September 2012 Reviewed


I don’t want to do a separate post on today’s run or the weekly summary so, I will do everything in this post since it is the last day of September.

Today’s Run

Today it was pouring rain and I don’t have confidence in any of my current rotation shoes to not cause blisters on my feet when they get wet, so I went out in the give away box to get out my old Nike Free 4.0 v2. I know that I can run in them in the wet and they do not cause any blisters.

When I started I didn’t know if I was going to run 10 or 15, so I went out pretty slow. I was soaked a mile into the run and at 50 degrees it wasn’t real warm either. At about mile 6, I thought about doing the 15 miles and relaxed a little and just planned on plodding through the distance.

However, once I got to around 8.0 miles, I my knees started to feel tired and sore, which is why I retired the Free’s in the first place. They were beginning to bother my knees and ankles on long runs, so they will go back to the give-away pile.

Overall a decent run, but nothing special, just a long run in the pouring rain, that ended up being shorter than I really wanted.

9-30-12 RunLog

This Month

I have become a contributor Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Real Health Blog and here are my first contributions:

  • Run with Me to the Marine Corps Marathon
  • Unfinished Business with the Marine Corps Marathon (Part One)
  • Unfinished Business with the Marine Corps Marathon (Part 2)

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In case you can’t tell, I am very excited about this opportunity and would love it if you would check it out.

Also this month I started volunteering to help out with a local college’s Cross Country team and am enjoying it a lot! So it has definitely been busy.

One other thing that I have changed is that I have started track workouts with my Step Son-In-Law Sean and he is pushing me to run faster than I would otherwise. I need this added motivation to push me in order to run faster and meet my time goals for the 5K and do well at my half marathon this month.

Running In September Summary 2012

  • September Total Miles Run: 190.2
  • Days Run: 27
  • Days Off: 3
  • Longest Run: 13.1 – 1:45:58 Home to Augusta Half Marathon Course – 9/10/12
  • Fastest Run: 7:02 – The Rise ‘N Shine 5K – 9/28/12
  • Best Week:  50.65 week ending 9/16/12

Most notable run: The Rise ‘N Shine 5K – where I established a PR for a 5K for this year Smile.

Sep in Review

Shoes Run In

  • Altra Instinct – They have a 153.4 miles on them now and I have been running in them a little more often, but mostly on shorter runs. I found out they were not part of the reason for my discomfort in my hamstrings, which was good news. I am still not completely sold on them for long distance running shoes, because when I get tired my form breaks down to rear foot landing style of running. These shoes are not designed to protect you as well for that style of running. I have to change my style and strengthen my legs to not break down on long runs or only use these for shorter length runs.
  • Adidas Adizero Sonic 3 – I still am not sure about these shoes and while they only have 106.2 miles on them, I just don’t have confidence in my ability to run well in these shoes, which is too bad, because they do a lot of things well, but nothing exceptional. They just seem to be a slow shoe and yesterday when I ran in the drizzle, I started to get a little hot spot on one of my heels.
  • Newton Gravity – These have 302.9 miles on them and have reached that stage when I run a little longer, my knees are getting that ache, that I get when it is time to change shoes. While I have run well in them for the most part, My shoe surgery worked and the heel counter doesn’t bother me now, but when I went to the local store that now carries Newton’s, the heel counter in the Gravity and Sir Isaac both were stiff and I am afraid would cut into my ankle again, so I have decided to look elsewhere for my next shoes.
  • Skora Base – I received these as media samples from Skora and they are definitely Minimalist shoes – here is my initial review. Skora Base Initial Impressions
  • Nike Air Flo – Yes I ran in my old racing shoes that I got back in the late 1980’s to run the 5K road race the other day and they did fine! Who know how many miles I have on them, but I do know they are starting to get a little long in the tooth and worn out.


  • 9/13/12 – Bond Brook 5K Trail Race Series
  • 9/28/12 – Rise ‘N Shine 5K Race Recap

My scheduled races in October are:  Runner’s World 5K on October 20th and the Runner’s World Half Marathon on October 21st.


I ended August 146 and today 9/30 the scales read 146 a – this to me is a big deal. I did get down to 144 for a day, but I am not trying to loose anymore weight and want to maintain my weight right around 145. My goal weight at the start of the year was 155, so I am doing great on this goal.

50 at least pounds lost since June 2012


I have been fighting discomfort that was getting worse in my hamstrings, pereformis and right hip. Over the course of the month, these have gotten better, but still let me know they are not fully healed yet. These issues probably won’t be until I take a couple of weeks off after the Runner’s World half or if I decide they are good enough to wait until after Thanksgiving weekend, either way, I plan to take 2 weeks off from running.

Run Blogging

Top Ten Blog Posts for September – based on page views

  1. Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
  2. Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
  3. 50 Mile Review of Altra Instincts
  4. My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
  5. Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
  6. A Challenge For Other Runners
  7. Tommie Copper – Is Working
  8. The New Nike+ Website is Up
  9. New Blog Focus–2013 Marine Corps Marathon
  10. Initial Review & Run in Adidas Vigor TR

My personal favorite post this month was: A Challenge For Other Runners


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:

  • JackRabbit Cap Review – Media Sample
  • Skora Base–Initial Impressions – Media Sample

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

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 what I am looking for that day :-).

This year my big goals are:

  1. Run 1,200 miles – I have 1,454.5 miles for the year – I met this goal pretty easily and am going to try for 2000 before the end of the year.
  2. Run a sub 20:00 5K  – No changes here – This will be very tough to do, I did run a 21:49 and could have gone faster, but this one is going to be a real tough nut to crack before the end of the year.
  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. I am running 13 to 17 miles at least once a week, it isn’t really a question of whether I can finish a half marathon, but more what my time will be on the right course. I have registered for the Runner’s World Half Marathon on October 21st.
  5. Run a few trail races when the weather gets better – I did 4 of the Bond Brook Recreation Area 5k Trail Race series.

My long-term goal is to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 MCM 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

September was a very good mileage month, I just missed a 200 mile month, but I wasn’t going to hurt myself over the last week, just to get the extra 10 miles Smile.

I have asked the local running store (45 minutes away – the nearest one) to get a pair of Mizuno Ronin’s for me to try on to see if I like them. For some reason or other I am intrigued by Mizuno shoes and want to run in them again after not running in them since 2009.

I like the Altra’s but I just am not confident enough in my own ability to properly maintain my form on longer runs in them, so I am looking for a pair of running shoes that are light and can protect me from deteriorating form on a double-digit run. The Ronin’s appear to meet my requirements, but time will tell.