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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Hardest Part of Running - Is Not Running


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: October 31, 2012


I think the title sums up my feelings pretty well. For me the hardest part of running is not running, especially when I could if I needed to.

No it isn't that I can't run, it is that I have CHOSEN not to run until at least this Saturday, which will be 10 consecutive days off from running.

What in the world are you doing Harold?

You love to run, no matter what!


During the Runner's World Festival 5K and Half Marathon (WOW! I can't believe that it has been almost 2 weeks) my hamstrings told me in no uncertain terms they were done.

To be honest they have been bothering me since August, never quite enough to completely shut it down for a long period, but always there, causing a little/lot of discomfort, but not what I would consider getting into the pain category, until the Runner's World Half Marathon. When the wheels came off over the last 5.0 or so miles of the RW Half, I knew that they needed the rest and promised them that if they got me to the finish, I would give them the rest they deserved.

I went back on my word and ran an easy 3.0 on the treadmill on Monday, took the day off Tuesday and when I tried to run an easy 5.0 miles the following Wednesday, they were still hurting and telling me that "you promised", so I cut the run short and had to make some choices.
Keep running and continue to put up with the discomfort, until it became a full-fledged injury and then shut it down involuntarily
Stop running and let my body heal (mentally and physically)

I stopped and listened to what my body wanted to do and chose option 2.

I haven't run since then!

Great Training Cycle

I have had a after a GREAT training cycle that has lasted pretty much the whole year, which was also way too long and I know it. Over the year I have increased my mileage to between 40 and 60 miles a week, with a LOT of double-digit runs, some speed work (started going to the track again regularly in September), so my body has been trying to tell me it needs some rest and I have ignored it, especially while training for the Runner's World Half Festival.

Now is time for me to actually listen.

Running Rest Streak


This is day 7 of my giving my body a break rest streak and it is getting harder and harder to just not go out and run. My legs are feeling GREAT (just a few twinges once in a while), I have that "I want to run" attitude, but I still want to get to the 10 consecutive days of rest, that I know my body still really needs.

This running rest streak is also why, I have not been posting my daily RunLog entries. No running, no entries, well that is not true, as you can see below, there are plenty of DNR (Did Not Run) entries.

As you can see, I have kept walking and have been doing stuff around the house like rototilling the gardens, moving wood, etc., but otherwise I have been doing a lot of resting of my legs.
Massage

Yesterday afternoon I also went and treated myself to a GREAT deep tissue message. I used the masseuse that I used for a long time when my knee was really bad. She is very knowledgeable and definitely got my attention when she was working on the hamstrings and a few other places that I didn't realize were bothering me, until she broke up a lot of the build-up that was in my muscles.

I know it worked well because last night I had a hard time keeping my eyes open and even fell asleep during the 1st quarter of the Celtics game (I woke up just in time for the #Fitblog chat) and just went to bed after that. That is very unusual for me and I knew it was a result of the massage and all the build-up that my body was getting rid of. This morning I felt as though I had a rough workout yesterday and am a little sore - but it is a good sore and I know now how much I needed the massage.

Deep massage isn't what everyone enjoys, but I have found that it does help me recover better and helps my body heal faster. Now if I could hit the lottery and have it done weekly, all would be wonderful in my running world ;-).

The reality is

that my plan is finish up the last 3 days of rest and to start running again at the Central Maine Striders' Group run on Sunday morning.

But you want to know something, this next 3 days is going to be tough to not run! I am feeling really great and want to get out there, but I also want a full 10 days of not running to give my body the time it needs heal the minor aches and pains that have been around for the last couple of months, especially my hamstrings.

I also know that I am going to have to start working on strengthening my hamstrings and hips, so the back of the garage will get to see more of me, along with the thera-bands in my dresser drawer.

How long are your typical training cycles?
How many days off do you usually take at the end of the cycle or after a big race?
How hard is it to not run, when you start feeling good again, but your self-imposed planned days off streak is not over ?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

#RWHalf Festival Final Reflection and Recap

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: October 24, 2012



Wow!!! is all I can say about the Runner’s World Half Festival and the amazing extended weekend that I had!!!!

