AVR – Week In Review – 1/15/12

Actually the week was pretty good! Dad got out of the hospital after a pretty significant heart attack and having 3 stents put in – he is a tough old bastard and he will tell you the same thing. Nothing else can top off his being home and doing things that he wants to do. 🙂

Running This Week
I had three pretty cool things directly related to running this week:
  • Ran 8.0 miles for the first time since 2006.
  • Ran in the 2012 edition of the January Thaw over in Belgrade, Maine.
  • Ran over 25.0 miles this week!

All of these accomplishments mean a lot to me. Being able to run 8.0 miles without stopping is a sign that my endurance is starting to get better. Yes I still have a long ways to go, but it is definitely progress. I have wanted to run a race, but just never seemed find time or overcome inertia to go actually run one – I think that I was intimidated too much over how I used to run versus how I run now and that kept me out of races more than anything else.

Now that I have finally run one, I am looking to see what/when my next one will be.

Going over 25 miles for the week without hurting myself and still having a day off is huge. It is a confidence thing and getting me closer to my 30 mile per week by the end of March. I just have to be smart about it.

I also figured out this week that my long-term goal is to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. So 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.

This week in a word: Progress


I have been 170 or under all week and hit a low of 166.  I know that I will go up and down with my weight over the course of the week, but it would be nice to see it go away faster.  I do know that I am going in the right direction.


Everything is feeling pretty good. The knee is not bothering and my lower back is much better. I have got to start doing more self-massage and preventative maintenance.


I am over 200 miles on my Saucony Peregrines and they continue to really impress me. I am not on a rotation schedule and run in them for all my running right now. They have done everything that I have asked of them and I am very, very impressed. I received Goat Head Sole Spikes yesterday and put them on my Saucony Pro Grid Propel Plus, so I will be running in those during some of the nasty weather that will be coming up, to do some wear testing.

Blog Posts

Below are the posts from last week:

  1. Are You a Creature of Habit?
  2. Stress Reliever Run – Much Needed – 1/9/12
  3. Good Recovery Run & Day 10 Janathon 1/10/11
  4. Epic Internet Fail at Home 1/11/12
  5. Dusty Ice Run/More Stress Relief – 1/11/12
  6. Running – My Stress Management Medication
  7. Are You Crazy? Yes I Ran Today – 1/12/12
  8. Saucony Peregrines – After 200 Miles Review
  9. 1st Blogiversary 3.5 Mile Virtual Run – 1/13/11
  10. The 33rd Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Road Race
  11. Runners Have You Really Looked At Your Blog Lately…
  12. Goat Head Sole Spikes Review
  13. My Running Form at 2012 January Thaw
Top Ten
Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on pageviews:

1. Runners Have You Really Looked At Your Blog Lately…
2. Running – My Stress Management Medication
3. The 33rd Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Road Race
4. Saucony Peregrines – After 200 Miles Review
5. Are You Crazy? Yes I Ran Today – 1/12/12
6. Are You a Creature of Habit?
7. Epic Internet Fail at Home 1/11/12
8. Goat Head Sole Spikes Review

9. How Did I Start Organized Running
10. Is Barefoot Running Right for Me?

My Favorite post from last week was:

The 33rd Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Road Race it documents my first road race in a long time.

This week I am going to sit down with TheWife and figure out a racing schedule for the year that won’t break the bank (races are so darned expensive) and fit into our calendar.

Are there any businesses or companies interested in sponsoring an old retired Coastie in his quest for this dream of running the Marine Corps Marathon 30 years after his last finish there, while I document my adventures and how your product helps me towards this goal.  Have to try 🙂

Thank You again for reading posts from “A Veteran Runnah”