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January Cruise – Part Two

Here are some more pictures of our vacation last week… I left off after our day in Key West, the next day was a Sea Day.

Sea day: An easy 2.5 miles before a boot camp class offered on the ship... or so I thought.  I got off the TM and went over to the trainer and he informed me I was only one of two people to sign up so they canceled the class.  Bummer.  So, I got back on the TM...

Sea day: An easy 2.5 miles before a boot camp class offered on the ship… or so I thought. I got off the TM and went over to the trainer and he informed me I was only one of two people to sign up so they canceled the class. Bummer. So,since I needed to add miles for Team Escapades in the Chilly Challenge, I got back on the TM…

An easy mile to total 3.5 miles this morning.  Followed this with a good weights and core session.

And added an easy mile to total 3.5 miles this morning.  I followed this with a good weights and core session of my own!

Okay, so I wasn’t great at taking pictures this vacation!  Not one of us on the pool deck today!  We relaxed, the kids swam and went on the waterslide….  :-)

Dinner!  Our waiter Poidr (pronounced Peter) was AWESOME!  He knew our names before we even arrived, brought us (TOO MUCH) extra food choices each night, and had fun with the kiddos.  Here's a bow he made from a napkin!

Dinner! Our waiter Poidr (pronounced Peter) was AWESOME! He knew our names before we even arrived, brought us (TOO MUCH) extra food choices each night, and had fun with the kiddos. Here’s a bow he made from a napkin!

Tuesday night was "Formal Night".  Okay, we don't really do formal, but we do a really nice casual!  I just love my youngest's facial expression in this one!  Makes me smile every time I look at it! (And yes, this is a picture of our picture we purchased! LOL)

Tuesday night was “Formal Night”. Okay, we don’t really do formal, but we do a really nice casual! I just love my youngest’s facial expression in this one! Makes me smile every time I look at it! (And yes, this is a picture of our picture we purchased! LOL)

 

Wed morning intervals before heading to the beaches of Grand Cayman.

Wed morning intervals before heading to the beaches of Grand Cayman.

 

My youngest was psyched to be in the ocean with his lifejacket!  And the raft?  Ya, spend the $10 to rent it for the day.  The kids loved playing on it!

My youngest was psyched to be in the ocean with his lifejacket! And the raft? Ya, I highly recommend you spend the $10 to rent it for the day. The kids loved playing on it!

 

We had a great day at the beach, despite the few rain showers that drenched everything!  But heck, we were at the ocean so what's the difference?!

We had a great day at the beach, despite the few rain showers that drenched everything! But heck, we were at the ocean so what’s the difference?!

 

Two cool sightings at the beach - 1) Crab!  Kinda creepy though how well they blend into the sand.  My youngest loved it but then was looking at his steps in the sand more carefully after seeing this!

Two cool sightings at the beach – 1) Crab! Kinda creepy though how well they blend into the sand. My youngest loved it but then was looking at his steps in the sand more carefully after seeing this!

2) We don't even know what to call this!  A water powered jet pack!  Pretty cool!

2) We don’t even know what to call this! A water powered jet pack! Pretty cool!

Well, I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t mention I had two yummy Rum Punches on the beach today!  2 of my 3 total drinks on the cruise!

Okay, that’s it for tonight.  I’m exhausted and my bed is calling me.  I love it when my bed calls me. :)

 

 

 

January Cruise – Part One

My family and I had a great cruise!  Instead of blah-ing all about it, here are some pictures with few words!

We flew in a day early before our cruise and stayed in a hotel.

 

Saturday night while waiting for dinner to be delivered...added a few hills...

Saturday night while waiting for dinner to be delivered…added a few hills…

 

I have never had bananas in a salad before! I have to say - it was pretty darn good (minus the croutons and olives)!

I have never had bananas in a salad before! I have to say – it was pretty darn good (minus the croutons and olives)!

First afternoon on the ship...

First afternoon on the ship…

A feel good 10K (sportin' my Run St Pete Sweaty band) the first night on the ship!  Ya, it was empty at 10 pm!

A feel good 10K (sportin’ my Run St Pete Sweaty band) the first night on the ship! Ya, it was empty at 10 pm!

