Saturday, January 21, 2012

Battling Some Mountaintops

My sister-in-law was able to run the Houston Half marathon last weekend and I am so proud of her for finishing the race. While she was there she was also able to meet Josh Cox (American Record Holder for the Ultra-Marathon). 

From her mentioning that, it made me think about a friend of mine that I hang out with and always encourage. His name is Larry West and he is going to be running a 100 mile race in just 2 weeks. You can find out more about him on his fb page Trooper on the Run. I wanted to put his name out there for anybody who may be considering running an ultra-marathon. It is no easy task and I know this from talking to him many times about it. He is always encouraging new runners or people who have been running for a while (like myself). 

There was also a quote that I am going to be putting on my computer at school because it struck such a cord with me. 
“You can’t fully enjoy the mountaintops without the hills or the valleys.”

At school I am always dealing with mountaintops, hills and valleys. Whether it be testing, materials, money, parents, kids or coworkers. I beyond LOVE my job and everybody that I work with and I could not be anymore blessed about the job that God has placed me in. I feel as thought right now I am on a mountaintop with life. 

However I have had to go through the valleys to get to my mountaintop high. I searched for 2 years for a job with no luck and had bosses that I felt did not back me up. I have gone 6 months 4 months after we were married, without my husband with me because he was going through the State Trooper Academy. I have gone through the pain of not wanting to run because I was burned out. (Even though I wanted to run so badly!) I have dealt with loosing friends under circumstances I can not help and I have dealt with people giving their opinions in such a rude way just because they want to disagree with you. It is a horrible feeling to be in a valley, but once you get out of those and reach the mountaintop


My advice to myself as well as everybody out there is to strive for those mountaintops but remember that the valleys and hills are placed in your life for you to remember that the mountaintop is that much more beautiful and sweet! You learn from the valleys and hills as God will never put you through anything if he did not expect to see you through it. Whether this be running, biking, races, friends, jobs or opinions of other people. 

“You can’t fully enjoy the mountaintops without the hills or the valleys.”

Question: Have you ever been through a hill or valley and then saw the mountaintop? 

Monday, January 16, 2012

Debate between Shoes??

On Saturday, I went to a new running store that they just got in close to where I live. It is a specialty running store that will video you whenever you run and tell you how you are running and then will analyze your stride/walk to see what kind of shoes might work best for you. They do not put any pressure on you to buy their shoes at all. They just want you to be happy and be able to run and to love yourself and the shoes you have on. I LOVE THAT!

Whenever I went on Saturday, I had never been, only read about it on facebook and was waiting for it to open. I had a few questions I wanted to ask the about some of their products. As I talked to them, I also wanted to relay that information to you on here because what they told me was very helpful. The first things I talked to them about was the Injinji Toesocks.
I have a pair of vibrams that I use for cross training, and I have heard wonderful things about these socks being used with the vibrams as well with normal running shoes. These socks are made from Nylon and lycra so they are breathable and lightweight. They fit the contour of your foot and are designed to get in between your toes to help prevent blisters. I normally do not get blisters except on the inside part of my foot right below my toes, but I love how my vibrams separate my toes, so I am hoping these will feel somewhat the same.

The next item that I asked about was shoes. I am going to be needing a new pair of running shoes pretty quick, so I have been looking at all kinds of shoes. I know which ones I do not like and that is Nike, New Balance, and Puma. I love the styles of the shoes, but they kill my feet. Two that I have been looking at are the Newtons and the Saucony's.
I have worn Saucony shoes my whole time of running and I love them, but I feel like my feet need something different. Or maybe they do not and I am just going crazy. I am not sure. Anyways, I asked the guy in the store what the difference in the two shoes was and he started explaining to me. I told him I had ran 5 half marathons so he knew that I knew what I was talking about when it came to running.

Based on what he said, he is my short cliff notes version: 

Newton's- If you are not a foefoot runner, then you should not be running in the Newtons. These shoes are designed for people who run more on the ball of their foot and do not heel strike. He said that he has seen more injuries from people who have worn these shoes and heel strike come in because they tore something. This could be their achilles tendon to something in their calf. I told him that I new how to run on the ball of my foot because of the Vibrams, but he said that unless you are a natural ball of your foot landing runner, he would NOT suggest them to anybody.

This is just his and my opinion, so if you wear Newtons, and you love them, then that is great. To each person, their own shoe. My brother has torn his achilles tendon, so I know what it is like to see somebody in pain  that is an athlete not be able to do anything because they are injured that badly.

Saucony's-  Saucony's are designed for all kinds of runners. They make so many different kinds of shoes that it is pretty easy to find a style that fits you. I have been running in the Omni style Pro Gride. They are designed for people who run on roads that may be pretty unstable or just not as smooth as a sidewalk always is. However, they also make Saucony's that have a smaller level of resistance for those people that do not need the extra support.

I am hoping to go into the store in the next month and see what kind of shoes that I like the best and what I will be hopefully training for my full in this year. I have not decided what full I want to do, but I will figure one out!

I hope everybody is having a wonderful Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I have it off, so I am going to be finishing up some school work and relaxing!

Question: What type of shoes do you love/run in?