7.0 Mile Recovery Run – 4/30/13

Today’s plan was to run an easy 7.0 miles at between a 9:15 to 9:30 pace.

As you can see it was a beautiful day, just about perfect for running.

I could really tell that I had run hard yesterday, my legs were still tired and my mind wasn’t focused on the run. I just tried to run without thinking about anything but the run and couldn’t do it – I had a bad case of monkey mind.

About 2.0 miles into the run, my right foot really began to bother me, so I took off the band-aid that I had put on my right small toe, to see if that helped. It did for about a mile, but it was really bothering me at about 3.0 miles, so I took off my sock, which usually helps a lot.

Unfortunately, going sockless today didn’t do any better and I suffered through about another 3.5 miles of discomfort, until I stopped before the Steven’s Gate and took out the insole. It seemed to help a lot, but it was only for a half mile and the shoe’s sewn in seams would have caused some issues the bottom of my foot if I had gone much further.

I really don’t know what the hell is going on (just a little frustrated in case you can’t tell), but I need to figure it out. I can’t run a fast run or a long run with my right foot feeling like it was today.

Other than the issue with my right foot and my monkey mind focus issues, it was a nice recovery run.

According to my Garmin watch my overall pace was 9:18, so I was within the window that I wanted to be.

The mile pace laps were indicative of the problems I was having.

I gotta figure this out!

 

6 x 1.0 Mile Repeat = Tough Workout

Today’s interval sessions was a tough one! It was my first outdoor interval session and since I was scheduled to do 6 x 1.0 mile intervals with a quarter mile rest in between. I decided to do this on the Augusta Rail Trail  Luckily, the weather was nice in the mid 50’s with a pretty good breeze in one direction.

The only problem with running repeats on the Rail Trail is (besides the wind) that I can’t easily keep track of my mile pace, while doing them and I don’t really know my pace until I look at the Garmin player, but I think I have a pretty good idea of what 7:30 or less feels like.

 

You can see the 5 x 1.0 mile repeats with a quarter mile rest between them.On my last mile repeat, at the last minute I decided to go through to the end of the R/T and do a 1.25 last repeat. Looking at the Garmin player, I was under a 7:30 pace for the first 4, and then the last two I slowed down a little due to fatigue. To be honest the last two laps, I was really tired, but kept things below an 8:00 minute per mile overall, which made me very happy.

It is a mind-set thing, but I know that I was toast for quite a while after I got done, this workout just wore me out.

 

What I Learned This Week – 4/28/13

Happy birthday to my youngest Daughter – Katie, who has grown into a beautiful young woman and great mother to my grandchildren.

This week was the first of my 3 goal races this year – The 25th Annual Joseph’s 5K in Fairfield, Maine, the same race I ran last year.

2013 Joseph’s Race Photos
2012 Joseph’s Race Photos
Just a little bit of difference between the two years.
I had a series of goals for this race:
  1. To get below 22:08 – my best time this year
  2. To go sub 21:24 – my Post-55 PR
  3. To go sub 21:00 – my realistic goal
  4. To go sub 20:00 – my BHG (Big Hairy Goal)

I got as far as achieving a new Post-55 PR with a time of 21:20, not quite what I was looking for, but with when I lost focus for 1/4 mile around 2 miles and lost the chance to go under 21:00. I was very happy with my results. See my race recap here.

This is a marathon year, so I have been focusing more on preparing for my half marathon in June as part of my pre-marathon training, than training for a 5K, so the old theory of specificity held very true, you race how you train. If you train for a fast half marathon, your 5K time will suffer, if you train for a fast 5K your half or marathon times will suffer – just the way it is.

What else did I learn this week?

  • That the running community is so supportive of one another and came together after Boston
  • That we are a nation of diverse interests, that can come together as one in times of emergency – it is something that I have always known, but this was re-affirmed over the past couple of weeks.

Personal

  • That training for a 5K and Half marathon at the same time doesn’t necessarily result in a fast 5K time.
  • That I need to work more on pushing myself during races and get into the “hurt locker” a lot deeper. Something that I am not good at doing and I don’t enjoy that side of running, but to achieve my time goals, I will need to “suck it up buttercup”.
  • That about Wednesday, I started to get my mojo back
  • That I like sugar too much.
  • That I have been struggling with trying to figure out why my right foot/small toe are bothering me so much when I wear socks with any kind of compression to them.
  • That how I take certain terminology and definitions of certain running words for granted i.e. Personal Record or Personal Best – mean different things to other runners depending on their geographic location or backgrounds.