Monday breakfast before Key West: This happened at most breakfasts and dinners!

Monday breakfast before Key West: This happened at most breakfasts and dinners!

A sailboat we've been on in Camden, ME.  Unfortunately the timing of their cruise didn't work with our schedule.

A sailboat we’ve been on in Camden, ME. Unfortunately the timing of their cruise didn’t work with our schedule.

Unfortunately I never took a picture of the whole ship!

We ended up going out on this sailboat for a couple hours. Unfortunately I never took a picture of the whole boat!!

The captain taught my kids some knots.  So of course my daughter put my son in Spanish handcuffs!  Too funny!

The captain taught my kids some knots. So of course my daughter put my son in Spanish handcuffs! Too funny!

My oldest and I enjoying the sail.

My oldest and I enjoying the sail.

 

My youngest loving his barefoot status!

My youngest loving his barefoot status!

key west

A  restaurant/bar covered in real dollars stapled everywhere!

A restaurant/bar covered in real dollars stapled everywhere!

Okay, 1/2 lb cookies!!  Ya, the 7 of us went through 2 of them in a matter of 2 minutes. Haha!!

Okay, 1/2 lb cookies!! Ya, the 7 of us went through 2 of them in a matter of 2 minutes. (The sugar cookie actually was the best!) Haha!!

 

Our cruise ship for the week - Carnival Freedom as seen on our sail in Key West.

Our cruise ship for the week – Carnival Freedom as seen on our sail in Key West.

 

More coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race #2 of 2 of the New Year for us!

So… after the 1st Run Lowell 5K/10K race we headed back home, grabbed my four kids and my SIL’s youngest two kids, and my mother in law and headed to the Millennium Mile race right here in town!

Here’s most of the runners (how come I didn’t get a picture of my dad’s wife running her FIRST race ever AND meeting her goal??!!).

A Family Full of Runners!

A Family Full of (cold) Runners!

The Millennium Mile is such a great race.  Besides it being a certified one mile DOWNHILL race, it is such a great family fun atmosphere.  Yes, there were some fantastic runners there (the top two finishers were 4:05 and 4:06 I think!) but there were also walkers, strollers, and plenty of kids!!

The three “parents” in the picture split up.  My husband took our 5 year old and our 6 year old nephew with him, my sister in law took my girls and her daughter, and I got our youngest.  From reading that it sounds like I got the easy way out with only one kiddo… well, not if you realize that after about 6 jogging steps and 30 walking steps my son decided he no longer wanted to do this race.  <sigh> So, this is how I “ran” 7/8 of the mile!

Where's my free ride?

Where’s my free ride?  Hey, how come everyone else is facing the other way? Oh that’s right, they were DONE and walking back already!

 

I really can't believe I'm still smiling!  This kid is HEAVY!!!  (Three days later and my shoulders are still sore!!!)

I really can’t believe I’m still smiling! This kid is HEAVY!!! (Three days later and my shoulders are still sore!!!)

So, the great news is it’s a downhill one mile course.  The not so great news is all the after race festivities are back at the start!  So, my husband put the youngest on his shoulders and I carried the 5 year old on my hip (he was complaining his new sneakers hurt his feet) and we walked back up the hill.  Yes, they did have buses to take people back to the start.  But that’s just not how we roll!  LOL  I’d much rather get another mile workout then wait for a bus!

 

Millennium Racing knows how to have a post race party! (You may remember me mentioning that from the Santa Shuffle.) There was great pizza from Portland Pie, pulled pork from “The Farm” restaurant, bottled water, Powerade, and I’m sure tons more I didn’t need to check out!  And this for just a one mile race!  Pretty sweet.  Millennium Running has a whole race series… if you’re interested check it out here. (No, I didn’t get paid for mentioning that!)

 

I forgot to snap some pics inside of all the awards given and festivities (hey, I’d just done a 10K with a PR that morning, then ran another mile with an additional 40 lbs on my shoulders and then walked uphill carrying 45 lbs… I needed to sit… and eat! I have my priorities!!!)

But one more picture of my girls and their cousin, who ran the race together and finished in exactly 10 minutes!

