Muddy Run Down Back in Shorts – 12-28-11

Where is the ice/snow?

This morning was absolutely beautiful, sunshine and 49F no wind, but instead of running I did a long 3.5 walk with the wife and Bennie, it was muddy then, but not nearly as bad as later.

I have found that if I run immediately after walking that far, the old body, just doesn’t like it. So I rest for a few hours before I do my run. Hey – does this mean I am actually starting to listen to my body? Just maybe.

This afternoon when I went out it was still really warm for this time of year up heah – 44F with a 10 mph wind out of the NW.

That is still SHORTS WEATHER to me and this is December 28th. I can’t believe that I wore shorts in Central Maine this late in the year – Strange winter. However, I do like running in shorts and long sleeve shirts instead of jackets so I am not complaining.

Today’s run was a bit of a mudder. I was able to run to the Brook and back without worrying about ice or snow, but after last night’s rain storm, there was plenty of mud. The footing was a little iffy with some ice underneath in some places, so you had to be aware of how you were putting your foot down. For the most part I felt as though I just plugged along, without trying to push the pace or put too much effort into it.

Today’s focus was working on keeping my feet straighter, so that when I look back I don’t see a big V from my toes pointing out so much.  This is a lot better than I used to be, but I still have a little ways to go to be running straight. Slow progress, but this is definitely progress.

Some of you who commented on my post The Hardest Thing About Running and stated that they couldn’t really see me running. So I decided to put this up on the internet to see the difference between then and now – I can see some differences already, but I know that I have a lot more work left to do. I plan to do a lot better one in a couple of weeks, but figured that since I was in shorts it would be a good time to get an interim video. I am still crossing my chest too much with my arms,  need to keep working on that. 🙂

Even with the muddy conditions, it was the fastest run on this course, this year. Needless to say I was surprised and a little pysched.

Quality of Run: Good felt strong all the way
Weight: 171 (Lowest in a long time)
Time of Run: 3:00
Temp: 44F
Weather: Overcast and the wind is picking up

Thank You for your Support

Yes this is me about 1960

I want to take a moment to thank everyone who supported and helped me over the past month or so, while I was getting “A Veteran Runnah” up and running during December.

I really, really appreciate the comments, suggestions and the number of you that have taken the time to read “A Veteran Runnah” in the short time it has been up and running (yes bad pun).

I created this blog back in early November as a niche running blog and then decided to shelve it and use my primary blog “One Foot In Reality” as an everything blog. That plan didn’t work too well.

Different Audience

OFIR was geared to a different audience and I was writing about running more and more. At the end of November I was writing so much about running/health that I decided that I did need a niche running blog and on December 1st, I started posting regularly to “A Veteran Runnah”. Since that time “A Veteran Runnah” has become my primary blog and OFIR the secondary.

As part of the switch to “A Veteran Runnah”, I imported my running related posts from “One Foot In Reality” and “Time to Run Again”. I wanted one place where all the posts from when I started running again on June 15, 2011 would be. That is why there are posts back to June.

I can’t believe how well “A Veteran Runnah” has done since December 1st.

Without your support, this dramatic growth would not have been possible.

I love the online running community that I have met mainly through Twitter, (#FitFluential, #RunChat #Fitblog #running #runnerds) and blogging (there are so many great running blogs out there) – gotta add Google+ in there as well. I have even started using Facebook again, because that is where many of you are. The amount of support, ideas and advice given freely in this community is simply amazing.

I just wanted to tell everyone how grateful I am for your support to me in my efforts to return to running in a sensible way and the way you helped “A Veteran Runnah” first months such a success.