Training

Training is going very well, I have been over 50 miles a week for a while now and haven’t had anything more than some aches and pains – definitely no major issues like I have experienced in the past, other than the toe issue.

I learned that I wasn’t properly trained to run a faster 5K this week, even though I had great conditions (weather) and the right course to do it on. I had put too much effort into training for my half at the same time, I should have been focusing on 5K training.

  • Monday – It was in the 30’s when I left the house, so I decided to do quarters on the treadmill, I did a very good workout inside. Then that night we had a #BostonStrong run in Gardiner and I did 4.0 miles there.
  • Tuesday – A easy recovery run around Middle Road + Philbrick Howard Lap. Down-back is still muddy and rutted but not nearly as bad as it has been.
  • Wednesday – My harder long run for the week, were everything that could go wrong, basically went wrong, but I still consider it successful because I kept pretty close to my goal pace for a lot of the run and didn’t let the distractions get to me too much or at least until 9.0 miles or so when I mentally bonked.
  • Thursday – Easy recovery run.
  • Friday – A fitness test run that showed me I could run fast on my tough course, but I found out it is not  what I expect to be 5K fast, but it would be for a half marathon.
  • Saturday – 25th Annual Joseph’s 5K Race. I won’t lie and say I was completely happy with the results and was more than a little disappointed with not breaking 21:00 or even 20:00 minutes, but at the same time I learned what I did wrong and what I have to do to be more successful next time.
  • Sunday – Today was scheduled to be a day off, but instead I felt that I needed to just run easy. So that is what I did, I didn’t push or work hard, I just ran comfortably and it felt really good. The weather was perfect and it felt great to be outside.

Top 10 posts this week:

  1. Personal Best versus Personal Record is there a Difference
  2. My All-Time Favorite Running Shoes 2013
  3. #BostonStrong Gardiner, Maine
  4. What I Learned This Week – 4/21/13
  5. I Passed a Running Fitness Test Today.
  6. 25th Annual Joseph’s 5K Race Report – 5/27/13
  7. We Are Still With You – #BostonStrong
  8. Was it a Run or a Comedy of Errors 4/24/13
  9. Altra 3-Sum Initial Impressions and Review
  10. The Fountain of Aging Well

Gear of Note:

I went over 50 miles in my Altra Torin’s, so I will be doing a 50 mile review of them sometime this coming week. No new gear, but TheWife had a pair of old dress socks that seemed to be exactly what I have been looking for, no compression or tightness in the toe area and thin and light, so I will try them a few times next week to see how they do. I just don’t like going sockless in a pair of running shoes, even though I can do it, it just doesn’t feel comfortable to me – still searching for solutions.

The reality is that

this has been a very good week where I have learned more about my running, that if you are going to make a race a goal race, that you need to train for that distance and not split time training between two distances. It just doesn’t work for me – specificity is the key if I want to achieve a certain goal at a certain distance.

Well now it is time to really focus on my half marathon training for June 23rd and then pick up my training for MCM on July 1st. I have a few races between now and then, but those will be run as my tempo runs that week.

I know that I learned a lot this week.

What did you learn about yourself and your running this week.

Nice Easy, No Pressure Run 4/28/13

Today was supposed to be a day off, but I decided to do an easy run down-back, it was just too nice not to.

All I did today was run comfortably. After yesterday’s race, I felt as though I needed to run easy to get the kinks out and do some form work.

So I worked on how I was landing, because I am noticing that I have been landing an awful lot on my heels, especially when I go slower and even at times during the race yesterday.

When I had that quarter mile bad spell, what brought me out of it was that I noticed that I was landing on my heels and leaning backwards, both of which were slowing me down a lot. When got back to landing on my forefoot and put a little forward lean into it, I got going faster again.

Sometimes it is just the little things that drive you nuts.

I wonder if I will ever get this form change so it is automatic – can be so frustrating, it has only been a year and a half, and I still don’t have it down cold yet.

It was a gorgeous t-shirt and shorts day in the 60’s with a slight breeze that seemed to be in my face whatever direction I was going.  Down-back is drying up well and only has a couple of spots that are still muddy, but I will not break any speed records down there with all the ruts and bumps.

Overall, I accomplished what I wanted, an easy run, where I got to focus on improving my form.

