6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tech free and Race Tee

Stats for 5/20:
5ish miles
Time: 41:09
Hilly run in my neighborhood with no Ipod or Garmin.

This week I have been a TOTAL Gufus...forgot to take my running shoes to work on Tuesday which meant Shelby was solo.. Yesterday I left my Ipod and Garmin in my desk drawer at work. I was tempted to skip my run because I am ADDICTED to technology....but with busy times there are not many options to skip. So I went PAINFULLY tech free yesterday, no music and no Garmin. Me and my hubby's Ironman wrist watch scaled the hills together. What I learned about tech free running is that I focus a lot more on my form.

My legs feel great, my breathing is spot on, my arms....now there is an area for improvement. As I run my arms shrink up under my armpits, imagine a 6 foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex.. As I ran I tried to fight the arms down and loosen up...no such luck. This form is OK, not ideal, but OK for short runs but after 26.2 miles I am guessing I would be very sore and expelling way more energy than I should be. Something to think about...

I have a new route that takes me up Mount Doom and down, up Car Killer Canyon, continues with a steady incline for a distance and as always, ends with Hill of Death.. I felt a bit like the Slow moving freight train in my son's children's books, but careful not to let the incline get the best of me I fought on...hills are MENTAL and I will get over my issues...

Check 5 miler down....Left on the schedule for the week, an 8 miler and my LONG 18 miler. I still have not mapped my route for my LONG run, mentally working on that one. I may end up on my usual flat Orting trail, it is sooo peaceful not to have to worry about Cars or stoplights for a distance.. I am thinking of calling Fleet Feet running store to see if they have some ideas for long long runs...or maybe even training groups..

My Nathan Speed 2 came in the mail yesterday!!! THANK YOU NATHAN!! I will be testing it out in the next few runs and have a FULL report early next week. I did try it on and a perfect fit, who knew I was a medium, that is a FIRST for this big girl.

In other fun news I am in LOVE with my environmentally friendly race Tee...It is made by Green Layer 51% Bamboo and 49% polyester. I have not worn it to run yet but the fit is awesome, it is very light and the thumb holes make me smile...I am a gear dork...and I earned it by running 13.1 miles so I am guessing this will be my favorite Tee for a while.. Photos below..
Note the thumb holes...LOL
And a plug for the race on the back too..

Welcome to my new Followers, glad to have you.
Happy Thursday to all!!


Janice {Run Far} said...

are you really 6 foot? wow... BTW you are adorable.

I have a 20 miler this weekend and I am SOOOOO not looking forward to it. Last sat I was so dead and could barely do my long run then. I hope sat is better

Tall Girl Running said...

That's the coolest race shirt I've ever seen. Totally worth 13.1 miles!

Rookie on the Run said...

Cute race shirt! I love the thumb holes, too. Have a great 18 mile run on Saturday!

Oz Runner said...

i've tried a few runs lately without the ipod and find that i actually run faster, maybe i'm more focussed....running without the garmin would be tough though.....good luck on the long run..

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Love the shirt! Have a great weekend :)

Sarah Jane said...

Wow, what an awesome race shirt! I get excited every time I get a long sleeved one, let alone one with dry wick and thumbholes!! Jealous!! And I must know...these mountains and hills you run, did you make up the names or are they actually called the Hill of Death, Car Killer Canyon, and Mt Doom??

IzzyBubbles said...

I have a really hard time running withtout the good old mp3 player because I hate the sound of myself breathing - but I'm weird. :)

Love the race shirt!! They don't give away race shirts that cool where I come from, and my OKC marathon finisher shirt is disappointingly huge. May have to run some races up where you live to get better swag!