Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's All About the Shoes

I've been doing more walking lately.  Since Fall is typically running season, I've decided that since I can't really run I might as well walk.  And it has ignited a spark.

One of my favorite distances is the half marathon.  Anyone who listened to my endless complaining each time I trained for one might find this hard to believe!  But I really do like the distance.  It's long enough that you really have to respect the distance and train for it.  But short enough that the long training days don't take all day - even at my turtle pace.

So...I'm wondering if I could train for and walk an entire half marathon with the condition my hip is in now.  I think that in order to do this, I can't half-ass it like I've done in the past.  Oh, sure I would follow a training plan - two shorter runs and one longer run per week.  But I typically skipped over the cross training days, and my stretching left something to be desired at times.

But since getting started in triathlon, I've become quite the believer in cross training.  And my foam roller and stretching strap are permanent fixtures in my living room.

But the one thing that I remember about all three half marathons that I've done was how much my feet hurt by mile 10 of each race.  And that's where the shoes come in...

I've read good things about the Hoka One One shoes - they have much more cushioning than regular running shoes, and the shape of the sole is more rounded.  I've been meaning to find a store that sells them so I could try them on, but instead I got an e-mail from Running Warehouse offering Hoka's at nearly 50% off.  I figured it was a sign and just ordered a pair, and they showed up on my doorstep the very next morning. (And while I'm always one to say "Go to a real running shoe store and get fitted for shoes" I figured that since I'm walking and not running it might not be as important - plus I couldn't pass up the bargain!)

Hoka on the left; my Asics on the right.  See the heel cushioning difference.

I've only worn them twice and for less then three miles each time.  But can I just say OH.MY.GOD. these are like little pillows for my feet!  So soft and cushiony, if that's even a word!  And the round sole made walking seem so much easier.  Wearing my running shoes for walking always left my calves feeling stiff and painful - almost like shin splints.  But with the rounded sole, it's almost like my foot just rolls forward.

Now I can't say I'll be able to walk a half marathon in these shoes.  My feet might feel great but my hip is the real wildcard.  And honestly, I don't even have a race picked's just something I'd like to do sometime next year if I can.

Monday, October 27, 2014

How Did I Do Last Week?

Time to check in and compare what I planned on doing to what I actually did last week.

Mon - spin class; did not go due to a raging sinus headache
Tues - walk and strength training; went to spin class
Wed - swim; swim
Thurs - strength training; walked
Fri - swim; no workout.  Giants fever took over and I wanted to go home to watch the game.
Sat - no workout, but I will go to Weight Watchers to weigh in; up .4 lbs.
Sun - I'm going to leave this one up in the air for now.  We might be painting our dining room on Sunday which will be a workout in itself.  If we don't, I'll do something else - spin or Pilates, most likely.; spin class

So not really a roaring success.  I only worked out four days out of six planned days, but I did have a chance to reflect on this.  I think from now through the end of the year, if I do get in four solid workouts a week that will be a success.

I'm currently studying for an exam for work which I will take before the end of the year.  So I really need more time to study in the evenings and my workouts are cutting into my study time.  I know in theory I could get up and workout in the mornings.  But until we change the clocks, this just isn't going to happen.  I takes everything in me to be able to get out of bed and walk Emma in the pitch dark as it is.  I just can't force myself to get up any earlier - believe me, I've tried!

We are also hosting Thanksgiving again this year, which means my weekends are becoming filled with house projects - cleaning, painting, repairs.  

So from now through the end of the year, I'm going to focus on studying for my exam and maintaining my weight through the holidays.

So what are my plans for this week?

I will get to spin at least once, hopefully twice.  I will swim twice.  I'll bring my walking shoes to work so I can walk at lunchtime at least once.  And I'll get in some strength training where I can fit it in - if it means squats at my desk or planks in front of the TV at night, that's what I'll do.

Monday, October 20, 2014


I'm going to try to do a blog post at least once a week, and I thought that if I put down in writing what I planned on doing this week it might help me to actually stick to the plan.   Accountability, and all that. So, here it goes...

Mon - spin class
Tues - walk and strength training
Wed - swim
Thurs - strength training
Fri - swim
Sat - no workout, but I will go to Weight Watchers to weigh in
Sun - I'm going to leave this one up in the air for now.  We might be painting our dining room on Sunday which will be a workout in itself.  If we don't, I'll do something else - spin or Pilates, most likely.

I will admit that my Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday workouts were planned with the World Series in mind.  These are workouts I can do in the morning before work so I won't miss any of the games.  I'm not really a big baseball fan, but I always seem to get caught up in the playoffs and World Series.  And when the home team is in it, it makes it even more exciting.  Go Giants!

I am also committing to bringing my lunch to work with me at least three days each week.  Both my waistline and my wallet will thank me for this one.

Monday, October 13, 2014

It's Not Always Golf and Triathlon

What have I been doing since my last triathlon?  Not much swimming, biking, or run/walking, that's for sure.

I had a week or two after the race where I didn't workout much at all.  This always seems to happen when I finish a race and don't have anything else on the schedule.  However, I did promise myself that I would spend this winter focusing on strength training.  I plan to get 2-3 full body sessions in a week and I've been doing pretty good with that.  I even purchased a Groupon to the new local Pilates studio that just opened, and so far I really like it.  I've taken a couple of the group reformer classes, and as easy as it looks it's really no joke!  They are adding more classes to their schedule at the end of the month and I'm excited because it will give me more options.

Hockey season also started last week, so it is officially my favorite time of the year!  We went to the Sharks home opener on Saturday and even went to the street rally before the game.  And they won which is always a plus.

Sharing my beer with "Jumbo" Joe Thornton.

Dan was out of town for work the entire month of September with only a few quick trips home - mostly to do laundry. And when he finally came home for good, he was on-call for the first week and weekend that he was home.  So any home improvement projects we had planned for late summer are behind schedule.  However we did do a little painting this weekend.


...and after, including an Emma photobomb.
We bought our house about eight years ago and I'm so tired of the bland white walls.  Next up, painting the dining room in time for Thanksgiving.

And finally, my company is offering a reimbursement to any employee who signs up for a 5k during the last quarter of the year.  So I'm doing the Mermaid San Francisco 5k on November 9.  I had been planning on doing it anyway - I do it almost every year along with a few friends.  But it's nice that someone else is paying for it!