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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!

 

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