Saucony Liberty ISO OG – 50 Mile Review

The Saucony Liberty ISO OG after 50 miles. Yeah, another shoe that version 2 has been released already. However, this is also a post that back in May I never thought that I would write, but here it is October and they finally made it to that magical 50 mile mark.

This review is too long for most readers, so if you don’t want to read a small book, here is the executive summary:

After about 25 miles of less than impressive runs in the Liberty ISO OGs back in May, I retired them to the closet and figured that I wouldn’t be running again in them anytime soon. After sitting in the closet for about 4 months, I decided that I would try the same operation on the inner bootie that I did on my Zealot 3s and it seemed to help a lot. I also changed the lacing pattern to get a more consistent fit each time I put them on and changed out the stock insole to an Ortholite one. These changes made a huge difference in how comfortable the Liberty ISOs were for me to run in and I have added them back into my regular running rotation.

Back to the long version. Continue reading “Saucony Liberty ISO OG – 50 Mile Review”

A Nice 7.0 Miler – RunLog 10-7-18

Well there, the weather cooperated nicely. Overcast, upper 50’s, a nice breeze on the way out, with just a touch too much humidity. It seems that Fall is pretty much here based on how much the leaves are turning, even with the higher than usual temps for October.

I decided that I was going to do a comfortable run out to Goodhue and either finish up with 7.0 or 8.0 miles, depending upon how the feet were feeling at the end.

Now after yesterday’s 5.0 miler my left ankle was a little sore in the place that bothered me a lot back in the Summer of 2017. Nothing serious, but for the first mile, the ankle was a little stiff and sore.

It never completely went away during the run, but it also wasn’t all that bad either, so I just kept plugging along

The first half of the run was against that little breeze and actually felt pretty good. Coming back I did pick it up slightly, but I didn’t push, it is more because it is a lot of downhill while on Tiffany Road and I like downhill running.

I slowed down in the usual places.

At about the 6.0 mile mark, my right forefoot pad started to bother just a little. A lot like the RunFasts do, but it didn’t start until a couple miles later, so it wasn’t really a big deal. Plus when I looked at the callous pad when I got done, I could see where I needed to scrape some callous off my feet (one of those constant things that I deal with on a fairly regular basis).

It was also the maiden voyage of the Saucony Breakthru 4s. No ISO Fit bootie to worry about and it was a big difference and for a first run being 7.0 miles without any shoe issues was a nice change. The only thing I wasn’t impressed about was the colorway – Purple and Black are not “my” colors, but the price was right.

Saucony Zealot ISO 3 – 50 Mile Review

Have you ever had a shoe that you bought, loved the initial step-in fit and feel that you decided that your first run in them was going to be your weekly long run. After about 3-4 miles in you go to yourself “you really are stoopid aren’t you!” Then you suffer more than you want for the rest of the run.

That is pretty much how I introduced myself to the Saucony Zealot 3’s a few weeks ago and since then I have been struggling to find that happy place of being able to run in these shoes without forefoot discomfort. Now to be honest, some of my discomfort with the Zealot’s is a function of how I run and how the Z3’s reward a slightly different running style – probably not really a bad thing.

However, there is just something that is “right” about the Zealot’s that I want to keep tweaking things to help me run more comfortably in the shoes.

Disclosure: These are a personal purchase through Amazon, all opinions and observations are definitely my own. Continue reading “Saucony Zealot ISO 3 – 50 Mile Review”

Windy and Figuring Out Saucony Liberty – RunLog 5-11-18

Boy was it windy this morning with pretty steady breezes over 20 mph, but at least the temps were reasonable in the mid 40’s or so and 51*F by the time I got to Fred’s Coffee. Did I ever mention that I really dislike running in the wind – because I really do.

Enough moaning and groaning about the windy conditions, you can whine about the weather some other time Harold, because the weather is what it is.

I didn’t feel like the Middle Road loop, I wanted something a little longer, but didn’t feel like beating myself up on the hills around the house and also wanted to go a little longer.

So I went into Waterville and did the Colby Loop for just over 7.0 miles. The run itself was good and nothing to write home about other than I ran well, managed to accomplish everything that I wanted and didn’t get injured along the way.

One of the things that I wanted to accomplish was to figure out whether I liked the Saucony Liberty ISO or not. My first run in them around Back Cove in Portland didn’t really impress me all that much. Today I had originally planned on running in something else, however, when I got to Planet Fitness to change up, I got to thinking that I wanted to learn more about the Liberty’s and decided to use the them at the last moment.

