Nike Women’s Marathon 2012 and Nike Fuelband

Now that I’m done with the Jungle Run, at least until next year, it’s time to concentrate on training for the Nike Women’s Marathon. This will be my first full marathon, so this training will take it’s toll, both mentally and physically. Time to cowgirl up and start ramping up and running more than I’ve ever run before. Goodie. But, that also means that it’s time for new shoes! Score!

I’m really really really stoked that my feet were pain free the whole time while wearing my Mizuno Wave Creation 13s, so I’ll probably be really boring and buy the same shoes again. And I really like the pink color, too, so I’ll be super lame and get the exact same ones that I’ve just “retired.”

can you really blame me for wanting another pair? 😉

In hopes of kicking my training schedule’s bootay, I’m drooling over the the Nike Fuelband. Have you seen that thing? Snazzy! I could wear jewelry like that! 😉 It counts your movements and your (theoretical) caloric burn, and helps you meet and exceed your fitness goals! *I have to put in the disclaimer that no device made for mass consumption can get your exact caloric burn. Some things come really close, such as the BodyBugg, but nothing is dead-on.*

I just saw a video about the Fuelband today; check it out:

Yeah, after watching that agin, I’m making it happen. Beg, barter, or steal, that Fuelband will be mine! *insert evil laugh here* 😉

Have any of you ever used the Nike Fuelband? Thoughts? Likes? Dislikes? 

Today’s workout: TurboFire Greatest HIITS and lots and lots and lots of foam rolling. 😉

What’s your workout today? What’s keeping you active? 

The Dammit Run

With less than 24 hours ’til my half marathon, what do you think I was doing?

Sadly, no, I was not doing any Downhill Racing Tricycles.

But if you guessed “nursing sore muscles, bitching about being sore, and laughing about how  soreness will effect tomorrow,” you’d be right. Yup, in the process of kicking everyone’s asses yesterday in Tabata Hell,  I effectively kicked my own. I’d love it, except for the fact that my injured quad is now also sore. And still expected to not fall off tomorrow morning. Good thing I already planned today as a Rest Day!

And if you guessed “signing up for another race,” you’d also be correct!

Yup, another race! The 39th Annual Dammit Run!! If I were on the planning committee, I’d totally put a comma after “Dammit”, but I guess that’s just me. . . Plus, the race is about running across the dam at the Lexington Reservoir, so the sentiment of “Damnit, keep going” doesn’t really convey “Run across the dam.” Too bad. I guess that’s why I’m not on that committee, eh?

So here I am, with less than 12 hours until my 13.1 adventure, and I’m rewriting my calendar and schedule to accommodate the new run. I do so love my calendars! 😉 The Dammit Run is only a 5-miler, but it’s uphill on a trail that wasn’t really designed for crowds. Oh hell, who am I kidding. It’s on a trail that was designed for a single runner. This’ll be interesting. But provided that I don’t end up in the hospital, it’s going to be great because: A) I get to buy new trail running shoes! Score!!!; and B) it’ll help me prep for the hills of San Francisco that will be kicking my ass in October. I don’t live near too many hills, so I need all the practice I can get! 😉

 

I’m not a big hill runner. In fact, when it comes to hills, I’m probably the biggest whiner you’ve ever met. I avoid them like the plague. And yes, I realize that the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco is nothing but hills. That ridiculousness has not been lost on me.  And knowing my luck, every time I start up a hill, I’ll hit a headwind. . . it never fails.

Next up on my agenda tonight: figuring out what I’m going to wear tomorrow. I know, I know. I totally should have had that already planned out and given it a test run. I’m using the excuse that I’ve already run in all of my running clothes, so I’ve already ‘tested’ whatever will be chosen for tomorrow. 😉 Since I already know what chafes after 6 miles, and what holds in too much sweat, and all that nonsense, my deciding factor of what I actually wear is quite simple: what will make me look the best in the running pics? Oh come on, I can’t be the only one to have thought that! 😉 I’m leaning towards my running faves: Black Swan Cool RacerBack and Run: Back On Track Crops, both from Lululemon.

 

 

And my pink Mizunos, of course. 😉

What’s your favorite racing/running outfit? What makes you feel like you can run the world?! (hehe, “run”, get it? Wow, I am so easily amused. . .)

My First Run Club

Despite having to set some attitudinal alarms for this morning, the morning of my first run club went quite well!

I left the house at 8:20 this morning for the Lululemon Run Club at 9. And honestly, the only reason I knew where I was going was that the Jungle Run starts at where we were meeting. Otherwise, I would have had to leave earlier to allow time to get lost. It’s tradition. I have to get lost wherever I go. 😉

I arrived at the track in plenty of time, which to me translates to: where’s the bathroom?! I’m telling ya, when you’re only 5 feet tall, liquids go straight through ya!

Our group consisted of Coach Lori (www.coutureconditioning.com), 3 Lululemon educators, a Lululemon ambassador (the only guy in a group full of women, must have been so horrible, hehe), and what appeared to be his wife/girlfriend. Since 2 of the educators were new to running, we did a very easy 3 miler along the Cooper Trail. The trail that my first half marathon of the season will be on. Awesome! Training time! Jungle run, look out! I’m gonna kick your bootay!

I have never had a run where I could talk the whole way through. . . and I liked it! Granted, 3 of us ended up running together, so 2 were talking while 1 was catching her breath. But still, it’s new for me! And I’m totally addicted!!

With the incline that the trail was on, I probably would have run too fast from the start and would have walked my sorry butt back up the trail (we did an out-and-back). But since we were slower than I normally train, and I had some awesome people to keep me accountable, I never walked!

And my feet and calves? Not a single problem!! HALLELUJAH!!!

