Week In Review – 11/20/11

After a snow squall

This has been a very good week! All the outside stuff on our Todo list is pretty much done, so I have had more time to focus on some other things that I really want to do.

The primary thing is working more on me getting back in shape and I think that has gone a lot better than expected. This week I went over 20 miles for a week and did a trail run for the first time since 2007. I have been participating in the online running communities and continuing my series where I have been reflecting on my 40 years of running.

Also I have officially lost more than 20 pounds since June! I am proud of that accomplishment, now to loose the next 20 and get down to 156, which is my goal weight.

It may seem as though I have abandoned the #gardening and #simpleliving/green online communities, but I haven’t.  My gardening interests are more seasonal and dependent upon actually working in the garden than being a vicarious participant. Up heah in Maine, our garden has been put to bed for over a month now and even though we continue to harvest our lunch-time salad from the cold frame, I have a difficult time getting interested in gardening stuff this time of year.

I am not as passionate about gardening as many of the people that I have followed online, I don’t thumb through seed catalogs or read more about how to garden better (though once in a while I do pick up a gardening book or two), but imagine that will change sometime in March/April as we begin to gear up for our garden.

Simple living/green living remains an important part of my life, but is taking a backseat to my efforts get back in shape.

However, I do consider, getting in shape/running, eating healthy and being green/living simply as pieces of the puzzle for me to become and remain healthy. If I were to ignore any one of those parts, than it would negatively impact my health, so while I may not be actively writing or involved in online discussions about a one of these subjects, I am still interested in what is going on in those communities.

What I have posted on One Foot In Reality this week:

  1. RunLog 11/14/11 – All is Good!
  2. Running High School Cross Country 1971-1974
  3. Running 1975-1982 School’s Out and I am in the Coast Guard
  4. RunLog – 11/15/11 A Bit Out of Sorts to Start
  5. Running – Washington DC Area & 1983 Marine Corps Marathon
  6. RunLog 11/16/11 – Made it Around Again
  7. RunLog 11/17/11 – It’s Starting to Feel Like November
  8. RunLog 11/18/11 – Five Steps Forward, Two Steps Back
  9. RunLog 11/19/11 – A Day of Rest
  10. Running 1984-1988 – The Glory Years
  11. RunLog – 11/20/11 – First Trail Run in 4 Years

I didn’t realize that I didn’t write about anything but running this week, I guess I did focus a little too much on one subject this week. I do have to diversify a little more next week, otherwise everyone is going to think that this has become a running blog.

The top 10 most popular posts this week – based on page views:

  1. Evernote as a Task Manager
  2. The Greatest Speech Ever Made – Charlie Chaplin
  4. Opus Domini – Electronic Organizer Review
  5. Running – Washington DC Area & 1983 Marine Corps Marathon
  6. Running 1975-1982 School’s Out and I am in the Coast Guard
  7. Running High School Cross Country 1971-1974
  8. Week In Review – 11/13/11
  9. RunLog – 11/15/11 A Bit Out of Sorts to Start
  10. Apple Text-to-Speech – Review

Here are my weekly running stats:

This is the first week I have gone over 20 miles since 2007 and I have kept my pace between 9:00 and 10:00 minutes, which I am very happy about.  I am glad that I took a day off on Saturday, it was needed and made a difference when I ran today.  No my running is going quite well and the knee, while not perfect is doing better than I thought it would be.

Looking back I have rather focused on running, but that is because I am very excited about finally being able to run again.

Here is another great week and hopefully I don’t eat too much at the end of the week for Thanksgiving and the subsequent leftovers.

RunLog – 11/20/11 – First Trail Run in 4 Years

Last night on Twitter @iRunnerBlog asked what we were doing tomorrow (today) for a run and I responded back

Well I did the trail run that I said that I was going to do. I went over to Messalonskee Stream Trail in Oakland, Maine and ran the trail. Looking back at some old records that I was able to resurrect, in the past I called this a 4.0 mile run (although it is probably closer to 3.8 according to GPS), I will just keep calling it 4.0 to be consistent with my past numbers.
Messlonskee Stream Trail Head

This was the first trail run, that have I completed since 2007 and I had forgotten how different a running style running trails is compared to road running or even two tracking, besides being a lot slower for the same distances. I didn’t remember there being this many roots on the trail, but it is a very popular place to walk and gets a lot of use.

Right now I don’t have a lot of confidence with my knee on uneven/slippery/muddy surfaces and just was slower than I will be in the future. However, if I continue to keep running trails the knee will become stronger.

How did the Peregrines do?

They were fantastic! The grip was better than other trail shoes that I have used in the past and when I hit muddy spots they didn’t cake up, but just shed the mud quickly. The Peregrines did everything I expected of them, a good solid ride, good transitions on different terrain, (mud, leaves, slickrock, pine needles, boards, bridges), uphill in loose gravel and I didn’t slip and slide around. As I run more in the Saucony Peregrines, the more I like them.

Messalonskee Stream Trail – raised section of trail at mile marker 1.5

Trail running is something that I missed doing and today made me realize why. When you are running on a trail you are very focused in on the moment, your mind is not wandering, you are not wool gathering at all, you are locked in on what you are going to do next, where you are going to put your feet, what track you are taking over or around the next obstacle, or how you are going to attack the next hill. I know that I was so focused that I didn’t notice the little things that normally distract me while I am running.

Messalonskee Stream Trail – going up the tough hill, made worse by the leaves

I ran slowly, but steadily throughout the course and only walked going up the hill to the powerline, where I walked even when I was running this trail a couple times of a week. So I felt really good about the run and think that taking yesterday off was a really good thing to do. Rest has to be a part of my work out schedule – I am not 25 anymore and need the extra rest to avoid injury and be healthier.

It was fun to just run.

Quality of run – Very Good!

Time of Day: 9:30 A.M.
Weight: 178
Temp: 48
Weather: Overcast and light showers