April 2012 – Running in the Rear View Mirror

 

 

March is usually the weird month weather-wise you just never know what you are going to get. This year April and March were not all that different, one week we were battling snow/heavy rain, then 80 degree weather and then back to cold rain/snow and blustery wind – the old saying “just wait a minute the weather will be different”.

While I cut-back my running compared to March, it was planned and I feel a lot less tired at the end of April than I did at the end of March.  Blogging and social media have taken definitely a backseat to looking at finding a full-time job again.

My sabbatical was great, but with the price of everything going up (officially there is no inflation – things just cost us more) our budget is stretched a little lot too thin. So to do the things we want to do, it is time to look at me getting a job again.

Now to figure out what I want to do when I grow up – if I ever decide to grow up 🙂 so wish me luck on this job search. 

Running In March

I am making fantastic progress on my 2012 running goals 🙂

Summary

  • Miles Run: 145.4
  • Days Run: 25
  • Days Off:    05
  • Longest Run: 13.2 miles on 4/9/12
  • Fastest Run:  7:33 pace for 3.1 miles on 4/28/12
  • Best Week: 40.03  week ending  4/22/12

 

Monthly Summary March 2012

 

Shoes Run In

  • Saucony Kinvara 2 – I now have 222.2 miles on these shoes and my knees and hips are starting to ache after running in them. I like them a lot, but the sole is wearing on the outer forefoot and there are small tears in the upper, so I am not sure how the durability will be long-term. I sort of retired the Kinvara, but due to other circumstances have had to bring them back and will be using them for longer runs for a while longer.
  • New Balance MT110 – I have used these more for walking shoes this month than running trails with them, I really, really love the way they fit and how they allow me to walk. I tend to take smaller, quicker steps than I do with other shoes and my knees and back don’t hurt nearly as much as they used to, even though I am running and walking a lot more.
  • Newton Gravity – I really, really liked how I was running in them, until they developed a rub spot on my right ankle. Which kept getting worse whenever I ran in the Gravity’s. I have put them in the closet until my ankle heals completely and will try them again at that time. It is too bad because I really like the Newtons.

Races Run

4/7/12 – Fly Like an Eagle 5K

4/28/12 – Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K

Next Scheduled race is: Not sure

Summary: I am still well over my 100 mile monthly goal with over 140 miles for the month!  I enjoy my weekly long run and once I get my running shoes straightened out and they maybe even creep up to 15.0 range, but I don’t need multiple double-digit runs in the same week and I think keeping the others to a max of 6.0-7.0 miles or so is in my best interests.

This month in a word: Consistent

Weight

I ended March at 157 and started April at 155 two pounds in a month – it doesn’t sound like a lot, but the reality is that it is in that 155 is MY GOAL WEIGHT, so it is a huge deal! I really believe that the number of long runs and mileage that I am putting in is getting the weight down.

With better weather on the horizon, I have a feeling that I will be hitting my goal weight and staying between 150-155 which is where TheWife would like me to stay and I think that is a good weight for me to be at.

41 pounds lost since June 17, 2012

Injuries

No real injuries this month, other than the Newton’s rubbing my right ankle raw and causing the dreaded bloody sock.  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. Just have to keep training smart 🙂

Run Blogging

Top Ten Blog Posts for March – based on pageviews

  1. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  2. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  3. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  4. Running Clothes and Runners
  5. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  6. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  7. Fly Like an Eagle 5K Recap – 4/7/12
  8. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
  9. Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes
  10. Knowing What You Eat

With everything going on I have cut way back on my blogging and time on Twitter/Facebook and Google + over the past month.  Too much going on with trying to get the yard cleaned up. cutting firewood, garden ready and do some job search on the side, in addition to doing some stuff with the VA.

So it should be an interesting next couple of weeks, whether I want them to be interesting or not.

