Happy Coast Guard Day & Grasse Roads Doing Fine – RunLog 8-4-18

For all you Coasties out there, Happy Coast Guard Day and Semper Paratus.

Being a Coastie will always be an important part of who I am.

Okay let’s get back to reality and the life I have now.

Congratulations to all of you who ran Beach to Beacon, it was a tough day for it, but a lot of you got it done: Sam, Tom, Ryan and so many others. Again, congratulations on your run there.

After yesterday’s successful shoe surgery on the Reebok OSR Grasse Roads and a good treadmill run, I really wanted to get them out on the road to see how they performed in the real world. I wanted to get 7-8 miles in and thought about running to here:

It seemed kind of fitting to run to Harold Drive on a rainy day, it is a 7.0 mile out and back course, that I can always add a lap onto at the end to get 8.0.

Yeah, it was raining…however, it was a nice warm summer’s rain, which I love, love to run in. This kind of run that will really show me how a pair of shoes is going to work for me.

The first mile was pretty slow, just getting warmed up and loosened up after yesterday’s faster treadmill run. Plus running on the dirt road was a bit squishy, while the Grass Road’s were not having any issues, they really are not made for a gravel slime run, so I kept it slower. Once I hit the tar down on Tiffany I did pick up the pace a little and the grip on the wet pavement was great.

Even though I went through a few downpours and may have jumped into a few puddles on purpose, my feet while wet, didn’t get any hotspots and the shoes seemed to drain the water out pretty quickly.

Tiffany Road has a definite crown to it and that crowning after the heel cup surgery was a non-issue (like it should have been originally). There was none of that rubbing under the ankle or the distraction of there being some pressure against the ankle area and wondering if I was going to loose more skin.

So I can confidently say that the shoe surgery on the heel cups of the Grasse Roads was a huge success, which now means that I can focus on just running in them, without worrying about ankle bite.

The other thing was I was very impressed with, was how quiet and smooth the Grasse Roads were on the wet pavement. There wasn’t any of that slapping stuff or heel drag, it was just a comfortable landing, smooth roll-through to toe-off and then repeat. Even when I was getting tired and it started to rain hard again during the last mile, I had a smooth stride. It was kind of nice.

Also I was able to pick up the pace pretty easily in them, when I wanted to. No, they will never be a “fast” shoe, but I can hold a nice 8:00 or so pace without any problems.

A really nice 8.0 miles in the rain, where I learned that the Reebok Grasse Roads allow me to run comfortably – what more can I ask for.

My Grasse Roads were not a limiting factor in my run and that is a great thing.

Slow But Steady Progress – PMT 6/2/18

Well I didn’t expect to run outside this morning, but I did!

Let’s back up, the leg is doing remarkably well considering how it felt on Thursday night and after walking a couple of miles down-back with Mary and Bennie the hamstring didn’t feel too bad. Definitely not 100%, but back to where I thought I could run slowly on it.

So after we got back to the house, I changed up and got ready to go for a long workout on the elliptical. I planned on doing an hour on the beast, because Saturday’s will be my long run day going forward. However, I just had to get outside and run this morning, I promised myself that I would go slow. Actually I was going to run with Mary, but she got distracted by other things and I wanted to get going, so I headed out by myself.

I did a mile at around 10:30 pace and while the hamstring complained a little, it was not anything serious, so I kept going to the finish. I really, really wanted to do another one, but figured that it was better to be conservative than re-injured and headed in to the house to get on the elliptical for the next hour.

Loads of fun

However, at 3.2 miles into the workout I could hear a commotion out in the yard, SD2 had arrived a little earlier than we had expected, with her cats. We are cat sitting for the next week which is no big deal, but the room where we keep the elliptical is where we have to assimilate them into the household. Which meant that I had to get off the machine earlier than I wanted.

Which made me a little crabby and I didn’t want to be around anyone for a few minutes. So I went back out and did another slow mile. By the time I got back, I was back to being myself and fit to be around other human beings. 🙂

Although I didn’t get my long run in, I did get two 1.0 mile runs in and didn’t make the hamstring complain anymore than it was before the runs. A very positive sign.

Then I got to thinking about other things that I could do to help out the old hamstring. Sometimes I am such a dumbshit – I remembered that the last time I had a hamstring strain that I had taped the leg, which helped support the injury better than nothing at all.

So I taped up the leg and it does seem to help, I just hope that it helps enough to get through the preliminary marathon training, without any more issues.