Cousins

Cousins

I’m so appreciative to live in such a great town with so many active friends and families! (Yes! We had lots of friends from town also participating in this race!) I appreciate my children’s health and that my older three ran the entire mile.  I appreciate my husband taking care of himself and actually enjoying running as well! And I appreciate a good post race party when I see one! ;-)

Race #1 of 2 of the New Year for us!

Happy New Year everyone!  For those of you with kids in school,  I hope you had a great school vacation and enjoyed some family time!  We were lucky to end our vacation with fun and fitness for the whole family!

First, my husband and I, along with my sister in law and father in law headed down to the 1st Run in Lowell.  I ran the 10K while the others ran the 5K.  I had two girlfriends (and one of their husbands, same group from the Santa Shuffle) running the 10K as well.  Always nice to know other runners at a race!

Friends and Family

Friends and Family

We got down there with almost no time to spare.  (Yikes!)  Took a little longer to drive there than expected and then the traffic was a little heavy. But, we got there with just enough time to hit the port a potty, get the bib pinned on, and stand still for the National Anthem.  I didn’t make it into the corral so I had to stand outside the gate for just a bit and weasel my way in once the gun went off.  I was scanning for my two friends but never did find them ’til the very end of the race.  My husband and SIL and FIL were the last ones to cross the start line from what I understand!

I passed the start line a little after a minute, I made sure I looked at their clock because I had read online that they would have clocks every mile!  I was going to use that to my advantage for sure!  I had made a goal in my head of 56:00 or lower a week ago after reviewing my training.  Unfortunately I rolled my foot pretty good just three days before this race during a run on a small chunk of ice so I wasn’t sure how I was going to fare.  I had done the whole Rest, Ice, and Elevation thing for three days (just no Compression to complete the R.I.C.E acronym – I foresee a pair of proCompression socks in my immediate future!) along with lots of ibuprofen so I was hopeful all was not lost and kind of let go of the 56:00 and under goal and changed it to “just finish.”

The course started out pretty easy.  I have to say the “hills” on this course I would barely say were hills so that was nice.  Of course we started out FREEEEEZZZING and then after 1/4 mile I thought maybe I had on one too many layers!  I think that was just a warm spot in the course though because after unzipping the top layer just a bit to let some air on my neck and after passing the one mile mark I was totally comfortable. I noticed a clock at mile two (don’t think there was one at mile one?) and it was just about 19:00.  Knowing I’d started a minute after gun time I was psyched because this meant I was right on track with my 9:00 mile pace AND the BEST news was my foot was feeling pretty darn good! Not 100% but maybe 95%!!  So I decided to grab my 56:00 goal again and go for it.

At mile three the clock said 28:15.  Hmph.  I hadn’t paid attention to the seconds at the start, so I decided I needed to step it up a bit to make those seconds up!  I didn’t see my split time but the web site says 29:21.  So, subtracting a minute, that appears about right.

Randomly Amy noticed that the four of us standing there were wearing Mizunos. My FIL was too but he had already headed inside.

The 10K was just another loop of the 5K.  Now going into this, I am not a runner who likes repeating loops.  At. All.  Do you ever get over this?  I also am not a fan of out and back courses!  I like to run different roads throughout the whole course!  I find it mentally difficult to run a loop knowing I have to do it again before I’m done!  Thankfully, my mind didn’t take over and start in on some negative rant about how much repeating loops stinks!!  I decided the course was going to be easier, I knew what I had to do, what grades I was running, and I wouldn’t have so many people to deal with! (200o runners I think is what I heard).  Speaking of so many people, I have to say I calmed WAY down about getting through “people traffic” since my terrible experience at the All Women’s Half and it definitely paid off!  Hopefully I can do this in future races!

So, without chatting it up too much more…
The downfalls of the second loop:

- less people meant more wind and that last mile was right along a river and it was a VERY strong headwind!
- my foot started aching a bit around mile 5

The great things about the second loop:

- a nice guy said to me “you make this look easy” around mile 4.  Although nice to hear he easily passed me and continued to chat with others as he passed them! LOL
- I knew the roads now so I knew when I could pick it up and when I needed to ease up.
- I spied one of my friends ahead of me so made it a goal to catch up to her during those terrible head winds, I did and then she told me…
- our other friend was ahead so go on ahead… so I did.  I never did catch our other friend but she was just a few seconds ahead of me at the finish!
- my husband, sister in law, and father in law were all waiting for me at the finish!  What troopers they were standing in the cold after they had finished their race… sweat and cold weather aren’t really a great combination!
- I had a NEGATIVE SPLIT!!!  Woohoo!!!

