Thursday, June 23, 2011

three things thursday

1. I am almost positive that I was able to feel something happening in my glutes this morning while I was running.  It might have been due to yesterday's dead lift party, or a week of kicking the crap out of them with strength training, but something was definitely going on.  I call this progress.  I also am ashamed to admit that I ran on a treadmill this morning.  Which turned out to be a bad idea anyway, because it is just as warm and possibly more humid inside my gym than outside.  But after spending 90 minutes whining about the dew point this morning, it was treadmill or nothing at all.  I know this means my soul just got sucked out through the bottom of my running shoes, I'm sorry.  However, it did give me yet another good opportunity to focus on form and count my strides-per-minute and concentrate on keeping my hips under me and not over-striding as I got faster, all of which probably would have gone out the window if I had been suffering outside.  But the treadmill got me back for hating when something scary happened in "Silence of the Lambs" and I screamed and almost fell off the back.  This is my actual life, people.  


2. I still haven't made a decision about shoes.  Several people who have looked at my gait have confirmed that my current shoes aren't actually hurting me, which takes the pressure off.  I still think I'm going to buy a pair of the Kinvaras because a) they are hot pink and b) see item a.  I'll probably just wear them to walk around in the gym while I lift and maybe do some strides in every once in a while as long as I'm still in PT and working on the hot mess that is my gait.  And I'm not sure why I feel so terribly guilty about buying a pair of running shoes because of the color and not because of their classification that I am not intending to actually do much running in, but I do.  I want the hot pink shoes!  


I have no shame.  I'm also thinking about switching from my 2150s back to the Adrenalines, but my current pair only have about 150 miles on them so I've got some time to decide.  I'm really interested to see if all this strength training and PT and focusing on good form has an actual effect on my gait.  I know that it's a slow and incremental process so I'm not looking for an immediate change, but I just wonder what I'll look like, say, in September.  Will I still have my unicorn collapsing hip and Frankenstein foot stomp?  Stay tuned. 


3. I've been having a really stressful week, and I'm completely wiped out.  That combined with not putting things on my calendar and plans changing at the last minute means my weekend is going to be an exhausting mess of trying to cram everything in, and next week is actually looking like it's going to be worse than this one was.  Sigh.  What are your weekend plans?  Are you racing or giving up on the ridiculous weather to hide inside with cold beer (I wish I was doing this)?

27 comments:

  1. As long as you're not running in them, I think you'll be fine. Plus, PINK!!!

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  2. If I buy shoes for fun I usually check overstock.com first to see if they are on sale then I don't feel so guilty!!
    I am running a race for fun this saturday. The usual group I go to races with are all out of town expect for Dad. So we will be doing this for fun at a baseball field!

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  3. Seriously - buying cool shoes to wear to the gym/around is awesome. And pink is awesome. I'm also super impressed with how much you're concentrating on your form.

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  4. You are totally my new favorite person! I want the pink Kinvaras for the exact same reason. I even went to Road Runner Sports to buy them (even though I'm supposed to wear stability shoes, I run in Asics GT-2160s) and the sales guy talked me out of them, but I will go back and find someone who dosen't care about my form to sell them to me!

    I also had to give in to the treadmill this week. Twice. I feel dirty. But trying to run outside is like trying to do jumping jacks in a sauna.

    Sorry about the crap-tastic week. There seems to be a lot of that going around.

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  5. Pink. I mean, PINK.

    You are so dedicated to working on your form and I'm so amazed. If I had half the ability to concentrate on such things...

    Also, we can hide inside with multiple cold beers after Saturday's ride (trust me, I'll need this).

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  6. BUY THE PINK SHOES!!!!

    You will see improvement with your gait and running, it's great that your PT group is working so well for you!

    I'm sorry your week has been crappy, my weekend will be painful as I'm doing the Garrett County Gran Fondo, with 7000 FEET OF CLIMBING!!! I'm only doing the metric century but that's enough climbing for me!

    Hope your weekend is better than this week has been!

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  7. i have a feeling you will end up running in them once you get used to them, but even if you dont....they are SAAAWEET!!!!

    ive got a race scheduled, not sure if i will do it, depends mostly on the weather, and i would like to kick back and drink cold beer instead....is it fall yet??????

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  8. Girl I love those damn Kinvara's especially for their obnoxious colors! I'm secretly hoping that when I go get reanalyzed for my gait after all this mess that they recommend them for me so I can rock them in all their hot pink glory! LOL!

