#AwareWithPink

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Pink to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro  (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

I went from being a runner who could never run without headphones and music to one who really didn’t care either way.  21ish miles of the San Francisco Marathon was music free.    Quite a few runs are music free.   Part of that is because I realized I actually can run without background noise and partly because all my headphones drive me nuts.   I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been tangled up in cords or ripped them out of my ears.  Ouch!  My Bluetooth ones were still bulky and corded and I still managed to get into a tangled nightmare between the cord and my Camelbak one run.    I was afraid to try the non corded type of wireless headphones because I only wear them in one ear and you can’t exactly do that with a band wrapped around your head.  πŸ˜›

Enter Aftershokz.   Wireless headphones that don’t fit in your ears.  Say what now?  The “ear pieces” sit on your cheekbones and you listen to the music via bone conduction.   All right, I’ve now entered the world of Star Trek.   But would it work?

It did!   The headphones arrived and they were easy to charge and pair to my phone.    They looked like they would be too small but once again I was overestimating my small head.   I wore them first on my stationary bike while watching Netflix.  They sounded great but there really wasn’t a lot of outside noise to distract me.  Time to run in them.   The website suggests putting the headphones on before your sunglasses and that is very good advice.  I tried it both ways and nothing seemed to fit right putting the headphones on after my hat and glasses.


I could hear the cars around me, people talking and even the leaves blowing on the asphalt.  Actually that last one scared the crap out of me.   πŸ˜›  It seemed so loud!     That said, I am having troubles with Siri recognizing my voice commands.   It might just be me but I still have to stop to text.    Also I believe I have maxed the volume out.    When I across the bridge, I can’t hear the music past the traffic noise.   But the bridge is a tiny portion of my long runs so that’s not really a big deal.   I also have yet to kill the battery- woo hoo!   And the oddball in me finds it amusing to listen how the sound changes when I yawn or pop my jaw.  I’m weird, I know.   πŸ˜›πŸ˜›

Why pink-

The sad truth is that you will know someone with breast cancer in your lifetime.  Actually, it’s more likely that you’ll know more than a few.   While typing this I can name at least 2 people fighting right now and I do not have a large social circle.

Aftershokz is teaming up with Bright Pink to both raise awareness and funds to fight breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  They are offering the Bright Pink limited edition version of their open ear Trekz Titanium Pink headphones- 25% of each headphones purchased from September 1 to October 31, 2016 will go to Bright Pink.  Going further, Aftershokz  will donate an additional 25 cents to Bright Pink every time #AwareWithPink is used on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram from September 1 to October 31, 2016.   We hashtag everything these days, let’s make it useful.   You can read more about the campaign here.

I am going to keep wearing my Trekz and I will using the hashtag come September 1.  It may not be much but it’s something and every little bit counts.

No questions today- share your thoughts and go hug someone you care about.

Week 35 Recap

Training for:   City to the Sea 13.1
Harvest Marathon 13.1
Golden Gate Half

Yikes, that’s the first time I’ve typed that all out.  And it doesn’t include the HOB Fun Run and I may throw a couple more 5K’s in there.  Yes, I may be a little crazy.     It’ll be fun right?

Going forward, I think I am going to change up the way I post these training recaps.  I will still have a weekly one but I am thinking they will be shorter.  I miss posting more often and trying to cram everything into one post makes for a lot of words.   Who wants to read that??πŸ˜›  That said, this one might be lengthy.


Monday- 4 miles  In an effort to mitigate the smoky air intake, I decided to run at work.   Marine layer- why not?   I always forgot how much I love the middle portion of this route.   Ocean!  Eucalyptus trees, dirt!   I just wish this section was longer. Smoke and marine layer aside, this was actually a remarkably steady paced run for me- 11:32, 11:31, 11:50, 10:46.    The run 5, walk 2 is kind of working out post marathon.   Miles 1 and 2 are all downhill while 3 and 4 are uphill.  4 is the steepest but mile 3 is usually the slowest as I hit a section of super slippery dirt in the eucalyptus grove.   I really should run this route more often.

Tuesday- Rest day, pizza day!


Wednesday- 3.8 miles  Baby speed work session- woo hoo!  My legs felt pretty good after that.   I also started my new-ish (reverted) posting as I posted all about that run here.

Thursday- Rest  I really wanted to run but I figured that would probably be stupid.  I want to work back up to a 4 day a week running schedule but the last few weeks were very lacking.  I figured a 3 day week first would be a better step.    I took a late half day for working Saturday 2 weeks ago.  I figured I would get on the bike once I got home but instead it was one of those days where time just seemed to fly and hardly anything I planned was completed.

Friday- Rest Day  I work the late shift a few weeks in a row and nothing really happens outside of work.    An employee also left so we are back in that pattern of waiting to hire and running short while the interviews take place.   Busy days!     I also found out that I am no longer exempt- I had to clock in and out for the first time in years.   I am still not sure how I feel about that.


