Good Weekend Long Run

Good Weekend Long Run

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It took some effort to get myself outside yesterday for longer run, but I did it!  I had high hopes of doing a 6-8 mile run and I did 7 WITHOUT WALKING!  This is major for me right now!!  I tried to not look at my Garmin the entire time and just told myself to feel comfortable.  I was happy that my average pace was 9:45 and felt easy.

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Colby went for a bike ride and found me during mile 6.  I think that is why that was my slowest mile.  He stayed with me for almost a mile and I talked to him while he rode next to me.  I told him he could ride home when I had my last mile because it was windy and he was cold.  I picked it up a bit for the last mile and felt great!

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I think this was my secret weapon for my run!  I usually run with my little iPod shuffle, but I don’t really know how to control playlists on that little thing and all my BODYPUMP music is on this pink Nano that I take to the gym.  Our gym is launching this week and I’m teaching the new 87 release this Tuesday and Thursday night.  I went through the entire release (except for cool-down) in my head while running and I didn’t mess up!  I know the choreography and feel ready for the classes this week.  It really kept my mind off the actual running and I think that is why I wasn’t tempted to walk at all!  I also made myself stay at a comfortable speed because once I was a few miles into it, I knew I didn’t need to walk at all… even the hills :)

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You can’t tell too much in this photo, but I got a nasty blister on the inside of my foot from my run.  I’ve been getting them when I run longer than 3-4 miles.  I decided that maybe it has been a little tooooo long since I bought a new pair of shoes (Brooks Adrenaline) so I ordered a pair online tonight.  I’ve been running in the ones from last January!  My new shoes are PINK and should be here in 2 days :)

Shoe Return

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Remember my cute pink Asics I was so excited about? Well, they didn’t work out so well.  I didn’t run much in them, but when I did I ached in my calves and inner ankles. No fun.  I haven’t been running much since I couldn’t work out much with the flu, but now I am back and motivated.

Since Road Runner Sports has a 90 day love em or return em guarantee, I knew I had to take them back.  I’m guessing there just wasn’t enough stability support, since the employees told me it was a little less than my normal Brooks Adrenalines.  I asked what they do with the shoes returned (mine probably had 10+ miles on them) and they said they get offered to employees first.  Then they end up at expos or donated to the military.

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I got my new Brooks Adrenalines and they feel good.  I guess I should just stick with what works!  We took the drive down to the store on Friday after school and it took about an hour and a half.

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There is a Houlihans close by so we ate there for dinner. I LOVE Houlihans, but the closest one is about 45 minutes away.  I started with their Tuscan salad (my favorite) and also had their veggie burger with chickpeas and black beans.  So good!

Winter Running Plan

 

I haven’t kept up so well with my pre- half marathon training plan due to the flu, but I guess that is why it’s a pre-training plan!  This week is week 5, so I’m hoping to pick it back up.  The problem is… I’ve just been enjoying group classes so much!!! I love my BodyPump, CXWORX, and BodyFlow so much! Since I had today off, I was able to take a morning CXWORX and BodyFlow class back to back! I also did the full 60 minutes of this Saturday and had SUCH SORE MUSCLES…

dvdOWWWWWWWWWWW! My obliques hurt soooo good the next day!!! I HIGHLY recommend this dvd, but it is VERY hard!! I warned you!

 

New Shoes on the Treadmill

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Since it looks like this outside today and is STILL snowing, I was stuck on the treadmill today.  That was probably for the best, because I got to try out my NEW SHOES!! (I got them yesterday at Road Runner Sports and did a little review post last night)

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SO pink! :)  They felt good, but different. I am definitely taking it slow by easing into these Asics.  I did a total of 3 miles on the treadmill with them. I did a comfortable workout and alternated between running and walking.  Then I jumped in the hot tub to relax and look the patio into the backyard.

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I also thought I should mention my new obsession…

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About a month ago I discovered the one grocery store near us has AWESOME SUSHI! Like so good I can’t get enough and keep making trips there.  It is so cheap and you get like 12 pieces in each container! A sushi chef from one of the restaurants near us (must find out where) comes in everyday to make it.  Yummmmmmm I want some more! This picture was from like two days ago.  I can’t get enough!!

Road Runner Sports Trip

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Today Colby, my running buddy Amy, her daughter and I took a trip to a Road Runner Sports store!  It was about an hour and a half away so I’ve put off driving to this store before.  I’ve ordered tons and tons of running gear from their online store before, but today was the first time I could try their Shoe Dog technology!

Shoe Dog is their system of finding the correct shoe for you.  The people were so nice to us!

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And when I say nice, they were nice.  They put up with Colby and I asking a million questions.  I’ve been running in the Brooks Adrenaline for two years and I’ve never had an injury. I hurt my calf last spring during some crazy lunges at BodyPump, but never hurt myself from my running shoes.

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I loved the Adrenaline 11’s but when they changed to the 12’s I felt like the back of the shoe was different.  I wore the 12’s and then went back to the 11’s, but they don’t make them anymore.  I was open to switching to something else, but that makes me crazy nervous.  I would hate to injure myself just because I switched to a different shoe.

Colby has worn Brooks Defyance for a few years.  Last spring he switched to the Brooks Ghost during marathon training and messed up his knee.  He went back to the Defyance but has still been battling knee pain and actually just got scheduled to start physical therapy next week.

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This girl seriously spent 30 minutes with us jumping on and off the treadmill and asking her to watch us run in different shoes.  There is a camera there and they can slow down and see how your foot is striking.  It is pretty awesome and Colby could see that his bad knee side was striking differently than the other foot.

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After spending a lot of time there, we ended up BOTH switching shoes and getting the custom made insoles they make in the store.  I always thought I had normal arches, but the screen showed I had high arches and the insoles felt amazzzzzzzzzzing. They were super expensive though ($70) but they are supposed to last 1,500 miles… so that is multiple pairs of shoes.

Colby stayed with Brooks and switched to the Glycerin 10’s.  I really switched it up and went with Asics GT-1000 stability shoe.  I promise the color didn’t sway me…

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LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE !

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With the new insoles.  I really hope these shoes work out because they felt great.  The girl helping us told me these are slightly less stability because the video showed I didn’t really need as much as the Adrenalines gave me.  She said to switch back and forth between the old and new shoes until I get used to them!

gearI also bought new winter running tights.  My old ones have a big old tear right near my hinney.  These were the Road Runner brand and on sale for $28! WOO HOO! It was nice being able to try them on in the store too!

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Lots of $$$ spent today, but I hope we are happy with our new shoes!!