For all of you contemplating a running club, don’t think about it: JUST GO!! Seriously, I’m addicted. I’ve never had a better time while running!

So after I got home, it was errand city. I ended up taking my mom and my son to Fleet Feet to get my mom an actual pair of running shoes (I refused to let her run in her Sketchers or Keens anymore. I put my Mizuno’d foot down!) After shoe shopping (where my son discovered the amazingness of Strawberry Banana GU Gel, thanks to one of the sales associates) it was time for PetSmart, Trader Joe’s, deliver irises to a friend, dinner out, and then finally home again. Only to freshen up and then head right back out to celebrate my friend’s birthday!

Busy busy busy day!!

And now I’m about to get ready to take my son to my grandma’s house for Mother’s Day. My son loves his GG! (Great Grandma, GG, get it?)

I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, healthy Mother’s Day!!!

Do you go to a Run Club?

How are you celebrating Mother’s Day this year?

Run Run Run to Lululemon’s Run Club

Tuesday night I went to Lululemon (yeah, I told you I’d do it!) to check out their run club. Lululemon Santana Row was having a social hour/Q&A session. No running shoes required! Thank goodness, because I was freakin exhausted! And they had cookies!!!

 

As per usual with Lulu, I made sure I had time to shop. And as per usual, I went a bit overboard. Hey, don’t blame me! It’s so easy to do!! I mean, come on, this is the company that I want to work for. Do really expect me to control myself in their stores? Pfft. Yeah right.

My loot? Thought you’d never ask!

 

A running dress?!?! YES!!! And it’s way more flattering on a curvy figure, if I do say so myself. So lightweight and comfy!!! 

 

I don’t know how I never got the Run: Swiftly tank before now. Awesome. Seriously awesome. 

 

The cutest and most flattering board shorts you’ll ever own. Each color is reversible to a solid and a print. I got the black simply because my fave bikini is all black. Matchy matchy.

 

A handheld with pocket for my short/short-ish runs. 

And the piece that I’ve been wanting for a while now, the hydration belt! 3 bottles, iPhone carrier, reflective race bib holder. Yes. Heather’s running in style now!!

Before this shopping trip, I had no actual hydration system for my runs. Which is pretty important. So, really, it wasn’t all that hard to spend the bucks on both a hand-held and a belt Amphipod.

 

Anyway, back to the run club!

The Santana Row Lulu meets up on Wednesday nights for track work and Saturday mornings for long runs. Which has 2 drawbacks. (I refuse to say ‘problems’)

First, their schedule is set to coincide with the Lululemon SeaWheeze Half Marathon. So since my half is about a month before the SeaWheeze, the scheduling is a bit off for my training. And second, I teach on Wednesday nights. Greeaaaaaat. So I’ll only be able to do their long runs on Saturdays. I’m hoping that once the weather starts really heating up the time on Wednesday night gets pushed another hour back. Then, I could teach AND run with Lulu!! Yay!

This will be my first time running with a run club. . . I’m kinda scared for the people I’ll be running with. 😉 I’m really looking forward to it!

 

Do any of you run with run clubs? Formal or otherwise? Any suggestions on what to expect? How to behave? How to secretly pick a wedgie or your nose? 😉

Babbling About My Brooks.

Brooks PureCadence review:

Frickin kick-a$$ amaze-balls awesome.

I got these shoes because they were “recommended” by Shut Up and Run. Beth wore them, and I then went and checked them out. (Note: no one told me, “Heather, go out and try these shoes. They are the end-all to all of your problems.” Not even remotely close. Please don’t sue anyone.)

this is how much Beth SUAR loves her PureCadences

I am in complete agreement with Beth: they are VERY light weight! And so damn comfortable!!! In fact, they felt so great on my run this morning that decided to wear them to school, too! I park on the complete opposite side of campus than my Tuesday classes are since Tuesdays are usually so full that I don’t work out. This at leasts forces me to get some hilly walks in. I was light and bouncy across campus! The walk normally takes me about 7 minutes, and it only took me 4 today. Booya!

I love the teal color, and LOVE the 4mm heel drop. I have to have flat shoes since I have problems (Plantar Fasciitis), but I also want cushion for my long runs. They seriously feel like you’re walking and running on air!! My feet were singing with the angels when I put these on! Either that or I was hearing the Phineas and Ferb theme song from the living room. . .

I have tried all sorts of shoes. From Nike to Adidas; New Balance, to Inov8; Vibram to Asics. I have shoes that I love, shoes that I like, and shoes that are “eh, not a total waste of money.” The PureCadence falls in the “I’m freakin wearing them to bed” category. I have NEVER run in shoe that has more cushion.

There’s not a whole lot of arch support, so if you’re high-arched, these probably aren’t going to be very comfortable for very long. Brooks has other shoes in the Pure series that will probably work out better for you. The band that wraps around the foot has a great supportive feel to it! Just don’t wear them all day if your feet tend to swell slightly when you sit for long periods. (Half way through my accounting class, I had to excuse myself to loosen the laces a bit. As soon as I was back up on my feet, they felt fine again, in fact, kinda loose.)

Please note that I am VERY used to flat shoes, so I had no “getting used to” period with these shoes. It is NOT recommended that you go “balls-to-the-wall” in these shoes if you are used to having a heel. Please break your calves and Achilles into these shoes slowly.

I won’t say, “Run out any buy these right now!” but I will say, “Go to your nearest and dearest running store and see if these shoes fit your foot and gait right!”

The shoes come in 3 colors (as of right now) in the women’s version. I love the teal ones, and I’m seriously thinking that I need the purple ones, too. . .

I think now’s a great time to add the video that Brooks has on their website for the PureCadence, don’t you?


Have you tried these shoes yet? Think you might in the future? 

Happy HumpDay! Any plans for the weekend?! 🙂