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My Gear part 2

1 Oct

On July 27, 2012, I posted “My Gear” in which I shared the running sneakers I use as well as my running apparel.

Since writing that post, not much has changed with my apparel, but my sneakers are completely different. After working in footwear at a sporting goods store, I learned a lot about the different kinds of sneaker and how important it is to understand how your gait works and how your feet strike the ground.

When I wrote that post, I was running in Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s, which is a stability shoe. A stability shoe is good for those whose feet evenly strike the ground or turn a little bit inward (also called overpronation). When I started running more distance, I felt a lot of pain in my knees and ankles. At first I assumed this was just because my joints weren’t used to such high impact for longer periods of time.

After a trip to the chiropractor, I learned that I actually supinate, meaning my feet turn outwards a bit when I run/walk. Wearing a stability shoe that helps push your feet outward was just making my supination worse.

Now I run in a neutral shoe, and this provides support and doesn’t angle my feet in any direction. As someone who supinates, I swear by the Brooks Ghost 5’s (although they’ve come out with the 6th generation now but I haven’t tried them).

Brooks Ghost 5's

The top three technical running shoe brands are Brooks, Mizuno, and Asics, but I definitely prefer Brooks. I do have a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 16’s which is also a neutral shoe, and I like them for walking in! Plus they look good.

Birthday Shoes copy

The best way to determine what kind of sneaker you should be wearing is to go to a running store that offers to watch you walk without shoes on or go to a doctor who can make that kind of observation. A quick way to get a general idea is to look at the bottom of your shoes that are well worn. You’ll notice that a certain portion of your shoes may be run down way more than other parts of your shoe. In my case, the outer sides of my shoes are scuffed up because of the way my feet turn out when I walk/run!

I have a detailed list of the footwear and apparel I wear for running and working out on my new Subblime profile! Here I have a photo of everything, a link to where you can buy it, and my own description of why they’re great to use. Check it out!

Subblime Profile

 

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Beat Records and Run with a Friend!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!

October has been a great month for running. The weather was perfect, and my motivation was restored and even better than before. Not only was I reaching my best distances, but twice in the same week I beat my own personal records for distance and running duration.

On Monday, October 22nd, I beat my personal distance record of 6.22 miles (10k) and ran 7 miles. My ankles and knees were in serious pain (I do not recommend pushing to pain), but I just couldn’t stop running.

Sadly, I realized that it was my shoes that were causing me pain. I’m no longer wearing my Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s for distance running. More on that later.

Now that I no longer run in Nike sneakers, I don’t have the Nike+ sensor. I still use the Nike+ Running app that uses GPS, but it makes it more difficult to screenshot my results to share.

On Thursday, October 26, just three days after beating my record, I beat my distance and duration record AGAIN, only this time without the pain that I dealt with in my Nike’s.

Just because my running has been beautiful and challenging doesn’t mean that I’m perfectly motivated every single day. I’ve been doing really well, but there is still the occasional morning that my bed just feels extra comfortable!

This morning, for example, I was feeling lazy after spending two full days not doing much as a result of Hurricane Sandy blowing through Pennsylvania. I texted my friend to go for a run because I knew I wasn’t going to get out there without someone there with me. Thankfully, she was all for it. We weren’t feeling as strong as we were a few days ago, but we still knocked out 3.5 miles!

Long story short, find a running buddy. Push yourself to surpass your own limits. Go go go!!

Autumn Running

12 Oct

Autumn running is the best kind of running. Honestly, I just can’t get enough of it!

The only reason I’m not currently outside pounding that pavement is because after running 16 miles in three days… my sore legs are in serious need of recovery.

I thought that blogging about running instead of actually running would ease my craving for the scent of drying leaves in the breeze against my skin, however, it’s only amplifying it!

My favorite things about running in autumn (specifically in the northeast of the fifty, nifty United States (I hope you know that song and now it’s stuck in your head for the rest of the night because it’s sure stuck in mine now!):

1. Cool, crisp air. I could run for hours if only my legs would let me. My lungs and heart feel stronger than ever when I run in this weather.

2. Ever-changing, never dull scenery. Every tree changes color and lets loose its leaves at its own pace. I’m never bored looking at all of the trees changing!

3. The leaves fall all around me. There are times when leaves literally fall onto my head or blow in the breeze all around me as I run by. If you filmed me running in slow motion, it would be MAGICAL.

4. While I do love the sunshine with this chilly temperature, I really love the clouds that blow in with the cold breeze. I don’t need sunglasses, and I can run at any hour without fear of heat exhaustion.

5. I love my Brooks running jacket. I feel so cozy running in shorts and a running jacket and not sweating, even after 10k.

Alright, legs. Recover your muscles quickly so I can tear up the road tomorrow morning before work.

My Gear

27 Jul

I’m a Nike snob. Almost all of my athletic apparel is Nike, and I rarely use my non-Nike apparel. You’ve been warned.

