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The Most Random Post

I haven’t done a traditional style “thinking out loud” for a while.  What am I thinking about this week?

Who really cares…I doubt anyone was at the edge of their seat waiting…

It’s been a rough welcome back to New Jersey.  I’m not shy about admitting that snow is my thing.  After going to college in the tundra of Upstate, NY where it was too cold for snow, I’m done with it.  At least in Upstate, they plowed the roads efficiently.

LOLZ red dot indicates where I went to college

LOLZ red dot indicates where I went to college

I will admit, however, I was extremely impressed with how well the roads and the Philadelphia airport parking lot was plowed.  Not having to dig my car out at 11:30 at night was a nice surprise.

It was Christmas!

It was Christmas!

Complaining about the weather doesn’t change the fact that is winter so realistically we just need to make it through February.

In addition, to the weather change I’m transitioning back to East Coast time.  Now I feel “young again” because I’m up until midnight and wake up at 8-9.  Versus crashing at 9pm…that will be next week.

A little late but I don’t know if I’ve ever discussed on the blog.  I’m a Panthers fan and the team is going to the Super Bowl.  Am I die hard, scream at the TV type of person?  No but I have followed the team and games since freshman year of college.  This year was the first year I didn’t do a fantasy football team with them winning every day (literally I have for the last 6 years…) and of course this happens.  Oh well, Kevin and I might not be freinds after this game.

I’m a Panthers fan, and we are going to the Super Bowl.  Am I die hard, scream at the TV type of person?  No, but I have followed the team and games since freshman year of college.  This was the first year I didn’t do a fantasy football team with them winning every single game (literally I have for the last six years…) and of course, this happens.

So what else am I thinking about?
A Spring Race schedule of course! I’m going back to my two favorite half marathons.

Shamrock Half (Virginia Beach) 
This is one of the best, and well put together races.  If you are looking for a good Spring half or full marathon, this is your best bet. shamrock 3

April Fools half (Atlantic City)
I am going to run the April Fools half marathon in Atlantic City.  It was my favorite race in 2014, unfortunately (LOLOLOL), I got married the same day last year.

I guess that is all I have for now, and I’ll go for a run.

Question for you: Tell me a random thought you’re having right now. 

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Rotating Shoes

My current rotation of running shoes includes all of the following:
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 (for long or easy runs)
Saucony Zealot and Nike Pegasus 32 (for race warmups, workouts or a daily run)
Saucony A6 (for workouts, races)
Occasionally the Asics Quantum for recovery runs when I want to feel nothing.

Rotating Shoes

As you can see, I use six pairs of shoes.  There isn’t a single shoe that can do every workout.  I wouldn’t want to do a long run in a racing flat, and I would prefer not to race in a trainer.

That leads to one of the most common running gear questions:

Should you train in multiple pairs of running shoes?

The answer is yes!  No single shoe can serve the purpose of all of your training needs.  Plus rotating through multiple pairs shoes can extend the life of a shoe and help to prevent injury.

Rotating through two pairs of the same shoe will prolong the lifespan of the shoe, but you will still be working the same muscles.

How does it reduce injury?

By rotating through a few pairs of shoes, your gait and running form will change slightly in each pair of shoes.  The cushioning of each brand and each shoe varies from shoe to shoe.  Your muscles will work slightly differently which will cause different muscles to become stronger.  It will also create fewer overuse issues because you’ll be using different muscles.

How does it extend the life of a shoe?

If you use the same shoe daily, the cushioning will continue to compress.  The cushioning or foam will break down instead of bouncing back to recover.  Having multiple shoes allows each pair to have their own “rest days” even if you don’t.

An important thing to note:

It’s great to rotate through several pairs of shoes, but you should be using shoes that are still fit and appropriate for your foot type.  Using a very stable shoe and a minimal shoe could multiply your ability to get injured versus reducing it.  Make sure that the shoes you are using are compatible for you.  Not every running shoe works for every person.

Questions for you:
Do you rotate through shoes?

Random Thoughts

Something I’ve learned in the last year is most of the time life is boring, and that’s okay. Sometimes there is nothing exciting going on that merits a blog post. I post the majority of days, but most are about running and training and, of course, diner reviews. I haven’t posted about personal life in a few weeks, and that’s because I’ve just been boring.  While I have other interests outside of running, for the most part, it is a running-oriented blog.  I’ve been racing so much that between racing and training posts, half of my blog week is filled!

In thinking out loud, my day consists of I going for a run, going to work and then coming home watching TV and sleeping. Lather, rinse, repeat with a few a diner dates in there too.

Here are a few random blurbs:

Music I’ve been enjoying:
I recently downloaded a Ke$ha remix CD, and I love it. The music is fun to listen to while running.  If you are looking for something fast, slightly vulgar and pop…this is your CD.

kesha remix

Running Shoe Rotation:
I’ve gotten a few questions about my running shoe choices Right now I’m currently running in these:
Saucony Triumph ISO 2 (majority of runs)
Saucony Zealot (warm up and cool downs, occasional weekly run)
Altra Paradigm 1.5 (once a week)
Nike Pegasus (sporadically 1-2X per week…review to come)
Saucony A6 (racing)
That is my current shoe rotation.

