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Month: December 2012

10 miles today

I ran 10  miles today on the treadmill.  It was COLD this morning in Chicago so instead of using that as an excuse not to run, I went to the gym.

I think the most I’ve ran on the treadmill was 14 miles.

Today’s run was not bad at all.  I got there at 8, stretched for a few minutes and off I went.  I had several upbeat songs on my iPod in both English and Spanish so that helped.  I alternated the speed between 6.3 and 6.2 with each song which also helped.

Instead of thinking “I need to run 10 miles today” I told myself to just break it up into two 5 miles runs.   I ran for 2.5 miles then walked for .10 of a mile then ran another 2.5 miles.  I then ate a Hammer Gel Tropical flavored (which I did not like at all), drank water, and took a bathroom break.

Off I went again and ran 2.5 miles and took a 3 minute break before running again.  I ran for 49 minutes and 59 seconds then walked for 10 minutes.  I timed it perfectly because at 59:59 the treadmill went to cooldown mode.

Total today was 10.68 miles.  My legs do not hurt at all.  Was it the Hammer Gel?  Or the EAS protein shake with a banana I drank afterwards?  Who knows.

I am sad to write that I will need to return both pairs of shoes I bought last week.  I ran again in the Ghost followed by the elliptical but had to stop because the shoes were really bothering me.  Today I ran in my PureConnect and definitely LOVE them!  What I don’t like is that they last about 300 miles.  Each pair is about $90 but Zappos has them on sale for $72.  Hmm, maybe I should stock up and buy enough pairs to last me next year as I train and run my half marathons next year?  Or maybe wait and hopefully they’ll be cheaper in a few weeks?

Just Keep Running!

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This weekend I went to my favorite running store, Fleet Fleet Chicago, and purchased not one but TWO pairs of running shoes.  I’ve ran in both shoes already and am not sure they’re the right fit for me.  The Ghost 5 hurt my feet but I think it was because of the orthotics.  I will run again in them tomorrow but without the orthotics.  Today I ran in the PureFlow 2 and felt some discomfort in my right foot along the right side of the foot.  I plan to use them for speedwork so I will run in them again next week.

I received another pair of Pro Compression socks.  Aren’t they cute!!  I cannot wait to wear them.  My nephew calls them my Dr. Seuss socks which I plan to wear in March in honor of his birthday.

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I am finally done wrapping gifts for my students.  I hope they like it.  I will give it to them on Friday which is our last day of school before vacation.  Want to know what it is?  Two books in Spanish that I’ve read to them in class and I want them to have their own copy.  Am I excited about my upcoming vacation?  You bet!  I am very much looking forward to it!

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Run Happy!