Monday, July 29, 2013

Week in Review

I ran over twenty miles last week! Here's a quick rundown of last week's training:

Tuesday - off and I declared no more excuses
Wednesday - 4 miles
Thursday - 5 miles
Friday - 3.6 miles
Saturday - off
Sunday - 8 miles

I really needed to catch up on sleep after getting up early every day last week to run or work, so I didn't do my long run first thing yesterday. With Tuesday's being a rest day, I can easily move my long run day to Monday if needed. Then, as I was finishing up my lunch of Pad Thai leftovers, my friend Stacy texted me if I wanted to meet her for a run. We both had 10 miles to do. I haven't been able to run with anyone lately, so I jumped at the chance. The one problem...I needed to be at work that afternoon, so we were going to be cutting it close. 

We met at the local bike path and headed out in our matching white Mizuno Wave Sayonaras. It was great to catch up on things and the miles just ticked by. I so miss running with my girls every week. 

One issue we ran into running later in the day was not timing our fueling well. Both of us shoveled in food right before we ran, which resulted in upset tummies. And it was warmer and more humid at midday than if we had run earlier. I think your body gets so used to running at a certain point of day that it can be difficult if you randomly switch it up. 

At mile five, we realized that we wouldn't be able to get in the full ten miles and settled on eight. Stacy suggested that I run on ahead so I could get to work on time. I didn't want to leave her, but she is one of those persistent, stubborn people that won't take no for an answer! :-) With 2.2 miles to go, I said goodbye. 

Sayonara!

I was really going to be cutting it close, so I ran a lot faster than I should on a long run to be able to get home, shower, and get to work, covering the 2+ miles in 17 minutes flat. And in case you're wondering, I made it to work in time with four minutes to spare!

I'm not feeling guilty that I didn't get the full ten miles in either. It was crazy busy at work, so I was running around non-stop for 5.5 hours and walked at least two miles there. 

This is what I have scheduled this week -

Monday - off
Tuesday - 4 miles
Wednesday - 4 miles
Thursday - 4 miles
Friday - off
Saturday - Beach to Beacon 10K
Sunday - 15 miles (though I'm not sure I will do the full distance with the race the day before and it would jump my weekly mileage by over 10 miles from this week)

Have a great week!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Three Out of Three!

Today I ran my third run in as many days. This was the first time I have ever run three days in a row since my college days. I will be honest and say that I had thoughts of taking a rest day. But I slept in my running clothes, so there was no excuse. It was cool with a light drizzle, nearly perfect running weather in my book, I had to go. Four miles was on my plan and I also considered going lighter on the miles. I know I'm all about not making excuses now, but I also want to stay healthy and not injure myself by adding too many miles too fast. There is sure a fine line with what is too much for our bodies to handle. Runners also tend to be a bit stubborn and it is easy to cross that line and end up with an injury. I decided to just go by feel and if my legs felt like I needed a rest, then I would. 

Once the first mile or so was done, I knew I would be fine to do the full four miles and explored another loop on the north end. I love all the route choices I have living here. My legs were feeling a little tired, but I felt pretty comfortable and powered up the hills and concentrated on keeping an even pace. I hear a lot that when running hills it is best to keep an even effort, which means that your pace will slow when going up. I have never been good at this. For me, going slower uphill is harder and I'm going to be breathing heavy regardless, so I like to power up the hills and relax on the downhills, resulting in an even pace throughout. 

Green is elevation, blue is pace

Heading back for home I felt a little niggle in my left foot/ankle. It went away relatively quickly, but certainly got my attention. I was going to be a little short on mileage, but I decided to stop when I got back home ending at 3.6 miles. I not going to beat myself over less than half a mile. And I took the dogs for a walk right after, so there is my justification. Ha! 

Tomorrow is a rest day, though I'll be working on concrete floors for 8 hours. Sunday I'll be going on my first long run of ten miles. Hooray! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

NO EXCUSES!

I'm tired of making excuses. I stayed up too late to get up early to run...it's too darn hot...it's raining...I have to work all day...blah, blah, blah. Enough. 

I'm sure we are all guilty at one point or another in making excuses to not run or do the laundry or whatever. Maybe part of the problem is laziness or procrastination or just lack of scheduling. I know my list of excuses come from those three. Sure I have a lot on my plate with the kids and work and home repairs, but honestly, our day to day activities do not have us running around all day. There is plenty of time to fit it all in if I was just smarter with my scheduling to make everything I deem a priority get done. 

I was making excuses up until yesterday. I haven't run in awhile. Yes, still planning on that marathon in October. I had a bit of a ache in my heel that has now recovered, so dropping back on the mileage is a valid excuse reason to run less. I was all ready to start back up yesterday. I woke up at 6 to run and it was pouring. I do like running in the rain and  the cooler temperature would have been a nice change to the stifling heat and humidity, but I didn't go. My excuse? It was a rest day on my training schedule. In my mind it made sense to wait one more day and follow my plan. 

