Well, let’s start with the time: 51:49:32 or 10.22/miles.

Which…is not great. But it is okay AND it could have been much, much worse considering I didn’t make it to the gym at all in the last 2 weeks before I moved and my training plan since I moved has been as follows:

1) Walk everywhere. I generally get in about 1 1/2 – 2 miles a day at a pretty brisk pace

2) Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator (Oh, wait, those of you who follow me on Twitter thought I was joking about that? Yeah, no).

3) Think about joining a gym, but put that off by telling myself that I am still adjusting to my work schedule and therefore don’t know when I’ll actually go and that therefore I shouldn’t waste the money right now (because, as it turns out, gyms are expensive! and I am cheap).

4) Think about just going out for a run in the neighborhood, but don’t do that because I am lazy.

So, as you can see, there was really no training plan and this was the first time I’ve run in about 6 weeks. And, actually, it was a pretty easy run (except for the GINOURMOUS hill next to the Browns stadium leading to the finish) so I was pleased about that because I did think I might have to do the last mile or so on pure will power alone* and while I’m not opposed to the pure will power thing, it was nice not to have to rely on the reserves.

There were definitely some things I could have done differently that probably would have improved my time, namely not wearing 4 inch heels all week to work because I suspect there is a direct correlation between said shoes (but they are so cute!) and the searing, cramping pain that started in my arch at about mile three and continued on to spread through the ball of my foot and up through my achilles (any more pre-racing stretching would have been good too). I also did a pretty piss-poor job of hydrating in general this week, which explains why I am starting in on my third 20 oz of gatorade (I know, I know – I should be drinking coconut water or at the very least this, but it’s all that’s in the house) and am still extremely thirsty.

I won’t tell him this because he might attribute this not to his pacing abilities, but the tough love he utilizes when we race together (“You did NOT hit the wall! You do not know what the wall is!”),** but I do run much better with the boyfriend because he is an awesome pacer and keeps us on negative splits when we run together and he pushes me more. Today I ran with two friends of mine and we were definitely not pushing each other.***

Still, even though I know it’s a fine time, I’m still a wee bit embarrassed. I am incredibly extremely intensely mildly competitive (it’s where my type-A-ness really expresses itself), so Turkey Trot 2010, YOU ARE ON NOTICE. Because it will be brought.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! I hope everyone has a wonderful day wherever you are and with whomever you are celebrating.

*Even when I am going to the gym daily (and by daily, I mean week-daily. I am not a weekend gym kind of girl) the most I run is 3 miles because I have some knee and hip issues.

**In his defense, that particular incident occurred at like mile 4 of 10K when I was being a tad whiny about the freezing rain. He was training for a marathon at the time and regularly cranking out double-digit mile runs. So his lack of sympathy was understandable.

***I did note, which I thought was kind of interesting, that I never was able to find my stride during the run and I think that’s because I was trying to run in line with my friends so we could chat and catch up. Only problem is that they are a good 7 inches shorter than I am, so whereas they were striding comfortably, I was taking really shortened steps. I will have to ask the boyfriend if he feels that way next time we run together (although, I am pretty much all legs so his legs aren’t that much longer than mine). Something to ponder when I go into the post-turkey daze later.

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I realized yesterday morning that I am going to have to bite the bullet and buy a new pair of running shoes. I’ve been suspecting this for a little while now because my knee has been throbbing post-runs for the last couple of weeks and while I do have knee problems in general, when I’m getting adequate support from my shoes, the knee problems remain relatively under control. This last week, my feet have also been throbbing post-run which in turn seems to have resulted in my (really rather small, so this is another red flag) bunion (sex-ay, no?) on my right foot feeling all tight and uncomfortable. I did a sole check to confirm my suspicion and (surprise, surprise) the treads are super rundown, especially in the toe box. So we have a situation where I clearly need to invest in new running shoes, but I really don’t want to right now.

I’m just annoyed because the shoes I currently have (Asics Gel Kayanos) are only a little over a year old and when I roughly calculate the mileage I’ve put on them, I’m only in the high-300s of actual running miles (of course, I do also wear them when I do the elliptical so that has contributed to the tread wear). The shoes prior to the Asics were Mizunos and I got closer to 500 out of them. I liked the Kayanos (the boyfriend has the men’s version and LOVES them), but, for the price, I’d rather get something with a little more staying power.

I went and tried on shoes yesterday and then did some research today and have ultimately on another pair of Mizunos, these lovelies (just because I didn’t want to buy them doesn’t mean I won’t love them any less):

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(the order went through about 5 minutes ago – how’s that for real time?)

I ended up buying them on Amazon for $89.99, with free shipping included. I could have gotten them in another color for $79.99, but decided that not have florescent, eighties-style red/pink/black/orange running shoes was worth the extra $10.00 to me. I think they are going to be a good fit – I have pretty high arches and these fit my foot well (I was never 100% happy with the arch fit of the Kayanos. It was fine, but it could have been better). They’re also nice and lightweight, which is important to me. I will update after I actually run in them, but as of right now, I’m pretty happy with them and I actually think they might be an improvement on the Kayanos.

Even though I also think I got the best deal I could have on them, I’m frustrated to have to spend another $90 right now. Although I have a great deal with the parents in that I am living here free and all my needs are taken care of, I have been spending what feels like a lot of money lately, which is something I hate doing when I have no income to balance out the spending (watching my bank account balance decline has been incredibly depressing). Pretty much everything I’ve bought lately is something I need or have to do, so I don’t feel like I’ve been spending frivolously (except for maybe one thing, which I am super-excited about and which deserves its own post when it arrives tomorrow).

What am I spending this money on, you might ask? Well, for one thing, my new office is suits Monday – Thursday, whereas my old office was business casual so my super-cute business casual wardrobe which I painstakingly established over the past couple of years will now be relegated to Fridays and the summer, so I need suits. The Madre and I have been shopping the sales, but they’re still not cheap (maybe if I’m feeling motivated this week, I’ll post some pictures of our triumphs). And I still need probably at least 1 more in a heavier weight for winter.

There are also gifts and plane tickets and and hotel rooms and other misc. expenses for the two weddings we have in September and the little issue of health insurance for the next 2 months as my G.town policy expires at the end of this week.

But what can you do, right? And my feet/knees/hips are already thanking me for spending this $90 so I’m going to try not to worry too much about it.