Knots in my shoulders.

Apparently I had a bazillion knots in my shoulders. I think they are bruised now.

I was extremely excited for today.

1. I had a day off of work.
2. I had no classes.
3. I had a massage appointment.

I went for my first massage a couple months ago and LOVED it. The registered massage therapist was amazing and worked wonders on my body. I have been running a bit more this month and my calves and hips were getting tighter and tighter so I booked an appointment. 

She asked what I needed work on and I said calves and hip but whole body would be great. It’s amazing how many places I didn’t know were tight but HURT so much when she was massaging them. My glutes and the back of my shoulders were two places that I didn’t think were knotted but as it turns out… I thought wrong. I really think as a runner, or any athlete for that matter, that massage therapy is well worth it. When you leave you feel amazing, slightly like someone beat you up, but amazing. You also look great… smeared mascara and imprints from lying on the table? Awesome.

She told me to ice my hips and shoulders to reduce the inflammation, and that I shouldn’t be surprised if they bruise. Yikes. She also told me to stretch… why do people keep telling me this? It’s like it’s important or something.

I ran 11.0 miles before my massage appointment. It was a lovely treadmill run watching TSN and OLN… I’m so feminine. It started out as a progression run but I got tired or running faster and faster so I held steady at 8:00 min/mile. 

Mile 1 @ 8:27
Mile 2 @ 8:20
Mile 3 @ 8:13
Mile 4 @ 8:06
Mile 5 @ 8:00
Mile 6 @ 7:58
Mile 7 @ 8:00
Mile 8 @ 8:00 
Mile 9 @ 8:00
Mile 10 @ 7:42

Cool down mile 11 @ 10:00 and then half an hour of arm strength training. Two days of arm weight lifting in one week… I should have bulging biceps anytime now. Considering tomorrow is a spin class day, today was my last day to run in October. I ran a total of 180.0 miles this month! Massage needed and well deserved.

After my massage I spent time doing important things.

I hope this pink will distract from the fact that I have runner’s feet now. La Paz-itively Hot. Just what my 180-mile feet need.

My dad came home and asked if I was going to do anything productive today. I guess painting your toenails and blogging don’t count as “productive.” Haha!

Spirit of the Marathon… THE MOVIE.

How had I never heard of this movie before? It has been in existence for FIVE years and yet I have never watched it! Spirit of the Marathon is a documentary film directed by Jon Dunham that chronicles the journey of six marathon runners as they experience training and competing in the 2005 Chicago marathon. Of the six there are elite runners, beginner runners, and experienced runners and it is so inspiring to watch this film!

It is amazing to me what the elite runners go through to train for these races. Hours and hours of running and drills and therapy. The film features Deena Kastor as the female elite runner and she talks about running over 140 miles A WEEK. I get excited when I run that much in a month! I’m glad it wasn’t all about elite runners though because it just goes to show that anyone can run a marathon… even those who have never run before. The training, the dedication, the challenge, and then finally the race. It’s awe-worthy.

It made me want to sign up for 38957015 marathons. I came really really close to registering for a marathon in the spring but I haven’t signed up yet. I don’t know why I am terrified and already nervous to run a marathon. I have walked a couple marathons and even an ultra marathon with my mom before but RUNNING one seems scary… however, I can’t wait.

Before you know it I will be signed up… so close… so close!

As you may or may not have gathered from my blog posts, my parents are pretty much the best. Look at how adorable these individual hummus cups are. My mom bought me these to take in my lunch to school and work! They are BRILLIANT. Thank you Costco for coming up with such genius. 

I have been taking these to dip my carrot sticks, celery, snap peas, and cucumber slices in… instead of scooping some hummus from the big containers and taking it in Tupperware… because that’s clearly far too much effort. They are awesome. However, apparently some people aren’t as thrilled about me eating carrot sticks and hummus in class.

Sorry, but I’m really not sorry. I think she was just jealous.

Spirit of the Marathon II came out in June so I will be searching for that one next. Now I just need to decide which races I will be signing up for… these movies just make me want to RUN!

Brooks PureCadence2.

I may have alluded to the fact that I bought new running shoes on Friday but they are so wonderful that I thought I should dedicate an entire post to them. Oh, and I figured I should probably run in them first to make sure they work for my feet!

These shoes are the Brooks PureCadence2 runners. They are the lightest shoes I have ever owned at only 7.7 oz. They are for mild-moderate pronation… exactly like me! I still love my New Balance shoes but I need a bit of a rotation in my running footwear especially alternating between treadmill and road running.

I wore my New Balance shoes to the gym this morning and did a 5.0 mile progression run on the treadmill. I ran mile splits of 8:57, 8:27, 8:13, 8:00, and 7:48. Then I changed into these beauties and ran another three miles. When I bought the shoes the expert at Running Room told me to start out slow in these shoes. They are lighter than most and to get used to them she told me to take it easy. No more than a few miles to start out to reduce the risk of shin splints. 

I did 3.0 slow miles in my Brooks PureCadence2’s at about an 8:57 min/mile pace. Isn’t it amazing how different new shoes feel? They are SO light and it felt like I was running on clouds. I can definitely understand why it is recommended that I start out slow in these shoes though because they are a lot different than heavier shoes. One cool feature is the tongue. One side of the tongue is attached to the side of the laces so that it doesn’t move or slide while you are running! 

I love these shoes so far and we’ll see how they perform in the next few weeks! Oh, and they are brightly coloured which is the BEST.