AVR – January 2012 in Review

It has been a busy month for me at “A Veteran Runnah” and best of all my running is really starting to take shape with a few longer runs here and there, plus the occasional faster for me runs.

The hardest part has been reining myself back, to not try to do too much too quickly, just because I am feeling great while running and I want to do even more – especially the speed work.  So that has really been a battle for me.

Part of why I was so busy was trying to get “A Veteran Runnah” going in the direction I want it to go. Unfortunately, this meant that I had to move from Blogger to WordPress.com, I hadn’t originally thought that I would do this, but found it necessary.  I always liked Blogger, but I couldn’t get “AVR” to look the way or completely do what I wanted with the themes I wanted to use. Those were the main reasons for the blog host change.

Making the decision to move your blog is tough because you do have a certain amount of “love” for your current blog and the work that you have put into it thus far. You know no matter how much you try to publicize/let everyone know you that you have moved, you will lose readers and your stats will tank for a while. The move itself is almost done, I have just 40 more posts to update/edit and boy will I be happy when I get that last post updated.

The actual move is pretty straight forward and can be done within a couple of hours (or less) if you are willing to start from scratch. There is a lot more involved to moving if you want to bring old posts forward to your new blog – that part is a pain in the butt. Which is what I did and why I am still working on moving more than a week later.

I hope that you like the new look as much as I do, if you notice anything that isn’t working or doesn’t look quite, right please let me know.

Let’s get to talking about January and how my running is going in the new year – enough about moving.

How Was January?

January has been the time for the “doing” part of all those resolutions that we made on New Year’s Day and so far I have done very well on my resolutions. Dad had a bad heart attack and was in the hospital for a while, so that made it for some stressful times during that time and yes running helped me to deal with those stresses. He is home now and feeling pretty good  I also did find out I will be a grandfather for the 4th time, our first girl.  Other than that January has been a very quiet month. 😉

Running In January

Summary

  • Miles Run: 111.1
  • Days Run: 27
  • Days Off:    04
  • Longest Run: 8.19 miles on 1/30/12
  • Fastest Run:  7:42 pace for 3.2 miles on 1/17/12
  • Best Week: 26.6
  • Miles walked: 90.98 – added in to show that I do more than just run

Shoes Run In

  • Saucony Peregrine
  • Brooks Ravenna
  • Nike Air Flow (My go fast shoes)
  • Saucony Pro Grid Propel
Races Run
33rd Annual January Thaw 4.5 Race, Belgrade, Maine
Virtual Runs
Twitter Road Race Virtual 5K, Sidney, Maine
Blogiversary 3.5 Anniversary Virtual Run

Summary: We (yes TheWife too) sent our application in to join the Central Maine Striders running club. Haven’t heard back yet, but hope they let us in. I went over 100 miles for the month so I have accomplished 1/12 of my annual goal of 1200 miles. I even had a run where I broke the broke the 8:00 barrier in a training run, it felt pretty damn good when it finally happened. Now I just have to get in good enough shape that most of my training runs occur sub 8:00 pace, with an occasional sub 7:00 thrown in 🙂

This month in a word: Consistent

Weight
I ended December weighing 171 and ended January at 165. I did hit 163 after my 8 miler yesterday, but that doesn’t count. Six pounds lost again this month, is still great progress. Especially since I am not going out of my way to eat a lot differently than usual. I am just trying to keep eating more naturally and cut way back on the junk food and whoopie pies (which are their own food group in my world). This is the least I have weighed since November of 2000, so I am ecstatic about the weight loss progress I am making – 31 pounds since June 17, 2012

 🙂

Injuries
The right knee is not complaining very often, but I have to be careful to give it rest and a chance to recuperate after a long or hard run. No streaking or back to back hard days. The lower back is still a little sore at times, but as long as I don’t let Bennie (our dog) sit in my lap, while I am working on my laptop computer it does a lot better. Changing my running style is causing my calves to bark a bit and the increased mileage is getting to my hip flexor, which will go away in a few weeks if the past is any indicator of how long it will last.
Shoes
I ran in my Saucony Peregrines most of the month, unfortunately today, I noticed that they are developing a hole in the usual spot for my Saucony shoes and that means that I have to start researching into what my next pair of shoes might be.  Actually, I like doing this kind of stuff and will know a lot more about today’s shoes after this project is done.
Top Ten Blog Posts for December
Since I moved from one blog host to another I am going to give one top 10 list for Blogger and another for WordPress posts, they are all on WordPress now and hopefully they are all updated 🙂
Blogger top 10 for January
  1. Is Barefoot Running Right for Me?
  2. Brain Training For Runners – Book Review
  3. Runners Have You Really Looked At Your Blog Lately?
  4. Running is What We Do
  5. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
  6. Goat Head Sole Spikes Review
  7. The 33rd Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Road Race
  8. Old Running Shoes – New Uses
  9. Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore
  10. Karma and My Blog’s Theme Review

