AVR – Week in Review 2-19-12

I took 3 days off last week and Monday off too, while attempting to be smarter about letting an injury heal. I tried to slowly come back to running, but it has also been a week of trying to find the “right” shoe, seeing how the shoes performed at different speeds and how they felt and made me feel while running in them.

I believe that I have finally found one that will work for me, especially after today’s 6.0 miler – no problems at all.  The Saucony Kinvara, they are definitely the most comfortable shoe and easiest for me to run of all the ones that I have tried on or brought home in a long time.

I was able to run through down-back again, now that the ice levels have melted back to dirt or should I say mud, so I can run some longer courses without so many hills or as much traffic – I just have to deal with the mud in places i.e. go slower :-). The past week weather-wise was very good, but I can’t believe that Winter is going to just fade away, I have a feeling that we still have to get through at least 2-3 more bad storms. So we will see on that, but even so, it really is only about a month to better weather.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 2/19/12
For a with Nothing Planned, I did really well! I wore 4 different shoes this week and finally found a pair that I can run in as my primary running shoes. Thank you Saucony.

Three things Running

  1. Running AgainAfter taking 4 days off to let the calf, get semi-back to normal, I started running again on Tuesday, but only a mile. Then the rest of the week was 3-4 milers as I tried to get used to a few different shoes. The calf didn’t bother very much, unless I ran too fast or tried to put too much lean into my form. It is not 100% and probably won’t be for a while, but at least I can run with it now. I actually did something right, by taking those days off and giving the leg a chance to heal a little more. My long run was today – a 6.0 miler felt good and I could have gone further.
  2. New Running Shoes – againActually 2 different pair, I raided the cookie jar on Thursday and went to Brunswick to buy a new pair of shoes at the Maine Running Company, unfortunately, they didn’t have what I was looking for and I went to Dick’s and bought the Asics Gel Blur 33. I had them two days and decided that I had made a mistake, returned them and got the shoe I should have gotten the first time around the Saucony Kinvara. They were on my Top 5 list and met all of my pre-requisites, but I had ben leery because of the left heel wear pattern in earlier Sauconys that led to blisters. These have a different design for the heel cup and I am a lot more confident that they will be fine.
  3. Valentine’s Day = eating differently than normal.We decided to treat ourselves to a decadent meal of Cheeseburgers, Store french fries, a drink and then homemade (scratch) cake. I couldn’t eat that way very often any more, I just felt heavy for a couple of days. Also, that piece of cake turned in 5 over the course of the next few days, I couldn’t just let it sit there and rot – could I? Nope I didn’t ;-). So here is getting back to regular eating this week and hopefully start moving that weight down the scale again.
  4. This week in a word:
    Reality

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  2. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  3. Calf is Not Ready for Prime Time Yet 2-13-12
  4. TheWife and Valentine’s Day
  5. Happy Days Are Here Again – 1.0 Mile Done 2-14-12
  6. Running Injuries – Go Slow Grasshopper
  7. Wordless Wednesday 2/15/12
  8. Things Are Getting Better – 2-15-12
  9. Raiding the “Cookie Jar” – New Running Shoes Again
  10. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  11. Warm Weather Running in February – Nice!
  12. My Very Tentative Race Schedule for 2012
  13. Running Shoes – Time to Rewind and Start Over
  14. First Run – in My Saucony Kinvaras 2
  15. WOW – I am Impressed with the Saucony Kinvara – 2/19/12

Top 5

Here are my top five posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  2. My Very Tentative Race Schedule for 2012
  3. Running Shoes – Time to Rewind and Start Over
  4. Running Injuries – Go Slow Grasshopper
  5. Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes

My Favorite post from last week

TheWife and Valentine’s Day, where I introduce you to TheWife and what she means to me.

Bonus pick was Running Injuries – Go Slow Grasshopper where I talk about being patient and going slow when returning or recovering from an injury.

Weight

I have bounced between 164-166 all week – so I am on a plateau for the week, but I also had to eat a lot of a homemade Valentine’s Day cake that was left-over. You know that “force me” to eat it, so it doesn’t go to waste syndrome :-). Besides homemade from scratch is good for you – right?

Injuries

I purposely didn’t run Monday and on Tuesday only ran a mile to see how the calf would respond and it did well. As long as I don’t go to fast or lean forward too much, it is okay. However, my left calf strain wasn’t really getting any better and it seemed like when I attempted to run or walk in my New Balance Minimus Trail 20s that would re-aggravate the injury. So they are being returned and I won’t be tempted to walk or run in them anymore – hopefully that allows the calf to start healing better. The knee continues to get better and my back feels fine, so things are getting back on track again.

Running Shoes

Peregrines

I am almost up to 300 miles on my Saucony Peregrines before I wore a hole in the heel and they started to give me a blister on my left foot. They are now retired and put on the give-away pile, so that I am not tempted to get that last bit of mileage out of them. The did well by me for the entire winter, but the left heel blister at the end meant that it was time for them to go. It is too bad that happened, because they were a great shoe until that happened – oh well – way things work sometimes.

