This has been a pretty good week until moving snow yesterday and I tweaked my left hamstring, which is going to put me on the shelf for a few days. Other than that this has been a very quiet week.
Running Summary This Week
- RunLog Week of 2/26/12
I have gone to focusing more on time than just distance for my daily run, this is quite a difference for me and I am still not used to it and don’t know i I will switch over to this completely or not. Some things I like and others I do not.
Three things Running
- Injured Again
While clearing the driveway after our most recent snow storm, I had to use the snow scoop because the snow blower blew a belt and strained my left hamstring. So far I have missed 2 days of running and will probably miss a couple more – I am going to be conservative and just take my time coming back – again.
- Running – feeling too much like work
During the past month, I started to get too “serious” about my running and found out that I was not enjoying or looking forward to my runs in the way that I want to. I made some decisions and believe that a change of attitude was needed for me to continue to enjoy running. This reflection was a good thing.
- 9 Miler
I ran 9.0 miles for the first time in a long time and had plenty left – I could have run further without any problem. The Saucony Kinvara 2 are working great and have made a difference in my running this week. I was looking forward to trying to 10 next week, but think that I will delay that a week. It does feel good to be running longer distances again.
- This week in a word:
Below are my posts from last week:
- Brand Loyalty in Running
- Colder and Windier than it Looked – 2/20/12
- Questions about Brands being Loyal to Runners
- 9 Miles – Tired and Happy – 2-21-12
- Wordless Wednesday 2-22-12
- What is Good Running Form?
- Starting New Training Plan – 2-22-12
- Running up the Bitch Again
- Is Running Becoming too much like Work?
- New Attitude and Yes I Enjoyed my Run – 2-24-12
- Pictures From Last Night’s Snow Storm 2-25-12
- A Different Kind of Workout
My Favorite post from last week
Is Running Becoming too much like Work? Where I discussed how running had stopped being fun and what I needed to do to get back a positive attitude.
My left hamstring got strained while moving snow around Saturday, so I am off a few days while that heals – it is so frustrating. I just seem to get going good and then a minor tweak slows me down a bit. At least they are only minor inconveniences, but they are messing around with my consistency. Otherwise everything is getting better. My calf is still a little tight and I have to be careful about running too fast or putting very much lean into my form, but otherwise it doesn’t bother me.
Are in the give-away pile after almost 300 miles
Returned to New Balance for credit
So far I really, really like them a lot. The right one is a slightly more snug on my pinky than I would like, but it doesn’t bother much when I am running. I have almost 35 miles on them and have been able to run longer distances than I thought that I would be able to with these shoes – so I am very impressed so far.
I started a Google Calendar - Running In Maine 2012 with a lot of the dates of races in Maine during 2012, I know that the calendar doesn’t have all the races on it, but I was able to put together my very tentative race schedule.
I have it sort of narrowed down to the races listed below
|Date||Name of Race||Location|
|4/7/2012||Fly Like An Eagle 5k||China|
|4/14/2012||Rocky’s 4 Miler||Augusta|
|5/5/2012||Woodfords Family Services 2nd Annual |
5K Fun Run/Walk for Autism
|5/26/2012||Pineland Fams Trail Running 5k||New Gloucester|
|6/24/2012||Rail Trail 5K & 1/2 Marathon||Augusta|
|7/4/2012||Friends of the Fourth||Winthrop|
|7/15/2012||Bradbury Mountain 6 Miler||Pownal|
|8/5/2012||Bradbury Mountain 9 Miler||Pownal|
|8/11/2012||Topsham Fair 5k||Topsham|
|9/9/2012||Bradbury Mountain 12||Pownal|
|11/10/2012||Maine-ly Moose 5k||Portland|
As we go through the season, I have a feeling that some of these races will change, but at least I have an idea of what I would like to run.
This section shouldn’t change too much from week to week, but I want to keep them right in front of me so that I don’t forget what my goals are
A slight change to my goals – is to make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.
This year my big goals are to run 1,200 miles, run a sub 20:00 5K and get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others). My unadvertised goals from the start of the year are to be able to finish a half-marathon (notice I said finish not race) and run a few trail races when the weather gets better.
My long-term goal will be to run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run/finish Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. 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.
The reality is that
This has been a very good week overall. My injury is very minor and is a small glitch, where I will be back to running pretty quickly.
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Keep smiling and good things will happen!
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