AVR Week In Review – 12/11/11

The big news this week was that I got selected to be a FitFluential Ambassador – To be honest I am very excited and honored to have been selected.  I am looking forward to being a part of and contributing to the FitFluential community.

Running This Week

In a word: GREAT!!!

I ran Back Cove in Portland with TheWife for the first time since 2006 and also had a 6.0 mile run also.  I am staying right around the 9:00 to 10:00 minute pace, dipping into the 8:00s every so often.

I decided to take a day off running today and break my 21 day running streak. My body is telling me that it needs a day of rest, so it is going to get one. When I am in the middle of a running streak, I tend to forget to listen to my body and don’t give it enough rest to recover from the stresses of running. Rest is part of being a successful and mostly injury free runner in my experience, who know maybe I am starting to mature – naaaahhhh. My goal each week is 20-25 miles and I reached that very easily, so the bod has earned a day off.


I have hit a plateau this week spending most of it bouncing between 173 and 174, which is still really great!  The weather has turned colder and we have most of completed most of our outside projects, so I am not as active as I had been. This is the time of year that we/I have to be most careful, not because of all the great food, but because of the reduced levels of activity, that go together with colder weather.


The right knee is groaning and moaning a bit more as I increase my mileage a little and had a running streak of 21 days which I stopped today. My lower back has bothered more this week than anything. I hurt it a little when I was moving all that dirt around a while ago and no it doesn’t bother me when I am running. However, if I sit in my easy chair for any length of time it really starts to hurt. Gonna not sit in my chair for a week and see if that is part of the problem, if it is will have to re-think my seating options at night.


I ran in my Saucony Peregrines all week – again, they now have over 100 miles on them and I don’t see any noticeable signs of wear or tear on the shoes. They have done everything that I have asked of them (trails, roads, muddy roads, a little speed work, snow, and slush) and then some. I have to put them in the top 10 of all the shoes I have ever run in and that list includes a lot of shoes.

Blog Posts

This week I did go back and re-write (they needed it) some of my old posts from One Foot In Reality, they were not as focused as they could have been and needed some editing. The one that needed to be updated the most was Welcome to “A Veteran Runnah”, the reasons for being here have changed when I created AVR the first part of November.

Below are the post from last week:

  1. 1988 to 2000 – The Lost Running Years
  2. My Running Bucket List
  3. RunLog 12/5/11 – First 6 Miler in a Long Time
  4. Runneritis – A Dread Disease
  5. Seasons of a Running Life
  6. RunLog 12/6/11 – Running Back Bay Portland
  7. Welcome to Veteran Runnah
  8. Six Rules for Running in Winter Weather
  9. Dressing for Winter Running
  10. RunLog 12/7/11 – Cold Rainy Day
  11. Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review
  12. RunLog 12/8/11 – First Run in Icebreaker Base Layer
  13. In Search of the Perfect Running Shoe
  14. RunLog 12/9/11 – No Freaking Dogs – Yipeeee
  15. Choosing a new Running Shoe
  16. RunLog 12/10/11 – Sun is Trying to Come Out
  17. Buying New Running Shoes – How to do it?

Top Ten

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

1. Choosing a new Running Shoe
2. Runneritis – A Dread Disease

3. Dressing for Winter Running
4. My Running Bucket List
5. Buying New Running Shoes – How to do it?
6. In Search of the Perfect Running Shoe
7. Welcome to Veteran Runnah
8. Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review
9. Seasons of a Running Life

10. Six Rules for Running in Winter Weather
I was invited by the Natureshop to review 3 pieces (top, bottoms and glove liners) from the Icebreaker Merino Wool base layer clothing line. I have worn the Icebreaker base layer for most of my runs this week and at other times also.
So far they have worked as advertised and from my unscientific point of view, they seem to transport sweat away from my body better than the synthetic base layer clothing that I own. See my two posts so far: Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review and RunLog 12/8/11 – First Run in Icebreaker Base Layer.

I have worn them everyday since I received them and no I have not washed the Icebreaker clothes. Surprisingly TheWife hasn’t got upset about the stench coming from my corner of the bedroom. She complains if I leave the synthetic running clothes lying around too much and yes even I agree they stink, but the Icebreaker clothes have not left any mysterious aromas in the air for her to track down and tell me about yet.

Thank You

for taking the time to read my posts. Those of you who recently started following me on Twitter or Google+, thank you and I look forward to reading your tweets, posts, links and blogs also.

FTC Disclaimer: I was provided with Icebreaker merino wool base layer top, bottoms and gloves to wear test in exchange for an honest evaluation of the Icebreaker base layer clothing on my blog(s) by the Natureshop. The fact that the product was provided to me at no charge, did not influence my review of these products. My review was based upon my personal experience with and use of these products.