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-Tuesday’s Run & Bike-Shopping Fun!-

June 16 runYep…i’m obsessed…with GPS! 🙂

This morning’s workout was another run.  My training plan had yesterday’s run on Sunday (but I didn’t work out sunday…it’s the day of rest!), then Monday was supposed to be a rest day.  Although I did really well this morning, i’m liking the idea of not running on back to back days, for the most part.

I had set my alarm for 5:30am…enough time to hit the snooze once, then get up, take my Synthroid, make coffee, & have enough time before eating my oatmeal.  What did I do?  Hit snooze after waking up from a dead sleep & soon realizing the mega-jackhammer was already pounding the road at that time of day.  WTF?  Is that legal?  Doesn’t the city of Baton Rouge care that people may want to snooze?  Obviously not.  Anyhow, I got up, stumbled downstairs after doing all the necessary morning stuff, and took Biskit out to pee.  I COMPLETELY forgot to make coffee! Anyhow, when you take Synthroid, you have to allow some time for your body to absorb it prior to eating.  I piddled around a bit, then nuked some oatmeal.  I could only eat half of it.  I got full really fast and it just wasn’t working for me this morning!

Just a side note about the thyroid:

Yes, i’m hypothyroid…which makes me realize I haven’t done a post on being hypo…it’s NO excuse for not working out, losing weight, etc.  I have a pretty much zero-tolerance policy to the “but i’m hypothyroid” excuse!

Off to run.  The plan called for 5 sets of: 10 min run/1 min walk.  My calves were a little sore from running in my Nike Free’s yesterday.  No worries though!  I tried to stay in the shade as much as possible, and really started feeling “loose” midway thru my run.  Boy, was it hot out already!  Yes, I focused on running the “right” way, and on my fourth “set” (roughly 44 minutes into my run), my right calf started to “talk” to me.  Earlier on in my run, probably 22ish minutes into it or so, I started feeling like I had a blister between two of the toes on my right foot.  I thought “that sucks, but oh well, what can ya do about it?”  I don’t have a blister, so I don’t know what the deal was.  I have become a lover of DryMax socks (albeit expensive, they rock…but only no-show, please…those of you who know my “sock snobbery” know this is the only way I roll, lol), so excessive foot sweat wasn’t the issue.  I kept feeling it and each time I planted my left foot, it was like a reminder that a little irksome blister would be the least of my worries from here on out!

To be honest, when it was time to begin running again for the last “set,” I just wanted to get it done.  I tried to keep the final set a bit slower.

55 minutes = DONE!

I had no idea what my mileage would be, and couldn’t wait to see the map RunKeeper spit out when I was done!  Hilarious!  I made my own paths, and it was cool to see that they were pretty well deleneated on the map, along with mile markers!  RunKeeper is cool b/c it also gives you your stats in bar-graph format minute-by-minute.  On your iPhone, you can touch a specific bar and bring up that minute’s stats!  Groovy!  My average pace includes the 1 minute walks, which were at roughly 18:30 min/mi.

Right Achilles was uber-tight and already sore when I got home.  Fixed some Ezekiel toast & drank a glass of lowfat Kefir!  Then…off to train clients!

This afternoon, I met one of my friends at Capitol Cyclery to start the “bike finding” process.  I rode around the parking lot on a 50cm women’s Trek road bike that had a pricetag of $1600.  It felt so cool to ride, but it felt REALLY good when we got to ride after I got fitted for a 48cm Specialized at The Bicycle Shop.  Danielle got her bike out of her ride, and we rode from there thru LSU to River Road, then up on the levee!  It was a blast!  We rode for a half hour or so, and it felt amazing!  I am in love with riding already!  Now i’m on a quest to find a bike…if I can’t find a gently-used one that’s perfect, i’ll just spring for new!

PS…running is cheap…swimming is cheap…riding is EXPENSIVE…but I love shopping and accessories, so maybe it’s right up my alley!

So, yeah…i’m thinking this triathlong thing is a perfect fit!  Something I should have done 12+ years ago when I first told myself I should do one…but wasn’t the right time back then.  I had to gain a heck of a lot more confidence & “Sarah power”!!!

