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.


Monday, August 31, 2015

The Raining Hat Syndrome - RunLog 8-31-15

Well the end of another month is upon us and to me, August 31st marks the official end to summer, even though the calendar and everyone else thinks it is later in September. Nope to me when August is over, so is summer.

So it was pretty fitting that today be a bit on the warmish side to finish out the month.

Leaves are starting to turn and drop - a sure sign that Fall is not that far away

Run #1

Bennie and went down-back, initially I had thought that we would go to the Town Office and do an easy 4.0, but Bean was already struggling by the time we got to 1.0 mile and by the time the bog came rolling up, it was time to turn-around and go home.

A Few More Changes and a Great Week - 8/30/15

Okay Harold, it seems that you have made quite a number of changes over the past month or so:

  • Going back to work
  • Getting a different pair of running shoes to be your primary trainers
  • Getting back in bed with Google for most everything

What is the next change you are doing?

I am officially going back to Blogger from WordPress.com.

What!!!! Wait aren't you the same guy that...enough with the constant changing of the blog. You do it so often that readers can't keep track of you, what hell are you doing this time?

More on that in a minute.

My favorite photo from the week:

Yeah, I know that is a bit cheesy, but at the same time it is the thing that stands out the most from the past week.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A Rabbit Run and Then A Tortoise Run - RunLog 8-30-15

I have been wearing the Torin's a lot lately and this morning, I figured that I would go ahead and run in the Hyperspeeds for a change of pace - yeah I know (the play on words), but it definitely was a change of pace in a few spots.

It was just starting to get hot, so I knew that I wasn't going to do more too much more than 3.0 with Bennie. However, it wasn't too horrible humidity wise, so I thought we might do it a little quicker than usual.

I wasn't expecting Bennie to take off like a Bat Out Of Hell, but he did then, we did the obligatory stops to let him do his thing - 6 times. Oh well this is a Bennie run, so it was a lot more like intervals or fartlek training than a steady effort.

Hoka Clifton V1 versus Altra Torin 1.5 Review

Yes, this is one of the things that I do enjoy about blogging - writing about the gear I am using and how it works for me. I am going to continue doing this on One Foot In Reality, although I probably will be doing "it" a little differently than I have in the past.

The reviews will be less about the stats, numbers and brand's marketing speak, and more about what I liked or did not like about the product. I am going to get out of the long - drawn out canned blog posts and move to a more summary style of review. There are several other sites that go more in-depth about a particular product and they do that better than I do, so I will link to the better ones, especially when it comes to running shoe reviews.

Enough talk and yammering on about nothing, let's get to talking about Clifton V1's and Torin 1.5's.

Some background on my experiences with both Hoka's and Altra's.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Back in the Google Tech Silo - Again

When I returned to the world of work, little did I know what a difference it would make in the technology that I would use at home.

That's right I came out of retirement and have gone back to work as a part-time Administrative Assistant.

I like it and am very happy with how things are going, but I had to chuckle when I saw that work is using (for just about everything) - Google Apps. That's right Google Apps, the same stuff (with a few updates) that I used as a teacher back in the day and even when I first retired.

Which is fine by me, because even though it has been a few years since I really used Google Apps a lot, I kept my fingers in and dabbled around with Google's offerings, so the Google tech silo is pretty familiar to me.

Strangeness or is that Fickleness - Yeah me

Harold, it wasn't all that long ago, that you completely switched back over to everything Microsoft Yep, but that was before returning to work and having to use primarily Google Apps for 90% that I do.

Why This Header Image?

Of all the photos that I have in Google Photos, why did I choose this one?

The image that I chose is a photo that I took after a tough long run down-back that kicked my butt last fall and I had just finished cresting Stevens' Hill at the upper gate. I found the view so beautiful that I stopped and took this photo.

It has always been one of my favorite photos, because it reminds me of a tough run and the time of year that I love the most - Fall.

Bennie and I run down-back for about 80% of our runs together and to be honest Stevens' Hill kicks my ass almost every time, but once we get to the gate and see the tar, we know we are just about done and that it is time to start picking up the pace from hill slogging, back to running.

By the time we get to the tar, the exertions of the hill are forgotten and we are focused on continuing to pick up the pace even more to finish faster.

So it is one of my favorite spots to see again, on our many runs coming up from down-back and seemed to be the right choice as the image that I am using for One Foot In Reality.

Hey, a lot like picking up an old blog and rejuvenating it again - wouldn't you say.

