The Little Bit of Everything Post

First, thank you all for the support on my post about Hood to Coast. There were so many great comments!

Suzanne said: “Nice honest post, Lisa. You’re right, running is very hard on the body. The endorphins make it intoxicating, but I’ve found that high in other ways. My body just can’t take the pounding and it’s not worth it. I get a high from intense weight training and circuit routines. Most runners I know obsess about their “times.” I just don’t get it… I love planning and tracking my routines but I can honestly say I don’t obsess about it. Oh well, just my opinion.”

The Runner’s High is definitely addicting. I fell for it. And it changed the way I thought about fitness…all of a sudden nothing else compared to running because I didn’t get that same “high.” I wanted more. I wanted to feel like that all the time. Weight lifting, stair-master, nothing was like running. So I started to diminish the value in other activities.

Susan said: “Oh Lisa, I cannot put into words how much I GET this post. I did my first triathlon a year and a half ago. From my experience, people do races like these and get hooked. But for me, I finished and said “well I’m never doing that again.” I’m all for challenging yourself physically and mentally, but never when it puts your physical health at risk. Something I try to hammer into the heads of my clients all the time! I’m more about finding those few activities you truly love and doing them in MODERATION :) Excellent reflection xo”

The comment from Susan meant a lot because she’s a personal trainer. Honestly one of the first thoughts I had when I first got injured was “Oh my god if I’m no longer a runner what will I talk about on the blog? Who will read it??” But I found other things to write about and it ended up being a good thing!

AJ said: “I’m so glad you posted this! I’ve heard the same thing said about marathons and other long distance running events – people who loved to run before lost their passion or were too injured afterward. It’s great that you were able to accomplish something from your Bucket List and it seems the commitment was not only the preparation but the recovery too! Despite knowing how tough running can be – especially on my body for some reason! – a full marathon is on my Bucket List. I’m delaying it until I truly have time to train properly. 16 miles in 3ish hours IS epic! That’s amazing!”

I accomplished something pretty awesome by running Hood to Coast. Despite being injured, I do NOT regret doing it and I’m happy I ran it!

From Portland Running Co.

To be honest it made me feel really good to hear from other people who felt the same way–who felt like if they weren’t a runner doing races they weren’t part of the “cool club” in the blogging community. That’s not true. We all have a place within the community and it doesn’t mean we have to conform to the “norm” or the “popular.”

Onto bigger and better things…

Thank you all for checking out Michael’s first Guest Post yesterday! The comments were encouraging as well. I’m glad the topic was popular. Coming soon will be a post from Michael on how to choose the RIGHT bike.

Last night on the way home from work I stopped at the Portland Running Company to pick up my new shoes!

I got another pair of my favorite running shoes: Brooks Ravenna. They changed the look of the shoes (which is a bummer because they aren’t purple anymore) but I am happy to have a new pair!

Michael’s mom gave me a gift card to that store for Christmas. It was a generous gift and I was able to buy my shoes with it. While I was there, I also picked up one of these:

I’ve never tried one before and I hope it is beneficial to my problem. Maybe the combination of new shoes and the wrap I will be in good shape.

I also have two updates. The first: I’ve successfully completed week 1 of making my own coffee at work.

It was a bit of a pain the first two days but then it became part of my morning routine at work and it’s easy now. Plus I saved $6.25 this week just from not buying coffee!

Finally the last update: Michael was able to recover my old photos from an old computer! YAY!! He’s the awesomest boyfriend ever. Thank you babes. 😀

QUESTION: How are your New Year’s Resolutions coming along?

Brooks Ravenna Shoes

I officially LOVE my new Brooks Ravenna Shoes!

Brooks Ravenna Running

Today was the third time I’ve worn my new shoes and I am in love. They feel fantastic. I was concerned about the size 9 (I usually wear an 8.5 shoe). I thought it might be like running in clown shoes 😉 but it really wasn’t. I didn’t feel awkward in them at all.

I felt faster in this shoes than I’ve ever felt in shoes. I felt light on my feet, fully supported and cushioned with every step.

They do not hurt my feet or legs at all. The Asics I tried made my shins and feet hurt the day after my run. So far, Brooks does not do that.

While my shoes felt fantastic and I felt fast and light on my feet, my run wasn’t that fast. I felt great the first mile or so. Around the second mile I started to get a really bad stomach cramp just underneath my breast/rib cage. It was not good. I walked for a minute to see if it would go away and then started to run again. Around that time, it started to rain a bit.

Rainy Day

Luckily it was a light drizzle and it actually felt kind of nice. My stomach cramp came back a little and walked again for about 45 seconds. I arrived at the Steel Bridge and saw that it was up temporarily.

Steel Bridge

I decided to run up and down the stairs while I waited for the bridge to open again:

The bridge opened again and I finished up my run.

I really love my new REI Running shorts as well. They fit great and feel good too.

New Running Gear

The Portland Rose Festival is coming up. That means the waterfront is transformed into a carnival:

Rose Festival

Rose Festival
Rose Festival

That also means the waterfront will soon be way too crowded to run. At least for awhile. I think that means I will be trying some new routes for awhile!

Today’s Stats:

Time: 35:04

Nike+ Pace: 9’56

Calories Burned: 422

QUESTION: Do you change your workout route or do the same one?