Thunder Storm Double Run–6/22/12

Today was one of my rare 2-a-day workouts.

My first workout had one purpose to go over 200 miles in my Nike Free 4.0 v2. I had 199.3 and wanted to get ready to do my 200 mile review of these shoes and actually have 200 miles on them. Smile

I rushed out the door to get it in before the thundershower got here, which I did, my legs were really tired from yesterday’s track workout and this morning’s 3.6 mile walk. So I didn’t push too hard. Other than tired legs I felt good and only had to dodge a few raindrops and only heard thunder off in the distance.

Nike Stats 2 Mile run 6-22-12

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Initial Impressions–Nike Free Run+3

Nike FreeI was so impressed with my Nike Free 4.0 that I ordered another pair of Nike Free’s. Personally, I don’t like having the exact same model twice in a row (I know everyone is different), I want a slightly different shoe to alternate with, so I ordered the Nike Free 3.0 v4 or so I thought.

Wrong Shoes

When I got my new Nike Free’s in tonight, I was a little disappointed. I opened the box and inside were the Nike Free Run+3 8MM drop, not the 3.0’s with a 4MM drop. When I double-checked the order, Nike had sent what I ordered –

In other words I screwed up!!!!!

I attribute this mistake that I made – (I take full responsibility for it), directly to how screwed up the Nike Free naming system is.

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Software and Web Apps I am Using Now

MacBookPro and Dell Inspiron

Back in April I did my first post on how my transition back to having a Windows-based laptop, after having used a MacBookPro for a couple of years. My reasons for moving back to a PC are here.

Now how does using a computer and running go together? The computer allows me to connect with other runners via social media (like this blog, Twitter, etc.), keep track of my running statistics a lot easier than doing them manually (which I have done) and is a part of who I am beyond the person that goes out and pounds the roads and trails.

Yes I am one of those running geeks ;-).

It has been a couple of months now, so how has the switch back to being a PC gone?

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Three in a Row and Thank You – RunLog 6-11-12

Last night on #Runchat, I ended the brag section that I had run 2 consecutive sub 1:50:00 half marathon training runs and I got into the following Twitter convo with @absolut_zero about my run for today.

I planned to try for 3 sub 1:50 half’s in a row today and little did I know how much I would need to use Nick’s encouragement from last night at the end to get it.

It was a little breezy when I started out this morning, but I didn’t realize how breezy until I got on the Middle Rd. The “breeze” had become a 10-15 mph headwind, which I would have to battle for almost 11 of the 13.1 miles. Needless to say I kept pushing against the wind, but definitely was a LOT tough than the tail wind I had a couple of weeks ago. Continue reading

Maine Races – List of Running Races in Maine

I was going through my Facebook feeds and came across Jen B’s post, who blogs at Running With the Girls, about a new to me site that has a listing of all the races in Maine or at least most of them.

It is called Maine Races  or MEraces click the link to go to the website.

MEraces.com

This is what I was looking for earlier this year and is much more comprehensive than the list of races that put into the calendar app in my sidebar. Looking through the race listings, they seem very complete and are viewable in multiple ways: Location, date, type or all. Continue reading

Change Means – No Change

My rescued salamander

Over the past couple of weeks I have thought about what comes next, as far as my online footprint and social media presence.

In today’s competitive world of job searching, I know that I need a digital foot that is positive and helps me in my job search effort, while at the same time remaining who I am, not some fluffed-up character designed to impress a potential employer.

As a result of a lot of this soul-searching, I decided to do away with my Professional Crossroads blog yesterday and use the site http://haroldlshaw.com as a webpage/online hub that has links to my social media sites or other places someone might be interested in learning something about me. Continue reading

AVR – Week In Review 6/10/12

It has been a busy couple of weeks, I almost didn’t get this summary published again this week. I have done a lot of running, working on job searching trying to figure out a landing page for http://haroldlshaw.com (going to only one blog and this one is it-professional or not this is who I really am and what I want prospective employers to know about me up front.

Yes I am a runnah and yes I am geeky around technology :-).

The other thing is that I started to up date my wardrobe a little today! I am now a 31/32 waist. I haven’t seen that size in forever!!! It feels GREAT to shop for clothes in that size range, because when I looked at them, I just said “ain’t no way, I am going to fit into those”. The 32’s fit a little loose and 31’s fit a little snug (but they fit), so I went with the 32’s.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 6/10/12

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10.0 Done in the Heat – RunLog 6-9-12

Boy I can tell when I am getting my geek hat on, I forgot to post my RunLog for yesterday’s 10.0 miler. Last night I was playing around with Ubuntu and just lost track of time (that will be a different post).

What a gorgeous day yesterday! I worked on my Federal Resume and submitted it for a job that I would really like (submission deadline is today), but by the time I finished it was later in the afternoon and definitely needed to go run. The temp in the sun was close to 80 and I am not acclimated to the hot weather yet, so I went out slow and just went with how I felt.

Splits 6-9-12

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No Rail Trail Half Marathon This Year

Yesterday I found out that I will not be running the Rail Trail Half-Marathon like I planned this year. No nothing is wrong or anything like that, in fact my running is going great and I have run at least a 1/2 marathon for 9 out of the last 11 weeks.

The decision to not run the Rail Trail Half was an easy decision.

Let’s back-up a little.

For some reason or other, I just hadn’t gotten around to sending in my application for the Rail Trail Half Marathon (it was almost like I knew something was going to come up) and TheWife came home all excited the other day, about wanting to go to an event on the morning of the 24th with one of her friends. She was as excited as I have ever seen her about something like this. Usually she is such a homebody and doesn’t like to go much of anywhere.

We talked about it for a while and since I had procrastinated telling her about the Rail Trail race and hadn’t sent in the application, it was only the right thing to do to tell her I would do the Rail Trail next year and for her to have fun at her event. Continue reading