Good morning! I was feeling pretty terrible all day at work yesterday — sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, tummy issues — yuck.
Despite this mystery illness, I was still looking forward to hitting the treadmill after work because of these:
Fancy new kicks, huh? I know, I just got the Mizuno Alchemy from the Mezamashii Project, and I adore them, but while I was home for Christmas, my Dad wanted to take me to the local running shop to have my gait analyzed. It’s no secret that I’ve been feeling the pain of running recently, and it’s been a mystery to me because I experienced absolutely no running-related pain for the first two years of my running career. I had a sneaking suspicion that I wasn’t wearing the right shoes, but I didn’t know how to find the right shoes, and I knew that going to a running shop and having them analyze my gait was going to mean $$$. So, when my dad offered to buy me a pair of shoes (it is my birthday, after all), I was happy to accept.
My mom recently had knee replacement surgery, and she went to Lloyd’s Running Shop in Beaver, PA to be fitted with the proper sneakers that would keep her steady and not cause her to further injure her knees. My dad was so impressed that he wanted me to check it out. On Christmas Eve, we dashed over about an hour before they closed. Lloyd himself watched me walk across the store. He asked if it had been my left knee that had been bothering me, and I said it was my right. Then he asked if I ever had any ankle pain when I run, which I said I did on my left ankle. Apparently I supinate more on that side, which is why he thought that was the knee that was giving me trouble. According to Lloyd, I have a strong arch, which causes me to run on the sides of my feet. The goal was to find a shoe that would correct that.
It only took about 10 minutes tops, and I was in the Gel Nimbus 14. I tried another pair first, but I felt like there was too much of a lift in the heel — which is why I’ve never bought a pair of Asics before — but with these I didn’t feel that.
So, back to yesterday’s run!
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been running on the treadmill at a 0 incline to try to prevent knee pain. I know it’s bad for my shins, but I also didn’t want to reinjure my IT band, so it was my only option.
Yesterday, I experimented with incline and speed:
Sorry for the horrid phone picture (I was still walking when I snapped it), but the point is — it was my fastest run, and I kept the incline the whole time — NO knee pain. Here’s what I did:
For the Warm Up, I walked while varying my incline between 5.0 and 9.0. The cool down was nine minutes of jogging, slowly transitioning to walking. It was perfect! It kept me engaged, and it challenged me.
Now to the New Year’s Resolution part of this post.
From now until December 31st, I’m going to post a new resolution for 2013 here.
When someone does something to annoy me, or I get mad at someone, I will immediately think of three things that I love about that person.
Not at all fitness related, but important. I always want to remember the good about people. I’m sure I do a ton of things that annoy my loved ones, but they love me anyway, so from here on out, whenever someone does something that annoys me, I will immediately think of three things I love about that person. I tried that recently and it really worked — annoyance completely gone, never to be heard from again, so as I enter into 2013, the year I will be married, I want to always, always find the good in people — especially my future husband — because I want to treasure those relationships.
Question of the day:
What’s one of your New Year’s Resolutions?