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, September 28, 2012

Rise ‘N Shine Race Recap–9/26/12

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: September 28, 2012


BRRRRRRRR! That is the first thing that entered my mind when I left the house this morning. The Forester’s outside temperature gauge said it was anywhere from 32-34 on the way into the Rise ‘N Shine Race in Augusta this morning!

I am glad that I had my long sleeve tech shirt and my gloves with me - The gloves especially! My hands get cold pretty easy and I almost always wear gloves when it is below 40. Plus it gives me someplace to put the car keys.

This is my first road race since June and I was wondering if I had improved any with my track workouts and the mileage I have been doing?

One thing that I made a promise to myself for the race this morning was that I wouldn’t kick at the end and just finish with a nice even pace! I kept my word to myself, because that seems to be when I tend to injure myself, when I get up on my toes and sprint too much.

It was one of the the hardest things for me to do, because 2 people passed me in the last 100 yards!

That hardly ever happens, but I didn’t go with them, I kept my steady pace and held tightly onto the reins.

My first mile was in 6:40, which is right where I want to be for the entire race, but the first part is down hill, so that time wasn’t quite as fast as it sounds. During the race I could feel myself slowing down a little and then when we had to come back up the hill, I lost my chance for sub 7:00 pace. I finished in 21:42 with a 7:02 final pace. Next time I hope to get under 7:00 minute pace for a 5K race!



I was surprised when I looked at the results!!! I finished 28/340 participants and 1st in my age group (55-59)! Very cool!

Overall I was extremely happy with my time and effort, which was a PR for the 5K this year, but could I have done better – Yes! Next time I need to get a little deeper into the racing zone, instead of just staying at the fringe, but that comes with racing more and knowing how far I can push myself. I really want to break that 7:00 minute per mile pace barrier.



Overall winner – sorry about cutting off his head.



Women’s Winner – she raced a lot at Bond Brook trail races this summer



Race Director – Mark from Kennebec Savings Bank. The proceeds from this race benefit the Augusta YMCA, so it was a good cause and a great way to support it.



This was my first year I have run this race and I found it to be very well organized (going up to my bank teller window and getting my race packet felt strange), but it was cool. The volunteers were amazing, they were there before 6:00 A.M. and did everything they could to ensure that the runners had a great experience. So thank you very much to all the volunteers!

I even ran into a couple of neighbors who ran in the race, which was great to see and some other runners that I have gotten to know over the summer. That is the part that I am enjoying the most about running in races again, is the social side of running.

When I thought about what shoes I wanted to wear today, I really don’t have a pair of racing flats, so I went ahead and dug out my old Nike Air Flo’s that I bought back in the late 80’s and ran in them. It was kind of funny to think that I was running in a pair of shoes that were older than quite a few of the participants!

They did great! However, they are getting rather long in the tooth and I think I will look around to buy a new pair of racing flats over the next few weeks, so that I will have them for the Runner’s World 5K on 10/20/12.

Overall, it was a great race and I was very happy with how I did!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Still Just A Little Competitive - RunLog 9-15-12

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: September 15, 2012




Today was the first day that it felt and looked like fall, when I was running this afternoon, which must have fueled my competitiveness this afternoon.

There was a breeze out of the north, leaves were blowing in some sections of the road down-back and there was a crispness to the air, which felt great to be running in.

I had planned for a slower run today and just took it easy going out to Goodhue Road my turn-around. When I got to the cornfield, I heard footsteps behind me and when I gave a quick look and saw another runner in a white shirt and black shorts coming up quickly behind me.

He easily passed me, which was okay and I was going to just let him go, since I was only doing an easier run today. When turned to see who was passing he looked younger, late teens, early twenties and there was an white-haired guy pacing him on a mountain bike. He just grunted when I said hi as he went by.

About 20 yards after he passed me, he slowed down, to a pace faster than I had been going, but no where near as fast as he had been when he passed me.

Still Competitive

This sparked my competitiveness (now I am just a wee bit competitive).

Over the years I have learned when someone passes me and then they slow down right after passing, that they have used a lot of energy to get by me and maybe I can re-pass them. Also, I guess I didn’t like the way, he just “grunted” at me when he went by. So I picked up my pace and quickly gained ground back, on him and the guy who was pacing him on a bike.

It didn’t take me very long before I caught back up to him and for the next few miles, I stayed on his shoulder. Which I don’t think made him too happy, because neither him or the guy on the bike said a word to me or each other. I asked myself “What to hell, I was doing?” and several times I thought about dropping back to my original pace. But the way they acted around me, and with him throwing in surges every so often, just made me want to keep in contact – 

damn stubborn old guy that I am .

When we got back by the house with the dogs, I warned him that there were loose dogs ahead and crossed the road, he kept running on the side, but when he saw the pit-bull laying in the driveway, he crossed over to the other side too. The dogs must be getting used to me running by, they just looked up watched us go by and didn’t even bother to bark this time.

At this point, I had surged ahead by about 5 yards and instead of dropping back, I decided to push the pace a little myself, from Bartlett Road to the dirt road, I opened it up to about 10 yards and as we went up the little hill there I kept opening up space between us and I could hear them back there talking to each other. They turned off at Blake Road and I went straight and decided to slow down, actually I was kind of relieved, I really didn’t want to push up Steven’s Hill today, so the last part of my run - I just relaxed.