I needed a day to recover, recuperate and take a little break from the immersion in running, blogging and driving down and back (9 hours each way). I have had a long drive back and a day to think about and reflect on what happened and the people that I met during the Festival

To be honest, the Runner’s World Half Festival was probably the highlight of my running career. From the people that I met (other FitFluential Ambassadors, Runner’s World Staff, Race Sponsors and other runners), to the races themselves and the support that the City of Bethlehem provided, everyone was simply amazing.

Here are my previous posts on the Festival:

  • AVR – Week In Review #RWHalf the Main Story 10/21/12
  • Runner’s World Half Marathon Recap 10/21/12
  • Runner’s World 5K Recap 10/20/12
  • #RWHalf Rave Run Through Bethlehem – 10/19/12
  • Runner’s World Meet and Greet BBQ

While running in the Runner’s World Festival inaugural races and setting a this year PR in the 5K and running my first “official” half marathon were really cool, the most important and best part of the Festival were the people that I met!

I am trying to use photos, that I haven’t used before . I only took over 1,000 photos during the event, so there are a few to choose from.

The people are what made this event so special!






Runner's World Event

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These are just a few of the pictures that I took during the weekend, but most of them are people that I met for the first time and like I said it was the people that made it such a fantastic event.

I even got to stop in at the Peeps store and picked up 2 of my favorite candies: Peeps and Hot Tamales – I earned them after that Half.



I did finish second in my Age Group for the 5K and have the plaque hanging on my wall in front of my workstation, so that when I look up, I will always remember this race.



Some very special thank you’s go out to David Willey, Bart Yasso, David Trask, Laura Beachy., Coleen Logan, Golden Harper, the Altra Running Staff,the Runner’s World Staff, Volunteers and the City of Bethlehem, who organized this wonderful festival that I was fortunate enough to attend.

It was so great meeting so many of my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors and being picked on so much because I was the only guy – Remember Bart’s famous words Harold’s Harem – it something that I will remember for a long time!

I love being home, but I will miss all the people that I met this weekend and the friendships that I started. However, in today’s world I can keep in contact with those new friends using Social Media instead of them just becoming great memories – which is a good thing.

I participated in the inaugural Runners World Half Marathon as a FitFluential Ambassador. My race registration was provided by Runners World. No other compensation was received. All opinions and comments are my own.

Central Maine Striders - Resurrection

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:
October 24, 2012



Central Maine Striders' Facebook page

The Central Maine Striders have a long and great tradition of being a big part of the running community in Central Maine, but the same as many other organizations and clubs in today's world, membership and interest levels have waned and it has fallen on difficult times.

Last night I attended my first Central Maine Striders Running Club meeting, which was the first one that they have had since I became a member in February. While the club still is active and does a few races, it has become in the words of one long-time club member a Newsletter club, instead of the vibrant running club it once was.

This is really unfortunate and not the reason that I wanted to join. I joined because I wanted to meet other runners, develop friendships that go beyond running and give back to the local running community.

During the meeting we discussed ideas and strategies to resurrect the club and bring it back to being more than a Newsletter club. I enjoyed listening to the long-time club members talk about how it used to be and thought about how great it would be for it to be that way again. It will take a lot of work, to be sure, but I believe that it is something that would be so great for the Central Maine Running Community.

We decided that the first step would be to start group runs again and use the new Central Maine Striders' Facebook page, to help Central Maine Runners connect with one another!

Our first Group run is scheduled for:

  • DATE: Sunday, October 28th
  • Time: 9:00 A.M.
  • Where: Colby's Lower Parking Lot
  • Distance/Pace: TBD

We will figure the routes and paces that morning. Personally, I really hope that this group run idea is successful, that other runners from Central Maine start to show up and have some fun running with other local runners. We plan to keep up this group run schedule for the foreseeable future.