MT20

Of all the shoes that I could try-on in the local area, the MT20s were the most comfortable. Unfortunately, these are being returned to New Balance on Monday, they were just too far down the minimalist ladder for my left calf now. It was getting so that I couldn’t run or walk in them without re-aggravating the calf strain, so instead of putting them in the closet to gather dust or tempt me to justify the money and to keep using them, I am sending them back to get a different pair of New Balance shoes – I need a pair of trail shoes so I will be looking pretty closely at the MT110s. We will see on this one.

That also means my transition to a more minimalist shoe is over for now.

Ascis Blur 33

Let’s just say after 2 days of fighting to maintain proper form in the Blur, I gave up and returned them. Nice shoe, but just didn’t work for me.

Saucony Kinvara

I was hesitant about trying these shoes initially, because of the wear/blister issues with my last several pair of Sauconys, but after looking at the Kinvara and seeing that the heel cup was designed differently I decided to try them on. As soon as I did, I knew they were coming home with me. They just felt right.

I ran in them yesterday and they felt great and then today when I ran a 6.0 miler, they were fantastic. Hopefully, my shoe problems are behind me and my biggest concern will become how many miles do I want to do today 🙂

Racing Schedule

I started a Google Calendar – Running In Maine 2012 with a lot of the dates of races in Maine during 2012, I know that the calendar doesn’t have all the races on it, but I was able to put together my very tentative race schedule.

I have it sort of narrowed down to the races listed below

Date Name of Race Location
3/4/2012 Chamberlain 5k Brewer
4/7/2012 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China
4/14/2012 Rocky’s 4 Miler Augusta
5/5/2012 Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual
5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism
Waterville
5/26/2012 Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k New Gloucester
6/24/2012 Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon Augusta
7/4/2012 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop
7/15/2012 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal
8/5/2012 Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler Pownal
8/11/2012 Topsham Fair 5k Topsham
9/9/2012 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal
11/10/2012 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland

As we go through the season, I have a feeling that some of these races will change, but at least I have an idea of what I would like to run.

Running Goals

This section shouldn’t change too much from week to week, but I want to keep them right in front of me so that I don’t forget what my goals are

This year my big goals are to run 1,200 miles, run a sub 20:00 5K and get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others).  My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon (notice I said finish not race) and run a few trail races when the weather gets better.

My long-term goal will be to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run/finish Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. 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.

The reality is that

I am glad that I tried on the Kinvaras and shouldn’t have to be looking around to figure out which shoe I am going to run in. I was getting tired and frustrated of the search and the limited shoe selection in my area (at least the ones I wanted to try).

I didn’t get to try on 4 out of 5 of the running shoes on my top 5 list, because they are just not available around here and I am hesitant to buy shoes online without having a least tried how they fit. Just think in 6 months or so, I will have to go through this same exercise all over again, but that is just a part of running.

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

WOW – I am Impressed with the Saucony Kinvara – 2/19/12

This is Day #2 in my Saucony Kinvara running shoes and I ran 6.0 miles in them with no shoe problems!!!!! I haven’t that far in a pair of shoes so soon, since I had a pair of Saucony Dixon back in the early 80’s – so call me impressed!

I did an out and back loop with the idea of going between 6 and 10, but that if my calf bothered or the shoes me at any time, I would simply turn around. I decided that 6 was enough and didn’t want to take any chances on how the calf would feel on a longer run. It felt good when I finished and did my cool down 1/2 mile walk, so I think I made the right choice.

The shoes felt great and I love them so far.

The Problems

The problems that I had were not related at all to my shoes, it was related to lose dogs, mud and hills.

I came across one dog that wanted to see what I tasted like until I turned around used “the voice” telling it to get home and charged it. It was a smaller mutt, so it turned tail and looked for easier prey. The second dog was with a horse and a local who was giving horseback riding lessons on the old mud road and just happened to have her Golden Retriever mix running loose, with her.

I had to ask her to hold the dog while I went by (yes I got the evil glare) and when I returned (damn out and back) she grabbed the dog and glared at me again. Hey lady, I have a right to run on the roads, as much as you have a right to lead your horse around, but you don’t have the right to not have your dog leashed – there is a leash law in town. Deal with it!

I have had problems with this person before and was bitten by one of her dogs while walking with TheWife a few years ago, so we do sort of have a “history”. She knows that if her dog goes after me again, I won’t be as nice as I was last time about it.  Maybe it is time to get some anti-dog spray, if people are going to let their dogs run loose again – which really sucks, but seems the way it is.

Splits for the run

Unfortunately the frost is coming out of the ground – you heard that right, frost is coming out and it is only Feb 19th, it was a muddy mess and I baptized my brandy-spanky new white shoes :-), No longer quite so white. TheWife said “You ruined them!” I just said “No, I am breaking them in right.” hehhehee

The mud did slow me down, especially going back up the hills, I just did the best I could and enjoyed the sun and the mud :-). I didn’t want to slip and re-injure anything, so just went slow. Other than the problems, I had a very good run, I felt comfortable and it was just a nice long run.

Over all it was a very good day and a great run, even though my times would have been about a minute better without the dog problems slowing me down – just part of running out in the country sometimes.