Week In Review – 12-10-17

Well…winter is heah.

Today we ended up with 6-8″ of the white stuff, another storm is predicted for Tuesday and then another one for next Friday, with sub-zero temps in between – if the forecast holds true. Yep, winter has arrived.

The week just seemed busy – but what else is new.

Even though we are now retired, life just seems to have gone into exponential mode for us over the past six months and this next week should be the tipping point, where things start to slow back down a bit. We will see, but I am holding out hope that is the case.

I did get to visit the Vampires to get ready for my physical exam next Tuesday. I survived. As you may have read, I am not a fan of needles.

Running

This week I finally got back over 30 miles for the week and had a 10+ mile run. Nothing hurt all that much and I am running better than I have in a while. A very good thing.

I am still in the building a foundation phase of my training plan and am keeping things pretty reasonable for most of my runs. I have even been putting the breaks on, during a few runs – a good thing. However on the treadmill run on Wednesday, I did pick up the pace the last mile a little more than I have been, just to see if I could. I did better than I thought I would.

Although I did go a bit off the Chi Running Beginner Half Marathon training plan during week 5. I was having trouble with understanding and implementing the Pelvic Rotation focus. So I decided to skip this week and focus more on cadence and posture instead.

Though I will say, it was nice to relax my running and not be as focused on doing something new with learning the Chi Running way for a week.

I will get back to it more next week, if I get to run outside very much. Performing the Chi Running focuses on the treadmill is simply a lot harder for me, so the more time I spend on the treadmill, means that Chi Running might not be my focus as much, as I will be focusing more on just getting to the end of the run.

Treadmill running is different than running outside.

Running Shoes

My Newton Kismet 2’s are starting to get a little long in the tooth, I know that I only have about 150 miles of running in them, but when you add in another 200 and probably more miles of walking and wearing them for everything else too. Yeah, they are starting to get tired. While they still have more life left in them for running, it is time to add other shoes into the mix. I did like the Newton’s enough that I asked my daughter for a pair for Christmas.

I ended up with the Gravity V’s and did an easy 5.0 miler in them. I have a feeling that they will be a very good running shoe, although I think that they are more of a clear road kind of running shoe.

Also I know that I will be doing a lot more running on the treadmill and was not happy with how the Newton’s felt on one. I have the Hoka Bondi 5’s sitting in the closet and tried them out this week on the treadmill and they did fine on a tougher 5.0 miler. So I have a feeling that the Bondi’s will be my treadmill shoes going forward.

Since neither the Gravity V’s or Kismet 2’s are what I would call nasty weather shoes, I have a feeling they won’t see much time on the roads when it is nasty winter weather.

That dubious chore will be taken on by my Under Armour Speed Time Ascent’s. They are semi-weather resistant and have excellent grip. This morning I even used them instead of my boots while snow blowing the driveway and roof raking the garage. They did well and my feet were mostly dry and they gripped well. Now to run in them a little more.

Overall, a pretty good week and looking at the forecast, it might not be a great running week, especially if I have to make a couple of trips to NH, so I am planning on a down week compared to this week, but I have increased mileage every week for a while. So a step down week probably isn’t a bad thing, even though the training plan for Week 6 doesn’t do that.

Yet Another Week – Week In Review 12-3-17

It seems that the weeks just blend together sometimes and this one was one that I seemed busy as hell all week, but I don’t really remember what I was busy doing.

Yeah, I will just call it “one of those weeks”.

My favorite photo from the week:

The Androscoggin River as seen from the Rumford Boat Launch last Wednesday.

One thing that I am finding out is that I am loving my iPad Pro 10.5 setup. Now I haven’t learned all there is to know about IOS or the iPad, but it is definitely fitting quite well into the way I do things and how I see myself using a computer going forward. I just wish that Never Winter Nights was available for IOS. Baldur’s Gate is okay, but not exactly what I am looking for. Oh well I will find a decent RPG game one of these days that will occupy my time at night. ūüôā

Although for most of the week, it seemed like Mary or I were always on the go. Yeah, the weekly trip to NH, worrying about this or that, then doing this or that. Even though my calendar and Reminders list doesn’t have a lot of stuff in them – it still felt like another screech week.

Gotta take time to slow down and smell the coffee a bit more. After all, isn’t that a part of what this retirement thing is all about? Sometimes it seems as if we are busier now than before we retired.

Oh well, enough whining and complaining about where the time went and how freaking busy we are, how did my week in running go?

Running

I had a very good week at just over 25 miles. I am purposely keeping the brakes on and not attempting to run too much, too soon. You know the way that I usually do things. I am running well, staying in the 8:25 to 9:00 minute pace area for most runs with a nice kick at the end of some runs (not all).