Do you have any ideas or other days that would be more convenient or better for running a group run? Please let us know or comment below.

Also do you have any memories or great stories about the Central Maine Striders that you would like to share. Eventually, we are looking at setting up a Central Maine Striders' blog and website and would love to include positive or funny stories about the club there.

I would love to meet some new runners or some veteran runnahs on Sunday to re-start the Central Maine Striders' Group run :-).

See you Sunday Morning!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Runner's World 5K Recap - 10/20/12

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: October 21, 2012




The last 3 days are starting to catch up with me! Even so, I feel as though I am living in a dream world having got to meet so many people over that time.

I think that my video says it better than I ever could here tonight, I am just too tired to write very much today


Thank you everyone that I have met over the past few days and I will be doing a recap post next week after I have a chance to digest everything that has happened. but I wanted to give a big shout out to Golden Harper of Altra Running who took the time to do a thorough running analysis of my form and showed me how I was activating my hamstrings too much and gave me tips to stop it. That was something that I really appreciated and will help me run better.

It has been an amazing weekend so far and I can't believe that I have had the opportunity to participate in the Runner's World inaugural Half Marathon Event - All I can say is WOW!

Todays run was the 5K Runner's World Race and I was really nervous while driving there and just wanted the race to start, but I didn't feel as though I didn't want to go, I wanted to be at this race. Which is great progress for me.

During the race I did what I wanted, ran pretty conservative first mile and then picked it up the second mile and then faded a little the last mile, but I felt pretty good throughout. I didn't want to dig too deep into the well today and didn't do a hard push, because I knew that I had my half marathon race the next day.



Below is my daily RunLog








Runner's World Half Marathon Recap - 10/21/12

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: October 21, 2012



Immediately after finishing the Half Marathon

What an amazing weekend!!!!

Today was the Runner's World Half Marathon, which was my first "official" Half Marathon. I went into the race with certain expectations, but most of all I tried not to get all stressed out about having to finish with a certain time. The race was not an easy course by any stretch of the imagination as you can see by the below:



Yes the course had just a few hills, they weren't terrible hills, but they definitely got your attention.



When the race started I tucked in behind the 1:40:00 pace group and didn't try to pass them. Jeff (from Runner's World) and the other pace setter, maintained a perfect pace to bring us in under 1:40:00. I felt good until about mile 6.0 when my hamstrings started to tell me they were they were unhappy with being on my feet so much for the past three days and racing a hard 5K yesterday.

At about mile 8.0 my hamstrings told me that they were done and that I needed to slow down. I was beyond discomfort and into the hurt locker! I thought that i had slowed down a lot more, I still don't know how I was able to keep the pace as fast as I did. Then during the last mile Amanda from Mizz Zippy motivated me to pick up the pace a little more.

Looking at the splits, I was happy with how consistent I actually was. Sure I would have loved to have broken 1:40:00, but I gave it everything I had and it just wasn't there on this course.

While the course was challenging, it was a good course!



The volunteers were so fantastic during the entire race. There were so people who were out there cheering all the runners on, it was great to see so much community support! I want to give a special mention to the Bethlehem Police Department - I know that this race messed traffic patterns and many of them had to work on their normal day off. They did a great job controlling traffic and cheering runner on, when we went by. Bethlehem you did a great job supporting the Runner's World Half and all the other races this weekend!!!

I really have to give Runner's World a huge high 5!!!!! The race was great and all the editors, staff and everyone who was connected with the race were fantastic!

The best part of the race was seeing all the runners that I "know" on Twitter, Facebook, etc. before and after the race today. It sure was motivating to see everyone.

Overall, the Runner's World Half Marathon was a GREAT way to run my first Half Marathon race and a 4:48 PR was just icing on top!!! I accomplished everything and more this weekend. I raced the 5K and ran the Half according to my original plan :-).



I participated in the inaugural Runners World Half Marathon as a FitFluential Ambassador. My race registration was provided by Runners World. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.