1.26.2008

Brushing away the cobwebs...

Man, I have been SO bad about keeping up with my blog thus far this year. Too many random, minor things going on...nothing all that pressing to even document, I guess.

My past week of running was kinda in the toilet. Those nifty NB Winter shoes were giving my left heel fits and a miserable raw spot, so I've had to give up on the danged things--really sucks after my saga getting my hands on a working pair. They are simply too generous through the heel area. Stinks, since they provide fantastic traction on snow and ice and kept my feet really toasty even during a run with -8º windchills. So after a cumulative 15 miles I have them listed on eBay. I'm thinking if they don't sell by the end of this auction I will hang onto them and try to sell them again earlier next Winter.

Due to the raw spot on my foot my mileage this week was cut in half. I was able to get in an 11 miler with a pair of YakTrax on my beloved 902s. Traction was great, but they are definitely not as ideal in terms of warmth and water resistance. Next year I think I will try to find a pair of warmer trail shoes and then slap some YakTrax on those. I'll probably go with a larger size, too. Even though I fall well within the sizing chart recommendation for size small, they were a real challenge to get on and off my shoes and by the end of my run my toes of my shoes felt like they were getting pulled short and my calves were killing me. I'm still feeling a LOT more calf tightness today than I normally do after a long run.

Speaking of shoes...yesterday I returned from my run to find a package from New Balance.  A while back I applied on their site to be a wear-tester, but never heard anything.  Apparently I was chosen for wear-testing and now have the coolest pair of shoes (a lightweight speedwork/drills shoe...very flashy, particularly for a NB product--they look like something Nike might design) that I will try out for 2 weeks, reporting back a couple of times with my experiences.  Unfortunately I don't get to keep any of the products I test, but it's still kinda neat to be able to help NB develop new products.  And it gives me a chance to try things for free and have a better idea of a particular shoe or piece of clothing will work well for me before shelling out big bucks.

Dane and Derek have both been sick for the last couple of days. I think it's the flu and neither of them got flu shots. I am fine and I got my flu shot. Coincidence? Dane also had a snow day on Tues., so he was only in school 3/5 days this week. Maybe it's a good thing I don't have a job, after all. I had to drive him to school yesterday AM, since Derek was cocooned up in bed and took the day off.

2 nights ago a friend and I drove to Grand Rapids to meet my best friend and another friend to watch The Spirit of the Marathon. We really enjoyed it. It definitely reinforced in my mind that I'm going to be more than able to train for and finish my own first marathon this coming Fall. It was really fascinating to see the contrast between an elite female marathoner (Deena Kastor...who runs more in a week than I have ever run in a month), and elite male Kenyan (Daniel Njenga), and several regular Joes like me, including 2 female first-timers.  I think it's a movie even non-runners would enjoy, particularly if they like the documentary genre or human-interest stories.  If I weren't already a runner I think it would be just the thing to get me off the couch.

Speaking of my marathon goal...I had originally planned to register for and race in Grand Rapids in late Oct., but for some dumb reason they always want to run that event the same day as the Detroit Marathon, so it was moved back a week--the same weekend that Derek is planning to be in Death Valley for his yearly JDRF benefit bike ride.  

Since I can't very well run a full marathon without spousal support (and have someone to care for Dane for 4+ hours while I run) I am planning to instead register for the Milwaukee Lakeshore Marathon in early Oct.  The one big advantage of running that race would be the proximity to more family.  My folks could easily attend that event (they live about 3 hours from Milwaukee), as could my brother and his girlfriend (in the Chicago area) and possibly my dad's cousin and her family, as they live in Milwaukee.  I could still probably run the Grand Rapids Half-Marathon 2 weeks later, too...perhaps helping to pace my best friend for the first 9 miles of her first marathon and then being at the finish to cheer her and other MI friends on.  And I'd still be able to drive myself home after that race.

7 comments:

  1. Nice to see you post something new, ya slacker! Spending too much time on RA (pot calling the kettle black). Milwaukee?!? What the heck... here I am switching from running in Detroit to Grand Rapids to htfu you in your first full and you bail on GR! Just givin' ya crap K. I totally understand the desire to have family there and the logistics with Dane for the GR with did being gone. Anyway, just wanted to pester you. Take care Princess of Blogylon. Hey, try and htfu on your blog a little more frequently! ;-) Yet more crap... I go now.

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  2. You crack me up, man!

    Besides, all you real HTFUers will need someone to cheer you towards the finish at GR! If you run slow enough I might even find time to get a shower at the YMCA, first!

    ;)

    k

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  3. Oh... I'm slow enough alright. You could probably shower at the Y, go shopping in downtown GR and buy a whole new wardrobe, running clothes, and shoes, check the local dealerships for a new Zoom-Zoom model and come back and I STILL wouldn't have finished!

    I'm not sure I will do the full though. Well see how my first one goes in April. The training time involved for a full is killer on other aspects of my life.

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  4. Well, hey...if you do the half you can wait for ME at the finish!

    :D

    k

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  5. Yay! You're blogging again. I just love your posts. Sorry to hear that your heel still hasn't healed (that's like a tongue-twister). Did you try the superglue Trent recommended? Ouch. I loved the movie too. It really gave me confidence that I can run the full in April. I was worried that it was just going to scare the crap out of me, but it was good! Ryan even liked it. He's not going to be running a marathon anytime soon, but he was a little inspired too.

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  6. Sara, I actually had some liquid bandage (which is pretty much just glorified super glue)...I put that on under a blister pad and it really seems to help. Of course, today I feel like crap and think I might have did's flu or maybe just a cold, so no running. At least this should give my heel a chance to heal up a bit better. Sometimes it takes illness to really "stop me in my tracks," so to speak.

    ;)

    I'm glad Ryan liked the movie, too. I think did would like it...too bad we can't go see it for the encore, but I doubt that DS would sit through it.

    k

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