When putting the Liberty’s back on my feet, (I had worn them over to the gym), I noticed when I retied that they felt a LOT more snug and I had to re-loosen the laces considerably and then be careful to not snug them up too much. I attribute this to the lace hole style and the ease with which the laces slide through the loops – a problem that I have had with other shoes with similar style of lacing.

Something that I had noticed in my first run is that the Liberty’s felt completely different to me on tar than they did on the dirt path section. Today on the roads I really liked the way the shoes felt and they do not pick up grit, pebbles or other road crap, which is nice.

To be honest the Liberty’s felt like they were a completely different shoe today on the roads.

They still felt fairly firm to me despite the Everun midsole and even though they are over 10 ounces, they run lighter than that. At about the 3.0 mile point, the bottom of my forefoot started to bother a little, not nearly as bad as the Zealot 3’s did in my first run at that point, but I was starting to think this wasn’t going to be good.

The Liberty’s do have ISO Fit and a sock liner, which is a bit looser than the Zealot in the forefoot, but still noticeably snug on my forefoot.

So I tried different things to see if I could alleviate or forestall the discomfort in the forefoot that I have experienced so often in the past.

  • Changing my stride length
  • Purposely altering how land
  • Running with my feet as straight as possible versus my usual duck run and toe off

When I started doing that last one, almost immediately the bottom of my feet stopped feeling as if they were going to bother. MMMMMM that’s was interesting.

So I kept running that way and found that my feet felt fine and the Liberty’s felt good as evidenced by the way I was able to pick the pace back up. Also the Liberty’s also let me know when I lost focus and started running more with my normal duck style, by starting to experience discomfort on the bottom of my forefoot.

When I ran with my feet straight, everything felt good as you can see by the mile splits above. Mile 3 and 4 was when I was experiencing some discomfort with my feet the rest of the way things cleared up pretty well.

Now I am not saying that a simple change to my form fixed everything with these shoes, but it was a good run and made a much better impression on me than my first run in them gave me.

Hopefully, this is a sign of good things to come in the Liberty’s and they become a running shoe that I can rely on for my recovery and longer runs.

A good day today.

I might even get some practice at running without a duck-walk running form.

Back Cove Portland Loop – RunLog 5-8-18

Okay, I am a glutton for punishment, I admit it. After leaving New Hampshire, stopped off in Portland and ran Back Cove. It was more I just couldn’t sit in the truck any longer, the port-a-potty called my name (that darn Starbucks medium coffee came back to haunt me) and I love running Back Cove.

So with those three factors going on, I decided why not take a break and do a lap around the Cove. Continue reading “Back Cove Portland Loop – RunLog 5-8-18”

A Good 5.0 Miles in Zealot 3’s – RunLog 5/4/18

Finally, the run that I have wanted in my new Saucony Zealot 3’s!!!

No, I didn’t set any world land speed records today, although I did have my best time on the Middle Road Loop for 2018 and the big thing was that the bottom of my forefeet didn’t feel like they were on fire at any point during the run.

Both very good things.

For the first time I ran comfortably in the Zealot 3’s.

I did make a couple of changes to the Zealot’s after yesterday’s run and reading more about metatarsalgia. First I put in a lot thinner insole, which gave me more room in the toe box and second I put in a different pair of laces that were not as long or as stretchy as the stock laces.

When I laced up the Zealot’s I also didn’t crank down the laces to make the shoes super snug, I simply kept the lace loops as far apart as possible and then loosely put the laces in. I also used the last lace hole on the left foot and second to last lace hole on the right to see which works best.

These small changes don’t seem to be all that major, but they were just enough to make the Zealot’s much more comfortable.

Let’s get back to the run.

I wanted to do my regular Friday Middle Road Loop today and to see if the changes I had done to the Zealot’s had made a difference. However, while it was a bit muggy, it wasn’t horrible, but I also knew that I didn’t need to go out and hammer the course today with a race probably on Sunday and testing out the changes I had done.

So I started out pretty easy and going down Philbrick Hill I was glad that I wasn’t going hard when traffic got a little crazy. I made it past that fun section without loosing life or limb and didn’t even have a single horn tooting at me.

After that bit of fun, I did speed up a little.

However, with the mugginess, that did not last too long, but I maintained a pretty steady pace through 3.0 miles. Once I got to the Town Office, those last three hills took their toll.

By the time I got to Stevens Hill, the legs and my focus were pretty much gone. Although my feet still felt really good, even though I was hyper-aware of any little niggle, tightness or even how my socks felt.

