Things Are Getting Better – 2-15-12

My run today was pain-free! which was a good thing, I was able to run 3.0 miles in just over 30:00 minutes. However, when I put any kind of forward lean into the run, I could feel the calf tightening, so I just ran upright and it was fine. I purposely ran slow, just to make sure that I didn’t overstress the calf , but I don’t have any shoes now to do my daily runs in.

At some point I will get this figured out.

My Saucony Peregrines are not wearable as running shoes anymore, they started to blister my left heel at about 290 miles and since operating on them they just are not as comfortable and when I ran in them, they still feel like they are going to put a good-sized blister very quickly on my heel if I run any distance in them. It was really too bad, because until this all started they were headed to being a top 5 favorite all-time shoe, now they going to the give away pile tonight – so that I don’t run in them. So that sucks. Continue reading


Who is the Running Minimalism Dummy Now?

At some point I knew that this would happen, a minor running related booboo. No it is not serious, yes I will definitely live to run again.

However, it is the first time since I returned to real running last October that anything besides my knee has bothered me. That is why I am being a drama queen about it tonight :-P.

It is my first injury – post injury and it was running related – it seems that I am back to being a real runner ;-). The worst part is that it was self-induced by my own training mistakes.

The Snowmobile Trail Run

Last Friday, we walked almost 4.0 miles on a pretty tough snowmobile trail in the morning and then that afternoon I ran just over 5.0 miles on the same trail. It wasn’t an easy run and on one of the moguls in the beaver bog, I slipped and tweaked my left calf pretty good, but finished the run without a lot of problem. Continue reading

Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes

I knew this day was going to come, it is the bane of most runners – my current running shoes are wearing out. We know that when we buy running shoes that they have a limited life expectancy. When our primary shoes have 200-300 miles on them, we usually need to start to thinking about what our next shoe is going to be. My Saucony Peregrines reached that mark a few weeks ago and unfortunately I had to start to think about new shoes then.

Here are my earlier posts in this series:

I have researched many shoes over the past few weeks, thought about what I want/need in a shoe – a lot, looked multiple shoe company and running store sites, blogs and reviews about different running shoes. Based on everything that I have learned while doing this research, I have come up with the following list of 5 Running Shoes that seem to meet my requirements for running this spring, summer and hopefully into the fall. Continue reading

Possible Running Shoes – List Narrowed Down

Last week I talked about starting the process to research which running shoes I should get for my next pair – probably sometime in March, but sooner if my Peregrines start to really bother my heel.

The big reason for the research is to narrow down the shoes from everything that is available to about 20 or so, that I would want to look at more closely to see how they match my running needs.

Background and Requirements

My running information and requirements for my new shoes are: Continue reading

Researching for my Next Pair of Running Shoes

It was bound to happen, my Saucony Peregrines running shoes, after 257.6 miles are starting show some clear signs of wear, but only in one place.

In my post about Choosing New Running Shoes, I talked about doing your own research before you go ahead and buy a new pair of running shoes. This way you have a better idea of what you are looking for, what is out there and the price ranges for a particular shoe you might be interested in, when you do go to look for your new shoes.

Also you will be able to ask the salesperson “intelligent” questions about their recommendations, instead following them blindly – I don’t follow anyone blindly.  They may know a lot about running shoes, but they usually don’t know a lot about you.

Since I have noticed that my Peregrines are going to need replacement in a month or so, now is the time to take my own advice and start researching for my next pair of running shoes. So here it begins. Continue reading

Saucony Peregrines – After 200 Miles Review

Over the course of the past three months, I have steadily increased my running, both the distance and the speed. Part of this story is the shoes that I have worn – Saucony Peregrines.

I did a lot of research last fall, both on the Internet and in my running logs to figure out what type of shoes that would best fit my personal running style, as well as what I ran in when I wasn’t injured.

What it finally came down to for me at least, was that I didn’t get injured as often in low heel height, light weight shoes that help promote forefoot striking.
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AVR Week In Review – 1/8/12

This was a really good week to start, but on Friday, my Dad went in the hospital with a heart attack, so everything else took a backseat to ensuring that he was okay.It has been a stressful couple of days and tomorrow he undergoes a procedure, which will help us find out more about what happens next. Life goes on, but sometimes – well you know

Speaking of life going on, I became a member of the Idiots Running Club recently and you know something I fit in there quite nicely thank you.  Hehehehe. I am having fun with the Facebook group and smiling a lot.

RunLog 11/23/11 – Blizzard Running!

Today I officially rejoined the “crazy runners” club.

All morning long it has been snowing like hell and is considered a Nor’Easter aka Blizzard, it has been dubbed the 2011 Thanksgiving Blizzard. Here are a few pictures of what it was like out there while I was running.

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RunLog 11/10/11 – First Run in Saucony Peregrines

After putting a hole in my old Nike Dual Fusions, I needed to get a new pair of running shoes and today I did. I got the Saucony Peregrine trail shoe. I wanted to run in them as soon as I got home, but it was pouring rain, so I decided to wait.

The rain slowed down to a light rain and I finally was able to run at 4:00P.M. So how did they do?

Really good. I never will say that a shoe is great, until I have run at least 50 miles in them, sometimes first impressions, turn out to be very wrong and have for me all too many times in the past. Continue reading