Month: October 2017

The Need for Speed

The Need for Speed

I don’t know if it’s the whole 7 hours of sleep I got last night or the fact that I wore new racing shoes this morning, but I did what I’m pretty sure is my fastest 5K training run of all time with an average pace of 8:40 (splits: 7:58, 8:50, 8:53, 7:51 for the last 0.1). Those splits are off balance because the first mile is a steady slight downhill while the rest of the run is a mix of hills, mostly up.

Typically my 3-mile runs – which I usually do as close to 5K race pace as possible without going full out – fall somewhere between 8:50 to 9:10 pace. So this is a noticeable improvement. I also might do a local 5K this weekend, so I had that in mind.

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A Chili Is In the Air

A Chili Is In the Air

I LOVE NEW STUFF. It’s so rare I get new stuff, let alone three new stuffs in one day.

I wore my new Saucony Guides today. They felt great. It’s been (gulp) a year since I replaced my running shoes. I know this is WAY too long. Don’t do this. Last year, I’d wanted to track my gear in mapmyrun, so the first day I ran in my new shoes I added them to the app. But I didn’t realize you had to manually select them every time you ran. So once I realized the app hadn’t tracked them for several runs, I gave up and never kept track.

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Nu Shooz

Nu Shooz

My mother gave me a gift card to Super Runners Shop for my birthday this year, which was in June, and I’m very excited to have finally stopped procrastinating and used it.

My last two pairs of running shoes were Sauconys and I’ve been really happy with them. For years before that, I was a Nike girl – mostly because I just liked the design. But a trip to a specialty running store a few years ago changed all that when the salesperson analyzed my feet and running style and determined that Sauconys were the way to go. (Apparently Nikes tend to run on the thinner side, while my feet tend to run on the wider side.)

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Mini Boomboxes and Major Pancakes

Mini Boomboxes and Major Pancakes

My old Jabra headphones are DEAD. Done. Kaput. I charged them after yesterday’s run but when I went to check on them last night, the charging light wasn’t on. So I figured, okay, I won’t have headphones for this morning’s 10 miler. I realized that I could still play music from my phone – it just wouldn’t be going directly in my ears.

So that’s exactly what I did. I blasted one of my running playlists right from my phone on my arm, like a mini boombox, for 10 miles. And it was great! I didn’t mind it at all – until I got home and realized that the high volume I had it set on drained almost my entire battery. So I may not do it all the time, but every now and then, it might be fun to skip the headphones and entertain passersby with Nine Inch Nails and Madonna and Billy Idol and my eclectic mix of 80s pop.

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Worse With Wear, Better With Age

Worse With Wear, Better With Age

It rained all morning so I just waited it out and ran a little after noon. So many cars on the road at that time! The nerve! I can’t believe people have to go places at the same time I’m running. So disrespectful.

I did the 6 mile run I’ve been wanting to do all week. I felt good and rested. I ate a lot more than I normally do before a run given the time, but it was mostly all carbs (cereal, a slice of bread, crackers, a fig) so I had a good amount of energy.

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Basement Jacked

Basement Jacked

MORE RAIN! I don’t understand why it was raining this morning. Last night my dog-themed weather app said it would not be raining this morning. So then how come it was raining this morning? Weather should be 100% predictable!!!

So today I settled for an at-home workout, opting for something a little more challenging than just an upper body strength training routine: I chose one from Fitness Blender that incorporates upper body, lower body, and HIIT. It’s short but intense, and I feel like I got in a little cardio, at least. The only thing I really don’t like are burpees, mostly because I have weak wrists and it’s really uncomfortable to bend them, so I wind up leaning on my knuckles or fingertips to do burpees, which is tiring.

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Road Signs

Road Signs

I’m not a big believer in fate. I don’t necessarily think “things happen for a reason.” I do believe in the human need to make sense of things – I totally get that, and I’ve done it myself. Magic makes us feel good, and why wouldn’t we want to feel good? But I’m logical, and tend to look at the world that way.

So when I’ve been thinking about, talking about, and researching buying a more advanced and accurate run tracker – but also kinda putting it off – and then my phone GPS craps out on me during a run, it really makes me wonder about the unseen forces of the universe: is it telling me to stop procrastinating so much? Or was it just a fluke?

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Hello Darkness, My New Friend

Hello Darkness, My New Friend

Today was a “rest” day (meaning, I did a 25-minute upper body strength training workout). When I say “rest” I mean “no run.” I tend to not run the day after my long run. My brain says “oh come on” but my legs say “NO” then my brain is like “just a little?” and my legs are like “FUCK OFF.” I wish I could be one of those people who runs seven days a week, but five seems more realistic for now.

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