August 1, 2012

Clearance Mizunos, prize winning, and more family reunion

* If you haven't checked out the Go Commando Half Marathon/5K race entry giveaway, go here to enter

Workouts: On Monday, I cycled for 9 miles in a little over 30 minutes, and I went to a Bodyflow class. The class was especially needed after my taxing long run this weekend. 

On Tuesday, I had a late-night run at the gym. I was supposed to run this:

Warm up 1.5 miles
1200 in 5:02 (200 rest)
1000 in 4:09 (200 rest)
800 in 3:17 (200 rest)
600 in 2:27 (200 rest)
400 in 1:36 (200 rest)
Cool down 2 miles

It ended up being something vaguely similar to that because I am still having a hard time translating those calculations to treadmill miles/increments. I stood at the treadmill for ten minutes just calculating. Plus I used one iPod for notes, one iPhone for timing (because it's hard for me to add and subtract times in my mind sometimes during a run), and the treadmill for general mileage. If sweat is any indication of effort, I worked buckets full. The sweating may have been from mental exertion alone. Total mileage with warm up and cool down was 7. 

Also, I started breaking in these Mizunos last night. They are the Wave Rider 14s that I picked up at TJ Maxx on clearance for $30! For some reason, my husband thought I didn't need these. Something about already having a million pairs of running shoes. Awkward moment. 


I usually wear a 7.5 in running shoes, but with Wave Riders an extra .5 feels necessary, otherwise they are a bit tight. So I ended up with an 8. I read in online reviews that some people hated how high the back of the shoe came up on their heel, but that didn't bother me at all. I will probably put in new insoles for my high arches, but other than that, nothing stood out to me about them on the first wear. 

Here are some other scores lately. My son is modeling one of the warrior dash helmets we won from Running Kellometers, who is also one of my Oiselle teammates. The helmet is only slightly shaggier than his actual hair.


Then I won this package of Premier Protein goodies from Stuft Mama, who also has toddler twin boys and sometimes has fitness dates with Bob Harper. The Premier Protein packaging department has some over-the-top cute packaging going on. Yes, you are seeing sparkly confetti in there.



Speaking of winners, Onlykid hasn't contacted me yet for the Foot Rubz giveaway. I'm going to give them until Thursday at noon to contact me, and if I don't hear from them, I'll pick a new winner. If you are one of the other five winners, I sent out your packages yesterday. Speaking of Foot Rubz, I need to fish mine down from the top of the blinds, where the twins last threw it, and give my feet a going over.

My memories from last week's reunion are still lingering in the mindscape. I wish it lasted about two weeks longer, although my father-in-law, who may be reading this, is probably singing hallelujah that it only lasts one long weekend. Having a hundred people take over my living room would get annoying after three seconds, so I'm impressed by his tolerance of the hoards.

As we shuffled through pictures last night, I found a few more photos that made me laugh-smile.

My husband finally got the sidecar attached to a bike just in time for the family reunion, and he gave lots of bumpy sidecar rides around the farm. Kids and adults loved getting a brain-scrambling ride.


I also fell in love with my husband's new truck stop hat. Why, yes, that is a camouflaged stripe around the middle. Available at most truck stops. Maybe just in the South.


Remember how we played an awesome family soccer game? I like this picture because it looks like I'm doing my two favorite activities all at once, using a port-o-pot and playing soccer.


And this one is proof that if my legs were about two inches longer, I would really be doing something cool. Instead, my nephew just easily stole that ball.


This is the whole soccer crew, not smiling on purpose because we're that tough.


One final picture of the entire crew at the reunion. Holy bajoly, that's a lot of folks. Again, this is just my husband's parents with their ten kids and spouses and their kids' kids. Plus my husband's grandma. It's never boring.


Have you ever worn Mizunos? This is my first pair.

What's one thing you love about your family?

What's your favorite sport besides running? I am so into US women's Olympic soccer right now. I'm praying hard for gold.

30 comments:

  1. Awesome pics from the reunion! Spend last weekend happily surrounded by my family - it's the best! Although sharing a hotel room with my 22 year old niece and 19 year old nephew was quite the adventure (messy little monsters).
    I stated running in Mizunos but they made some changes to the toe box which I didn't care for (kinda got wide feet). I love that you got such a great deal - at T J Maxx of all places!

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    1. That was my worst age of messiness in life. Well between 16 and 22.

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  2. Now I have to check TJ Maxx to see if they have any Wave Nirvanas! I LOVE Mizunos and am on my millionth pair of Wave Nirvanas...I have never had any problems with them even through various style changes. I heard that the WN might be discontinued after this year but I'm not sure if this person completely knew what they were talking about, so I'm going to hope they were wrong!

