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Resolution #1

28 Dec

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:

shoes

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.

Kristy and daddy 2012

Me and my Dad in our Lloyd’s Running Shop shirts!

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:

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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:

workout

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.

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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.

Resolution #1:
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? 

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Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer Update

16 Dec

Last time we spoke, I mentioned that I have been having trouble running on the treadmill without IT band (knee) pain. Well, folks, that has all changed due to two things.

1. These babies came in the mail on Friday:
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The Mizuno Alchemy 12’s I got from the Mezamashii project! I’ll tell you what, these shoes feel great on my feet. I just had to take them out for a mile around the park before I hit the weight room on Friday.

2. I read that to lessen IT band pain, you should run downhill. Since I don’t live in a very hilly area, I decided to start leaving the treadmill at 0% incline when I run, which they say is like running slightly downhill:

runnnn

…again with the glare, but you get the picture. Two 30 minute runs, the second a little faster than the first, with NO knee pain! I really don’t know if it’s the shoes or the lack of incline, but I’m not going to change a thing. I have been taking it easy, though, I run for 5 minutes, then I walk for one. It works, so I’ll keep doing it for now.

As for the weight training portion of the plan, everything is going great. I’m still doing things I’ve never done in the weight room and I’m really starting to see definition in my arms. Today was shoulder day, and as I was doing Lateral Raises, I really saw that shoulder muscle definition. Yay!

I’m holding steady at a weight loss of 2 lbs, but I took my measurements yesterday and I’ve lost half an inch around my waist!

Question of the day:
What brand of running shoes do you wear? 

Not Quite Ready….

17 Nov

I woke up this morning bright and early, and really wanting to go for a run. I had plans to go to a yoga class at 9, but since I was up and at ’em at 7 am, I thought I’d give it a try.

It was my first true cold-weather run of the season. It was 31 degrees out, so it was quite cold. I was glad I got to wear my hat with built-in headphones. It’s so much better than earbuds, I wish I could wear it all year. It was quite cold, but once I got going it wasn’t too bad (except my hands — I need gloves!)

I decided to do my favorite 3 mile out-and-back, and I felt great until right before I got to the turn around, when my right knee started hurting, in the same place it did last week. I stretched it out at the turn around point, but I couldn’t do too much running on the way back home. It was so much colder when I wasn’t running! I ended up running the last quarter mile or so just to warm up. I guess I’m not quite ready to be running, so I’m glad I didn’t sign up for the Turkey Trot! I’m pretty sure the knee pain is IT band related, so I’m looking up stretches and going to limit my running to a couple miles a day.

It was a pretty morning, though!

After my run, I stretched a bit (but not much because I was heading straight to yoga):

Streeeetch!

Yoga was great! My neighbor Ashley has been teaching a weekly yoga class because she just recently got certified. She’s an amazing teacher, I always feel like I got a good workout after her class.

After yoga, I went ahead and knocked out the grocery shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner, which I’m cooking. Here’s my menu:

  • Roast Turkey
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Stuffing
  • Green beans with creamy shallots and mushrooms
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with pecans
  • Apple/Pear Galette
  • Apple Sangria

My sister-in-law is bringing the sweet potatoes and my father in law will bring the pumpkin pie. I’m most excited about the apple sangria, if I’m being honest!

Question of the Day:
Are you cooking Thanksgiving Dinner? If not, are you contributing a dish to the dinner you’re attending?