AVR – Week In Review 10-28-12

This is one of those weeks that are tough, I had to drive back from Bethlehem, PA and come down from my big Runner’s World weekend! Coming back to reality was tough, but I got through it. Just something about sleeping in your own bed, making breakfast, doing dishes and being back in your own routine that is a good thing.

I took Tuesday off and then ran on Wednesday – it was a mistake! My hammies told me all about it and I have decided to take up to 2 weeks off to let them and a couple of other aches and pains heal up.

I will let my body and hurricane Sandy determine how long I take as downtime. The only thing that it will bother is my ego as I have the lowest weekly running totals of the year, but my body needs the break. It has been a long training season and the rest is what I know that I need.

But I miss my runs!

This week I decided to change my blog over to be a self-hosted WorPress.org. For more details read here.

 Week in Review

Running Summary This Week

This week in a word: Busy

Top 10 Posts

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

Due to the transfer to self-hosting my Top 10 will not be done.

My Favorite post from the week: Central Maine Strider’s Group Run


I stayed between 143 and 145 for the first of the week and don’t have a clue for the rest of it, but not very worried about it. I just have to watch what I eat a little more while I am not running, but I am not too worried if I gain a few pounds over the next week.


No real injuries, but I have decided to take some time off since I am still experiencing some post-race discomfort and tiredness in my hamstrings, butt cheeks (periformis) and right hip.

Running Shoes

Mizuno Elixir 7

These were the shoes that I got free as media samples through my participation in the Mezamashii Project. They have 77.2 miles and here is my 50 mile review. No runs in them this week.

Mizuno Ronin

13.7 Miles. I wore them during the Runner’s World 5K on Saturday and had a this year PR and came in second in my age group, very impressed so far. Personal Purchase.

Altra Instinct 1.5

7.14 Miles. A treadmill and 4 miler, which were both very good, felt comfortable running them. I have been walking in them most of the the Runner’s World Festival. Promotional media sample from Runner’s World Festival.

Altra Instinct

165.7 miles. No runs in them this week. Personal Purchase.

Adidas Adizero Sonic 3

No runs in them this week, but I have used them as my primary walking shoe and they have done well. Personal Purchase.

Adidas Vigor TR

No trail runs in them this week. Personal Purchase.

Running Goals

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

The reality is that

This has been a very busy week and coming back to reality of daily life was a bit of a let down after the Runner’s World Festival and the great experience that I had there and all the people that I was able to meet. I also know that I will be very glad to get back to my normal running schedule of 30 to 50 miles a week. This stuff of not running is killing me.

Central Maine Strider’s Group Run

At the last Central Maine Striders meeting, we decided to try to start-up having Group runs again.

This morning at 9:00 A.M. 5 intrepid runners showed-up at the Colby College lower Field house parking lot, to kick-off the Central Maine Striders group runs.

Patrick, Tom, Chris and Tracey – photo by Harold Shaw

Patrick, Tom, Chris and Tracey participated in the this year’s inaugural group run this morning, an 4 or so miles. Unfortunately, I chose not to run today and only be the photographer because my hammies are still barking at me too much.

It seemed that everyone had a good time and we stood around quite a while afterwards, just talking and gabbing, which is the part of running with others that I enjoy, that part where we get to know other runners better.

Although the turn-out was only 5, it is a start. I believe it shows that we are serious about reviving the Central Maine Strider’s Group runs again and that we are actually doing it.

We plan to do another group run next Sunday at 9:00 A.M., meeting in the same place the lower Colby Field House Parking Lot. The runs are open to runners of all levels or abilities. If you haven’t been running with others, this is a great low-key way to meet other runners, get in a workout and swap just a few lies, mmm stories.

I heard a few comments last week about some runners being concerned that you are too slow – don’t be, come and enjoy the camaraderie of other runners. There will be someone there to run with you and have fun gabbing and talking.

If you live in Central Maine and are a runner, I hope to see you there.

Put it on your calendar:

Who:  Central Maine Striders Group Run
When: 9:00 A.M. Sunday November 4, 2012
Where: Colby College  Lower Field house Parking Lot

Check out the Central Maine Strider’s Facebook page

Hopefully next week I will be able to do the run also, instead of just being the photographer :-).