Looking up the same way only today and back a little further.
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I Got to Sleep in This Morning - RunLog 8-29-15

I got to sleep in this morning and it was wonderful, the alarm went off at 5:45 AM and I was able to ignore it. Bennie and I curled up, half-opened our eyes, then didn't move around too much until 7:20 - been a while since we have done that.

Then we just putzed around, kind of that lazy day kind of thing and didn't get out the door for our run until after 10:00 AM. It was starting to get warm, so I was pretty sure that it would just be an easy 3.0 miler.

For some reason or other Bennie didn't have any interest in going down back, he even turned around and pulled to go the other way (I think it was because we had company at the house and he loves seeing SD2), so I coaxed him a few times, we stopped once more and he wanted to go back. Then he suddenly got this bright idea that it was time for tug-o-war and off we went lickety-split down-back. Damn dawg.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Perfect Morning For Running - RunLog 8-28-15

Getting back to what I love to write about - how my run went.

This morning was about as perfect a day for running, as I will find up heah in Maine. The only thing that I didn't like about my run this morning was the time I had to do it. We had the UMA kick-off breakfast this morning and I had to be to work for 8:00 AM, which meant Bennie and I had to run at 5:45 AM.

I think that most everyone who has read my blog over the past few years, knows my feelings on running that early - not all that enjoyable. However, if there is a good enough reason to get up and get it done - I do.

Well...this morning was a good enough reason to get my butt out there and do it.

Karma Kicked Me Square In The Ass

Sometime Karma has a way of kicking you square in the ass and it is a good thing.

Over the years I have gone back and forth in my blogging...starting out on Blogger, switching to Wordpress and its many, many derivatives and then always coming back to Blogger until Google does something asinine with it or should I say to it.

Driving myself crazy!
Some of you have been faithful readers and following the craziness of attempting to keep up with my constantly changing blogs and blog hosts. Which I appreciate more than you will ever know.

However, I have a feeling that it is going to happen - yet again.


I haven't been all that keen on the changes going on at WordPress.com.
  1. The way that the back-end is done now and how I interact there to make my blog my blog. 
  2. The new blog editor of WordPress.com doesn't do it for me (it sucks) and makes it difficult for me to write posts in it. I continue to use the "old" blog editor or use a word processor and paste the post in, but since they have a "new and improved" blog editor, how long they will allow users to keep using the old one is anyone's guess.
  3. Then there is the ever-present issue of not being able to use outside widgets - like the ones from Strava or Feedjit, which I like. Yes I do use and still like having a sidebar - like I said I am still old school.
  4. Finally, I like and dislike using my name as my URL, it does have its good points, but it also has more than a few negatives that I am mulling over a little more now. You know that I am back to work thing. Having a blog URL with your name is fine, but for me as an employee, I believe it is more proper to have my name not be the focal point of a blog's URL. Old-fashioned thinking - perhaps, but I am a bit old-fashioned, so it was/is on my mind.
With the amount of posts I have written on One Foot In Reality lately, and last spring when I deleted almost all the old posts (which I plan to finish off today), it seems to me that I have obviously been thinking about letting One Foot In Reality, just fade away into the sunset.

Hell, when I got the email from Google telling me that there was an issue with my renewal and I had to update my my card...well to be honest I just ignored it at first.

However, something was gnawing at me from the back of my mind...to not let it my old blog go quietly into the night.

At least not yet.

That gnawing got louder and louder and today when I was reading Stefan's blog, it finally bit me, I figured out exactly what was going on in that thick skull of mine.

After reading Stefan's post, I was thinking about what I want from my blogging and yes it is morphing more and more into something very different than it has been since 2011. I am continuing to move away from Harold who writes only about running and running product reviews, to writing more about other things that are wandering around my mind.

In other words, I have moved back to blogging - just for me.

Oh make no mistake about it, my blogging still focuses mostly on running and I plan to keep doing reviews of running shoes and other stuff that I actually use.

Which is cool since I enjoy writing about those things, but if I want to write about moving back to a different tech silo (which I am going to do), looking for the perfect job as an old fart, talking about juicing, health and all the other myriad of interests that I have - I want someplace where I do not feel limited by the title of the blog or the URL, to stay in a certain genre or focus.

But the experts...they say....who really gives a rat's ass - I don't anymore.

Let the experts go happily down their major expressways to blogging's gold and riches - me I am going to stick to that old country road and now take that road less traveled - it might make all the difference for an old coot like me.

