Today was an example of working harder, not smarter. It started out OK with a lab that I had to participate in for work, a trip to Ikea (only 15 dollars folks!) and then home to get a few things done and work out.
The greatest! I got this in the mail today. I LOVE it! Protein powder that tastes like coffee but not so high in protein that it will cause GI total stoppage. Because that is no fun!
Later I decided that maybe I should invest in a shoe with a little more stability for my long runs. I sat for two hours on the web researching. Finding the right shoe is so confusing. I decided to stay with Saucony because of the fit. The men's 10.5 is perfect for my foot for running. I know, I know, I have big feet. The problem is, is that they are narrow. Women's shoes tend to get wider the longer they get. It's taken me years to find a shoe that fits width wise and still protects my toes. After considering heel drop, weight and overall stability I decided to go with the Guide 5. I headed over to the local running store to try a few on. I also tried on the Hurricane. The Hurricane has a lot more stability. After walking around with one of each on, I went with the Guide 5. They only had one color in my size.
Red and Gold? I got them anyway and then changed my mind when I saw how much cheaper I could get them online. I thought I was all ms. smarty pants and ordered some and just an hour ago I realized I ordered the Ride 5 not the Guide 5. Big difference. I sent the online store an email but we will see how long it takes to fix that snafu. Of course the color choices aren't that much better online, but I think I'm going with this one:
KAPOW! I guess I'd rather have bright colors then oddly boring. I even have an outfit in mind to go with them. I don't know about you, but having a great outfit makes me run faster!
As far as running today, I planned a 3 miler. Just an easy 3 miler with no walk breaks. Easy 10 min/mile pace. I really like the rhythm I got into when I was running down the hill yesterday with no walk breaks. I wasn't pushing myself too much, but keeping a good pace. I do tend to plan out a training plan and then tweak it as I go. Now I am going to start taking out walk breaks on the slower runs. It may bite me in the ass, but it really feels nice.
So I went to the gym and did 3 miles on the treadmill. Of course I had to go up a little bit every minute. I think I ended with a 9:20min/mile pace and it still felt controlled. I tend to hunch over whenever I'm stressed or tired. I worked hard to keep my shoulders back and down and cadence up. Overall it was a great run. Unfortunately it took me a little longer at the gym then I intended and had to rush off the treadmill, change from shorts to yoga pants and get to the studio.
Well that was a case of a poorly planned sweat machine!!
Am I the only one that sweats like crazy after a run? It's almost like I need 45 minutes to an hour to bring my body down and stop sweating, and I mean profusely! Even showers don't stop it! By the time I got to Yoga I was a few minutes late. I don't have a lot of yoga experience, but I love what it does to help my running so I try and take a class occasionally. Tonight I was struggling to keep up AND dripping with sweat. Dripping. I wiped off my face and neck 2 or 3 times and finally just took off my glasses because my face was so wet I couldn't keep them on my face. The girl next to me kept looking at me, but I couldn't tell her facial expression because I couldn't wear my glasses because I was pouring sweat!!
I am going to try to not do that again. I did get a good workout.
We have two large watermelons growing. They double in size about every 4 days. One is on the ground - on the right and the other is growing right outside our front door, on the left. We have rigged a net to keep it from snapping the stem off. It's a lot of work for some random plant that just started growing, but now it's just a challenge. We have to be one of only a few in the entire world that have a pumpkin plant strung along the top of their porch with a pumpkin you have to duck under to get to our door.
I like to call it, unique.