My first pair of running sneakers since becoming a serious runner back in September were the Nike Lunarglide+ 3’s. I love these sneakers. After 300 miles, it was time to retire them as they no longer provide optimal support.

Ah, what beauty.

If you like these sneakers (or perhaps in a different color) I was referred to a website for good deals on sneakers. These sneakers can be found here for only $82 and only $62 in the other colors. I will definitely be purchasing these sneakers in a different color this week.

My newest running sneaker is the Nike Free Run+ 3. They have a little bit less support and more flexibility which is why I was initially hesitant to buy them. I decided to trust some online reviews and give them a shot, and I really do love them.

I have a thing for obnoxiously bright sneakers. It’s my favorite.

I use two types of running shorts: these Nike track shorts (or something very similar) and these Nike Double Up shorts. I love them both. The latter is great if you’re going to be stretching or doing other training that involves, you know, spreading your legs because they have spandex shorts underneath. I think they would be really useful if you have issues with your thighs chaffing when you run.

I also use a Nike sweatband for longer runs in humid/hot weather – it makes a HUGE difference when the sweat is out of my eyes. My shirts are a variety of Nike dri-FIT tops.

If you’re running in Soffee shorts and an old tshirt that you have lying around, I say go for it. You’re amazing just for getting out there and running. The most important article of clothing in your running career is your sneakers!

Don’t forget to check out my Tumblr for fitness motivation, inspiration, and advice!

Running Playlists

16 Jul

It has been requested quite a few times that I post my running playlist. I’ve posted it on Tumblr before, however it was just requested on Twitter, so I thought I would add it here!

I created my first running playlist when I was living in Los Angeles, and by the time I moved back to Pennsylvania 7 months later, I wanted to burn it every time I listened to it.

My mood changes even when it comes to what I like to listen to when I’m running. Sometimes I like to blast some really upbeat dance music, sometimes I like to listen to some smooth tunes like Mumford & Sons, and other times I just put on the playlist at a very low volume and listen to my breathing and my feet pounding the pavement.

I call my first playlist: “Run, bitch!”

My second and current playlist (that has been updated a bit here and there over the past few months) is called: “Run HARDER!”

I hope some of these songs help you out when you’re running, or perhaps you were just curious as to what kind of music I listen to.

Either way, keep running!

Important: Injury and How to Stop It

13 Jul

A few hours ago, I ran four miles without stopping. According to my Nike+ app on my iPhone, I haven’t run that far in one go since February when I was living in Los Angeles. By the end, my knees and ankles were in pain. I’ve run around 300 miles in my beautiful Nike sneakers, and now it’s time to let go.

It is never good to experience knee or ankle pain. I can’t stress enough how important it is to listen to your body and do whatever it takes to prevent and/or stop an injury before it can get any worse. Continuing to work joints, bones, or muscles that are clearly trying to tell you to chill out can result in an injury stopping you from all activity for weeks or even months.

Because quite a few people have told me via Tumblr and Twitter that they are about to start a running/fitness program, I find that it is very important to jump start my blog with this topic.

First of all, sneakers are very important. It isn’t just an advertising scheme! Depending on your stride, type of running, and preference, sneakers can give you the appropriate support to put less strain on your joints. When you’re first starting to run, I see nothing wrong with using the old sneakers that are sitting in the back of your closet. If you’re just getting started, you aren’t going to be running such extreme distances. If you’ve kept it up for a few weeks and you’re really getting into it, then I would recommend looking into a pair of legit running sneakers. Good sneakers can run you anywhere from $80-$150 (they can go well into the hundreds, but it isn’t necessary).

Second, injury can be caused by overworking yourself. If you just started running, don’t suddenly run three miles each night for a week. Your body needs to get used to it and your muscles need to recover. If you are so excited about your newfound motivation to work out, cross train (walk, bike, swim, hike, etc.) in between running days so you don’t feel like you’re missing a work out.

Third, don’t get so excited that after a couple of weeks, you’ve burnt yourself out and you no longer find it enjoyable! Fitness and health is a lifestyle change. Incorporate fitness into your weekly routine. Even running two days a week at the start is a huge improvement from zero days a week.

Finally, do NOT get discouraged if you don’t see any results right away. If you have a generally average body type, you probably won’t lose much, if any, weight. You’re gaining muscle in your legs and core. I’ve been told that I look more fit lately, but I’ve been running for 11 months and let me tell you, I don’t see a single damn difference!

The best and most exciting thing you’ll feel as you progress in your running is STRENGTH. You might start out thinking, “I’ll never be able to run a mile” or “a 5K” or “a marathon”. You’ll be laughing at yourself in no time for thinking that it wasn’t possible! It took me two solid months before I really loved running. Be patient. Keep working at it.

It feels amazing to know that I’ve inspired others to get out there and run, work out, or make healthier eating choices, but that’s the most I can do. Only you can lace up and pound that pavement, and that’s the hardest part. Work it, y’all!