WordPress.com top 10 for January

  1. Does a Faster Cadence Help?
  2. For Guys Only – Ladies You Won’t Be Interested
  3. Are You Courteous to Fellow Runners
  4. Shut Up + Run: Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold – February 11, 2012
  5. Why Run a Marathon?
  6. How Did the Move to WordPress.com Go?
  7. Answering 20 Questions About Me
  8. Today’s Snow/Freezing Rain Photos 1-27-12
  9. Running the Day after An Ice Storm – 1-28-12
  10. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions

Reviews

One of the things that I really like here on “A Veteran Runnah” is to review new gear. Whether I buy something myself or am given a product to review, I enjoy trying it out and seeing if it works as advertised or not, whether I like it or not and why. Blogging about running related products makes me think about what I am using differently, than if I was just using or wearing it.
I have done the following product reviews this month:
  • Goat Head Sole Spikes
  • Tommie Copper Compression Sleeve for knee and calves
  • Ruez Performance Underwear
FTC Disclaimer – I was provided products from these companies free of charge, to review them on my blog and received no other forms of compensation to do this review. My opinions about each product are my honest observations, based upon my experience while I am using this product.

The reality is that

January was a very busy month, Dad is still with us, my daughter is having a little girl this spring, I ran more, moved “A Veteran Runnah” to a different blog host, hopefully joined a running club and was more consistent in my workouts.  What more could you ask for – no overall January was a very good month.

 

It’s Snowing Yet Again – 1-31-12

It is snowing yet again, not enough to have fun in, just that steady flurry activity that gives you about 2 inches of snow over the course of a whole day. It is just enough to make it slippery to run on, even with trail shoes, but not really enough to wear the SoleSpikes. So I just wore my Peregrines.

Run 1-31-12 Looking towards hill

Continue reading “It’s Snowing Yet Again – 1-31-12”

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.

Background

I am 5’7″, wear somewhere between a 7.5 and 8.5 (American) shoe size and as of today I weighed 165 pounds. My goal weight is somewhere under 155, under 150 would be ideal. I am running 25+ miles a week and would like to be running 40+ miles a week by the end of the summer. I do like to run faster (even though I am still pretty slow now) and my goal this summer is to run a sub 20:00 5K.

During the past two months I have worked hard to change my running form back to being a forefoot runner, to help reduce the impact and stress to my knees. I have had great success with the Peregrine’s 4MM drop and would like to stay with a zero to 4 MM drop in my new shoes. This seems style to be working a lot better than other shoes have for me.

I do have shoes that I can wear for racing or track interval workouts, but not an extra pair of shoes that are in good enough shape to wear as an alternate daily trainer. I have some older shoes that I could wear occasionally if my new ones need to dry out or something, but I wouldn’t put them into a regular shoe rotation.

Money is tight, so looking at sale items, close outs, and other deals are a part of the equation – just the way it is.  This also means that whatever shoe I buy, probably will be a hybrid running shoe style, to do everything that I will ask of it. Since it will be the shoe that I wear running 90% of the time, since I don’t have the money to buy 2 pairs at this time.

What kind of Running will I be doing?

  • I live in the country, so I do a lot of running on both tar and dirt roads.
  • During the spring, summer and into late fall, I will be running trails 1-2 times a week. Initially I might be able to still use the Peregrines for a while, until they really start to bother my heel.
  • Luckily winter will be mostly over by the time I get these shoes and I won’t have to worry so much about snow and ice during most of this shoe’s running life.
  • No treadmill running, strictly outdoor running.

What do I use now?

Right now I am running primarily in Saucony Peregrines. They have been great shoes and done everything that I have asked of them. Unfortunately, they have developed the same problem as other Saucony running shoes have for me.  The fabric on the left heel now has a 1/4″ hole in it and is down to the heel counter, this will only get worse as I wear the shoe more. This really sucks because it will eventually cause blisters in that area, been there done that – major league BUMMER.