That pace area just seems very comfortable for me and while some might say I don’t have enough differentiation between runs – that is not the purpose of my training right now. All I am attempting to accomplish over the 2-3 months is establish a good mileage foundation without breaking anything and continuing to improve my running efficiency (form) by using the Chi Running program. Which means running comfortably for me – not according to some chart or software program.

No, it might not be slow enough to make serious improvements and certainly not fast enough to get my race pace up where I really would like it, but it is a comfortable pace that is helping me feel better about my running.

The other thing is that I am not obsessing about running seven days a week and surprisingly I am finding that five days a week seems to be working good in the colder weather. Having taking Wednesday and Sunday off for a couple of weeks feels about right for my present fitness level. Could I run more miles – probably, but at the same time what purpose would it serve.

None that I can see right now.

Although I would like to find a 5K to run before the end of the year, just to get a good baseline on where I actually am.

The weeks are flying by and this week has a lot on the agenda and hopefully this will be one of the last weekly trips to NH – at least that is what we believe, but like everything else this last six month, I will believe it when it happens.

All I can say is that I hope and pray that 2018 is a lot less busy than the last half of 2017.

However, it will be what it will be.

A Pretty Boring Week – RunLog 11-26-17

How do you describe a week that was, well boring.

Wonderful.

After a summer and fall of so much going on, it was nice to have a week that was pretty uneventful and except for the trip to Lancaster on Tuesday, I was able to just get into a fairly regular schedule – even with it being Thanksgiving week. That is the biggest benefit of being retired – my time is my own (for the most part), so having a holiday doesn’t really make all that much difference to me.

Thanksgiving was a good day and I enjoyed being around family, but all the other consumer driven drivel and marketing that comes after it…well I just ignore for the most part. It just gets obnoxious after a while.

My favorite photo from the week is one from days gone by. I have been going through and cleaning up my Google Photos, when I came across this one. Although it looks a lot like Christmas with my Mom, she had decorations up well before, so looking at how we are dressed, I have a feeling this might have been a Thanksgiving Day – not sure, but it seems to fit.

iPad Pro 10.5

I did get a chance to get to know my iPad Pro 10.5 and while it is doing everything I want (I love it). Apple’s continued reluctance to open up the file system completely has made putting my document files, photo and music libraries on the iPad more difficult than it needs to be. I can see making it more difficult to move data from the Apple silo, but to make it difficult to move data in so that you don’t use other brands seems to be rather counter-intuitive. More on that in a different post, but the iPad Pro 10.5 is an amazing computer that will do everything that I want going forward. All I have to do now is get my photos on the iPad and out of Google Photos.

Yeah, that is the kind of stuff that I consider fun…learning how to use something new to me. I just wish that Apple would let the iPad be the computer that it could be and not make it be or remain an ancillary device, which with the iPad Pro series it no longer is.

It is ready to be a primary computer and I don’t want to have to plug it into any other computer to be able to move files onto it.

Running

I had the most miles in a week since mid-September on 5 days of running. I would have had more, but I have been fighting a cold an today it finally kicked my arse and I took the day off, walked Bennie and did the elliptical. Still not 100%, but definitely needed the rest. Running-wise I did a couple of 6+ runs and actually ran in Waterville an Augusta versus only running around the neighborhood.

Moving to incorporating Chi Running into Harold’s running continues to go well and is paying dividends on how well I am doing physically. No major aches or pains and I think that some parts of the old body are starting to — dare I say it — feel like some healing is going on in there. I am sticking pretty much to the plan – only doing a little more mileage than it calls for, which is pretty good for me. I also have a feeling that not having the pressure to run 7 days a week like I used to all too often is probably helping a lot too.

The Kismet 2’s were my only running shoes again this week and continue to totally impress me. I know that running shoes do not really play that big a part of how a runner runs, but I also know that the wrong shoes can make running pretty damn miserable. The Newton Kismet 2’s are definitely the most right running shoes I have run in for a while.

Now to finish up my Christmas shopping and figure out how to transfer my running spreadsheet from Google over to Apple’s Numbers Mobile. Something that when I first opened it, seemed to be one of those weird programs that you just walk away from and keep using something a lot more familiar.

However, I have been “playing” around with Numbers a lot and if you put your mind in the right place, the logic does seem to make more sense after a while. So while the learning curve is real, I have been learning how to use Numbers, by re-creating my 2018 running log in it. It will be a lot more simple than my 2017 spreadsheet, more because I want it simpler than because I Numbers can’t do what I want – since it very easily can, now that I have an idea of how it works in my mind.