May 2018 – A Not So Great Month

I guess it is time to talk about May 2018. A lot happened and yes, I got injured again and haven’t been able to run well for the last two weeks of the month. Which sucked.

Photo by Sam Winebaum – Road, Trail, Run

However, I got to run with and talk running Sam over at Road, Trail, Run who is my favorite blogger during the first part of month. While down there I got to see a bunch of shoes (I tried out the Vapor Fly 4% – great shoe) and came home with a few more from his used shoe pile.

Towards the end of the month I made the startling decision to run in a marathon in the Fall. I did that inspite or is it despite I am currently not running and have to rehab a balky hamstring – which is always an adventure and one that usually has more setbacks than progress at first.

That damn rollercoaster effect. Continue reading “May 2018 – A Not So Great Month”

April – A Month of Change

Yeah, April is always a month where things seem to change in my running. The weather eventually gets back to shorts and t-shirts, the snow slowly melts away and I get ready for the rest of the running year.

My favorite photo from the month:

Mary out for a run on a rainy, miserable day.

I made it through the month relatively healthy, even with that nasty tumble I took at the end of last week’s long run. I added a few more scars to the old body and dinged up the right elbow enough that it still bothers more than it should. However, like most things, this feeling will pass and I will heal up eventually or it will be added to the laundry list of things that take longer in the morning to stop hurting and start working.

So let’s review those 10 things I wanted to keep track of in 2018.

1. Run Better

Running-wise I finished up with 145 miles and change for April. It is the best month’s total that I have had since January 2017 when I managed to accumulate 146 miles.

There was a 15 day run streak thrown in there for good measure. Overall not too shabby a month if I say so myself.

Since I am starting to increase my running mileage, I did an experiment last week and didn’t do any time on the elliptical. I wanted to see how much it takes out of me for the next day’s run. It doesn’t take as much out of me as I thought, so I will keep using the elliptical fairly regularly.

I am enjoying my Planet Fitness gym being in Waterville primarily due to the numerous routes I have open to me for running. While I haven’t lifted weights or done my pre or post run routines nearly as much, since I am enjoying running outside that much more (I just want to get my arse out the door) and typically run further than I would on most runs.

So the running is going quite well.

2. Simplify my Running Shoe Choices.

The Skechers GoRun Ride 7’s are a great shoe for me, after putting more than 150 miles on them they are doing everything I ask of them. Unfortunately, I have worn a hole through the left heel cup liner and the right ankle well, which are starting to bother those areas (turning them red and sore – almost a blister, but not quite). Which means they are on the way out of the rotation, probably sooner than later.

To replace the GRR7’s, I did get a pair of Skechers GoRun Forza 3’s and while I ran successfully in them for the most part, due to their firmness and some other things, I have turned them into my primary walking shoes. They just are not comfortable enough to be my primary long/easy run running shoes.

After doing a bunch of research, the was between the ASICS Cumulus 20 or Saucony Zealot 3’s. It ultimately came down to the price point and since I was able to find a sale on the Zealots that was almost half the cost of the Cumulus 20’s and got Zealots. I got them in today and will be running in them tomorrow. Hopefully, they work out for me.

On a whim, I had looked at a pair of Brooks Green Silence racing shoes on eBay and when I got there I had 33 seconds left on the auction to decide whether or not to buy them. I did and used them for the Unity College 5K. I like them.

My current rotation is:

  • Skechers GoRun Ride 7 – outside running, long runs, most anything else kind of running shoes
  • Brooks Green Silence – racing, speed workouts
  • Newton Gravity 3 – treadmill, tempo runs
  • Skechers GOMeb Speed – faster runs, treadmill
  • Newton Boco Sol – trails, nasty weather days, hiking shoes
  • Skechers GoRun Forza 3 – Walking shoes

3. No running with Bennie.

We walk 4-5 miles most days together, I did one run with Bennie for about 1/2 mile. This run really made me realize just how much running with Bennie kept me injured. Just with that one short run my right hip was hurting and my lower back started to bother. It definitely validated my choice to stop running with him.

4. Get rid of “stuff”.

More stuff continues to go away.

My Bondi 5’s and Gravity 5’s have both gone away, neither were working for me. Also I got out all of my old race t-shirts or other commemorative t-shirts and have started wearing them again. There is no sense in keeping them in a plastic bag stored away in the back of the garage any longer. Use them and then once they are worn out, get rid of them.

