I got my new Brooks yesterday!! Can I just say that I LOVE them!! They are so amazingly comfortable. I took them out for their first trial run this morning. I was conservative and only ran 1 mile in them. I can definitely say that they work different muscles – almost immediately I could feel my calves, and about half mile in I could feel my hamstrings really working. I will definitely have to transition into the slowly. But overall, I am really happy with the purchase. It felt so weird when I took them off and started running in my normal running shoes.
- Winter is here! I am not ready for this weather yet. It was 25 degrees this morning. When I came home from my run I had ice crystals on my gloves…..not used to that one! Brrrr……..
My Breaking Dawn midnight movie buddy had to cancel on me, but have no fear I ended up changing my plans and I’m going to an 8pm pre-screening tonight. I am however going all by myself. But I’ll be surrounded by literally thousands of other fans so it will still be fun!
- My pace times are actually decreasing instead of increasing. This is very frustrating. I suppose it’s a combination of running with pain and the colder weather. Jim informs me his times get slower in the winter too. I am struggling to maintain around a 13 minute mile pace – even on my shorter runs. Just a few months ago I was hovering around 11:30…..it sucks! I did a “speed” run yesterday and my average pace was around 11:50 – I was doing those around 10:30 not that long ago. Arghh……
- I do think my new Dr. is seriously on to something. He discovered a very tender spot in my abdomen – tender as in, when he applies pressure I can hardly stand up from the pain. It’s weird because I never even knew the pain was there. He thinks I might have an adhesion. I am having a few other medical tests done just to rule out other causes, but he’s still kind of working on it. For sure I have very tight rectus abdominus and psosas muscles. I did a little internet research on issues that can be caused by these muscles being tight – first thing mentioned for the rectus abdominus muscle is shoulder instability – what!! Crazy right? It’s amazing how interconnected our bodies are. The Psoas causes pain in the hip flexors. So anyway, still working on strengthening my core and going to ART a few times a week. I am not seeing over night improvement, but I didn’t expect to – I am however seeing some improvement so that’s encouraging.
- I have 19 miles on tap for Saturday!! This will take me approximately 4 hours+. I will be experimenting with eating actual solid food while on the run. Since I am a slow runner and my marathon will take me between 5 and ½ and 6 hours I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it on gels alone, so I figure I better start getting it figured out now. It’s only 8 more weeks til marathon time! Do any of you eat during a long run? I know it’s not common, but I’m going to be out there a long time. I totally bonked on my 17 miler and almost couldn’t make it in the door. After I got some food in me I felt much better. I’m hopeful this will help me finish a little stronger this week.
- Weight loss update. I've been doing Weight Watchers 3 weeks now and I'm down 6 pounds! Woot! It's not a ton of weight, but I'm going in the right direction!