Friday, June 21, 2013
As you read this confession today, I want you to remember my blog from yesterday in which I highlighted myself being quick and witty. Ummmm. In case you didn't know it, I'm not always that way -- case in point: yesterday's training run. Since I was going to run in my neighborhood I thought it was a perfect time to try out my new running shoes. I could easily swing by home to change shoes if they weren't working out for me. You may have caught my earlier blog in which I told about my black toe nail and got the advice that I needed a bigger toe box and a professional fitting, both of which I got.
So, I got out to run before 7am, just a little blurry-eyed. The air was heavy and humid, but not too hot, and I found a shaded street. As I ran I thought to myself that these shoes feel really different from any of my other pairs. They definitely were roomier - good. My sore toe didn't rub at all. But, they didn't offer as much support especially for the arch. I was questioning whether the orthotic I switched to, no longer needing a "metatarsal lift" per the running store, was the right one for me. As my run approached three miles I swear I could feel gravel, mulch, and any asphalt bump on the road. Don't I need more padding in these shoes?? I'm just going to have to take them back, I thought.
So I got home, took off the new shoes, and started to put them back in the shoe box. And then I saw them. The orthotics I was suppose to be wearing were in the box AND the original inserts for the shoes were there, too. I had been running on the bare bottom of the shoes. Duh. Quick and witty? Who, me??
Thursday, June 20, 2013
This morning at the senior dance, where hubby and I had a good time "cutting a rug," I sat next to my good friend from the Y, Bertie. She is definitely the most flamboyant dancer on the floor and arguably the most talented. I know she is quite a few years older than I, but very fit. Well, the man sitting across the table from us said something to her about eating like a horse -- I think he was awkwardly trying to say she burns a lot of calories on the dance floor, but she appeared to be insulted. I turned to her and said that I'm the one who eats like a horse because I have oats every morning. She laughed and we all went back to having a great time!!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
I've been taking granddaughter Natalie, 6 year old kindergarten completer, to gymnastics day camp each weekday morning since school was out. Some days her sister Gwen, 2.5 years, and I have played in the playground (Peterson Park or YMCA) or on the basketball court before she goes to the Y nursery while I workout. One day last week Gwen and I swam at the Y and she wants to do it again, so we will. We spend the afternoons at home; sometimes she splashes in our play pool; sometimes we run/walk down our street or ride her tricycle in the driveway. She's not taking naps these days, but we do have some quiet time, usually with stories.
Yesterday Natalie had a mishap. She had a collision with a child in gymnastics, got a cut on her eyebrow, and had to go get it glued (not stitches - they glued it!) So I thought I might have her all day today, but she was feeling good and went back to gymnastics camp today. I don't think it is even going to leave a scar.
I run my two weekday runs often at the Y on the treadmill and on Saturdays I do the Galloway run outside, at least that's the way it worked last year. This Saturday my nephew will be running a 5K and I hope to get my run in and still see him finish. Yesterday I ran and today I did an elliptical workout. I'm eating pretty good right now and not stressing about it.
Well, there's my update. Hope everyone is having a healthy, active, and happy day!!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
According to Jeff Galloway's miracle mile formula, my recent mile run time of 9:25 predicts I should run a 5K in 30:54. If I use my best ever mile time of 8:47 that predicts a 5K time of 28:56. But in mid-April I ran a 5K in 27:33, considerably faster than predicted.
My recent time predicts a 10K time of 1:07, but my April time was 1:01, decidedly faster than predicted.
My recent time predicts a half marathon time of 2:28. My one and only half marathon I ran in 2:37, slower than predicted.
What does this mean? I should be able to run a faster mile. I'll try. And I have a real shot at a personal record in my half marathons coming up in November and
Saturday, June 15, 2013
Thanks for your help and suggestions regarding my toe issue. Yes, my second toe is slightly longer than my big toe. I also have two huge bunions so I am difficult to fit, but I did buy new shoes today at our local running store. I had to wait about 45 minutes to get the most knowledgeable salesperson. (Last time I was served by a new clerk and that might have been part of my problem.) Unfortunately the shoes that best fit my bunion and have the best toe box for my foot are then too wide in the heel and flop when I run even when the shoe is specially laced. So I got a compromise pair, bigger in the toe box than what I've been wearing, but still narrow enough that it doesn't flop on my heel. They were more expensive, too. Fingers are crossed that they will serve me better, especially while this toe heals.
I did my first training run of the season with my Galloway group this morning, starting at 6am, in my old shoes. I was a little disappointed that I ran my "miracle mile" in 9:25. That is better than last year's 9:44, but far off my recent best mile of 8:47. It was very humid and a bit hot, but the weeks I had to take off due to injury are probably the reason I didn't do as well as I had hoped.
However, it appears to me it really isn't going to matter this year. We have a total of 9 training groups, 3 of which are "half marathon time improvement" groups. (The other groups are slower "to finish" groups or are training for full marathons.) I was placed in the middle of the half marathon improvement groups, but all 3 improvement groups ran the same route. We were told if we felt bad and wanted to drop back to the last group or felt strong and wanted to catch up to the first group we could. Well, after about a mile and a half I was feeling strong and caught up to the first group and finished strong. So this year I'll be able to run at precisely the pace that is right for me on that particular day. I'm excited about that!!
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