5. Race More Often

The weather started to cooperate and I decided to go Unity and run in their annual 5K. I finished 14th and 1st in my age group. My 22:22 time was not my fastest time, but it is pretty much in line with other 5K races I have run in April, so I am heartened about how this year can go.

6. Get Back to Running Trails

No trail running – soon though.

7. Weigh Under 150 Pounds

I am still not really attempting to lose weight too hard, I still was eating pretty much whatever I want during April. Although I did manage to avoid ice cream most of the month.

8. Eat Less Processed Foods

I am doing okay, since Mary prepares a lot of homemade meals, breads and stuff. My problem is that I still like chips and boxed breakfast cereal too much.

9a. Technology Use

I tried out the Blogo blogging app and it just didn’t work the way that I wanted, so I deleted it. Other than that, I continued to use my iPad Pro and iPhone 7.

10. Be more willing to take the road less travelled

I am still enjoying life and taking care of myself – in today’s world it seems like that is taking the road less travelled.

The reality is that

April was a busy month where I ran better than I thought I would, especially with the crazy weather at the start of the month, but like they say Spring has sprung and it is the new beginning. I am starting to get my running shoe rotation under control again and am encouraged about the direction I seem to be heading. Now I just have to get my eating a little more under control and maybe get serious about loosing that last 10 pounds I am going to get rid of this year.

April was a good month.

Looking Back At March 2018

March 2018, was another month where the weather was the primary focus of my running – that how to deal with last part of winter, when you are ready for Spring. Yes, the weather forced me inside more than I would have liked, but it is just the way things work out during winters in Maine for me. I am more interested in getting my runs in, versus braving the elements at this point in my life.

I continue to simplify my computing and online life and move ever further into the world of Apple. It might not always be the absolute best way to do things, but when I look at the whole picture, most everything works good enough for me.Well let’s get to how I am doing on what I want to focus on this year.My favorite photo from March was:

I cannot really say that this was my favorite photo from March, but it was probably says the most about how I saw a lot of it – behind the snow blower. The thing is that the snow kept piling up during the month, until there were only two window “panes” showing on the bedroom window and the snow blower wore out and had to be taken to the shop for repairs – In other words, I fought the weather and the weather won most of the time.

1. Run Better

I am continuing to run more consistently than I have for a long time, which means that I am starting to run better. I attribute my progress to limiting my running to around 30 miles a week with only one long run and one speed session per week. Also I am still using the elliptical for cross-training 4-5 days a week and keeping the total mileage from both to around 60 miles a week, which seems to be about the right amount for my body right now.

During the last week, I had a problem starting with my right hip, that same issue that plagued me last fall. I was starting to get concerned, then I finally figured out what caused it then and now. The week before I had started using my U/A Bandit 3’s for my walking shoes and within a week I had right hip issues. When stopped using them and the hip issue went away. Continue reading “Looking Back At March 2018”

February 2018 – Mother Nature Could Not Make Up Her Mind

February 2018 was an interesting month, one where the weather was still the big topic of conversation, my running was still going well, where I have started running in shoes that gasp might be what I have been looking for and I am still slowly loosing weight without putting a lot of effort into it.

My favorite photo from February was:

Walking down-back one day when the snow and ice were not horrible.

Yeah, weather-wise Mother Nature was fickle, capricious and left us going WTFO during most of the month. Oh well, the last part of the month the roads were runnable for the most part and with record highs going on I was not one to complain too much after January’s record colds.

In keeping with my start of the year plan here are the things I am focusing on and how they are progressing: Continue reading “February 2018 – Mother Nature Could Not Make Up Her Mind”

January – Starting Fresh

January is the start of a new year, it is a good point to begin again, make changes in our lives and see where life takes us with the changes that we initiated when the clock hit midnight on the 1st.

Like most people I have things that I want to accomplish in 2018 and I put together a blog post where I wrote those things down. Here is the link to that post.

However, most people write down those things and then never go back and look at them or if they do it is just a cursory glance. I know that is what I have usually done myself in the past. This year I want to have my monthly review focus on my progress on the things I identified as needing improvement or change.

My favorite photo from January or at least the one that best summarizes the month:

Photo by David Colby-Young

My favorite photo is from the January Thaw road race and Ron is taking picture of David while David is taking this photo. Fun on the run. 🙂

Run Better

I am running better than I have in a long time. Knock on wood and hope that it keeps going this way.

