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What I Did Instead of Running…

Since I’m not running anywhere near the mileage that I have been in a bid to rest and recharge my batteries I decided to run over to Concord to the closest Road Runner Sports on Saturday.

Road Runner Sports - Concord

It was my first time hitting their store.  Concord is about an hour and 15 minutes from the house and a bit of a slechp since you have to drive out through the delta to get there.  The delta roads are narrow and rough but the views of the Sacramento River delta are totally worth it.

Wave Rider 18's

I picked up a pair of Mizuno Wave Rider 18’s on massive sale from Road Runner Sports on-line the weekend after Thanksgiving but when they arrived I discovered that one of the shoes had the wrong size insole in it and there was a gap between the end of the insole and the toe of the shoe.  My toes don’t really rest there but I could tell that it would drive me crazy and I would end up trying to grip the insole with my toes while running.   So back they went.

In addition to the insole issue, the Wave Rider’s were also way too wide for my foot.  I admit that my feet are narrowish but I was slopping around inside the shoe and it would have been blister city.  I tried the Wave Riders in a smaller size thinking that it might be the fix but they were too short and I could see the potential for black toe nails.  I don’t like black nails unless it’s nail polish.

So instead I exchanged the Wave Riders for Brooks Glycerin 12.  I was a bit disappointed since everyone has been raving about the Wave Riders but I want the right fit not what everyone else is doing.

Brooks Glycerin 12

I would have loved to have the Blue to Pink Omber ones but they didn’t have them in my size so I got the blue ones instead.  If these work out for me I might have to order a second pair in the Omber because they were super cute.  I mean after all I might be the girl who spends more time in running clothes than real clothes but I’m still a girl and girls like cute shoes! (Ignore the sterotype, please)

I wanted to go hog-wild in Road Runner Sports and buy out the store but since it’s close to Christmas I tried to show restraint.  I basically grabbed my new shoes and ran out the door to avoid spending any additional money.  But they did have a ton of really cute running clothes and different fuels.  I could have broken the bank in there.

Starbucks - Holiday Cup

So after the running store, I was headed back to Sacramento when I realized that I would have to pay toll to cross the bridge on 160 from Antioch back toward Rio Vista.  It escaped my mind that the Bay Area will let you in for free but if you want to get out you have to pay.  So I popped into the closest Starbucks for an Americano and some cash back.  This chick never has cash, so I decided to sacrifice (yeah right) and get coffee.  When I changed jobs last year, I gave up having coffee out because I wasn’t commuting anymore.  We don’t even have a Starbucks in my town (but if they’re reading this, I know the perfect spot where they’d get ton’s of business) so getting coffee out is a real treat now.

Antioch-Bridge

This bridge is really high but you get some amazing views as you drive over but $5 to get out-of-town is crazy!  It’s highway robbery, no pun intended.  I was so glad to get out of the Bay Area though.  The roads were so jam-packed even on a Saturday.  I was glad to return to my sleepy little town.

What I did Instead

Since I’m not really running, I spent most of my weekend knitting socks and watching sports (Alabama is in the College Play Offs!!) and movies.  I watched Looper with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon Levit, if you haven’t seen this movie you should.  I really enjoyed it.  Joseph Gordon Levit does not look like himself in this movie at all.  I had to google it to see if it really was him.  Emily Blunt is all good in this movie.  I love her in general.

Here’s the weekly recap for last week.

Weekly Recap - 12-1 - 12-7

I hope you didn’t hit your head when you fainted at the low mileage.  That’s right folks, 7.25 miles.  I ran 3 days.  I haven’t run that few days since I started running years ago.  But I’m cool with it.  The shins aren’t going to get any better if I don’t let them heal.  It’s hard but I’m doing what’s best for my body.

I have no specific plans for this week other than to run a few low mileage runs to keep everything ticking a long.  December is now the month of rest.  I’m just doing what I want.  We have storms that are predicted to be pretty bad (for California) coming in later this week and if they’re windy like the last one was, I won’t be running on those days.  Since I’m not in training for anything specific, I’m not going to kill myself to run in bad conditions.  It just makes sense.

Happy Monday!

Sunday Long Run

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Sunday long run…the day most filled with anxiety.   My last few long runs have not gone well and I was really nervous about this run.  I haven’t run this far in a couple of years.  But all the worry was for nothing.  The run went really well.

I went out slower than I normally would have for shorter; about 12 minutes per mile.  I tried to keep the miles slow but by the end I was doing my normal 10:30-ish mile.  I was very happy.  The last mile was getting tough but I started thinking about my victory at crossfit this week.  I was finally able to jump onto the big box for the box jumps.  It wasn’t that I couldn’t do it physically but mentally it was just a no go.  During that last tough mile I had the biggest grin on my face thinking about how I beat that box.  Proud.

I finished the 9 miles without walking.  I’m feeling very proud of myself and accomplished.  And I finally feel like I can actually run this half without dying.  Now it’s time for errands and coffee…not necessarily in that order.