Today I started fresh. I set my alarm for 5:45 and woke up 30 minutes before it went off and snoozed until it actually sounded. I did my morning routine and was ready to go by 6:15. It was really foggy so I stuck to the sidewalks mostly on the north end of the city as most of the traffic is here on the south side with all the Bath Iron Works employees heading in for the 7 am shift. I didn't really have a route in mind and turned around when I got to the middle school and the sidewalk ended. I took a different road back that I had never gone down before (running or driving), even though it is one of the major streets. That was one of the nice parts about the run. I won't say it was easy. The 98% humidity and high dew point made breathing difficult. When I got back to my street I was not even to 3 miles yet and seriously considered stopping then. My plan was for 4 miles. The 'me' of yesterday would have been fine with that and reasoned that I hadn't run in a while and need to ease into training again. Sure, in some instances this is a smart thing. But the 'me' of today pushed those thoughts aside and just kept running. Again I miscalcuated when I turned around to finish up and was about a quarter mile short. Again I could have stopped, but I kept running and did another loop and even tacked on .1 miles before walking to cool down before getting back to my house.


Sweaty mess surrounded by fog.
Five miles are on the schedule for tomorrow and you can bet I'll be out there bright and early putting in the work. I'm ready. No excuses.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I hope to never move again!

As I mentioned in my last post, we rented a truck to finally move all our stuff from the old house. Of course it had to be a million degrees out, a nice change from all the other times we have moved in the dead of a Maine winter, but it was friggin' uncomfortable! 

We picked up the 14' U-Haul and I dropped off the boys at my parents so Ian and I could get this done as quickly as possible. Most of the things were still on the second floor, so we did countless trips up and down carrying boxes of books and other junk prized possessions that we somehow think we need to keep for all eternity. 

After a couple of hours and numerous ounces of Gatorade and water to replace the buckets of sweat, we were ready to reverse the process and move it all to the new house. 

It was sweet relief to come home to a house with an air conditioner on the first and second floor. What was not so nice is the fact that our extra room(s) a.k.a. storage/junk room is on our third floor...without air conditioning. So for a lot of our stuff, all heavy stuff mind you, we had to carry it up TWO flights of stairs and when we reached the top all out of breath, we were welcomed with stifling heat. The kind of heat that makes it feel like you are suffocating. 

We finally got it all done, just in time to get the truck back. But then had to come home to face putting away all this stuff.

This is just the first floor.

And we moved and put together that giant bookcase.

Our new coffee table. :-)

I think we need a bigger house...unfortunately, that would mean we would have to move all this again. Yeah, not happening.

It was certainly a whole body workout, so much so that I don't feel bad about not running. It was a good strength training day for the Spartan Race, don't you think?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wasting a Day Alone

Ian and the boys headed to Long Island this morning to visit with cousins that are visiting from New York along with Ian's grandmother. I stayed behind as I have to work later today and was hoping to get some things done being without kids. So....I've barely done anything! I sorted out some lumber from the deck tear-down to see what I can reuse for my front porch renovation, but it's hot out and can't bring myself to finish the job. 

I haven't run in a week. Yes, I am training for a marathon. My right heel started hurting last Saturday and I really don't want it to hurt any more and it is kind-of getting better. I did a bunch of sit-ups, wall-sits and planked on Friday instead of running since I was waiting for a delivery that I didn't end up having to sign for. But now my lower back that I seem to constantly tweak lately is achy. And I waited too long today and like I mentioned, it is hot out there. 

The reason I didn't get up super early to run is that Ian and I stayed up ridiculously late for us (like 2 AM), and I felt like death this morning. The main reason we stayed up? Because we were playing around with this new toy...



I got all the photos transferred from our old computer and have been reminiscing looking at the boys' pictures when they were babies. So I guess I got one thing done. 

Zeke - 10 months

Finn - 1 day old

At least I am enjoying the quiet and got to watch some HGTV shows on Hulu (also thanks to the new 'puter).

Moving day is tomorrow. Yes, we have been living here since December. But we are finally renting a truck and getting the rest of our crap out of the old house. Funny how we have managed to get by for seven months without it. I almost want to have a whole house sale rather than a yard sale. Just open up the door and say, "Take anything you want!"

Well, that's what I've been up to. I promise I'll get a running-related post up here soon. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Bath Heritage Days 5-Miler {Race Recap}

The past two years I have run the L.L. Bean 10K on the 4th of July. After a crappy race last year and the fact that we moved to Bath a few months ago, we decided to run in the Bath Heritage Days 5-Miler as our family run instead.

I went over to City Hall to pick up our race packets and quickly came home to finish getting everyone ready for the run. With plenty of time to spare we walked to the start as our warm up. We really didn't need to warm up as it was already above 80 and it wasn't even eight 'o clock yet. I absolutely love the fact that we could walk to a race! 

We waited around for a little bit, chatted with my parents who came down for the race (and later parade), and eventually headed to the back of the pack since we were running with the wide double stroller. I snapped a couple of pictures and then we were off.