The biggest change is that I am listening much more closely to what my body is telling me it wants to do. Need a day of rest (each week I had a day off), got it, need to run fast okay, need an easy run sounds good or do more/less on the elliptical – no problem. I am attempting to stay around 30 miles a week (plus or minus 5 miles) and do enough on the elliptical most days to add up to 10 miles (running and elliptical). I got a little over enthusiastic the first couple of week, but calmed down and found my sweet spot for now.

While I am not following the tenants of Chi Running exactly as it is written anymore, I am still using many of its ideas on form improvement. So between it, the ideas in “Your Best Stride” and “Run, the Mind, Body Method of Running by Feel”, along with a few articles on running by Steve Magness, I think I might have a pretty good foundation on how to improve my crappy running form, well at least make it more efficient.

Which from this photo – I still have a lot of work to do.

It is not going to happen overnight and is taking a lot of effort on my to keep a positive focus on what I need to do.

Due to the weather the treadmill has been my primary running venue, but it is a tool that I am using to get my miles in and while it is not the same as running outside, it is as close as I am going to get at this time.

I think that I am on the correct path for me to run better.

Simplify my Running Shoe Choices

As of right now, I am solidly in the Newton Running shoe corner. The Gravity 3’s have been my treadmill shoe and I wore them successfully at the January Thaw road race. I have grown to like the Gravity 5’s and wore them for most of my runs outside. Unfortunately, I do not believe they will last as well as the 3’s will. However, I have an extra pair of 3’s waiting in the closet to be used :-).

I am happy enough with the Newton’s that when my U/A’s got a hole in them, I decided that the Newton Boco Sol AT’s best met my needs in a trail shoe going forward.

So I have simplified my running shoe rotation down to 2-3 running shoes. Now I just have to let go of the Bandit 3’s, Bondi 5’s, PI H3’s, Wave Rider 20’s and the rest of the gang that I have squirreled away around the house. Although it would be nice if I could get the Bondi’s to work for me as a change of pace shoe, but unfortunately, so far they have not been a pair of shoes that I am able to run comfortably in. Something about them causes issues with the bottoms of my feet.

No Running With Bennie

As much as I wanted to a few times and I am positive that Bennie was more than willing – I didn’t run with him at all.

Unfortunately very successful, but the body is feeling better than it would be otherwise.

Get rid of “stuff”

I have gotten rid of some old running shirts, because of the stench that was embedded into them. Otherwise, I haven’t really tried to get rid of a lot stuff during January.

Some initial success.

Race more often

I ran in the Central Maine Striders 39th Annual January Thaw and did better than I thought that I would thanks to Ron, who paced me during the race.

Get back to running trails

It has been too damn icy and cold to run any of the trails around here right now. Could I run the trails and stuff – probably, but I quite honestly I don’t bounce as well as I once did and I don’t like to run too far from the house on trails by myself – that safety first thing. Hell, due to the icy conditions I have not even attempted to run the snowmobile trails up back yet and I love running the snowmobile trails.

Not yet.

Weigh under 150 pounds

I weighed in at 166 to start the month and this morning I weighed in at 162. I haven’t tried real hard to loose the weight, but am making progress.

Lost 4 pounds and need to lose 13 more.

Eat less processed foods

Most of the time I do pretty good, we eat mostly homemade meals, although I do eat a lot of processed cereals in the morning (I am attempting to convert over to oatmeal, but at times it is just easier to pour it from the box). Now if I could ever stop eating chips and ice cream things would be great. No McDonalds at all this month.

Limited success, but much better than I was the last six months of 2017.

Meet some of the people I have met through Social Media

Not yet.

Be more willing to take the road less travelled

I have been going to acupuncture once a week. Yeah, me the guy who passes out when getting shots or having blood drawn. It does seem to help, because I do not feel as achy and the body is more relaxed after the sessions than it is before them.

Otherwise, the biggest things are I am actually reading and researching things that should help me become a better runner, without getting bogged down by too many competing theories of how things need to be done as a runnah. I am an experiment of one and what works for me probably will not work for others and vice versa.

However, for me keeping an open mind to other possibilities to improve my running and other things is taking the road less travelled.

Good progress on this one.

The reality is that

I believe that I have made some solid progress on many of the things that I wanted to change or improve upon. Others I have a feeling will take a bit longer than a month to accomplish or that I need to wait for better weather. At this point in my life, I know that it takes time to do some things and can take the longer view of how to get there to get it done.

