Monday, November 7, 2011

Weekend Ramblings of a Boring Mom

Seriously, where did the weekend go? I am having a hard time adjusting to the fact that it is Monday and I am sitting at my computer and supposed to be doing a menu plan for the week. I even took the lazy way out for groceries this morning. I went to Target to buy hats and gloves for the kids for the winter and left with chicken, vegetables, and fruit. I am not proud of my laziness, but I was just not in the mood. And Gabbie was happy, because she didn't have to walk through another store. I guess we both win because I didn't have to listen to her complain through the grocery store.
So my crazy fast weekend was pretty fun. I started out Saturday with a recovery run in my new Brooks PureProject shoes, the PureFlow. I only ran 5, slow miles in them, but so far so good. My first reactions to the shoes were: they are light, flexible, and cute.
They seemed so much lighter than my current shoe, the Brooks Launch. The Brooks Launch are also a lighter shoe, so I don't think the transition will be too hard. I felt pretty fast even though my legs were tight from my 12 miles the day before.

The flexibility of the shoe was by far my favorite attribute. I am a mid- to mostly fore-foot runner. I like to land on the balls of my feet. This seems to be great running form, but in the past year, I feel like my 4th toes on both feet are either broken or jammed. I don't notice the pain unless I am running, so I don't think they are broken. The PureFlow shoes, because they have a more flexible sole, allow me to land more on my balls rather than my toes. This fact alone made for NO toe pain on Saturday. Now, I realize it was only a 5 mile run, so am not going to say it is a success, but for now, I am happy.

Finally, the shoes are so cute. This is a dumb reason to like a shoe, but it is a factor when picking out shoes. I have been really happy with the Brooks brand in the past couple years, as they have seemed to really started picking cool colors and styles that make me feel like a stylish runner. Please note, I am far from stylish in real life. My wardrobe consists of race shirts, jeans, and running shoes. If I can feel stylish at a race, I have to go with it.

After my run, I met up with my running partner to help her go shoe shopping. She has been having heel issues and was hoping to try on some shoes to see if that would help. We had to go to Boston for our shopping trip which meant we got to make a stop at Pinkberry for some frozen yogurt. My peppermint frozen yogurt was worth the drive and annoying Boston parking.
Sunday, was also another fun day in Westford-land. I started off the morning with my long run for the week. I met my running partner and my sister at the trail. Steph is recovering from the Marine Corp Marathon and was only allowed to do 6 miles so she was my warm up.

We hit the first 6 miles at about a 9:15 pace. Next up, were my marathon pace miles. Woohoo, those are so not fun. My goal marathon pace is 8:10 and I was pretty easily able to hit my pace through the next 10 miles. I was quite happy that my legs decided they were going to move today. About 5 miles in, I knew I was feeling good so I decided to run to find my sister and let her know that I would run in her final miles even if it meant adding to my 17 mile run. Mile 9 of my marathon pace miles was my hardest due to a gradual incline on the trail, but my average was below where it needed to be, so I was ecstatic. After I finished mile 10, I turned around to find my sister and ran her remaining 3 miles with her. My extra mileage added up to a total of 20 miles for the day. I couldn't believe I hit a unplanned 20 mile run so early in my training cycle. Considering I did 10 at marathon pace I came out of that run so much more confident.
After the run we headed home to get ready for our Halloween. We ate pizza, thank you long run burnt calories, and I sat home and handed out candy while the kids went out with my husband and sister.
The kids had a blast and I am happy I can finally say goodbye to October and hello to November. I am in love with the month of November. I love the weather, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and my daughter's birthday. Yay, for a new month!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

When did you take this awesome pink berry picture haha that is the best picture ever. i love the pumpkin and i love the pizza lady!!! yay!! oh gosh the kids are too cute!i ordered the ankle thing so hopefully that will help. i also used the ankle brace today, not sure yet if i am going to use it regularly or not, my leg feels kind of weird now, but at least it is an option and i can talk to jake about it...hopefully soon i can run some marathon pace miles with you. :)