Most used shoe wins for photos

Most used shoe wins for photos

TV Shows I’m Watching:
America’s Next Top Model: I’ve watched every season of ANTM, and I’m sad this is supposedly the last season. Now what I will do?
Bar Rescue
Restaurant Impossible

What’s been going on life wise?
Honestly like I said, I’ve just been running, working and getting ready for the Philadelphia Marathon weekend. Not only for myself but with work too. We’ve been a little bit busier with the end of cross country season as well as the end of North East marathon season.

Yesterday I opted to run a 5k on base instead of doing my “regular” one-mile repeats. I’ve always wanted to get a turkey from a turkey trot and the stars aligned.  I ran a 19:30 and felt completely awful.  I’ll probably do a race recap since it was technically a race but, in summary, it was windy, my legs were still sore from my deep tissue massage, but I still had a good time.

me win turkey

Questions for you:

What has been going on in your life?

What music are you enjoying? 

Friday Thoughts

I felt like this week went by slowly.  Did anyone else? 

Current Thoughts: 
This weekend the Pope comes to Philadelphia.  They have estimated 2 million people will go see him on Sunday morning.  People are walking from my area and over the Ben Franklin bridge.  Running that route would take about an hour and a half…walking will take about 10 hours (with security).  Just leave your selfie sticks at home because those are band…

I think it’s good that the area is going into lockdown and protecting him but I do think it’s been overhyped too.  They closed far too many roads, streets and highways in NJ so I’m interested to see what the traffic will be like.

In Nonrelated Pope news: 
Unpacking is harder than packing.  We have now lived in our house one week but due to all my issues I haven’t unpacked my end.  All in due time (or before the next move).

In related to me not unpacking news: My shin is doing well and I’m recovering…I’m just frustrated that I cannot do normal things as fast as usual.  Basically I want to do everything faster and I can’t.

I was able to run a little bit and it didn’t feel any worse.  My stitches are still in tact and not inflamed/swollen. The doctor said due to the location of the stitches I could run.  If it was in an area like the knee that moves or bends with running I would not be able to run because the stitches would loosen and come out.  So in summary my shin was the best place to take a chunk out.

I was glad to see a coworker of mine on a run.  She was leading a stroller run and pushing a double but it was nice to see her.  Surprisingly the cuts on my face are healing quickly as well.

julie and I

Blog Posts from LOLZ:
Falling with Style
Fall Training Goals

Music I recently downloaded: 
Lady Gaga: Until it Happens to You

I’ve always admired Lady Gaga’s ability to conquer certain topics and talk openly and freely about various issues.  In her latest music video she brings awareness to sexual assault on college campuses.  20-25% of females on college campuses have been sexually assaulted.

Weekend plans:
Tonight is the Air Force Ball. Even though it looks like I got punched in the face with my cuts, we are still going. I’ll probably post a photo on instagram but you might not recognize me without runderwear I guess.

Questions for you:
What are your plans this weekend?
Have you ever had stitches? 

Friday Five

Five Thoughts I’ve Had This Week:

I’ve begun creating my racing schedule for the fall.  I can find a 5k, 10k or half marathon every weekend but I still lack an ultimate goal race.
Do I want to race more 5ks?
Train for a half marathon?
Train for a late Fall or Winter Marathon?  A Marathon next week?

Your guess is as good as mine because I truly don’t know what I want to train for.  

I’ve been all over the place with life.  Recently I’ve gone through a lot of changes that leaves my schedule about as predictable as playing Russian Roulette. I don’t foresee my schedule changing until at least October and honestly that is fine by me.  I would rather spend time in the outside world versus glued behind my computer screen, iPhone or other technology device.  It’s not you social media, it’s me…

The heat and humidity this week has been awful.  This weather has also been unpredictable.  If we dealt with 90+ degrees every day, running would be fine. Sadly we have dealt with temperatures between 70-95 this summer.  Oh well, I can’t decide if I prefer the summer heat or the winter snow.  When in doubt, treadmill it out…

I bought this dress last month from lululemon.  I hope the color plum comes into style because I’m obsessed.   On a foodie note, I’m also obsessed with local plums from the Farmers Market.

me plum kayano lululemon dress

Is it already the end of August?  We blinked and the summer flew by.  I hope we have a fall season since we never had a Spring.  (Here in NJ we went from Winter to Summer in about 1 day).

From my neighborhood last Fall. Bring on the foliage.

From my neighborhood last Fall. Bring on the foliage.

Five Posts that I loved:

Esther Erb on Coffee 
Being Late is Unacceptable
How the Sir Walter Mile Provides Glimpse of Growth for Track
Choosing the Right Running Shoe (This is so important.  Running shoes aren’t designed to hurt you but it’s important to find the correct ones for you)
A letter from Shante Little (This is one of the most eye opening posts I’ve read in a while.)

Five Posts from LOLZ:
Favorite Summer Products
Five Lessons I’ve Learned from Running
How to Save Money on Road Races
Racing my Way to Fitness
Some Runs are Just Awful

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I don’t have five videos but I thought this was really interesting and cool.

Questions for you:
How was your week?
What is your favorite color?

I think mine be plum right now.

 

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