 

25th Annual Joseph’s 5K Race Report – 4/27/13

Photo by Sue Morris

Today was the 25th Annual Joseph’s 5K and this is the second year that I have run this race. The conditions were a LOT better than last year with bright sunshine, temps in the high 40’s with a light breeze out of the north.

Instead of 20-30 mph winds and temps down in the low teens. The conditions were pretty close to perfect.

This was the first of my 3 goal races for the year and while I have split my training focus between my half marathon in June and today’s 5K, my training has been going quite well.

I felt pretty confident that it would be a good race and wasn’t disappointed. I had thought that I would go out faster than usual today, but when I look at the GPS reading it was about the same as my last race, so gotta push harder next time.

For about 50 yards of the first half mile of the race I was actually in 2nd place. The winner was flying and all I saw was the shrinking of his back as he quickly pulled away (he finished about 3 minutes ahead of me, he is 47 and when he turns 50 is going to dominant that age group for a while), then the eventual 2nd place finisher pulled away and finished almost a minute ahead of me.

Through most of the first 2 miles of the race I was in 3rd place running, but it definitely felt like I was working pretty hard to maintain that pace, I just couldn’t get to cruising at that pace.

Then just before the 2nd mile Troy S (someone I worked with at Good-Will Hinckley) passed me.

After he passed me, I don’t know why but, I lost my focus for about a quarter mile, before I got it back and while I closed the gap that he had gotten on me, I just let him get too far ahead of me to catch him.

It seems that I have a stretch every race where I loose my focus and I slow WAAAAAYYYY down, it is something that I have to work on.

I finished in 4th place overall, 9 seconds back of 3rd, while I was happy with that finish, I do wish that I displayed a little more mental toughness and held off Troy, but he ran harder and better than I did today and earned 3rd.

My time today was 21:20 which is a post-55 personal record by 4 seconds, beating my time at the Runner’s World Festival 5K and a course record by 2:05. I was happy with the improvement over last year and it shows that some of my hard work is working.

I am wondering if this is about as fast as I will be able to run on my present training program, because I sure didn’t have that 5th gear to cruise at during the race. Instead I felt like I was stuck in 4th and working harder than I should have been, to achieve the pace I was going and needed to downshift for a little while, then shifted back into 4th to the end of the race, but there just wasn’t a 5th gear or the ability to downshift that last quarter of a mile.

Photo by David Colby Young

Either I need to change my training for the 5K  (which is probably a good guess) or aging is taking some of the speed out of my legs, which unfortunately is part of the answer. I know that I have to work a lot harder to maintain my pace.

I did wear the Altra 3-Sums without socks today and was really happy with how they did. I forgot they were there, which is what you want from a pair of shoes during a race. So they did exactly what they were supposed to do – let me run without worrying about how my shoes were feeling.

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I Passed a Running Fitness Test Today.

Yes the same image as yesterday.

Today was a test of sorts, I have one of my 3 goals races for the year tomorrow. So today I wanted to do my “see how fit I am” course at a comfortably hard pace.

Why this course?

It is fairly hilly, there is a little traffic on the Middle Road (which means I have to dodge into the ditch more often) and 1.5 miles of it are dirt road, which means this time of year mud and ruts to take into consideration. Plus the 2 hills in the last mile mostly on the dirt road do get your attention. In other words it is a tough course for me and it tells me about where I am.

Here is the course and pace chart:

Now it really isn’t that steep (just feels like it), but there are definitely some hills on this course and for me the downhills beat me up almost as much as the uphills take it out of me.

I felt good throughout the run, I purposely reined it in after I saw the first mile split, I didn’t want to push too much with the race being tomorrow. Going up the last 2 hills on the dirt road was pretty tough and even though I slowed down quite a bit, I wasn’t struggling nearly as much as I usually do.

This was a very good comfortably hard test of where I am at in my conditioning and definitely a confidence booster going into my 5K goal race tomorrow. BTW my time of 39:00 minutes for this 5.0 mile run was over  1:30 faster than I have ever done it in the 12+ years I have lived here and it definitely was a course record.

I hope that how I did today is a good sign of things to come this year.

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I also went sockless in my Altra 3-Sums for this run without any hot spots or issues with the shoes at all. My right toe started to get a little sore, but nothing like it does in socks, so I have a feeling that it is something structural in my right foot, that isn’t quite right, that the compression of wearing socks exacerbates, but is still there to a lesser degree when I go sockless.