It is strange because other brands of shoes that I have worn do not get this hole in the heel, just the Sauconys? Weird huh.

The reality is that

I was thinking about getting another pair of Peregrines and still might, but this wearing in the heel will significantly reduce how long I can run in them without problems. However, this problem does make want to take a closer look at other alternatives, that might not wear through in this area and allow me to run in the shoes longer.

Another consideration is that while running in the 4MM lightweight shoes, I haven’t been injured and have been able to increase my mileage pretty dramatically since November. Therefore, I would like to stay with  that style of shoe or even go to a zero drop shoe, if they feel right.

Finally

This means I have to do a lot of research to find a lightweight, zero to 4MM drop, hybrid running shoe that I can use to meet my running needs over the life of the shoe.  I don’t want a shoe that is going to fall apart and wear out after 200-300 miles, I need something more sturdy than that, especially with prices of quality running shoes today.

What companies am I going to look at – all them that offer light-weight trainers that promote forefoot striking. Actually I think that I am going to enjoy this project, but the most important thing is to make sure that I get a pair of running shoes that will work for me over the next 6 months as I continue to return to running.

  • Do you have any suggestions on the kind of shoe that I should be looking at?
  • Are there specification or things I should be looking for in a shoe besides what I have discussed?
  • Other comments or suggestion that you can give me while looking for my next pair of running shoes would be appreciated.

Running 8.0 Miles In Waterville, Maine

This morning we walked down back with Bennie and I have to go this way for my long run, however, conditions down there were too bad, even for me to run through there.

Then we tried to go the other direction

This was the other direction, not any better!

It wasn’t any better, if anything a little worse. We talked it over and decided it would be better for me to go run in town. Now I don’t really like running in Waterville during the week – too much traffic for me, but today I knew that it was going to be a lot safer than trying the Rail-Trail in Augusta or going down back here at home.  So I went in and parked at Shaw’s Supermarket (gotta love the name-wish I was related) and got ready for my run.

As you can see by the screen shot of the map it covered a lot of the ground around Waterville.

Some of the sidewalks were not in the best shape a lot of ice in some places, so I tried to stay on the wider main roads, which meant dealing with more traffic. No the traffic is not like running in a big city, but it is a lot more busy than my country roads. The wind tunnel in front of the Alfond Center was pretty tough and then the hill going into Colby almost got me, but I made it to the top. I never went very fast, but just maintained a nice steady pace, most of the way.

I drove back over the course and took some pictures with my iPhone 3G, so I apologize about the quality ahead of time.

It was really just a good comfortable run that felt good. However, I don’t plan to do it very often, I am not a big fan of running with so much traffic.

I did weigh myself after the run was over came in at 163 W00Hoo. Haven’t weighed that since November 2000. This is how I used to always weigh myself, right after a run – now I usually do it first thing in the morning. Almost seemed like cheating 😉 – almost.


Quality of Run: Very good LSD run
Time of Run: 11:45 A.M.
Temp:  Car said 25F — Fred’s Coffee said 34F – It felt more like 25 definitely.
Weather: Sunshine and winds 15-20 mph out of N

Day 30 of Janathon 🙂

Joey’s World, Chapter Two, For Love of Joey

You may remember Joey, the chosen one, from my earlier post describing how Joey came to be a part of our household.

Joey knows that he is the chosen one.

He is the only cat able to launch himself up to the top of the cupboards to sleep. Joey is the only cat able to jump onto the stackable washer/dryer to perch in the laundry basket up top.  He is the only cat that waits for the dryer door to open so he can bask in the warmth and comfort of the just-tumbled clothes.

Sneaking In the Closet

Joey is also the only cat that sneaks into our closet to eat the dry cat food.  The other cats will run the other way when we open the closet door.  Not Joey.  When he hears the closet door, he comes running.  If we are in a hurry, we don’t always notice when he slips inside.  Joey has spent a couple hours in that closet more than once.

Just this weekend, Joey’s brother, Domino (the tuxedo cat on the left above), kept going to the closet door.  I scolded him and thought his behavior odd.  I finally opened the door to find that Joey had been in the closet for hours.  He ate a big hole in the cat food bag.  I didn’t find a shred of paper anywhere from that hole.  He must have eaten the paper.  I have no clue how much food he ate, but he ran for the cat box as soon as I opened the door!

