Journaling & Running

Running Journal

Running Journal

Ok, so I am maybe (definitely) not the best at keeping a journal or log… But, for some reason, I thought I’d give this a try. I run 5 days a week and while I can see that on my calendar, I kind of want the ability to look back at my training in a different way. My husband asked me why I didn’t get an app for that! I don’t really know other than it feels like this is more tangible. I think I’ll actually look at this. When I put something into a digital format, I tend to forget it unless I’m looking for a trending pattern of some kind.

Got the journal today – on a running day! First entry is complete. I hope I stick with it because I do want to evaluate my fitness level and all that jazz at different times.

Anyone else keeping a running journal? If so, how do you feel about it? Is it useful? What do you like or dislike?

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Squee! New Shoes!

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This morning, I got my holiday-lazy self up and took my new shoes out for their maiden voyage. A seven-mile run that was supposed to be a nine-mile run, but let’s skip past that part for now. I just replaced my Brooks Adrenalines with Brooks Adrenalines… Yes, yes, I know they are the same shoe… The shoes that I’ve had since October 2014 have done amazingly well and they’ve provided really good support for me. When I went to the running store to get new shoes, they recommended that I stick with tried and true, so I did. I also tried on Saucony and Asics, but neither fit quite right.

As I sit here comparing my new shoes to my current (dare I call them my “old?”) shoes, I think I’ll go with silver (new) and blue (current). Sounds better to me. I still plan on using my blue shoes, but maybe only for shorter runs. Now that I am running a lot more, I understand that you can’t wear the same shoe year after year. There is wear and tear – who knew?!

While I’d love to go with shoes of a more streamlined design, I recognize that my feet need a fair amount of support and cushioning, so I’ve given up on trendy good looks. I felt like the silver shoes offered support with a good amount of cushioning. There is what Brooks calls a progressive diagonal roll bar that guides the foot and body back into its natural motion pattern. The upper toe area “folds deeper inward to absorb and disperse impact outward.” The midsole drop is 12mm. My blue shoes have lost some upper support and they cave a little where they never used to. It was really nice to be in new shoes that felt good all around. The biggest complaint I’ve read about these shoes is that they are “ugly,” but I don’t think they look bad.

So, back to me losing two miles… I have been sick for a week or so and I think it really caught up to me yesterday. I was planning to go on a four-mile run, but skipped it in lieu of sleep. This morning, I was planning that nine-miler to ramp up for my 15k on January 10, but dialed it down a little since I’ve been feeling so badly and it was 32F/0C. Brrrrrrr! While I feel like I am still mostly on track, definitely a small set back in my training regimen. I think it will be OK in the end, though. Onward and upward! Run happy! 😉

Happy Holidays

Happy Doggie!

Happy Doggie with His Present!

Today (Friday) is usually not a running day for me, but my schedule got flipped around. Overnight on Wednesday, my toddler had a major nose bleed. So, instead of taking him to camp to let him play until 1pm, we took him to the doctor. The doctor pretty much told us that some kids just get nose bleeds and there isn’t anything to worry about… Yeah, says the doctor who didn’t see my son’s nose look like someone just turned on the tap. Anyway, that is the reason I didn’t run yesterday on my normal day.

I almost didn’t run this morning because my sweet boy woke up at 4:30 and we couldn’t get him back to sleep – Maybe Christmas morning excitement, I don’t know for sure. I do know that it was a little painful. I found myself getting grumpy around 8am and told my hubby that if he wanted me to be in a good mood on Christmas, I needed to run. So, I got in yesterday’s scheduled four-miler. It definitely helped. I then ruined all that work with an eggnog latte, but whatevs. It was delicious. 🙂 Homemade, too… I didn’t go to a coffee shop.

After the latte and monkey bread, made by Auntie Cindi, and then scrambled eggs, I feel like I need another four miles to work off all the food. We haven’t even gotten close to dinner yet. Rack of lamb, turkey breast, too many side dishes, and then Uncle Bob’s homemade pumpkin pie for dessert.

My son got a full set of Octonauts characters for Christmas and is currently napping with every single one of them. I’m pretty sure he had a good day. And, tonight, he gets to see his friend Audrey! Even though she’s 4 (a full 1.5 years older), they play really well together. Here’s to a late wakeup call on Saturday morning!

Oh, and I got a new pair of Brooks running shoes! Hubba hubba!

Happy holidays everyone! I hope you are enjoying time with friends and family. And, I hope 2016 is one hell of a good year!

Wind + Rain = New Gear Evaluation

About a month ago, we had a super-duper windy day and I was like, “Wow, I am glad I am not out running in that.” On top of that, we are FINALLY in for some rain this season (thank you, El Nino). I really wanted something that was both windproof and waterproof so I won’t be banished to the treadmill at the gym too often.

That lead me to the Brooks Seattle Shell. I got to wear the jacket in the cold and wind a few times and everything went well. It gets hot in there so I have figured out the right number of layers now for 35F/1.7C and 45F/7.2C. At 55F/12.8C, the jacket is almost too warm, but it cuts the wind really well.

But, up until this weekend, I’ve missed out on rain testing the jacket. I’ve now had two rainy runs (Friday and today) and I feel pretty good about the jacket. On Friday, the rain wasn’t too heavy so I didn’t really need the hood. Today was different. Pretty strong, heavy rain on the second half of my run… So, I now have a pretty solid opinion on this jacket and here it is:

  1. Good on being windproof
  2. Definitely waterproof
  3. Both 1 and 2 are good at keeping me comfortable
  4. The hood is meh. It looks snug in the images on the Books website, but it’s not. In the wind, it comes off easy and there are no options to cinch it. It’s good secondary help, but I’d say wear a running hat. With a brim. Today, I wore a hat with no brim and the water just hit my face and made me want to hunker down, which messed up my posture a bit. Took a conscious effort to stop doing that

So, I’d say that this jacket is probably worth the $260 price tag, but I did expect a little more out of the hood. I mean, if you are going to tout it as being the jacket to get you out into the element when no one else can… But, hey, I felt pretty darn good after running in the rain this weekend. 🙂

Feels like somebody watching me…

We recently took our son to the zoo and bought him, among other things, a stuffed animal… A hippo. The first day I drove the car after our zoo trip, I went to see a customer then drove back home (I work from home about 50% of the time). No big deal. Later that day, I realized I needed to run an errand and THAT’S when I saw it… There was a hippo silently watching my every move.

Hello Hippo

Hello Hippo

I’m not one to take selfies in the car, but when I caught this guy in my rear view mirror, I couldn’t stop myself. I’m on to you, hippo!