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.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

If you run down a Hill

I know it is Tuesday and I usually do Test Lab, but I am going to have to divert from course this week because my mind is taxed. So Pretty Please hang in there with my Bloggy Land. I do have one review.


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!!

30 comments:

Kim said...

Great job getting your run in!! Summer is coming and it's going to get easier.

April said...

Way to get that run in!! Love your dedication!
Today I am proud that I am wearing new jeans that are a size smaller!!!

Marlene said...

It looks so pretty! I hope that is a good consolation for the cold/snow. Don't blame you for getting off the treadmill. I get so bored on that thing.

LOVE your personal philosophy. It has taken me a long time to learn to live that way as well. It's easy to beat ourselves up over shortfalls, but what does that accomplish??

Allie said...

I'm going to Colorado this summer and I'm dreading running in that altitude. 5 miles is quite an accomplishment, way to go!

teacherwoman said...

I am proud that I have gotten so much paperwork done and it's only 10am here! Wahoo! This week is going to be CrAzY! :)

5 Miles 2 Empty said...

Great job Mel! And Love the positive attitude! That alitude alone can be KILLER!! I bet in a few more days you will feel like you speedy self again-on ice!

That treadmill chart is pretty awesome! I would also say that in a few more tries you and the treadmill will become friendly. I think I have "treadmill days" where I just want to zone out and not worry about anything (i.e. cars, water, weather, sun, wind, cold....) and would rather run with my brain off on the treadmill.

Keep up the good work!!! 3 days down!!!! how are your boys holding up? I was thinking yesterday on my lonely 14 miles that your situation is harder...i at least have my Little Buddy with me! =) Hang in there!

Morgan said...

I think you benefitted more from the outside run then the treadmill run anyway! Altitude training is great for speed once you head back down! ;)

I have been so busy I totally forgot to thank you for my package! I loved it, especially the little great card with the quote. It is now up on my motivation board!

Denise said...

i got a pair of stuffits, too but haven't tried them yet. my sneakers don't get stinky. i wonder if i could shove them into my sandals, though...

Velma said...

Way to rock it - it looks beautiful!!!

J said...

It looks so beautiful there minus the ice! great job getting out for these runs! the treadmill is tough!! Maybe the ice will melt soon and you can get outside again!

Tiffany said...

What beautiful pictures! I am proud of my 9:57 pace for a 6 mile run yesterday that included hills!

Don't worry by the time you leave Colorado you will be use to running at elevation and when you get home you will be faster and able to to longer =)

Whitney said...

Ugh - treadmill - HATE it. New to your blog - love it!

greentigress said...

Wow those stuffits look cool - tell me if they only work once - won't you
decided hiking counts towards my 1000+++ because of not being that strong a runner at the beginning of the year and other commitments like wedding honeymoon and 4 half marys which will need tapers and recovery's - just realised 26 is double my mileage not my ideal 35 lol

momof3 said...

I realize that maybe you need a HIGH FIVE, so...

HIGH FIVE TO MEL for RUNNING 5 MILES at HIGH Altitude.

I think you're amazing, I hope that you think you're amazing too.

Today I went for a swim. I'm off the charts proud. I'll spare you the deets, you can see them on my blog if you're inclined. Let's just say, "PLEASED W/ ME" today

TMB @ RACING WITH BABES said...

You are always running in the most beautiful places! Lucky girl!

Katie A. said...

Good job on toughing it out! I am okay on the treadmill - not my fav - but I started running on it in the beginning so I don't hate it too bad. A few more times and a lesson on how to use it to your benefit will def help you enjoy it more!
Be safe girly!

misszippy said...

My hands are cold just thinking about that! But good for you, and it had to beat the tedium of the treadmill, right?

Stephanie Nichole said...

you're freaking nuts! (in a good way). 10 miles on a treadmill yesterday? Seriously I would die... I would whine, cry, fall, and eventually die! Amazing job. And in that altitude? I'm so jealous-- I want to travel somewhere fun! Take me next time-- I fit in overhead compartments. I have a picture to prove it!

-Stephanie

The Happy Runner said...

High five on the run! Way to get it in :-)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Porcupine are cool! My daughter and I saw one really close up too. Neat!

Great job running on the Hill! Love love love it! Nice attitude. Focus on the success - forget the rest!

p.s. Us runners, we ALL have stinky feet!

The Shabby Princess said...

I'm pretty sure that 5 hard miles at altitude counts for like 18 regular miles! Way to go!

Alisa said...

Purrrtty!

Running at altitude is killer. I did it on vacation in Utah and five miles felt like 20. Way to go.

ajh said...

I'm proud of a great run I fit in but planning well and bringing along just what I needed to be outside!

X-Country2 said...

That's like, the pretty snow. It's just slushy and melty and dirty snow around here. You win again!

Melissa said...

You have motivated me to get my bootay on the treadmill. When I get done, I will be proud.
I think I have another one for your virtual race. :)

Melissa said...

You have motivated me to get my bootay on the treadmill. When I get done, I will be proud.
I think I have another one for your virtual race. :)

Badgergirl said...

Great view for the outdoor portion of your run! Now if only there weren't icy spots.

Twincerely,Olga said...

you are amazing!!!and a little crayzay!!!LOL just kidding!!Looks soo cold and small air& you ran 5!!!A total and complete accomplishment!!!:)
For today,I am proud that I wasn't too obsessed about NoT running in two days!!!~ and I took my twins to this cool play place and had a blast!!Major accomplishment cuase they are just 19 months and we went just the three of us

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm proud that I actually did get my run in - after jumping through a few hula hoops first.

Ashley said...

Those pics are breath taking! I love running when there's snow on the ground - so serene!

And...porcupine = scary!! Yikes!