Does that mean I have developed a lot of patience and stuff – naw. I still want to do most everything right now, but at least I have developed some idea of why I can’t do everything right this moment and can be a bit more smahtah about many things.

I think that my running is headed in the correct direction for me as a 60 year old. I am not that young buck or middle-aged guy who still has to prove that he can still do everything. I can’t do things the way that I used to and still keep running 20 years into the future. As hard as it is to accept that fact – it is still a fact.

So Harold, you just gotta suck it up buttercup, enjoy the life you are living and have fun with the time you have left on this little blue marble.

November 2017 – A Quick Look Back

November was a blur…lately it seems as though every month is a blur and probably will be for a while yet.

My favorite photo this month:

I am back in the Apple silo again. My old ASUS flip laptop finally stopped working and couldn’t be resurrected. Which meant that my Christmas gift suddenly had to be pressed into service – the Apple iPad Pro 10.5 with a Zagg Rugged Messenger Bluetooth keyboard. I will not say it is the best computer I have ever used, but it is a pretty fantastic little device that does just about everything that I want from my computer now. You can read more about it here.

I am getting used to the mobile way of doing things, versus legacy computing. There are differences and they are not better or worse for the most part – just different. However, the one thing that I really thought would bother me, has not been an issue – the lack of a mouse or trackpad. I acclimated quickly to the touch screen, stylus and keyboard shortcuts to move the cursor around.

Lancaster trips are now simply drive over, make sure everything is as it should be, stopping by to talk with people we need to talk with and then driving back – all in the same day. Those trips rather suck, especially now that the weather is starting to get into the wintry mix stuff that really ain’t a lot of fun when driving through the Western Mountains (especially, the Rt. 2 pass just outside of Gotham by Mt. Washington – it get pretty nasty). Hopefully, December brings those long travel days to a close and we can begin the work of really moving on with the rest of our lives and not have the anxiety/worry about what is happening three plus hours away

The biggest pain in the butt during the month was losing power for 5 days and our generator dying (see the photo below with Bennie). Luckily a friend loaned us his generator the last couple of days, which saved the freezer contents and made life a bit more bearable. It did make up our minds about going out and buying a generator, which we had to special order from Home Depot. Our generator is now ready for the next power outage that seems to be occurring more often in our aging electrical infrastructure.

Running Choices

A lot of choices were made in my running during November.

However, the biggest one was to not run with Bennie anymore. More to reduce the number of injuries that I seem to accumulate when I do run with him. Coach Bennie is a big believer in all-out sprinting for interval training and my old body just ain’t up to that task anymore. Which results in parts of me, getting twisted, pulled and torn – which results in too much time away from running.

Bennie doesn’t understand and some days attempts to get me into something more than the walking we now do together. At the same time, a couple of times that I have gotten a little too froggy and attempted to run with him for a short ways – he really wasn’t all that interested either. So I would say it is a combination of both of starting to get a bit long in the tooth. He seems happy enough with walking 2-4 miles a day. Although he does get upset when I leave him at the house to go for my run.

Chi Running Chi Running – Thoughts After a Month is still a large part of my running and I am in the fourth week of the beginners half marathon training plan – half-way through the technique training section. I am not going to say that it is an easy or effortless way to run, but I am running well and don’t have many of the usual aches and pains that I dealt with on a daily basis before I started using it. I am making good progress in some areas and in others, let’s just say I am a work in progress. However, I do think I have made some solid steps forward to running more injury-free.

I am on a big kick to simplify things with my running and as I discussed in my Simplifying My Running After Age 60 post, some things gotta change.

When I put together that mind map (updated above), it showed how convoluted my running had gotten and it also quickly identified a bunch of things that I can do right now to simplify things. So I have streamlined how I log my runs and what tools are being used to do it, which you can read about here.

There will be a few more posts on my progress and attempts get things back under control. It is more that I would add something here or there and never take away something that I replaced, which resulted in duplication of effort or stuff. It was time to step back, look at things and make the choices that needed to be made.

Oh yeah, I did run in November. Actually I ran quite well and mostly pain-free which is such a difference from what I have dealt with over the past couple of years. Where going out the door for a run meant that I just sucked it up and ran on whatever was bothering that day. You will never know how much I dealt with that stuff and am so glad that it seems that I no longer have to.

While I didn’t quite make 100 miles for the month, I was able to get into the 90’s, which meant that I almost tripled my October total.

I still have some cleaning up to do on the spreadsheet’s transition over to Number from Google, but it will get done.