I will be changing the lacing to the last hole on my right foot as well. It felt just a bit more secure on the heel cup.

Yes, while the time was the best time on this course in 2018, it was nothing spectacular, but for a run where I was not attempting to run fast, I was happy with the results. The most important thing about my run today was that the Zealot 3’s did not bother either of my feet and the smallish changes that I made yesterday seemed to have made a huge difference in how they felt during the run.

Good run.

Also a bit of throw-back with my wearing a race t-shirt from 2012.

Saucony Guide 9 – 20 Runs Review

A bit of a change in how I decide when to review a pair of running shoes. Since I went away from basing my running on miles and started using time, having a 50 mile review seemed odd. When I thought about it, something that seems a little more accurate for me, is the number of runs that I did in a pair of running shoes.

Twenty runs seems to be a nice round number of times to run in a pair of running shoes. It is typically over 70 miles, but not quite to the 100 mile mark. I feel a little more comfortable reviewing shoes, with this level of experience than I do the lower bar of 50 miles.

Getting back to the review.

Well I have 20 runs in the Saucony Guide 9’s for a total of 12 hours and 30 minutes of running, plus more than a little time walking around in them. So I have a pretty good idea of how they are working for me and I am pretty sure they are broke in fairly well.

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They are dirty, because they have been run in

In my journey into the world EE-width running shoes, I wanted to see if I could expand my options beyond New Balance’s offerings, to another brand that I have always loved – Saucony.

In the past the biggest issue I have had with Saucony shoes has always been the width of the toe box. So it seemed like a great idea to give their EE-width running shoes in my actual size 8.0’s a try. Continue reading “Saucony Guide 9 – 20 Runs Review”

What Are Brands Doing to MY Running Shoes

Whine Alert – Yes I am doing a little bit of whining here.

Yesterday, I was reading my RSS Feeds and Seth Goodin – who often has very thought-provoking posts, had an excellent one You are not the lowest common denominator and it got me to thinking about running shoes and the companies that bring these technological marvels to us runners.

Honestly, I can say that I have no brand loyalty or as Seth put it – have allowed any lock-in by any of the running shoe companies that are out there. I have written about it before here and here.

I have been called, picky, finicky, a pain in the ass and all those other endearing terms that I am sure that the brands use behind closed doors to describe runners who hop from brand-to-brand and do not show the proper loyalty to their great product lines.

Something, I think that the brands tend to forget, is that after I buy a pair of running shoes, especially if I like them.

Their running shoes become “my” running shoes and when that happens there is a huge difference in how I view “my” shoes versus other running shoes, I try.

I know that I get upset when a brand screws up “my” running shoes, especially when I go to buy another pair and they no longer work me, the same as they did in the past.

Yeah it pisses me off.

This is primarily why I am one of the many runners, who show no loyalty to a brand. Continue reading “What Are Brands Doing to MY Running Shoes”

AVR – Running Week in Review 3-11-12

Spring is coming as you can see brook opening up, down-back is snow, mud and ice-covered, so if you go down there you will get muddy, but still have to watch your step.  Best of all, I ran a long run in shorts and no jacket and felt comfortable!

This was first week that I have had two runs of over an hour in the same week in forever. I have felt good running all week, even though I have felt tired. The longer runs do take more out of me, I have noticed, but I still feel good about my running.

Due to the pretty significant wear on my Kinvara 2s already, I decided to look for another pair of shoes and came across a fantastic deal on a pair of Newton Gravitas (last year’s model) through the Natural Running Store and ordered them. It will probably be my only chance to try the Newtons out, so it should be pretty interesting – I am excited by this and can’t wait for them to get here.

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 3/11/12

Miles walked this week: 24.5

I am very impressed with the number of miles that I have walked already this year (209.5), in addition to my running.

Three things Running

  1. Long Runs: Notice that was plural, I had two long runs this week, one on Monday a 10.0 miler that was planned and went very well even though the footing was dicey in a few places and the second one on Friday which I had only thought that I would be doing 6.0 and ended up with 8.0 (and could have gotten to 10.0 if I had wanted to). The surprising thing was that Friday’s run was at just over an 8:30 pace for the run. Yes that psyched me up a little!
  2. Recovery Days: I didn’t just hammer away every day, I purposely went slower on “off” days to give the body some recovery time and I am taking today off (Sunday), since it has been 2 weeks. I plan to take Sundays off at least every other week and if I have hit my mileage goals earlier in the week than I expected I might even take off an extra day here or there 🙂
  3. 30 Mile Week: I went over 30 miles for the second straight week with 34.05, so I am starting to build-up my base more, which  is a good thing, but now I have to be really careful about stepping up the mileage too much more for a while, I want my body to get acclimated to the 30-35 range for a while. I will probably go ahead and have a step-back week and lower my mileage back to 25-30 miles just to give my body a little more rest, then go back up after that. See I am trying to train smarter :-).
This week in a word:
Progress

