I HAVE MOVED

After a lot of thought and consideration -- I have decided to retire One Foot in Reality and leave it as an Archive. I will still monitor it to keep the trolls at bay, but will not be posting here any longer.

If you are looking for my new posts, please go to www.haroldlshaw.com .

Thank you for all they years of following One Foot In Reality.

Harold

Friday, June 22, 2012

Nike Free 4.0 v2 Over 200 Miles

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: June 22, 2012


This afternoon I went over 200 miles in my Nike Free 4.0 v2. My first run in them was on May 21st, so in just over 30 days I have run a lot of miles (for me) in them.

Thinking about it, I honestly believe that of all the running shoes I have ever owned, this is definitely one of the quickest, to reach this magic number!

Excited over a pair of Running Shoes


So how have they done over this short amount of time. The Nike Free 4.0 v2 has been nothing short of amazing! To say that I love this running shoe so far, would be an understatement.

It has been a very long time since I have been excited by how a running shoe fits and performs for me on just about every kind of run (except trails – these are definitely road shoes) that I have thrown at it.

They have fit since the first time I put them on and truly proved how great they were the second run I did in them. A 13.1 mile run with the last 5.0 miles done in the pouring rain with no blisters. That was when I started to believe that I had something special.

Also with these shoes, I have run 4 consecutive sub 1:50:00 for training runs of 13.1 miles, which is something that I didn’t think I would ever do. So they are light and fast for me, but cushioned enough for a half marathon distance or farther.

They have simply been comfortable running shoes - that just work for me.

What do they look like now?

For having 200 miles the uppers show virtually no wear or tear:



The soles are showing the wear pattern of my landing on my heels more than I thought that I did and that I push off with my toes (old habits die hard).



The only negative about the shoes are that they do collect small rocks in the grooves, which usually do not annoy me, but if they are larger the constant clicking noise will make you want to stop and get rid of the stone or if it is poking into your foot, you have to stop and remove it. Other than this small irritation I do not have any complaints about the Nike free 4.0 v2.





I would prefer to see the wear pattern be a little more centered on the forefoot, but I haven’t run this GREAT in years and really am not all that concerned by it right now.

Yes I plan to continue to work on improving my foot landing to more of a forefoot landing. At least with the 4.0’s I am not wearing away just the outside of third of the forefoot, it does show a more even wear pattern than other shoes that I have been using lately, so that is some progress.

The Toughest Miles

Now comes the toughest miles for most of my shoes – miles 200-400. This is where most of them start to break down for me very rapidly and great performers, suddenly become also rans.

Either the uppers start coming apart, the sole has worn too much in one area and causing an imbalance or the midsole cushioning material has begun to wear out. Any of which which can cause pain in my ankles, knees and hips, this is not there when the shoes are new.

Getting past the 300 mile mark for the 4.0’s would be a major achievement, if I am still running in them at 400 miles, that would be the mark of a very special shoe and beyond 500, well I have only had one style of shoe make it that far (the Old Blue Adidas Marathon Trainers – 2 of which made that distance).

It will be interesting to see how many miles I end up with on these shoes – I have a feeling that it will be more than usual.

The reality is

that I have been searching for several years for a pair of shoes that both fit and let me run comfortably in them. Right now if I had to rate these shoes in comparison to others that I have run in they would be either 3 or 4 all-time, with the probability of moving higher as I get more miles on them.

I tend not to buy the exact same model twice in a row, to give my legs a little different feel and I just got the Nike Free Run+3 and ran in them for the first time this afternoon, so more information will be coming soon about them.

The only thing that I can say is that I will buy another pair of Nike Free 4.0 v2, down the road, if they continue to perform like they have for the first 200 miles.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Marathon - It Ain't Happening - 2015

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: June 20, 2015


MCM 1983 Photo

Okay Harold what has happened to all those "Grand" plans of yours to run a marathon in October and then go for a Boston Qualifier time and eventually running The Boston Marathon - which has been a dream for so many years.

Well - it ain't happening.

This is my mea culpa.

Back in April I got caught up in the excitement of seeing so many runners that I know running and finishing Boston.

Something I know better than to do.

However, in my hubris, yeah I know what it means and it fits what I did. I declared to the world that I was going to finish a marathon in October, go for a BQ in 2016 and then run the next Boston.

Well I am not.

No marathon this year, no BQ in 2016 and finally no Boston Marathon.

My streak of no marathons since 1983 will continue.

I have finally gotten it through this thick skull of mine that my Boston Marathon dream, is just that - a dream and the reality is that it is a dream that will not happen.

Why?

There are a few reasons (not excuses) and if I am honest with myself the real reason:

1. My body just doesn't hold up to the long runs and high mileage. 

That balky and surgically repaired right knee doesn't like it when I get over 10 miles or so. I can get to the 13-14 mile point and not suffer too much, but when I did the 14 miler a couple of weeks ago the knee bothered more than I admitted or wanted to admit. 

Then last week's 13 miler ended up the same way, which frustrated the hell out of me and again I minimized what had happened. I wanted to see how it did on one last long run before I made my decision, but in my heart I already knew the answer, so today's aborted run is not going to delay my decision.

I know that running 26.2 the knee is just is not going to hold up and/or I will change my gait and injure something else - been there and done that way back in 1983 and the memories of that day still haunt my running - yeah it sucks.