Cat-Proof Latches

We are probably one of the few households with childproof latches on our kitchen cupboards because of cats and not children.  For some strange reason that only a cat would understand, our cats want to go under the kitchen sink to ‘nest’.  While under the sink, the cats do other things that I am not too happy about.  Hence, we installed latches!

Because we now had latches, I began to store the pet treats under the sink.  I thought I was being smart, but Joey again showed his cleverness.  The latches will allow the door to open a couple inches.  Joey manages to open the door just enough to grab things.  One day he grabbed the soft dog treats and hauled them out.  Joey ate a hole through the plastic bag and ate all the treats.  The bag had been more than half full.

How does he survive?

Sometimes I am amazed that Joey has survived all this!  The treats are treats for a reason.  If we ate an entire box of chocolates, I don’t think we would feel very good.  Joey must be working on life number eight and three quarters of his nine lives!!

Once again I had to make an adjustment for my oh so clever cat.  I had to go out and get some sturdy Tupperware boxes to store the treats.  At least when Joey hauls one of the boxes out of the cupboard now, he isn’t able to eat anything.

The things we do for our pets!

Night and Morning Routine

Every night when Harold and I go to bed, we make sure that all the cats are on the other side of the bedroom door for the night.  We have learned this the hard way.  Many a night we have been awakened at an ungodly hour by one of the cats either scratching at the door to get out or howling to join the others.  If they are on the other side, they are content.  Or, I should say, they are content until it is morning.

Every morning when Harold and I wake up is a ritual for the two boys, Dommie and Joey.  As soon as Domino hears us talking, he rattles the bedroom door and meows.  This behavior escalates with Domino removing the door strip and hauling the small bedroom area rug out from under the door and into the living room.  Then we hear Joey.

Joey has his own routine.  He jumps up on the mantle over the fireplace.  I will hear him knocking over the family photos and other mantle trinkets.  He goes to the end of the mantle closest to our bedroom door.  He scratches at the painting hanging on the wall.  The painting is an original done by one of Harold’s ancestors.  It is of a nineteenth century farming area.  Joey thinks that if he attacks the painting, he might find a way into our bedroom.

I keep thinking that some morning, Harold and I will wake up and find Joey gone.  We will turn to look at the painting and find a black cat in the farmyard!

The reality is that

Joey may be a rascal, but he is a loving rascal.

Every time I drive into the yard from the grocery store or errands, I will glance at the bedroom window.  I will see Joey’s golden eyes peering out at me, welcoming me home.

Joey is always there waiting for me.

I can’t imagine how dull life would be without Joey.

For Guys Only – Ladies You Won’t Be Interested

Sorry ladies this post will be about as interesting to you, as your posts about bras, panties, capris or make-up are to me :-).

However, if your guy has problems with chafing – read on.

Also don’t plan on me modeling this product on my blog, I definitely am not a male model and I don’t believe too many people are interested in seeing this old fart in some underwear – it would not be a pretty site, besides I am rather modest ;-).

Last week I was complaining about my compression shorts chafing me, after my long run in my RunLog blog post, last Monday, which I linked in my DailyMile entry and I got this Tweet.

Skeptical at first

Now I had seen Ruez underwear being talked about on Twitter before and had even gone to the website to see what people were talking about. When I saw the product I just thought the product was a hoot and only a gimmick to make your “junk” look bigger and more appealing to whoever you were trying to impress.  I didn’t really give it a second thought.

However, after reading Chris’ tweet, I looked at the product review closer and saw it wasn’t a joke and that it was supposed to help guys with chafing issues. Which is a pretty serious problem for many of us guys. Chafing while I run and hike has always been a huge problem for me (ranging from painful to a bloody mess) and I don’t like using creams or vaseline type products down there — they are just usually too messy, many of these products also have ingredients that I prefer not use on my body or just plain don’t work.

I was getting fairly desperate to find a solution, because chafing is a pain in the ass and other places, which definitely affects how us guys enjoy running and other activities.

Why not take Chris up on his offer and try a pair. What did I have to lose everything else that I had tried hadn’t worked and so I agreed to try a pair of Ruez Performance Pouch Boxer Underwear out.