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1. Nice and Easy was What the Boss Ordered 3-10-12
  2. Great 8.0 Mile Run – 3-9-12
  3. I just ran tonight 3-8-12
  4. Dogs, Trail Running and Leashes
  5. 4 x 4 – 2 Hill Workout – 3-7-12
  6. Running Behind on my RunLog – 3-6-12
  7. Confessions of a Middle of the Pack Runner
  8. 10 Miler Done – 3-4-12
  9. Falmouth Fun Run – January 1, 1979 (Memories)
I have definitely hit a flat spot in my blogging the past couple of weeks. As the weather gets better, I notice that I am spending less and less time on the computer and that I have even read a couple of books over the past week. I am sure that I will get back into the swing of things, but I guess I needed a break from constantly working on the blog.  I even went back to my old Theme with a different background – The other one was too busy for me and once I find the right background this one will be fine 🙂

Top 5

Here are my top five posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. Confessions of a Middle of the Pack Runner
  2. My iPhone Running App
  3. Dogs, Trail Running and Leashes
  4. A Different Kind of Workout
  5. Snowmobile Trail Running – 2/1/12

My Favorite post from last week

Falmouth Fun Run – January 1, 1979 (Memories) Where I talk about a race that I ran back in 1979 and finished last. Not something I really wanted to tell the world about, but by doing so got rid of a few more demons. We all still have them, sometimes it is just how we face them that makes a difference.

Weight

I have bounced between 162-163 all week – so I did loose a pound. I am not trying super hard to lose the weight, but it is coming off slowly but surely. I just eat too much and too well sometimes 🙂

Injuries

My left hamstring is still snarling at me when I go faster than 8:30 pace, but at least it lets me still run (as long as I am putting the heat to it and rolling it out. It still does bother if sit in a chair wrong or if I move just right, so I have to be a little careful with it. The calf seems pretty much healed and everything else is going pretty great. However, I feel tired this week, I am not my perky self, need to get some sunshine and keep eating more garlic 🙂

Running Shoes

Saucony Kinvara

I really, really like them for running on roads. I had those two long runs this week, but they are starting to show some real signs of wear on the outer forefoot (on both pair) already. I have a feeling that I won’t be running in them much past 200 or 250 miles. Which is too bad because they are a really comfortable shoe that I like a lot. However if a shoe wears out that quickly I can’t afford new shoes every couple of months anymore, so I have to look at something that should wear better than these have.

New Balance MT110

I ran a couple of good runs in the MT110s this week and they didn’t bother my calf at all, which is a good sign, plus I have walked almost every day in them and will for a couple of more weeks, which will help my transition to them. I really like the tread and grip they have. This morning’s long walk on snow, ice and mud was very good and I was impressed with how well they worked in those varied conditions.

Newton Gravitas

Ordered and should be here next 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
3/4/2012 Chamberlain 5k Brewer Didn’t run
4/7/2012 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China
5/5/2012 Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism Waterville
5/26/2012 Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k New Gloucester
6/24/2012 Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon Augusta
7/4/2012 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop
7/12/2012 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta  Wednesday Evening
7/15/2012 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal
7/19/2012 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta  Wednesday Evening
8/2/2012 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta  Thursday Evening
8/5/2012 Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler Pownal
8/11/2012 Topsham Fair 5k Topsham
9/9/2012 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal
11/10/2012 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland

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 :-). 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.  It 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

This has been a very good week overall. A couple of long runs, over 30 miles two weeks in a row and got a fantastic deal on a pair of Newton Gravitas running shoes (I can’t wait – they were tied with the Altra Instincts as my first choices, when I researched what I wanted for new running shoes last month).

AVR – Week in Review 3-4-12

This has been a pretty good week, in spite of the snow storm this week.

I got my replacement shoes from New Balance and ran further than I have in a long time in one week. The little muscle strains are starting to heal (just not as fast as I want) and I found a pair of shoes that work great for me on the roads.

