Things I Dig

Every now and again I come across something that I absolutely cannot believe I’ve been living without and refuse to ever let go. My iPhone is one. My Dior Show mascara is another. Don’t judge. It makes me look far more awake than I usually am.

I have a reeeeeally hard time investing in new gear but when I find something I love, I fall hard and I fall fast. And I tell everyone. And now I’m telling you.

These days I am loving a things mostly related to running. Shocker.

Saucony Kinvara 3

I wanted a lighter, speedier shoe and I found that Saucony Kinvaras are my jam.

I wanted a lighter, speedier shoe and I found that Saucony Kinvaras are my jam. And the color cannot be beat.

I love a lighter shoe. I don’t have foot problems so I don’t need any motion control or extra cushioning. I have my run-of-the-mill medium arch insoles, nothing special. These Kinvaras make me feel fast.

Morning Runs

The first light of day.

The first light of day.

Who knew I could get used to waking up and running out the door before dawn? Sometimes I get up but don’t get out. Win some, lose some.

Fresh Teal 

Preeeeetty

Preeeeetty

This is our lululemon Team Lunatics color for the New Jersey Half/Full Marathon, by popular vote: Fresh Teal. We will look very pretty and very spring-y crossing the finish line on the Jersey Shore!

Oakley Women’s Urgency Sunglasses

Do these sunglasses make me look fast?

Do these sunglasses make me look fast?

They’re cute, they’re comfy, and I love them.

Foam Roller

So cliche.

So cliche.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone loves the foam roller. For me, it’s a post-run must given that my legs have been feeling like rocks after workouts. Ouch.

Name Tags

What's that I see? My hospital name tag. Yeah, baby!

What’s that I see? My hospital name tag. Yeah, baby!

What can I say? I still get kinda giddy about forward motion where my PT career is concerned. Nerd.

This

This.

Always this.

What’s new in your world that you love? Tell me what my new obsession should be. Well, besides the fabulous trip to Acapulco that you could win by participating in my Kick Ass 5K on Tuesday.

Now go out and run!

PS. Aside from my Ambassadorship with lululemon, I was not compensated for this post. Though, I wouldn’t be angry if Saucony wanted to send me those Kinvara 4s that everyone else got this week…(hint, hint).

Perfection

Some workouts just don’t happened as planned. I switched up to an afternoon run the other day so that I could spin in the morning as well and ended up running on a snow-dusted track as a consequence.

This is obviously not the track, but Central Park. The track was similarly dusted but not nearly as beautiful as the Park.

This is obviously not the track, but Central Park. The track was similarly dusted but not nearly as beautiful as the Park.

It was a little slick around one of the corners and I had to slow down a little bit as I made my way around said curve 12 times during my 3 1-mile repeats. I had to slow down. And then run straight into a headwind that further slowed me down.

Perfect conditions for speed work? Nope. I think I’ll live.

Yesterday I had an eye doctor appointment (new specs!) and so I had to run after class instead. Late night running is not my favorite.

I'm more of a sunrise kinda runner. I like it getting brighter as the miles roll on, not darker.

I’m more of a sunrise kinda runner. I like it getting brighter as the miles roll on, not darker.

Again, the world will not end because I only got 4 dark miles instead of 6 sunny ones.

How often do we get perfect conditions, though? If I decided not to run every time it was below 50°F, above 80°F, raining, snowing, windy, or just crowded in the Park, I’d only be able to run about 30% of the year.

Runners! Runners! Everywhere runners!

Runners! Runners! Everywhere runners!

Does it reeeeally matter what the conditions are? Not really.

If I’m working hard and running at my maximum speed for the rest of that one mile, the 60 meters of slick-ish stuff isn’t going to matter. If I had bagged my workout entirely and waited for a perfect day, now THAT would make a HUUUUUUGE difference in my training.

Waiting for the perfect day, the perfect race, the perfect conditions will leave you doing one thing: waiting. I say, go out and run!

Run in the rain.

Run in the snow.

Run in the heat.

Do it all safely, please, but if you CAN run, RUN.

My plan exactly after class tonight.

My plan exactly after class tonight.

Endure the crappy runs, enjoy the amazing runs.

Now go out and run!

Wednesday Workout: I Don’t Wanna

I usually enjoy my workout days. I like working hard. I like short, fast workouts.

Not today. Maybe I should have taken the Deathly Hallows-looking park entrance as a sign.

Weeeeeird fog at the park entrance this morning. Ominous side or just cool air + warm park lake? You decide.

Weeeeeird fog at the park entrance this morning. Ominous side or just cool air + warm park lake? You decide.

I felt ok warming up and getting to the park but not my usual ready-to-go self after a mile warmup. I blame last night’s 2 mile plus weights at the gym. And sleeping like crap on Sunday night. And I was running on rolling hills, not a flat track. And I am still building back up, not maintaining.

Or maybe it was just a crappy workout.

Craaaaaazy humidity this morning! Not that this matters so much in my pace but, who knows.

Craaaaaazy humidity this morning! Not that this matters so much in my pace but, who knows.

I loved the weather and could not be happier to have my runs done in the morning instead of the afternoon. I just couldn’t get going on my mile repeats. I didn’t bring a watch (thank God) but I definitely was working hard regardless of my pace.

I did 2 repeats with a mile in between to catch my breath. So I met my mileage for the day but didn’t complete all 3 mile repeats. Sigh.

I just didn’t wanna.

I was tired and weighed my options. I could push through the third repeat and probably go so slowly that it would no longer be a benefit to increasing my speed OR I could jog out between sets, give the 2 my all, and head home.

I chose the latter. Because tomorrow is another day and I got stuff to do.

Beastly. Sweaty. Happy to be done.

Beastly. Sweaty. Happy to be done.

And that’s what it really comes down to for me. If one workout sucks, I cut my losses and move on. I got my mileage. I worked hard. I knew I was done.

Know when you’re done. The likelihood that the one repeat I didn’t is going to majorly affect your race time is absurdly non-existant. Get over it. Be done. Try again tomorrow.

How was your Workout Wednesday? Did you rock it or was it a struggle like mine? I hope you guys are all enjoying this Indian Summer and getting outside. Have you ever thrown in the towel during a workout because you were just done? Please tell me I’m not the only one…

Now go out and run!