Fabulous Friday – Fitness

Nike+ Running Stats

I know I have mentioned that I love to exercise. And I believe I have mentioned that I love to run. And if I haven’t I am announcing it right now. I love to run. I am addicted to running. It’s actually driving me nuts that I am sitting here in front of the computer typing rather than lacing up my running shoes and jumping on the treadmill. So to ease my mind I have my running playing list blaring in my ears while typing up this post. Which I will post my 2 running lists at another time.

I’ve been running a lot of miles lately so my body does need a rest. My feet need a break. So I’m going to tell you about a few items that I use every time I run. The first and foremost is my shoes. You have to have the right shoes or you will hurt yourself. I know, I’ve done it. Right now my runners are almost a year old and I’m starting to get blisters and bruised toe nails. So even though they are in perfect shape (by looking) I know they are not supporting my feet enough. So this spring I will head to the running store and try out the new shoes. But right now my go to runners are the Saucony Guide 5. These replaced my Nike’s that I used for 2 years. They quit making my Nike’s so I had to select something else. And the Guide 5’s were perfect. I will enter the store with the mind set of grabbing another pair of Guide 5’s if they have them. Because I really do like the run I have with them. They are comfy and light. My Nike’s were heavier. I had tried on last year models of the Nike’s but didn’t like them.

Now let me tell you about my totally awesome treadmill. If this thing ever dies on me I will go into a deep depression. I’m not afraid to admit that I love my treadmill. It is perfect. It is the NordicTrack E2500. They do not make that model anymore so I will cry when this one dies. We take care of it though. We oil the running belt and have already replaced the belt. It should last me many years. It provides a comfortable run. I can change the platform from soft to hard. Think sand and pavement. I keep it set closer to pavement than sand. It also has once touch incline and one touch speed. It also has presets but I don’t use those. I use manual. It also has the iFit program. I do not pay for it so I do not use it but I think it’s nice that I have that option. I think it also has internet capabilities but I have not researched it. It has so many more features that I do not use. I’m plain when it comes to stuff like that. I guess it’s longer than most treadmills and the belt is wider. Which is why I love it. I love the wider belt. I’ve used treadmills at hotels and a couple of gyms and I like mine a lot better.

Socks are also important. I used to run in cotton socks. Then I went to a running store and they explained that was one of the IMG_1632reasons I was getting blisters. So my favorite sock is the Balega Low Cut Comfort Running Socks. They are comfortable and light. My feet can breath. I only use them for running. They are thin so I do not wear them at any other time. They are also tight which I hate. But when you are running you need socks that hug your feet. I did a search on the socks and I can only find them on ebay so it looks like they updated their socks so I will have to buy a couple of pair before they sell out. I hate when they change something that works.

 

The other thing I always have strapped to my arm is my iphone running my Nike+ app. I like to keep track of my miles, calories burned, and where I stand by week and month. Last month we had 31 days. I only ran 73.9 miles. Today is the 21st and I have already ran 69.4 miles. My next run (tomorrow) will put me over last months miles. Which is pretty amazing considering this month has less days. Yeah! Go me! I start my running week on Monday’s. So far this week I have logged 21.9 miles. Last week I logged 22 miles. So this week I will also beat last weeks mileage. Again, go me! As I have already told you, I’m pretty much addicted to running and I hope to stay addicted to it. Yup, I don’t want to over come this addiction. It’s actually soothing for me. I used to take medication for my hormones. I was on Sarafem for my Premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Which means I have really really bad PMS. When my hormones shifted I became a shrilling demon woman that shot fire from her eyes. Ok, maybe I did not shoot fire from my eyes but I was a raging, shrilling, crying woman. I hate taking meds so I decided to start running more to help relieve stress. And it works for me. I have made changes to my vitamins and try to run 5 miles at least 5 times a week. Now, just because it works for me doesn’t mean it will work for you. So please do not simply stop taking medication. Talk to a doctor if you want to get off your meds. They will safely guide you.

Dawn
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Lovely comments:

  1. 1

    I don’t really run in the winter because I can’t breathe in the cold. I do other things like spin & zumba.

  2. 2

    I love to exercise, but I’m not a runner. I prefer martial arts type workouts. Makes me feel like a ninja! ;)

  3. 3

    Having a great pair of running or walking shoes is a must!! It took my 6 months to find the right pair for me!!

  4. 4

    The Nike+ app is great, isn’t it?

  5. 5

    I had no idea that you shouldn’t run in cotton socks!

  6. 6

    Interesting fact about not running in cotton socks. What material are the socks that you mentioned above?

  7. 7

    I’m no runner, but I do enjoy walking. You need good comfy shoes for that as well. Don’t want to hobble around with blisters!

  8. 8

    I am going to the gym today – comfortable shoes are so important to the routine. Thanks for the fitness inspiration.

  9. 9

    I am not a runner but I do like to walk. I am getting me some new socks! Thanks for the tips!

  10. 10

    Great Tips Your Ready To Rock & Roll!

  11. 11

    You are inspiring me to take up running which I have always wanted to do but kept finding excuses. I have bad PMS as well and would do anything to find a natural way to help that.

  12. 12

    I’ve just started to get back into running – well….I am walking more than running right now! Great tips!

  13. 13

    I’ve been looking for new running shoes! Will be going out this weekend to find some, I’ll keep these in mind!

  14. 14

    I don’t run, but I applaud those who can and do. I am a stroller walker though. :)

  15. 15

    I like to exercise but I just never got into running. Those shoes look great for a workout!

  16. 16

    I completely agree good shoes are not an option, a must! I have a certain pair I love and I try to stock up when I see them.

  17. 17

    I think that your love for running is great! I was really interested in reading about the socks. I didn’t know that cotton caused blushers.

  18. 18

    I never thought about the socks. Thanks

  19. 19

    I have never heard of these socks before, sounds like you are doing a great job – keep up the good work!

  20. 20

    Wow, keep up the great work.. I actually just got a pair of Brooks running shoes because I needed something for my arches… They have been great

  21. 21

    I had no idea cotton socks could lead to blisters. That is good information to know! I hope your treadmill lasts a LONG time.

  22. 22

    I need to get back into the groove of running again. This post really inspired me!

  23. 23

    I love to run as well! But don’t have the proper running shoes! I know it. Been knowing it. But just seems to spend money elsewhere. Thank you for sharing this with us. I now know which direction I need to take.

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