AVR Week In Review – 1/22/12

This has been one of those weeks, where Karma bit me square in the butt, when it came to my blog.

I wrote a post asking Bloggers if they had really looked at their blog lately and when I looked at my own, I had some of the same problems that I had written about, after recently changing it.

So I have been working on getting my blog’s theme up to snuff. I am not happy with how it turned out, but there is just so much you can do with a Blogger theme and will be looking for a theme that meets my needs better than what I have now.

We also lost internet for a day during the week and you don’t realize how much you have come to depend upon reliable internet access at home, until you don’t have it. As long as we can keep the internet up and running it will be a better week, especially since the ISP has scheduled an appointment to check over all the lines and equipment. This seems to have become a recurrent problem this month and we just want it resolved.

Running This Week

Three things directly related to running this week:

  • Ran in the Twitter Road Race 5K
  • Ran over 25.0 miles this week!
  • Submitted my application for membership in the Central Maine Striders running club.

I had fun doing the Twitter Road Race and then reading the #TwitterRoadRace hashtag about the runners and their experiences that day. I probably wouldn’t have gone out and run as far as I did if I didn’t have the motivation of it being an online challenge.

Going over 20 miles every week since November 20th without hurting myself and having 2 days off this week is huge. It shows a consistency in my running that I haven’t had in so long :-).

Deciding to send in my application to join a running club is something that I have thought about for a long time, but just never did. After the road race last week, we decided to actually go ahead and do it. I am a little bit excited about the possibilities that joining might give and am looking forward to seeing how it goes.

Racing Schedule

With everything going on we didn’t get a chance to sit down and figure out a racing schedule for the year that won’t break the bank (races are so darned expensive) and fit into our calendar. I plan to do this sometime between now and the end of the month.

Ryan of the Sub5 Running Club up in Bangor has some ideas on putting together a list of the local area races, so I want to wait to see  what he comes up with, but there are some that really interest me.  Sugarloaf 15K, Rail Trail Half Marathon and few others.  But I want to see how my training goes a bit more before I commit to those longer distances.

Long Term Goal

I know that my long-term goal is 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: Patience
I have been bouncing between 167-169 all week. I have been on another plateau for a couple of weeks, but I am comfortable with the progress being made and still am going in the right direction. As the weather starts to get warmer, the weight will come off easier.
Everything is feeling pretty good. The knee is not bothering and my lower back is much better. As I have increased my mileage, my usual Right Hip Flexor discomfort is starting to bother a little.  I have got to start doing more self-massage, exercises and preventative maintenance.
I am over 200 miles on my Saucony Peregrines and they continue to really impress me. I am not on a rotation schedule and run in them for all my running right now. They have done everything that I have asked of them and I remain very impressed.

I put the Goat Head Sole Spikes in my left shoe and sheet metal screws in my right shoe of my Saucony Pro Grid Propel Plus to do a wear test between the two.  I ran in them during the Twitter Road Race and found that they don’t bother my gait at all, but they are not the cure-all for running on ice. You still have to slow down when on ice.

Blog Posts
Below are the posts from last week:

  1. Nerves of Steel or Pre-Race Jitters
  2. Easy 5.0 MIles – Janathon Day 16 – 1/16/12
  3. Karma and My Blog’s Theme Review
  4. I Can Run Faster Than I Thought – Janathon #17
  5. Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore
  6. Brain Training For Runners – Book Review
  7. Winter Running Pictures & Janathon Day 20
  8. My Twitter Road Race 5K Results & Pictures
  9. Goat Head SoleSpikes Review 2 of 3
  10. Life is Funny Sometimes
Top Ten
Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. Brain Training For Runners – Book Review
  2. Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore
  3. Karma and My Blog’s Theme Review
  4. My Twitter Road Race 5K Results & Pictures
  5. Goat Head SoleSpikes Review 2 of 3
  6. Nerves of Steel or Pre-Race Jitters
  7. Goat Head Sole Spikes Review
  8. Runners Have You Really Looked At Your Blog Lately…
  9. I Can Run Faster Than I Thought – Janathon #17
  10. Winter Running Pictures & Janathon Day 20

My Favorite post from last week was:

My Twitter Road Race 5K Results & Pictures it documents an online event organized on Twitter by @seedouglasrun and his blog http://www.dougcassaro.com

Are there any businesses or companies interested in sponsoring an old retired Coastie in his quest for this dream of running the Marine Corps Marathon 30 years after his last finish there, while I document my adventures and how your product helps me towards this goal.  Have to try 🙂

The reality is that

I sort of felt like that mouse we caught in our live trap when I released it. It jumped out of the trap door and landed on a branch and stayed there, looking around to see what was around it. Once it figured that out, it waited a little while to ensure that it was safe to get down. That is about where I am with my blog theme, I will keep the one I have, until I feel comfortable enough to move to a better one.  I just wish I had WordPress.com’s themes with Blogger’s flexibility & ability to have ads.

I don’t know why I go ahead and worry about ad income, when I haven’t hit Google’s threshold for disbursement – after 4 years. So maybe it is time to just bite the bullet move A Veteran Runnah over to WordPress.com and be done with it. First we will see if I can find a blog theme that works and fits what I want to project here.  No I am not moving to a self-hosted blog, been there and done that, very bad experience with it, so I am not interested in self-hosting.

Actually it has been a pretty great week. The issues that have occurred this week are really minor problems compared what other have and I really don’t let them get too me all that much, they are more aggravations than problems.

Thank You for reading posts from “A Veteran Runnah”.

Life is Funny Sometimes

It is funny how life works sometimes.

In my Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore post, I talked about how we sent in our application and membership fees to the Central Maine Striders last week.

Last night I had some extra time on my hands so I did a Google search of the club to learn a bit more about the running club I was applying to join.

Unfortunately, the Central Maine Striders do not seem to have a webpage currently. So I just bounced around the web looking at different search results and I came across one about Rick Krause.

In that article I found out that the founder of the Central Maine Striders was Rick Krause, that name rang a bell, but I didn’t place who it was until I read this in the article:

It was while living in Newport, where he taught physical education and coached cross country, that Krause founded the Central Maine Striders on Dec. 5, 1975.

Thinking Back to High School

Rick if my memory serves me right must have been the “runner” that Coach Smith introduced us to my senior year at Nokomis and became the assistant cross country coach that year. I don’t really remember all that much about him other than he was some “old guy” that ran with us once in a while during practices and kicked our butts.

Back then I was one of those slower, classic underachievers that didn’t really like distance running all that much, see my Running High School Cross Country 1971-1974 post. He focused more on helping the better runners, who were more interested in getting better, the group I wasn’t really a part of and I got injured that year and didn’t finish out the season.

About the only thing that I really remember about Rick besides him being fast, is that I think he had a pair of big Elvis sunglasses that he wore a lot back then. Honestly, I was too busy being a senior in high school to remember to much about some “old guy” assistant cross country coach. 😉

How things change

Here I am applying to get into a Running Club – The Central Maine Striders that was founded by someone who was the assistant coach of my high school cross country team and were created the same year I graduated from high school. Now so many years later, I want to be a member of that club.

Seems kind of fitting to me – Maybe there is just a bit of Karma involved.

I wonder if Rick is still active in the club, I didn’t hear any mention of him while at the race or see his name on the results of the January Thaw Race that I ran in.  It will be interesting to find out more as I get involved with the Central Maine Striders.  If any members of the Central Maine Striders or other Maine Runners who read this blog know – It would be fun to hear how Rick is doing.

Do you have any stories like this where someone from your past, even though might not have known them very well, suddenly has an unexpected role in your life today, so many years later?

Funny how that happens sometimes