Reviews

One of the things that I really like to do is to review new gear. Whether I buy something myself or provided a product to review, I enjoy trying it out and seeing if it works as advertised or not. But more importantly – whether I like it or not and why. Blogging about running related products makes me think differently about what I am using – which is a good thing.

I have done the following product reviews this month:

  1.  Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles – Personal Purchase
  2. Zensah Compression Socks–Initial Review – Media Sample

I didn’t have many opportunities to review products this month, but that is okay, I enjoyed just focusing on my running for a change.

FTC Disclaimer – Unless indicated by {Personal Purchase} I was provided products from these companies free of charge, to review them on my blog. I received no monetary or other forms of compensation to do the review. My opinions about each product are my honest observations, based upon my experience while using the product.

 

Running Goals

A slight change to my goals – is to make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.
Good progress, while I worked hard at my running, I didn’t allow it to become work. I still look forward to my runs and don’t get too wound up about them if they are not quite what I am looking for that day 🙂
This year my big goals are:
  1. Run 1,200 miles – I am ahead of schedule having a total of 372.3 miles through three-month.
  2. Run a sub 20:00 5K  – This will be very tough to do, but for now I am working on my mileage base and not worrying too much about speed, in training runs last month, I ran at an 8:11 pace for a 5K, so I hope to break 8:00’s on 4/7, but I am not too worried about it either way. However, to meet this goal I will have to start doing a lot more speed work.
  3. Get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others).  Just some aches and strains so far
  4. My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon. Ran a 2:01:44 for a training run last week, so I am way ahead of schedule for this one.
  5. Run a few trail races when the weather gets better – Running some trails but not scheduled for any races until Memorial Day weekend.
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

April was a great month for running in spite of the crazy weather and reducing my mileage from March. I ran in a couple of 5K’s and know that I need to do speed work, to really start improving that time much more.

My big goal for May are to keep running consistently, figuring out what is going on with the Newton’s (I will not continue to run in them if they rub my ankle bloody) and start looking at replacements for the Kinvara 2, so that when they are done, I will have an idea of the replacement shoe that I will be adding to my shoe rotation. It might be the Kinvara 3, Nike Free 3 (4mm drop version) which I can get locally or something from online if the stars happen to align just right.

Wish me luck on my job search 🙂

AVR – Week In Review 4/29/12

Last week I got serious about my job search and have really been working hard on the getting all of my background information together and consolidating most of my online personas to Harold L. Shaw. Which has meant a lot time in front of the computer screen, updating my work history, creating new resumes and going through my social media sites (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.) and doing name changes – all in the name of finding a great job!

However, A Veteran Runnah is not changing very much. Other than adding a link to my new blog “Old Guy Job Search” with the URL of http://haroldlshaw, what I have written about here will stay pretty much unchanged

I like Sunday’s because they are my scheduled rest day and by the end of the week, I can tell that I really need it.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 4/29/12

Miles walked this week: 14.3

Three things Running

  1. Newton Gravity are my primary running shoe now:  Unfortunately, the Newton’s have one problem, they rub on my right ankle to point where it bleeds and is very distracting when I run. So I have decided to give my ankle a chance to heal up and then next week I will try them again, to see if they continue to be a problem. I really hope that allowing the rub spot to heal will be enough and that I can get back to running in them again, because they are a great shoe and I like how they feel except for the rub spot.
  2. Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race:  I went back to my old school grounds and ran a 5K yesterday. It was a smaller turnout than I expected about 45 runners. I think the unexpected cold and windy conditions encouraged a few people to stay at home.  During the race I set a new PR of 23:25 (disappointed that I didn’t get my sub-23:00 I was shooting for, but happy none the less), finished 10th overall and first in my age group. So I surprised myself on those things, but now I know that I really need do speedwork. Running faster than a 7:30 pace, just feels awkward for me.
  3. Long Run: I was very happy with my long run this week, even though I had a 20 mph or so headwind most of the way. Still came in under 2:00:00 and felt strong at the end.

