It Has Arrived!

This week has been absolutely fabulous in all senses of the word.  On Thursday, my sneakers arrived.  Today, my Garmin arrived.  Combined, they are beautiful.

Hello, Garmin! (It needs a good name)
After their first 4 miles of life!

I took my new sneakers out for what was supposed to be a six mile run (one mile warm-up, 4 miles @ 8:46, 1 mile cool-down).  It was freezing outside and extremely windy.  I ended up running about 4 miles (no warm-up, no cool-down) at 8:19 pace.  I didn’t feel all that fast (odd, considering my time) or that tired in the end, but my body was quite unhappy with me from Tight End Tuesday (a spinning/circuit workout at my local gym) and given that my legs were being shoved into a totally different way of running, I didn’t want to push it.  It’s a good thing I didn’t — I’m still sore today.

The sneakers are pretty great, in fact.  I instantly noticed the difference in how my feet hit the pavement and it didn’t bother me that these are a couple ounces heavier than my previous Brooks.  Tomorrow is going to be the second time I’m running in them, hopefully 6-7 miles at Chestnut Ridge again.  Aside from the fact that I now have new sneakers, I’ll also get accurate results (finally) with my Garmin!

Pretty much this has been the most exciting two days for me since running my half marathon and being able to walk the next day.

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Merry Early Christmas to Me!

I decided I wanted a Garmin before I ran my half marathon, but convinced myself that it would be my treat to myself for finishing and training so hard.  Instead I bought winter running clothes (completely needed for Buffalo winters!), got a massage (wasn’t even worth it), and got new sneakers (the one thing I actually need to continue in this hobby).  I still want that Garmin, but spending over $200 on a watch for running is just absurd, right?

Pretty much every other day I’ve been pricing the different models at different websites and going back and forth with myself.  Some friends tell me I’m nuts, others tell me it’s a good reward for a good hobby.  Today was the last straw.  It’s a one-time purchase and I’m actually starting to take my running more serious than I ever really have in my life.  It still was rough to pull that trigger until I remembered to check one last place: Best Buy.

I don’t have a general credit card in my life.  The thought terrifies me to this day.  I’m fairly certain my JCPenney one has been canceled due to not using it in a few years.  I got a Best Buy one for a laptop and after that, have hardly used it beyond small things for my phone or computer… until today.  The fact that I can put it on my card, help my credit (I mean, I should be using a credit card every so often to prove I can keep credit, right?) and get 0% financing for six months, plus it doesn’t take $250 out of my checking in one full swipe?  How could I not make this purchase?

Garmin Forerunner 410

Hello Garmin Forerunner 410, you will be mine sometime between October 18th and 20th.  Yes!

I just want it to be mine right now.  I want to play with all the features and take it for a run, even if it is freezing outside and pitch black.  I didn’t get the one with the heart rate monitor, but I figure if it’s something I’m interested in, I’ll grab it down the line.  I’m so excited for accurate results and a pacing function!

If you don’t know me, I’m a stats junkie — hockey, work-related, everything.  If you name it, I’ll try to make a spreadsheet for it.  Pretty much this watch is going to make my life… and it might get me addicted to checking my stats nonstop.  I’ll try to avoid that.

Looks like I’ll be frequenting the FedEx page just waiting… and waiting… and waiting.  And it just hit me that this is schedule to arrive potentially the weekend I am in West Virginia for the K-State @ WVU football game.  Crap.

Sneaker Fitting and “Trail” Running

I got fitted for the first time ever, yesterday.  It was both exciting and uncomfortable all at the same time.  I hate feet and I especially hate knowing that somebody is looking at my feet, particularly because now they’re pretty much classified as “runners feet”.  Three toenails missing?  It comes with the territory, right? Thankfully, the girl who was fitting me told me that when she runs in Brooks sneakers, she’s just gotten used to losing her toenails as well.  I am not alone!

Just 10-14 days and these babies will be all mine!

As it turns out, I overpronate a bit.  The girl at Fleet Feet suggested a few sneakers and I ended up settling on the Brooks PureCadence.  They’re a little heavier than I would have liked, as compared to the Saucony pair I tried.  I picked the Cadence however because they have a bar right in the middle of of the sneaker to help stabilize and I could instantly feel that everything was aligned in the way it should be as I walked.  Plus they are a little bit sexier than any of the other pairs suggested for me.  The only downside is that I have to wait a couple weeks because they didn’t have a pair in my size.

The plan (after being fitted) was to relax a bit and go out for a light run, in my first attempt at two workouts in a day.  Well, I took spinning a bit too hard in the morning and my hamstrings weren’t happy with me.  My day turned into napping and finishing up the 2nd season of The League, which is okay with me since I made up for it today.

This is actually one of the smaller hills we encountered.

The boy and I took a trip out to Chestnut Ridge Park.  I had 11 miles on the schedule, but given the hills and trails, plus anything longer than 5 miles is his longest run ever… I couldn’t do that to him.  Besides, it was cold, rainy, and all-around awful weather.  I was aiming for an easy paced run, which we accomplished but we tackled some hills and finished with an awesome run (and negative splits!).

We ran 3 miles at this point, already beasted the 120 foot hill, and are ready to get back to a warm car!

Overall, the run was about 5.8 miles (not including warm-up or cool-down) with splits of 9:21, 10:32, 10:27, 9:29, 8:41, and 8:01 (.8 miles).  I took an old route from cross country in high school that I vaguely remember, which includes an awful hill that’s about 120 feet over about probably about .75 of a mile.  It goes up steep for about 300m, then levels off for about 200m, then up steep again for another 300m, until you finally reach the top.  The best thing about reaching the top is knowing that on the way back, you’re running down that.  Unfortunately it doesn’t matter all that much because on the way to that hill, we already ran down enough hills to know the way back was going to be just as tough.

Now that it’s over, it’s taken a good couple of hours to warm back up.  It doesn’t help that our apartment was 61 degrees when we got home, either.  Thankfully, it’s football Sunday and I have a day full of food, drinks, friends, and football ahead of me.  I think it’s deserved!