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Honeymoon to Spain :: February 2013

We waited almost a year after our wedding to take our honeymoon but it was well worth it. We went in the offseason for the bakery and Europe and found ourselves in places we could have never imagined. The long walks, the views, the history, the detail, and the food were all remarkable. From Barcelona to Sevilla, we explored to our heart’s content and truly felt like when it was over, we saw as much as we could and if we saw any more our feet would fall off. Our honeymoon was the best!

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Black Mountain, NC :: Christmas 2012

Phil and I spent a romantic week away in a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina for our first Christmas as husband and wife. It was odd not to be surrounded by family and friends for the holiday but it’s something I’ll always remember. We even survived two crazy wind storms that howled down the mountains and knocked out the power three times. One of the best ideas my husband has ever had was to take this trip. Sometimes you need to get away and be on your own together so you can appreciate all that you have experienced and how far you have come as a couple.

Example #18 on How to Avoid Overuse Injuries

There are many ways to avoid overuse injuries. Sure there are things like adequate recovery, a good night’s rest, icing body parts, proper technique, etc.

Another good way? Don’t get slack on keeping track of your mileage on your running shoes!

When I started running more consistently five years ago, I knew enough to rotate my shoes every 300-500 miles or 6 months. I knew the conspiracy of the shoe makers to build the shoes out of materials that break down over time. But I also didn’t want an injury. This is where you shake your fist at the shoe makers as you happily browse website pages full of bright, colorful, NEW shoes. It’s hard to be so conflicted. I love my savings but I also love running in new shoes. The only sad part is looking down at your lovely running shoes who still look normal on the outside and having to retire them because on the inside the materials are not functioning well anymore. Sigh.

Back to the present day, Phil and I had new running shoes in the plans for a while, we just had to wait for the right time to add it to the budget. I finally found room in the spreadsheet and in they went. In the meantime, I researched which shoes I wanted to switch to. In a separate post I’ll talk about my transition to a midfoot strike but needless to say I wasn’t going to jump into minimalist running shoes and wanted to instead gradually drop my heel to toe ratio. I finally went to Dick’s to try some shoes on before I made my decision.

But then I got curious about when I purchased my last pair. I quickly found Phil’s purchase last December. So he was only a few months and about 100 miles over. But I couldn’t find when I bought mine. I had to do a search through my gmail to find I bought my Asics Gel Nimbus on APRIL 11, 2011!!!!!!!!!!!! Over a year and a half on these shoes? YIKES!

Insert GIANT WOOPS!

You mean the plantar fasciaiitis burning through my right heel and all the other aches and pains are probably because I totally forgot when I last bought my running shoes? Rookie mistake! I shake my fist at myself now.

Yesterday, I made it a priority to order the shoes immediately and thanks to Running Warehouse (free fast shipping!) our shoes will arrive tomorrow. Not sure when the overuse injuries from the old running shoes will go away or if they will nag incessantly.

But here’s a picture of my old shoes, Asics Gel Nimbus 12, heel to toe offset of 12mm:

And now, I’m going to transition to more minimal shoes in these Saucony Triumph 9, heel to toe offset of 8mm:

Looking forward to the first run in the new shoes. In the meantime, researching how I can better ¬†track my mileage and somehow magically still run through all the different leg pains. It’s the ups and downs of a healthy lifestyle I suppose. And no matter what the negatives of overuse injuries, new shoes always make me smile. ūüôā

I Bought a Pedometer!

Tease me if you want, Phil did, but I went and bought myself a pedometer. It started when we went to the PGA Championship at Kiawah and we received our free pedometers thanks to the First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign. We had so much tracking all the steps and steps we took that day on the golf course and then we started tracking our steps the following week. It was cool! Only problem was the reset button on it was too easy to accidentally hit so we kept resetting our steps during the day. Frustrating!

So I went on Amazon and bought myself a pedometer!

Omron HJ-321 Tri-Axis Pedometer, Black 

Okay, so I already know I’m active doing workouts 5-6 times a week but I also have a desk job. A desk job in which my bum gets smushed all day long and I wonder if I’m moving enough. Ideally I’d love to walk 10,000 steps a day and get my workout in because then I’d feel like I’m getting my proper *move* on.

This new pedometer is cool. Very lightweight and because it has a tri-axis sensor, it doesn’t have to be exactly over your hip like old pedometers. In your pocket, around your neck, on the hip, in a bag, wherever it’s on you works. I forget it’s even there. Best of all, it doesn’t have a reset button so I can’t¬†accidentally¬†erase all my hard work.

Nice part was I found out I’m moving more than I thought, over 8,000 steps a day, but now i’m determined to get at least that extra 2,000 steps. After all, it’s much easier to quantify my workouts than to quantify if I’m getting enough daily regular movement in. I figure I can only do so much sweating to get my daily burn in, I need to also optimize my other opportunities to burn calories.

Also, I’m still obsessed over this middle age sitting in a chair bum bum spread thing. Just shake your head and roll your eyes at me. We all have our things.

Running Update

Wow, it’s been ¬†since April 23rd since I last wrote. I really didn’t think it had been that long. In my head, I write lots of posts on my runs and yes, I’ve been running! But then I wonder if I should keep the blog or not because it’s not really purposeful but ya know, it did use to be fun. So no, I don’t have any illusions about the importance of this blog other than the fact that in the past it got me more excited and focused on my healthy living accomplishments. For that reason alone, I’m going to try blogging more again. Among the numerous topics I’ve had bouncing around my head…

  • Getting back to running regular 5Ks
  • Nagging to worsening injuries (but not from running!)
  • Body pump class
  • Switching from heel strike to midfoot strike running
  • Buying my transitional running shoes
  • Music playlists for running harder
  • Breaking down and finally getting an armband for my iphone even though it makes me nervous to run with it.
  • New nutritional foods i’ve tried in getting healthier
  • Finding ways to stop the middle age/office worker spread
  • Vitamins

…and more. But most importantly, I have been so good about my consistent workouts and in fact increased my workouts recently to at least 5 sometimes 6 days a week. At least 3 runs, 2 body pump, and some elliptical thrown in. I think Phil and I are even going to start playing some tennis. It’s all rather encouraging to me that even though I can’t figure out the food situation, I haven’t given up and I’m still out there sweating.

Just as we tell our niece, don’t ever give up!