August 2012 Recap

Some great news happened this month, but unfortunately, I can’t share it with you until September 17th. Needless to say I am very, very excited by this opportunity and can’t wait until I can tell you more about it!!!!

I have battled discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip pretty much all month and the last 4 days of the month decided to shut it down and not run at all. It is helping a lot and my body definitely needed the down time. I only ran 21 days this month, it is the fewest number of days run in a long time.

I did get to cross off one of my Bucket List items – Running in Central Park. I had fun and enjoyed the run there, but as much as I liked Central Park, I still wouldn’t want to live in NYC. I am just too much of a country boy :-).

Running In August 2012


  • August Total Miles Run: 161.7
  • Days Run: 21
  • Days Off: 10
  • Longest Run: 14.1 – 8/24/12
  • Fastest Run: 7:18  – 8/19/12 Colby Track 1.0 Mile run after 6.3 miles of Trail Running 
  • Best Week:  52.2 week ending 8/26/12

Most notable run: 14.1 Miles in Central Park

Shoes Run In

  • Altra Instinct – I stopped running in the because it seemed as though my hamstrings and hip were just getting worse, instead of better. I really, really like the shoe, but I have to wonder if they are not the right shoe for the way that I run. I will try them again after I get completely healed up and see what happens.
  • Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 – I just not sure about these shoes, they do a lot of things well, but nothing exceptional. They are a good all-around shoe, that I can run well in. However,  even though my effort seemed about the same, my times on my long runs were several minutes slower than I have run earlier in the year.
  • Newton Gravity – Honestly I don’t know what to do about these shoes, I like them, but I lost confidence in them. When they continually cut into my ankle and I had to do surgery on the heel cup to make it so they didn’t hurt my foot, I haven’t had a lot of desire to run in them. They are a great shoe, with a lot of running left in them, I just need to get excited about the Gravity’s again.

Races Run

  • 8/9/12 – Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Series

Next Scheduled race is:  Bond Brook 5k Trail Race and maybe a couple of other races in the Augusta Area.



I ended July at 149 and today 8/31 the scales read 146 after my run – this may not sound like a lot, but the reality is that it is that 155 was MY GOAL WEIGHT, so it is a huge deal! I am under my goal weight and staying there. I really believe that the number of long runs and mileage that I am putting in is getting the weight down.

50 at least pounds lost since June 2012


I have been fight discomfort that was getting worse in my hamstrings and right hip. I have taken more time off this month than I have in a long time to see if I can let these things heal, instead of becoming something more serious.  :-)

Run Blogging

Top Ten Blog Posts for March – based on page views

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  3. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  4. The New Nike+ Website is Up
  5. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  6. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  7. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  8. 6 Things I have Learned While Running
  9. 50 Mile Review of Altra Instincts

My personal favorite post this month was: Central Park Run-Crossed off Bucket List 8/24/12


One of the things that I really like to do is to review new gear. Whether I buy something myself or provided a product to review, I enjoy trying it out and seeing if it works as advertised or not. But more importantly – whether I like it or not and why. Blogging about running related products makes me think differently about what I am using – which is a good thing.

I have done the following product reviews this month:

I didn’t have many opportunities to review products this month, but that is okay, I enjoyed just focusing on my running and visiting my Grandchildren.

FTC Disclaimer – Unless indicated by {Personal Purchase} I was provided products from these companies free of charge, to review them on my blog. I received no monetary or other forms of compensation to do the review. My opinions about each product are my honest observations, based upon my experience while using the product.

Running Goals

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

Good progress, while I worked hard at my running, I didn’t allow it to become work. I still look forward to my runs and don’t get too wound up about them if they are not what I am looking for that day :-)

This year my big goals are:

  1. Run 1,200 miles –I have 1264.3 miles for the year – I met this goal pretty easily and am going to try for 1800 before the end of the year.
  2. Run a sub 20:00 5K  – No changes here – This will be very tough to do, I did run a 22:06 without any real speed training, but this one is going to be a real tough nut to crack if I decide to run a marathon this fall.
  3. Get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others).  Just some aches and strains so far
  4. My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon. I am running 13 to 17 miles at least once a week, it isn’t really a question of whether I can finish a half marathon, but more what my time will be on the right course.
  5. Run a few trail races when the weather gets better – I have and will be doing the Bond Brook Recreation Area 5k Trail Race series.

My long-term goal is to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 MCM 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

August was a month that I have tried to recover from the mileage that I ran in June and July, along with the change to a zero-drop style shoe. When I put all of those things together, it seems that I started to have some problems with my hamstrings and right hip. I took off the last 4 days of August to try to let them rest a little and recuperate. It seems to have worked and I am chomping at the bit to try and run tomorrow to see how I do. I have a feeling that I will probably try one of the other two running shoes that I identified back in February as the shoes I want to try – Mizuno Ronin or Brook Pure Flow. I imagine that I will go with the Ronin’s first and if they don’t work for me, go with the Brooks.

Run while you can and Keep smiling – good things will happen! :-)

Originally written by Harold Shaw published  at A Veteran Runnah © 2012 – 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.

2 comments on “August 2012 Recap

  1. Wow, you have surpassed your goal. That is awesome. I am truly happy for you. Way to get it in. I’m jealous of your mile ran the month of August. I’m totally no where near that, But I will get there one day. Bring on September!

    • Jenny thank you – you will get there. I have a feeling that I am going to start working on more track workouts the next couple of months, since I am not going to try for a marathon this year. September is going to be a great month 🙂

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