This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Koss.
How’s it going?
First things first.
I already sent you an email. Get me your info and I’ll send it along to the wonderful Mizuno people.
I really should stop taking selfies of myself both at home and at the gym, but I did it again last night. Dumb, I know, but I’m putting it on here anyway.
Be really happy you don’t come to my classes. Those poor people hear my life story and have to deal with a lot STUFT crazies. I’m pretty sure none of them even know I write this blog. Funny, huh?
I had a long run planned for this morning. My training has been a bit all over the place. I don’t have anything written out and planned, so I keep just getting the miles in and calling it good enough. I need to stop that and get a darn plan in place.
Last night I stayed up a little later than usual, ate way too much dark chocolate and almond butter. The perfect combination, but I was tired and should have just gone to bed. (This bar is the best by the way, they have them at Sprouts.)
So, this morning I did not have the best attitude about my run. Before I even got out of bed I was thinking it was going to be rough.
I did my usual taking my time to get ready thing before leaving the house and headed out with my plantain egg-rito and coffee.
While driving to my starting spot I kept having doubts.
Doubting myself, my upcoming races and the big treadmill run I’m hoping to do for a Sixty Feet at the end of January.
Wondering if I was making the right choice to go run for hours when really I should be home cleaning house and getting things ready for the holidays.
Thinking that I should just turn around and go home and hang out with the family.
Feeling like I should go home and finally put away the laundry that’s been sitting clean in the basket for 3 days and mail some packages that I was supposed to mail last month.
You know, all kinds of fun stuff.
Well, I got to my little running spot, got my butt out of the car and tried to not give myself much time to think about it. The sooner I started, the sooner I would be done and be able to go home and tackle everything else.
I figured if it was miserable and made me grumpy and took anything away from my main job of being a mom and wife, then I would re-evaluate some things about what’s coming up in the near future.
On the plus side, I did have some fun new Koss fitclips headphones though.
Long story short, I started out with a goal of 22 miles, not even caring what pace I ran. I didn’t look at my Polar GPS once. I just ran and let my mind go while listening to Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas album.
I went on a new route. I figured it would distract me a bit.
Around mile 10 I realized, hey, I’m feeling pretty darn good and darn it, I am so lucky to be able to run and run in such a fabulous place.
I mean come on, I am so freaking blessed. Really I shouldn’t be running, I have hip dysplasia and will probably need a hip replacement sooner than later.
But, I figured if God didn’t want me to run anymore He’d make that clear. I’ve given Him many opportunities with how I’ve taken neglected to take care of myself in the past, but man, this body just wants to run.
So, I guess it’s my job to let it run while I can. Who the heck knows when I won’t have the chance anymore, right?
My new route turned out to be flat and I ended up running one of the fasted long runs I’ve ever ran.
According to this pace calculator I ran an average of 8:31. I usually go A LOT slower than that on long runs.
So, lesson learned.
If you have a gift, use it. Obviously it’s not going to be easy and we’re always going to doubt ourselves and what we’re capable of and do the whole self-sabotage thing, but darn it, just get out there and give yourself a chance. Kick all those negative thoughts to the curb.
The laundry, dishes and Christmas shopping will be there when you get back.
Total side note, but I’ve only had these Mizuno shoes for 8 days and they already have over 54 miles on them.
I got all fancy today and put it with some ice water I got from a hotel.
Living it up. Ha.
Well, shucks, totally not what I planned on posting today, but oh well.
I guess I should tell you about the cool headphones in case you still have shopping to do or haven’t started yet like yours truly.
I like the whole theme of being designed for women, by women.
Koss’ female designers teamed-up with Gold Medalist Dara Torres to create these. And let’s face it, Dara Torres is pretty awesome.
The FitClips go over the ears to keep them in place, have three different cushion sizes
and they come in a bunch of fun colors.
I’m pretty happy with the orange ones they sent.
I also go a pair of purple FitBuds that fit right in the ear and are specifically designed for small ears.
Both products are also sweat resistant.
I have teeny tiny ears, so I always laugh when they say they’re designed for small ears. Usually ear buds don’t stay in place for me, but with the small cushions on they seemed to fit.
I wore them last week for a six mile run and they actually stayed in place the whole time.
The sound quality is pretty great too, especially because these have such a great price ($29.99).
The FitClips I wore today have been worn a couple other times too. I like the security of having them loop over the ear so I really don’t have to mess with them at all.
They survived 20 miles last week
and 22 today.
You can buy them at the following retailers:
Most of the retailers have them on sale right now for the holidays for only $19.99. (I actually just found them online here for only $14.99.)
And now, before I go I will show you my fabulous lunch from yesterday just because.
A baked spicy turkey burger (yes, I pretty much bake anything and everything because I’m lazy) on butter lettuce with tomato and onion topped with Tapatio and Slap Ya Mama. The best part was the spicy roasted jicama chips and Trader Joe’s guacamole.
Mmmmm hmmm……. I’m out of cassava for cassava “fries”, so I had to go back to jicama for a bit. He he.
Um, and yeah, I bought these little mini bananas last week and have no idea what to do with them.
Have a great Friday night!
Do you ever doubt yourself?
Do you wear ear buds of ones that go over the ears? By the way, does anyone else have tiny ears?
Baby banana ideas- please and thank you.