Stuffitts Shoe Savers (HERE):
When I got my Stuffitts to test I sorta laughed. Pink funny looking things to STUFF in my running shoes. No way will these things work! The product tag line:
Shoes Dry Fast • Feet Stay Healthy • Closets Get Clean
I will admit it people I have STINKY FEET and my running shoes HELLO!! So when I knew I would be putting my smelly kicks in my bag to travel I was worried. I put in the Stuffitts and they worked. My shoes, although I would not recommend testing it, smell great. And when they were a bit damp after the soggy million inch run I put in the Stuffitts and had fresh dry shoes the next day. VERY COOL!! Go to the website to learn more HERE. The cost may be a deterrent and is my only gripe, but if you figure you could use these on a daily basis it really is not that much. HINT check Tall Mom the next couple days :)
When I woke up at 6AM I was ready to TACKLE my Tempo run. 8 miles, 5 miles at Tempo pace. With the Mercer Island Half this month on 3/21 I thought I should test my 7:30ish pace. I was texting my buddy Amanda (5 Miles to Empty) about my slow internet connection and the fact that I have no idea what pace I am running on the treadmill. She sent me a Treadmill MPH to Pace conversion chart, thanks Buddy! Check it out HERE, even shows the pace when you increase the incline. So I wrote down the times and headed down. Treadmill...oh treadmill....how I dislike thee. The first 1.5 was OK, then I kicked up the pace. Hmmmmm..... I wanted to tough it out, I did. I tried to look outside, listen to my Ipod, close my eyes, enything.... But alas, I GAVE UP after 3 miles and headed outside.
Since I did not really plan on going outside I did not have gloves, ear cover, etc.. Not the smartest thing to do. Snapped a quick picture with my friend the SNOW and proceeded DOWN the HILL.
This is the view of the little path that runs along the road. Parts were slick with ice and snow and other parts were clear. My friend Jessica lent me her Yaktrax, but can I run with those on dry pavement? Anyhow I took it SLOW and was enjoying the view. It got COLD so I pulled up my hood.
I began to feel like I weighed 333lbs...still getting used to this altitude. So with 1 mile down I decided to head back up. SLOW and steady....SLOW and steady....move legs move!! I was happy to be outside and to be running, well if you call it running, more like shuffling. So 2 days of running done. I did not get in the 8 miles of tempo on plan, but I am not beating myself up about it.
Tall Mom personal philosophy that has really helped me on my path to fitness and health is to celebrate the successes instead of dwelling on the shortfalls. No I did not get in 8. But I ran 5 miles, a TOUGH 5 miles, and that my friends, is something to be proud of.
- What are you proud of today?
PS. I saw a Porcupine close-up VERY VERY cool!!