Cute cargo
Mr. Maine Mom on the Run
Bath City Hall - start and finish lines

The race started downhill, but soon we were climbing up, then down, then up, then down, then up...you get the picture. This was a very hilly race, not huge hills, but it felt like we were constantly climbing. Along with the high temps and humidity and the fact that I was pushing 100+ pounds of boys and stroller, I felt completely zapped from the first hill. I was so hot already that I stripped off my tank. I was also very thirsty from the start and definitely had not hydrated enough. Thankfully Ian somehow thrives in the heat and helped me push the stroller up the hills.

The route is a loop with an out-and-back section. We were only 1.6 miles in when the lead male came towards us. Crazy fast!

The boys were great and although we brought water with us, we stopped at the one aid station for water both going out and coming back. I was overheating and trying not to complain. I was supposed to be the one supporting Ian on his first 5-mile race and here I was barely surviving. It was truly a team effort to get across the finish line.

Speaking of the finish, remember when I said we started downhill? Well the finish is a good 200+ meters uphill. I pushed one side of the stroller and Ian pushed the other. Despite being utterly exhausted and hot, I was so happy to be running this race with my family, my mother captured the best race photo of us right before we crossed the finish.


Final time: 55:09 
(10:27, 10:47, 10:52, 12:43, 10:21)
5 minutes faster than our goal, even though we really didn't care about the time. I love that our last mile was the fastest!

Overall, the race was great. It could not be more convenient for us and on a cooler day I would have been able to appreciate the local architecture and river views more. People did come out to cheer from their front yards and the course was easy to follow. I have a feeling that this isn't the last time we do this race. There was a 1 mile fun run beforehand that Zeke wants to do next year and it being so close I can see this race becoming a family tradition.

Inaugural run in my white Sayonaras - photo bombed by my mom's foot

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Mizuno Wave Sayonara {product review}

Disclosure: The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno. All opinions are my own.

If you are a fan of Mizuno running shoes and apparel, then I bet you have heard of the newest member of the running shoe line-up - the Wave Sayonara.



Meant to replace the soon to be retired Precision and Elixir, the Sayonara is a lightweight neutral trainer with great cushioning and support. 

I was first introduced to Mizuno last year as a member of the Mezamashii Run Project and was fitted with a pair of Precision 13s. I trained for and ran my first (and only, so far) marathon in them and am a huge fan of the Wave Precision. I have I admit I was disappointed that they were being discontinued, but that was before reading more about and finally getting to test out a pair of the Wave Sayonara. 

I will get more in depth about the shoe, but in short, 

I LOVE THE WAVE SAYONARA!

Aesthetics:

This is one pretty shoe. These photos don't do it justice, but they are super bright hot pink! The purple in the laces and overlays is a nice compliment. The overall look is streamlined and they certainly look fast.

Electric/Silver/Purple Magic



Fit:

The Sayonara fits more snugly than the Precision. It all around hugs my foot, more like the fit of a slipper or racing flat, but with support. I have a relatively normal width foot and have room for my toes to splay when running, but I don't slip around. The lack of sewn overlays means there is no place that would rub against my toes. The one sewn overlay is a "runbird" on the arch that provides support. 


The toe box is shallower than the Precision, which could provide fit issues for some, but doesn't cause me any discomfort. I do feel some tightness on the top of my foot where I have a bony protrusion, but adjusted the laces to provide a more comfortable fit. I really notice a difference in the heel counter. It feels significantly lower than the Precision and very much like the EVO Cursoris that I have been wearing recently. It is also more narrow in the Sayonara than the Precision and I find there are some socks with more padding on the heel that I can't wear due to where they fall on my Achilles. I am sure that with more wear they will form even more to my feet like my other Mizuno running shoes have.

Performance:

I have only taken the Sayonara out for a few short runs, but I love how they feel on the road. The new U4ic midsole (pronounced euphoric) is 30% lighter than the previous AP+ but provides great shock protection and according to Mizuno, is durable as well. The women's shoe weighs in at 7.1 ounces and the men's at 8.1.


I can feel the road like I'm wearing a racing shoe, but still have the soft landing of a more cushioned trainer. The sole is very grippy and I felt secure running down a very steep hill on wet roads. 


While I am mostly a midfoot runner, I do occasionally land on my heels (particularly running declines) and I do notice the difference in stack height and heel/toe drop (19mm/9mm) as compared to the Precisions (30mm/17mm) that are a tad clunky. 

Sayonara vs. Precision

Back to back comparison

The lower drop has not been an issue for me as I have been running in the Cursoris with a zero-drop, but those who have might feel some initial tightness in their calves and should ease into a lower drop shoe.

Overall:

The Wave Sayonara is a shoe that is light enough to race in, but provides enough cushioning and support for the long run. I am really looking forward to using them for training this summer and when I run my second marathon this fall. They are an excellent all-around shoe that is suited for many types of runners.

Also shown the women's Wave Sayonara in White/Lime Punch/Blue Atoll
and men's Wave Sayonara in Dude Blue/Anthracite/Lime Punch

You can try a pair for yourself starting this Friday, July 5 at your local running store. 
Suggested MSRP is $119.99. 
For more information on the Wave Sayonara or the entire line of Mizuno shoes and apparel visit www.mizunorunning.com