November 28, 2012

Safety, trail shoes, reading list, and more Meb

Yesterday, I ran without the sharp pain in my foot! This was my first run since the pain popped up at the end of Saturday's long run, and I cautiously decided to go for my tempo run instead of attempting the speed work on my plan. There is a lingering soreness in my foot, like it went to Body Pump class, but otherwise, it's good.

To make sure it's getting stronger, I also did some more balancing exercises. Luckily, I'm tapering anyway so it'll be getting more rest than it would normally. Rest well, little foot.

And for the remainder of today's post, I feel like breaking it down in numbers.

1. You have to (HAVE TO) read Elizabeth's story about getting attacked while running. A great reminder to pay attention to your surroundings and run defensively. I always carry my phone with me while running. Not because I want to text someone while running, though that has happened, but because I want a lifeline if something goes wrong. Even though I love the freedom of running, I love being alive for my family more, and it's worth taking precautions to help with that outcome.

2. Meeting Meb was awesome. He's extremely humble for a world champion, and after our two-minute talk, I'm pretty sure he agrees that we're best friends now.


And as some have kindly pointed out, he's not much taller than me. I'm 5'2" and always thought of short legs as something to overcome in running. Now I realize that short legs are just champion material. That'll be one of my mantras in Rocket City. 

3. During the taper, I always need some good reading material. Currently on the list, Run to OvercomeInto Thin Air, and Cutting for Stone. I'm listening to Cutting for Stone on CD, which is perfect for multitasking chores and reading. 


The main character is a twin. Of course since we've had twins, I've really gotten into reading stories that involve twins. Another one I enjoyed is The Thirteenth Tale, which I also listened to on CD, right after the twins were born.

For some reason listening to books makes it a slightly different experience for me, and some books that I listened to on CD might not be as enjoyable if I were reading them. Or vice versa. The reader's voice is huge. The Book Thief has a great reader for the audio version too.

4. I experimented with the Saucony Kinvara trail shoes recently, and they didn't work for me. Anytime I ran in them, my toes went numb. I thought it was just a coincidence or the laces at first, but the numbness continued no matter how much I loosened the laces. In the end, I think the toe box was too narrow for my foot, but I really liked the overall low profile of those shoes for the trails. So I went back to the drawing board to find a shoe that had a wider toe box but with a similar low profile.

I narrowed it down to two New Balance options, the 110 and the 1010.

WT110 

WT1010

On paper, I loved the 1010, but when I compared them side by side, the fit of the 110 on my foot won me over. Underfoot the 110s feel similar to the Kinvara, but they have the extra space I need in the toe box. And did I mention they are silver? Cause that's what's up.

While I was trying on shoes, I added a few other items to my wish list:

Stripes, I love them.


Cool pockets with headphone openings? Yes, please. 


I've been looking for some casual, wear-with-jeans shoes that make me look taller. These could do it. 


Stripes on little kids are way cuter than stripes on adults. 


These chairs were in a sidewalk sale, and that teal one screamed for me to buy it. Now, I will be looking for its sister at the thrift store. 


**Last day to enter the Handana giveaway!

Would you rather listen to a book or read it?

Which trail shoes do you use? 

What's one thing on your current wish list? Price doesn't matter because it's a wish list, so dream big! Wait, that might change my list a little bit. Add a family vacation to Europe and a housekeeper.

26 comments:

  1. I'm happy to hear about your foot!

    Safety is a huge thing when running outside. Like you, I ALWAYS have my phone with me. Also, some type of ID and some cash.

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  2. Wow, second story I have heard from another blogger about being assaulted on a run. I think I am invincible [most of us do, I think fair to say]. I have been telling myself for months now I need to get mace and still have not. Thank you for sharing and putting some fire under my behind to be safer.

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  3. I love my Iphone for the safety. Got attacked by pit bull this summer. I dialed 911 and it automatically hooked me up with our local sheriff. Within 30 sec. the sheriff dept knew my location by the GPS on phone. I also carry pepper spray with me when I run. I listen to the Thirteenth Tale, it was terrific. So is the Book Thief.
    This year I read "Born to Run" and "Ultra Marathon Man..." very motivational and inspirational. Happy runnin! Happy readin!

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  4. Glad to hear that your foot is better now, and thanks for sharing Elizabeth's story! I always feel safe when running, but this could happen to any of us. (Unfortunatly, not only when running, but when leaving the "safe" home)

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  5. *gasp* Meb + Yo Momma = BFF. Very awesome!!
    I had the same problem with Sauconys. They felt like they were suffocating my poor piggies. I love the Brooks Pure line. Have you tried on the Pure Grit, for trails?

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  6. I love the picture of you and Meb! I didn't realize that he was on that short but I am also 5'2" so that's good news for me too! i have never tried trail shoes before but maybe one day I will get there :)

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  7. 1. That is why I work to end violence against women, because we should be able to go for a run without thinking about being defensive. This should be our right, but until that happens, a good reminder to be careful. 2. Did you tell Meb to do the thumbs up or does he just really think you're cool? 4. Trail shoes are COOL looking.