The only time it bothers is when I run long distances and the discomfort goes away immediately after I stop (and no I am not going to stop running), so I really don’t know what is going on.

The 3-Sums did a great job today and will be the shoes I am going to wear tomorrow.

Do you have a course that you use regularly to test where you are in your conditioning? When was the last time you ran it? How did you do?

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Personal Best versus Personal Record is there a Difference

Is there a difference between a Personal Best (PB) and a Personal Record (PR)?

Personally I believe that there is.

Way back in the Dark Ages of the 70’s and 80’s, when I first started running, other runners, (many of whom were much older and wiser than I ever will be, in other words they were about my age now), that I hung out with back then strongly believed that there was a huge difference between a PB and PR.

Ever since then I have always thought that a PB is an unofficial record and a PR is an official record.

A personal best was an unofficial time/distance that wasn’t done on a “certified” course and can’t be independently verified by race results (which sometimes have their own issues). It was usually a training run, unofficial group run or on a treadmill.

Example. The 19:59, I ran for 3.1 miles on the treadmill last month was a great run and I use for achieving my goal this year of breaking 20:00 minutes for a 5K, but it is not a PR. That is a goal that I set, was for me and how or when I break it doesn’t matter, other than I know that I did and achieved that goal.

I knew that I was close to breaking 20:00 and didn’t want to slow down or affect my form that last .10 to take out my phone, just to take a photo at 3.1 miles to show the actual time, but I got it pretty close after I finished in 19:59

A personal record is an official race result on hopefully a certified course. It can be verified and you did it with other runners around you.

An example of this – I had never raced a half marathon before last October, so my half marathon PR is 1:41:10 and was set at the Runner’s World Half Festival, even though I have run a 1:39:42 for the same distance on the treadmill and when I was training for back in the 80’s at a lot faster pace at that distance, those are not my PR’s.

It took a couple of seconds to get the camera out 🙂

So really the distinctions in my mind between a Personal Best or a Personal Record are when or where it was done and that one is an independent verification of your time/distance.

I can’t verify that I ran a 19:59 that day on the treadmill, but I know that did, so that is a Personal Best for a 5K post 55 and meets my goal this year. While I can independently verify that I ran a 1:41:10 for a half marathon, so that is a Personal Record that still stands even though I have a personal best this year of 1:39:42.

Does this really matter to most of us? Probably not, since running and our definitions of what is a PR are a very personal thing, but I am still a little old-school and the distinction between a PB and PR does exist for me.

What do you think, is there a distinction between a Personal Best or Personal Record for you?

Does it really matter?

Not Quite What I was Looking For

Today I was scheduled for a recovery 5.0 miles and guess what – that is what I did. Will wonders never cease, me actually sticking to the plan! Well I am getting better and I really wanted to add an extra mile at the end, but I got to thinking about it and I really don’t need to and stuck to what was written.

Downback is starting to dry up enough to be able to run down through without breaking or twisting ankle.

 

I went out a little faster than I wanted, but at the same time I felt fine and was running very easy

My splits were consistently slower, which is what I purposely did, I knew that I went out a little to fast and needed to get in the 9:20’s to make this a real recovery run. It just took me a little longer than I expected.

I tried wearing the thinnest socks that I own, but at 3.6 miles I had to take my right sock off and go sockless the rest of the way. I am not real crazy about the way running sockless feels, but it seems as though that is something I will just have to live with.

It was a little too fast at the start for a good recovery run, I was in that gray zone too much.

 

My All-Time Favorite Running Shoes 2013

Add in about 5 more pair and it will be pretty accurate

Over the past 40 or so years that I have considered myself to be a runner, it seems that I have always been searching for the mythical “perfect” running shoe.

TheWife thinks I am crazy and that I have a running shoe obsession (fetish) and you know something she might be right.

However, I am ever hopeful of one day finding my “perfect” running shoe – if it actually exists.

You know that running shoe that lets me run faster, farther and keeps me injury free.

Especially since the 1980’s, when running shoes, seemed to really take off.

Like most runners, I have several pairs of running shoes, in closets, hidden under my bureau (dresser), in boxes out in the garage or someplace in both of my vehicles (you never know when you are going to need to suddenly go for a run), besides the 4 pair that I am currently have in my running shoe rotation.

