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

Sunday, January 27, 2013

34th Annual January Thaw 4.5 Mile Race Recap 1-27-13


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: January 27, 2013

Today was the 34th Annual edition of the Central Maine Strider's January Thaw 4.5 mile Road Race up heah in Belgrade, Maine.

Photo by David Colby-Young
The first race of the year is always an adventure for me and I know that I wondered how I would do. I haven't run in a race since I went to Pennsylvania for the Runner's World Half Festival - the stars just didn't align correctly :-).

So it has been a while since I toed a starting line at a race and I felt a little more nervous because of it.

The 33rd Central Maine Strider's January Thaw was my first race last year and really started off a great year. I talked a lot about what it meant to me then in last year's race recap. So this is one of those races I will make for as long as I can.

For some reason for the first 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile, I just couldn't find a rhythm or regulate my breathing, I just felt out of sorts. Then it seemed like for the whole race I was moving in slow motion and just couldn't pick it up at all. My legs had no spring in them at all.

Photo by David Colby-Young
Not using this as an excuse, but looking at my log this week I am pretty sure, It had something to do with running 10 miles on the treadmill on both Thursday and Friday ;-). It was a good lesson learned and one I won't forget. If I want to run better during a race, I need to rest a little before a race - I am not 25 any more, even though it seems that I keep thinking that I am sometimes.

Today was still pretty chilly at 14F degrees and the first part of the race was into the wind, so I decided to wear my face mask and then use it as a neck gaiter when the wind was at my back. 

Now I went by the mile marker at 6:46 according to the timer there, which is a lot different from my watch split results, which had me at 7:17??? I don't know which was correct? It doesn't really matter, but it made me wonder.

I finished 5/23 and 2nd in my age group, Ron who finished 1st in our age group finished 3rd and just kicked my butt! Gives me something to really think about and also motivation to keep getting better :-). Overall, I was very pleased with the results for this early in the year and other than how I felt during that first mile. I need to focus more on my leg turnover and just running faster outdoors, without over-striding.

Which if you look at the picture that David Colby-Young took of me in the last mile - what am I definitely doing!


Photo by David Colby-Young
Need to work on that!

Still smiling even after the race :-)
Photo by David Colby-Young
Guess who's shirt says Idiot's Running Club ;-).

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Running Goals for 2013

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: January 1, 2013

Now it is time to look ahead.


I purposely chose this picture of my Grandchildren as my first image of 2013, they represent the future to me and that is what this post is all about - the future.

For me it works better to make my running goals public and then review them each month when I do my monthly update. That accountability thing. :-)

Keep running fun - It is not a job. Running is something that I love to do. Focus more on what I enjoy about running:

  • the challenges it offers
  • the camaraderie
  • laugh at the stupid things that I sometimes do while running

The last one is why I joined and I am still a member in good standing of the - Idiot's Running Club, to remind me to not take running so seriously. It is great to work hard at running, but take time to enjoy it too.

Listen to the words of advice in my current tagline.

Be positive, be strong and keep smiling = great things can happen :-). This is pretty self-explanatory.

Be Me

At times we all sometimes lose track of who we are and what is important to us - at least I know I have.

I am very comfortable with who I have become. I am not perfect and still have a LOT of room for growth, but it is when I stray away from being me, that I stop enjoying my life. This doesn't mean that I will limit myself, but that I will remain true to the beliefs and principles that I have developed.

I am someone who enjoys having fun, laughing with others and at myself. Yes, I have a personality, opinions and a life beyond the Internet and running. I am good at many things and suck at others, and yes I make mistakes, but I learn from them.

No I am not usually the life of the party, but am not totally boring either. I am that guy off to the side watching what is going on, is one of the first to leave and yes I am comfortable with myself when no one else is around. My word means a lot to me and I don't give it, unless I mean to. I strongly believe in mean what you say and say what you mean philosophy, whether it is when I say or write it, but I have to remember that being tactful thing. I also believe that I have to take responsibility for the choices I make good or bad - they are my choices.

Some people might find me stand-offish or aloof, but actually it is more than a little shyness and preferring to wait for someone else to make the first move or comment. I don’t want to be considered a “bother” or annoying to anyone and that attitude might be and has been misinterpreted.

I will not sweat the small stuff:

Life is full of little annoyances that are more a pain in the butt than anything. I plan to use the “will it matter a year from now?” attitude a lot more often.

I will control my social media presence:

This is one of those things that has become a recurrent issue for me ever since 2008 and I whined about it again just last week. It seems social media is a lot like mowing the lawn in summer, unless you continually keep after it, it quickly becomes unmanageable and becomes a lot of work to get it so you can really use your yard again.

Mowing the lawn, seems like a good analogy about how you have to maintain your presence on social media sites to me and I do plan to do a better job of maintaining it to reasonable levels, that work for me. I might not be as active on all the social media sites, as I prioritize my time more - which is okay since it is my choice.

Improve my running form.

I am just going to run relaxed this year. Yes I still heel strike too much, but as long as I don’t over stride and run with a higher cadence, I think that I will survive with my current form.

Continue to participate in the social aspects of running.

Participate in my online running and healthy-living communities on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and maybe start using the new social side of the Garmin site, since that will be my Running Website for most of my data analysis. Run in local races and stick around afterwards to talk and gab with other runners, see where the Central Maine Striders are headed (help where I can) and continue to search for that elusive running group to join.

My measurable 2013 Goals:
  • Run at least 2,013 miles in 2013.
  • Run at least 300 days in 2103.
  • Run a sub 20:00 5K at the Joseph's 5K in Fairfield in April
  • Run a 10K sub 45:00.
  • Run a sub 1:35:00 at the Rail Trail Half Marathon in Augusta in June
  • Run a sub 3:30:00 at the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in October.
  • Run at least 13 races in 2012.
  • Stay under 150 pounds all year

The reality is that none of these goals are earth-shattering, they more continuing to improve on the progress that I made in 2011 and 2012. Isn't that what we are supposed to do, keep working on things to make us better - both as runners and people.

Sometimes I think that we focus too much on only one facet of our lives and it negatively impacts other potentially more important ones...family, interpersonal relationships, work, etc. I don't plan to neglect those other parts of my life, but this blog is about running and while it might seem as though that is all I focus on - it isn't.

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. I sincerely hope that it brings prosperity, achievement of your own goals (as long as you are willing to do the work to achieve them) and that we all take responsibility for the choices we make.

Here is to a GREAT 2013!