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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:

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…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? 

Well, that’s Discouraging!

11 Dec

Guess what?

ran today!

…sort of.

treadmill

Of course, you can’t see that top display very well because of the glare, but I ran the first 5 minutes before having to stop and run to the restroom. Only once in my life have I been able to run on the treadmill for an entire workout without having to stop the treadmill and restart it. So, yes, I ran! Today marks the beginning of Phase 2 of the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer, and that means I’m allowed to do cardio again! Here’s my workout for today:

phase 2 day one

Ok, first of all, pull ups. They are my nemesis. I can’t do them unassisted, I just…hang there! Today, I decided to use the assisted pull up machine. The first round I did 49% of my bodyweight, and it was hard — I couldn’t even do 10 reps! I think next time they are on the agenda, I’ll set the Smith Machine about waist level and pull myself up from the ground. I really want to be able to do a single unassisted pull up. Maybe someday!

My gym has a hammer strength machine, but it’s only the push one, not the pull, so I just skipped that exercise. I could have found an alternate, but I was eager to get on the treadmill!

So, the treadmill. I guess I expected to have no problems with my run, after basically resting my knee for a solid month. No such luck. After about a mile, I felt that knee pain coming back. I didn’t want to push too much, so I just took a lot of walking breaks. It hurt the whole time I was running/walking, and while I was walking home, but as soon as I got my post-run stretch in, the pain was gone. I guess I’ll just have to stick with short runs until I’m healed. It’s just discouraging, I want to be running my regular mileage again! Especially since I got this in my inbox yesterday:

mezamashii

!!!

Yep, I’ve been invited to join the Mizuno Mezamashii Run Project! I’ll be telling you more about this in the near future, after I get my new shoes and try them out.

I used the Mizuno Precision Fit Online Tool to decide which shoes I wanted. If you’d like to try it out, Click Here.

precision fit

It’s kind of cool, there are all kinds of tests (like dipping your foot into a bowl of water and walking across newspaper!) that give you a good idea of your gait and how much you pronate (if at all). According to my results, the best fit for me was the Mizuno Alchemy 12:

alchemy 12

I promptly called Mizuno and had them send them right out! How exciting! I’ll have my new shoes in about a week. I’ll definitely be giving you my completely unbiased review here. Mizuno uses what they call a ‘Wave Plate’ as support for their shoes (for comparison, Brooks uses liquid and Asics uses gel), and this will be new to me. I’ve only ever run in Brooks, Nike and Adidas. A lot of running bloggers swear by their Mizunos, but I’ve also heard some people say that the Wave Plate is not for them. So time will tell how I feel about them.

Question of the Day:
What kind of running shoes do you have? Do you like them? 

 

All I want for Christmas

6 Dec

I’ve seen a few bloggers posting their Christmas wish lists, and it seemed like a fun thing to do! I have a Pinterest Board where I pin things that I come across them, but this reminds me of Oprah’s Favorite Things, except I don’t actually have any of these things, and there will be less screaming.

wish list

From L-R:

  1. Harry and David’s Triple Treat Fruit Classic: Oh, those pears! Plus, who doesn’t love fruit? I know I do!
  2. Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13: I’ve recently learned that I need more stability in a running shoe than I thought.
  3. Mizuno Breath Thermo Fleece Glove: I need gloves in even the highest of cool temperatures. My hands get so cold! These sound perfect for me.
  4. Mizuno Wave Alchemy 12: Supportive and lightweight!? Sign me up.
  5. Race Medal/Bib Display: Love this! Most of these don’t have a space for the bibs, too.
  6. Reebok Crossfit 1/4 zip warm up jacket: Love, love, love this jacket!! I love how the thumb holes are separate from the top layer of the jacket. TOO cute!
  7. Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS watch: Love that they made this less-complicated (and cheaper) version of their Forerunner!

Question of the Day:
What’s on your Christmas wish list?