First Impression

I got them in the mail on Saturday and when I opened up the wrapper, I showed them to my wife and she laughed at them and said “Those are too short, they will never work and you have to put what into that hole – there were lots of shall we say, off-color, bordering on rather crude comments about that! 🙂

At that point I tended to agree with her. I looked the underwear over and yes the workmanship was well done, seams were straight and the material felt good. But the “pouch” area for your junk, just seemed a little overdone.

Changing my mind

However, when I tried them on, I immediately found out how comfortable  they were. Believe it or not guys like soft too, especially for underwear (at least this one does). I am not into having sandpaper cloth against my stuff thank you.

The cut is such that my legs did not rub together, which surprised me, because they looked too short when I first looked at them. When I put them on they were damn comfortable and rather flattering – hehehee. I figured I might as well try them on my 5.0 miler and see if they would chafe or not – the worst that could happen would be I would cut my run short and change into my old compression shorts.

I didn’t have to!

Once I got them on, situated and I got over laughing with my wife about how I had to put my stuff through the hole in the underwear pouch, they were actually quite comfortable.

When I started running in them, I was pleasantly surprised – no chafing, my stuff stayed in place (usually I am grabbing at my compression gear and re-arranging things because they are uncomfortable or shift) and my thighs didn’t get that rub rash that I get when I don’t protect them correctly. I was definitely able to focus more on running, than getting myself comfortable down there. At no time during the 5.0 mile did I feel uncomfortable or feel like anything was chafing.

This was the first long run in a long time, that I didn’t have problems with chafing – so I was impressed.

Sunday, I did a fast for me 3.2 mile run and again – no problems.

Monday I ran over 8.0 miles and this is usually the distance when my compression shorts start to chafe down there and really bother me during the run and after. I tend to get rub rashes from the material in my nether regions after about 6.0 miles. Today I ran comfortably and didn’t think about my stuff or chafing, I just ran. Which is what I want to do – just run without worrying about chafing or continually rearranging things in the nether regions.

They Work

I am not easily impressed by clothing, especially underwear, it is simply something I wear to keep my stuff in place and some other reasons that we all know about, but don’t admit to (male or female). However, I am very impressed so far with the Performance Pouch Underwear from Ruez!

This is one of those times that, I am going to go out on a limb and after only wearing something for such a short time. From this short wear-test, I have a feeling that the Ruez underwear are part of the solution to my chafing problem.

The reality is that

I was skeptical, when I first saw the ads for Ruez Performance Underwear and how they worked I laughed about them. Hell when I first saw them in my hands looking at them I was still skeptical. However, I am not skeptical anymore and the only question I have now, is not how they work to stop my chafing, but how long will they last. They are a quality product, but even quality will only last so long, when you use it a lot.

They definitely will be my go-to undergarment for my long runs! Gotta save those babies for when I really need them, until there are some more pairs in my dresser drawers.

Now that I have worn them running a few times, I am plotting about how I can con get my family to buy me some more. I think I will hint around for some on Father’s Day :-). These will probably be pretty well-worn out by then.

The Performance Pouch Underwear are not cheap at $30.00 a pair, but that is right in line with the price or cheaper than I have paid for compression shorts that don’t work nearly as well.

These are simply something that you actually have to wear and use. The pictures and descriptions do not, let you appreciate how well they actually do work in the real world.

To answer the other question that someone will ask. Yes, they are comfortable for wearing besides for running and they do “enhance” how your bulge looks if that is something you want. Personally I could care less about that, but it might be important to those of you who want to impress somebody ;-).

FTC Disclaimer – I was provided these products free of charge to review them on my blog and received no other forms of compensation to do this review. My opinions about this product are my honest observations, based upon my experience while I am using this product.

Welcome to A Veteran Runnah

Running has been one of my passions for many years. It has helped me through some very tough times, is part of some fantastic memories and allowed me to meet people, who I never would have met otherwise.

Fortunately, I have been around long enough to be considered a veteran runner (age group) – one of the joys of being an old fart.  Also I served 21 years in the Coast Guard and am that kind of veteran too.

Ayuh – I am from Maine and instead of “er” we often say “ah” thus the term Runnah.

Hence the blog’s name “A Veteran Runnah”.