My Garmin said I ran 6.31, Amy's said 6.34.  Hmmm...

I can’t say much about the after race festivities… because… well… there wasn’t much.  It was quite a small venue for so many runners.  I’m guessing not many of the 2000 stayed.

Inside, after the race...

Inside, after the race…it was HOT and smelly.

There wasn’t any bottled water or Powerade or Gatorade.  No bananas.  No pizza.  They had some soups in small crockpots and some hairy looking pasta with broccoli and some small boxes of granola.  I grabbed a granola, my sister in law grabbed some soup.

Post Race Band

One last pic with my SIL... showing off our Sweatybands! Love that black sparkly one!

One last pic with my SIL… showing off our Sweatybands! Love that black sparkly one! (Like how my FIL crashed the pic!)

 

We gathered our stuff from coat check and headed out to… our next race! I’ll put that up in a separate post soon!

I’m so appreciative for my healthy friends and family who are always game to run a race, encourage one another, and have fun together!

So, how did you start out your new year?

And how do you deal with races that repeat the same loop?

 

Miles 1-3:   Miles 4-6:

Miles 1-3: 27:05 Miles 4-6: 26:00

 

My Spoils – I was totally SPOILED!

I hope your Christmas was as fitness fruitful as mine!  Check it out… (and there are a few missing items here waiting to be washed!)

Totally Spoiled on Christmas!

Totally Spoiled on Christmas!

I got just a few of my favorite things! haha! Cute two toned  Under Armour hoodie there on the right!

New Nike cold weather gear.  My 3 year old picked out not one, but two American flag water bottles for me, and my daughter chose the foam roller!

New Nike cold weather gear. My 3 year old picked out not one, but two American flag water bottles for me, and my daughter chose the foam roller!

 

New Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s!  Some Gu Chomps, and a massage ball!

New Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s! Some Gu Chomps, and a massage ball!

My mother in law mentioned that she ordered the Mizunos online and had them 2 days later – impressive!  Can’t wait to try them out in all the snow!
I do enjoy the Gu chomps on the long runs; apparently many people foresee some long runs in my future!
The massage ball will take the place of my tennis ball. LOL  Wonder if I can talk the kids into using it on my back?

Nike cold weather shirt, more Experia socks, and new Jay Bird headphones!

Nike cold weather shirt, more Experia socks, and new Jay Bird headphones!

Notice the thumb holes in the shirt?  LOVE!  Experia socks with Thorlo technology are my favorite… this might make 7 pairs now for me. :)  And the Jay Bird wireless ear buds are replacements for the ones I received last Christmas!  Let’s just say I let my 8 year old borrow them during a car trip… when I found them again they needed some duct tape and wouldn’t stay in my ears anymore.  Glad to have a new pair!  I absolutely love having no wires to deal with when I run!

Do you spy the Piece de Resistance? New Oakleys?! Heck ya!

Do you spy the Piece de Resistance? New Oakleys?! Heck ya!

So spoiled with some new Polarized Oakley sunglasses!!!
And Santa put a few items in my stocking like this foot cream, some chapstick, and anti chafing lotion.

And like I said, a few items are missing from here!  Some Nike workout pants, an mpg sports jacket, and some Under Armour head bands!  I’ll get a picture soon!

I certainly appreciate everyone getting me some useful and awesome fitness gear!!!  (I know, I’m totally spoiled!)

 

 

 

I Survived the End of the World…

Oh wait, so did you or you wouldn’t be reading this!

First, I’ll tell you about the race.  Second, I’ll tell you how we made it work with our big family!  Why do I feel the need to explain how we make it work?  To encourage you to get your whole family active as well of course!

