i’m easily convinced.

by Janetha on March 31, 2013

in moves,product review

as a glam publisher, i have been asked to share my current running routine and how i plan to incorporate new balance running shoes into my running plan. all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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so.. you know how i am not a big, huge fan of running?

i say it here a lot. i don’t love to run. i never have. i am kind of afraid that i never will. is that something i should be afraid of? probably not. it’s probably okay that i am not some passionate runner. but it would be nice to like it a little–to at least enjoy it–since i do end up running fairly often.

i don’t know what it is about running that i dislike so much. i think it just bores me. it’s repetitive. i can hang with a 5k, but after that it just gets old. and never once have i experienced the “runner’s high” i hear everyone raving about. sugar high? yes. cereal high? you betcha. i actually think i’ve even had a weight lifting high before.. so i kind of see what a runner’s high is all about. i just haven’t been bitten by the runner bug.

i have, however, been bitten by the pushover bug. i am easily convinced into participating in race after race–even when i have said, “that’s it! no more races for me!”

need proof?

after a 5k in june of 2011, i blogged about how i just don’t like to run.. and i was done with races for good. i just re-read the post, and i still have all the same feelings about running that i wrote in that post. but guess what? i love my friends. and i love doing things with them. as a result, i have completed several races since announcing my retirement (haha.) and by several, i mean six. that’s a lot!

i did one 5k.

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i did one 10k.

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i did a zombie chase.

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i did two dirty dashes.

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i even did a tough mudder, which was honestly the most challenging race ever.

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and, although i didn’t love the running part in ANY of these races, i loved participating in the races with my friends and family. that part, i admit, was fun.  but after the tough mudder i said “okay.. for real.. this time i am done with races.”

haha, yeah right, janetha. you should know better. of course you are not done with races.

here we are again, i am faced with another race. some of my friends run the red rock relay in moab every may, and a spot on their team happened to open up….

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…and they happened to tell me they needed me on their team. oh.. fine.. twist my arm. they knew i wouldn’t say no! i am a pushover, everyone knows it.

so, yep.. i am signed up for yet another race. however, i have never done a relay race before, so i am secretly a little bit excited for it. i like to try new things.. might as well cross a relay race off the ol’ bucket list, right?

the only thing about this relay race is that it’s pretty hardcore. up until now i have never done any training prior to a race. i have just done my regular workouts and hoped for the best come race day. however, now i have five other people relying on my running abilities! that is a little bit of pressure, guys. plus, this race is a tad physically demanding. it is a 65 mile course that each team of six splits up into twelve legs. the race goes from sunrise to sunset. the legs range from medium difficulty to very hard–nope, no easy legs at ALL. check it out:

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i can’t wait to see what legs i end up with.. ha!

anyway, what i am getting at is that i think i should actually do a little bit of training prior to red rock. i usually run on a treadmill or on flat ground, and never more than a mile at a time. my workouts usually consist of 400m or 800m runs with 1 mile every so often. so, in order to prepare for the relay race, i think i should try running more than one mile at a time. i think i should try running up hills.. and down them. i think i should take running seriously for once. i recently mentioned that i want to start running longer distances, and red rock relay is my motivation behind that desire.

an important aspect of running is, obviously, the shoes you wear. in the past, i have been a die hard minimalist shoe wearer. however, i learned (the hard way) that minimal shoes may not be the answer for longer distances (for me.)  i wore my new balance minimus zero shoes for tough mudder (which was around 12 miles) and ended up with perennial tendonitis. ouch. this was dumb of me and i should have worn a more supportive shoe for the race, but i didn’t know better. i am not experienced in long distances!

i have been trying a few different running shoes lately to see what my body likes best for longer runs (and by longer, i mean four miles.) when i was asked to participate in this new balance campaign, i was stoked because i have multiple pair of new balance shoes and i really like all of them. my favorite pair of new balance shoes are the minimus zeros that i wore for tough mudder. i love how light minimal shoes are and, while i love the feel of more supportive, cushioned shoes, they i do feel a bit weighted down. i have been looking for something between super supportive and minimalist,  and i think i have found the pair that i prefer the most.

