I have been running now for just about two years (Jan 1st 2013 will be two years). I have slimmed down from 225 lbs to 185lbs. I've never felt better aside from the typical 44 year old aches and pains, which existed before I started running anyway.
I'm proud of my achievement and I look forward to many more years of life with exercise. With that said, I've decided to add something to my regimne. I've heard for years that juicing was a healthful way to introduce more vitamins, minerials and fiber to my diet so my wife and I are finally taking the plunge.
After reading many reviews and blogs, I decided to put a Champion Masticating Juicer (G5-PG710) under the christmas tree. We will be complete newbies at this so any suggestions and recipies would be appreciated.
I'll post more about it once we open it for Christmas and start using it.
Note to self, either were a GPS watch or map my route out ahead of time. I was sure I had finally run my goal distance of 13.1 miles (Half Marathon). Sadly, once I got home, caught my breath, had a glass of water and mapped the route out on Runkeeper, I realized I had only run 11.92 miles! So close! Oh well, there's always next time.
I didn't leave the house with the idea to run that far. I didn't even bring water with me but the air was cool and damp and it was lightly sprinkling occasionally so I never felt like I needed any water so I ran and ran and ran until about an hour or so into it I realized I might have the energy to make the distance. Man it felt good out there. I walked only one time for about a minute and that was up one of the steepest hils in the last mile of my run so I'm really proud of today's run.
Distance: 11.92 miles
Duration: 1:59:02 hours
Avg Pace: 9.59 minute mile
Climb: 690 ft
I'm still running with the same pair of Adidas AdiZero that I bought 6 months ago and for the first time I'm feeling that the outer left foot sole might be wearing out a bit as it feels like the side of my foot might be riding up a bit on the wall of the shoe. Not sure yet, could just be very tired feet from today's longest run. I've put 468 miles on them to date. Not sure what the life of an average shoe should be. If you have suggestions, please let me know.
I've been running for about a year. I've had my share of aches and pains but recently I had been experiencing shin splints. I had read that shoes might make a difference. The shoes I was running with were about a year old and according to RunKeeper I had put on around 250 miles on them. I'm not sure how long a shoe is rated to last but the reality was that I was wearing them almost every day for other activities ranging from kicking around the house to playing basketball. I also noticed that it was getting harder to lace up my shoes to keep my feet from swimming around in them. The bottom line was that my shoes were worn out despite the fact that I had plenty of tred on the bottoms.
So, I bought a new pair of Adidas adiZero Sonic 3 Shoes.
So far I like them a lot. They are comfortable and my shin splints seem to have dissapeared over night. The only issue I'm having is that they seem to have a lower heel rise than the New Balance 467 All Terrains I was using before. Because of that, my lower legs feel like they are getting a huge workout on my runs. Very tight, which I'm sure will subside in a few runs once they build up the muscle to handle it.
My New Balance 467s served me well for a very long time but so far, I'm glad I made the Adidas purchase. I'm also going to use them exclusively for running so they last longer.
Early on in my beginning days of running, my friend suggested I use the site RunKeeper.com. I'm so glad I tried it.
Track All My Runs
I don't own a GPS watch, something most serious runners (and some not-so-serious) seem to have these days. But that's OK because with RunKeeper, I can easily plot out the route I took and it calculates the mileage and elevation gain and loss for me. I just plug in the amount of time it took me and it also calculates my overall pace per mile. I love that!
Save My Routine Runs
RunKeeper also allows me to create routes and save them. That way I can just pull up that "map", add my run time and I'm done. Doing this also allows me to pull up that route at any time and see all my past times ordered by the fastest to the slowest. That's handy. It also allows me the freedom to find new routes. I can plot out a what if scenario and see the elevation and mileage to better help me decide if it's a good place to run or not.
Share With Friends
Similar to facebook and other social sites, RunKeeper allows me to share my progress with friends. I can't tell you how much it means to have like-minded runners to talk to about running. Some days I'm just not motivated to go for a run and then I read how a friend had a fantstic run that morning. The next thing I know I'm out the door for the run i knew I needed.
Give it a Try
It's easy to sign up and if you know me, join my "Street Team".