Climbing Binge and Running off the AnxietyLast week I went on a 10-mile trail run, and I climbed over 1100 feet during this run.
Strava keeps track of my weekly mileage and elevation, and I do have an addictive personality... After that run, on Tuesday, I wanted to see how many feet I could climb for the whole week. My original goal was to climb 2500 feet, and then I decided to bump that goal up to 3000 feet. I ended up climbing 2,991 feet.
|Close but, no cigar|
I ran all 7 days last week, and I hit 42 miles.. That's something I normally wouldn't do because I enjoy my rest days. However, I think because I had started classes last Monday, I'm feeling a bit more high strung than usual. Running is one of the ways that I blow off steam. It also makes me feel more relaxed. I used to drink alcohol on a regular basis, and I used alcohol as a way to cope for a very long time. I'm glad that I don't drink anymore. But, sometimes during times of stress, those nasty cravings will rear their ugly head.... I will always have to try to remember how far I have come.
|Picture from the foothills on Saturday|
|Sunday's Run, Doesn't this look creepy?|
|Here's the view from the other direction. I still felt uneasy|
running in an isolated area.
ASICS GT-2000's How I love you so!** Feel free to skim through this part of the post, if you don't need a stability shoe, my feet pronate and I have worn a stability trainer for most of my running years.**
At the beginning of the year, I was rotating two pairs of shoes. the Brooks Adrenaline 15 and the Saucony Guide 8. Both shoes are good, but they aren't perfect.
|I've run about 100 miles in these shoes, and I've just about|
given up on making them work.
The Brooks Adrenaline 15 is a nice firm ride with lots of cushioning, this pair has been especially troublesome because the fit of the shoe was cut too small. I also don't like the fact that the heel to toe drop on this shoe is 12mm. I think this may have been making my heel striking even worse.
|I like you much better than the Brooks.|
The Saucony Guide 8 is lightweight for a stability shoe, and it fits like a glove. The heel to toe drop is also a less severe 8mm. My only issue with this shoe is that it is not as firm as I would like it. My arches (flat feet) need a little more support sometimes. I like this shoe for mid-long runs, but I would be worried about wearing it for a 20 miler.
The ASICS GT-2000 3 feels like the best of both worlds. The heel to toe drop is 8mm, but the ride is nice and firm, and the cushioning is great. I seem to be more drawn to these shoes.
|Loving you is easy cause you're beautiful...|
I started wearing this shoe right before I got sick (early February) I wore them for two short runs of 3 miles each, But, I didn't really start training in these until after the half marathon. These shoes are my favorite pair to wear right now.
My hip also hasn't been bothering me so much either. I wonder if it's because of the lower heel to drop ratio, and maybe because I'm not heel striking as much? I also haven't been doing any intense interval speed work either...
Food PicturesDuring the week, my husband gets home from work before I do most nights. He's in charge of dinner most of the week. But, on the weekends, I really enjoy cooking and baking treats for my family. I wanted to show you some of the things that I have made over the last couple of weeks.
|I finally figured out how to make crispy tofu.|
|Multi grain dinner rolls. These have hemp seeds, hemp oil and oatmeal|
in them in addition to regular wheat flour. I have to sneak in
protein and Omega 3's wherever I can with my picky kids.
|Almost vegan cookies. These are pumpkin, hemp, chia,|
cranberry, coconut, dark chocolate chip cookies.
The only thing that isn't vegan are the dark chocolate chips.
I used Vegan margarine, and pumpkin puree as the liquid base.
|Avocado Egg Rolls. Not the healthiest meal, but it |
tasted so good!
|Vanilla Cake, with berries on top.|