June 15, 2012

Zero drop and flip flop

Workouts: sort of a loser of a week. Monday started off decent with a 5 miler in 38 minutes, where I got progressively faster each mile. The 5-mile progressive must be my favorite run these days because it's my default run every day that I can't think of something else to do.

On Tuesday, I rode 5.5 miles on the stationary bike and planned the next day's co-op summer camp class (surprise: I picked sports/fitness for my theme -- so fun), and then I ran a mile on the track.

I should have taken pictures of our camp, but we did two hours of active games with little mini-lessons about our bodies and healthy eating in between games and during our water breaks. The kids were amazingly cooperative and into every game we played. My new favorite was crab volleyball, where you tie a string across the playing field and two teams crab walk all over to kick or hit a balloon over the net. The only rule I gave them was that they couldn't get out of crab position, but they could use any part of their body to hit it while in crab. It's very entertaining to watch, and hopefully for them, it's fun to play. I used to teach kids' classes at our old gym, so this brought back a lot of sweaty-kids-going-crazy memories. Even though I scheduled myself to teach about Russian culture next time, I really just want to repeat this topic again. Crab volleyball will never get old.

Wednesday's busy day with the kiddos equaled no gym time for me, so on Thursday, I had big plans for the gym, like gym-hopping-for-two-classes-and-a-run plans. I woke up to a vomiting three year old at 5:30 a.m. The gym plans didn't happen. Instead, my husband got home late from a business trip to Texas, and after hanging out for a bit while I lazily tried to avoid the gym, my husband finally forced me out the door. By forced, I mean he encouraged me to go because he knew I was stir crazy from not seeing the sun, which makes me legit crazy. I finally ended up going to run after 10 p.m. Even for a night owl like myself, this is too late to run and then get to sleep at a regular human time, but I was super happy to get in 11 miles in 1:35. I left the gym at midnight, aka the time the gym closes. Yikes!

Bonus of late-night gym sessions: it's less awkward to take pictures of yourself because no one else is there.

Today, I hit a BodyPump class, which was (double fudge) cake compared to last week's suicide by TRX. Afterwards, I ran 3.5 miles in 28:59 in my new New Balance 20 zero drop shoes from RunningShoes.com.


Holy hippie granola, running in zero drops is harder than I thought it would be. This is only my second time trying it, but I'm determined to give it a fair go. The shoes are great (more on them after a few more test runs), but it was like my feet and legs did not know what to do. Luckily, I had already planned to take it easy and be flexible with mileage up to five miles. Obviously I didn't make it to five. First, I ran out of kids' club time, and second, my side was cramping horribly. It's been a while since I had a side cramp during a training run, and it was an intense puppy!

But I was cold pimpin' my Women's Half Marathon swag -- truly the best race bag ever -- so that kind of made up for the side-pained run.


I love that bag because it's water resistant (and fun colors), so I took it with us to the splash pad. It's also going to be my beach/pool bag for the summer.


Did you already grab your free smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Cafe? You have until 7 p.m. to wear your flip flops in honor of National Flip Flop Day and get a free smoothie. We got five! Definitely worth the drive.





National Flip Flop Day is the day you remember why your toddler never wears flip flops.


They fly off toddler feet in less than three seconds. Toddlers have no toe endurance for flip flops.

Doesn't it feel like every day is a holiday? If you could invent your own holiday, what would it be? Mine would be National Get a Normal Amount of Sleep Day because I've had a hard time with that this week.

11 comments:

  1. I am interested in trying zero drop shoes because they make sense to me. I already run on my mid/forefoot so I don't think they would feel that weird for me, but I worry about a lack of cushion in the forefoot. I know everyone thinks cushion is the devil these days, but I still feel like I need some underneath my boney feet to avoid yet another stress fracture. Thoughts?
    How much cushion (or support) do you feel your forefoot has in those shoes?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. These shoes are made to mimic running barefoot, so there's no cushion. The step up from these (I think New Balance 110) has the cushion and zero drop. I took these ones to the trail this weekend, and it was much better than running on the track with them. They're made for trails, but I figured I'd try them out on a shorter run that I had to do indoors. Way better on trails, but I still would have like extra cushion on the rockier terrain. On dirt and fine gravel, these were perfect. I did over 12 miles in them on Saturday, and my feet feel only slightly sore, which I think is from some rocky patches when I needed that extra cushion.

      Delete
  2. One day I'm going to get the guts to take a picture of myself running on the track at the gym!!! That'll be awesome!! ha ha ha!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I want you to take a picture of the girl who is always trying to get attention from the gym boys.:)

      Delete
  3. I soooooooo wish I was a stay at home mama like you. I k iw it's so much work but inside jealous of my husband!!! Nice workouts and love that your trying the zero shoes!!! I've been very interested in trying them. Whenever my leg heals that is!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a mixed bag. But I know that I should feel grateful more often!

      Delete
  4. Argh zero drops! I hear you - I would suggest not running anywhere close to 5miles!!!!! I don't know what shoes you're transitioning from but you should only go until your calfs/achilles hurts and then use that as a base to go from. Adding only minutes as you increase. Believe me I have Altras and they're BRUTAL - but now I'm getting used to them. Just take it slow.

    and I just ran in flipflops......so I was intrigued by this post name ;) lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are really going to think I'm an idiot that I just ran 12 miles in them yesterday. It was on trails though, so a ton easier on my feet. I need to look into Altras.

      Where did you run in flip flops? You should get a medal for being able to do that for more than two yards!

      Delete
  5. Your kids are super cute! Love the one with the little dude holding up the flip flops. And man I wish we had Tropical Smoothie Cafe around here. Big fan of free.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Wow, I had no idea Tropical Smoothie was doing free smoothies. You guys racked up! The new shoes look great. I'm sure you will get lots of miles out of them!

    ReplyDelete

Yo Momma loves comments.