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Failed New Year’s Resolutions (and why that’s ok)

30 Dec

I’ve found a trend in the healthy living blog-o-sphere lately, and that is the non-resolution. Several blogs I read are bucking tradition and opting instead to focus on little changes. I totally get it, because statistics show that only 8% of people who make resolutions stick to them! New Year’s resolutions have gotten to be some what of a joke, and I myself have fallen into the trap of planning big on December 31st only to fall flat by March.

Image source: http://ideas.time.com/2013/12/30/new-years-resolutions-are-bad-for-you/

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However, I do feel there is something to be said for New Year’s Resolutions, even if you don’t always stick with them. If you’ve read this blog before (or you go back in the archives) you can see that one of my resolutions last year was to run 600 miles. Well, to make a long story short: I didn’t. However, I did run a lot more than I would have if I hadn’t made the resolution. You see, somewhere around June, my priorities changed and it didn’t seem as important — I joined Crossfit, and I wouldn’t change that experience. My fitness interests wax and wane, and now that I’m no longer a member of a Crossfit box, I’m more focused on running and yoga — and I’m enjoying every minute of my fitness pursuits.

Another New Year’s resolution I had last year was to run another half-marathon, shooting for a PR. Another failure, but again – I’m ok with it. I saw my opportunity to run a half-marathon this year come and go, and I think I made the smart decision to abstain this time. I hadn’t trained properly, and although I probably could have finished the 13.1, I wouldn’t have gotten a PR and I might have aggravated my IT Band injury from 2012.

So despite these failed resolutions, I’ve still progressed. And both of those goals are still within my reach, and here are three reasons why:

1. I got a treadmill!

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My awesome husband got me this baby as a Christmas/Birthday present and it’s wonderful having it in the house. It’s so much easier to hop on the treadmill if the weather is bad, and if I just don’t feel like working out, it’s easy enough to hop on and try it out. Usually I’ll just end up finishing a mile or two and that’s better than nothing. I’ve set my yoga mat out right next to the treadmill to remind myself to always stretch afterwards!

2. New shoes!

Hello, lovely.

Hello, lovely.

I love these shoes. They are the Asics Gel Nimbus 15, which is the same model I got last  year, but these feel so much better somehow. The man at the running shop really showed me how they will bring my knees in and help with my IT band issues.

3. The biggie — I did this this weekend:

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My first out-of-town half marathon! This could be the PR that I’ve wanted for so long (2:00 or under) — although I’ve heard it’s hilly! I’ve got some friends (including veteran marathoners) who I’m training with and we’ve already started (we’ve got 19 weeks). I’m super stoked to be doing this.

I guess the moral of the story is this: Even though you may not reach your goal by December 31, 2014, don’t give up on it. The other moral of the story is: Don’t be afraid to fail, because you might learn something if you do.

Question of the Day:
Do you make New Year’s Resolution? Why or why not? What’s your resolution for 2014? 

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Out of my Comfort Zone

6 Jun

I’m a solitary runner. It’s not so much that I don’t want to run with others, it’s more of a confidence thing. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep up with their pace, or the logistics – headphones in or out? Will they be offended if I don’t talk? If I do?

The local running shop in Huntington, Robert’s Running and Walking Shop, hosts a group run every Thursday at 6. I always thought it sounded fun, but I never took the chance to go. When they posted on their Facebook page that they were having a Saucony demo at tonight’s run, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to finally try it.

I walked over after work and I was the first one there, so I flipped through a Runner’s World and perused the merchandise. I felt a little awkward at first, but eventually I got more comfortable. The Saucony rep came right up to me and asked if I wanted to try out a pair of the shoes he had brought along.

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Of course I did! He looked at the wear on my current shoes and watched me walk and before I knew it, I was wearing the Saucony Kinvara 4, and it was comfy!

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He also gave me a cool little mug with some Clif Builder Bars!

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….and talked a little about Clif bars and the shoes.