Last week my goal was to start pushing going up the hills and I did that a lot more this week. Instead of just plugging along up them I attacked them and it made a noticeable difference in my mindset towards them.

This week in a word: Bloody sock (I know it is two words)

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1.  Lee Sementelli Joseph’s 5K Photos Link
  2. Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race
  3. Newton’s Getting A Rest & a Good 5.0 Miler
  4. Nice 10K Workout and my Bloody Sock Issues 4-26-12
  5. Easy 5K & Alternative Workout 4/25/12
  6. My Alternative Exercise Program
  7. Wow What a Headwind–4/24/12

I know that I have neglected my online presence for a while now and have tried to be more active on Facebook and Twitter, but other priorities are still claiming a lot of my that I previously devoted there. But I am finding a little more time to comment or reply to what others are saying.

Top 10

Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on page views:

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  3. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  4. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  5. Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race
  6. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  7. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
  8. Narrowed the Choices Down to 5 Running Shoes
  9. Trying Out Cadence App – 1/26/12
  10. My Alternative Exercise Program

Weight

I have stayed between 155-158 this week on my morning weigh-in, which means that I am still making progress! I expect the weight to fluctuate daily, so a three-pound range is great! The best part is that I am starting to hit 155 more often.

Injuries

Less of an injury and more of an inconvenience, where my Newton’s rubbed my right ankle raw and I had a few bloody sock runs this week. Other than that everything feels pretty darn good. I just have to work on some tightness in my hip flexor :-).

Running Shoes

Saucony Kinvara

Didn’t run in them this week

New Balance MT110

Unfortunately I haven’t run any trail runs in a couple of weeks, gonna change that this week, so I haven’t run in the 110s at all. However, I walk a lot in them everyday and just like how they fit and feel.

Newton Gravitas

These are now my primary running shoe and I have a problem with them rubbing my right ankle raw on longer runs.  I really like the shoes, but if they continue to do that, I will have to re-think my running shoe strategy.

Nike Presto Faze

After trying on all my running shoes, these were the only ones that didn’t bother the ankle, so I have run in them for Friday’s 5 and the race yesterday without any problems. I think that they are a little “tired” and I can feel that I land with more of a rear foot style than I do with my other shoes, but for until my ankle heals completely, I plan to run in them. I don’t know if I will run a long run this week or not and if I do, it will be Thursday or Friday. Maybe Tuesday afternoon will be a good day to go to the track and do a workout there instead of the long run early in the week.

Racing Schedule

I started a Google Calendar – Running In Maine 2012 with a lot of the dates of races in Maine during 2012. Yesterday I worked on updating and adding a lot of races to the calendar, so it is a lot better than it was before

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

Date Name of Race Location Result
1/14/12 Belgrade, ME 40:00/4.0/8:53
4/7/12 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China, ME 23:48/3.1/7:40
4/28/12 Joseph’s 5K Fairfield, ME 23:25/3.1/7:33
5/26/12 Pineland Farms Trail Running 5K New Gloucester, ME
6/24/12 Rail Trail 1/2 Marathon Augusta, ME
7/4/12 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop, ME
7/12/12 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta, ME Wednesday Evening
7/15/12 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal, ME
7/19/12 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta, ME Wednesday Evening
8/2/12 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta, ME Thursday Evening
8/11/12 Topsham Fair 5K Topsham, ME
9/9/12 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal, ME
11/10/12 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland, ME

As we go through the season, races will change and I have added the Bond Brook series already and taken out a couple of others Smile.

This at least gives me an idea of what I would like to run. I have also made a widget for the sidebar of this blog that has the calendar in it. If you see any errors or other information that needs to be updated or added please let me know.

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

It was a good week to cutback on my mileage in light of the ankle issues and my alternative exercise program that I have started. Cutting up firewood is taking a lot out of me, since it uses a lot different muscles than just running, but using a 22 pound chainsaw, hauling brush to chip and splitting/stacking firewood is definitely a workout Smile.