I really don’t know what got into me, keeping up with this young guy – who I am sure could have blown my doors off, if he had really wanted to, but it completely changed the complexion of my planned workout, which became about a 3.0 mile tempo run, inside of a 7.1 mile run. Oh well, I might be getting older, but some of that competitive fire still comes out from time-to-time.

Overall, I felt pretty comfortable during the entire run and even when I was on the guy’s shoulder and he was throwing in surges every so often, I kept up with him without working that hard. My hamstrings, periformis and hips felt pretty good, in fact I didn’t notice them very much until I slowed back down.

Good run and a few minutes faster than I expected.

My splits were:
Mile 1.0 – 8:22
Notta Road – 20:54 (12:31)
Mile 3.0 – 25:34 (4:40)
Goodhue Road – 28:17 (2.42)
Wildwood Road Return 37:53 (9:36)
Mile 1.0 Return – 45:40 (7:46)
House Mail Box – 54:52 (9:11)
Howard Circle – 59:01 (4:09)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Final Bond Brook 5K Trail Race of 2012

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: September 13, 2012



Tonight was kind of bittersweet. It was my last race of the Bond Brook 5K Race Series for this year. 

I know that there is one more race next Thursday at 6:00 P.M., but I have a “you will attend event” for my wife’s work, so I will miss it. I have a feeling I would rather run the race, but sometimes you gotta do, what you gotta do.



I have really enjoyed this trail race series at lot!!!! The people who ran the events were great and the other runners that I have met were fantastic. I have also learned a lot and realized that racing isn’t that bad. Which is something that I needed and I feel a lot more comfortable lining up at the starting line of a race than I used to and I give a lot of the credit to this trail race series and the people that I have competed with during the race.

But the best part of this races series was that it was:

FUN!!!!

That was the most important thing that I learned during this series was that running a race didn’t have to be a stressful thing, with all the great expectations that I used to put on myself. So if I take nothing else away from this series, I will have that.

Besides trail running is getting in my blood and I plan to do a lot more of it.

Tonight’s race though, I just didn’t feel right, I tried an experiment in what I ate before the race and really wish that I hadn’t, my stomach was off a bit. I went out pretty slowly and then coming down one of the hills, I went ass over tea kettle and even though I got right back up, I just felt off for the next few minutes. When I got my stride back, it wasn’t the same pace.

I wasn’t the only one that fell, one of the women, who I have been competing with all summer, fell about 1/2 mile later and while she was okay, it did slow her down enough that I caught up and passed her and held her off during the last quarter.

The good news was that I set a new course PR, by 2 seconds. I really thought that I was slower than last time, but I wasn’t. The bad news, I didn’t break 26:00 like I really wanted to. Three things I learned tonight:

  • Don’t eat a certain thing before running, it bothers my stomach
  • Wear trail running shoes, when running trail races – they do make a difference
  • When you fall, push yourself to get back to your pace as fast as possible, if you aren’t hurt. Otherwise you loose too much time.

Overall, a good race, a course PR and learning what to do next time.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Power of “I WILL”!

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: September 9, 2012



In my post New Blog Focus–2013 Marine Corps Marathon, I announced publicly my goal of running a sub 3:30 at the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon.

In that post, I didn’t allow myself to use words like: if I can, attempting, maybe, possibly or the dreaded “try".

What is trying?

My definition: 

Trying is making an attempt to do something, it doesn’t mean that you will succeed or that you need to overcome obstacles to do what you set out to do. Using “try’ means that you have the excuse that I “tried” when you don’t succeed.

Therefore, shouldn’t I just try to prepare for MCM 2013? That way if I don’t succeed I can say that 

“I tried”

All too often in the past I know that I have used the excuse “well I tried”, after a race or something else in my life. When in fact I didn’t do as much as I should have to either prepare or push myself to finish or do what I had originally set as my goal.

Therefore, I am not trying to prepare for that MCM 2013!

Yoda Wisdom

I have always been a Star Wars fan and this scene is one of my favorites.


Unfortunately, at times I forget Yoda’s advice and simply try, instead of do.
The Power of “I Will”


I WILL PREPARE PROPERLY FOR MCM 2013 AND I WILL RUN THE RACE IN UNDER 3:30:00

No I am not arrogant or cocky, but I am confident that I will succeed in my MCM 2013 goal and I have purposely stopped using language that subconsciously sabotages my efforts or gives me an excuse to fail.

In other words I am not giving myself any outs or excuses that “I tried” and didn’t succeed.
The reality is that

the words we use, when we talk about something that we want to do are very, very powerful! If we use the words that convey indeciveness, instead of “I will do it”, are we subconsciously conveying the message to ourselves and others that as long as we “tried” that is good enough?

All too often, I believe that is the case. I know that it has been that way in my life, there have been too many things that I have gone into with the idea that I would “try” to do it and wasn’t successful, but it was okay because I tried.

I have reached the point in my life where trying is not enough, instead I am going to do more and if I am not successful the first time around, I will look for the why I didn’t succeed and work on changing what needs changing to be successful.

This is one of those things, that I learned about myself over the last year and I know it will make a big difference in how I look at and do what I set out to do.
Final Thoughts

Which words are you using when you set your goals or think about things you want to get done?
The language of ummm, maybe, possibly, or I will try?

What would happen if you started to say I can or I will?

Success or failure often is all about the words you use, it sets the tone and attitude for what you actually do.

What do you think?

If in future posts, you see me using the dreaded words of indecision or try, please call me on it.