Now I just have to get transitioned to those New Balance shoes 🙂

Running Summary This Week

RunLog Week of 3/4/12

I feel really great about getting damn near 34.0 miles for the week, with 3 runs of 6.0 or more, even with my hamstring not at 100%.

Three things Running

  1. I pushed at the start of the week
    I pushed harder than I normally do at the start of a week, because I wanted to make 100 miles for February and I did make that goal. However, I am going to work to ensure that I have easy days after runs of more than 5-6 miles. I want to stay healthy and need to be careful of doing too much. I did go over 30 miles for the week and it was farther than I have ran in a week since 2006, so it was a successful week.
  2. Take what the body lets me do
    Don’t try to continually run faster or further when injured, just do my body lets me do without going beyond that point. My hamstring is still bothering, but it lets me run slower than normal. Accept that and have fun with what you can do, not what you want to do.
  3. Get excited about the MT110s
    They are a very good shoe and deserve better than just being rather blase about getting them. I have them now and they will be great shoes for all the trail racing that I have planned for this spring/summer. Stay conservative and transition to running in these shoe slowly – Enjoy what you have.
  4. This week in a word:
    Tired

Blog Posts

Below are my posts from last week:

  1. First Run in New Balance MT110 – 3-3-12
  2. Recovery Run from Yesterday 3-3-12
  3. Snowy Run down-back=tough run 3-2-12
  4. Saucony Kinvara 2 – After 50 Miles
  5. Running in Snow & Pictures Again 3-1-12
  6. Running – 40 Years Series  This was a page and I decided to just make it a post
  7. AVR – February 2012 in Review
  8. Middle Road Loop Plus 2-29-12
  9. Wordless Wednesday 2-29-12
  10. Hammie is letting me run-SLOWLY 2-28-12
  11. Running Vicariously thru Other Runners
  12. Running Challenges Us?
  13. Surprise Run Today 2-27-12
I have been in a bit of a funk the past 3-4 days, pretty much like I am fighting a virus or bug, so my posts have been a little less than original since about Wednesday. Hopefully, this week I start feeling like my old perky self :-).

Top 5

Here are my top five posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. My iPhone Running App
  2. Snowmobile Trail Running – 2/1/12
  3. Marathon Poll Results and Questions
  4. Saucony Kinvara 2 – After 50 Miles
  5. My Very Tentative Race Schedule for 2012

My Favorite post from last week

Running Challenges Us? Where I discussed how running running challenges us in many different ways and a reminder for runners to remember to have fun when they are running.

Weight

I have bounced between 162-164 all week – so I did loose a pound. I am not trying super hard to lose the weight, but it is coming off slowly but surely. Maybe this next week I need to start trying a little harder and not eat as much junk food :-).

Injuries

My left hamstring got strained while moving snow around over a week ago, I can run slow on it, but it does bother if sit in a chair wrong or if I move just right, so I have to be a little careful with it. The calf is getting better and only gets tight now when I push to go too fast, I believe I am on the other side for that injury. The right knee is doing great, so that is really encouraging. However, I feel tired this week, I am not my perky self, need to get some sunshine and eat more garlic 🙂

Running Shoes

Saucony Kinvara

I really, really like them on the roads, not so much on trails or snow. They are not made for off-road or winter running, while I can use them, they are definitely better as road shoes. I went over 50 miles in them this week and although the right foot is a little snug, it hasn’t affected me while running. Good shoes so far.

New Balance MT110

I got them Friday night and have only run 3.1 miles in them so far – to be honest I am rather blase about them and am not sure why. However, I am not going to make the mistake that I made with the other MInimus Shoes and plan to go slow in them and build up the mileage until I can run in them, without any restrictions.

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
3/4/2012 Chamberlain 5k Brewer Didn’t run
4/7/2012 Fly Like An Eagle 5k China
5/5/2012 Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual 5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism Waterville
5/26/2012 Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k New Gloucester
6/24/2012 Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon Augusta
7/4/2012 Friends of the Fourth Winthrop
7/12/2012 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta  Wednesday Evening
7/15/2012 Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler Pownal
7/19/2012 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta  Wednesday Evening
8/2/2012 Bond Brook 5K Race Series Augusta  Thursday Evening
8/5/2012 Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler Pownal
8/11/2012 Topsham Fair 5k Topsham
9/9/2012 Bradbury Mountain 12 Pownal
11/10/2012 Maine-ly Moose 5k Portland

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 :-). 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.  It 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

This has been a very good week overall. My injury is very minor and is a small glitch, where I will be back to running pretty quickly.