1. With the recent addition of a big ol’ boot on my foot and my temporary retirement from running, I’ve struggled a bit with the whole “injury” thing. This deserves it’s own post in itself. The one thing that is saving my life right now is the gym. I’m able to sit on the upright bike with my boot and cycle my little heart away. It’s not intense; I don’t get the heart-pumping-catch-my-breath feeling, but moving my body and working some muscles is keeping me positive. I’m working my upper body and my core as much as I can as well. Just because I’m injured, doesn’t mean I have to whither away.
2. Being sidelined is making me a bit retrospective. I keep thinking in my head over and over again, “What went wrong?” “Where did this stress fracture come from?” “What caused it?” At this point, I believe it was my shoes. I ran for years in the Brooks Ghost series and went through Ghost 2′s, 3′s, and 4′s. I loved them, but they started to feel a little big on my feet over time. So after my 1st half back in March, I switched to the Asics Cumulus 13′s. I went through 2 pairs of these and trained for the 10k and my half in them. In the time since I switched, I developed the knee injury and now my stress fracture. I honestly think these shoes were the problem. They’re much more cushioned than my Brooks and I think this changed my foot strike a bit too much. Once I’m out of the boot, I’m going to go back to Marathon Sports and get fitted for new shoes. I would love to try my old Ghosts (they’ve since come out with the 5′s) as well as perhaps some Mizuno’s Wave Riders. I also am in LOVE with the Brooks Pure series and want to try to figure out which shoe in that series might be best for me. I think having a more “barefoot style” shoe for shorter distances might help a ton.
3. I miss my bootcamp/tabata style class at my gym so much. BUT – I have a fun workout opportunity to share with my local readers. Ultimate Bootcamp is hosting a Trick or Treat Workout on Saturday October 27th to celebrate the holiday. Attendees will come to the “Trick or Treat” workout for a super-sized 90-minute bootcamp. At various intervals throughout the workout, trainers will have “tricks” up their sleeves: fitness challenges like burpees, sprints and more. The winner of these challenges will get “treats”: prizes passed out that include fitness gear, free classes, and gift cards from partners. They’re also handing out treat bags to the first 100 attendees and are encouraging participants to dress up in their best costumes (the best costume will receive a prize). It’s only $25 and will be held at Filippello Park in Watertown. If it wasn’t for this boot, I would be signing up immediately. Sign up here!
4. I listen to a lot of podcasts while at work. I was recently trying to find a running podcast and I stumbled upon the Runner Academy Podcast. Matt Johnson is the mastermind behind the podcast, which features interviews with other runners, race directors, and experts. He also shares some great quick tips on topics like tapering, nutrition, and pacing. It’s a fun podcast and provides some great information for runners of any ability. I highly recommend it.
5. After years of running and racing, I finally have a place to showcase my race medals. For a while now, I’ve hung them on my dresser mirror, but I knew they needed a place to live.
Steph was telling me that she recently ordered a medal holder from Running on the Wall. After checking out their website, I ordered one for myself, and immediately put it up on my bedroom wall. So much better! I think it looks pretty bad ass. Note: All of these medals (minus 1) were from races this year. It definitely puts things in perspective on how far my running has come in the last year when I get down about my foot.
6. I’m going home to NY this weekend to do my bridesmaid duties and help my good friend pick out bridesmaid dresses. My friend Amanda and I have known each other since we were 10 or so. We rode horses together; riding at two different barns together and training with the same trainer for years. Since we were the same age, we were competitors, but we were also best riding friends. I can’t tell you how many early mornings and late nights were spent together at the barn on our horses’ backs. We even competed in the same class together once – tandem hunters – where we both jumped the same course of jumps at the same time, one behind the other. We won that class too. Goes to show how in sync we were. Since moving away to Boston, I haven’t seen her much, but when she got engaged she immediately asked me to be a bridesmaid. I can’t wait to see her get married. We’re growing up!
7. Last night, the impossible happened. Bernie cooked dinner. He wanted to make me dinner one night this week and I embraced the gesture with open arms. I came home from the gym to the best sight ever, Bernie leaning over the stove, cooking dinner. On his menu? Pasta, rotisserie chicken (from the grocery store, but still delicious), and a Greek salad of cucumbers, tomato, feta, olives, sardines, and olive oil that he made!
8. One of our neighbors owns the cutest friggin’ dog I’ve ever seen in my life. For months we’ve seen the owner walk this little puppy and kept wondering what kind of dog it is. Bernie ran into the owner the other day and asked him what kind of dog it was. Apparently, there is such a thing as a Beagle and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix – a Beaglier. I think my heart melts every time I see this dog. I want one.
How friggin’ cute is this?!
9. Bernie and I booked our hotel in NY to watch Steph run the NYC Marathon in a couple weeks. We’re staying in Brooklyn, which will hopefully be easier than trying to deal with the crowd in Manhattan. I can’t wait to see her tackle the miles!
10. Caroline, who blogs at Sweet Caroline, recently posted in the Boston Healthy Living Blogs group on Facebook that she was doing a photography project for school and needed people to take photos of. She also was willing to take some head shots for those that were interested. I was very interested, so Caroline and I connected and met up the day before my half marathon to take some photos. In case you didn’t notice, my photo on the sidebar is new and is one of the photos she took that day. Thanks Caroline – they’re beautiful and so professional looking! Boston area bloggers – need photos taken? Contact Caroline!
Readers: Are you a podcast listener? What are your favorite podcasts? I also love ‘Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me’ and Jillian Michael’s podcast.
Have you ever been a bridesmaid in a wedding? Any tips I should have?
Dog lovers: If you could have any breed of dog, what would it be?