Just because I wear a Coast Guard t-shirt in many of my photos, does not mean any endorsement by the Coast Guard for anything that I do or say. Just wanted to make sure that disclaimer is in here to keep the legal beagles happy.  😉

The politically correct term for someone from Maine is a Mainer, a term I dislike and instead consider myself a “Maineiac”. There is a difference and we can sit down over a good brew of something to talk it ovah.

There have been great days, bad days, injuries and the like, but running has been the one mostly positive constant in an “interesting” life. It is something that I have done pretty much when I wanted until February 2010 when I injured my right knee. I wasn’t able to start running again until after surgery in May 2011.

During that period when I couldn’t run, I found out how much running really means to me – more than most people will ever know. I was told by the doctors before the surgery last May, that I would probably not ever run again .

Guess what!

I am now running 13 mile long runs, 30-40 miles a week and loving it! The best part is that I am mostly pain-free. However, that getting older thing does have a habit of smacking me upside of the head every once in a while, when one of those old injuries or thinking that I am still 20 gets me in trouble. 😉

What can you expect from Veteran Runnah?

I will writing about:

  • running of course
  • irreverent looks at running and things we don’t see the same as other people
  • a bit of humor (hopefully) – aimed mostly at myself when I do something dumb or stupid
  • how I am doing coming back to running
  • what I learn along the way.
  • interesting people who I meet.
  • using social media to take part in the online running community
  • making trail running a regular part of my running routine.
  • reflections on different parts of my running career, both the highlights and the lowlights.
  • involvement in the running club I joined.
  • reviews on different shoes, clothing, techie stuff and other gear that I use when I am running or cross-training.
  • using “A Veteran Runnah” as my daily running log.

The reality is that

I still love to run and plan to run for the rest of my life.

I hope that you enjoy reading “A Veteran Runnah” as much as I enjoy writing “heah”.

AVR Week In Review – 1/29/12

The big news of the week was that I moved “A Veteran Runnah” from Blogger to WordPress.com, after thinking about it last weekend, I decided to just do it. The reasons are here and how it went are here.  I still have to update and edit just under a hundred posts, but I plan to get that done this week :-).

Below is the un-cropped photo that I used in my header.  YES believe it or not it is a picture of me, in shorts, in January. I don’t ever remember doing that in Maine.

Other than that it has been a very quiet week. Oh I did learn that I am going to be a grandpa for the 4th time only this one is a girl – that is pretty damn exciting! Gotta get out to Minnesota this summer somehow :-).

Running This Week

Three things Running

  • Ran in the Second Annual Freeze Your Thorns Off Virtual 5K Race
  • Ran over 25.0 miles this week!
  • Learned about the Perfect Cadence iPhone App

If you read my blog entry about this race you know that I got frustrated when I got 2.7 miles in and found out that the app hadn’t started. It seems that I have a lot of problems with iPhone apps not working correctly, most likely because I have an old iPhone 3G and don’t have phone service to it. I just use it as a iTouch.

Getting back to the race, I was on pace to break 8:00 minutes for the first time this year and when I looked at that, it just deflated me. Oh well, I am pretty sure I can do it in a real 5K, just have to focus on what I need to do instead of frigging around with technology :-).

I got over 25 miles for the second week in a row! I had a good 8.0 mile run and some other nice runs this week It shows a consistency in my running and that is what I am trying for, probably the second week of February I will purposely go back down to around 20 miles, then bounce up to 30, just as a change of pace week.

Twitter how I love thee, someone on Twitter talked about the Perfect Cadence app for the iPhone and after reading book about how having the proper cadence can help your form and run faster, I wanted to try it. Basically it is a metronome and ticks the pace your feet are supposed to touch the ground. You can read here about the rest of my thoughts on increasing your cadence.

Racing Schedule

I still haven’t gotten around to figuring out a racing schedule yet, the blog change-over got in the way, but I plan to work on this as soon as I get the rest of the posts edited. 🙂

Long Term Goal

I know that my long-term goal is still to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. So 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.

This week in a word: Change

Weight

 

I have bounced between 165-168 all week – 165 is the lowest I have been since 2001 – now to keep it under there!!!!  I am very comfortable with the progress and know that I am going in the right direction. As the weather starts to get warmer, the weight will come off easier. The best part is that I am not really changing how I am eating, just eating a little less on the portions, drinking more liquid and trying for my “greens” once a day.

