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


  • 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

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


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.
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


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.


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