Saturday- 10 miles  Double digits, woo hoo!!   The temp wasn’t supposed to be too warm and I was feeling tired after a crazy work week so I planned on running a little later but I hadn’t planned on waking up to an almost dead phone.  For some reason it hadn’t charged overnight.  Grrr.  I headed out the door around 9:30.  Oops.    I wanted to run 10 but had a a variety of ways to shorten it if I just wasn’t feeling it.  School is back in session and my mother was having a tennis practice so my plan was to run there and then we would go to lunch.

I was feeling a little sluggish starting out but not horrible so I just kept going.   I did welcome each stop light break though.   Per usual, I booked it across the bridge and that was my fastest mile- 9:18.  Oops.    From then on it was into mountain lion sighting territory.  Yikes!!    I kept my pepper spray in my hand while I was running through the river bed section.  Which is silly as the cat was spotted up by the neighborhoods.     There were a surprising number of people out for a run or walk at that time.   I wondered if the mountain lion issue had everyone out running later then normal.  I even ran into NikeC!  It was nice chatting with her for a bit.   My pace was surprisingly consistent.  If you’ve been around this blog for a while- you know pace consistency is not my thing.    I finished my run with an average pace of 11:00.  Who am I?  I am usually way slower than that on long runs.  Hell, Monday’s run was slower than that.  I never really felt like I was pushing and I took walk breaks anytime I needed a moment.  I was kind of stoked when I saw my splits later.  πŸ˜ƒ

Sunday- 7 miles bike   I had some errands that took me to SLO for the day. New glasses!!!    I hit my daily step total which is rare and then finished up with some cross training.

So 4 days of exercise, 17.8 miles run, much better than the previous 3.   One of these days I will do more than just think about strength training.  πŸ˜›

In other news, I ate less pizza and watched a ton of Bones last week.  Seriously people, I just started season 6!  I may need an intervention!  In sad news, my car hit 100,000 miles- boo.

How was your week?

What are you watching now?

 

Hello Comfort

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Oofos to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro  (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Ok, so I have weird feet.   I love the idea of flip flops but can never find a pair that I really like and I’ve tried options that range from 97Β’ to $80.  I actually still have that cheap pair and my mother has the expensive pair.  πŸ˜›    When I had the opportunity to try Oofos, I thought sure why not?     Plus at that point, I was deep into the pre marathon crazies and was only wearing flats, socks with running shoes or socks with Vans.  My toes just wanted to be free!!!


They arrived the Friday before I left for the marathon.  What a tease!!   I put them on for like 5 seconds before packing them in my travel bag.   I put them on right after my post marathon shower.  Bliss.   I felt bad for Ashley- I left the hotel wearing hot pink cut off compression socks, a maxi skirt and my shiny new Oofos.    #stylefordays

How my car looks most days- shoes!

I’ve barely taken them off since.    Seriously, I live in them.  I wear them post run, I wear them on my commute to work, I wear them running errands, I’ve worn them to the beach.  I’ve worn them with running clothes and normal clothes and I think they go nicely with all of my dresses.  Pinstripes and Oofos?  Why not?  No I don’t have a picture.  πŸ˜›   My mother has mentioned that she wants to steal them from me but she can’t because every time she sees me they are on my feet.   πŸ˜ƒ

no one needs to see my toesπŸ˜›

Ok, so here’s the technical info-

Oofos1

    • OOfoam: Absorbs 37% more shock than other materials
    • Reduces stress on sore feet, knees and lower back
    • Cradles your arches
    • Biomechanically designed footbed allows natural motion
    • Soft, conforming toe post eliminates toe chafing
    • Shower/beach-ready; moisture resistant; doesn’t retain smell
    • Durable OOfoam holds its cushion
    • Machine washable
    • So light they float

So pros and cons-

Pros-

  • Amazingly comfy
  • The Marsala color kind of matches my high school colors
  • Easy to clean- seriously- I grenaded a cup of ranch the other day and they were shiny in 10 seconds
  • Toe freedom!!!!
  • Did I mention they are awesome post run?

Cons-

  • Similar to most flip flops- I wish they came in half sizes.  My left foot is bigger than my right foot.  The right shoe fits perfectly, the left is slightly too small.
  • I find it to be a snug fit across the top of the foot.  In the beginning I had to hold the shoe to put it on, now I can slip them on a little easier.

Yes, they are very sporty looking- depending on the person, that could be a pro or con so I will leave that up to you.

What’s your go to comfort shoe? Sandals or shoes? 

 

Wobbly Wednesday

That was hard.

With having so many halves close together, I have big hopes for one of them.  The marathon gave me a little (giant) kick in the ass.   With that being said, I need to get said ass in gear and that means training.  Training means speed work.  So I busted out my Nike’s and waded into the shallow end tonight.