Overall, a nice week, where now I have to get rid of this runny nose/eyes, sneezing, snuffling kind of stuff that is going on. I just hope that things continue to be boring.

A 20 Mile Week – Week In Review

Something happened and I have to go back in and fix a bunch of stuff ;-(

Things seem to be FINALLY turning around the hip is getting runnable again – yah finally! Actually it was a really good week and I even got to take today off and relax. That doing yard work, mowing the lawn (it really needed it) and setting up things for when the snow comes – it will be soon —- this warm weather cannot last much longer.

Twenty miles this week with a rest day – I ain’t complaining.
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The work through Chi Running and also my stopping to change everything all at once and focus on 1-2 things really made a difference in my progress. I don’t feel nearly as overwhelmed with all the changes that I know that I need to make to run more efficiently and hopefully a lot less injury prone, due to my poor mechanics.
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Next week I am going to start the Beginner 1/2 Marathon training plan from the Chi Marathon plan. I will focus on the stuff that the plan tells me to, but will probably run more than four days in a week.¬† I need to focus on the basics of Chi Running (improving my mechanics) and for the next eight weeks that is the plan. I am sure that I will have my brain-cramps, but I gotta stick with this one I think – I can’t keep running the same way I have and still be able to run when I am older.
I am in the process of the moving back towards the Apple silo a bit, with the addition of my new iPhone 7. I am happy with my Linux Elementary/Kyocera combo, but the phone unexpectedly found a new home this weekend and I ended up with the iPhone (my fourth one), primarily due to the quality of photos and I needed it that day. So far am loving it, but still have to get used to a few differences between IOS and Android, plus the changes in IOS since the last time I had an iPhone. IMG_0076.jpg

AVR Week In Review – 1/22/12

This has been one of those weeks, where Karma bit me square in the butt, when it came to my blog.

I wrote a post asking Bloggers if they had really looked at their blog lately and when I looked at my own, I had some of the same problems that I had written about, after recently changing it.

So I have been working on getting my blog’s theme up to snuff. I am not happy with how it turned out, but there is just so much you can do with a Blogger theme and will be looking for a theme that meets my needs better than what I have now.

We also lost internet for a day during the week and you don’t realize how much you have come to depend upon reliable internet access at home, until you don’t have it. As long as we can keep the internet up and running it will be a better week, especially since the ISP has scheduled an appointment to check over all the lines and equipment. This seems to have become a recurrent problem this month and we just want it resolved.

Running This Week

Three things directly related to running this week:

  • Ran in the Twitter Road Race 5K
  • Ran over 25.0 miles this week!
  • Submitted my application for membership in the Central Maine Striders running club.

I had fun doing the Twitter Road Race and then reading the #TwitterRoadRace¬†hashtag about the runners and their experiences that day. I probably wouldn’t have gone out and run as far as I did if I didn’t have the motivation of it being an online challenge.

Going over 20 miles every week since November 20th without hurting myself and having 2 days off this week is huge. It shows a consistency in my running that I haven’t had in so long :-).

Deciding to send in my application to join a running club is something that I have thought about for a long time, but just never did. After the road race last week, we decided to actually go ahead and do it. I am a little bit excited about the possibilities that joining might give and am looking forward to seeing how it goes.

Racing Schedule

With everything going on we didn’t get a chance to sit down 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. I plan to do this sometime between now and the end of the month.

Ryan of the Sub5 Running Club up in Bangor has some ideas on putting together a list of the local area races, so I want to wait to see  what he comes up with, but there are some that really interest me.  Sugarloaf 15K, Rail Trail Half Marathon and few others.  But I want to see how my training goes a bit more before I commit to those longer distances.

Long Term Goal

I know 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. Therefore, I am doing a 2 year work-up to the Marathon distance, just to see if my knee will hold up.

This week in a word: Patience
Weight
I have been bouncing between 167-169 all week. I have been on another plateau for a couple of weeks, but I am comfortable with the progress being made and still am going in the right direction. As the weather starts to get warmer, the weight will come off easier.
Injuries
Everything is feeling pretty good. The knee is not bothering and my lower back is much better. As I have increased my mileage, my usual Right Hip Flexor discomfort is starting to bother a little.  I have got to start doing more self-massage, exercises and preventative maintenance.
Shoes
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 remain very impressed.

I put the Goat Head Sole Spikes in my left shoe and sheet metal screws in my right shoe of my Saucony Pro Grid Propel Plus to do a wear test between the two.¬† I ran in them during the Twitter Road Race and found that they don’t bother my gait at all, but they are not the cure-all for running on ice. You still have to slow down when on ice.