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    1. I always check there but really never find any real running shoes, so this find was a shocker. They are the old model, but I really don't care. It's all new to me! I hope they don't discontinue your shoes, especially if that is your one shoe that you love!

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  3. I swear by mizuno!!!! Only shoes I've ever found hat really work for me for many reasons!!!!! I wear mizuno wave inspire's. Love my mizuno's!!!

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    1. I'm excited to try them because I've heard great things from people!

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  4. I'm currently running in the Mizuno Wave Rider 15 and LOVE them! Looks like you had a lot of fun at your family reunion :)

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    1. They are awesome! My kids love them, and I'm thinking definite Halloween costume potential for the twins.

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  6. Your football (aka soccer) skills look deeply impressive!! The Husband was impressed and he plays a lot!

    I've been addicted to the gymnastics and the cycling...we just won a cycling gold...go Wiggo!!! The UK don't win many golds, this is very exciting!!!

    One thing I love about my family??? The fact that they (my parents) are coming to California TOMORROW to see us!!! Excited? Me? OH yes.

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    1. I cried a little win the UK won a medal in team gymnastics! That was a cool moment! Congrats on the cycling gold. I missed that one, darn it. And yay for your family visiting you tomorrow! That is the best feeling. And it always inspires me to clean my house a little deeper. Added bonus.

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    2. Ha...I've spent the WHOLE day cleaning so my Mum doesn't think I live in a pit! And my little boy spent the whole day getting out everything I'd just put away!!!

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  7. i LOVE that you had a family soccer game! You are for sure one awesome momma!

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  8. Wonderful blog. Great pics (love Honda's and soccer, the boy's a future star). But get real, so you got BIG FEET. Most of your reading public don't know that you're only four feet tall and wear size 8 boats, but like to squeeze into 7 1/2's. Its okay, live with it.

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    1. The secret is out! My feet are giant. But really, they do seem to be growing a little bit with all this running.

      And my nephew just got back from playing soccer everyday in Uruguay. He did a summer exchange. Super cool, right?!

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  9. I have not worn Mizuno's but agree that for a price like that, you had to buy them! :-)

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  10. I love that serious soccer pic:) I haven't tried Mizunos. I love to play soccer but I don't really like watching it (unless my kids are playing). I would rather watch football:)

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  11. LOL @ the sidecar. That's awesome! Are those pink shorts that you are wearing in your soccer pix Nike? I think I have the same ones.

    I can't wear any runners but NB's because my feet are super wide. It makes me sad when I read people's blog posts about how much they love their new shoes that are not NBs! LOL One thing that I love about my family is that we're all funny and like to laugh. My fav sport even more than running is hockey. I don't play but I could watch it all day! It was a sad day in our house when our youngest son decided that he didn't want to play anymore. *sigh*

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    1. Yes! They are the ones with the stretchy waist band.

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  12. My husband and I often have awkward moments about running gear. 'You don't need another pair of shoes you just ordered some', 'why do you need 20 pairs of shorts when you can only wear one at a time,' no you can not spend our life savings on that race in France'. Gah. Family reunion looks like it was a blast!

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    1. The first race I ever talked to my husband about entering was a marathon in Istanbul. You can imagine how that went over.:)

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    2. Was it like the They Might Be Giants song? Now it's Istanbul was Constantinople. been a long time gone constantinople......

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  13. How much do I love that B is on that blanket solo right in front!? Awesome.

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    1. Right?! Originally the twins were with her, but they escaped.:)

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  14. I've just started wearing Mizuno Enigmas. Breaking them in alongside an old pair of Adidas. Super comfy; no problems to report as yet. As for family, four (including me) of five siblings are registered to run the Marine Corps Marathon in October. Two of them are first timers in their fifties. Yep. Gotta love being part of a stubborn gene pool.

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    1. That is so awesome!!!! That is my dream-come-true family time!

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  15. Wow, that's a lot of family together all at one time. I've got two pairs of Mizuno Waver Rider 14's and love them. I just got a pair of Enigmas that I like too but they have yet to go on a long run so we will see. Hope you enjoy your new Mizunos!

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  16. Yo Mamma=Mia Hamm. There is a resemblance

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  17. I wore Mizunos for my first marathon in 2003. Recently, I had the Mizuno Precisions and they just never felt right for me. Then I got a pair of Elixirs through the Mezamashii Project and they felt like a million bucks! I had just about written them off, but, I might be a convert. We'll see how they hold up. I need to get at least 50 miles on them to make a good assessment.

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