I tend to have a lot of initial and 50 mile running shoe reviews, but not so many 300 or 500 mile reviews. My experience is that far too many running shoes feel great for that first 100 miles and then by the time they get to the 300 mile mark, they either wear out too quickly or have some other quirks that make it so that I choose not to run in them any longer.

Over the years I have spent a small fortune trying to find that mythical and illusive perfect shoe. Although I think that I might have come close a few times, I am still haven’t found THAT perfect running shoe – for me.

Different Shoe Companies

It isn’t like I have been totally loyal to a particular running shoe company either, if a running shoe is out there and appealed to me, I have probably tried it out or will be trying it out, in the near future.

Here are most of the brands that I have tried at one time or another or even multiple times: Adidas, Altra, Avia, Asics, Brooks Running, Converse, Earth Shoe, Etonic, Mizuno, New Balance, Nike, North Face, Pony, Puma, Skaja, Saucony and Teva.

Looking back I haven’t shown much brand loyalty. However, over the past 6 months I have pretty much stuck with 2 brands: Mizuno and Altra, except for a quick trip down memory lane and a deal on a pair of Brooks Pure Flows that I couldn’t resist.

My Favorites

Out of all the shoes that I have run in, which shoes come closest to approaching that mythical perfect running shoe for me?

  1. Blue Adidas Marathon Trainer with the Dellinger Web (3 pair)
  2. Brooks Villanova (1 pair)
  3. Saucony Hurricane 5 (4 pair)
  4. Asics Gel Kayano 11 (4 pair)
  5. Nike Air Presto (3 pair)
  6. Mizuno Elixir 7 (1 pair)
  7. Nike Free 4 v2 (1 pair)
  8. Altra Instinct (2 pair)
  9. Nike Air Pegasus (4 pair) 2 original and 2 more around 2007/2008
  10. Mizuno Ronin 4 (1 pair)

There are several shoes that I am wearing right now that might crack or climb this list before they are done, but none have the go back and have to have them again status yet. The reason that when I could I added in the model number is that sometimes brands get too smart for their own good and screw-up a great running shoe in the name of improving it.

1. Adidas Blue Marathon Trainer w/Dillinger Web

from Amazon.com

Adidas had one of those near mythical perfect shoes as far as I am concerned – the Adidas Marathon Trainers with the Dillinger Web. They were a low profile, a lightweight shoe with just enough cushioning for me – a lot like today shoes that I would consider light-weight trainers.

One thing that I learned that you had to take out the board last and put a different insert into the shoe to make them more flexible and comfortable, but once I made those modifications, these were my favorite shoes of all time. Yes those running shoes on the cover of Jim Fixx’s “Second Complete Book of Running” are the Adidas Marathon Trainers are the ones that I covet.

I have had three pair of these shoes and each pair lasted well past the 500 mile mark and literally fell apart when I stopped wearing them. I have been looking for another pair for several years and have yet to find a pair and unfortunately probably won’t – they don’t make them anymore.

I did find a pair of reproduction Adidas Marathon Trainers on Eastbay, but they were not the same as the original or least my fond memories of them and I did not like them at all (not even for just walking around).

Who knows maybe I now run differently than I did back in the 80’s and this style of shoe no longer works the same for me? I have a feeling that if these shoes were to come out on the market today, the curved last would be a bit too much for my feet and they wouldn’t attain this position.

2. Brooks Villanova

Screen shot-click on image for site

I bought pair of Brooks Villanova in 1977 and ran in them until 1979. They were a simple, very light and comfortable shoe that I ran up to 5-6 miles in. I do remember that when I got up to the 5 mile mark or so, my right foot tended to fall asleep?  I didn’t stop running in them until my foot came out through the side of one them. I am not sure how many miles they had on them when I finally replaced them, but have a feeling it was probably a lot, since I was living on Cape Cod (Otis and Falmouth) and ran a lot down there.

3. Saucony Hurricane

In the early 2000’s I ran almost exclusively in Saucony Hurricanes and was very happy with them. However, the prices began to creep up and eventually were costing $120 or more for a pair of shoes, which was too much for me at that time and I would have to think twice about even today. What was really nice s that there was a Saucony Factory outlet up in Bangor, that had these shoes a lot more reasonably priced, when that closed, I had to search for a new Shoe to run in.

4. Asics Kayano

Asics were my second pair of running shoes, the old Blue Tigers were a great shoe and I wore them for Cross Country and Track in high school, when I wasn’t wearing spikes.

