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Running Shoe Dilemma

I have issues with running shoes; I don’t like them. It’s my preference to never wear shoe and my Rainbows get year-round use. (Yes, I wear flip-flops in January in MD!)

My Nike LunarGlides got me through training for my half marathon until mile 12 of the race, when I developed blisters under my toe joints.  I was also having issues with pain on the outside of my foot.  And the cushioning was worn out, so it was time to get them replaced.

Long story short, I have been looking for shoes since March.  Since then, I have been running in Nike Free V5, a minimalist shoe.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to run more than 6 miles without cramping in my legs.  After much research, trying on, thinking and debating, I chose the Mizuno Rider 13.  I have a neutral stride and a  mid foot strike, basically a runner’s dream stride.  And my nightmare because no one makes shoes for people who run like me.  We are too rare. While I won’t delve deeply into my shoe philosophy today, I have a hard time finding shoes I like.  The FOUR different running stores I went to recommended the Rider.

So yesterday, I bought said shoes.  The lady ringing me up mentioned they did a store run on Thursdays at 7pm.  Seeing as it was 6:45 and I had all my gear and NEW shoes, I joined in!  I ran about 5 miles at a moderate pace (~9:30) on a fairly flat trail.  The last 2 miles were HELL!  My feet were uncomfortable; I had to stop to re tie the shoes 4 times.  My midfoot and top of my foot was burning. I had to take a couple walk breaks. I will say I was NOT properly hydrated for the run but everything else was

I thought that it was transitioning from the minimalist shoe to a more substantial shoe and as the shoe would break in I would feel better

Then I woke up this morning… I have pain in my hips, knees and mostly feet.  Not a sharp pain, but a dull ache, just enough to be uncomfortable.  I will say that I did not foam roll last night, yet I am normally not this sore after a run. Since these are a new type of shoe and I am use to running in Nikes, I’m unsure if this is normal .  Wondering if the shoes will break in and I am being sensitive or there is an issue.

Honestly, I am really bummed since I spent so much time researching them!

Here is my question:  Is this normal for new shoes, especially for a new type/brand?  Should I keep the shoes try to break  them in or return them?


Game Plan

When I sign up for a half marathon in October, I was pumped!  I was going to run every morning before work, strength train and eat healthier.  I was going to run a 1:45 half marathon and become so toned I would become a fitness model!  This was going to change my life!

First some background:    I am not fat.  Never have, never will be, thanks to my genes.  Both of my parents are fairly unhealthy and still not obese.  I am not ‘toned’ either;  I have always been a little soft especially in my mid section. (that’s a topic for another day!)

When I graduated college in May of 2008, I was tiny.  Perhaps too tiny, but not unhealthy.  I had unintentionally lost 10 lbs at the beginning of 2008.  To this day, I have no idea how it happened. One day. I just stepped on the scale and was SHOCKED to see the number.  It was a combination of a relationship ending and my nanny gig;  I was not going out to eat as much and eating the same amount as the kids I watching.

Uber-Skinny Kate - April 2008

Being skinny does not equal healthy. Vodka and Chipotle are not exactly a healthy diet. I would eat a burritos at 3 or 4 in the afternoon and not eat till 11 am the next day. That happened more than once a week.  Bags and bags of salad mix went into the trash because I was too busy eating Cheez Its and pasta.  The only reason I stayed at the same weight is lacrosse, whether I was playing or ogling the men’s team at the gym.  (I would get on a cardio machine and watch their practice!! Haha!)

One of the few recent body pics I could find....

Skip ahead almost 2 years to today.  I have put on about 25 pounds since graduation for numerous reasons: sitting on my butt for 8+ hours a day, lack of sports practice 5 days a week and more disposable income to eat out.

Still, I am not fat. (unless you ask Karl Lagerfeld) Yet most of my weight gain has been fat replacing muscle.  I am not happy either.  There are rolls where rolls had never been, my jeans no longer fit and I felt like crap.  Probably most shocking was my fitness level.  Since I was little, I was able to step on a field, whether soccer or lacrosse, and run faster than anyone.  I never trained; I was just built to go fast.

Then one lacrosse tournament last fall, I couldn’t do it.  I was slow, sucking wind and overall playing horrible on the field.   That was my ‘tipping point’.  Not that my clothes didn’t fit or that I was sluggish all the time or the extra fat I gained but a lacrosse game.