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Then it was time to run!! I was a little intimidated at first because there were so many serious and speedy runners there, but I quickly found a few others who wanted to cover about 3 miles at 9:30/10 minutes a mile.

I had a great run. It felt easy at first and hard at the end, which is just how a run should feel. I really had a nice time with my group. I think this is definitely something I will do again.

As for the Kinvara 4, they were definitely a comfortable minimalist shoe. The uppers almost feel like socks, and the colors of the shoe were great. I’d definitely consider Saucony for my next running shoe.

Question of the Day
Do you ever go on group runs, or do you prefer to run alone?

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.

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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:

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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? 

Well, that’s Discouraging!

11 Dec

Guess what?

ran today!

…sort of.

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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? 

This, or that?

10 Aug

I’ve seen this post making the rounds in the fit-blogging community, so I thought I’d cop out of an actual posttry it out! Would you rather….

  1. Run in the freezing temps or heat and humidity? — Heat and Humidity! The cold air hurts my lungs. In a perfect world, I’d live in an area where it was fall 365 days a year, though 🙂
  2. Have washboard abs or flat abs? — Flat abs, please! A little definition is nice, but I wouldn’t want too much.
  3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors? — I don’t really know, but I think I’m going to have to go with The Doctors. I used to be a huge fan of Dr. Oz until I recently learned that most of his “advice” isn’t too scientific lately. I’m all for alternative forms of medicine, but I’ve heard his endorsements and advice are too closely related, if you know what I mean. I’ll need to do a bit more research, but for now I’m taking Dr. Oz’s advice with a grain of salt.
  4. Cardio or Strength? — Oh, come on! I can’t choose! I guess I’ll choose cardio since I love running so much, but this is unfair 🙂
  5. Cravings, Protein or Carbs? — Carbs! Sweet, delicious carbs.
  6. Jillian or Bob? Definitely Bob. I actually have and enjoy both of their workout DVD’s, but Bob’s are more my style. It’s a tough choice, but how could I resist this: 
  7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream? Fro-yo for the win. I’m just loving these self-serve places with various toppings.
  8. To train: Upper body or lower body? I prefer upper body. Lunges are the devil. But I do them!
  9. Protein powder or food with protein? Obviously, food! But a good, healthy protein powder with whole ingredients is nice as well.
  10. Lunges or squats? I could squat all day long, but I hate lunges.
  11. Sweet or salty?love salt. I’m a salt fiend.
  12. Workout attire: Cute or Comfy? Why not both? But I guess I’ll choose comfy, as I actually can’t afford to buy the cutest stuff out there. Lululemon, I adore you, but you cost too much. I could never justify spending $80+ on a pair of pants that I’m going to sweat in. This is where Marshall’s comes in handy. I find really cute, quality stuff there for cheap.
  13. Body Pump or Heavy Lifting? Heavy lifting, mainly because I’ve never taken a Body Pump class. But I’d love to try!
  14. Yoga or Pilates? I like both, but I’m more of a yogi, so Yoga!
  15. Nike or Adidas? I’ve been both in the past. I ran my first half-marathon in Adidas, and then my next pair of running shoes were black and pink Adizeros, I liked them ok, but then I got the Nike Free Runs, which I love running in, although I’ve recently semi-retired them for my Brooks Pure Flows.

    Black/pink Adizeros and Green/Grey Nike Free Run 2.

  16. Running outdoors or on the treadmill? Obviously, outdoors is ideal. However, the treadmill is invaluable when it comes to speedwork. I’m terrible at keeping up my pace on my own.
  17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s? Well, considering my town has neither…. haha. Trader Joe’s though. I’ve been to both, and Whole Foods, while awesome, is very expensive.
  18. Summer or Winter Olympics? 100% Summer. Winter Olympics is pretty boring to me, other than hockey.
  19. Wine or Beer? I am a beer girl! But I love champagne as well.
  20. Steamed or Roasted veggies? Roasted, obviously. Steamed veggies are alright, but roasting brings out a great flavor.

Question of the Day: Tell me some of your picks!