Wednesday, January 25, 2017

When you do something stupid to compromise your own safety

I was hoping that my next post would be about updates on my fitness.  But instead, I want to tell you how dumb I was a few weeks ago.... I was so dumb that I can't drive to my favorite park, and I'm now switching up my routes and being extra careful of my surroundings.

A few weeks ago I drove out to one of my favorite areas to run.  I parked my car near a park that I frequent, and I started getting dressed in my car.  To do this  I will put my running shirt on over my top and put my sports bra on and then take off clothes from underneath. I don't full on strip down (okay maybe I do, if the coast is clear) Anyway, I was getting ready in an area where there were no other cars.  But, halfway through a car drives by (Subaru Outback) and out of the parking lot up onto a hill that leads out of the park. But, whatever I didn't think they cared.  Well, a few minutes later I'm about to step out of my car, and I notice that the same Subaru Outback is parked directly above me on the street above.   The dickhead driver actually pulled over so he could sneak a peak at me getting dressed.... Good night. I'm not a PYT (pretty young thing) but, I guess creepers are desperate to see a flash of skin.  I gave him the double middle fingers, and he drove off.  But, after that I sure as shit didn't want to run in that area.  Even better I'm sure the dude will recognize my car. So now, I have to avoid my favorite park (or at least not park in the area) if I want to feel safe.

I'm mad at myself for being careless, but I"m also mad because why should I have to worry about feeling safe, when I run at the park?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Shoe Talk Volume III

I love me some running shoes.  I think I loved them a little too much last year.

(January 2016) I paid $70 for these when my local running store shut down.
This is the ASCIS GT-2000, and this is an awesome shoe! Plenty of support
but it's not super clunky.  These shoes lasted 300+ miles

(Janary 2016) I got these babies for free!! Actually, I had a friend who
worked at Zappos, and I mentioned how my Brooks Adrenaline's' didn't
fit properly but, I didn't want to return them after running approx. 80 miles, and she comped
me a new pair of Brooks Cascadia Trail Shoes. I don't wear these
very often. But, so far they have been a great shoe for off roading

(January 2016) I got these for almost free at a local track club race
However, I am a wimp, and I'm too scared to try this shoe out.

(April 2016) Nike Lunar Glide 7 I paid $50 for this shoe, and
I loved these for short hard tempo runs, and for 5k racing. I did a few long
runs in them, and they lasted about 250 miles before they started to
feel old.  I still wear these on the weekend and for gym shoes.
(May 2016) Nike Structure Triax-I paid $50 for a shoe that normally costs $120
but the arch support in these shoes is way too stiff for me now and
these shoes hurt after only 180 miles in them...

(August 2016)
When you see $50 running shoes on sale you buy them!  This is the
ASICS GT-1000 and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference
between the GT-2000, and the GT-1000.  This shoe was so
good that I wore it for the marathon.  I wish I would have purchased
two pairs.
(September 2016) Saucony Guide 9 I paid $65 for these shoes
and I really like the support and cushioning in them. I had the previous
model and they held up through 300 miles

(October 2016) Nike Lunar Glide 8
My mom bought these for me. and they cost $120. I had taught her how to play
Keno and she ended up winning $800 very quickly at Cesar's Palace.
we went shopping in the Forum shops to celebrate....
I really liked these shoes at first., but the fit and support 
is so much different than the Lunar Glide 7.  
These shoes have a really high arch support and it aggravates the inside of my foot.  
I won't be wearing these for running....

FWIW I am a discount shopper, and I will buy shoes that are from last season, and I never pay full price (except for my last pair of Nike Lunar Glides). I used to be so dedicated to my Brooks Adrenalines.  but once they stopped woking for me, I became a bit of a shoe slut. I tried a lot of different brands last year. 

I noticed that I was complaining about my right foot for several months last year and because it didn't hurt while I ran, I just ignored it until it became a huge issue....

I pronate my feet when I run, and my arches are sort of flat. I have always worn a stability shoe for most of my runs.  When I was younger I could wear racing flat for 10k's and even half marathons... But,  I have to baby my feet now.

A few years ago I used to wear shoes like this to work.
When I started having kids my work shoe choices look more like this
Carrying a car seat, and chasing after small kids, calls for sensible shoes.  I'd still put on the heels when I had a date night, but for the most part ballet flats and other flat shoes were all that I wore.

These flat shoes lengthed my calves without me realizing it, and combined with marathon training and gaining a few pounds, this contributed to the strain on my right posterior tendon /posterior tibialis muscle.

I took the last month off of running (except for one short run), and my feet were feeling better.   I had also stopped being so obsessed with being on the lookout for discount running shoes, that I started looking at boots and winter shoes online.   I found this super cute shoe at Zappos, 

These shoes are going to help me strengthen my calves again.  I didn't realize that wearing flat shoes would f*ck my feet up so much.  I've worn these a few times, and they actually seem to help take the strain off of the over extended tendon.

I'm still going to be really cautious about upping my mileage.  For the time being,  I'm just going to be doing short runs of 2-3 miles, and I'm still working out at the gym.

I hope to give you an update on my fitness goals in my next post.

Thank you for reading.

Thank you Strava and New Balance!! #StravaBackHalfChallange

I'm going to take my new shoes for a spin today at lunch time!
New Balance 860v7

I received theses shoes for free because I entered the Strava Back Half challenge.  The challenge was to run a negative split marathon.  I did so, at Rock n Roll Las Vegas in November of 2016.

I was unable to wear these shoes last month because I was foolish and I jumped back into aggressive running (hill climbing) and I injured a tendon in foot.

I am slowly easing my way back into running.  I will try to give these shoes an honest review soon, and I also want to talk about other shoes in my next post. :)

I'm glad that December of 2016 has come to an end and I am ready to face 2017.