Month: February 2012

New shoes!

I went to Luke’s Locker for the first time last weekend and got fitted for some new running shoes.  I picked up some Nike Zoom Structure Triax+ 15‘s ($100)!  I’ve been running in Saucony Progrid Omni 8’s but they’re giving me blisters on my left foot.  I did a test run in my old shoes and was told that while my right foot was straight up and down, my left foot was not– thus, the blisters.  The Nike’s are stability shoes with less of an arch, which should be good for my flat feet.  AND, they come in black and pink! =)
I did two 3-mile runs in the shoes this week and my feet felt great, but then threw in a 7-mile run and had some foot pain. =/  Guess I still need to break them in some more.  I’ll be wearing the Saucony’s for my half on Sunday!

I also purchased 2 new pairs of socks to try out, Body Glide, and a Tri-Berry Gu.  I’ve only had the Vanilla Bean so far.

Any suggestions on good Gu flavors?

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12 miles!

This past Saturday, I was scheduled to run 12 miles with Kim. Come Saturday morning, it was thunderstorming outside.  Crap.   We decided to play it safe and not run outdoors.

It’s been MONTHS since I’ve been on a treadmill.  I find treadmills insanely boring.  But I had a run scheduled, and I was 90% determined to do it.  So, I finished my Vanilla Bean Gu, grabbed my nano (since I don’t have a foot pod for my Garmin) and walked to the apartment gym.  I realized that I forgot to bring a gu and my water bottle, but in fear that I might change my mind and not run at all, I didn’t go back to the apartment.

Amazingly, I actually completed the 12 miles.  My longest run to date!  It took me 1:59:55– this included getting locked out of the room 3x on my water breaks (I slowed the treadmill down to 3.0 and made a mad rush to the water fountain) and periodic inclines set at 3.0-4.0.  I set the treadmill at 6.0 (10:00) for the first 9 miles, 6.1 (9:50) for 2 miles, and 6.2 (9:41) for the last mile.  Although I had a faster final mile, that last mile felt like ETERNITY.  Not because I was tired (though I was), but because I was incredibly bored.  While I don’t normally run with music anymore, I did this time and it definitely helped.

I’m pumped, but also a little anxious about my upcoming run.  I can’t believe I decided to sign up for a half marathon less than a month before the race!   I’m just going to treat it like another long run.  It’ll be a PR as long as I finish it!

I often hear someone say I’m not a real runner. We are all runners, some just run faster than others.
I never met a fake runner.

–Bart Yasso

Strength Training?

My current training plan, simplified:

MON run 3-4 miles
TUE run 3-6 miles
WED yoga
THU run 3-4 miles
FRI rest
SAT/SUN yoga & run 6-12 miles

It’s not strict– I just try to get in my miles and not overdo it.  However, I’m planning on adjusting my plan after my first half marathon in 2 weeks. Ultimately, I want to improve my speed for my 10k in April (there’s a bet riding on that one!!).  I’d like to incorporate some cross-training and speedwork but first, strength training.

I don’t know anything about strength training.  However, I’ve been advised (by HHRunner, along with many others) that strength training can improve speed.   There’s a one-month Ladies’ Boot Camp at my work gym that I’m considering joining– it’s 6:30-7:15am, Tuesday & Thursday.  SO EARLY.   Maybe I should just suck it up and take the class?

Regardless of whether or not yoga counts as strength training, I love, love Joy Yoga and it’s certainly helped me with strength and flexibility.  Unfortunately, my coupon expires end of February.  There’s a package for $89 for 8 classes/4 weeks or $49 for 4 classes/4 weeks but that’s still pricey.  I’m thinking about getting a 24-Hour gym membership after my yoga coupon expires, and then I could take a variety of classes!

Meanwhile, I’ll pop-in that Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred that is collecting dust on my shelf (no idea why/when I bought this).  Guess I’ll go pick up some hand weights.  I could lose 20 lb in 30 days!  JK, that would not be healthy for me.

Lastly, I love motivational quotes, so here’s one that I like:

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
— Will Rogers

From 5k to Half Marathon…!

In the next few months (Feb-April), I have one 5k, three 10k’s, and two half marathons.  I may have gone a little overboard, ha.  On hindsight, I should have just signed up for my goal races, and then figured out if the other races worked with my training schedule.  Oh well.  Live and learn.

Since the Rockets Run was short, my friend Richard has to do another ‘first’ 5k.  I happened to get a flyer for the Rhythm and Blues Half Marathon & 5k race for February 19, so I suggested signing up.   Then, I decided 5k seemed a little short, soooo I signed up for the half marathon instead.  Brilliant, right?   Half marathon a week before my first 10k!

I’m excited…and nervous.  First and foremost, I’d like to complete the half marathon!  It’s an inaugural race, 3 loops on Allen Parkway, and live music!  I ran Allen Parkway for my first run last October– Race for the Cure, and it was rough for me with the road’s ups and downs (don’t laugh, it’s so flat here!!).   Anyway, I would love to do a 10:00 min/mile pace, total time of 2:11:06.  We’ll see how I feel about that goal after my long run this weekend with my new running partner.  🙂