Hey Guys! How is everyone? Sorry for the lack of posting the last few days, I was in need of a blog break. Sometimes you just need to disconnect from your blog, twitter, Facebook and not feel obligated to post or share. So what did I do on my blog break? My break was filled with lots of relaxing and reading. I’ve been making my way through the 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy and just can’t seem to put these books down. I started reading them just to see what all the buzz was about but the story line has intrigued me and now I’m committed to finishing the series. Ladies if you are looking for an easy, intriguing and steamy read I would check it out!
I’ve also made my way back to the yoga mat! Last week I practiced 4 times and am really looking forward to getting back to a steady practice. You’d think that training for a marathon and being able to run 26.2 miles would mean you are strong and in shape. I’ve learned that’s not necessarily true! Yoga has been kicking my butt! My arms and shoulders have been particularly sore, as have my abs. My legs feel strong but are weak when it comes to balance. Poses like wheel and pose of the dancer are proving a bit more challenging than they once were. I’m interested to see how long it will take me to feel strong on the mat again.
I’ve only ran twice in the last week and I’m OK with that. Both times have been short, around 3 or 4 miles and my pace has been about an 8:45min/mile. I’ve run with my Garmin both times but have only checked it when I’ve gotten home. I also haven’t run with my knee brace. I’m a little nervous running without it but so far I haven’t had any problems. I can tell that my body is used to having it there and is adjusting. I’ve made sure to foam roll and stretch after each run. I haven’t had any knee pain during or after runs so I hope I can continue to gradually run more and more without it. If my IT band does start to flair and I have knee pain I’ll definitely start running with the brace again.
To help motivate me to get out and run I bought new running shoes! My shoes from Boston Marathon just need to go in the garbage. The support in the shoe has worn out and they have over 400 miles on them. The real deal breaker is that they were soaking wet on marathon day for 26.2 miles. The fabric is actually still sticky feeling from all the Gatorade that was spilled on them and the laces are stiff. The worse part is the pieces of paper from the cups that is stuck all over them. Since it was so hot on marathon day everyone was constantly dumping water on themselves so the ground near the water stations was wet and then the paper cups were thrown on the wet ground and then trampled on by the runners. All those cups basically crumbled and disintegrated from being wet and run over repeatedly and the little pieces of paper stuck to my shoes. They smell gross and need to find the garbage ASAP. For me it was obvious I needed new shoes but for those times it is less obvious how do you know when to replace your shoes?
Here’s a link to an article I found on Competitor.com:
There are numerous ways of determining when to replace your running shoes. Some sources suggest replacing running shoes every 6 months. I regularly purchase my shoes at Marathon Sports in Boston, MA and this what their recommendation is. The problem is that we all run different amounts of mileage in a 6 month period of time. An ultra-marathoner may easily hit 1,000 miles or more, a marathoner may hit around 500 miles and someone running a 5K or who just enjoys a nice 3 mile run after work a few nights a week may only rack up 300 miles. A more accurate way would be to account for body weight and mileage. The magic number is 300-500 miles. A runner who is light weight could push the upper end of the spectrum and someone who is heavier should replace them closer to 300 miles. If you experience any discomfort in your shoes, you should consider replacing them regardless of the mileage or time. The same could be said for any wear on the treading of the shoe.
To help me keep track of my mileage on a shoe I write the date of the first run in them on the shoe. I use a Sharpie and find a discreet spot usually on the arch or heel of the shoe. This way I never have to guess when I first started using the shoe. Since I use a Garmin and upload all of my runs to the Garmin Connect software I am able to run a custom report between select dates to see how many miles I have in total on the shoes. This way I can keep a very accurate count of my miles on my shoes!