Moving to Different Web Address

Hi Everyone

I have decided to move this site to a different URL – I found a variation of my name and decided that I wanted to use that domain name for this blog, instead of the WordPress.com URL

You can find Old Guy Job Search here:

http://haroldlshaw.com/

I have looked to use my name in my URL, but when I tried variations of my name they were all taken, except this one and finally I thought that I had better take it before someone else does.

This way when people search my name on Google/Bing/Yahoo or whatever search engine they are using, if they type in my name it should come up, when I start to use Harold L. Shaw in more of my social media sites.

Thank you for your patience.

Lee Sementelli Joseph’s 5K Photos Link

Here are some more photographs from this morning’s Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K taken by Lee Sementelli Photography, if you would like to see more of today’s photos click Lee’s link and scroll down the page to the race photos.

Lee was gracious enough to allow me to use her photos of me on my blog and I cropped the above one and started using it as my header :-).  Thank you again – Lee!

Joseph’s 24th Annual 5K Road Race

BRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! That is the word of the day, for the end of April Mid 30’s and 20 mph winds made for a cold race this morning. Otherwise I loved the course, it was back at where I used to teach and it felt kind of strange driving into the driveway after almost a year.  I got to see a teacher that I worked with (Sue M), a former co-worker from Good-Will Hinckley (Mike G) and some other runners that I have seen and talked with at the races – I’ve been to.

I had to laugh though, there was a motorcycle training class in the parking lot, which caused a lot of people to look around for the race registration (including me).  One thing I found out that my Presto Faze running shoes are not great at is standing on telephone poles that are laying down – I slipped off one while waiting and drove a 1/4 inch sliver into my hand (had to do safety pin surgery before the race).

Neither the wind or the cold really bothered me all that much and I felt that I was starting a little faster than usual, but my times were really slow at the split points, so I don’t know how accurate they were? Unfortunately, I didn’t push that hard and it was more like a hard tempo run than a race pace.

This is where my lack of speed work really shows – I just don’t know how to run fast, with this new form. I seem to be able to go far at a pretty steady pace, but going faster just feels awkward. I will start to work on that over the next few months and get some of that speed back that I have lost.

How did I do?

That being said, my 23:25 was still a new PR and I finished 10/45 and won my age group, so I felt pretty good after the race. I haven’t come in first in a race since high school, so catching an age group win was pretty satisfying. For winning my age group, I got to choose my favorite snack – whoopie pies!

Here are some pictures that I took this morning:

Overall, I was very happy with my race and how I did!  I am also using this for my Twitter Road Race result 🙂 so it was a twofer.

Which shoes did I wear – the Nike Presto Faze, they didn’t bother my ankle a bit (no blood on the sock) and I didn’t think about them during the race, which meant they did everything I expected of them and they were not a distraction. I now remember why I liked running in these shoes so much.

Now to just get it to warm back up again and get rid of this wind ;-).

I really do like the small local races, they are low-key and just fun to run. Plus I enjoy meeting new runners and seeing old friends or runners before and after the race. I want to say thank you and that the organizers and volunteers did a great job with the race!!!!

Job Search Progress – 4/27/12

Getting all of your ducks in a row and preparing your job search is not really all that easy and will take more time than you think it will. You will go down a lot of rabbit holes and get distracted by this great website, blog or article and maybe even the ballgame scores. However, to get what you need done, you have to focus on what is important and what needs to be done.

There is a lot of background work that you need to do, to make sure that you are capturing all of your experience, not just the stuff you remember off the top of your head. So I spent a this morning and most of the afternoon putting together my work history – yes all 31 pages of my professional life (civilian and military) since 1975.

Yes having your work history is that important to have done in my opinion that I did it before really getting started on my resumes.