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    1. I said, "Meb, do a thumbs up if we are best friends." And then he did it!:)

      But really he was doing them in all of his pics. I think it's his signature pose.

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  8. You have inspired me to get back to listening to books on tape! I love both those New Balance shoes. Let us know how you like running in the silver ones. I have been thinking of getting the Brooks Pure Grit for trail running. Right now I wear the Newtons trail shoe.

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    1. I plan on doing a New Balance review after I get some miles on them. You're the second person to recommend Pure Grit. If I see them out, I'm going to try some on.

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  9. I hope your foot continues to recover and feel better! I have had a similar off and on pain with my shin, but thankfully it's been happy for a few weeks now, even with a couple of races.
    Enjoy your taper! I might have to look into some of those books, I need some new reading...

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  10. Elizabeth's story is awful...poor girl. Thanks for the reminder to be careful.

    Yay about the foot. Yay yay about Meb. And yay yay yay for being half an inch taller than me. Small girls for the win!

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  11. WHoooo Meb. That is so cool you got to meet him! Hope you foot is all better and ready to kill it at your next race. I just finished World War Z- reading that freaked me out. I have never really listed to audio books. I should try it on my next road tip.

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    1. Very good for road trips, but then you have to agree on something with your spouse. Sometimes tricky.

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  12. I've read ALL of those books - all wonderful!! Cutting is a bit of a tome to carry around, so good choice on audiobook :)

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  13. I am pretty sure you and Meb look like best friends in that picture. Confession - I have never listened to a book on tape.

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  14. Oh my gosh, that's so terrifying (re: Elizabeth being attacked). What is so scary is that she felt safe and was running in safe neighborhoods. When I run where I live, I don't think twice about safety. I always run in the daylight, always when other people are around, and I always carry phone and ID. This drives home the point that attacks can happen even in places that seem totally safe (and probably usually are). Elizabeth, I am so sorry to hear that you went through this. :-(

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  15. I've read Cutting for Stone and it's a lengthy one but a good read. I love those shoes! Where are they? Meb sounds like a really down to earth guy. Glad you guys got to hang out for a bit!

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    1. Cute, right! They are at Alabama Outdoors. Do you guys have one in Huntsville? I know they have a few stores, but I'm not sure where exactly. Anyway, I added a link up in the post. The brand is Off the Beaten Track, and the style is Salem. I've never heard of the brand before now, but they have some really cute stuff.

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  16. First off, I love that you think Meb is your best friend. I often say people are my best friend (even though they are completely unaware of my existence sometimes, so actually meeting your best friend is a good start!).

    Secondly, being a twin, I love reading stories about twins. The Thirteenth Tale was GREAT, creepy, but great. Um Cutting for Stone is on my least favorite book list right now. I couldn't really get into it. I like to read books, but if they are lengthy and serious, I usually listen to them. Gets me through a book I might not originally read. Finally about books, I love The Book Thief and Markus Zusak (I could call him my best friend. When I met him we shared a moment, a true best friend moment).

    Finally, my mom would be the one to attack me if she found out I didn't run with my phone. Definite security.

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    1. Yes, Thirteenth Tale was creepy! I've wondered if twins are fascinated by twins too, or if it's just us outsiders thinking it's so interesting. I love watching documentaries about twins and twin research too. I promise I love my other kids too, but twins are just so cool.

      I'm only on disc three of Cutting for Stone, and I only heard about 20% of the last one I played because of kids going crazy in the background. Maybe all of their screaming will get me through the boring parts. Did you really meet Zusak???!!! That's definitely best friend material, right there.

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  17. I've read the Book Theif and the Thirteenth Tale and loved bot of them - although I prefer to read than to listen:)

    As far as my wish list goes I was going to say a new pair of cycling pants, cycling cleats and trail runners ... if I were to dream big it would be to win the Lotto so that The Cyclist and I could just enjoy all our sports activities and not have to worry about making a living!

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  18. I'm listening to a book for the first time ever. I have to work really hard to pay attention! I'm easily distractible!

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  19. Love the photo of Meb. I am short too, at 5'4". My hubby is tall and I envy how when he runs it appears so fluid with his long legs, while my short legs take a step for his every three steps. LOL!! You are so right about not looking at height as a hinderance.

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  20. So glad you found my blog- and me yours! Love twitter :)

    Hope the shoes are perfect for you! And that your foot improves..

    I like fiction on podcast, but for training books or the Bible, nothing beats turning pages!!

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  21. thank you for sharing :) and, love that pic of you and Meb! i definitely prefer reading to listening to books. i’ve actually never done it and spend a TON of time in my car for work. I know I need to try it-i just am a bit (undiagnosed) ADD and get distracted too easily when listening. wish list: to travel without it costing a thing. and, one of those treadmills from norditrack that lets you upload a race course, route, etc. so you can train if the weather is crappy. :)

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