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  9. I hate myself, but I love all the Kinvara colors (black with blue is my favorite). It makes me really good about replacing them early, so I get to wear new colors!

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  10. Gym tonight, run tomorrow, rest Saturday, run Sunday - which means COLD BEER FRIDAY.

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  11. Another thing that maybe you haven't considered-- Maybe you just get less mileage out of your shoes, and you think you are okay with 250 miles, but maybe you aren't? I only get about 175-180 on my adrenalines before I noticeably feel achy in my knees, quads and hip flexors. Something to think about, but I like the pink shoes!

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  12. You only need to feel bad if you buy them and really have no use for them.
    I wear my New Balance 100s around, to do short runs, in races less than 11 miles, and on the treadmill. Love having them as an option, but will probably never do long runs or rocky trails in them. It's good to switch it up though.
    Last weekend was my biggest race of the year, so I'm having a spa day with my BFF followed by attending a backyard beer soiree, then doing a little trail running Sunday a.m. (wanna come?)

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  13. The kinvaras work for me (I run in them the most and wear them to the gym). I got the vizpro.. but I WANT the citron! That's only in mens though (WTF?) Super impressed with how you are watching your form! It's a great reminder for me.. I need to watch my stride when I speed up too. Can't wait to see what you look like in September!

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  14. Oh my, I have been having such bad shoe problems too!! I am on my fifth pair this week trying to find the right ones ugh! Sorry it has been a bad week! Good luck this weekend!!!

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  15. The scary part is that this all makes sense to me. I have been drooling over the Mizuno Wave Prophecy (not the Pink Kinvaras,) major health setbacks and I ran on the treadmill twice this week. Are you sure we're not related?

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  16. Weekend.. hmm.. full on yoga teacher training, co-teaching a class, making an upside down pineapple cake, and .... remembering to hydrate during the whole, lovely weekend! Oh, and praying the weather will break so we don't melt all weekend!

    Hang in there. One. Breath. At. A. Time.

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  17. I wear the same stability shoes as you and I've had no issues using my Kinvaras at the track and for 5ks. But I don't plan on using them for longer races or as my regular training shoes.

    Also, I think there's no shame in the occasional treadmill run. Or really even regular treadmill running. It's all about getting that run in!

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  18. Lovin' the hot pink and don't feel bad about getting them. I got those Asics Gel Noosa's cause they were all kinds of crazy colored and unfortunately, they suck. For me.

    I am the WORST double/triple booker on the planet so I feel your pain for this weekend. Hope you get a beer at some point.

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  19. I vote yes on the pink shoes.

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  20. Anxious to hear what you think of the Kinervas - and hey, my Nikes are hot pink and they did that all on their own. I had nothing to do with it, and I sort of love the crap out of them (even if they aren't feeling as good as I want them to - might just keep 'em for fun).

    What's going on this weekend?? I won't be racing, but I certainly won't be inside. It's too nice to resist here ;) Though I will take the cold beer.

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  21. love the pink shoes! obviously :)

    have you heard of dry needling? it releases muscle tension- you should ask your pt about it!

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  22. Oh man, I ran 7 miles this morning in the swamp that was DC this morning. I imagine your treadmill run was just as rough but breathing was definitely a challenge.
    Love the pink shoes.
    I'm beaching it this weekend! yay!! Oh, and running a virtual 5k race (hopefully).

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  23. You know I bought a pair of $160 custom-designed shoes that say "Let's Run" on the tongue, and I don't run in them. Ever. But they are my favorite shoes, and I still wear them constantly. Sneakers are the best! P.S. You're amazing!

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  24. Just discovered your blog and some of your posts had me cracking up. Good luck with your PT - and go for the pink running shoes!

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  25. We "talked" about this on Twitter, you are smart to ease into a new shoe. Maybe it will help your gait, maybe you'll just look bitchen' in your awesome pink shoes. Whe. You've been struggling with injury for a long time, it's normal to want to explore all avenues of healing and help. You're making a very informed decision so you really can't go wrong. If it hurts, stop.

    And you'll still look great rockin' those sweet kicks!

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  26. I have been wearing adrenalines for so long- and I do love them. But I have been thinking of exploring other shoe options as well. Everytime though, without fail, I end up with new adrenalines!

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