Category Archives: Fitness

Possibly the Best Race Picture Ever 

Anybody else do a mud run and try to stay clean the whole time?? The Dirty Girl Mud Run in Schaumburg, IL made sure I didn’t succeed at that!! Event #21 knocked off the list!

  
(Photo courtesy of Conrad Castelo Photography)

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#35for35 – more events

I’ve been so busy lately I haven’t been posting nearly as much as I would like. I mentioned at the beginning of there year that I committed to celebrating another year of life by maximizing the fun around me and signing up for 35 awesome events/moments/memories/challenges! I haven’t posted a few of them so here goes!

 I ran-walked the Shamrock Shuffle and come in slightly faster than my last (and first) 8K back in December!

Then I went back to my hometown (Detroit) and ran the Martian Invasion of Races 5K. My fastest 5K time yet!

  After the Martian race I showered up and went to a Tigers game with my favorite fan – my dad!

   

A week later I ran the DuPage County Human Race, my worst 5K time yet. It was cold, windy and rained the whole time. Talk about miserable!! 

There are MANY more events to come, and I will be sure to share! If you have any ideas for free/low-cost experiences, especially in the Chicago area, please let me know! I’m determined to get to 35, but these activity fees are adding up!!

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#35for35 – EVENT 2 – Rudolph Ramble 8K

In my list of 35 events over the course of a year (give or take), I finally crossed off event number 2! The Rudolph Ramble in Lincoln Park (Chicago) was my first 8K ever! Luckily, there was a Midwest “heat wave” that left us with temperatures around 40 degrees that morning. AWESOME! I am learning the art of layering for outdoor activity, but that day my base tech layers were:

Nike Element Shield Running Tights

Nike Pro Hyperwarm Crew 3.0 Top

Topped it all off with the first red t-shirt I found (keep it festive/match the bib) and some RMHC socks!

The race was tough. Its the furthest distance I’ve ever attempted to run. I kept ended up with a run-walk pace that was all over the place for the first two miles (leaving me burned out by mile 2. My friends recommended I start with a 3:2 (3 min run, 2 min walk) alternating pace, but I thought that seemed too easy, so I set my shiny new TomTom Runner for a 6:2 interval. Boy was I wrong. That did not go so well. I spent the final 3 miles doing the math in my head to convert my 6:2 setting to a 3:1 setting, which I also found pretty difficult to maintain. At the finish line my coworkers were waiting and cheering.

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Considering I had just started running less than 2 months prior, I didn’t care about being ranked 1,031 out of 1,113… I was more than satisfied with the simple accomplishment of actually finishing it!

2014 Pace Finish Place Final Time
Age Gender Overall
Rudolph RambleChicago, IL, US Dec 14th 13:07 Min/Mi 124 623 1,031 1:05:13

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I signed up for another 8K in March, so we can see how much I am able to improve my time and consistency of pace by then…

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#35for35 – EVENT #1 Hot Chocolate 5K

Today marked the first day of a year in which I have committed to celebrate my birthday with 35 (yes, THIRTY-FIVE) events in one year. The only rule is that at least HALF of them must be competitive athletic events!

I started with event #1, the Chicago Hot Chocolate 5K race. Last year I signed up, just for the shirt and the goodies, and walked it. This year I was determined to run it. My awesome friend and soror Mikyra, who had just come off the Chicago marathon a month prior, agreed to help me pace it to finish in under 40 minutes… And we did it!!

This will be a fun year, with my actually birthday falling somewhere in the middle of it all, and with the fun ending with the 2015 Hot Chocolate 15K!! Stick around for the updates and feel free to suggest any fun (and reasonably priced) events such as rices, bicycle events or alternative sports that would be worth a try this year!!

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Komen 60 Mile 3-Day Walk Preparation – Shoe Edition

This year will be my second time participating in the Komen 3-Day 60 Mile walk in Michigan (Metro Detroit area). While many people see the fund raising as the biggest hurdle (you have to raise a minimum of $2300!), there a number of other key preparation items that I probably could have focused more attention on. So for those of you who are also preparing for the 2014 walk in various cities, I will post a few entries with some of my tips, tricks and learnings. Up first – feet preparation.

Shoes are everything!!!

You’re going to be on your feet for HOURS. And not standing still, but actually covering a good amount of ground. It makes sense that you should have some awesome shoes on. I started out in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline that were easily 4+ years old and in “ok” condition. During my training I purchased a pair of super cute gray Nike shoe with pillowy cushioning. Didn’t work, and the biggest problem, not returnable after you try them. First lesson – buy your training shoes from a running store that allows returns. So I logged onto Road Runner Sports and tried:

New Balance – A sponsor for the walk, the sales team was helpful but every recommended style seemed to cut too high up my skinny ankles
Brooks Adrenaline GTS 13 – the new model of my trusty old shoe was a few versions past the ones I already had and the changes to the style left me “in between sizes”
ASICS Women’s GT-2170 – Many other walkers raved about this shoe but a mile into training I got shin splints. Twice.

After no luck, I decided (sadly 2 weeks before the walk) to go to the original Fleet Feet in Chicago and get “fitted” for a running shoe. There was a small line so I pulled a number and waited my turn. Shortly after, an athletic young lady came by and asked me about the event, what I was looking for, and then had me do some high paced walking on a treadmill and on the floor to analyze my gait. In the end, 6 shoes and 20 or so minutes later, we found a perfect pair, and they were PINK! The Nike LunarEclipse 2+ was the perfect shoe. I bought insoles but found it easier to walk without them. On Days 1 and 3 I wore the Nikes and on Day 2 (the shortest day) I wore my old Brooks.

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**Bonuses
A – I was given a tube of BodyGlide For Her just before the walk. I used it every morning and again at lunch – completely covering my entire foot with a layer of it.
B – I wore double layered socks each day. These Double Layered socks by Wrightsock aren’t cheap at approx. $11/pair, but they were well worth the investment. I bought 2 pair and washed the first pair after Day 1, wearing them again on Day 3. I have a larger foot (Size 10-10.5 in gym shoes) so I found it very helpful to use my fist and stretch the sock out before putting them on, otherwise they would tend to slide. During my training I tried socks by Nike, Puma, Under Armour (my second fav), Adidas and Wigwam. The Wrighsock won the battle on the longer distances.

At the end of 3 days, I had no blisters and my feet felt great!!

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Its Bike to Work Week in Chicago!!

Hope this doesn’t happen to anyone!!

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