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And The Yurbuds Giveaway Winners Are…

The winners of the Yurbuds giveaway are….

drum roll please….


Kristina and Gwen, I’ll be send you each an email to grab your contact info this weekend. I know you’ll really enjoy them!


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1 Mile PR and a New Pair of Running Shoes

Did you ever get the sudden feeling that your running shoes are trashed beyond belief and you can’t possibly run another step in them?  I should have had the vague feeling a month ago but for some reason I didn’t notice until yesterday when I literally couldn’t run another step after my mile trial workout at the track.

This is embarrassing:

You might need new shoes when your current pair has no more tread.

From the back.

Um… yea.  At least I don’t heel strike?  I also got a pair of insoles that should help with some of the problem with my right foot rolling in so hard.

These would have been particularly useful last night at the track.  We had a short workout but it was tough – a quick warm up, 1 mile at our hardest effort and then 1 mile of cool down.  I did a quick two laps at around a 10 minute pace and then braced myself for my mile.  We took off and I stayed in the second lane because I didn’t want to get in the way of the really fast  folks.  I made it through the first 800 in 4:04 and finished as Zac called out 8:30 (so clearly the second half of my mile was a bit slower than the first half).  I was pretty happy because that was a 29 second mile PR – my previous fastest was at Clarendon Day and was assisted by a ginormous downhill. I stretched out my calves because they were screaming and set off to run a cool down mile.  I made it through a little more than a lap and my legs were just so sore that I stopped to walk.  I walked in the rest of that 400 and decided I was not going to run another step until I got a new pair of shoes.

I was still pretty happy when I got home.  I decided I’d track down a pair of my beloved Mizuno Wave Alchemy 10’s at one of the local Pacers stores the next day.  I didn’t even look at my Garmin until BF asked how the workout went and I realized I ran my mile faster than I thought.  That’s right – just like last week, 4 laps around a track in the middle does not quite = 1 mile.  I actually ran my mile in 7:47 because I ran 1.11 miles.  Um wowza.  That was a heck of a mile for me – a full minute and 12 second mile PR.  CRAZY.

To celebrate I’m taking a full on rest day.  I want my legs to feel nice and fresh tomorrow.  If they don’t feel 100% then I’ll cross train to make sure I’ll be ready for my run commute on Friday.  Flexibility baby.


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TGIF! Featuring a 90’s Throwback!

TGIF! I am so excited to see Friday.  It’s been a long week! I’m off to see my parents in a few hours to celebrate Mother’s Day but wanted to drop in with a little update before I go.

My friends from the 90's are happy it's Friday

Let me quickly admit that I love Beth’s post today, where she breaks out 5 things that are making her happy and I’m copying her. I hope she doesn’t mind.

1) I’m cleared to be exercising again! My thyroid levels are looking better and the heart palpitations that have been bugging me should be going away soon.  I can actually take less thyroid medicine, which is awesome but I still have to stay on the heart medicine for another few weeks. Last night I celebrated with some resistance band work, though not much because I had a really heavy dinner and didn’t want to make myself feel sick.

Cue Snoopy and his happy dance!

2) I may be running the North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon Relay on June 4th!  We’re around90% certain we can get a 4th person for our team before the prices go up on Monday.  This was kind of totally a whim decision but one that I’m really excited about.  I haven’t ever done a trail race and a 6.4 mile introduction doesn’t sound horrible.  It actually looks pretty awesome and I think I know a few people doing the marathon or 50K so it will be a fun day.

Yes, I just went there.

3) I’ve found my training plan for the Rock N Roll Virginia Beach Half.  I’m using Runner’s World Smart Coach and am really excited to start.  I have to keep reminding myself that there would be no point in starting things up so early just because I’m excited and there’s no point in risking injury just to tweak the finish time by a teeny bit of time.  My current plan is to run for fun in May and cross train heavily.  Then I’ll start the actual training at the very end of May.  I’m going with a 13 week program, which some would say is bad luck but I think will be awesome. I’m thrilled with the plan’s potential.

4) There should be a giveaway coming up in the next few weeks on the blog. I actually have a pretty important blog related announcement coming up sometime soon, but I haven’t had time to sit down and get it put together.  Something just kind of fell into my lap and I’m excited to share it with everyone. 🙂

5) I’m off to spend a quiet weekend with the parents! I know I mentioned that in the beginning of my post but I’m so happy to have some family time on the books for this weekend.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. I hope everyone has a great weekend!!


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