Blog Posts
Below are the posts from last week:

  1. Nerves of Steel or Pre-Race Jitters
  2. Easy 5.0 MIles – Janathon Day 16 – 1/16/12
  3. Karma and My Blog’s Theme Review
  4. I Can Run Faster Than I Thought – Janathon #17
  5. Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore
  6. Brain Training For Runners – Book Review
  7. Winter Running Pictures & Janathon Day 20
  8. My Twitter Road Race 5K Results & Pictures
  9. Goat Head SoleSpikes Review 2 of 3
  10. Life is Funny Sometimes
Top Ten
Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on pageviews:
  1. Brain Training For Runners – Book Review
  2. Running to Run Isn’t Enough Anymore
  3. Karma and My Blog’s Theme Review
  4. My Twitter Road Race 5K Results & Pictures
  5. Goat Head SoleSpikes Review 2 of 3
  6. Nerves of Steel or Pre-Race Jitters
  7. Goat Head Sole Spikes Review
  8. Runners Have You Really Looked At Your Blog Lately…
  9. I Can Run Faster Than I Thought – Janathon #17
  10. Winter Running Pictures & Janathon Day 20

My Favorite post from last week was:

My Twitter Road Race 5K Results & Pictures it documents an online event organized on Twitter by @seedouglasrun and his blog http://www.dougcassaro.com

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 ūüôā

The reality is that

I sort of¬†felt like that mouse we caught in our live trap when I released it. It jumped out of the trap door and landed on a branch and stayed there, looking around to see what was around it. Once it figured that out, it waited a little while to ensure that it was safe to get down. That is about where I am with my blog theme, I will keep the one I have, until I feel comfortable enough to move to a better one.¬† I just wish I had WordPress.com’s themes with Blogger’s flexibility & ability to have ads.

I don’t know why I go ahead and worry about ad income, when I haven’t hit Google’s threshold for disbursement – after 4 years. So maybe it is time to just bite the bullet move A Veteran Runnah over to WordPress.com and be done with it. First we will see if I can find a blog theme that works and fits what I want to project here.¬† No I am not moving to a self-hosted blog, been there and done that, very bad experience with it, so I am not interested in self-hosting.

Actually it has been a pretty great week. The issues that have occurred this week are really minor problems compared what other have and I really don’t let them get too me all that much, they are more aggravations than problems.

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

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. ūüôā

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

Weight

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.

Injuries

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.

Shoes

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 РMy Stress Management Medication
3. The 33rd Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Road Race
4. Saucony Peregrines РAfter 200 Miles Review
5. Are You Crazy? Yes I Ran Today Р1/12/12
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 ūüôā

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

AVR Week In Review – 1/8/12

This was a really good week to start, but on Friday, my Dad went in the hospital with a heart attack, so everything else took a backseat to ensuring that he was okay.
It has been a stressful couple of days and tomorrow he undergoes a procedure, which will help us find out more about what happens next. Life goes on, but sometimes – well you know

Speaking of life going on, I became a member of the Idiots Running Club recently and you know something I fit in there quite nicely thank you.  Hehehehe. I am having fun with the Facebook group and smiling a lot.

Running This Week

I kept over 20 miles for the week, which is one of my goals for the entire year. I could have added on another mile, but sometimes you just need an easy day.  I plan to run a little more next week and get closer to 25.0.  I have been focusing on my landing, standing tall and keeping my arms at 90 degrees.

I haven’t been running all that fast this week and I really want to add in a few strength/speed building workouts, but very conservatively. ¬†Sorry I just like to run fast, just a part of me.

This week in a word: Worried

Weight

I hit 169 on Friday for the first time since September 2006 and for me this is always a tough barrier to get through. Now that I have cracked it once, I know that I will keep going. It does feel good to be going in the right direction.
Injuries
I started to feel a little tightness in my right foot plantar after running/walking in the Earth Shoe Rockets and went into prevent mode very quickly, I think that I caught it just in time. The Rockets are in the give-away pile. The right knee continues to do better, I just have to balance the work runs, recovery runs and rest very carefully. The rest of me doesn’t have a lot of little aches and pains – actually feeling pretty good.
Shoes
I am closing in on 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 now. They have done everything that I have asked of them and I am very, very impressed.
Blog Posts
Below are the posts from last week:
  1. Running is What We Do
  2. Notta Road O/B – Janathon Day 2 – 1/2/12
  3. Earth Rocket Running Shoes & Janathon Day 3 1/3/12…
  4. Born to Run – My Thoughts After Reading It
  5. Old Running Shoes – New Uses?
  6. Found the Old Mittens & Day 4 Janathon – 1/4/12
  7. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
  8. New Twitter Client – Janetter
  9. PF flareup & Day 5 #Janathon – 1/5/12
  10. Is Barefoot Running Right for Me?
  11. Bad News and Day 6 Janathon 1/6/12
  12. How Quickly Priorities Change
  13. Bangor City Forest Run & Janathon Day 7 – 1/7/11
  14. Make it Easier for Us to Subscribe to Your Blog
  15. Easy 2.0 Miler & Janathon Day 8 – 1/8/12

This was week was a lot about changing how I write a little bit. On the posts that are not running log posts, I am trying to move away from me, me, me and trying to move more to posts that others can use.

