10

Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on page views:

  1. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  2. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  3. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  4. Zensah Compression Socks–Initial Review
  5. Knowing What You Eat
  6. Dell is 90% Setup & I am Happy
  7. A Dog, Hip Belt Problems and a Good Run
  8. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  9. Newton Gravitas – Initial Impressions
  10. Long Hot 13.1 Done Today 4-17-12

My Favorite post from last week

Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles less for my writing, but more for the comments that it generated and what I learned from Mike the New England Newton rep. He provided insights into the Newton’s design, that I didn’t understand very well, before he clarified it.


I hit my goal weight!!!! 155 it doesn’t mean that I will stay there for long though. I still have a bunch of work to do before I get under and stay under that magic weight, but hitting it once means a lot. Actually I have bounced between 157-158 most of the week – which means that I am still consistently under 160, so I am pretty damn happy about that.


Just the little bout with shin splints this week and my right hip flexor is not liking 40 miles, but, once I get moving it pretty much stops complaining. No other injuries to really speak of, just the usual stuff that is just going to be a part of my running until I stop, so no use about complaining or whining about them.

Running Shoes

Saucony Kinvara

My knees were aching a lot more than usual after my long run on Tuesday and I decided to make them into my shorter run shoes in a couple of weeks. I just think the cushioning is starting to wear down a little too much. I also noticed that when I get tired that my left foot is starting to slap down, instead of landing softly – I wonder if that has any part to play in my left shin being sore?

I had been walking around in the Kinvara’s, but decided to not wear them at all for a couple of weeks to see how things are.

New Balance MT110

Unfortunately I haven’t run any trail runs in a couple of weeks, gonna change that this week, so I haven’t run in the 110s at all. However, I walk a lot in them everyday and just like how they fit and feel.

Newton Gravitas

These are now my primary running shoe.  I have really started to like them, but as I said at the start, for some reason they are rubbing my ankle a bit raw and caused a bloody sock during my run yesterday. I wonder how they will do on Tuesday’s long run?  Probably will have to go ahead and do the band aide/duct tape routing to protect my ouchie that day.

Racing Schedule

I started a Google CalendarRunning In Maine 2012 with a lot of the dates of races in Maine during 2012. Yesterday I worked on updating and adding a lot of races to the calendar, so it is a lot better than it was before

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

Date Name of Race Location Result
1/14/12   Belgrade, ME 40:00/4.0/8:53
4/7/12 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China, ME 23:48/3.1/7:40
4/28/12 Joseph’s 5K Fairfield, ME  
5/26/12 Pineland Farms Trail Running 5K New Gloucester, ME  
6/24/12 Rail Trail 1/2 Marathon Augusta, ME  
7/4/12 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop, ME  
7/12/12 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta, ME Wednesday Evening
7/15/12 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal, ME  
7/19/12 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta, ME Wednesday Evening
8/2/12 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta, ME Thursday Evening
8/11/12 Topsham Fair 5K Topsham, ME  
9/9/12 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal, ME  
11/10/12 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland, ME  

As we go through the season, races will change and I have added the Bond Brook series already and taken out a couple of others Smile.

This at least gives me an idea of what I would like to run. I have also made a widget for the sidebar of this blog that has the calendar in it. If you see any errors or other information that needs to be updated or added please let me know.

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 good week of running even though it was pretty warm Monday and Tuesday. Hitting 40 again was not really planned, but I have been going with the flow more and running according to how I feel more than my planned schedule. Smile.

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

Keep smiling and good things will happen! 🙂

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