RESUME

Speaking of resumes, after I finished my work history research project I worked on my rough draft of my Professional Trainer resume. Actually because of all the research I had done putting together my work history, all I had to do was copy and paste the bullet points I had created that related to teaching or training and put them into my draft. Then use appropriate terminology or keywords from that profession to meet the job requirements I was looking to meet.

Next week when I go to update my Federal Resumes for Administrator, Training and VSR – I know that I will have a lot more pertinent information to put into these targeted resumes, than I would have if I had tried to do them before putting together my work history.

TODO’s FROM THE WORKSHOP

  • Apply for Digital Resource Card from Maine State Library – done next time in Augusta go to Maine State Library to pick-up –
  • Update LinkedIn profile  –  Started the update process, I can see as I do more research that the profile will change a lot over the next few weeks.
  • Rquest more recommendations on LinkedIn – Received at total of 3 more recommendations
  • Add commendations to LinkedIn – Done
  • Create new blog for job search – done
  • Update Facebook profile and privacy settings – done
  • Update Resume from standardized to more me – Need to do more research before I go to change it very much
  • Create portfolio notebook – in progress
  • Scan Commendations, other information into PDF format.
  • Order business cards
  • Write out what have you done, what do you like to do, hobbies, other interests.
  • Look back and re-read your Looking for my Dream Job series from 2009, instead of reinventing the wheel.
  • Figure out what professions really interest me.
  • Write a post on Why Blog During my job search.
  • Get a new photo for websites where I want to present a more professional image.
  • Follow-up to get my appointment date with the DVOP at the Career Center.
  • Research working for:
    • Togus
    • State of Maine
  • Companies in Augusta/Waterville area that I would be interested in working for.
  • Think about what would be the ideal work environment and how I could contribute to that environment.
  • Update Federal Resume
  • Review Job list.
  • Review networking blog for Monday, print-out in PDF format and comment on possible improvements
  • Setup OGJS with Feedburner and search engines
  • Setup lunch time/day with former colleague
  • Follow-up appointment with VA.

RSS Feeds

I am adding job search blogs to the RSS feed in my Windows Live account, separating my professional feeds from my Google Reader feeds, which are more personal interests.

I didn’t get as much done as I thought I would, but getting the work history done correctly was a very important piece of the puzzle and will significantly cut the amount of time I will need to spend in the future on job applications and resumes, so it was a good investment of my time. Plus getting a rough draft of my professional trainer resume done was pretty good too.

No I am no going to get everything done overnight, but I will keep chipping away at this list and have a feeling that I will be amazed at how much I will have done in 2-3 weeks.

Yes I am continuing to exercise: walked 2.6 miles with Bennie and then ran 5.2 miles this afternoon.  Tomorrow is a day off from the job search and I will be running in the Joseph’s 5K in Fairfield, Maine. Hopefully, I do pretty decently and see some more people who I haven’t seen in a while.

If you are interested in my qualifications and experience, please read my About Me page, go to my LinkedIn account, read my other blog “A Veteran Runnah” or better yet ask me by contacting me directly – by clicking here.

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Have You Done Your Work History Yet?

Have you done your Work History yet?

If not why not?

Unfortunately or fortunately, however you look at it, Federal, State and many other job applications need a lot of detail about you, when you are applying for a job. I know that Maine’s are almost onerous and the Federal Government application is not easy to do quickly, so sooner or later you have to put together your work history.

If you have the work history completed, you are not under as much pressure if you suddenly need to complete an application done quickly (today) and then end up doing the typical half-assed job that doing something too quickly ends up being.

This happened to me when I submitted my Federal Resume for a Veteran’s Service Representative position that opened with a 3 day window. I learned about the announcement on day 2, the first day that I started this process. My application then definitely was not the quality that it would be today. To be honest I was not ready for that application and when I look at it now, it needed a lot more work to be a quality application.

