Monday, November 22, 2010

WANTED: Shoe Fairy

Thanks for the snow vibes.  We did get some snow, but unfortunately not quite enough for us to go to work clearing it.  GRRRR!!!!  Momma needs a new pair of shoes, bring on the snow!

The only way to describe my run this weekend .... &%#@*&^ cold!!!!!!!!

16 miles in minus 3°C.  Yes, I know it's colder in many parts of the world.  But on the BC Coast this is bitter cold.  The kind of cold that goes deep in your bones and grips them in ice.  You have to be here to understand that -3 here is colder than -8 in say Edmonton.  It's a damp cold.

Now, to be honest, the worst part was the first mile and then any time we stopped.  Of course, at least half the route was running into a strong, cold head wind and that wasn't all that pleasant either.

Certainly not the most enjoyable run I've ever done (by far) but it's done and over with.

It was too cold to drink very much, but I don't think I lost much through sweat anyway.


Consumed prior to run: toasted english muffin, 2 sl. ham, 1 boiled egg, 1 c black tea, 1 c. peppermint tea
Consumed during run: 1 water bottle filled with Gatorade
Immediately after run:  copious amounts of tea, 1 sugar cookie, 3 gingerbread cookies
Approx 2 hours later: turkey sausage and pasta & broccoli alfredo.  Not a huge amount of hunger.

Stomach issues: 1 pit stop at the halfway mark.  Stomach was a little "off", but no emergencies.

Energy level during run: Pretty low. I could have been talked out of going on this run quite easily and could have bailed at any time with just a slight push.  I'm proud that I didn't actually bail and that I went.  But honestly it was cold, I was sore, and it was tough to push through.  Definitely a mentally challenging run.

Muscles: VERY tight.  Had to stop for a stretch in the first mile because my shins felt so tight.  I don't know if the cold made it worse, but my legs felt like bricks for most of the run.  My dear husband gave them a good rubdown last night and it really seemed to help. 

Aftermath:  No headache again or complete energy drain.  Other than my tight muscles and tenderness I feel good.

Things to try on next long run:  In a perfect world I'd get some massage therapy and a new pair of runners.  I desperately need both.  I think I'm going to have to find a way to make that happen, somehow. 

Ideally I'd have a few pairs of runners and then I could switch them for each run, making them last longer and have more recovery time.  What I wouldn't give to have a few different styles (and colors).  It's no fun trying to pick out shoes when you are on such a limited budget that you can barely afford the one pair of shoes and you know that it's do or die.  Whatever shoes you get HAVE to work, there are no options to just get another pair.

These are the one's I have my eye on:

Mizuno Wave Rider 13 (Dark Shadow/Pansy Blazing Orange)

this is last year's model which is still available ... love the colors:

Mizuno Wave Rider 12
I also would be interested in trying these:

Mizuno Wave Creation 10
I know the Wave Rider 13's are $154.99 at my local running room.  That's just insane!  Unfortunately ebay isn't offering them as low as the last time I bought shoes off of there.  Prices seem to be higher now, though still well under the Running Room. 

I bought my current shoes a year ago (bought two pairs at that time, so no, I'm not still running on those shoes) and they were $55 shipped (about $150 in the local stores).  I need another deal like that!  ... or a shoe fairy.
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kimert said...

Before I comment on anything else have you tried HolabirdSports? I get great deals online there on my runners!

Terri said...

Good luck with the shoe fairy! Have you tried Road Runner Sports? Sometimes their closeout prices are nice. Also, Sierra Trading Post has good deals on shoes - but the selection is kind of limited. Stay warm!

Angela said...

Check some of the online outlets. Especially if you're looking at a model from last year, you can sometimes find a good deal. I like They do free shipping too.

Nej said...

I've ran through 2 pairs of Riders. LOVE my Creations!! I had a 10, then replaced them with Creation 11 when my 10's needed replaced. :-) Runners Warehouse had either the 10 or 11's on sale for $85 last I checked.

Anonymous said...

I hope you can get some new shoes soon! I wanted to tell you I saw the Margarita flavored Shot Bloks at REI. Not sure if they are in Canada or if you can have them shipped--they are available on their website. Good luck!

Marlene said...

Mmmm, tea and Christmas cookies post-run... this is why I am looking forward to December!

99ToGo said...

Wow!! My 7 mile run seemed to drag on and one...16 just blows my mind. If my hip cooperates, I'd love to do that distance. In slighly warmer weather ;)

Missy said...

Ok, I must have missed something... If you get lots of snow you get to buy a new pair of shoes! Here's wishing all the snow we're going to get this week to head your direction. I have no use for snow but would love to give it all to you!

Good for you getting out and running in the cold!

Lynsey said...

I have that first pair and love them. Poor things haven't been on a run in a long time but even when just walking all day they are much more confortable than my adidas or nikes.

Jennifer said...

I did a run the other day, it wasnt nearly as long as yours(5K) and it was pretty cold out 30 degrees F, and soooo windy. It was such a tough run! Good for you for keep going!!!!


Marcelle said...

I had no idea that one got special running shoes to run in the snow with....I usually hit the treadmill during winter time...right now loving the summer weather for my runs but when I head back home I am wondering what I will do as my body has now not adjusted to the cold...

Fran said...

If you know what you want it's easier to look for shoes, just keep looking and I'm sure you will find a deal.

I'm so impressed: 16 miles in -3C! To me that's very cold too, we are getting close to these temperatures too by the end of the week. You rock Heidi!

Fran said...

By the way: did you receive my package yet?
Been two weeks since I mailed it to you.


Nikki said...

Good for you for long-running in this crappy cold weather! I could hardly make it in and out of Costco without freezing to death! I run in the pink wave rider 12's and they're rad. Good luck on the shoe hunt!