AVR – Week In Review 4/29/12

One lap around the track and then out to the roads - Photo by Lee Sementelli Photography

Last week I got serious about my job search and have really been working hard on the getting all of my background information together and consolidating most of my online personas to Harold L. Shaw. Which has meant a lot time in front of the computer screen, updating my work history, creating new resumes and going through my social media sites (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.) and doing name changes – all in the name of finding a great job!

However, A Veteran Runnah is not changing very much. Other than adding a link to my new blog “Old Guy Job Search” with the URL of http://haroldlshaw, what I have written about here will stay pretty much unchanged

I like Sunday’s because they are my scheduled rest day and by the end of the week, I can tell that I really need it.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 4/29/12

Weekly Summary 4-29-12

Miles walked this week: 14.3

Three things Running

  1. Newton Gravity are my primary running shoe now:  Unfortunately, the Newton’s have one problem, they rub on my right ankle to point where it bleeds and is very distracting when I run. So I have decided to give my ankle a chance to heal up and then next week I will try them again, to see if they continue to be a problem. I really hope that allowing the rub spot to heal will be enough and that I can get back to running in them again, because they are a great shoe and I like how they feel except for the rub spot.
  2. Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race:  I went back to my old school grounds and ran a 5K yesterday. It was a smaller turnout than I expected about 45 runners. I think the unexpected cold and windy conditions encouraged a few people to stay at home.  During the race I set a new PR of 23:25 (disappointed that I didn’t get my sub-23:00 I was shooting for, but happy none the less), finished 10th overall and first in my age group. So I surprised myself on those things, but now I know that I really need do speedwork. Running faster than a 7:30 pace, just feels awkward for me.
  3. Long Run: I was very happy with my long run this week, even though I had a 20 mph or so headwind most of the way. Still came in under 2:00:00 and felt strong at the end.

Last week my goal was to start pushing going up the hills and I did that a lot more this week. Instead of just plugging along up them I attacked them and it made a noticeable difference in my mindset towards them.

This week in a word: Bloody sock (I know it is two words)

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1.  Lee Sementelli Joseph’s 5K Photos Link
  2. Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race
  3. Newton’s Getting A Rest & a Good 5.0 Miler
  4. Nice 10K Workout and my Bloody Sock Issues 4-26-12
  5. Easy 5K & Alternative Workout 4/25/12
  6. My Alternative Exercise Program
  7. Wow What a Headwind–4/24/12

I know that I have neglected my online presence for a while now and have tried 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. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  3. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  4. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  5. Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race
  6. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  7. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
  8. Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes
  9. Trying Out Cadence App – 1/26/12
  10. My Alternative Exercise Program


I have stayed between 155-158 this week on my morning weigh-in, which means that I am still making progress! I expect the weight to fluctuate daily, so a three-pound range is great! The best part is that I am starting to hit 155 more often.


Less of an injury and more of an inconvenience, where my Newton’s rubbed my right ankle raw and I had a few bloody sock runs this week. Other than that everything feels pretty darn good. I just have to work on some tightness in my hip flexor :-).

Running Shoes

Saucony Kinvara

Didn’t run in them this week

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 and I have a problem with them rubbing my right ankle raw on longer runs.  I really like the shoes, but if they continue to do that, I will have to re-think my running shoe strategy.

Nike Presto Faze

After trying on all my running shoes, these were the only ones that didn’t bother the ankle, so I have run in them for Friday’s 5 and the race yesterday without any problems. I think that they are a little “tired” and I can feel that I land with more of a rear foot style than I do with my other shoes, but for until my ankle heals completely, I plan to run in them. I don’t know if I will run a long run this week or not and if I do, it will be Thursday or Friday. Maybe Tuesday afternoon will be a good day to go to the track and do a workout there instead of the long run early in the week.

Racing Schedule

I started a Google Calendar – Running 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 23:25/3.1/7:33
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

It was a good week to cutback on my mileage in light of the ankle issues and my alternative exercise program that I have started. Cutting up firewood is taking a lot out of me, since it uses a lot different muscles than just running, but using a 22 pound chainsaw, hauling brush to chip and splitting/stacking firewood is definitely a workout Smile.

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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