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I Run A Lot But Not Always…

9 Aug

Woke up today feeling silly so I dressed silly.

I wore my new green skirt and purple tights from Urban Outfitters.  I liked it because I had a lot of color going on.

Came home and in exchange for running, I ate lunch. 

When I was finally ready to run at about 3:30, it was raining and a big thunderstorm was on its way.  I decided it was a good day to run on the treadmill.  In the past, my treadmill routine was pretty blah — 6 mph for 40 minutes.


Today, once I got going, I switched between 5 minutes at 6 mph and 2 minutes at 8 mph.  I finished with a little over 6 miles (no incline).  Running outside is definitely preferred but my treadmill kept me from skipping my workout altogether.

When I run inside, I like to wear my Vibram Fivefingers but I was prepped for running outside so I wore my Livestrong Nike Free’s.


Holly@rustbeltrunner.com asked what I think about Nike Free’s and whether I considered myself a minimalist.  I don’t consider myself anything.  I do own VFF but I have troubles with them on the uneven country roads.  I try to only wear the VFF on the high school track or on my treadmill.  I took the VFF on a cruise this last April and they worked great on a snorkeling excursion, on the ship’s treadmill and were good with all the walking I did while on that vacation.

I been running a lot this summer.   I like it.  It’s addicting.  I want to see how far I can push myself (14.35 miles so far).  I get depressed and running helps me feel good naturally. 

As far as the shoes I like to wear?  To be honest, when I buy a pair of shoes, I buy them because I like how they look.  I know now that I’ve made that statement that no other runner will take me serious but it’s true.  I wanted black shoes the last time I was shopping for shoes.  I will say that I’ve had a pair of Nike Free’s before and I liked them.  The only thing I don’t like about them is that they pick up a lot of little stones which I end of bringing in the house.  It’s about time to retire the Nike Free’s because I’ve put a lot of miles on them this year.  No worries though because I have a new pair of Mizuno shoes that I picked up about 3 weeks ago…

Why’d I pick these Mizuno’s?  Because they’re loud and obnoxious, that’s why.

To date, I’ve only done about 3 or 4 5k’s so far.  Every one of them made me extremely anxious before (like starting once I signed up).  I’m not competitive and no matter how I tried to rationalize with myself that I was only competing with myself, I couldn’t get over the awful feelings I was having.   I’m thinking about doing a 1/2 marathon in Lansing next month but I can’t get myself to sign up.  Besides, I can run a 1/2 marathon on my own, listening to my music.  It’s so peaceful.  I would ruin the experience for myself if I signed up for a 1/2 marathon.

As far as my running history.  I’ve eased into running in the last 3-4 years.  I wasn’t able to run outside when the temperature was below 50 degrees.  I have a treadmill and would use it on colder days but I really don’t like it… so boring.  When I did run outside, I’d run around my block which I thought was a feat but it was same run every time which was 3.5 miles.  I definitely plateaued.

Things got better this spring.  I got a free GPS app on my Iphone and then traded up to a Garmin 405 watch.  Knowing how far I’ve run and my pace are big for me.  They’re incentive for me to push myself.  I’m more comfortable just running and running…

I hope that when things get colder I can keep running outside.  I realize that living in Michigan that there will be days where I won’t be able to run outside and I’ll deal with that when I get to those days.  As long as I ice, I feel pretty good (right knee and sometimes my right hip get angry).  Plus, the running has to be helping my Osteopenia that I was diagnosed with about 12 years ago.


Double Dumb It!!!

30 Jun

WORK.  Wore a cute little jersey dress purchased from Target a few weeks ago.  Cheap, cheap at $24.99.

 My Grandma P is pretty funny.  She says a lot of amusing things.  One thing she’d say was “Dumb it” when she truly meant “Damn it!”.   

DUMB IT MOMENT #1…Should have gotten up at 5:30am and ran but I thought I could handle the heat at 1pm.  Wrong.  Here’s a pic of me all cocky because I was ready to take on the world (or just my small town).  It was 80 degrees and I was wrong.  I ran 3.5 miles (8:14 minute average mile) and I was busted…. I even put some energy bites and a big water bottle w/ice water in it in a cooler at the end of the driveway.    Nope, I was done.

Came inside and had a bowl of Progresso soup.  Piece of chard in my teeth which will be a good snack for later…

Tried to get Bella to eat.  As usual, she was scared.  I tease that she’s anorexic because she won’t eat.  I’ve tried everything….Seriously.  After 7 years, I just accepted, it is what it is….Plus, she’d rather be in the cat tree.


Did 3 easy sets of handweights (bi’s, tri’s and delt’s again).  And decided to give running another whirl by slipping on my Fivefingers and taking it to the treadmill….

DUMB IT MOMENT #2…Jumped on the TM and ran approximately 1.5 when the screen blacked out and I almost busted a tooth by face-planting into the console.  I didn’t but, ya know, I could have.  The cord wiggled itself out of the wall.  Phewwww…. I thought it was broken.  So, continued on my run and was able to get another 3 miles (a total of 4.5 at 6.7 mph on the TM).

 The little skids were busy so I dragged Bella’s big fat butt down to the basement w/me.  There’s not a cat tree down there so she had to pick the next best place.  As usual, she was scared out of her mind…This was probably because I run a little heavy-footed and she thought the treadmill was going to explode…

Gas started at $3.27 a gallon and jumped to $3.75 by 4pm.

Running tally today was 3.5 miles (outside) and 4.5 miles (inside) for a total of 8 miles (no idea on average pace because I’m not going to calculate that).

Finishing off the night but going to Mick’s double header softball games at 8:15 and 9:15.   I’m seeing a peanut butter and banana malt to get me through…