Workout Recap: Cross Training Shoes

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | fitness

Dec 15

Happy Monday!  Hope you had a great weekend.  If I was in denial about Christmas coming before, it’s really full-blown now!  I am not even close to being ready for the holidays, and I’ve been slowly trying to get in the spirit.  There’s just too much to do!

Cross Training Shoe Search:

Puma Faas

Puma Faas 100, my current “cross-trainer”–d’oh!

I’ve mentioned a couple of times the past few weeks that I’ve been experiencing pain in my left shin.  I noticed it while working out in my Core and More class, since we do a lot of jumping around.  Then I realized that the pain was impacting my running and I was having pain in my calves, ankles and feet, which I’m still experiencing.   It didn’t make sense for my Adidas to be the culprit since they were the same model as my last pair, but I still removed my Superfeet Green insoles to ease the pain in my feet.  Plus I’ve increased my stretching and foam rolling.

As I was talking to my coworker who takes Core and More with me, I realized that the shoes that I wear for class are most likely the cause of my problems!  I’ve been wearing Puma Faas 100 R’s as cross trainers for a few months now.  Why I thought these shoes would work for a cardio class, I have no idea.  They do work really well in boot camp since they have a zero foot drop.  But these shoes just don’t have the support I need for cardio kickboxing and it’s finally caught up with me.

With that said, I am currently on the hunt for cross training shoes!  I have no idea what brands are reliable.  All I know is that I need to be able to move laterally and handle a relatively hard surface.  I’m hoping that you fitness enthusiasts out there can give me some suggestions on brands that have worked for you!  And then once class starts up again in January, I’ll be ready to go and not worried about causing another injury!

Run Streak Progress


So 18 days have passed and I am still doing the Run Streak!  I can’t believe how it has so easily taken over my life!  I am already very busy with the SHIFT workout plan, but on top of that I have to get my run in.  There’s not even a question whether I’m going to stick with it.

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While I may sound “beast mode” I have been keeping my mileage low because it is a lot of wear and tear on my body to run every single day.  I’m glad that I’m keeping some consistency, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I can’t wait for it to be over!  At least the weather hasn’t gotten super cold yet!

Workouts for the Week:

Monday 12/8:  Ran at lunchtime a distance of 1.63 miles.  I’m still not wearing my Superfeet insoles and I was feeling pretty good!

Tuesday 12/9:  Boot Camp Class, same routine as last week except I was too late for the burpees.  Followed up with an easy mile on the treadmill with my running buddy Tom.  It’s been so long since we’d run together, it was refreshing.  In the evening I rolled my calves, quads, hamstrings, and IT band like hell!

Wednesday 12/10:  Core and More cardio kickboxing.  This time I wore my “old” Adidas with the insoles to provide more support.  While it definitely felt better in some ways, there was still discomfort with the pounding.  Sigh. Then I had my weekly run with City Fit Girls!  We ran a 3 mile route to Fuel and had dinner and free smoothies!  Then I ran another mile or so back towards home.

Thursday 12/11:  Went for a 1.52 mile run and some butt workouts with the SHIFT program:  squats and lunges.

Friday 12/12:  Core and More Class.  Pretty much the same as Wednesday’s class.  Then I ran 1.16 miles before going out on Friday night.

Saturday 12/13:  Bret and I went for a 4 mile run.  I had a little over 10-minute average pace, and I worked on improving my form.  Then I did ab workouts as part of SHIFT:  lots and lots of crunches!

Sunday 12/14: Ran 1.5 miles.  I planned to do 2, but at around 1.2 miles, my right calf really started hurting.  I did some ankle rolls before I started running, but for some reason it just wasn’t having it.  I ended up walking a few blocks and it felt better, then finished up.

How were your workouts?  Are you doing the Run Streak?  Any recommendations for cross training shoes?  Share your thoughts!  

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