When it came to running shoes, it was basically running in the Newton Kismet 2’s (50 Mile Review) and that’s it. I may have run in something else a few times, but primarily I ran in the Kismet’s because they are comfortable, give me feedback when I am not running with my feet pointing fairly straight forward and my feet do not hurt when I get done. To be blunt – they just work well for me.

Overall, November was a good month for running, making decisions that will simplify life for me a bit going forward. All good things as I keep working on living life the best ways possible :-).

AVR – December 2011 in Review

This is the end of my first full month of writing and posting at “A Veteran Runnah”. It has done better than my wildest dreams, thanks to your support and help. I said thank you the other day in my Thank You for Your Support post. Everything I said in that post I mean wholeheartedly.

How Was December?

December that time of the year where for many drinking and eating are the main events wrapped around the many festivities, parties and other revelries. It is a time when families get together to celebrate and then after Christmas ends to celebrate the New Year or to celebrate that Christmas is over. It is also the time of year when I typically add 5-10 pounds from all that eating and drinking.

However, a funny thing happened this year on the way to my usual December binges.  I retired last June.

As part of that retirement, I don’t have the same temptations of year’s past. All of the great foods that co-workers bring in, the impromptu after work you will or just gotta goes and the made it to Holiday break parties you have for the kids in your classes – all those temptations to eat and drink more were gone.

The funny part was that I didn’t really miss them all that much. I missed seeing and talking with some of the people, but the binge eating and drinking I didn’t miss that at all.

This year December wasn’t the same and it was in a good way.

Running In December

I hit 100 miles for the month exactly today during my IRC Freezing Rain storm run. That is the first time I have not hit 100 miles in a month since 2007.  Mother Nature didn’t make it easy for me, but running within her moods is just a part of running, especially up “heah” in Maine.

I finished reading Chi Running for the first time and one of the big focuses during December has been to work on improving – ah hell changing  – my running style from a splay footed penguin to run with everything going in the same direction. It will be something that I am going to have to work on for a long time, all those bad habits that have accumulated over the last few decades aren’t going to go away over night.

You don’t know how good it felt for me to be back to running regularly again.

This month in a word: Psyched!
Weight
I ended November weighing 176 and ended December at 170 this morning. This was in spite of plateauing for a while in the middle of the month. Even though I didn’t have as many temptations as in the past, my wife is a great cook and baker, so there were plenty of temptations around the house for me to indulge in for the Holidays and yes I had my share of great food (but this time only my share).  So I would have been happy to have stayed even, but to lose 6 pounds in December – well that is unheard of for me.
Injuries
The right knee is not complaining nearly as much as it was in November, but that streaking stuff – I have to stay away from it. The knee demands rest every so often and barks loudly at me if I don’t give it enough.  Also, I really am not trying to go fast yet and I notice some pain if I do, so I am going to stay slow, build my base again for the next 3-4 months and then see where I am at. The lower back is still a little sore, but better than it was a couple of weeks ago. We figured out that how I was sitting with Bennie in my lap was part of the cause and the rest had a lot to do with posture and a bit is just getting older ;-).
Shoes
I ran in my Saucony Peregrines all but one day and they are still doing great. What more can I say about them other than they have done everything I could want from a running shoe and they now have 162.8 miles on them. The soles are just beginning to show a little bit of wear, but the uppers, other than some mud stains are in great shape. The Peregrine is an amazing shoe that I recommend others to take a very close look at – I know that I will when it comes time to get another pair this spring.
Top Ten Blog Posts for December
Here are my top ten posts for December based on pageviews:

1. The Hardest Thing About Running
2. You have how Many Pair of Running Shoes?
3. Dressing for Winter Running
4. Book Review – Chi Running

5. Buying New Running Shoes – How to do it?
6. Rest – Such a Four-Letter Word
7. A Runner’s Worst Nightmare
8. Choosing a new Running Shoe
9. Runneritis – A Dread Disease
10. Icebreaker – Passes the Stink Test

The thing that surprised me the most about this top 10 list, was that all of them were written in December since I started writing here most of the time. None of the old posts that I imported from “One Foot In Reality” cracked the list. That is a good thing in my mind.

Reviews
In the interests of transparency and since the Icebreaker post is still in the top 10 post list, I will continue to keep this information available to readers.
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.
They 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 currently own. See my other two posts on the Icebreaker line of clothing: Icebreaker Base Layer Clothing Review and RunLog 12/8/11 – First Run in Icebreaker Base Layer.