Monthly Archives: January 2014

Staying Safe While Training for a Race

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Although this hound isn’t vicious, there are some dogs that are!

Today’s Run: 10 miles @ 1:46:00
Unfortunately, after my treadmill surpasses 99 minutes, it stops counting the seconds, which completely drives me nuts.

Today I ran my 10 miles for Meg. Whenever I started to get bored or fatigued, I’d start to think about Meg, and remind myself how lucky and blessed I am to be alive, and have all of my limbs. I also started to think about all of the dangers that are out there on the road, and what we (as runners) can do to avoid said dangers. Continue reading

The Power of Sleep

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Today’s Workout: 3 miles @ 29:28

Hello, All! It is 11:30 at night as I wrote this, and I’m exhausted, so my “Saturday post” (which you will actually read on Sunday, unless you’re on West Coast time) will be pretty brief.

First things first, if you tried to guess the correct answer to yesterday’s Fact Friday post, if you guessed #5, you were correct. I sometimes do paint my nails before a race day, but it definitely isn’t a pre-race ritual. In fact, I don’t really have any race rituals, other than wearing my lucky race socks. Continue reading

Fact Friday

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Today’s Workout: Rest Day

Hello, all! Fact Friday is back today with some very fun facts that are ALL ABOUT ME. Because those of you who read my blog know that I am very narcissistic.

For those who aren’t familiar with my fun version of Fact Friday, one of these facts is not like the other, one of these facts is just not the same. If you guess the right fact, you might win the game! Unfortunately, at the moment, I do not have a sponsor for this post, but I’m hoping to have a sponsor for it in the near future. If you want to see some great prizes in the near future, be sure to comment below, guessing which fact is actually fiction. Continue reading

Beginners: 5 Bad Habits to Break While Running

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Take a tip from a Basset and stretch!

Today’s Run: 5 miles @ 49:29, two sets of 30 second planks (I’m gradually building up my plank strength)
Yesterday: Rest Day

Do you ever feel like an “easy run” just isn’t that easy? I always start out my running regimen by doing calf stretches, so not to irritate my plantar fasciitis, but today, at just two miles in (while I was running at an easy 10:00 mpm pace), I could feel my calves start to tighten up. I waited to see if it would go away, and ironically, it wasn’t until my warm-up was over, and I quickened my pace (if my legs continued to stay sore, I would have slowed down or stopped) that the tightness seemed to go away. This led me to thinking about when I was starting out as a runner, and how my legs were always tight…which in turn, led me to thinking about some of the bad mistakes I’ve made as a runner (and some of the ones that I still make). Continue reading

Running Shoe Review: Mizuno Wave Rider 17

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Today’s Run: None (Rest Day)

After yesterday’s 8-mile run, I thought that I would be really sore, but apparently the right amount of stretching and icing worked. I was a tiny bit tired today (had a really difficult time getting up for a Monday), but overall, it wasn’t too bad! I always plan my rest days after my long run, but despite taking the day off, I still had trouble getting as much fuel as I would have liked.

Yesterday, I had mentioned to JP that I’d like to try implementing Meatless Monday’s into our routine. We could both use some more vegetables. Epic fail on all accounts. Maybe next week will be better.

A sampling of today’s diet:

Breakfast: Coffee with 3 tbs International Delight Creamer (my all-time favorite is Almond Joy) and a banana

Lunch: Turkey Burger on a bun

Dinner: Homemade pizza on a honey oat crust (I thought this was OK, the crust was a little too sweet for my liking, hubby wasn’t crazy about it at all…he also chose to add some bacon to his personal pizza…)

Moving on to the Mizunos. I’ve been holding out on all of you because I hadn’t gotten a chance to really break in my shoes. Up until yesterday, I had only worn them on the treadmill, and I couldn’t go ahead and give a shoe review without testing them out on the pavement!

When it comes to running shoes, my first true love was the Mizuno Wave Inspire. I tried those babies on 5 years ago, and I’ll admit, I never knew comfort in a running shoe until I started wearing them. I believe those were the Mizuno Wave Inspire 7s. Then the 8s were out, and they were completely different, all wrong. If you check out Mizuno’s website, that’s what a lot of people are saying about the Wave Riders. So if you’ve always been a fan of the Riders and have yet to set foot in the 17s, be prepared. You might not like them. Maybe it’s the fact that I haven’t worn them previously, but to me, it’s like I’ve stepped inside my first true love again.

There are so many things that I love about these sneakers: the sheer lightness of them, their cushioning that makes me feel like I’m running on marshmallows, or the way that they feel like they’re made for my feet.

You know you’re in love when you only plan on running four miles in a pair of shoes and you end up running the entire 8 miles in them because they feel so good, you don’t want to take them off.

And they’re easy on the eyes, too. I actually own the slate gray ones, but since I’ve posted photos of those with you in the past, I thought I’d post the sunset colored ones for you to drool over. I think I’ll buy a pair I’m every color!

It’s official; I’ve finally become a believer in the Wave Rider.

What pair of running sneakers were you’re first love?

And which pair are your true love?

Adding Fuel to the Fire

Today’s Workout: 3 miles @ 30 minutes, 20 minute warm-up, 10 minute hill workout

For those of you who tuned in to Fact Friday yesterday, if you guessed that #2 was actually fiction, you’re correct.

I’ve been battling high cholesterol for years now, and have tried everything from running and eating only low-fat foods, to adding high amounts of oatmeal into my diet, and taking fish oil capsules, but for me, unfortunately a lifestyle change isn’t enough to lower my cholesterol. Both my father and my maternal grandmother suffer from high cholesterol and are on medication for it. I have my “last chance” test coming up before I have to relent and let my doctor put me on medication (which may be the best option for me); I’m hoping that the fact I’ve increased my mileage will help, but am not sure. As of now (as far as I know), though, the running hasn’t helped so much. Continue reading

Fact Friday

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Wish I was snoozing like this dude!

Today’s Workout: 5 miles @ 49:50
Yesterday’s Workout: Rest Day

This week has been crazy busy for me. Between working ridiculous hours at work, trying to get a run in while abiding by my schedule (it was tough this week), and trying to keep up with this blog, I’ve been getting little to no sleep. Yesterday I was super exhausted and just decided to take another rest day. I don’t know if this happens to any of you other runners out there, but when this happens, I get really disappointed – mostly with myself for not trying to push through the exhaustion and run, anyways. I’ve run a half marathon after getting only four hours of sleep (I don’t recommend it!), I should be able to run 5 miles after 5 hours of sleep and a 10 hour work day…right? Continue reading

5 Reasons Why I Run in the Evening

Today’s Workout: 3 miles @ 28:42, easy run

Even though I’m training for a marathon, I can tell my 5k time is getting faster…and I like it!

Had anyone read the Mind & Body column (page 44) in the February issue of Runner’s World? If not, check it out! According to the magazine, “research shows your body is primed to perform its best late in the afternoon and early evening because that’s when your core body temperature peaks.”

I feel like that column was dedicated to me. I’ll admit, while reading other people’s blogs, and learning that most of my blogging friends run in the morning, I was feeling a little inferior. And then I saw this article, which just made me lighten up inside. Today, I realized that there were a lot of reasons why I love running in the evening. Click over to find out what they are. Continue reading