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Day 266 & What is your favorite brand/style of running/walking shoes?

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Today I set two goals for my workout: 1. To jog for 2.5 miles straight and 2. To do cardio for one hour. I met both goals. Here's what I did:

0.25 mile walk
2.5 mile jog
1.25 mile walk

My jogging pace was a 14 minute mile and my walking pace was a 17 minute mile. Both are good times. My jogging pace slows down as I add distance and my walking pace was faster, which was what I was aiming for. I also stretched afterward, another goal of mine. I still feel inflexible, but I'll make progress quickly if I stretch daily.

All this walking and jogging has pretty much worn out my shoes. It's time for me to get new walking and jogging shoes. Right now I have New Balance for my walking shoes, and Asics Gel Culumlus for my running shoes. I have trouble with foot and heel pain and these shoes seem to help.

What brand and style of running and walking shoes do my fellow Sparkers recommend? Just curious.

  
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SHARON360 8/22/2012 3:29PM

    Great blog topic! I've been curious about the same questions myself. Thanks!

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KPETSCHE 8/22/2012 3:15AM

    Awesome job on the running, Chris. It looks like you're coming right along again. I love Asics running shoes (my favorite is the Gel Kayano 18) because I get the cushioned support but you are getting great advise on going to a running store and getting an actual fitting by an expert. I plan on doing that eventually but not quite ready to fit it into my budget.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/21/2012 8:59PM

    I wear New Balance and I do recommend going to a running store and getting an assessment. They can give you all kinds of invaluable information about what kind of shoes you need and if you need customized inserts for a better fit or not. My ankles used to roll easily so I got New Balance with special rollbar technology to prevent that from happening. I also used to wear out the outside of my shoes more than the inside and these shoes have helped that as well.

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CJWALD 8/21/2012 3:41PM

    I wear New Balance and I like them. Although I have never been professionally fitted. I've thought about it, just never have done it.

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BLUE42DOWN 8/21/2012 1:38PM

    emoticon job!

I don't pick by brand so much. I go to a running store and get fitted. Previously I had Saucony and now I have Brooks. I have to admit I like the fit of the latter, but the custom insoles from the running store (an added expense) really make a bigger difference.

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KBRADFORD88 8/21/2012 12:35PM

    Well, I run and the best piece of advice I can give is go to a true running store. They will be able to tell you if you turn in or have a wide foot or pronate, etc.. Run outside on the sidewalk and be sure to go in the evening. This will help a lot. Expect to pay about a 100$ and replace them in 6 months. I am cheap, cheap. But you can;t replace your feet! emoticonGood luck

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WOUBBIE 8/21/2012 12:30PM

    Cheap! LOL!

I'm actually interested to see the replies here, because at long last I am planning to invest in some professionally-fitted shoes. I used to have good luck with Reebok Classics, but lately they just don't cut it - even brand new ones. Not sure what changed but something surely did!

Hey, look at you! Only 99 days until a full year of blogging under your belt!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/21/2012 12:23PM

    Way to go on your jog/walk! I'm not a runner, so I don't buy running shoes. Sorry on that one! Have a great day!

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Day 265 of 10 min of exercise per day

Monday, August 20, 2012

I was able to jog again today, which is my fourth jog in five days. The last two jogs have been short, one mile jogs, so I wanted to go longer today. Here's what I did:

0.25 mile walk
1 mile jog
0.5 mile walk
1 mile jog
0.25 mile walk

My total time was about 46 minutes, my jogging miles were about 14 minutes each. I decided before I started that I wanted to go slower so I could add the distance. I also didn't get out until after noon today, so it had already warmed up. It was beautiful though, and I love being outside on a sunny day like today. I also had time to stretch today, something I haven't done in months. Ooooo! I can tell I need to stretch. I've lost a lot of flexibility.

I blogged over the last couple of months about wanting to change up my plan. I've gotten so busy over that time, and had a trip to the hospital (possible gall bladder) during that time too. I've really slowed my routine down a lot. I have not jogged as much as I like, and my walks have been slow by my standards. I've gone out walking a lot with hubby or the kids, and that slows me down. Now that school has started, I've decided to get back to my basics: jogging (gradually increasing my distances and challenging my faster times on shorter jogs), walking fast during my walking intervals, stretching routinely, and I will re-introduce my weight lifting routine (also mixing that up with some of Spark people's routines). I think I'll wait another week for the weights. I want to get confident again on jogging and stretching first.

Wish me luck!
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MUSICMOMOF2 8/20/2012 4:26PM

    Way to go Chris! Keep up the great work and listen to your body!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/20/2012 3:36PM

    I'm so glad you are back to a good routine. I hope your body cooperates. It is so hard to have the drive and motivation and then have health problems slow you down. I am holding off on the strength trianing for now as well. I am trying to build up my jogging on the elliptical to 3.5 miles in 60 minutes and I don't want to fatigue my muscles more with strength training right now. I do want to add it back in though. I know it is important! Congratulations on keeping your streak alive through your illness and being a mother to six beautiful children! You are AMAZING! Simply INSPIRATIONAL!

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MUSOLF6 8/20/2012 3:30PM

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MIMIDOT 8/20/2012 3:17PM

    Sounds like you are doing great on your jogging. Thank you for sharing. Interesting blog. Spark on!

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Day 264-Kind of a break day

Sunday, August 19, 2012

What a beautiful morning! I decided to quickly get my workout in before mass this morning, and work after that. I did a 12 minute walk today. I wanted to give my body a rest from the jogging I've done the last three days. I went about 0.7 miles. It is chilly out there, and the fog is rolling in. A very nice break from all the heat we've had this summer.

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/19/2012 7:59PM

    Yes, these cooler temperatures are a blessed relief from the heat!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/19/2012 12:04PM

    I almost wish that I had taken my jacket with me this morning. It was chilly on the way to church, but gorgeous when I left the church! Have a great Sunday!

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KAYLA0041 8/19/2012 11:13AM

    Good Job - I can't wait for the chilly days so I can exercise outside again. It is way too hot here for that right now.

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Day 263

Saturday, August 18, 2012

I did one mile today, walked the first 1/8 and then jogged the rest. I did this in 13.5 minutes so I'm maintaining a pretty steady pace with my jogs. Working this weekend so not much time for long workouts. I'm looking forward to next week when I'll have more time for longer walk/jogs.

  
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/18/2012 10:00PM

    Great workout! I hope you have a good weekend.

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BLUE42DOWN 8/18/2012 2:22PM

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Love that you're keeping this streak going still!

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/18/2012 12:45PM

    Hope that work goes well! Have a great weekend!

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Day 262- Muscles a little sore, but I jogged again

Friday, August 17, 2012

Today I was running short on time, and I had a longer workout yesterday, so I only did 1.5 miles. Here's the walking/jogging breakdown:

1/4 mile walk
1 mile jog
1.4 mile walk

My jogging mile was 13 minutes (12:55) and my walking 1/2 mile was about 9 minutes (8:42).

My muscles are sore today, the good kind of sore like I'm challenging my body again. I hope that I can get back on the message boards more frequently as we get back into the school routine. Have a great weekend!

  
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HSMOM2FOUR 8/18/2012 6:48AM

    Fantastic job!!!!

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MJ7DM33 8/18/2012 12:57AM

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MUSICMOMOF2 8/17/2012 12:38PM

    Sounds like a great workout! Have a great Friday!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 8/17/2012 12:24PM

    emoticon workout!

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