Injuries

 

Everything is feeling pretty good. The knee is not bothering too much and my lower back is better. As I have increased my mileage, my usual Right Hip Flexor discomfort still bothers a little.  I have to start doing more self-massage, exercises and preventative maintenance.

I also got knee and calf sleeves from Tommie Copper, see my initial review and am trying those out to see if they help or not, I really hope that they do!.

Shoes

I am almost up to 250 miles on my Saucony Peregrines and they still really impress me. I am trying to set up a rotation schedule with my old Brooks Ravenna, but they seem to bother my lower calves more when I run in them, so we will see how that goes. I know that I am going to have to start looking at what I will get for shoe in a month or so. That is just part of the deal, runners go through shoes.

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1. Switching to WordPress.com
  2. 8 More Miles Run & Day 23 Janathon
  3. Why Run a Marathon?
  4. Running in Shorts on January 24th = WOW!
  5. Wordless Wednesday
  6. Running Past 50 – Book Review
  7. Hill/Speed Workout = Sucking Wind
  8. Answering 20 Questions About Me
  9. TweetCloud – What have you been saying?
  10. Trying Out Cadence App – 1/26/12
  11. Today’s Snow/Freezing Rain Photos 1-27-12
  12. Does a Faster Cadence Help?
  13. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  14. Are You Courteous to Fellow Runners
  15. Running the Day after An Ice Storm – 1/28/12
  16. How Did the Move to WordPress.com Go?
  17. Freeze Your Thorns Off – 5K Recap

Top 10

 

Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. Why Run a Marathon?
  2. Does a Faster Cadence Help?
  3. Are You Courteous to Fellow Runners
  4. Switching to WordPress.com
  5. Answering 20 Questions About Me
  6. Today’s Snow/Freezing Rain Photos 1-27-12
  7. Running the Day after An Ice Storm – 1/28/12
  8. How Did the Move to WordPress.com Go?
  9. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  10. Hill/Speed Workout = Sucking Wind

My Favorite post from last week

Are You Courteous to Fellow Runners  in which I talk about a post that I read and agreed that runners should be more courteous to one another. I am a bit old-fashioned about this subject. 🙂

The reality is that

It was a busy week and moving “A Veteran Runnah” to WordPress.com really made it an even busier week. I do know that it was the right thing to do and once I get those posts updated and edited, I will feel better. I am very happy with how my running is going and I am even starting to get to review a few products here and there.

Reviewing products is something that I enjoy doing and put a lot of thought and effort into my wear tests. If you do have a product you want reviewed, please contact me using the Contact via Email Widget in the Sidebar or on Twitter @VetRunnah and we can discuss whether I am a fit to review your product or not.

Thank You again for your support and reading posts from “A Veteran Runnah”.

Freeze Your Thorns Off – 5K Recap

Like a more than few others, I decided to run in the Second Annual Freeze Your Thorns Off – 5K. This is a virtual race put on by The Boring Runner. You could run Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  I had GPS issues yesterday, so I didn’t get a 5K time on my run, so I ended up doing it today.

The cadence training is paying some dividends, I am going faster, without feeling like somebody is whooping on me with a big stick!! That is a good thing :-). I planned on doing 3 Laps on Philbrick which is 2.7 miles and then run the flats until I hit 3.1, at least that was the plan.

I was feeling really good through my 3 laps, I started out slower and then continued to pick up the pace a little each lap and felt strong for the last .4 tenths. I had gone through 2.7  in 21:29. When I took my iPhone out of my pocket, it hadn’t started, I deflated right there!

I really wanted to have the proof of my 3.1 finish and time – oh well it shot that plan to hell in a hand basket. So plugged along through what was really a 3.3 mile course and called it good. I ran some extra earlier to finish the 5K on the flats oh well. It was still a strong run and I was happy with it.

I do know that when I am running in a “live” race, the iPhone & its GPS crap and all the problems I have with it, will stay at home and I will just start my watch, run hard, then stop it at the end :-).  A lot fewer worries that way.

On a GREAT note – I do think that I found the answer to my chafing problem and will be writing about it this coming week 🙂 — all I can say is finally!

I do like the virtual races, but no they don’t take the place of a real race, now I just have to figure out what my next “live” race is going to be


Quality of Run: Very Good except for that little let down, when I noticed the GPS program didn’t work
Time of Run: 11:45 AM.
Temp 36F
Weather: Bright sunshine 15mph winds fm NW

Day 29 of #Janathon 🙂