Today I am in sunny and warm Raleigh for a half marathon tomorrow. My hotel is 4 blocks from the start line. Very convenient.
When I checked in the front desk clerk gave me the Hilton’s signature cookie. I mentioned that I was running a half marathon the next day and she gave me another cookie. Yes, that made me happy!
After I left my suitcase in my room I walked over to David’s Dumpling & Noodle Bar for lunch. Unfortunately it was closed. What?!?! So, I went next door to Players Retreat. I ordered a grilled cheese and fries. I couldn’t wait to get out of there. The service was bad and there was a smell that I could not put my finger on but it was just horrible.
There was no expo but just a packet pick up at Capital Run Walk. This is what I got at packet pick up–just a shirt and a bib.
The store offered a 20% discount to those with a bib. So, I looked around and found two Brooks shirts. I love their stuff! I found a pair of shorts (Brooks Women’s Versatile 5″ Woven Shorts) but decided to order them instead from Running Warehouse. The reason being just in case they don’t fit well or I don’t like them then I can send them back.
I walked next door to a Hallmark store. I looked around for a coffee mug and found one for me.
The race starts at 7am so I should be ready and out the door by 6:45 or so. As for the weather it will be in the 50s tomorrow morning. 🙂
Now, it is time for dinner and to get my stuff ready for tomorrow.
Thursday – 1 mile easy, 5 miles @ mid tempo, 1 mile easy
Only ran 3.63. It was one of those days. I took several breaks before deciding to go home. I was not happy with myself but I could not keep going.
Saturday – 10 miles at HMP, 10 minutes walking
Done. The day started with a 5:30 am wake up call. I stayed in bed for about half an hour then my sister told me the carbon monoxide detector went off. I called the fire department and they were here within 3 minutes. Luckily, it was just a faulty detector.
Total ran this week was 18.42.
I wore a Brooks Women’s Glycerin Skort during my long run yesterday. Oh my goodness! Love, love that skirt!!! So cute and it felt so comfortable. The shorts underneath did not ride up. I really like it and will be buying more of them in various colors. I’m thinking of getting another black one, a purple, and a light blue. Perfect for spring and summer. They’re on sale for $29 on the Brooks website so what’s not to like?
Thanks to a post by Run with Jess, I found out about a great deal for Injinji Toesocks. For the month of October, these socks are 50% off plus free shipping. This offer is only for the pink socks. I love pink and bought two pairs for $6 each.
It took a little time to make sure each toe went in the correct spot. Once that was done I was set. My first run was 4 miles followed by another 4 miles with the other pair. The socks felt comfortable and there were no blisters after each run. I still need to test them during a longer run.
These socks are available in both mini-crew and micro. If you want to purchase a pair or pairs, click here. Since I like them so much, I bought three more pairs.
At one point I owned three different pairs of gym shoes – Brooks Pure Cadence, Green Silence, and Ravenna 2. I ran in the Pure Cadence from mid November to end of March. I felt fine running in the treadmill but experienced some pain running outside. The hard concrete, flat feet and a somewhat developed bunion in my right foot is not a good combination. I need more support.
I returned the Green Silence. I bought them on sale from Running Warehouse. The company was nice enough to accept them back even though it was past the 60 day return deadline.
I ran once in the Ravenna 2 and knew they were not a right fit. They felt too tight in the front. It was weird because I tried them at the Chicago Marathon expo and they felt fine. Is it possible my feet grew or they got more flat? I went to Fleet Feet and they were nice enough to exchange them for me. They no longer carried the Ravenna 2 so I tried the 3. Oh. My. Goodness. The shoes felt so good. I tried a size 10 but they felt kind of big so I tried the 9.5. Much better. I went home with the same size but in a different style. I love the color! Brooks Ravenna 3 ROCKS!!
After a two week recovery, I ran 4 miles today in my new shoes. It felt good to run. I meant to run last week during my Spring Break but I just did not feel like it so I didn’t. Every morning I told myself to get up and run. Nope. Did not happen. Something snapped today. I realized I had a race in two weeks and then one almost every weekend till possibly October. Yikes! Better start moving if I want to do well in each race. Overachiever? Ambitious? Maybe, but it is driving me to get out there and run!
I’ve had my iPod for over a year. I bought it the day before the 2010 Chicago Marathon. I was so excited! It was small and cute!! It was by my side through numerous runs and races. It traveled with me when last year I traveled to Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, and Canada.
This wonderful piece of electronic stopped working on Sunday. It was with me during my 12 mile run. When I was done I put it in my jacket pocket and went to visit some friends because they invited me to their house for breakfast. I went and had such a great time with them. Afterwards I went home to shower and then to wash my stinky clothes. Yep, you guessed it. My iPod was in the pocket. I forgot to take it out. I did not realize it till Monday evening when I was getting my stuff ready for my runs this week. I looked everywhere for it and then realized it that I might have left in my jacket. I looked in the pocket and sure enough it was there. I tried to turn it on but no luck.
Right now it is in a container filled with rice. Is it too late and I should just get another one? I guess the bigger question is do I need one right now? I ran 5 miles today on the treadmill and it wasn’t too bad. I am doing 5 miles again tomorrow and think that I will be OK without it. I am doing 12 on Saturday and am not so sure about it. Regardless, I am getting a new one before the marathon next month.