I headed to the lake path after work, I can’t even remember the last time I ran there.  I know I am still feeling a little sluggish and with mountains of smoke in the air, I knew it wasn’t going to be a walk in the park.   I still have all my Hanson’s workouts saved in my watch so I figured I would just use the one for 400 repeats.  I knew there was no way I was doing 12 of them like programmed but that’s what the lap button’s for right?    I was hoping for between 4-8 repeats.


It was my first time wearing my Nike’s since May, I stopped doing speed work once my shins went to hell.   I kept my warm up of 1.25 miles nice and easy, plenty of walking.  πŸ˜›   Now, I haven’t raced a 5K since September 2015 so I have no idea what an accurate pace should be so I was optimistically aiming for an 8:45 average for the repeats.


#1- woah, this awkward, my legs are confused.   How do you run this fast?  How the hell long is 400m anyways?  Oh good, the watch buzzed.  Recovery time.

Full disclosure- I walked all the recoveries.   My lungs were a little pissed I was making them work this hard with all the smoke in the air.    My watch buzzed for my next run and wait what?  It said cool down mile and repeated 12 times.  WTH?  So I stopped my watch and started a new run.  From there on I ran by watching my watch and trying not to fall on my face at the same time.

#2- all right, feeling pretty good, maybe I can do 8

#3- Ok, this is getting harder, that last thought was a pipe dream.  Can I quit now?

#4- Yeah, smoke sucks.  Damn my legs are tired, how long is 400m again?  This is my last one.  Let’s not go crazy right?

All in all, 3.76 miles.    And the intervals?

Distance Elapsed Time Average Pace
.25 2:04 8:23
.25 2:10 8:48
.25 2:01 8:01
.25 2:03 8:07

I think I am more surprised that I kept the last 3 intervals at .25.  How did I do that?  And the intervals are too fast which might explain why I was huffing and puffing so much.   Also, I don’t get the variance in pace between interval 1 and 4.  They are only 1 second different.  Is my watch crazy?

It wasn’t a lot but it felt pretty good.   Now hopefully I can move on Thursday.  πŸ˜›


And the county is on fire, the air is full of smoke, the lake is almost dry and yet I rounded a curve to see more green than I have in months.  What gives?

Is my watch crazy?

How is your weather?

 

 

Lions and Smoke- Weekly Recap

Part of me thinks the universe was trying to tell me to take a break and part of thinks I am just trying to rationalize how slacker-like I was this week.   Ohhh, it was bad.  So bad.    But life happens right?  You gotta roll with the punches right?  Ok, that was a little cliche.   So let’s just get to it.

Monday- Sick.  I actually called in sick to work.    I had felt poorly all weekend and Monday morning just wasn’t happening.   Lots of rest, water and sleep.

Tuesday-Rest I told myself I was well enough to run so I packed my bag- I wasn’t.    My subconscious must have known better as I forgot my shoes.   Then came the air quality warnings due to the Chimney Fire.  I found out from my mother that even the schools canceled all outdoor sports practices due to air quality.   Ok, I get it.

Wednesday-Rest I had to stay late at work for phone issues so I knew I wasn’t running.  Boo.


Thursday- 4 miles  I ran!!!  Mile one was too slow and mile 4 was way too fast but I got out there.  I still wasn’t feeling the greatest and I was moving a little sluggish.   The smoke in the air made things rough.  My legs were also freaky sore.  I stopped to stretch a few times on the run.    I was glad I got the run in though, it felt good to be moving.   I remember thinking that there were fewer people out and chalked it up to the smoke.

Friday- Rest  And backslide.  I woke with a very sore throat and some tightness in my chest.  Boo, smoke.  I used my inhaler on the way to work.  Things got a little better while at work as work town is a little farther from the fire.   That didn’t stop the sky from glowing when I left though.


Saturday- Rest.  I had laid out all my clothes to run the night before and I was really hoping for 10 miles.    Surprisingly, marathon training made me like long runs.   But I felt worse Saturday morning than I had on Friday.  Boo.  So I lazed about all day and the ended the day at the movies.

every parking lot is full of fire trucks

Sunday- 8 mile stationary bike, 10 pushups and a plank attempt.  My clothes were still laid out to run but yeah.     I was exhausted and learned something about my running route.   Mountain lion sightings?!!!!  Oh hell no.  Apparently there have been a few sightings and the game warden has been out.  Seriously?!

Ok, enough is enough.   Smoke, lions and sickness?  I’m done.

So yeah, this was an interesting week.  I am over it and moving on.    And now debating if that running route is public enough to chance running.    I mean there are houses on one side, right?  Hmmm.

How was your week?

What creatures do you run into?

Seriously, how awesome was the men’s marathon?