AVR – Week in Review 2-26-12

This has been a pretty good week until moving snow yesterday and I tweaked my left hamstring, which is going to put me on the shelf for a few days. Other than that this has been a very quiet week.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 2/26/12

I have gone to focusing more on time than just distance for my daily run, this is quite a difference for me and I am still not used to it and don’t know i I will switch over to this completely or not. Some things I like and others I do not.

Three things Running

  1. Injured Again
    While clearing the driveway after our most recent snow storm, I had to use the snow scoop because the snow blower blew a belt and strained my left hamstring. So far I have missed 2 days of running and will probably miss a couple more – I am going to be conservative and just take my time coming back – again.
  2. Running – feeling too much like work
    During the past month, I started to get too “serious” about my running and found out that I was not enjoying or looking forward to my runs in the way that I want to. I made some decisions and believe that a change of attitude was needed for me to continue to enjoy running.  This reflection was a good thing.
  3. 9 Miler
    I ran 9.0 miles for the first time in a long time and had plenty left – I could have run further without any problem. The Saucony  Kinvara 2 are working great and have made a difference in my running this week. I was looking forward to trying to 10 next week, but think that I will delay that a week. It does feel good to be running longer distances again.
  4. This week in a word:

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1. Brand Loyalty in Running
  2. Colder and Windier than it Looked – 2/20/12
  3. Questions about Brands being Loyal to Runners
  4. 9 Miles – Tired and Happy – 2-21-12
  5. Wordless Wednesday 2-22-12
  6. What is Good Running Form?
  7. Starting New Training Plan – 2-22-12
  8. Running up the Bitch Again
  9. Is Running Becoming too much like Work?
  10. New Attitude and Yes I Enjoyed my Run – 2-24-12
  11. Pictures From Last Night’s Snow Storm 2-25-12
  12. A Different Kind of Workout

Top 5

Here are my top five posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes
  2. What is Good Running Form?
  3. Is Running Becoming too much like Work?
  4. Brand Loyalty in Running
  5. Welcome to A Veteran Runnah – Again

My Favorite post from last week

Is Running Becoming too much like Work? Where I discussed how running had stopped being fun and what I needed to do to get back a positive attitude.


I have bounced between 163-165 all week – so I did loose a pound. I am not trying super hard to lose the weight, but it is coming off pretty well.


My left hamstring got strained while moving snow around Saturday, so I am off a few days while that heals – it is so frustrating. I just seem to get going good and then a minor tweak slows me down a bit. At least they are only minor inconveniences, but they are messing around with my consistency. Otherwise everything is getting better. My calf is still a little tight and I have to be careful about running too fast or putting very much lean into my form, but otherwise it doesn’t bother me.

Running Shoes


Are in the give-away pile after almost 300 miles


Returned to New Balance for credit

Saucony Kinvara

So far I really, really like them a lot. The right one is a slightly more snug on my pinky than I would like, but it doesn’t bother much when I am running. I have almost 35 miles on them and have been able to run longer distances than I thought that I would be able to with these shoes – so I am very impressed so far.

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
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

A slight change to my goals – is to make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.

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

This has been a very good week overall. My injury is very minor and is a small glitch, where I will be back to running pretty quickly.

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


A Different Kind of Workout

I finally got back to running well last week, however, when a winter snow storm comes and leaves 7-9 inches in the drive way, you just have to clean it up.

you need to use either

Snow Scoop or Snow Blower

Now my preference is definitely the snowblower, all I have to do is walk behind it most of the time and muscle it into place here and there. The great thing is that it does all the heavy work for me and usually only takes just over an hour to clean-up the yard. One problem with this one – that thing hanging off the left handle is the drive belt for the impeller to throw snow – no it doesn’t belong there and yes it is definitely broke :(.

That meant I had to use the other alternative to make the driveway passable – my handy-dandy snow scoop. No motor, completely human-powered – in other words a great piece of workout equipment. You get to do mini sprints, come to sudden stops then lift 25-40 pounds countless times over a 3 hour period. Your heart rate will definitely rise and you will sweat like a stuck pig.

However, there is a risk factor involved, you are probably using muscles that you are not used to using and definitely will be sore the next day.

Also that short speed work that you are doing during this workout is sustained over a longer period than most of us are used to and probably not like anything fitness enthusiasts have done very often.  I found that those little 4-5 yard wind sprints, while pushing heavy wet snow, then emptying the scoop, can cause you to be out of breath with a very elevated heart rate in a very short amount of time.

The best part is even when this happens you have to keep going, until the yard is appropriately cleared – you have to go beyond your normal levels of exertion and break on to the other side.

The worst part of this workout is that it is very easy to strain a muscle, because you are pushing your body so hard, in ways you didn’t think possible. About half-way through this workout – when starting one of those mini sprints I definitely did something to my left hamstring. Last night and today it is sore and tender, but there isn’t any bruising, so it is just a strain.

But it does mean that I am on the shelf as far as running goes for a few days until the soreness is gone. The worst part is that I was just starting to run fairly good again. Ah well, sometimes life gets in the way of running and stuff happens, while you are working around the house.

However, for all of you fitness junkies out there who really want to do a great functional workout, the next snow storm we get, come on over to the Shaw Driveway gym and I will introduce you to my hottest new fitness fad – the snow scoop workout. It is a combination of cardio and weight training and I guarantee that after doing it for 3 hours, you will definitely know that you had a GREAT workout!

Am I sore after this workout?

Damn right I am sore all over today ;-). Was a great workout except for the hammie strain.