Screen shot from http://www.racedaynutrition.com/?p=341

I wore the Kayano 11 for almost two years and really loved the shoe. While it is considered a motion control shoe, it felt lighter and more responsive than most of them and I put a ton of miles on this model of shoes (4 of them) over a two year period.

I found a special deal where I was able to pick up 3 pair of them for $50 each (the Kayano 13 was on the shelves), so I have had a total of 4 pair of the Kayano. The shoes changed and I didn’t have access to those great deals and this shoe eventually priced itself out of what I want to pay for a running shoe.

5. Nike Air Presto

I have probably run in more Nike running shoes than any other shoe company. My Nike running shoes include the Waffle Trainers, Yankees, Equators, Shox (2 par), Pegasus (4 pair), Odyssey (gets an Honorable Mention), Nike Sock Racer (yes the Yellow BumbleBee shoe), Air Flo (which I still have and ran in for a while this fall), and Air Presto (3 pair).

Nike Air Presto

The Nike running shoes that were my favorites were the Air Presto model. I really liked the fit and feel of the Air Presto enough so that I purchased 3 pair of them before I couldn’t find them anymore. I liked the no laces design, I have been slowed down more than a couple times from shoe laces untying. I used them for tempo runs, treadmill and track speed workouts.

6. Mizuno Elixir 7

This is the shoe I got free from Mizuno as part of their Mesamashii Project last year. I really loved the shoe, how light it was, the fit and most of all how they felt when I ran in them. The second week I had them I ran a 1:41:12 half marathon in them.

However, they definitely promote a heel landing form of running for me and since I really wanted to stop that style of running and move to a more forefoot landing, I stopped running in them.

I still have them, just in case I decide to give up on changing my form and just want to run. At 282 miles, the shoes look damn near new with hardly any wear on the sole or uppers. Even though I have had only one pair of these shoes, I know that I could put them on and run a marathon in them tomorrow!

I am only going to write about these 6 pair running shoes, in the interests of keeping this post to a reasonable length. The other shoes in my top 10 were/are good shoes, but had certain quirks or characteristics that I just couldn’t get by or don’t have enough miles on them yet to warrant a higher ranking.

The reality is that

I have run in literally hundreds of running shoes and have learned a lot about straight lasts, curved lasts, semi-curved lasts, uppers, insoles, midsoles, outsoles, blown rubber, hard rubber, velcro, laces/no laces, BOA lacing, pronation, supination, flat feet, high arches, motion control, dual density, EVA, Dillinger Web, racing flat, light weight trainers, track shoes, zero drop, stack height, ramp angle and all so many other “techno buzz words” that have been used to describe and market running shoes over the last 40 years.

Finding Pot of Gold

The problem with running shoes to me is, finding that perfect one is like trying to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It is elusive and most of us never find it – least I haven’t.

What works great for someone else, doesn’t always work at all for you. That means when you read a great shoe review by other runners or even me, it does not mean that you have the same good or bad experience they or I have had with those same shoes. It means that you have to do some of the leg work (yeah I know bad) yourself to find your perfect running shoe.

Therefore, we keep searching and chasing, always looking for that magic shoe that is going to let us run injury free for big mileage training.

My question to you is?

  • Which running shoe is your favorite running shoe of all-time?
  • Why did you stop running in them?

Now wear (I know where) is that damn new shoe review for the 2013 running shoes!!!!!  I just know that my perfect shoe is in there 😉

See you out running.

The Fountain of Aging Well

Once a week I write a blog post for Anthem’s Real Health Blog, after the post is published, I post a link to it from my blog. No I am not paid to put this post on A Veteran Runnah or anything that is expected by the people at Real Health.
I post a link here because I am proud of the work that I do for them and want to share it with you.
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Posted by Harold Shaw

At age 55, Harold is reducing stress through better expectations Since I started training for the Marine Corps Marathon, one thing that I have learned is that I can do much more at age 55 than I could have ever imagined. I guess I have found the fountain of…aging.

I am not saying that aging is all fun and games. However, I have learned to love life as much as I ever have.

My interests might be different, but my passion is still there. The key for me has been to accept that aging well is more about changing expectations rather than doing less.

During the next month, I am going to show you how I am changing my expectations. Personally, I am focused on changing my expectations for running. However, my experience certainly could be applied to enjoying the foods you like or traveling or keeping up a hobby.

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