Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lucky #4

When I was selected in the 2014 Chicago Marathon lottery, I got my email at 12:20. In 2015 they made me wait until minutes before 5pm.

When I got to work this morning and refreshed my email, this gem was waiting for me, sent at 7:13 am:

Driving into work on lottery day 2014, I heard Best Day of my Life. Today I heard Happy. My radio knows stuff! :)

Bf had asked a few weeks ago if I'd rather spend so much on something I've already done three times, or if I'd rather use that money to visit somewhere I've never been. Chicago!!!!!! At least right now, I won't be able to do marathons forever, and it wasn't even a consideration in 2016. Happy happy happy!

I've entered the lottery three times and been selected all three. Everything is going right with this system :) See you at the finish line!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Pigmoji!!!

Cincinnati's overall theme is always The Flying Pig, but year to year there is a different mini-theme. So far I've done:
2013 - The hero lies in all of us (Mr. Pig was a superhero)
2014 - Pigcasso
2015 - We've got 26.2 reasons you're an all-star
2016 - 18 Years Running Strong (yeah, I don't get it either)

They finally announced 2017's theme: Pigmoji!!!! As an emoji I love love love it. As a race theme, it'll grow on me :) It's cute enough that I'd consider buying an "in training" shirt, but it's white and I already have 28 long sleeve tech shirts. Must exercise some self control here! lol

Monday, December 5, 2016

Running Funny

I KNOW that when I run I should be landing on the balls of my feet. Every good runner knows this. To be honest, I thought I was... Many months ago I met with Marie of PR Fitness in Ann Arbor, she video taped me running and we watched it frame by frame. There was some definite heel striking still going on. Not every step, perhaps, but a lot. Did that cause the PF? It certainly didn't help.

8 months later, my foot felt basically fine. I knew without any doubt though that if I was going to run again with any seriousness, the heel striking was an essential problem to solve. But it felt so easy and natural to heel strike!

The way to solve it would be to run barefoot, but not wanting gangrene or to step on glass, rusty nails, etc., I dug out the Vibram FiveFingers and wore them every single run. It felt really funny. I felt like I must have looked like a prancing horse to be lifting my foot so high then delicately placing it down. It felt like when I did ballet and we had to run, always with the toes pointing forward. It was like walking in stilettos. It was all sorts of awkward. I had to keep trying. The Vibrams are lousy for longer distances, so a few times a week, I was out for 2 miles at a time working on technique.

Eventually it started to feel less awkward.

It feels routine now. Every so often, if I'm reaching for a curb or something I still heel strike and that feels great, but the forefoot landing is my new normal.