2. I don't enjoy marathon training. 

The structure needed to prepare myself to be ready to run 26.2 at the pace I want for 16-20 weeks is just is not enjoyable. It isn't the running that bothers me so much as the idea of what I "have to do" to get me there, versus the spontaneous choices I like to make with my running and that make it fun.

Okay Harold - let's be honest those may be good reasons not to do a marathon, but if you really, really wanted to run a marathon, you would suck it up and deal with those two reasons, so what is really going on?

3. Sadly, my heart and soul are not all in. 

 This is the fourth week of my marathon training program and I thought that by now, I would have gotten into the training and be "all in".

I am not.

My attitude towards "having to" run a marathon is becoming more negative each week and it is time to be honest with myself.

Yes, I want to run Boston as a qualified runner, but the more I think and brood over my decision to run a marathon last April, because it was my decision to start the marathon training cycle again. I know that running a marathon, attempting to run a qualifying time and then run Boston, really is not something that I want or "need" to do - now or in the foreseeable future.

The reality is that

I just want to run and do an occasional race, but the most important thing to me is to enjoy my running. Which is not the direction things are going for me over the past few weeks. Running is becoming more and more of "have to", versus "want to".

Like I replied to Stefan earlier this week:

It is not so much the speed side of the coin that is bothering me…I know I am weird, it is more the distance and the pounding that the longer runs do to the undercarriage that is aging and has a bunch of rust holes in the frame. It is holding together, but…how many miles are left before something breaks on one of those long runs, that I know are a part of marathon training. I can handled the marathon speedwork, it is the combo of the long distance and speed that is tougher.

If I continue to push/increase the length of my long runs, I have a feeling that at some point my knee or something else is just going to break down and become a major injury - after all, I do tend to minimize my body's reactions to things that hurt more than they should and as I got closer to the marathon date, the more I would do that just to keep the dream going.

Yeah, I know that Harold being Harold is not always a good thing.

My long-term goal

My primary goal for the next 20 years, is to be able to run for the next 20 years.

I believe that marathon training or running a marathon are not going to help me reach that goal.

So instead of allowing my conceit in what I believe my abilities as a runner are and despite how loudly I have bragged about chasing my Boston Marathon dream on my blog and other social media sites or in person - the truth is running a marathon - ain't gonna happen anytime soon - if ever.

I will not close the door completely, but I right now I don't see it happening.

You know something, after writing this post, I feel as though the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders. This is something that has bothered me a lot for the last month and now that I have made the decision that is right for me (and I know it is) - I feel a LOT better.

I have a feeling that tomorrow's run will be a little lighter in the shoulder area.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Making Peace With the Past and Dad

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: June 17, 2012


The other day I took my dad out to lunch to celebrate Father’s Day a few days early. We went to Angler’s Restaurant in Newport (which was formerly the Log Cabin) and had a nice lunch.

It is a place that holds many memories for us both, since my mother worked at the Log Cabin for over 30 years.

This to me was a special Father’s Day – over the past year my Dad has died twice and I do not mean literally either. He had to be resuscitated and brought back to life back in September and again in January by EMS personal.

So his being here this Father’s Day was not something that I thought was going to happen, but am thankful that it did.

During our lunch and time together, we enjoyed each other’s company, talked, laughed, remembered and just were comfortable being who we have become with one another.

The biggest thing about my Dad is his vitality, he is damn-well going to live life his and f-bomb what people want him to do. As he so colorfully states he has died twice and the bastards brought him back, so he isn’t afraid of dying. Yep that is his attitude and I tend to believe him – he is going live and enjoy whatever time he has left. He is not going to sit in an old easy chair, waiting for death to claim its due.

Death will have to hunt for him and then catch up to dad and even then I have a feeling he won’t go “quietly into the night”.

Over the course of the years I will be honest, our relationship was not what you could call perfect or without its ups and downs. No my father didn’t win any father of the year awards and I wouldn’t have won many “child of mine” awards when I was younger.

I have gone through many stages in my relationship with my father:
  • my father didn’t know anything,
  • to him being a pain in my ass,
  • he was the cause of all my problems,
  • gee he knows more than I thought he did,
  • Dad is a pretty smart,
  • hey Dad can you help me with…
  • to him being my friend.

I think that many of us go through these stages (even though too many get stuck at one or another of them). I for one am glad that I made it through to my Dad becoming my friend, it just took time and both of us maturing a lot.

He may not have always agreed with my choices, but after telling me his views (usually pretty damn bluntly and in only a way that my father can), he attempted to help and support me in the best way that he could at the time.

Over the years I have learned a lot from him – my work ethic (we were expected to work and work hard – then play hard), hunting skills, love of the outdoors, archery, but the one thing that he taught me is summarized very well in the below image:



My father would say it differently with a few f-bombs and be a little more blunt about it, but this is a PG blog .

Of all the things he has taught me, this is the one that is the most important and took the longest for me to learn. In the past I wanted to be all things to everyone and that just doesn’t work and you never are happy with who you are trying to be.

Dad thank you for being you and I am glad that were able to celebrate another Father’s Day together and are so comfortable being around one another now. I hope that we have the opportunities for many more, but I do want you to know that I have come to respect who you are and will always love you.