25K Training – Week 8 – Shot Bloks & GU

Well another week has passed and one week closer to the big race. This week ended on a positive note as far as the training went and I’m looking forward to this week as Saturday will bring the first 5K race of the season for me which is the Irish Jig in East Grand Rapids. This is the first of the team triple crown series which our team from Lacks participates in. We placed third overall last year and we hope to improve on that standing this year.

Tonight is also my “Good Form Running” clinic being held by Gazelle Sports. I have been trying to run with a more mid-foot style for a few months already but this will be a chance for me to see if I’m doing it correctly as well as ask some questions that I’ve had about this style of running. I believe it has made me a better runner but I still fight with the shin pain I’ve had for most of the last year.

I also returned my shoes once again earlier this week and finally decided to just stay with my Asics 2140’s and to run with the Super Feet inserts installed.  That combination so far has seemed to be the best for me. I simply couldn’t run comfortably in the Mizuno shoes they had me trying. They just never felt right. I’m not sure if that is simply because I’ve run in Asics since the beginning and they just “feel right” or what, but that’s going to be the shoe of choice for May 8th. They should be nicely broken in by then too.

I also bought double layer socks for running last week and boy what a difference that made for my feet. No chaffing or rubbing and they just felt nice. You wouldn’t think socks would make a lot of difference but they did. The double layers allow the outside layer to stick to the shoe and the inside layer sticks to your foot and wallah, no chaffing!

Also gave the Clif Shot Bloks a try this weekend. Boy what a difference a little caffeine and lots of water made on Saturday’s run. I finished with a bit of energy to burn and ran a personal best at 1 hour 47 minutes for 12.1 miles. I’ll be experimenting with GU caffeinated Chomps this weekend. They have about half the caffeine of the Clif Shot Bloks so we’ll see how that goes. I also carried and drank about 2.5 pints of water on Saturday’s run which I’m sure didn’t hurt at all.

Looking forward to some good runs this week and the race Saturday. I should be making a 13 mile run this weekend but haven’t decided how to fit that in just yet with the race Saturday so we’ll see how it goes. Maybe on Sunday?  Spring is quickly arriving although it’s going to turn colder this weekend so winter hasn’t given up just yet!

Get out there walking or running or biking. Time to lose that excess weight and get yourself healthy! It’s never too late and anyone can do this if you put your mind to it.

7 Responses to “25K Training – Week 8 – Shot Bloks & GU”

  1. I’m glad you’re finally carrying water and trying some new things. I know they seem like “money wasters” but I really found they helped. Good job on time!

  2. I recently found out that I have high blood pressure!!! I couldn’t believe it, because Im only 30.

  3. Hi Risa, it’s definately not a problem that is governed by age. Some people are just genetically disposed to have the problem and for most like me, it was just a matter of being overweight and out of shape. Take comfort in that for most people that healthy diet and exercise will solve the problem as it did for me. High blood pressure is a killer and must be controlled!

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  6. how much should i run to lose my belly fat?

  7. A minimum of 30 minutes 4 – 5 times a week would be a great start. Run the pace you can best handle and increase the intensity of the run as your body adjusts.

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