I have about two weeks of training updates to tell you about. Last week on a whim I decided to try to earn a
I didn't read all the fine details. I thought I would only have to climb 1500 feet in the month of December. It turns out I have to climb 1500 meters... hahahahaha. I have about three more days to tack on some elevation.
Training Updates and Running without a Watch
Thursday 12/17- Just shy of 9 miles. I've managed to kill both my Garmin and my cheap digital stop watch. I have been running blind, but I'm hoping to purchase a GPS watch soon.
|No more arm parties for you!|
Friday 12/18- I did a short strength training workout, and then I ran two miles at recovery effort.
For my weight training I did the following exercises:
Incline dumbbell press
Around the worlds for chest
Side step downs off of a bench.
Tricep extensions with rope
Around the world lunges
Handstand against the wall
Sunday 12/20- 4.7 Mile shake out run. My hip is feeling oh so tender... I really aggravated it when I ran super hard down the hill on Thursday. I was able to run, but I didn't want to run really far on it.
Monday 12/21- 3.6 Mile run. Another easy run.. Nothing too exciting to report
Tuesday 12/22-Rest- I had a very hectic day at work. No time to run.
Wednesday 12/23- 7.4 Miles... I needed two miles to warm up, but my hip was still feeling tender. I think I aggravated my hip from over striding during tempo pace. I watched a few videos online to work on my running form the night before, and I decided to do some form drills, A-skips, butt kicks, and high knees, then I decided to do some short strides. After that I was nice and warmed up, and the rest of my run was quite pleasant. Here's the data.
Friday 12/25 Christmas Day- 7.3 Miles. Since I entered a climbing challenge I decided I wanted to run up a big hill in the area. Owens St. has one of the steepest residential climbs in my neighborhood. It's not a very long hill, just very steep. It was also really freaking cold and windy. Like a dummy I wore shorts, and froze my ass off. But, I did take a selfie at the top of the hill. Here's the data.
I have avoided Los Feliz drive for the past few months, because a home owner was letting their dogs roam freely in the neighborhood. I figured it was too cold for the dogs to be up and running around.
Here's the data:
|Another attempt at a Selfie. Derp.|
|This picture is from earlier in September.|
Anyway...As I"m running up the hill a car drives past me up the hill, then they flip a u-turn to come back down the hill. As they are driving close toward me, the car intentionally swerves in my direction to probably scare me. (I've had this happen in the past)... That didn't scare me.... When I ran to the top of the hill to flip a u-turn to come back down the hill, I notice that the car is parked on the shoulder of the road... If felt like they were waiting for me....
I yanked my headphones out my ears, and pulled out my phone, and set the dial to 911... I also slowed my pace down to a near walk.. I wasn't in any hurry to run towards this car... After what seemed like forever the car took off... I ran the rest of the way home scared.... I made a point to run the turns really wide, and I also ran on the much busier road, as opposed to running down one of the quieter residential streets. I kept waiting for a car to come rolling up next to me. When I run, I'm always paranoid, but this took things to a whole new level... My neighborhood isn't the best, but it's okay. However, if you go a few miles up the road, things get pretty real... I don't want to take my safety for granted...I'd to think that I'm not the only runner that scans the ground for possible weapons when I'm out running...
Here's the data:
Monday 12/28 10.6 Miles- I didn't expect to run this far today. I wish I would have planned better and brought fuel with me. I did dress more appropriately today, and I wore tights. I ran my old favorite 10 mile loop. The first half was uphill, and the second half was downhill. I also plan to run something long tomorrow, so I took the pace easy. Here's the data:
I bought two new pairs of running shoes for Christmas!! I needed to replace both my Nike Air Zoom Structure 18's, and the Brooks GTS Adrenaline 14's that I recently wore for the marathon.
Both pairs have around 250 miles on them.. I will still probably wear the Nike's as casual shoes, and the Brooks have another 100 miles left on them.
I really liked that the Nikes' they did an excellent job of correcting the effects of my heel striking, and I feel that they helped fix the plantar fascitis issues that I was having earlier this year. My only complaint is that I wish they lasted longer than 250 miles. It's a very stiff shoe, with a very responsive ride. I liked this shoe for tempo paced workouts, or when my feet needed TLC. My only complaint is that it's a pretty pricey shoe.
The two pairs of shoes that I ended up buying are the Saucony Guide 8 and a new pair of Brooks Adrenline 15's
I bought both pairs of shoes at a deep discount!! I paid less than $80 for the Adrenaline 15's and $50 for the Guide 8's,
I chose the Guide because I had worn the Guide 7 previously, and while I wasn't blown away by the shoe, $50 is too good of a deal to pass up on running shoes. It's a stability shoe, with a lot of cushion, I feel that these shoes are a softer ride, than the Brooks Adrenaline, and that this would be a great shoe for tempo workouts.
The Brooks Adrenaline 15 is last year's model, and one generation newer than my previous pair of Adrenalines. While I love the snappy colors, I noticed that this pair of shoes has a firmer more stable ride than the last edition. Which is good since this will be the replacement pair to my Nike's. But, the fit is also a little larger too. I noticed that my foot was sliding around a little bit in this shoe, and I will need to make adjustments to the laces and fit...
Well that's all I've got for now.... I will try not to let too much time pass, before you have to read a long wall o' text.
Thank you for reading!!