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as part of the new balance campaign, i was able to select the pair of shoes i received, so i picked the new balance minimus ionic 3090v2. i chose these shoes because they are still a minimal shoe, but have a little added oomph and support. there is a EVA (ethyl vinyl acetate) foam footbed for cushioning. they weigh about double what my other new balance minimus shoes weigh.. so they definitely have more to them. they are designed for cross training and running, so i can use them for my training runs as well as my GPP workouts.

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so far i have tried these running shoes three times. once inside, twice outside.

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i like the added support from the cushioning and i don’t feel weighted down at all. they still have the minimal feel, just with added foot support. i also love the unique sole of the shoes and it provides great shock absorption–something my other pairs of minimalist shoes lack.

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i haven’t made it to higher mileage yet, but i plan to! my plan between now and race day (may 11th) is to do two longer outdoor runs each week. and by longer i mean start with four miles and work up to seven. that is what i consider “long”! i want to choose terrain that is more challenging than just flat ground. i live in a pretty hilly area, so it should be simple to find a few routes that will help me gain the running skills i need for the relay race.

and, who knows, i might end up liking running after all.

but i won’t hold my breath. ;)

Qs~

1. do you like participating in races? what is your favorite type and/or length?

2. what are your feelings about running? have you ever experienced the “runner’s high”?

xo. janetha g.

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Haley March 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

The race you signed up for looks really awesome! Never say never :). I’m a big sucker for races too. I totally get that I am 5 minutes from the most amazing trail in Anchorage, AK but there’s something about a t-shirt and a bib number that makes me willing to pay $50+ to run.

Bonnie March 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm

That race looks great! Love relays and while I’m shocked you’re doing one, I’m also not shocked… ;) How fun! Happy training and thanks for the insight on those shoes (ps – hope you’re feeling better!).

Amanda March 31, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I did Ragnar a couple years ago despite not being a runner and I will never do it again, though it had less to do with running and more to do with the fact that it was a CF at every exchange. That being said, I had a ton of fun, and I think if I ever were to run “competitively” again it would be in relays. It’s fun to see everyone in their costumes and the camaraderie of hanging out with all your friends in between is great too.

Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom March 31, 2013 at 3:31 pm

I think if I could run I would really get into it however I’ve got asthma that keeps me from running. Every time I try and start a training program I end up wheezing really bad and need an inhaler! Sad :-(

Rachel McIntyre March 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

That relay race sounds fun! I’ve never done one before.

I love running and participating in races. I think my favourite distance is half-marathons, although I haven’t raced in one for over 3 years!

Gianna @ Run, Lift, Repeat March 31, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I love to run, and race most weekends, so obviously I am biased; but that race looks AMAZING. I have yet to do a relay and that one looks frickin amazing.

Addy @ Six-Kick Switch March 31, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Ha, you and I are like running twins – I feel the exact same way! And yet I too am always signing up for and running races….I think I like the camaraderie…The shoes look great though, I will have to keep them in mind as a possibility next time I’m looking!

Jan @ Sprouts n Squats March 31, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I really do love running but there are times when I fall out of love with it too. I think having a race to train for really helps with my motivation levels.

kendra @ kennygump March 31, 2013 at 5:14 pm

i’ve been a runner for years but i have yet to do a relay. that sounds like a ton of fun to me:) i’m pretty much a 1/2 marathon girl although i am starting to dabble with fulls.

Nicole March 31, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Cereal high. Yes.

BroccoliHut March 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm

My feelings toward running have fluctuated over the years. When I first started, I was totally into it–couldn’t go a day without running! Eventually, I got injured (double stress fracture in my hips), so I couldn’t run for a while and was forced to explore new things. I’m starting to love it again now, but I have a more moderate approach these days to avoid hurting myself again!
I like races…but don’t like paying entry fees! I’ve run lots of 5Ks and one 10K that was part of a marathon relay. I’d like to run a half marathon someday.

Nicole C April 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

I like to participate in duathlons but I have figured I like the bike part much better. Nothing too crazy for the distance, I am not at that level to go 20+ on a bike.

I pretty much hate running the second I start. I have to distract myself with music. Definetly no runners high for me, I just want to finish a 5k without stopping and have yet to do that :/ other than on a treadmill.

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