Posts Tagged ‘Running

09
Jan
09

Get Moving With New Balance

With a new year often comes New Year resolutions. Many people decide now is the time to get back in shape, lose weight and eat healthier. Sounds fabulous right? Now that it has been a little over a week since the new year, I wonder how many people are still trying.

new-balance-wr7681I try not to make new year resolutions because I feel even worse when I give up too quickly. However, I do set goals for myself several times throughout the year. I enjoy walking outside and looking at the beauty around me. So instead of “exercising” I am instead “enjoying nature”. It is just one little way to trick myself into getting out and moving my muscles. I need to have a good pair of shoes to do it though.

My favorite pair of athletic shoes are actually running shoes. I love the New Balance WR768’s for several reasons. They’re lightweight, have excellent support and they’re pretty! I prefer the white and pink ones, but they have several other colors as well. I can use these shoes on my walks or even just running around town, they are that comfortable. It took me several years to find a pair of running shoes that I truly loved. I am so glad I found these.

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24
Oct
08

Going the Distance (and then some)

Night Splint from Hell

A year ago I did something very stupid—I ran a half marathon. Now, before the fit and fabulous start bombarding me with hate mail please let me explain. I ran a half marathon and I didn’t train for it.

As a former cross country runner, I should have known better. I was prepared and trained for a leg of the marathon. However when I reached the end of the leg, I felt inspired to keep running. Despite a small ache, that felt like a pebble was stuck in my shoe, I found myself at mile 13 relatively quickly and absolutely exhausted.

Two days later, I was barely able to walk. The small ache now felt like a tumor the size of a baseball pushing into my heel. I was a 24 year old cripple, who prided herself on an active lifestyle. In a nutshell, I hated myself. A year later and the problem still plagues me, but I have found relief with horse-like pain killers, stretching, and rest. I also found out that I fractured my foot somewhere along the lines and could have carpal tunnel in my ankles. So much for forever young.

What really kills me (aside from the ever versatile and sexy bottie I have to wear to bed—pictured above) is the fact that I have to wear sneakers during the day. At first I was ecstatic, but quickly became saddened. How am I to partake in all the fall trends? If I can’t wear the high heeled boots, I can’t wear the new Hudson peg leg jeans or darn a Chloe purse. Okay, I can’t afford the purse, but you get the picture. I might as well die in my sweat suits.

Lucky for me, Wendy inspired me to look around for a sneaker that didn’t scream GYM this week via her web video on 10/23. These monogrammed keds are perfect for preppy Baltimore. They still won’t go with my dress for dinner tonight, but they will at least get me to work without looking like I stepped out of Nine to Five a la Dolly Parton.

29
Jan
08

Rambo Made Me Run

Up until a year ago, I did not consider myself a runner. In fact, I would go so far as to categorize myself as the anti-runner.

“Want to go for a jog on the beach this weekend?” well-meaning friends would ask.

“Ha! Over my dead body,” came my scathing reply. Then I would strap on my highest stilettos and jaunt on over to the mall.

My aversion to running was rather ironic, considering I played soccer competitively for ten years (I reconcile the oxymoronic nature of this to the fact that I played defense and rarely left the goal box). Plus, since then I have grown a tad lazier, filled my life with work and stuck to yoga and the elliptical machine, telling myself that the low impact was better for my joints. My lackadaisical anti-running attitude persisted until one fateful day when along came Rambo.

Rambo was a fictional Boston Terrier my boyfriend and I created in our imaginations and referred to as if he already existed. After imagining him cuddling and playing with us for nearly two years, we took the plunge and bought ourselves an adorable three-month-old Boston Terrier, and named him (what else?) Rambo.

After one peaceful month of cuddling and sleeping, my sugary sweet, blissfully calm little puppy turned into a holy teething terror. He leaped on and off the furniture, he destroyed his toys, he stole my socks and he hid under the bed. People had warned me that Boston Terriers had boundless energy, but it took actual ownership for their warnings to sink in. Desperate to burn some of his energy, I reluctantly dragged myself to the nearby running store, stifled my anti-running sentiments and bought a brand new pair of blue and white Saucony running shoes. Feeling smug and looking good in my new kicks, I took to the streets.

Much to my chagrin, I had to slow to a walk after two blocks. Huffing and puffing I struggled to catch my breath as Rambo bounced and frolicked by my side, begging to run again. And though it was a painful process at first, over the course of two months I built up my stamina and strength to run three miles without stopping. My furry little ball of energy somehow managed to turn this anti-runner into a true run-a-holic, eager to get home from work and lace up my super comfy Sauconys to pound the pavement. For this monumental accomplishment, he can have all the dog treats in the world.

29
Jan
08

Rockin’ and Runnin’ with the amazing Nike plus

As an avid runner and shoe-a-holic I am always on the outlook out for new fashionable running shoes. This year Nike came out with the Nike Plus; helping runners everywhere make it to the finish line!

One morning my attention was drawn to Boston.com for a story on “A Running Debate”. This debate has been in question with runners and race directors over the past year on whether or not ipods should be allowed during races. In August, I joined 12,000 other runners for the 35th annual Falmouth Road Race.

This was my third year running the race and I did notice a drastic increase in the number of ipods and armbands on runners throughout the race. Nike has even caught on to this new trend in running. This past summer the Nike plus running shoe hit stores designed with a transmitter that sends information about speed, distance, and calories burned to a runner’s ipod.

Nike has even designed unique colors and styles like the one picture here , which I love! If that pair is a little too bright for your taste you can check the hundreds of other styles and colors Nike has to offer. Has anyone used to the Nike Plus and is a fan? I’m looking for a little feedback because I’m thinking the Nike Plus might be my next pair of running shoes as the spring traning season is rapidly approaching.

The right shoe and the right music is a HUGE part of any runner’s training regiment, and when it comes to race day if you need the music that has brought you this far then I say go for it! Possibly running with music it is a generational thing? My father a diehard athlete couldn’t believe that I would be running with an ipod this year. But I say whatever gets you through the hills of Falmouth and 90 degree August heat and if that happens to be your new sneaks, new outfit or an ipod with your favorite song on repeat then the more power to you! It certainly helped me through each mile! Not to mention, I think the Nike Plus will be my next pair of running shoes. Who is with me? 🙂

To donate to the charity group I run for or to join us for Falmouth 2008- please visit The Genesis Club and help us to “Make Strides for Mental Health”




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