Running shoes are fickle. They’re not like regular shoes where they start out uncomfortable and then you break them in. You don’t want running shoes to hurt ever (duh). But sometimes they do. I bought a pair of New Balance 880s from Big Peach, a local running shoe store, a couple of weeks back. Looking at my purchasing history, they saw that I have tried both a neutral shoe and a stability shoe in the past.
I tried both styles on and went with the stability one. And then I ran on the treadmill a few days later and my feet hurt. It was a weird pain – on the outside of my foot. I chalked it up to not running in a while (because that makes your feet sore in a specific spot?) but then I tried again a few days later and same deal. Foot pain.
So last weekend, I went back to Big Peach with my shoes in a Target bag because of course I had thrown away both the box and the receipt. They analyzed my gait and told me sometimes someone can go from being an overpronator to having a more neutral stride and I guess that’s what happened to me. They said that I turn my feet outward when I run, but I don’t really overpronate.
After trying on like 5 pairs of neutral shoes and running with them on the store’s treadmill, I decided on some asics. And they took back my used New Balances, no box, no receipt.
It’s been a long time since I’ve written a race report. Back in the day, I used to run like 10 races every year. I think maybe I ran one in 2014. And it was terrible. But now I can say that I’ve run one in 2015. Hopefully this is just the beginning. I miss racing.
In the past six months or so, Jason has gotten really into working out. His workouts put mine to shame. He’s mostly been running and wanted to sign up for a 5K. We decided on the Seneca 5K, in Jason’s home town of Seneca, South Carolina.
When we first decided to do the race, I was determined to train for it. But then Alexander got a stomach bug one week and then I got it the next and somehow it was the day of the race, and I wasn’t trained at all. Umm, oops? That’s not to say that I hadn’t been running at all, but I definitely didn’t train.
The weather was perfect on Saturday morning. Sunny in the upper 50s. I started off feeling good and tried to run at a pace that felt faster than normal. After about a quarter or half mile, I realized Jason was right next to me and we ran basically together. The race was an out and back. There were no mile markers which was sort of annoying, but since there was a turnaround, that helped me gauge how far we’d gone and how far the finish line was. I took some walk breaks here and there, but managed to catch back up to Jason.
We both finished in around 31:20. It was a PR for Jason!
We hung out for a while after the race and took advantage of the free beer. I mean, yeah, it was 9 am, but there’s something about a race that makes it okay to have a [very small] beer.
Even though this wasn’t my best time, it felt good to get back out there again. Jason and I both feel inspired to do another race soon, maybe in April. And maybe this time I’ll train for it.
A race recap. Can you believe it? Neither can I! Jason, Alexander and I ran the Candler Park Fall Fall Fest 5K with our friends Heather, JP and Allston.
I haven’t really been running much. I mean, every couple days I’ll run like 2 miles or so but I take walk breaks and haven’t really pushed myself at all. That said, for some reason, I thought I could run a hilly 5K easily. Spoiler: it didn’t go that well.
Jason decided to let me run ahead and he’d take the running stroller. I did fine for the first mile or so and then came the hills. I swear, the last two miles of this race were like all uphill. So I took walk breaks. Lots of walk breaks.
This was probably one of the slowest 5Ks I’ve ever run. At least I knew it while I was running it. I mean, I walked a lot. It’s better than those races that you think you did really well but then when you see the finish line, you realize eh, not so much.
I’ll just pretend that I ran the whole thing.
Afterward, we hung out at the festival for a while.
Maybe next time I should train a little more.
There’s a new addition in our house. No, not this one…
(well, him too, I guess) but this one…
I’ve been back at work for four weeks now. I’ve mostly figured out my routine and how to fit everything in in the evenings. But what I really was struggling with was fitting in a workout.
Alexander is too small for a jogging stroller. And since Jason works overnights and I’m on my own, I can’t exactly go to the gym or run outside before Alexander wakes up. I drop him off and pick him up from daycare. By the time we get home, it’s nearly 7pm. I guess I technically could go home, change my clothes and drive to the [crowded] gym while Jason hangs out with Alexander but that would have me making dinner at like 9pm. I mean, I could (and sometimes do) go to the gym on my lunch break but by the time I get there and change and stuff, I can really only fit in a 25 minute workout.
Finding the time to work out was even harder for Jason. Our routine is that he gets home from work at like 9 am. He goes to sleep around 11 or noon and is up when I get home with the baby. Logistically, he could go to the gym after he got off work, but working out gives him energy and he wouldn’t be able to fall asleep when he’s supposed to.
Anyway, that was a really long-winded way of saying that we got a treadmill and are working on converting our sun room (a room that we never knew what to do with anyway) into a home gym.
We found a used treadmill for a decent price on Craigslist a couple weeks ago. I know that some people buy gym equipment that turns into more of a coatrack, but I don’t think that’ll happen with me. I feel better after I work out. I was in a post-baby funk for a really long time, but I think working out has been extremely helpful in getting me out of it.
Jason mounted a small tv on the wall so it’s just like being at the gym…only I have an audience.
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I’m having some trouble blogging lately, if you haven’t noticed. It’s not so much lack of time, though there is that, but it’s more lack of content. When you’re working full-time and have a 3-month old, there’s not much else going on in life. Actually, that’s not entirely true – I have been doing the Couch to 10K program. I got a free app (called Zen Labs Couch to 10K) and started on Week 4.
(Don’t laugh at my headphones. I have yet to find ear buds that both fit in and don’t hurt my ears. Believe me, I’ve tried.)
So far, the longest periods of running have only been five minutes at a time. And as humbling as it is, that’s kind of hard. There’s a gym fairly close to my office and as long as I keep my workouts to a half hour or less, I can fit them in during my lunch break. Otherwise, I have to run outside when I get home from work. It’s not the outside part that bothers me, it’s the when I get home from work.
Before Alexander was born, I thought maybe I’d run a 5K in May. Umm, yeah, not going to happen when I think running five minutes straight is difficult. Plus, Alexander is too small and doesn’t have enough head control for a running stroller anyway.
When I started to work out again, I tried a bunch of different things – I did the Insanity workouts with my friend/neighbor Amanda for a little bit. I did the 30 Day Shred DVD once but ultimately, I came back to running and that’s what was easiest to stick with. It’s not really surprising when I think about it. Running has always been my preferred way to exercise. Even when I hate it, I still like it. Now if only I could run for more than five minutes at a time.
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