Race day was a chilly one (I think about 32*?), but thankfully a sunny one.  The race started at 11 am so we got there around 10:30.  We picked up our bibs and unfortunately 2 bibs were not only missing but they didn’t have one of my girl’s or my brother’s name on their list.  I had sent in all 6 registrations at the same time and paid with one check.  They gave my daughter a bib no problem.  However my brother came into the cafeteria a little later, didn’t realize I had paid for him and hence paid again.  Since the race was by donation only and they were selling long sleeved shirts for $10 I asked if he could have a shirt since we paid twice for him and was told no.  Didn’t love this part of the experience.  But again, it’s a small town race with I think only 150 participants so we let it go.

The race started just a few minutes past 11 am and after about 20 steps out of the parking lot we turned right and faced a hill smack dab in the face!  And let me tell you, this hill didn’t let up for 1.25 mile!  I knew it was a loop so I kept telling myself I’d get to go down the hill soon enough.  There was a water stop at mile 2 and shortly after that I needed to take off my headband and mittens.  I handed it to a young girl standing at a corner telling the runners which way to turn.  She didn’t say a word to me, just took my stuff and smiled at me.  I asked her if she could just bring it back to the cafeteria and I’d find it.  Lucky for me this cute girl found me later in the caf!  I thanked her profusely, gave her a hug, and she still just smiled.  Too cute.

Well, back to the course… there were two more small hills in the middle of the course and then we had this great downhill!  What took me 9:20 to run up took me 7:30 to run down!  I pushed it and that is evident in my heart rate!  Even though I was going downhill my heart rate was still high!  I finished under my 35 minute goal (which I changed to 36 minutes when I was told the course was very hilly) at 34:28 (and my Garmin told me I had run 3.97 miles).  So I was thrilled!  My brother and husband did awesome as well!

Course Profile

Course Profile

Heart Rate profile.  Notice my HR went down with the first downhill, but then stayed high during the long downhill at the end!

Heart Rate profile. Notice my HR went down with the first downhill, but then stayed high during the long downhill at the end!  I was giving it my all to beat 35 minutes!

 

So, while we ran the four miler, the kids did the one miler.  Well, I have to say I was disappointed that my oldest ended up walking the whole thing.  She complained her knees hurt.  I think she was just worried she wasn’t going to run it as well as she had said multiple times she wanted to (under 10 minutes) do so, so made an excuse and walked.  But, oh well.  At least she participated.  My 5 year old walked only about 30 seconds and my daughter decided to run with her brother and our sitter instead of running ahead of all of them like we know she can!  They all have another one miler coming up on 1/1 and I’ll run it with them this time!

Quite the group shot! LOL

Quite the group shot! LOL

I wish I had taken a picture of the spread at the end of the race!  They certainly did it up right!  Bananas, orange slices, kiwi halves (yum!  I wish more races had kiwis at the end!), granola bars of all kinds, chocolate cake, red velvet cake, cookies, and plenty of water! They also gave every participant a free raffle ticket and had oodles and oodles of prizes that they gave away.  Here’s what we walked away with!  The kids were thrilled to get so many rubber ducks! lol

Lots of prizes given away!

Lots of prizes given away!

So, all in all it was a fun, small town race with a few glitches.  The race wasn’t done by chip and the course was just shy of the 4 miles, but it had a great vibe with lots of fun people.  Apparently this school does other races using this same 4 mile course.  I think we would do it again if it fit our schedule!  Actually, I think there’s one on February 3rd but we have a lot going on that day already so we won’t be there.

My husband found this small town 4 mile race with a witty name “I Survived the End of the World 4 miler” and because it also had a one mile fun run we worked hard to make this race work for our family.  My brother was coming up for Christmas and so of course I asked him to run it with us and of course he said yes.  What made it a little tricky was they ran the two races (four miler and one miler) simultaneously.  So if we both wanted to run the race we needed to find someone to run the one miler with the older kids.  Lucky for us our long term babysitter was home from college and willingly said yes to running with them.  Then we needed to find someone to watch the youngest child and my dad’s wife immediately said yes to hanging out with him. Turns out my dad hung out too!  So the kids had a blast hanging out with Grampa, Grammie, and our great sitter!

