Friday Favorites. 5 February 2016.

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We survived another week!  Why is it that I always feel this way by Friday?  I know, that’s kind of pathetic but I’m keeping it real.  We, (that’s my husband and oldest) are headed out of town to visit another college on the potential list.  I neglected to realize it was THIS weekend.  So out and back and then home for the super bowl by Sunday.  Do you host a party or attend one?  I normally host our dear friends but didn’t make plans knowing we would be out of town and with my training I highly doubt I will make it past the half-time show.  44 is the new 80 lol.

So without further adieu… here’s my favorites list I’m crushing on currently.

First, I’m going to start out with running items.  I recently had the opportunity to work with a running expert in his field and he was giving me some advice on running sneakers.  My stats:  I’m a neutral runner.  Normal arch.  I’m 5’6″ tall and weigh around 117-118 lbs.  Narrow feet. My legs are straight not bowed and I average 55-65 miles per week.  I do suffer from severe knee pain and hey like every runner out there IT band pain when I foam roll.

After much discussion about form and function – he gave me two recommendations.  One was the Nike Pegasus.  Now I will be very honest…. I love Nike but do not like them for running.  I wore them in college when I played field hockey and after 3 knee surgeries – I was done. I reluctantly tried them and was in love.  Seriously.  They were great.  I tested them out with a 9 mile treadmill run and had NO issues.  My indicators I look for other than feel/comfort:  sound of my foot striking (if it’s loud —- they’re a no-go) and my knees (pain either during or afterwards).  I then wore them for two other runs, both 9-12 mile distance and felt the same love.  I found this Flash model on sale and love the reflectivity of them. In normal light they are totally black.
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In regular light.
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The second pair that came recommended to me by two people (one the expert) and the other my friend Christina, The Athletarian were the Adidas Ultra Boost.  I was skeptical, I’ll be honest but they were on sale and I took the leap.  I wore them on Sunday for an 11 miler and was shocked.  What the????? I have no knee pain.  Foam rolling wasn’t AS painful as it has been for like ever.  Made me think I needed to really give these a test of grand proportion.  So I took them for a 24.7 mile spin to really see how they felt.
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My runs look a lot like this:

Mile 1 – went out too fast.
Miles 2-7:  I hate running.  Why do I do this to myself?
Mile 8-14:  I love running.  The happy switch was turned on and I’m good.
Mile 15+:  My knees are killing me but I’ll pray that nothing snaps, breaks or cracks open rendering me immobile on the streets at 5a.

Okay so I went out in shorts and I still battled to get into my groove until around mile 8.  Then I just settled in.  I had no distance in mind, per usual but knew something over 20.  By 22 I thought okay I better not go to much further because I do need to respect the training and not overdo it.  But wait… my knees?!  They weren’t throbbing.  They had minimal pain.  I stopped at 24.7 when I hit my front door.  Wasn’t a fast run but my hr was good.  My legs felt good. CRAZY!  I rolled that night and no IT band pain.  I woke up today and my legs felt great.  I ran 7 at the gym and hiked on the treadmill (most incline that I could) for 3.5 miles.  I’m in love.  Seriously.  I highly recommend these.  Adidas Ultra Boost.

Next up…

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Sometimes you need peanut butter but you don’t want all the calories or fat or if you’re like me you’ve eaten too many spoonfuls already and still need more.  I love this stuff.  It also comes in chocolate.  Organic.  Just mix it with water or I love to use it in my oatmeal, waffle/pancakes, smoothies or muffin recipes.  You can find it at pretty much any grocery or health food store.  You can also find it here.

And finally, I thought this was the most creative gifts out there. They use your actual fingerprint(s)!  How sweet for Valentine’s Day, birthday or Mom’s day.  So thoughtful and creative.
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You can find these here.  Jewelry is always a good idea.

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My fitness wrap-up for the week goes a little bit like this…

Sunday:  11 outdoor miles
Monday: 10 outdoor miles
Tuesday:  9 treadmill miles/weights/core
Wednesday: rest day.
Thursday: 24.7 miles outdoor
Friday: 7 treadmill miles/3.5 miles walking on the highest elevation/weights/core
Saturday: rest day.

Happy Super Bowl weekend everybody!  Have a safe one 🙂
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7 Comments

  1. great running shoes and adorable necklaces. My husband loved taking the boys to prospective universities many years ago. A special bonding time and also a day to myself 🙂 Everyone wins xoxo

  2. If I remember correctly, from your Instagram, I think you used to wear the Wave Rider? Were you having problems with them? Did the running expert you consulted with feel they weren’t a good shoe? Glad the Pegasus is working for you, I may give them a try. I like the Nike Wildhorse 3, but I wonder if the Pegasus will be too narrow in the toe box.

    1. Hi Eliz, I used to wear Mizuno but with their updates, I opted to change. I went with Adidas Ultra Boost and Nike Pegasus. I trained for a 50 miler in both and love & recommend them both. It’s best to be fit and get an expert opinion on what is best for your foot/training/running style. Good luck! Robin

      1. Glad the new shoes are working well for your knees. For me, finding a good shoe is the biggest challenge with running. What about the Mizuno updates didn’t work for you? You seemed to really love your Wave Riders.

        1. I loved them but the changes were causing my knees to hurt on long distance runs (16+). Once I opened my eyes up to other sneakers again, I found that the Nike and Adidas worked much better. Good luck on the search! It is such a pain. oxo

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