I did enjoy reading “Born to Run” and it renewed my interest in minimalist/barefoot running. Inspite of what the running shoe companies say to me if you have something between your foot and the ground you are not running barefoot. ¬†I am old-fashioned that is what barefoot means to me.

The old TweetDeck finally stopped working for me this week and when I tried the new version, I did not like it and that forced me to look around for a new Twitter application. After a lot of searching that night, I found Janetter and have been extremely happy with it. There are a bunch of differences from TweetDeck, but now that I am getting used to them, I think that I actually am starting to like Janetter better than I did TweetDeck. It is well worth giving a try. See the link below for more info.

Danielle L. over at FitFluential piqued my interest in Pinterest again and this time I am starting to undertand it better and just beginning to use it as another place to find my blog and more surprisingly to use it for myself to find things that I want be able to find again. The more I use it the more impressed I am getting.

Top Ten

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

1. Is Barefoot Running Right for Me?

2. Running is What We Do
3. Old Running Shoes РNew Uses?
4. Running Log Spreadsheet Template
5. Born to Run РMy Thoughts After Reading It
6. Make it Easier for Us to Subscribe to Your Blog
7. New Twitter Client РJanetter
8. How Quickly Priorities Change
9. Found the Old Mittens & Day 4 Janathon Р1/4/12
10. Book Review РChi Running

AVR – Week In Review – 1/1/12

Christmas and New Year‘s Eve are all over and done with – I am not a Grinch or party-pooper, but at the same time I am glad the Holidays are over and done with. It is time to get back into a regular routine and not worry about shopping and overeating and drinking too much (not that I don’t usually do more than 1 alcoholic drink every other day), so I was a good boy that way.

Running This Week

I kept over 20 miles for the week, which is one of my goals for next year and I even ran two 5.0 milers and felt pretty good about them. I finished reading “Chi Running” this week and have been trying to incorporate many of the ideas and practices from ChiRunning into my running form. This does seem to be helping a bit.

This week in a word: Great
Weight
I got down to 170 yesterday and hopefully will break the 170 barrier sometime this week. The best part is that I continued to loose weight even though it was the week between Christmas and New Years.
Injuries
The right knee is doing better, but it does take a little bit to loosen up before I forget about it and just run. The lower back is still a little sore, but much better than it was a couple of weeks ago.
Shoes
It is pretty evident that the Saucony Peregrines are my go-to shoes and I am very impressed by how well they are working in all different running conditions for me.

Blog Posts
Below are the posts from last week:

  1. Didn’t Want to Run But Did – 12/25/11
  2. Running Gifts – What did you get?
  3. Initial Impression of Trying “Chi Running” – 12/26…
  4. The Hardest Thing About Running
  5. Running Carefully & Focusing – 112/27/11
  6. Thank You for your Support
  7. Muddy Run Down Back in Shorts – 12-28-11
  8. Looking Back at My 2011 Goals
  9. Wanted to Run, Rest Day Instead – 12-29-11
  10. Book Review – Chi Running
  11. 2011 and Beyond – My Running in the Future
  12. I am now Officially a Janathon Participant
  13. Five Miler Done-Just a Little Slippery – 12/30/11
  14. Running in 2011 – The Year of the Knee
  15. My IRC Run in Freezing Rain – 12/31/11
  16. AVR – December 2011 in Review
  17. Time to Re-Set My Personal Records
  18. First Run of 2012 and Day 1 of Janathon Challenge

This was week was a lot about reflecting about last year and figuring out what I wanted to do for 2012. I actually think that this is an important thing for us all to do. I received a couple of books for Christmas and another running blogger offered up and I received a couple more books this week, so I have a lot of reading to do. I finished Chi Running and I have a feeling that I will be re-reading sections of that book quite a bit during 2012. With the books that I received and the old running books in my library, I won’t run out of running reading material right off. ¬†These are in addition to all the blogs that I read too.

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

Keep smiling and good things will happen! ūüôā

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