in conclusion

I think it’s time for a little follow-up bloggin’…

First up: you sure it’s not the shoes?

Well, here I am…more than a month later. Wearing larger shoes. And guess what? It was not, in fact, the shoes. It was…The Socks.  Typically, I like snug socks. There’s nothing more uncomfortable to me than loose socks. They get all bunchy and I feel like they slide around too much. The socks I originally had were Brooks running socks (not quite the ones I had, but close) with the undertoe seam. I thought they fit perfectly, but when the larger shoe size didn’t really help I decided to go with a different pair of socks. I opted for Adidas. I’ve been wearing them for about three weeks and the improvement is significant. Unfortunately, for my poor toe I think it’s too little too late.

Next up: run to the hills

Earlier this month I started doing hill repeats for the first time. A love-hate relationship quickly ensued. Once a week I warm-up with about a 1.5-2 mile run, then I head over to The Hill. Each week I’ve added an additional repeat. This week I squeaked out a sixth one…

I have to say, I love looking at this chart. That shaded green area right there…that final push straight up. It’s the only time when I run that my lungs burn, my legs scream and my heart feels like it’s going to pound right the frig’ out of my chest!! It’s awesomely horrible!! I have a bigger hill already picked out for next month!

Moving on: to marathon or not

I’ve made very little progress on this one, but I guess that’s to be expected since it’s a huge decision and it’s only been less than two weeks of serious consideration. I came very close to deciding on a 50k. Now I’m not so sure. We very recently (like, today) discovered that we may have some major changes that might happen right in around the time I would be in the thick of training. I don’t really want to deal with it all at once. The race I had my eye on is scheduled for March, but there’s another in October ’13 that might be the better one to shoot for. So, it looks like I’m off the hook for a while.

Let’s not forget: noises your shoulder shouldn’t make

I’m very happy to say that my arm still seems to be attached and my shoulder appears to be functioning properly! Since last week went so well I gave P90X2’s upper body workout another try yesterday. I completed all three rounds without any problems. It didn’t do it during the workout, but randomly throughout the day my shoulder will make interesting (but not painful) clicking noises. Not entirely sure what the deal is with that, but if it’s the only lasting issue that I end up with…well, I can get used to a clickity-shoulder.

Lastly: apple picking

This one isn’t really a follow-up, it’s more of a continuation…apple picking last weekend was definitely a good way to get a head start on the fall season. Since then we’ve had some chilly temps, on Wednesday night by the time I got home from running my arms were freeeeeezing. The leaves are starting to change color and the acorns have been slamming the heck out of our roof and satellite dish. Yup, fall has arrived!!

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4 thoughts on “in conclusion

  1. HELLOOOO!
    I just found your blog thru FitApproach, Im from Stroudsburg-a fellow runner-fellow mom! SO awesome you are doing the Divas 1/2 Mary. Im all signed up for the RW Half in Oct, actually heading out for 12 miles today! Do you have any other races on your agenda?

  2. i was so close to going for the RW half next month!! i ended up deciding against it because it was the only weekend in october that i don’t have a race scheduled and i figured my legs would probably appreciate the break. i’m psyched for the diva half! i’m heading out the day before so i can spend some time with family out there. good luck with your long run today!! last week i did 13, now i get to start tapering…probably around 10 for me this morning. i’ve got a local 5k coming up next month, as well as the MCM10k down in DC and my last one for the year will be the Rothman 8k in Philly this November. Do you have anything coming up??

  3. I’m so glad you did this round up- I had a lot of catching up to do! The marathon decision is such a tough one… I’ve only done one and it really took a lot out of me. But now, over a year later, I’m itching to do it again… I think it’s worth working toward one for the experience, but give yourself plenty of time to train!

    • thanks for the advice! i’m worried that with nothing on the horizon i may ease up a bit too much and end up losing motivation for it. i would’ve liked to have gone for it in the spring, so i could continue to build on all of the progress i’ve made for my relay and half training…but hopefully come next year i’ll find the drive to start all over again!

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