Yesterday, I paid online to become a member of the Baton Rouge Triathlon Society.  I am hoping to meet more people & get involved with a few training runs, rides, etc.


12 responses

  1. Oh man!! That’s huge coin for a bike! Good idea on joining the Triathalon Society! 🙂
    Keep up the awesome training my fellow goober friend!!

    June 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    • Hey Cath!
      I know, right?!!! I found one on eBay just now tho…similar to the Specialized I rode…highest bid is $585 at the moment…hmmmm…shipping is $75…I think they were asking like $900-something for the new one. I’m forwarding the eBay link to my bicycling buddy!
      Yay team goober! OMG! I just tried to type “booger”!!! heehee!

      June 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

  2. mhagy

    Cycling is expensive…..Running can get up there too. If your taking care of your feet you’ll be swapping out shoes every three months depending on how many miles your running. Might be a consideration of why your ankle and Achilles is bothering you.

    A sweet pair of Newtons will run you some coin. Even if you don’t go the Newton route a good pair of Asics, Brooks or Nikes will have you dropping at least a hundred.

    Spend the money on a good pair of shoes. It makes a world of difference and makes training and competition that much more enjoyable. Its hard enough having to worry about sore feet, shins or whatever.
    Roanoke, TX

    June 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

    • Hey there!
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! 🙂
      I had no idea about the Newtons! OMG! They look awesome! I am gonna have to look into them, as i’m now a big geek about anything that will help me! I am sporting Mizuno Wave Creation 10’s and have Nike Free 5.0’s. I am also working on my running technique. All of this has been a blast already, and i’m sure it will only get better! I am already feeling more confident and my endurance is rockin’, after 2 weeks of training! I am getting a bike this week & am jazzed about how good I feel! It’s all about training smarter, not harder!

      Yours in Health,

      June 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      • mhagy

        Hey I failed to mention and you might already know…..get fitted for your shoes. Forget Academy, Foot Locker and any stores like that.

        Call around and talk to someone who has been running for years and ask them if they know how to fit shoes for running depending on a persons arch, step, cadence, strike etc.

        I get fitted by my man Ed at Lukes Locker here in Dallas/Ft. Worth everytime I buy shoes because of the fact new models of the same shoe are very often different. It really makes a world of difference.

        If you get time check out my blog regarding nutrition and triathlon training when you get a chance and tell me what you think.

        I really like your site.

        June 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm

        • Hey Mitch!
          I checked out your blog a little last night but will hop on there in a second and give you a shout! 🙂
          There’s a great place here called Varsity Sports that fits ya…I bought my last pair of Asics there, but you have a great point about new models of the same shoe fitting different! We have a Fleet Feet as well!
          You’re a rockstar!

          June 19, 2009 at 1:48 pm

  3. Paul

    Are you going to be running the triathlon in your Frees? What kind did you get?

    June 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

    • Hey Paul!
      I have no idea at the moment! I’m learning so much! I got the new 5.0’s and love ’em! I have been wearing them every day this week to train clients!
      Hope you have been doing well! 🙂

      Yours in Health,

      June 17, 2009 at 8:34 pm

  4. Man oh man, Sarah…you’re turning into the UBER-running machine….impressive! Never knew you where into running so much…(color me jealous.)
    Between you and ‘greenteaterminator’, aka “Julie”, we have ourselves the beginning of an unstoppable relay team!

    Keep it up, Rip! I’ll be rooting for ya!


    June 18, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    • Hey Fred!
      You’re the best! Thanks for always being so supportive and encouraging! 🙂
      I have always loved running, but I cut it out of my routine back in the fall. The most i’d typically run was 4 miles or so. I used to always love to sprint sprint sprint!
      To be honest, i’ve never really enjoyed it until now…i’m learning to get used to distance running, and finding a comfortable pace.
      Does Julie know you’ve given her a sweet nickname? I’m gonna tweet her and tell her! 🙂

      Yours in Health,

      June 19, 2009 at 2:16 pm

  5. Thank you for share.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:48 am

    • You are welcome! 🙂

      June 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm

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