AVR – Week In Review 5/13/12

Still learning a lot about job searching in 2012 and how much it has changed. However, I feel confident about the direction and how things will go, it is just a matter of time until something comes up that I am the “right” person for the job. Until then I will continue to work on learning or honing my skills and running a lot 🙂

Last night I performed surgery on my Newton Gravity running shoes and ran in them for the first time this morning since that surgery. How did it go? They feel a LOT better, but I should have taken another quarter-inch off, but I can run in them without the heal counter rubbing against my ankle and giving me the dreaded “bloody sock” syndrome.

The run was a semi-tempo run to see how the Gravity’s felt and more how I felt after taking 3 days off this week to let my left soleus heal (along with a few other minor aches and pains). Everything felt great – my splits for the hilly Middle Road loop were:

  1. 8:28
  2. 7:48
  3. 8:07
  4. 8:34
  5. 8:34

I was happy with miles 2 & 3, but slowed down quite a bit the last two miles. Otherwise it was a really great run.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 5/13/12

Three things Running

  1. Three Days Off and only 20.82 miles for the week: My lowest total in a long time for the second week in a row. The body just needed a couple of weeks of down time and the last two days have been really good runs, so it looks as though I am ready to get back to it..
  2. Shoe Surgeon: I know that many of us runners have gone ahead and performed surgery on our shoes to make it so they fit better or don’t rub someplace they aren’t supposed to. Shoes are made for the generic size whatever you bought and there is a good chance that your foot is not a perfect fit for that generic sized shoe. That was the case for me and the surgery seems to have worked.  I just wish that I had been a little more aggressive with the amount of the heal counter that I cut out. At least now I know what I need to do and it will be a pretty simple thing to go back in and cut a little more away.
  3. Long Run: Sometimes you just have to go with how you feel during a run. Yesterday’s 3 miler turned into a 10 mile run, just because I was feeling great and decided to go with it. There are times to follow the plan and times to follow your gut – I am glad I did the 10, I definitely needed a longer run to get some of my confidence back.

The body told me I needed some rest and I finally listened, taking 5 out of 6 days off (2 from last week and 3 this week). Feeling pretty darn good too, so let’s see how it goes this week.

This week in two words: Needed Rest

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1. The Great Alternative Work-Out Plan Photos
  2. Actually Got a Run In Today – 5/9/12
  3. Back In the Newtons – 5/10/12
  4. Surprise 10 miler – 5-12-12
  5. Newton Gravity – Running Shoe Surgery

I know that I am still neglecting A Veteran Runnah more than I want to, but as I get the basic work done for my job search, I should have more time to get back to writing more here

Top 10

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

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  3. The Great Alternative Work-Out Plan Photos
  4. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  5. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  6. Newton Gravity – Running Shoe Surgery
  7. Wordless Wednesday – 2/1/12
  8. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  9. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
  10. Saucony Kinvara 2 – After 50 Miles


Holding steady between 153 and 156, which is great!


No real injuries, more like nagging aches and pains that if I didn’t take some down-time that could have developed into something more serious. My left soleus strain (which I attribute to running in old worn out shoes), is a lot better and with 5 days off in 6 to end last week and start this week seems to have rejuvenated my body quite a bit.

Running Shoes

It is time to seriously start thinking about my alternate pair of running shoes again. Seriously thinking about going with the Reebok Real Flex or the Nike Free 3.0 w/4MM drop as my alternate shoe to the Newton’s. Then again, I have heard great things about the new Kinvara 3. I will just have to wait until I try them on to see which one I end up with.

Saucony Kinvara

Wore them a couple of times, but knees and hips ache a little too much, so I would prefer to only wear them for my shorter runs now and now is the time to look at replacing them.

New Balance MT110

It seems that lately I haven’t been getting to the trails and that these have turned into a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Memo to me – go run on trails!!!!

Newton Gravitas

Ran a 10 and 5 mile runs in them and no bloody sock, so they are going back to being my primary shoe again :-). Finally!!!

Nike Presto Faze

Are going to the give-away bin, I like the shoe, but they contributed to my soleus issues last week and they are just old and tired, so instead of taking a chance on further injury, I have decided to get rid of them. 😦

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

I missed my long runs and enjoyed the 10 miler yesterday. The body was telling me that it was time for a little down time and I gave it a little. Now that it has rested it is ready to do some running. It will be interesting to see how things go this next week. I know that I am looking forward to meeting the Newton rep down at the Maine Running Company on the 17th – should be some interesting conversations about their shoes and I will find out if I am wearing the correct size or not and possibly have my gait analyzed  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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