Happy Monday All!
I hope you’re all doing well and you haven’t missed me too much 😛
Okay, first things first: Last week’s miles! I had a halfway decent week, although at this point I really need to be logging more miles each week. I got in two solid runs, totaling 4.75 miles, which leaves 359 miles in my 365 in 365 challenge. My goal is for this to be a 10-mile week, starting with a run after work tonight!
One thing I’m really proud of right now is that I’ve been able to let go of my inhibitions at the gym and run in just shorts or tights and a sports bra. Those of you who know me at all know that I have very few inhibitions anywhere else. I’m totally unashamed of my body, and I don’t think of myself as fat. I have some excess fat that I could stand to lose, but I don’t look in the mirror and think “Oh geeze, look at that fat blob!”.
But at the gym it’s always been different. Things jiggle around, which makes pants slip down and bras hike up, and it’s not always easy to adjust them mid-run. I’ve been able to combat this fear by making sure I always have shorts or tights that fit properly, and that I tie the waistband tightly enough to keep them up, while still maintaining the ability to breathe!
Post workout last Tuesday night.
Now it’s time for me to scoot off to work. Talk to you crazy kids soon!
I’ll just cut to the chase here and say that last week was a very lazy week for me running-wise. I managed to get 1.25 miles in yesterday. Better than nothing, and I knew this was going to be a slow week for miles. I did, however, make the giant hill at the end of my route my b*tch, which I consider to be a major win!
My phone is refusing to cooperate with screenshots, so no MapMyRun photo for this post (sorry!). I’m hoping to have this problem fixed soon!
My plan is to get a few miles in at the gym tomorrow before group training, and then get a couple of night runs in after work this week. Miles to go: 363.75!
So I was browsing Tumblr this morning, and I stumbled upon what is possibly the greatest idea anyone ever came up with. I have set myself a number of running goals so far this year, including completing my first half and full marathons, and I’m honestly very excited at the prospect of achieving them.
But this idea just takes the cake. Here’s the gif I found on Tumblr this morning:
Pure brilliance, right? 365 miles in a year is literally one mile per day. I will obviously be running more than that on average between my training and races. With just the races I have scheduled, I already have 57.4 of those miles in the bag!
So here’s the deal: There will be a weekly post, which will go live each Monday morning. I’ll let you all know how many miles I achieved the week before, and give you a breakdown of each run. Also, assuming my phone cooperates, there will be screenshots from MapMyRun so you can see for certain that I’ve completed each of these runs. This will all hold me accountable to achieve these 365 miles. I hope you’ll all follow along!
As a runner, there is an endless list of gear & supplies that I can think of to put on my Christmas list. My list this year has basically consisted of cold-weather gear and a few gadgets that I’ve been wanting to try. Any money I get will go towards the purchase of one of these beauties.
But what do runners really want for Christmas? Gear, gadgets, protein bars, gels, socks, sneakers, fancy racing vests…
Don’t we all!
Happy Friday 🙂
Last night I decided to try something a little bit different. Instead of lacing up my Nikes and heading out for a run, I decided to slip on my Vibram 5 Fingers and finally give them a try. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they’re these little guys:
Mine are the “Treksport” style. I got them for less than half price through an Active.com deal!
The “barefoot” style allows you to run with a more natural stride. Traditional running shoes, like my Nikes, create the standard heel-toe motion that most of us are used to while running. But take your shoes off for a second and try to run with that same motion. It’s awkward, right? You naturally land on the front of your foot rather than your heel. That is how we as humans are meant to run.
Now, I won’t lie to you. These definitely take some getting used to. I only ran a mile, and my calves and shins were crazy tight. A little Mineral Ice before bed did the trick, though, and my legs are pretty much back to normal this morning. You shouldn’t try to start full-force on them. I’m starting off at one 1-mile run per week, and building from there. Ultimately, though, I will be able to run in these daily, and the knee and ankle trouble I constantly have while running will subside. How stinkin’ cool is that?
What kind of shoes do you like to wear to work out? Have you ever tried barefoot-style running shoes? If so, what did you think of them?
Lately, as you know, the only clothes I’ve been buying have been workout clothes. I’ve never felt that working out is a reason not to look cute. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely do not advocate getting all dolled up just to go to the gym. That’s something that attention whores do, and you’re better than that! But that doesn’t mean that you have to show up in baggy sweats and oversized tee shirts either. The right outfit can make or break any situation, and the gym is no exception! Here are a few fun items that I’ve recently discovered while looking for fun workout gear. There’s something for everyone out there!
Looking for a little motivation? Look no further than these awesome tees & tanks, all available on Etsy!
You Got This Tee, $15//Play Hard Get Dirty, $15//Will Not Quit, $26//3…2…1…Work!, $22
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