Runner’s World Half Marathon Recap 10/21/12

Immediately after finishing the Half Marathon

What an amazing weekend!!!!

Today was the Runner’s World Half Marathon, which was my first “official” Half Marathon. I went into the race with certain expectations, but most of all I tried not to get all stressed out about having to finish with a certain time. The race was not an easy course by any stretch of the imagination as you can see by the below: Continue reading

Runner’s World Half & Festival Oct 20th and 21st

Runners World Half LogoI am going to the Runner’s World Half and Festival -presented by by Altra Zero Drop Footwear – on October 20th and the 21st as a FitFluential Ambassador!

You can’t tell that I am very excited about going can you? Well – I am very excited about going to this event. Imagine that, me the guy who doesn’t get too excited about too many things, being excited about this!

This will also be the first big Destination Race and Event that I have ever done. My other racing has always been done within an hour or so of where I lived.

There will be a 5K and 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday – click here for the full schedule.

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Running Back Bay in Portland 5-17/12

Looking across Back Bay

Today is the first anniversary of my knee surgery and the subsequent journey back to good health. I have gone from someone who was told that he would never run again to running 13.3 miles in under 2:00:00 hours on Monday!  Read more of the story here at my Professional Crossroads blog post What a Difference a Year Makes.

So how did I celebrate?

I went to a Newton Shoe seminar and mini-running clinic, that will be a separate post for tomorrow.

It was a gorgeous day, just a bit of a breeze, so before the clinic I ran 2 laps around Back Bay and felt great the whole way (well mostly great). Actually my time was a new PR for 2 laps around Back Bay (an all-time PR – not just a this year PR).

I just like this loop, the ocean smells and how it brings back memories of different times. Continue reading

Loosing Weight Makes You Look Different!

Before my long run yesterday TheWife took some pictures, so that I could update the header on the blog, I just thought it was time. In the previous one it looked like I was scowling – I wasn’t, the sun was shining too bright and she caught me between smiles.

I didn’t realize how big a difference there was in the photo we took yesterday, until I put it up on the blog and then saw it compared to my January picture. There is a huge difference in how I look in just a couple of months (it isn’t just the 5 pounds), hell TheWife has even been noticing that I am looking different and when she saw that she even said “You have lost a lot of weight!”

Which got me to thinking and I went back and looked at a bunch of old photos that show a certain progression:

My Old Avatar from 2010. I had stayed right between 170-180 pretty much the past 10 years with a couple of time just barely breaking the 170 barrier

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Running is What We Do

The past week I know that many of us have looked back at how we ran in 2011, our successes, injuries and failures (no we don’t always succeed – but that is another post). While I was looking back at my running this year I noticed that my motivation for running had changed over the years – a lot.

What are you talking about Shaw?

As we mature as runners, our motivations to run change.

For many of us we ran initially because a friend did or wanted to be on a sports team and most running teams don’t cut too many people – they just wait for people to quit. After we got out of school, we ran to keep our weight in check or at least get back to a reasonable weight. Some even started running because someone said that they couldn’t do something i.e. run a 5K, a 10K or  a Marathon and you had to prove them wrong. Continue reading

Thank You for your Support

Yes this is me about 1960

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who supported and helped me over the past month or so, while I was getting “A Veteran Runnah” up and running during December.

I really, really appreciate the comments, suggestions and the number of you that have taken the time to read “A Veteran Runnah” in the short time it has been up and running (yes bad pun).

I created this blog back in early November as a niche running blog and then decided to shelve it and use my primary blog “One Foot In Reality” as an everything blog. That plan didn’t work too well.

Different Audience

OFIR was geared to a different audience and I was writing about running more and more. At the end of November I was writing so much about running/health that I decided that I did need a niche running blog and on December 1st, I started posting regularly to “A Veteran Runnah”. Since that time “A Veteran Runnah” has become my primary blog and OFIR the secondary.

As part of the switch to “A Veteran Runnah”, I imported my running related posts from “One Foot In Reality” and “Time to Run Again”. I wanted one place where all the posts from when I started running again on June 15, 2011 would be. That is why there are posts back to June.

I can’t believe how well “A Veteran Runnah” has done since December 1st.

Without your support, this dramatic growth would not have been possible.

I love the online running community that I have met mainly through Twitter, (#FitFluential, #RunChat #Fitblog #running #runnerds) and blogging (there are so many great running blogs out there) – gotta add Google+ in there as well. I have even started using Facebook again, because that is where many of you are. The amount of support, ideas and advice given freely in this community is simply amazing.

I just wanted to tell everyone how grateful I am for your support to me in my efforts to return to running in a sensible way and the way you helped “A Veteran Runnah” first months such a success.

THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!

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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