This morning was another runner. I took the puppies for a walk, grabbed a protein bar and ran out the door, coffee in hand. At some point, it would be awesome to think that sleep would be less attractive than actually giving myself a solid amount of time in the morning. But, who knows if that will ever happen.
I did give myself enough time to make an egg salad sandwich for lunch. Working in an office environment again has made me realize how easy it is to eat terribly. There is always junk food lying around, begging for the taking. The candy drawer doesn’t help much either. We were having lunch brought to us today but I figured if I prepared something myself I would end up eating a bit more healthy than whatever showed up at the office.
Last night while I was making the pasta, I boiled another pot on the side and made some hard boiled eggs. There are so many things that you can do with a hard boiled egg, and they are such a great source of protein that I believe it’s something that you should have on hand always. Whelp, a delicious Egg and Chive Salad Sandwich!
|3 Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped
||1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
|1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt
||1/2 Tablespoon Chives
|Salt to Taste
||Pepper to Taste
Just mix all of the ingredients up in a bowl and put it into your wrap. You can also just put this on regular wheat bread as well. It was really light but filling at the same time. To bring it to work I packed it in a Tupperware that allows a freezer pack to be placed on the top of it. Keeping it chilled for the hour and a half drive.
Best purchase ever. Well, Tupperware purchase I guess.
Tonight, on the Half Marathon Training Schedule is a 4 mile run. Whoooooooo. But with that said, I wanted to share some little tips that I had gotten about a week ago at Track Shack. Track Shack is a running store located here in Orlando. They have run a few races that we have been in and actually will be the group for the Half Marathon as well. But, they are absolutely fantastic for another reason.
When you walk in to get a new pair of sneaks, the guys there will actually watch you run to determine the best type of shoe for your running style. Then, they bring out a couple of different options for you that vary in the amount of support and cushion just so you can get the PERFECT sneaker for you. Serious stuff.
Brent and I had stopped by looking for some new training shoes and I made my own little scene in the store while I was talking to the guy fitting my shoes. He measured my foot and told me that I was a size 9…like it was no big deal. I corrected him and told him I was most definitely an 8. I don’t have a shoe in my closet that isn’t an 8. He just laughed at me and told me to look at the measuring stick, which CLEARLY said I was a 9. I might have raised my voice a little in surprise and objection because I AM NOT A 9. THAT THING IS WRONG. He actually grabbed another measuring tool, and sure enough….it said 9 too.
Brent and the other guy were now laughing hysterically at me because I was fitting this guy over my shoe size. He ended up bringing out a few pairs in a 9…I tried them on…they seemed to fit great. WRONG, the guy said…well actually, you might need a 9 1/2. Nope. Negative. Not happening. I am not a 9. He’s laughing at me, the whole store is actually laughing at me. It’s fine.
I ended up getting…a 9…But I LOVE them! I did end up trying on the 9.5 and he agreed they were too big. Whew.
I love ’em. In between causing a scene in the sneaker store, I was just chatting with him for a bit and found out that he is an avid runner…surprise surprise…he works in a running store. Well, he is training for his first ULTRA. An Ultra is a race anything longer than a marathon. I didn’t even know anything like that existed. He has a mile run in about a month and a HUNDRED mile run in February. He’s thinking about signing up for a second HUNDRED mile run in March. Yes. HUNDRED.
Apparently he bought a really energetic dog that just chewed everything up so he started taking it out for runs. He couldn’t seem to tire him out and just kept running farther and farther until whoops, he’s running 30 miles 3 times a week. Crazy man. So no excuses…there is a guy in Orlando that gets up at 5 every morning and runs 30 miles.
In my chat, I picked up a few SNEAKER SHOPPING TIPS:
- You should have at least half a thumb nail distance from the end of your shoe to the tip of your big toe.
- Too big of shoes is always better than too small. If you go too small, you are at risk for much bigger issues like your feet going numb while running or loosing a toe nail…woof.
- When putting your running shoes on, always tap your foot back into the heel as far as possible, then tie the laces. Tying the laces will lock your foot far back in the shoe and prevent injuries associated with too small of sneakers.
- Your running shoes should be replaced every 300-700 miles of running. The heavier you are the lower the milage would be because you will be pounding down on the soles a bit harder.
Another thing that I talked to him about were energy gels. As I’m climbing up in the miles, I was told that energy gels actually help you get through the runs. I picked up 3 different kinds and have only tried one so far. I really didn’t care for it much…
The one I have tried, was the far left, Power Bar Energy. I took it just before my run and it did not go down smoothly. I had to force it down because the taste was just awful. I didn’t end up finishing the shot and just threw the rest away. I had been warned that they could mess with your stomach, and this one definitely did. My stomach was NOT happy for the rest of the day. I don’t think I’m going to give that one a go again.
But I will let you know how the other two end up. These are really great energy sources for those runs that are 45 minutes plus. That would be the only time I dip into this little stash.
What is the farthest that you have ever run?? Would you ever consider a half marathon?? A marathon?? Or and ULTRA?! What is too far??
I am working on my first official marathon in december and could honestly see myself going for a full marathon at some point. At the moment…anything more just seems nuts. But who knows?!