I am still job searching, so you can tell what the reviewers thought of my submission ;-).  Actually they cancelled the vacancy announcement, so I am hopeful that it will open again soon.

When are you going to start working on your job history?

I know we are all busy and there is a lot of background work that you need to do to put together your work history correctly. Especially if you want to make sure that you are capturing ALL of your experience, not just the stuff you remember off the top of your head.

MEMORIES

So I spent this morning and most of the afternoon updating and piecing together my work history again. This meant going through all the below resources:

  • You need to go back through your old evaluations, which are fantastic source documents to remember your many collateral duties and projects that you completed and have forgotten about.
  • Look at your DD214 and training certificates (you kept all of them – right).
  • Letters of recommendation for OCS, The Service Academy (when you were a lot younger), service schools or  promotion board recommendations – they all have a lot of the things you did that you can put into and are things that upper management (senior leadership) thought was important enough to put into your recommendation – even if you might have written the first draft yourself.
  • In your medals or awards – the narratives, which have projects, accomplishments and details that you were commended for. If they were important then, they sure could be important now. Especially if under the FOIA you requested copies of all your service records – they give you copies of the actual Award Recommendation, which has a wealth of information about what others thought that you did and you can put into your work history.
  • Any Job descriptions that you kept a copy of .
  • Vacancy announcements or newspaper ads for jobs you applied for and got.
  • Any other documents you have that will help you remember what you have done professionally and help to document that you actually did the work you are claiming that you did. It is still nice to have supporting documentation available if someone is in awe of all the stuff you have done and tries to say that you couldn’t possibly have done all that you claim.
There were a lot of memories re-lived today – a lot of smiles, a few shakes of my head, a couple of grimaces, but I also came out this exercise more confident in my abilities than I was before. I got to see a lot information about who I am professionally, along with projects and accomplishments that I have done over the years and what others thought of my abilities. Sometimes we forget how much we have done and how well we did those things.
Luckily I am fairly well organized and have all of this information in 3 ring binders and it was easy for me to find – I am not bragging, it is  just my background as an Admin type and who learned the hard way that having paper around is important to cover your a$$ if necessary. Unfortunately, if you have this stuff hidden away in boxes in the attic or threw everything out, you will have a lot more work ahead of you to get this information. You might even get to know your rights under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

31 Pages

My military and civilian professional life since 1975 has now been distilled down into 31 pages of bulleted accomplishments.
Looking back – I have done a crap load of stuff and you know something else – I was pretty darn good at it.

Now What?

Now what will do with this gold mine of information?
  • It will make writing resumes a lot easier to find targeted accomplishments and I can copy/paste from my work history to my résumé and edit the accomplishment to meet that targeted resume’s professional needs. Instead of relying on my memory and re-creating or re-using the same information over and over again.
  • Federal and State job applications are famous for the level of detail that they require (the State of Maine’s requirements can be daunting), but if you already have 90% of the work done – they are a lot easier, especially if there is a time crunch.
  • When sitting down with your VA Counselor, Career Center Counselor, Job Coach, Mentor, Networking or anyone else who wants to help you, if you have put this in your traveling portfolio, they will have a better understanding of what you have done, what you are capable of doing and they can help you more quickly.
Now I don’t give my work history out for general distribution, I treat them as for personal use only, because not everything is applicable to all potential employers.
The reality is that having your work history done when you have the time to do it right can and probably will save you time in the long run. It might also be the difference between a quality resume and a so-so one which is ignored.
So I will close by asking:
Have YOU done your work history yet?
If you are interested in my qualifications and experience, please read my About Me page, go to my LinkedIn account, read my other blog “A Veteran Runnah” or better yet ask me by contacting me directly – by clicking here.

Newton’s Getting A Rest & a Good 5.0 Miler

I have put away my Newton Gravity for at least a week to let my ankle heal. I really wasn’t expecting this, because I had over 60 miles on them with no problems. However, over the past week no matter what I have done to protect the rub spot, when I run over 3.0 miles in them, my right ankle is rubbed raw and I bleed on my sock. This has become very distracting to my running and is not something that I enjoy while running.

