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This Rookie’s Ramblings, (Erin, #5): With a Little Help From My Friends

by Erin on March 11, 2013 · 7 comments

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A step (or more) in the right direction this week, fellow Runners!  I was more successful with runs than the week prior, and also really pleased with the great advice I received!  So, thanks!

This week I ventured outside more, rather than relying on my treadmill.  I ran on new roads in my new town, and drove around with my fiancé planning future routes for long runs. I was even able to convince my friend and colleague, Jamie, to run with me!  She is a self-proclaimed run-hater (skeptical of people who love to run), but we had fun running, sprinting, and speed walking together for forty-five minutes.  It even prompted her to send me a text the following day, stating: “Ahh, I want to go for a run; what did you do to me!?”  MWAHAHA!  Welcome to the Dark Side, Jamie!

The buddy-system is something I’ve both embraced and shunned over the years.  I used to think I ran better solo, but mostly because I knew I was slow and I was self-conscious about it.  There are those times when a solo run truly is what I need, especially if I’m feeling anxious or need to clear my head.  But for me, there’s nothing like the company and support of another person to motivate, as well as make the activity enjoyable.  When I was my most fit (and probably fastest…), I ran everyday with my friend Maddy (one of my bridesmaids).  She is a much better runner than me in almost every way: she’s faster, she’s better prepared, she’s consistent, and she makes it a necessary, irremovable part of her schedule.  At one point during our runs together, my father told her she was addicted to running and needed to ease up.  Her response: “There are worse things to be addicted to…like heroin.”  True!  It happened to be a stiflingly hot day (97 degrees and humid), and she was trying so hard to convince me that we had to get our 6-mile run in.  Most days she was successful at motivating/bullying/guilting me into runs, but I made the mistake of running in that heat only a day or so before and nearly passed out.  If anything, she is dedicated!  But back to my point – for us (Maddy and I) running was just another form of “hanging out” and catching up, only we were moving at the same time.  We would run for an hour or more, at a pace that allowed conversation, and it became routine.  After a while, I didn’t even think about it anymore because it had become a normal and necessary part of my schedule, and running was positively associated with spending time with my friend.  I hope I can inspire (or motivate/bully/guilt…) Jamie to continue running with me, or even Dave (but he’s not so great at the “girl talk”…).  Until Jamie, my only running buddies in Fairfax were the occasional yappy dog nipping at my heels as I slowly and awkwardly ran away.

Before I leave you for the week, I want to mention that I visited Green Mountain Running Medicine Shop this last week and had such an excellent experience!  Christine filmed me walking and running and I found out my step is “light” (well at least something on me is!), gave me some great information about what to pay attention to with the foot, knees, and hips, and she also gave me some helpful stretches.  I got a new pair of Mizunos as well!  (I won’t be breaking them in for a few more weeks though so I can wear them in the marathon).  Christine explained how to select the proper running shoe for one’s foot and stride, which was really informative considering my only prerequisite is whether or not the shoe is pretty.

Here’s to a week of fewer stomachaches, less chafing, new shoes, and more buddies!  Until next week!


{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 lisa fine March 11, 2013 at 8:47 am

That part about waiting a few weeks before starting with new shoes intrigues me. Going to check the date I got my new shoes and calculate my anticipated mileage between now and the marathon. Thanks!

2 Meaghan March 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

I have three pairs of running shoes; one pair is deemed my long run shoes that I will wear for the marathon. If you are still using an older pair of running shoes, go ahead and use the new shoes on easy short runs now and the older ones on your longer runs and then make the switch!

3 Susan March 11, 2013 at 12:41 pm

I buy two pair of running shoes at a time, and then alternate which ones I were, mostly every other run/workout.

4 Lindsay March 11, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I look forward to your posts every week! Wish I lived closer so we could be running buddies!

5 Selena March 11, 2013 at 1:06 pm

If you need some more buddies, there are at least a half a dozen of us ladies here in Fairfax training as 1st time marathoners!!! We have probably passed you on our long hilly runs!!!

6 Holly March 11, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Love reading about the progress! I personally like to get about 2weeks in on my new kicks before a marathon. I make sure to change my shoes over every 3mths or so, and use them only for running during that time. After,they become my backup work shoes, and lawn mowing /gardening .

7 Erin March 12, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thanks so much for the helpful comments! Funny how everyone has their own method/philosophy on the lifespan of a running shoe. Selena, that’s very good to know! I may seek you ladies out! Thanks :-)

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