There was a lot of self talk this morning going on around here.
Judah was playing hotel and talking to himself, He may have been trying to order room service at 6:00 am or something, I’m not quite sure.
I was talking to myself to try to get motivated to do the run I had planned out.
I had a little speed work on the schedule since I haven’t done any since the race and today was at least a couple days out from the STUFT 60 Challenge, so I thought I’d give it a go.
I was not a happy camper about it. I thought about modifying it a bit, doing the math in my head, etc.
Then the self talk started:
“Girlfriend, what are you doing.”
“Just do it”
“Come on girl.”
Yes, these were all said out loud and there may have been just one not so appropriate one thrown in the mix, but as far as we and the new charts are concerned, we use nice words only.
Well, the talking worked. I got through it.
I did a couple warm up miles and then 3 sets of running 8 minutes at AT pace with 2 minutes of recovery in there. It was not fun. I did a few easy miles after to get to the double digits. Eleven was the lucky number of the day.
Rumor Has It was the movie that helped passed the time.
How cute is Jennifer Aniston by the way? Dang I miss my US Weekly.
It felt so good to be done. And yes, I was wearing the oldest Handful Bra I own. I save the new ones for being out in public. Ha.
You can usually always get through it and push past that wall. Some days it’s a lot tougher than others, both mentally and physically, but heck, if you can get through those tough days, the good days will just be that much better, right?
I’ve been eating the same things in the morning lately.
Scrambled egg whites with coconut oil and either spinach or kale with turkey sausages.
So darn good.
The boys have been eating the same thing a lot lately too. That Slaw ‘n’ Oat Banana Bread.
Oh, so I don’t know about your gym, but one of the ones I teach at has really stepped up their game with the free magazines they have available.
I taught a few classes at the gym tonight and had to stuff my face with this meatza pizza made out of a turkey burger, a few zucchini pizzas and some roasted purple brussels sprouts while parked on the couch writing this.
I guess you can’t tell that they’re purple when you cook them as long as I do. Oops.
I recently got a few new pairs of Mizuno shoes to add to the rotation,
like the new color of the Wave Sayonara that came out recently.
Have to love that it says this on the back by the way so you want to pass people in races. He he.
So I finally decided it was time to keep track of the mileage I put on a pair of shoes. I always say I’m going to do that, but then I get lazy.
Here’s how it went down the other day.
I taped an index card inside each shoe box to record the miles.
(Check out my photo bomber. Nala usually never shoes her face.)
I also labeled the bottom of the shoes.
I’m hoping this little system will work.
I wear different shoes depending on if I’m doing a short or long run and if I’m on the treadmill or running outside. Not sure if that’s recommended, but it seems to do well for me so I’m sticking with it.
Yep, that TM is for treadmill.
I honestly have never recorded how many miles I’ve put on a pair of shoes before. Weird too since I run so much. We’ll see just how many good miles I can put on these.
Generally speaking, they say you can put anywhere from 300-500 miles on a pair of shoes.
Here’s a good article I just found from the Mizuno blog about how many miles to expect from a pair of shoes, what to look for to know when a pair is worn out and how to extend their life.
RUNNING SHOE DURABILITY: HOW MANY MILES CAN YOU EXPECT AND HOW TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR RUNNING SHOES
Whoa, there’s lots of good information in this article. In fact, I just learned the midsole is the most important part of the shoe.
Check out what the article says about figuring out if your shoes are worn out.
To determine if the midsole is worn out, flip the shoe over and press a thumb on the outsole and upward to the midsole. It should be relatively easy to see the midsole compress into the compression lines. But as the midsole breaks down with wear, the midsole will compress less into these compression lines with the same amount of pressure. When the midsole shows distinctive compression lines, it appears brittle which is indicative that the midsole is shot to the point where there’s not much cushioning left. Time to buy another pair.
Two other ways to determine shoe life are even simpler. All of a sudden, a normal run results in post run aches or soreness that ordinarily wouldn’t be present. Also, if the shoe feels much firmer than it did a month ago, that’s a sure sign it’s losing its ability to cushion.
Experienced runners usually have an approximate idea of the number of miles they get out of their shoes and are keenly aware of any change in cushioning. It’s always a good idea to monitor your mileage on a pair of shoes (so you can approximate when they begin to break down). A good tip is to either note in your training log when you first begin wearing a new pair or write on the tongue or the midsole of the shoe the date you begin wearing the shoes. By calculating the number of miles you run per week (or month), you will have a good idea of how much accumulated mileage you have on a particular pair of shoes and once you approach the 350-500 mile threshold, can estimate the amount of shoe life left.
I’m going to have to try that midsole test tomorrow. Hmmmm….
Okay, well, since I’m focusing on sleeping like a boss this week to get ready for Friday, I’m off to bed.
Eeekkk…. STUFT 60 Challenge is in 3 days! There’s still some jars of chocolate chunky NuttZo to be claimed. He he. And if you plan on joining us on a virtual run, email me what you’re doing. I’ll add you to the list.
Do you ever talk out loud to yourself when you’re working out? Do you have anything particular you always say?
Do you keep track of how many miles you put on your shoes?
Can you just tell when your shoes are worn out?