NRC + Wk 4 Training Recap

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Brooks Ravenna5

This post is well over do…

YAYAYAYA! I finally have new running shoes. It only took some knee pain in my right knee to get me to go to the store. 🙂 Nonetheless I have new sneakers and they fit and feel so great. I ventured over to Naperville Running Company on my lunch break to get fitted. I hadn’t been fitted for shoes since 2011 and that’s a serious shame. The look on the sales associate face when I told her that, was priceless. I promptly followed with, “but I’ve only been running/training seriously since May of this year”. To my surprise, sneakers have a shelf-life y’all. Did you know that? Basically after a year of being on your “shelf” and worn moderately the cushion in the shoe starts to wear. Hence why, they say you should get new shoes every year or every 300 – 500 miles. After we chatted for a bit about my exercise regimen and how many miles I run per week. I took off my sandals and proceeded to walk 10 or so paces away from her and then back. After that she asked if I had a brand preference, I’m really glad I said, no. 🙂

She brought out 4 pairs of shoes: 1) Nike Lunarglide (newest version), 2) Saucony, 3) Mizuno and 4) Brooks Revenna5. I tried on the Nike’s on my left foot and the Mizuno’s on the right. The Nike’s were heavy and bulky and the Mizuno’s felt lighter so I switched my left foot to the Saucony’s and they felt better than the Mizuno’s so I switched my right foot to the Brooks and DING DING DING!!!!

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Me running – see the slight point to the right on my right foot

The Brooks felt secure and light, like I was walking on a cloud.  I put both pair of Brooks Ravenna5’s on and headed over to the treadmill. I started running for literally 15-30 seconds and the sales associate asked if my knee pain was in my right knee. I said, yes and asked her how she knew. She stopped the treadmill and proceeded to run the tape back to show me exactly how I run. My left foot lands in straight line and doesn’t pronate much. My right foot lands pointed slightly to the right. I also found out that pronating is very normal and everyone does it. I over-pronate a little, which means I need a shoe with more stability in the heel.

After my much needed lesson, we talked race supplements since, my training is calling for runs longer than 6 miles. To my surprise I picked up the Cliff shot blocks. They are like gummies and I’m not a gummy person at all but they tasted good and didn’t get stuck in my teeth. I will be trying a few others in the near future as I don’t think energy gummies is a good idea in my house with a 4 year old, who sometimes sneaks his treats before asking for one. 🙂

Now on to my Week 4 training. I only missed 1 workout due to knee pain and I didn’t want to chance a full blown injury so I waited to run until I had my new shoes. Wednesday’s run I did on the treadmill during lunch because it was raining that morning and probably a good idea. Friday and  Saturday, I hit the streets and felt great during my longest run EVER, of 8 miles early Saturday morning. I was OMG proud of my self for keeping somewhat of a consistent pace and running the entire 8 miles. I was able to get in 2 yoga sessions and 1 cross-training session with my KB Scorcher Series as well.

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Week 4 – Complete

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Accomplishment #smashinggoals

Have you ever been to a running store to get fit for sneakers? How did you like it? 


15k Training: Week 3

I finished week 3 and I’m feeling OK. I started getting some stiffness/soreness in my right knee which I think is related to my running shoes. I’ve had them since 2011. Don’t judge me. LOL Back then I wasn’t training nor exercising, let alone running consistently. Now, that exercise and running has become a part of my life I’m going to have to get some new running shoes soon (most likely today), so that this knee issue doesn’t turn into an injury.

Week 3 was Build A Base week. I like how each week you are setting out and accomplishing a small goal that will lead to the ultimate goal of your race. All of my runs were in the morning some before 6am. 🙂 I really enjoy morning runs & workouts. I killed my long run on Saturday, a comfortable pace, 6 mile run. It felt great to be able to run non-stop. Next week is an 8 mile run. I’ll have to see how my knees are doing but I’m sure I’ll be good to do a nice run/walk pace if need be.

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Week 3 Recap

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This weeks motivation

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Kettlebell Kickboxing POWER – cross-training

15k Training: Week 2

I crushed Weeimage (2)k 2 and it feels great! It doesn’t hurt that Nike+ hypes me up with cool graphics and reminds me that I did indeed CRUSH week 2. AHAHA! I know it’s early in training and I still have 10 weeks to go but I plan on celebrating as I go because small victories work best for me. Each week of training I complete is a success. It means that I SMACKED my excuses in the face every day I woke up early to do a run or cross-train.

I had to travel for work last week and made sure I got in my 5 miles Tuesday morning before my road trip to MSU with co-workers. I packed my workout clothes and hit the hotel gym Wednesday morning for my cross-training session and I was so glad I did because I needed every ounce of energy to work BTS in our store. Nonetheless week 2 was great.

I’m an avid follower of Hal Higdon’s Marathon FB page and he posted this little nugget yesterday that was an Ah-Moment for me:

TIP OF THE DAY: In any long distance race, except at the elite level, you do not beat others, as you might in a mile or a 100-meter dash. Instead, you achieve a personal victory. If others finish in front or behind you, it is only that their personal victories are more or less than yours. A person finishing behind you with less talent, or of a different age or sex, or various other limiting factors, may have achieved a far greater victory. And if the person’s main goal in running the race was to raise money for charity, the amount of money collected may be a more important barometer of success than finishing time.

BOOM that gave me more motivation to always RUN MY RACE!

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Hotel Gym, East Lansing, MI cross-training day

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Week 2/12 Complete