Today’s run was scheduled to be a 6.0 mile easy run, but I chose to do 3.0 instead. I don’t need the mileage for any particular total, so it made sense to just do enough to get over 40.0 miles for the week.
It was 48, overcast and damp, so I decided to wear sweat pants and jacket, just to keep all the muscles warm.
I ran in the Mizuno Ronin 4′s to get used to them more before next week’s 5K race.
They felt great and I just ran comfortably until the last half mile, when I decided to pick-up my pace. I got going pretty well, getting under 7:00 without too many problems.
Here are my Nike+ stats for today’s run.
Makes you stop and think
After I got through running, I was talking with one of my neighbors and found out that another neighbor was diagnosed with terminal cancer and has maybe 6-12 months to live. He found out last week and while they are treating it very aggressively, the prognosis is terminal. This neighbor is the same age I am (55) and really made me think about what I would do if I was diagnosed with a terminal illness. It was very sobering and puts life in perspective – enjoy it while you can, you never know when your time will be over.
Week in Review
This was supposed to an easy week as I start my taper for my Runner’s World Half and 5K next weekend. I have never done a taper and probably am doing it wrong. But I am having fun running, so I will just wing it. Surprisingly, I had my best 13.1 time for a training run this week, got in over 40 miles and still feel really good! My body seems to be recovering from the little aches and pains that were afflicting me in August and September. It is really surprising the difference it makes to not be running in discomfort or pain makes.
I am using the iPhone 4S and the App iSmoothRun to post my runs to Nike+ and Daily Mile. The App is working well and gives me a reasonably close mileage totals and mile splits, so I have decided to stick with it.
Overall, it was a very good week and I was very happy with it.
Running Summary This Week
This week in a word: Faster
Top 10 Posts
Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on page views:
- Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
- What Does 12MM Drop Look Like
- Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
- My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
- 50 Mile Review of Altra Instincts
- Tommie Copper – Is Working
- Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
- The Runner’s World Event is Next Week!
- Mizuno Elixir 7’s are Looking Like Something Special and RunLog 10/8/12
- Mizuno Wave Elixir 7–50 Mile Review
My Favorite post from the week: The Runner’s World Event is Next Week!
I bounced between 141 and 145 and is a little lower than I want to be for this point in my training. Next year for the marathon I want to be around 140, but for now I want to stay right around 145-150. It seems that I am still loosing, even though I am not trying, guess it means, that I get to eat more .
No real injuries, but I have continued to experience some discomfort and tiredness in my hamstrings, butt cheeks (periformis) and right hip, they are also improving considerably over the past week. Those 3 days of rest did help.
Mizuno Elixir 7
These were the shoes that I got free as media samples through my participation in the Mezamashii Project. They have 50.8 miles and here is my 50 mile review. I plan to wear these during the Runner’s World Half Marathon next Sunday. Needless to say I am enjoying these shoes a lot!
10.62 Miles. They did well on the track workout and tempo run today. No hot spots, felt light and comfortable during my runs. I am looking forward to running my first 5K race in them next Saturday at the Runner’s World Event. Personal Purchase.
Still have 161.9 miles on them. No runs in them this week. I love the shoe, but it seems that when I run in them the zero drop exacerbates any of my form flaws and I have plenty. I plan to use them as my change of pace shoe with the Elixir’s and Sonic 3’s after my racing season is over. Personal Purchase.
Adidas Adizero Sonic 3
No runs in them this week, but I have used them as my primary walking shoe and they have done well. Personal Purchase.
Adidas Vigor TR
No trail runs in them this week. Personal Purchase.
I reviewed my 2012 running goals 2012 Mid-Year Goal Review and Update and updated them.
The reality is that
I have run very well since I started running in the Mizuno shoes, my aches and pains have lessened and my pace has improved, so I am impressed so far with them. Also I have liked the way the iPhone 4S has worked with with iSmoothRun and plan to use it on most of my runs. I don’t have worry about remembering to press a button to get my splits, it just happens automatically.
It is hard to believe that next is the Runner’s World Event and I know that I am getting really excited going down there from 10/17 to 10/22 and really looking forward to running the 5K and Half that weekend and meeting everyone down there.
Thank you for your support and reading posts from “A Veteran Runnah” again this week.
Run While You Can and Keep smiling – good things will happen!
FTC Disclaimer: My registration for the Runner’s World 5K and Half Marathon were complimentary. I will be blogging about my experiences during this event and all opinions are my own.
Originally written by Harold Shaw and published at “A Veteran Runnah” © 2012 – All Rights Reserved. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Harold Shaw and A Veteran Runnah” with appropriate and specific directions or links to the original content.