I certainly appreciate the efforts of the school to coordinate this race and of course the efforts of our family and sitter to run with/ watch the kids for us to be able to run!

Lots of good gear here!

Lots of good gear here!

Latest Motivating Song

So yesterdayI wrote about music possibly helping me to run faster without feeling like I’m exerting any more energy.  So I thought I’d share the song that sticks in my head these days.

It’s funny – even though I ran without music recently,this one song kept replaying in my head.  It’s one of those songs I can listen to 10 times a day and it STILL makes me want to move!

And the song is?  ”Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!!!

Not only is the beat catchy and makes me want to run faster, or climb a really heavy hill in SPIN class but the lyrics are motivating and reminds me over and over again to just “Feel This Moment” that I’m in and not worry about anything in the past or where I need to be after my workout – JUST FEEL THE WORKOUT!!!

Click here to listen to  "Feel This Moment" by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera!

Click here to listen to “Feel This Moment” by Pitbull and Christina Aguilera!

 

(side note: Please tell me that’s not the real video for that song? Hmmm….)

For those who like to know the BPM of the song it’s 136 BPM which for my SPIN class translates to 68 RPM when pedaling on the downbeat.  (Not sure what I mean?  Read this post where I explain how to use BPM for your SPIN class!)

Hope you love the song and it motivates you to run faster, pedal stronger, lift heavier, whatever it is you do!  ENJOY!!!

And appreciate how music can be a wonderful motivator!

What I Love About Six Year Olds…

I have been crying off and on since Friday in the wake of the Newtown, CT tragedy as I’m sure most of you have as well.  On various news sites, Facebook, blogs, etc I have seen many people start their expressions of sadness with:

  •  ”As a mom…”
  • “As a grandmother…”
  • “As a teacher…”
  • “As a father…”
  • “As a sister to a __…”
  • “As the daughter/son of a teacher….”

The list goes on… but one thing remains… we can all, in some way, feel extreme grief related to this horrific tragedy.

If I were to post my sentiments somewhere online I would start my expression of shock, disbelief, grief, and sadness  with “As a mom of four children ages 9, 8, 5, and 3…” but even that doesn’t feel quite right.  It wasn’t until I read this blog post by Jen, a Cleveland housewife, that I feel like I understand more fully my grief even without knowing any of the victims directly.  In Jen’s words: “…we do, indeed, know what six looks like. We do see it every day. In all its glory. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly. The beautiful and the infuriating. It’s in our face. We live it and breathe it.”

I encourage you to read her very well written post.  Everyone should remember how truly amazing human beings 6 year olds are… because as Dr Seuss said “A person’s a person, no matter how small.”

Music as Motivation?

Do you enjoy running to music?  Or are you one who enjoys the music of nature, the streets, the neighborhoods, etc?  There are many runners out there who feel passionate one way or the other.  I have always loved music and definitely turn to it as motivation n many areas… how much better is it to clean the house and fold laundry to your favorite music versus silence or the kids TV shows??   But there is something about leaving everything behind and just running and listening to the sounds around you.  Those sounds can be a large part of your running experience.  And of course running sans music is on many levels safer for you as a runner.  You can hear dogs barking, cars coming, and even another person running behind you.  Let’s just leave those scenarios stop there… no need to go into what could happen within each of those circumstances.

I guess I would say I certainly enjoy a music filled run versus a no music run.  I wanted to see if having the music affected my performance.  So the last two Tuesday mornings I have opted to run without music.  Ya, I know – it’s just two runs and I don’t have certain fixed variables set up (i.e. amount of sleep the night before, same nutrition the day before, consistent weather conditions, etc.) but hey, it was just a little test for my own knowledge!

I did run the same route all three times.  A nice 4 mile route that starts and ends at my home.  And I headed up at about the same time in the morning for both runs without music.  I wore the same sneakers, my Mizuno Nirvanas for all three runs!

