Happy March! Due to my endless bout of sickness, I’m still working on getting back in the swing of things when it comes to working out. But I think I’m still making slow, positive progress. Here’s a review of what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.
Happy Hump Day! Have you ever wanted the day to go by slowly and it goes way too fast? That pretty much summarizes my week! Work has been crazy busy and it’s been a balancing act taking care of everything. And when I get home, the evenings never last long enough!
But things have been going pretty well. I had 2 great runs over the weekend, and I haven’t run two days in a row in ages! I was tempted to run again Monday, but I just can’t push myself. I feel like I constantly have twinges of pain here and there, so I’m trying to listen to my body right now.
In an earlier post I gave a review of the Asics GT-2000’s…the most beautiful pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. Unfortunately, what started off so great came to an abrupt, sad ending. I just took them back today.
Why? Because I started to experience serious pain in my arches! This has never happened to me in my entire life! The Asics are so-called “stability shoes”…I overpronate and these shoes are supposed to compensate. But my feet weren’t feeling that at all.
On Saturday morning I had my debut run in the Asics GT-2000’s that I just purchased on Thursday. Honestly, I have to say I was nervous about trying out this new pair on the road. The last time I was recommended and purchased Asics, I ended up with bloody toes! Needless to say, I got rid of those “with a quickness”…but in all seriousness, what if they don’t work and I wasted another 100 bucks?
The first goof was that I woke up on Saturday 20 minutes AFTER I normally start running with my Running Club…oy! I hate waking up late on the weekends, even though I also hate waking up early on the weekends. But despite that, I put on the shoes and headed out the door for a solo run, which I actually haven’t done in a long time. I did a decent warm up of lunges and light jogging. The weather was still super humid but not as much of a scorcher as it has been lately…so I’d say it was a cool upper 70’s and the weather was overcast.
The second goof was the lack of music! I always seem to be forgetting something, but the good thing was that I could enjoy the scenery around me, especially since I switched it up from my usual Saturday runs.
The run itself went pretty well! I don’t know if it was the weather or the excitement, but I started out with a good pace. My feet felt good in the Asics and I wasn’t over thinking the way my foot lands as much as usual. I overpronate, so these shoes are supposed to help reverse that. I’m not a pro so I can’t really explain the mechanics of the shoe, but they are lightweight and I wasn’t pounding the pavement as much as I notoriously do, so I think these are going to work just fine!
I didn’t want to kill myself so when I felt spent, I walked briskly. Still burning calories and improving my cardiovascular health. 🙂
I ended up running and walking a total of 4 miles. I spent plenty of time cooling down and I’m happy to say my body isn’t hurting a day later like it did last Saturday…here’s a picture of me to prove I did it!
Loving the new shoes!
How have you all enjoyed running out in this awful heat? I do believe that the humidity makes you stronger, even if your pace “suffers”. Do you use a running app or are you more into those fancy Garmin and Nike watches? Or, do you just run what you feel? Let me know and thanks for reading!The official tally was 4.01 miles in 49:11. I use Runkeeper to track my runs and it’s great to see all my stats over the years. I’m trying to add a widget for Runkeeper to show my running stats on the Blog, but the Coding Gods aren’t working with me…hopefully I’ll figure that out soon.