Week In Review–9/2/12

IMG_0230This week was highlighted by taking 4 days off to rest my hamstrings and right hip. I have been fighting these and other little aches and pains for the past 3 weeks or so, and I just got tired of hurting every time I ran.

So I took some time off and am coming back slowly with 3.1 yesterday and 4.0 today. Although I am trying to run a bit quicker than I have in the past.

I definitely needed the time down and I am feeling a lot better during my runs than I was!

Also today I decided to publicly announce my major running goal for 2013 – to run the Marine Corps Marathon, but here is the kicker to go for a sub 03:30:00 and qualify for Boston. It was a big deal to make this decision public, but at the same time it will keep me honest.

I also started to really do my stretches every night and am trying to do a plank a day. Yes I am moving to do more than just running Smile.

Running Summary This Week

Week In Review 9-2-12

This week in two words: Run Week

Top 10 Posts

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

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  3. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  4. New Blog Focus–2013 Marine Corps Marathon
  5. The New Nike+ Website is Up
  6. Is it Time to Recharge?
  7. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  8. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  9. First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
  10. Long 13.1 Run Today 8-27-12


For some reason at the start of the week I got down to 145 for a day, but for the most part I bounced between 147 and 149. Which I still think is great, since my goal weight for the year was 155!  Even going down to New York City and eating differently than usual, I stayed under 150, so that was pretty good.


No real injuries, but I have experienced a lot of discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip – enough to make me shut it down for 4 days. The time off, seemed to help and I am hoping that it does make a difference and I can be running without the discomfort. I continued to use a rolling-pin on my hip and while it was painful as hell, but after I get done, my hip does feel better.

Running Shoes

Adidas Adizero Sonic 3

The Sonic 3 are doing a great job, but they just seem slower, for the amount of effort that I am putting into the run. They are an 75% shoe, they do most every thing good enough, but not anything really well. They are an all purpose shoe and if I had to use only one pair of shoes to do everything, these are a pair that I would definitely take a close look at. But as a specific purpose shoe such as a race or trail shoe, I don’t think they quite do what I want.

Altra Instinct

In the closet for a few of weeks, until my hamstrings and hips are completely feeling better and then I will run my shorter runs in them, to see if the problems I encountered were caused by the zero drop or if it was something else. I do like the shoe and miss running in them and am looking forward to getting them back out of the closet.

Adidas Vigor TR

No runs in them this week.

Newton Gravity

Today I ran 4.0 miles and didn’t push real hard and yet was able to run at an 8:11 pace and a little faster if I focused on running faster. I have been running in my old Newton Gravities and I am starting to remember, why I liked them so much – now that they don’t cut into my ankle. I feel fast in them and they reward me when I run with good form and let me know when I am not

Running Goals

I reviewed my 2012 running goals 2012 Mid-Year Goal Review and Update and updated them.

The reality is that

the 4 days off have been been a good thing, my hamstrings and hip are getting better and I am starting to run a lot more comfortably. I still notice them a little when I am going at a faster pace, but it is not at the level it was a couple of weeks ago or even early last week.

New Blog Focus–2013 Marine Corps Marathon

Over the past month I have done a lot of thinking about my running and my blog. This morning I decided to change the focus of A Veteran Runnah and updated it to reflect my new focus.

It is now public!

My running goal for 2013 and new blog focus is to:

Finish the Marine Corps Marathon in under 03:30:00

What do I mean by that?AVR - New Theme

The focus of A Veteran Runnah has been a bit scattered at times, though I write mostly about running, with a bit of technology, healthy living  and life adventures thrown in.

Over the past year, I have been yapping about wanting to run the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in 2013, which just happens to be 30 years after I struggled to finish MCM back in 1983.

My time that day was 03:45:46 (according to my watch, which I started when I crossed the starting line) – my official time was 03:48: – something.

Finishing MCM back in 1983 was great. However, I was very disappointed in my time, for a specific reason – I didn’t qualify for Boston.

That means the other part of this goal AND the part that I have been a lot quieter about – is to run MCM 2013 in under 03:30:00, so I can qualify for the Boston Marathon in 2014. Yes I know that the qualifying standard is 03:40:00 for my age group, but with so many runners meeting that standard, if I run a 03:30 marathon, my chances of getting into Boston in 2014 are that much better.

Is it doable?

I believe that it is.

Is it going to be easy – no.

Training to run a 26.2 miles is tough enough and adding in the goal of a sub 3:30 time (8:00 minute mile pace) makes it even more difficult.

It will require discipline, perseverance, family support and some sacrifices for me to achieve those two goals.

Leading up to this

Since October 2011, my running has been all about seeing what my body can do, experimenting with different equipment, to see what works for me, and building a mileage base.

This past year has exceeded my wildest expectations and that is why I have decided to publicly make the commitment to train for the Marine Corps Marathon in 2013 now.

The reality is that

I have 13 months to train smarter than I ever have, change my eating habits from using the 80/20 rule to 90/10 rule and even to add in weight lifting or yoga to help me accomplish this dream.

As a result of my decision to go public with this goal I have updated “A Veteran Runnah”

  • Changed my About Me page
  • Cleaned up the header and added in a screenshot from the Marine Corps Marathon website (which will change if they update it for 2013),
  • Wrote a new Quick About AVR
  • Changed the background color.
  • Added a Count Down widget to the sidebar

These to me were more than just simply changing something – yet again in my blog. No these were tangible pieces of changing the focus of A Veteran Runnah and will help me move forward towards this goal.

As the focus of A Veteran Runnah shifts to sharing my journey about preparing for, then running the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., on October 27, 2013 and qualifying for the 2014 Boston Marathon that day – I hope that you will follow my adventures and misadventures while I train for these marathons.

Did you notice that I didn’t use words like try or attempt at all during this post? I am going into this adventure with the mind-set that I am going to accomplish both goals and am going to do what I can to make sure that I accomplish them.

  • Do you have a goal that you want to accomplish over the next year?
  • What are you doing to go after that goal?