Hopefully, once my ankle heals up, the Gravity’s will not cause the problem anymore. If they do, it will mean that no matter how wonderful a shoe they are (and I do love them), that for some reason they are not the right shoe for my feet. It seems as though the ankle cut-out is too high for my foot and really rubs my right ankle.

In talking with Newton on Twitter, they gave me some suggestions and discussed my form, but the bottom line is that as of yesterday, the Gravity’s cause my right foot to be rubbed raw to the point it bleeds and it is uncomfortable to run in them. I will be trying them again – next Friday and hopefully I can report no issues and just run comfortably in my great Newton Gravity’s.

Yes, I could tough it out and rub some dirt on it, which I did for the past week and you know something no shoe is worth that to me. Time will tell on this one.

So how did my 5+ run go today? GREAT!  I ran in my old Nike Presto Faze (Bright Red) and you know something they worked like a dream. I didn’t push hard and stayed right around the 8:30 pace I was looking for and best of all – no bloody sock!

Surprisingly, I ran a fairly steady pace until mile 4-5 which has my favorite hills and the dirt road with all the ruts, so I usually take this pretty slow, but today, I only slowed down by 19 seconds, so I am very happy and the best part was that it was because I maintained my focus, not because of being tired :-).  I don’t know if the shoes made a difference or not, but it felt good to run again without any unnecessary pain or blood on my sock. So changing the shoes did make some difference and proved to me that it was the Newton’s and not something I was doing.

I have had the Presto Faze for 5-6 years and I really don’t know how many miles that I have on them, but I used them as my treadmill shoes for at least 3 years of winter indoor running, track workouts and running outside here and there. They don’t feel all that comfortable when I first put them on – the toes are a lot too tight and they certainly are not zero drop shoes, but once I start running – everything seems to fit into place the way they are supposed to and I just run in them. No laces to worry about, my feet don’t slide around and they are light enough to go fast if I want to.

Almost makes me really want to take a lot closer look at the new Nike Free 3.0 with the 4MM drop and I plan to if the Newton’s continue to aggravate my ankle after letting it heal.

Hey Nike do you need the Free 3.0 reviewed here on A Veteran Runnah, I would love to compare them to the old Nike Presto Faze and see what the differences are. DM me on Twitter if you are interested :-).

It will be interesting to see how these shoes do during my 5K race in Fairfield tomorrow morning. I really want to do well and push hard and would love to see a sub-23:00, so we shall see how close I am in my blog tomorrow. :-).

Good luck to everyone else who is racing this weekend and participating in the Twitter 5K.

Newton’s Getting A Rest and a Good 5.0 Miler

I have put away my Newton Gravity for at least a week to let my ankle heal. I really wasn’t expecting this, because I had over 60 miles on them with no problems. However, over the past week no matter what I have done to protect the rub spot, when I run over 3.0 miles in them, my right ankle is rubbed raw and I bleed on my sock. This has become very distracting to my running and is not something that I enjoy while running.

Hopefully, once my ankle heals up, the Gravity’s will not cause the problem anymore. If they do, it will mean that no matter how wonderful a shoe they are (and I do love them), that for some reason they are not the right shoe for my feet. It seems as though the ankle cut-out is too high for my foot and really rubs my right ankle.

In talking with Newton on Twitter, they gave me some suggestions and discussed my form, but the bottom line is that as of yesterday, the Gravity’s cause my right foot to be rubbed raw to the point it bleeds and it is uncomfortable to run in them. I will be trying them again – next Friday and hopefully I can report no issues and just run comfortably in my great Newton Gravity’s.

Yes, I could tough it out and rub some dirt on it, which I did for the past week and you know something no shoe is worth that to me. Time will tell on this one.

