How was your weekend? What did you get up to? Did you have an amazing workout? I want to hear about it in the comments.
For me, my weekend was equal parts busy and relaxing. I like when weekends are like this because it’s the perfect balance. I don’t know about you guys, but I need that time at home with a cup of tea and my dog at my feet to just relax and re-organize myself. Yes, I am a homebody at heart, but we also did some fun stuff, too! I’ll chat about that tomorrow.
You may be wondering why there’s a picture of shoes up top. Maybe you don’t really care and just figured it’s there for decoration. Partly yes, but it’s how I kind of spent my weekend, too! Let me back track though so you know how I got to that picture of shoes. Last week I ran three times. Okay, two and a half. I ran four miles on Tuesday, then for 10 minutes on Thursday. The four miler on Tuesday wasn’t too bad, but I noticed some pain in my knees and hamstrings. I pushed through, thinking I felt good, but woke up feeling so sore on Wednesday. I called it a rest day, then decided to try running again on Thursday. My legs still didn’t feel any better, despite my usual foam rolling and post-run recovery activities I do after my workouts. One of the tell-tale signs that you need new running shoes is when you start to get random aches and pains that were never there before. It had been almost a year since I got my last pair of runners. Wait. Not even a full year, you say? I am a big advocate for replacing your shoes often. Obviously you want to make sure you USE them – not just replacing them for the sake of getting new shoes, but it’s important to replace them especially if you are frequently running, training, and racing in them. My last pair of shoes brought me through two half marathons, a few 10km races, a 5km race, and countless training miles in between. So, when I felt those nagging pains pop up last week, that was the red flag I needed to switch up my shoes. Not one to wait, after work on Friday night Ryan and I drove up to The Running Room store in Nanaimo so I could find a new pair of shoes. You see, I could’ve done this on Saturday, but that meant running in my old, worn out shoes on Saturday and possibly missing yoga. I am one of those people who has a pretty set Saturday routine, and my morning run is something I look forward to on the weekend. The girl at The Running Room was super helpful and patient as I tried on probably seven pairs of shoes. It was a toss up between the Mizuno Wave Inspire 13 and the Brooks Ravenna 8 models. If you have been following my blog since I first started my running journey, you will know that I ran in Mizuno shoes for YEARS and YEARS. I ran my first half marathon in 2012 in the Mizuno Wave Elixir 7s. I think my body naturally gravitated towards the Mizunos, so that’s what I ended up purchasing. And that’s the story of the picture of shoes!
So, now I was ready to run on Saturday morning! I was so excited to test out my new runners. The Running Room gives you a 30 day return policy so long as you use the shoes on the treadmill to get a good feel for them. I ran 10km on the treadmill and decided that they were keepers! After my run, I did my usual routine of having a quick shower, making breakfast, and then heading out to yoga. I have been loving the core, hips & hammies class at my local yoga studio, and it is definitely much needed after running!
Speaking of running, after running some errands I finally got home around 2pm and made myself a yogurt bowl. Oh, but wait! It’s not just any yogurt bowl. I used unsweetened coconut yogurt, homemade granola (coming to a blog near you soon!), raspberries, banana, and peanut butter for some healthy fats. It definitely hit the spot! Oh, and I made my first coffee of the day. I know. I’m crazy for going without for so long!
There we have it. I hope you guys enjoy your day! Remember: if you have any aches in pains during your workouts, you may want to look at replacing your shoes! ; ) This helps avoid injury!