Boy, the week is just flying by! Tomorrow Katheryn and Mollie come home and I am so happy. Good thing I had these last few days of rest!!
Today it is chilly and rainy. Despite that fact I had to get in my mid-week 5 mile run. Oh it was so hard to get out there. I was really wanting to put it off but John told me that it was just going to rain more and get colder. So, I put on my running attire and went to Harmon Field. I wasn’t sure what I was going to run in… I wore my standard shorts ensemble and tank top. I brought along a short sleeve running shirt, long sleeve running shirt, and my new REI rain jacket. I thought if nothing else I could stop and put something dry on every couple of miles. I started off in my tank top and jacket – it was really coming down by the time I got there and it was really hard getting out of the car. The rain wasn’t so bad – but 55 degrees? I like the cool weather, but the combination of rain and coolness was not inviting.
Once I got my toes wet (literally) all was fine. It was quite peaceful – except for the constant rustling of my jacket – that was kind of annoying. There were a couple of older people out there with their dogs – both humans and canines donned rain jackets… it was cute
My five miles was up fairly quickly – I ran at a 10:45 pace and enjoyed it. I think I do better without music. I really tune in to my breathing and form. My jacket did ok. It is supposed to be waterproof and breathable. The problem is that I had a good bit of moisture on my arms so one of the two things didn’t work quite well. It wasn’t too bad though and I will wear it again.
The rest of the afternoon I spent reading and cooking. I decided to make Katheryn a surprise – something she has been asking for – she will be so happy. I also made John some cookies. I also put on a big pot of soup. There was lots of talk among my friends on Facebook about some chicken stew at some place in Spartanburg. It really got me craving something warm. I looked up chicken stew and most were cream-based and although they looked delicious they were too fattening. I decided instead to crack open my very favorite cookbook – The Foster’s Market Cookbook” by Sara Foster. EVERYTHING turns out good. I made the Chicken and Sweet Potato Soup. There is nothing bad in it.
Before dinner I headed down to the exercise room to do my core workout, shoulders and triceps and some plyometrics. I was inspired to try a move that I say on The Biggest Loser last night – the box jump. There is a girl on the show that was really struggling with jumping up on a raised box. I can totally relate to those type of weird mental blocks with things. She was just paralyzed – probably worried about falling or hurting herself. I am also not much of a jumper. I haven’t spent a lot of time jumping up on things. So, I decided to give myself a test tonight. I have two steps – one that is 10 inches high and another that is 15 inches high.
I jumped up on the 10 inch step quite easily and did 10 jumps… then on to the 15 inch step – no problemo. I am happy to say that I could easily clear these two heights. I would like to see how much taller I could go, but that is all I have. So, in addition to being a nice little test it was a good workout, too.
After this I decided to do another experiment. In the book I am reading Born to Run by Christopher McDougall he spends a lot of time contemplating the benefits of barefoot running. Apparently it is the cure all for all running aches and pains. He and many others have made a really good case for it. I thought I would give it a shot, but after one look at the acorns laying all over the driveway I thought I had better not. My poor little feet are quite tender on the bottom! Many other people has this issue I am sure. That is why many shoe companies are coming out with shoes that have very little support and cushioning – really just shells as protection against the elements. I happen to have a pair of shoes that are pretty minimalistic. I have no idea why I bought them, but I thought I would give them a shot tonight.
I think they would be good to run in if they were not about a half of a size too small. My toes touch the end and it is not very comfortable. The benefit of barefoot running is that it makes you land on your mid-foot rather than the heel. With today’s highly cushioned shoes it is almost impossible to land on the mid foot. If I can get my hands on a bigger size of these I might try a short run in them. Until then, I will be wearing my cushion shoes.
Now, back to my book!
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