It comes down to the idea that I enjoy writing about what is going on in this crazy, mixed up head of mine and putting what I consider appropriate to share out there for others to read and or comment on. Is it a bit narcissistic - possibly, but it - at least for me is another way to sort things out, help make sense of my life and at times have fun going back and re-reading what I write so I have a better idea of how I really felt about something, not just the romanticized version of things that gets into our heads.

That little kick in the ass from Karma today, made me realize it is time to go back to my roots, re-activate One Foot In Reality as my primary blog again.

Here it is - my first post coming back to the new - One Foot In Reality.

Welcome to my newest and oldest blog and I hope you do come along for the meandering thoughts that I will share along the way. Although I really hope that Google doesn't do anything to Blogger, to screw this wonderful plan of mine, but only time will tell if I have done the correct thing - for me.

Starting over - again

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Found My Perfect Shoe - RunLog 8-19-15

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: August 19, 2015

A miracle of sorts has happened.

I finally found my perfect shoe today on my runs. Yeah I ran twice again, a 3.0 miler with Bennie and then a slow 5.0 miler - that was more like swimming than running, but any way...getting back to finding my perfect shoe.

You can tell where my priorities are...running shoes. ;-)

I am such a geek.

Oh well here is my perfect shoe, it is either called:
  • Hotra Torton
  • Altoka Clifin

Yeah, I know -- disappointing that it is not a real running shoe, but a pipe dream.

This morning when I ran in the Altra Torin 1.5's for the first time I was reminded how much I love the wide, natural shaped toe-box and the way that the uppers do not bother my feet - at all. Then on my second run, it just re-emphasized how much I love the ride, feel and quietness of the Clifton V1's.

If only...they made a running shoe with the Torin's upper/wide toe box and attached it to the Clifton's more cushioned and rockered sole unit, but keeping the more natural foot shape of the Altra's, I would be a happy runner.

Alas, that is not reality, it is either one or the other and never the twain shall meet.

Although the Topo Magnify is intriguing, since it might be a blend of those two shoes - well sort of. I will have to see a pair, to see what they are actually like.

Run #1

Foggy, muggy - that 110% humidity thing, but it was in the mid 60's so the run while sweaty, wasn't too bad. However, Bennie was a peeing and pooping machine this morning and we did more than a few "extra" stops along the way. Which meant that I never got a good steady pace going.

Strava Stats 1 8-19-15

It was my first run in the Altra Torin 1.5's and running in them really brought back a bunch of memories (good and bad). I love the fit of the Torin's, they are a comfortable running shoe and I will change out the laces to LockLaces, for me and Altra's LockLaces just work a lot better - they always have. They were a lot more firm than the Clifton's are, which I expected, but still it is a pretty noticeable difference.

The bad part of running in Altra's is that for me I feel a little more stress on my hamstrings (not the Achilles or Calf) when I am running in them. Which means I have to start doing my Yoga video to get them back into shape again and if I notice that they are still bothering a little more due to the Torin's I will make them into 4mm drop shoes.

Overall, I was very pleased with how I ran in the Torin's, after not running in Altra's for over a year, but there is no doubt that I can notice that I am running with a little different gait than I do in other shoes in my rotation. Getting used to the less cushioned feeling is something that I can get used to again - if these work well for me.

Run #2

I purposely wanted to run in the Clifton's after running in the Torin's. This was just one of those hot weather slog runs where, you run by effort and don't worry about how fast...well how slow your pace is. You just run, do the miles, smile and take your shower. Although I will say, I was pretty consistent for the first 4.0 miles. :-)

Strava Stats 2 8-19-15

So yeah there was not much doubt that the Clifton's are a better shoe for me to run well in compared to the Torin's. However, at the same time - the Clifton's are not nearly as comfortable due their narrowness compared to the Torin's, which makes them noticeably more uncomfortable on my right foot.

The trade-offs are:

Torin's - slightly less comfortable sole unit (firmer ride) and very comfortable fitting upper that is wide enough, which allows me to relax and focus on the running, not how my foot feels.

Clifton's - on the edge of being too narrow for my right foot (which makes for a distraction - not discomfort or pain, but definitely a focus-stealer), but the sole unit design/geometry fits how I run better than any other shoe has in a long time.

Which means that I will be alternating them between runs and which one feels the best in a few months will be what I get next time. Unless the Topo Magnify does turn out to be a combo of the two - I can only dream that it is so.

Good runs and I have a feeling that I have two pair of shoes that will work for me, but they are different enough to really notice the differences.

A lot to think about and not enough data/observations yet to really know how this going to work out.