The Runner’s World Event is Next Week!

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 and blogger!

You can still get a 10% discount on your race registration (any or all three of the races) use the discount code Blogger22, but online registration ends Monday.

It is hard to believe that next Wednesday I will be in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania participating in the Runner’s World Half Events. This is my first destination race, one where I have gone more than an hour away from home or spent the night someplace for the purpose of running in races.

To be honest there are a few conflicting emotions going on right now.

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New Blog Focus–2013 Marine Corps Marathon

Over the past month I have done a lot of thinking about my running and my blog. This morning I decided to change the focus of A Veteran Runnah and updated it to reflect my new focus.

It is now public!

My running goal for 2013 and new blog focus is to:

Finish the Marine Corps Marathon in under 03:30:00

What do I mean by that?AVR - New Theme

The focus of A Veteran Runnah has been a bit scattered at times, though I write mostly about running, with a bit of technology, healthy living  and life adventures thrown in.

Over the past year, I have been yapping about wanting to run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in 2013, which just happens to be 30 years after I struggled to finish MCM back in 1983.

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Decision Made on my Fall Marathon Plans

P8060003Today was decision day!

This was the day that I chose to make a decision about whether to run a fall marathon or not. Over the past couple of months I have been sort of – not so secretly increasing my mileage to the distances that I believe I need to be running in order for me to run, not just finish a marathon, without injuring myself.

In June I had 196 miles and in July I finished with 236 miles for the month. During most of the increase in my training mileage, I felt FANTASTIC, with no real issues with injuries or tremendous tiredness that can accompany that kind of increase. Continue reading

Marathon or Not This Year – Time to Find Out

P8010002-001Today was supposed to be only an 8.0 miler according to my original ideas for this week.

Instead I decided to challenge myself this week to see if my body will hold up for the marathon distance training.

To be honest this is something that I am very concerned about, since my left knee has been barking a bit lately, with the higher mileage weeks and I have a history of getting injured during marathon training, in that knee. Continue reading

2012 Mid-Year Goal Review and Update

P6290011June was a month of reflection, change and decisions for me.

Only time will tell if they were the correct choices, but I am comfortable with the direction that we are going and the changes that TheWife and I have decided are right for us.

Running Goals

The year is half-way over and it is time to evaluate/re-evaluate my running goals from the start of the year. I have one goal in the mix that I am finding conflicts with the others and in the interests of staying healthy and being able to run for a long time, I need to change it. Continue reading

June was a GREAT Month for Running

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Running In May

I am making fantastic progress on my 2012 running goals 🙂

Summary

  • Miles Run: 196.6
  • Days Run: 27
  • Days Off: 3
  • Longest Run: 13.3 6/18/12
  • Fastest Run: 8:15  6/18/12 Home to Waterville Concourse Course
  • Best Week:  50.17 week ending 6/30/12 (one more day left in the week 7/1)

Most notable run 6/1812 finished 13.30 in 01:49:44 an 8:15 pace for the half marathon in a training run.

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Nice Run in the Rain 6/26/12

IMG_0453Today was a scheduled recovery day after yesterday’s long run, so I planned on doing an easy 3-4 miles at around a 10:00 minute pace. The weather cooperated and the downpour slowed up to a nice steady rain, which I actually love to run in this time of year.

The rain makes the humidity just about right and cools me off, my feet don’t get too wet and there is just something peaceful and magical about running in the rain. Also I ran most of the run “down back” so it was on dirt (partially mud) roads and was very forgiving to land on.

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Goals and Failure or is that Success

MCM 1983Throughout my life I have set many goals – related to: life, work, education, health, running and I do not really buy into the concept that failure is a good thing.

Instead I believe that smaller successes, bring about larger success.

Have I always been successful – of course not – I am human.
Have I had failures – monumental ones.

However, each time that I have failed, there were still parts, where I was successful and I have learned to build off those smaller successes, instead of focusing too much on what went wrong or what many would consider my failures.

In this picture I was on my way to finishing the Marine Corps Marathon in 1983, after I DNF the 1982 race. I didn’t give up, instead I learned from my mistakes and was motivated to be successful, not fearful of failure.

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March 2012 The Running Month Reflection

Photo at the start of the month, each month I plan to put my favorite photo in the monthly summary.

March is always a weird month weather-wise you just never know what you are going to get. This past month one week we were battling snow, then 80 degree weather and then back to cold, snow and blustery wind – the old saying “just wait a minute the weather will be different”.

While I have increased my running a lot over the last month – blogging and social media have taken a backseat to starting to look at getting either a part-time or full-time job again. Retirement is great, but with the price of everything going up (officially there is no inflation – things just cost us more) our budget is stretched a little lot too thin. So to do the things we want to do, it is time to look at me getting a job again.

Now to figure out what I want to do when I grow up – if I ever decide to grow up 🙂 so wish me luck on this job search.
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Confessions of a Middle of the Pack Runner

That's me in the Green jacket Photo by David Colby Young

I have a confession to make – I am not an élite runner – that isn’t really earth shattering news to anyone.

Actually, I am not even all that good of a runner at the local level either – not much of a surprise here either.

But I run

While I am being totally honest, I am what most “competitive” runners would consider a “recreational” runner – I don’t race all that often (though I will race more this year than I have in a long time), for many reasons – but that is a different post.

Even though I haven’t raced very often I do run a lot and yes I run to get better at running – so no I am not a jogger (runner vs jogger – it’s an attitude, not a pace per mile).

I am strictly what could be considered a middle of the pack runner.

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