So here’s the first run without music:

12/4/12 run

12/4/12 run splits

And the second run without music:

12/11/12 run splits

12/11/12 run splits

As you can see they’re pretty similar.  Only a couple of seconds off variance in each mile.  I didn’t have my heart rate strap on for the first run, but did for this one…

Heart Rate Info for 12/11/12

Heart Rate Info for 12/11/12

Now here is the same run WITH MUSIC:

12/13/12 run splits

12/13/12 run splits

Um, hello?  Do you see that not ONE of those miles is above 9:00?!?!  I honestly don’t think that’s ever happened before.  I should add that the time of this run was not early, early morning rather it was about 11:00 am that morning.  And check out my heart rate:

HR 12.13.12 runIt’s certainly a few beats higher for most of the run and I like the consistency of it much better.

So, it makes sense that the faster you run the higher your heart rate.  But honestly I didn’t feel like I was exerting any more energy during this run than those without music.  I have always said I think I run better with music in my ears because then I don’t hear my breathing.  When I hear my “heavy” breathing I believe my subconscious kicks in and slows me down a bit because it “sounds” like I’m working too hard.  In actuality, that heavy breathing isn’t that heavy!

So, that is my little tiny experiment in a nutshell.

So tell me, do you run better with music?  Or do you think my experience was a coincidence?

A Great Run WITH Music

A Great Run WITH Music

My NEW Mizunos!

So, back on November 16th I was SUPER LUCKY to win a pair of Mizuno running shoes from RunMommaRun on Facebook. (I posted about how/why I won them here.)  I was super excited and had lots and lots of shoes to choose from… except the Wave Inspire 9s which happen to be on my Christmas list.  LOL  But ya know what?  That’s OKAY because now I’ll have 2 pairs of awesome Mizunos, provided Christmas yields the new sneakers for me!  No, I didn’t take the Wave Inspire 9s off my list because I still really want them!  Can one ever have enough shoes?

So, what did I choose for my freebies?  After MUCH research on the web and a few tweets to @SethMizuno I decided upon the Nirvanas.  One great resource is known as the “Mizuno Shoe Guy.”  I wonder who this is?  Is it really one guy?  Or maybe a woman answers the questions too?  Or maybe lots and lots of people! LOL No matter who it is, there’s a ton of info!  I was able to find out the sizing information I needed fairly easily.  I know I overpronate slightly.  I completely killed two pairs of Mizuno Wave Inspire 7s in the past (LOVE THEM!) but the 8s weren’t comfortable at all.  So the quest was on to find another great pair.

The Nirvana 8s looked like my next best (or maybe even better?!?!) option to the Wave Inspire 9s.  The color option was easy – they only had one choice for me!  LOL  But check them out in the pink/gray too – super cute!

I was BEYOND THRILLED when they showed up on my front porch last week!  I think the UPS driver (Pam) thought she was cute too when she left them under a small little Christmas tree we have by the front door!  LOL  It really was like getting an early Christmas gift!

Mizunos under the tree for me!

 

Of course it took all of about 3 seconds for me to take them out of the box and put them right on!

They felt great right out of the box!

So initially, I thought ‘uh oh’ because they were a little tight on the outer side of my right foot.  But literally within a minute of walking around the house with them that was feeling was GONE!  I wore them around the house for a while that day and didn’t want to take them off!  So at this point I knew if they didn’t turn out to be great for running they’d certainly be great for every day use.  Unfortunately that day I didn’t get to run.  (booo!)  I taught a HIIT class that night but wasn’t sure I should wear these, so I didn’t.

But the next day I had my Group Personal Training and we always run laps in between exercises so I put them right on!  They were AWESOME!  I know running sneakers aren’t made for lateral support but they performed well and I was psyched.  They went right into my suitcase as I headed for Florida that night.

Lucky me, I was able to wear my new Mizuno Nirvana 8s here for an easy 4 mile out and back run with a friend.

a Brilliant Run in the Sun!

And the next day we went for a bike ride to a nearby park, walked around the entire park, and cycled back home.  Although I didn’t get a picture of the shoes on this adventure I did snap a photo of this gator in the park!!

I spy with my little eye… a Gator in the Park! (see him sunning himself in the middle there?)

So, thank you Mizuno running for your Mezamashii project and giving everyone their Brilliant Run!  I’m looking forward to some runs this week in them for sure!  And thank you RunMommaRun for hosting the giveaway!

I appreciate a great company with not only a great product but a great spirit.

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