Two weeks later, I signed up for a half marathon and training program.

So now, 6 months later, you want me to tell you I have changed my life, am so much happier, eat better, blah blah blah…

Well, I can’t do that because it’s NOT TRUE!

I did run my half marathon with a decent time.  But life changes have not been made, I have only lost about 2 pounds.  My diet is only slightly better and I have put on no muscle.

Oh, I played my first lacrosse game of the season on Sunday. Apparently distance running does not get you in shape for lacrosse… I was breathing hard and getting left in the dust all game!!

Looking back,  it wasn’t the best idea to start a training program from scratch in November.  Though Maryland winters aren’t usually brutal,  this winter was one for the record books. Still,  I can make all the excuses I want, but honestly it was lack of motivation.  I adjusted some parts of my life, just not enough.  I am eating less meat, working on portion size and getting some exercise. Yet, these aren’t enough.  I am still sluggish and achy a lot of the time, due to my diet and halfhearted workouts.

The tools are here for me to change but  I have to be willing to change!  I think I am ready now to make more changes, changes for a healthier and  better life!

The Big question is:

How do I change?

I am going to start with the following 5 steps as guidelines. All super easy to do!  Ease my way into dramatic life changes rather than trying to jump in the deep end.

Game Plan:

1. Get some kind of exercise in EVERY day! NO EXCUSES! Even if it is just a walk!

  • Example: On Monday, my run got rained out.  I would normally eat a bag of popcorn instead.  I got off my bum and went to Hot Yoga. Awesome workout, I was soaked with sweat!
  • Add Interval and Sprint training
  • Work in more Strength Train /Ab Work
  • Take a walk at lunch!

2. Try to eat more meals at home on the weekends.

  • My eating habits are sloooowly changing. But whatever I do during the week is completely wrecked when I eat out on the weekends, I usually make poor decisions at restaurants.

3. Eat more veggies!!

  • I have cut back on my meat intake, but replaced it with yogurt and eggs.  Maybe I’ll start doing a Veggie of the Week post?

4. Drink more water!

  • I probably mistake dehydration for hunger ALL the time.  This should help me be able to run better too.

5.  Blog!

  • Accountability will definitely increase my  motivation!
  • I can keep track of my changes!!

I’ll expand on each of these in future posts! This post took a different direction than I had originally hoped, I will delve more into my ‘Game Plan’ later!

Sometimes Things Turn Out OK

usb drive

Some days you think are horrible can turn out ok.  This morning I managed to destroy  all the USB ports on my work computer. Guess what uses USB? The keyboard and mouse… Luckily for most of the day, I had one USB port working with my keyboard and I found an old school PS2 mouse (track ball!).  Because I was trying to fix this,  I didn’t getComputer Mouse anything done in the morning. Then I had a 3 hour  client meeting, definitely no work done during it!  So I when I finally sat down to get work done,  my keyboard then stopped working. Its next to impossible to write code without a keyboard by the way…

What a blessing! I was able to leave early since I couldn’t do anything! And I got to my Winter Distance Training on TIME for the first time. 🙂

We did a nice hill work out and I got to run all my computer-induced stress out.  Some plyometrics, stair climbing and stretching were also included.

When I decided to do a half marathon, I knew I wouldn’t be motivated to run the long distances on my own nor be able to keep up with my running friends.  Through some googling (is that a verb??), I found a training program that started the very next Sunday! The Winter Distance Training Program hosted by Potomac River Running.

The best part of this program? It was so long (20 weeks!!!) there was no base running needed.  Many programs want you to be able to run at least 5 miles at the start.  It’s aimed at the National Marathon and Half Marathon at the end of March. It can be geared to the Disney Princess Half Marathon , which I plan on doing.

In the program, there is a group long run on Sunday mornings and a workout on Wednesday evenings. And there is  a training plan mapping out the rest of the week. I need to work on getting in some more/longer runs on my own.

Weather on the run today:

Partially Cloudy and Mild Temps (55°)

Moon with clouds


Hi! I may be the least motivated person around. I am a 20-something working at my first job in the Computer industry. Just trying to get motivated in life - fitness, health, school, work and every day tasks

2010 Race Schedule:
3/7 - Disney Princess Half Marathon - DONE! 2:10:29
4/25 - Pike's Peek 10k
6/15 - Baltimore 10 miler
10/16 - Baltimore Half Marathon



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