Friday, January 3, 2014

Moved To Wordpress

Hey guys!

I moved to WordPress! Sorry for any inconvenience, it's just easier to manage on that site.

Snow, Broken Phone, Husband, and Florida

There isn't much to write about today. Our town is covered in so much snow so I probably won't get out for a run today.

I broke my phone this morning - the power button is stuck so I can't unlock/lock very well. I ordered a new phone - a Samsung Galaxy S III, and should have it on Monday. I can't bare to think about life without my phone for the next few days.

And finally, my husband had his wisdom teeth taken out this morning, so I've been caring for him today. I feel so bad for him; he's in so much pain and can barely talk, eat, or drink because his face is numb. I'm so scared that I misread directions and I'm doing damage to him. This makes me not want to have kids.

Oh, and I'm really thinking about going to Florida next month. Husband gets reward points from Southwest and if we have enough this month, we can get free plane tickets. I've even researched half marathons to do while I'm there. Crossing my fingers that I'll be here in a month!

Happy Friday!

Any plans for the weekend?

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Saucony Shoes and Mizuno Shirt + Combat 45

How's everyone's new year resolutions going? I started the new year with a 4 mile run.

Oh, do you see those shoes? Those are my new Saucony ProGrid Guide 7 shoes (found here)! I made my husband drive in the snow on New Years Eve before the store closed to get them. This is the second year that I got new running shoes on New Years Eve. I think that's going to be a new tradition.

I seriously love the colors and they're super comfortable! Stay tuned next week when I write a review on these shoes.

While I was at the running store, I also got a new shirt. It's a Mizuno Breath Thermo Crew. (Found here).

It has special THERMO POWERS which generate your sweat into heat. And it really did work! It was 27 degrees; but while I was running, it felt like it was 50.

I didn't need any other layers to keep me warm. It also has thumb holes to keep your hands warm, which was great because I lost my gloves again. I really need to invent a glove finder app for your phone. Anyways, I give this shirt a thumbs up and will plan on buying more Breath Thermo gear from Mizuno!

After my 4 mile run, I did Combat 45. This workout is 45 minutes long and is similar to Combat 30 with the punches and kicks, but you end up moving a little more. I figured I would take a picture while I did this workout, so you could see me in action! ;)

Don't mind my socks, I don't like working out in shoes on the carpet. Also, don't mind my pale white legs; I desperately need a tan.

Hope you had a wonderful New Years!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

So You Wanna Be A Runner?

First of all, Happy New Year! Hope you don't have a hangover ;) This is how I spent my New Years Eve:

For 2014, I have decided to incorporate some helpful information for my readers. So every couple weeks, I will add a post that might be helpful regarding running, fitness, or healthy eating. If you have a question or topic you want me to discuss on here, feel free to contact me.

So you wanna be a runner?

When I first began running in September 2012, my main reason was to lose weight. The irony though, I'm still about the same weight, just more toned and less flabby. (Just goes to show that the # on the scale isn't true to how you feel about your body, one lesson I'm still trying to learn).

I know a lot of people that would like to try running but they don't know how to start. Now is the perfect time to learn.

Here are my steps to becoming a runner:

1. Buy new running shoes. Don't just go to Walmart and pick up a pair of $20 granny shoes. These will not work and you will end up with shin splints and blisters. Instead, go to a specialty running store in your area to get your gait analyzed. This will save you so much money because they are the experts and will help you pick out the type of running shoe you need. The experts will watch you walk or run on a treadmill and find out if you under-pronate, over-pronate, or have a normal pronation. Pronation is the inward roll of the foot during normal motion and occurs as the outer edge of the heel strikes the ground and the foot rolls inward and flattens out. I have mild over-pronation and I use Saucony ProGrid Guide 6 (you can find here). And just yesterday bought the new ProGrid Guide 7. (Review to come).

2. Buy new running clothes. Yes, it's already a big investment. Shoes can cost you anywhere from $80 - $150 depending on how new the version of the shoe is. Depending on the season you are starting out with, as well as the region you live in, will depend on the type of clothing you will need. I live in PA so it's cold and snowy until about March. I typically wear Nike Legend 2.0 tights (found here). They keep me warm and dry. I also wear a base layer of a dri-fit long sleeve shirt, along with my pink dri-fit running jacket (found here). It's awesome because the pockets zip up, so you won't lose your tissues or fuel. It also has thumb holes so if you lose your gloves (like I always do) then it will keep your hands pretty warm.

You also want to invest in a headband, gloves, and good dri-fit socks. A few great places to find running gear is Target and JC Penney. Stay away from cotton as it will soak up your sweat (and in my own experience, I sweat a lot and in places I didn't know I could!) and then will end up making you get cold and wet. Oh and one other helpful tip - dress like it's 10-20 degrees warmer out. Base layers are great because when you hit mile 2 and you start to really warm up, you can undress.

3. You need a plan. If you have a smart phone, you can download the C25K App (found here). That is how I started. It's an app that runs on your phone. It's an 8 week course, which will give you voice commands for a 5 minute warm up, then your walking and running intervals, and then a 5 minute cool down. As the weeks progress, your running intervals start to get longer and your walking gets less. By 8 weeks, you should be able to run nonstop for 30 minutes. Some weeks may be hard for you, and it's okay to repeat a week.

You can also follow some plans online. Here are my recommendations:

4. Make sure you stretch. This is something that I am still trying to get better at, especially after races. It's easy to get consumed with life after your run and you forget to stretch. This will end badly; you can end up with shin splits or worst, Plantar Fasciitis (which I ended up getting in my first attempt to train for a half marathon in February 2013). Also, a helpful tip - invest in a foam roller. It works wonder for my muscles and especially days where I'm having terrible back pain.

5. Have fun. Don't set an impossible goal like running a sub-25 minute 5K race when you just started. It doesn't matter how slow you are. I remember when I first started, my average pace was around 13:30 min/mile. It took over 14 months to get down to 10:25 min/mile at my last 5K race. Just enjoy being outside and getting fresh air. Enjoy becoming a new healthier and happier you.

Other details that aren't AS important when starting out, but will be helpful:
  • It's nice to keep track of your distance and time - so you may want to download an app for your phone such as MapMyRun or Runkeeper (both free). They have a built in GPS and will give you an estimate of your distance, pace, and calories burned. Or you could also buy a GPS Running Watch. I have the Garmin ForeRunner 10 (found here) and absolutely love it! It's very reliable - it was right on with both of my races.

  • Do not plan on running long distances until you get a base for running. I recommend running 3-4 miles comfortably (you can still talk and breathe) for a few months. Then, when you want to add mileage to your long runs, gradually increase by 10%. Later on, I will explain this in better detail. If you try increasing too quickly, you can end up getting injured.
  • You need to learn how your body handles fuel. (You normal humans call this food, but as soon as you get the running bug, you end up calling food, 'fuel.') This part is important, especially when increasing your mileage later on. If I am running under 6 miles, I normally don't eat before running. It's a personal preference, but I have learned that my body will not handle food while running. I get the worst cramps, which force me to walk and slow my pace. (This also goes for Gatorade. I always carry water with me). If I am running over 6 miles, I make sure to eat about 1.5 hours beforehand, and it's usually a banana and a half a piece of bagel. I also make sure to eat a Clif Blok or gel a few minutes before beginning my run, as well as every 3-4 miles into my run.
If you have any specific running questions for me, feel free to contact me:

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I am not an expert, this is just based on my own personal experience and opinion. Before starting any new fitness activity, please consult your doctor.