Saturday, December 08, 2012
…Another bite that I think I can chew.
I thought I had the Thanksgiving hosting pressures under control but I was wrong and Christmas is about three weeks off with more entertaining. In addition to a renewed effort at self control, here's my plan for fighting holiday bloat:
1. Join the Triple Cities Running Club -$5.00 balance of 2012 -$20.00 renewal 2013. (I'm mailed the check today)
2. Do training runs during December. (So far 10K Dec. 1, 5K Dec. 2, 5K today -all slow and easy focusing on technique which still leaves much to be desired)
3. Run in the January Freeze 10K Series. ("Saturdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26 with a make-up date of February 2. (Makeup will only be used if one of the other dates is canceled). Races to be held at Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, NY. Races start at 10:00 AM with race day registration starting at 9:00 AM. No pre-registration. Fee: free to TCRC members or $10 for non-members to cover all four races.")
…Back in April
I bought myself a pair of Mizuno Wave Creation 12 running shoes after I saw a video about Mizuno shoes on LiveFit. They were an older discounted model, but I was taking a gamble and I didn't want to invest too much. It turned out that they were perfect for me and played a large roll in my positive experience with running. I'm now confident in the Mizuno Wave line. Those shoes have twice the recommended mileage on them and it is time for me to replace the first pair so today I bought myself a gift. I pre-ordered the Mizuno Wave Prophecy 2 shoes which come out December 5th. They cost more than twice what I paid for the first pair, but I think they will be worth it and I know I am. I went up a half size because I think all this running has actually made my feet a little longer. I ordered them from Road Runner Sports this time. They let you try shoes for up to ninety days and return them if you find they are not right for you. I don't think buying the shoes was a gamble this time around, but I can call it a safe bet.
…2011 was the Year of the Kettlebell for me. 2012 was the Year of Running.
2013 is going to be the year of getting it right. I'm going to concentrate on form and not speed when I run and I'm going to use 20 and 25# kettlebells until I feel right about the way I'm handling them. I'm looking forward to the next round of live KB classes studio at the LiveFit studio.
I was heading out to run Thursday and there at my back door were my new Mizunos. They were supposed to ship today so that was a surprise. I had to go back inside and change my shoes. This month I am meeting a MapMyRuns.com challenge to run at least thirty minutes a day for twenty days. I've been trying to mitigate some aches and pains by slowing down and concentrating on mechanics which resulted in consistent 11:30 min. miles the first five days of the month. When I got outside with my new shoes on Thursday, I thought that I put out the same effort over the same route, but my miles were a minute and a quarter faster with no shoe break-in time and I felt like I was on cloud nine. Like Michael Jordan used to say in the Nike commercials, "It must be the shoes." I was really happy with my old Mizunos but I think going up a few model levels and a half size instantly spoiled me. I took the day off yesterday. There was freezing rain and drizzle all day. It is pretty wet out today and I don't want to mess up my expensive pretty new shoes, but I am going out to run now and I won't be able to bring myself to wear the old ones.
LATER ON DECEMBER 8th:
Tomorrow, Judith and I are going to a Latke Lunch at my friend Alan's house. Alan's cooks the Latkes on a bunch of grills on his front porch rain, snow, or shine. They are big and I estimate that the with the oil they are about 400 calories each. Maybe J and I will split one. I used to eat five or six during the course of the afternoon and that was on top of a myriad of other goodies (read pasta salads, potato salads, chocolate anything, and lots of wine) I used to ignore the good stuff like tabbouleh salad. This time around I'm armed with knowledge and will do better.
New Shoes Continued: After Thursday's surprising time, I tried an experiment. Today, I set out to run a 5K with the same level of effort and attention I had been giving the first week of December and this time, I would not look at my Garmin until I was done. I wanted to see how close I would come to the eleven+ minute mile pace I had been running, based only on my perception of what I was doing. I know there are subconscious influences on the result of this kind of exercise but these results were a real shock.
LAP TIME MILE M/M PACE
1 10:52.9 1.00 10:53
2 8:59.5 1.00 8:59
3 8:54.6 1.00 8:55
28:48:9 3.00 9:36
I thought I was moving at a relatively slow training pace and ended up close to my average race pace. I didn't even make my half-hour commitment and had to go out again.
I love these new Mizunos. Can't wait for a race.