A blog about my journey of training to run a 1/2 marathon with Team In Training and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and beyond.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

If The Shoe Fits

I love buying new shoes, like LOVE buying new shoes. It doesn't matter what kind. Flats, flip flops, heels, wedges, mules, boots, black shoes, blue shoes, red shoes, purple shoes, shoes for dancing, shoes for swimming, and especially shoes for running. I really want to buy some of those obnoxiously colored running shoes, but my favorite Aussie and I believe that you should have a certain level of ability to pull those shoes off.  I just don't have that ability...yet. : ) So until then I will settle for my semi-obnoxiously colored shoes.

As much as I love buying new shoes, I HATE breaking them in. It's usually two weeks of knee-crackling, ankle-creaking, blistering hell, especially with those aforementioned running shoes. But running shoes only have so many miles in each pair and my most recent pair has long exceeded their mileage. I bought new shoes a while back and have been so dreading that I am only now breaking them in and only because I am forced to.  I am rotating between the new and the old until the new ones are broken in and then the old ones are going to retire. At least until the next Dirty 30.

So my miles this morning may have sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies right after you add the milk, but at least I look cute in my new shoes. : )

Peace, Love, and NuSkin.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Like a kid at Christmas

Tomorrow morning at 7am is the very first runHers Moore/Norman group run. I am nervous and excited, just like a kid at Christmas. I don't know that I am going to be able to sleep tonight. I have made my playlist for tomorrow. I made it long, but it's always better to have one too long than too short. Sometimes, you need that extra push at the end of your run. So below is my first runHers playlist:

Shackles-Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown
Rumour Has It - Adele
Too Close - Alex Clare
The Beat Goes On - Beady Eye
Take Off Your Shirt- Bibio
Sexy and I Know It -LMFAO
I Like the Way (Radio Edit) - Bodyrockers
Runaway Baby- Bruno Mars
Should I Stay or Should I Go-The Clash
Born Alone  Wilco
Clocks -Coldplay
Go Outside- Cults
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) - Eurythmics
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe) -Fun.
Gone Tomorrow - The Gossip
Wind It Up - Gwen Stefani
Jump Around - House Of Pain
Bad Things -Jace Everett
Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)- Joan Jett Bad Reputation
Future Starts Slow - The Kills
Places to Go - Leftover Cuties
Shake It Out - Florence + The Machine
Excuse Me Mr.- No Doubt
What Makes You Beautiful - One Direction
Howlin' for You - The Black Keys
Drifting In and Out - Porcelain Raft
The Longer I Run - Peter Bradley Adams
Firestarter - The Prodigy
Get Up and Go Out - Señor Happy
Cecilia -Simon & Garfunkel
A-Punk -Vampire Weekend

I'm still debating whether to  leave out milk and cookies. : )

Monday, June 11, 2012

You Always Pay the Piper

Fun on Saturday + Fun on Sunday = Mother )(&$)@(#&*)*R$() Monday. Saturday was a lot of fun and active. We went with some friends for a 5 mile kayak and then did a little paddle boarding. My shoulders have been paying for the kayaking fun since late Sunday evening. But I think that the paddle boarding may have done a doozy on me too and I didn't know. You use a lot of muscle that you don't normally use.... let me rephrase. You have to use a lot of muscles that I don't normally use to stay on that board.  A lot of ankle muscles and butt muscles. I was  a little stiff on Sunday, but nothing major. My shoulders were the squeaky wheel that day. I didn't work out on Sunday at all. I spent the day with familia that is in from out of town. This morning with my left shoulder still hurting, I didn't notice my legs being stiff or sore at all. I really needed a run today, so I came straight home, threw on my running clothes, and took off for a run. I recyled an old playlist that was hardcore, upbeat from the word go. I was a little stiff in the shoulders and ankles, but otherwise I was going good. Then about a half a mile in when my ankles locked up and I fell down like I was in a romantic comedy. Comically exaggerated but not nearly as cute falling and getting back up. I look more like drunk after a 10 day bender. I tried to shake it out, stretch it out, and walk it out. But they would not loosen up. I needed to get some miles in this week. So I went ahead and ran 2 horrible, hard-earned miles. My first 2 miles are always like a slow, painful death and then my remaining miles tend to get better. So I can"t wait to get my miles back up, so I can at least end on a good note. Better luck tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


So I have been a little off track lately. Can you blame me? What with children's surgery? And other life issues flying at me left and right?!! But I am taking measures to get myself back on track and beyond. I am going to the inaugural meeting of the RunHers Moore/Norman running club tonight. WooHoo!!! I have wanted to join the club for a long time, but all their stuff in always on northside and I don't always have the time to travel to northside OKC. Convience, people! Now we are starting one down south. I am sooooo excited. And I have apparently unleashed the beast that is my neighborhood/my friend/ and now drill sargeant, A. She is going to whip my into shape whether I want it or not. : ) So this things, plus the impending dread of upcoming races that may kill me, should be just what the doctor ordered to get me where I need to be. : ) I may have to celebrate with some cheesecake. What?! No Cheesecake?! Well, *(^^$&(*)(#_)#%%&)#!!! FINE, no cheesecake. : ( Just peace and love.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Fight Like A Girl

We ran our first race as a family today. It was such a good feeling. My 4 yo has been waiting for weeks to run with us. He put on his race bib and was showing everyone. It was so cute. We had some hiccups today. We had to cut the run a little short because the girl, fresh out of surgery 2 weeks ago, was not ready to race. Even in her stroller. However, it was a milestone for our family. I can't wait to see what lies ahead. : )