So how did my 5+ run go today? GREAT!  I ran in my old Nike Presto Faze (Bright Red) and you know something they worked like a dream. I didn’t push hard and stayed right around the 8:30 pace I was looking for and best of all – no bloody sock!

Surprisingly, I ran a fairly steady pace until mile 4-5 which has my favorite hills and the dirt road with all the ruts, so I usually take this pretty slow, but today, I only slowed down by 19 seconds, so I am very happy and the best part was that it was because I maintained my focus, not because of being tired :-).  I don’t know if the shoes made a difference or not, but it felt good to run again without any unnecessary pain or blood on my sock. So changing the shoes did make some difference and proved to me that it was the Newton’s and not something I was doing.

I have had the Presto Faze for 5-6 years and I really don’t know how many miles that I have on them, but I used them as my treadmill shoes for at least 3 years of winter indoor running, track workouts and running outside here and there. They don’t feel all that comfortable when I first put them on – the toes are a lot too tight and they certainly are not zero drop shoes, but once I start running – everything seems to fit into place the way they are supposed to and I just run in them. No laces to worry about, my feet don’t slide around and they are light enough to go fast if I want to.

Almost makes me really want to take a lot closer look at the new Nike Free 3.0 with the 4MM drop and I plan to if the Newton’s continue to aggravate my ankle after letting it heal.

Hey Nike do you need the Free 3.0 reviewed here on A Veteran Runnah, I would love to compare them to the old Nike Presto Faze and see what the differences are. DM me on Twitter if you are interested :-).

It will be interesting to see how these shoes do during my 5K race in Fairfield tomorrow morning. I really want to do well and push hard and would love to see a sub-23:00, so we shall see how close I am in my blog tomorrow. :-).

Good luck to everyone else who is racing this weekend and participating in the Twitter 5K.

Daily Job Search Update – 4-26-12

Today was another busy day. I did a little networking (oh how I hate that word), but I know it is necessary and there isn’t really any other way to describe what you are doing that sounds any better :-).

Then I worked on updating my General Administrator resume and got it pretty close to where I want it to be, it still needs some minor tweaking and a good double-check for grammar/spelling errors. If you would like to take a look here is the link to take a peek. If you have any comments or constructive criticisms – yes they are welcome.

Tomorrow, I want to work on my Professional Trainer resume, which interests me a lot more than general administration. I loved being in the classroom teaching and doing the challenging work of creating interesting lessons or presentation that the learners find useful. Being a trainer is something that I believe I would be great at and have a lot of experience in the classroom and providing training to adults. This will be a good direction to do a lot more research into.

Next week I have to go through and create two Federal Resumes (still deciding whether to just use USAJOBS or the new VA for Vets Career Center – I have one just about done in USAJOBS that I can copy or maybe I will go ahead and just put everything into the VA site? Still deciding on that one.

Either way I need to put together my general administrator federal resume and then really do a great job on creating one for the next Veteran’s Service Representative opening at Togus. Which is one of the things that I really would like to do and strongly believe that I would be very good at it.

There I have gone three steps ahead of what I wanted to do here, so I will have to back track a little to show how I reached those conclusions in a different post :-).

I also registered for the VA for Vets Virtual Career Fair – I am not sure how this will work, but it seems worth a try, and is something new and different for me.

I think that I have gotten a lot done today and yes I ran 6.2 miles and used two tanks of gas in my chainsaw to work on getting firewood cut up for the winter, so I am definitely getting back in shape.

Tomorrow I will update the Todo lists and work on my training resume, there is a lot of work to a job search, unless you are lucky or not trying too hard!  I can’t depend on luck, so I will have to make my own by hard work and be ready if/when that golden opportunity passes my way :-).

If you are interested in my qualifications and experience, please read my About Me page, go to my LinkedIn account, read my other blog “A Veteran Runnah” or better yet ask me by contacting me directly – by clicking here.