One of the things that I think might be contributing to my knee issues are my new shoes. Yes, my brand stinkin' new ones!! I think I'm really overpronating on my right foot. I can feel it when I run/walk in those shoes. I don't think they're giving me enough support and stability. I threw on my Asics today for the short run and I could tell a difference. The Saucony shoe I'm in now is more of a neutral shoe. So, I may go to the running store this next week and see what they recommend.
I hope, hope, hope that I can get back on track. So many great Fall races that I need to start gearing up for!
I have read/skimmed through a number of running books in my running life. I've read through beginner's running guides, women's running guides, nutrition for runners, nutrition for endurance athletes, guides to run faster and longer. Each of the books had something to offer and I usually took away an interesting tidbit of knowledge or some valuable coaching advice, but usually it was nothing new or nothing that I couldn't find on runner's websites or magazines. This book however gave me something the other books didn't: Full on stitch-in-the-side belly laughs.
Dawn Dais writes the book as a beginning runner training for her first marathon. She takes you through her trial and tribulations and gives some helpful hints and advice along the way. She also gives a HILARIOUS look into the runner psyche. In her initial "Should I Train for a Marathon" test she asks the "real" questions:
- "Any sport in which people have been known to literally die of exhaustion while participating is just the kind of sport I've been looking for. T/F"
- "I'm interested in finding out exactly how many muscles I have in my legs. T/F"
- "I have no problem being athletically inferior to someone twice my age. T/F"
- "I've been sleeping in way too much, so I've been looking for something to take up a few hours on my Saturday mornings. T/F"
- "I want to perfect the art of peeing in a shrub without being seen by anyone. T/F"
- "My knee joints are overrated. T/F"
- "Sometimes when I'm driving long distances of, say, fifteen miles or so, I feel the overwhelming urge to pull my car over and simply run the rest of the way. T/F"
- "I have a very good health plan. T/F"
The NonRunner's Marathon Guide for Women isn't going to give you any major running revelations. The training plan is a good beginner plan and straightforward. It's the author's brutally honest portrayals of her marathon journey that make this book a must read.
Oh - and I almost forgot - I'm up to 60 push-ups and 60 sit-ups three times a week! Slowly working my way to 100.
Today I LOVE: Jelly Belly sour mix jelly beans!