Archive for September, 2010

Half Marathon Nightmares

I had a terrible dream last night that involved me being VERY late for a half marathon. In my dream, my parents were in town visiting and we were at their hotel. For some reason, on the morning of the marathon they had to leave so I had to figure out where I was going to park for the marathon. I had to transfer stuff from their car to my car and all of my running gear got mixed up. It’s about a half hour before the marathon starts and there are people EVERYWHERE and I’m digging through my car to find my arm band, my RoadID, my watch, iPod and Vibrams. All of a sudden the race has already started and I’m still digging through my stuff.

I think I have everything and I sprint up to the starting line to pick up my bib and when I get to the start I’m told that the bibs are around the corner and I have to go back where I came from to get it. When I finally find it, there are only three bibs left and I pick up mine. I put it on while I run back to the starting line and I put on my arm band and my watch. When I get to the start, it’s an absolute circus. Now that all of the runners have cleared out people are walking back and forth across the course and there is literally a parade going on. I have to try and run through a marching band and I am sprinting. There is a 3 hour time limit for this half marathon and since I started late I’m worried that I won’t be able to finish. I do remember thinking how good it felt to be sprinting. I must have sprinted in my dream for a mile or two and it felt so good to be moving so quickly (if only it felt that good in real life!).

Once I clear the crowd I go to switch on my iPod and realize that I grabbed my old mp3 player and not my iPod. I don’t have the half marathon playlist I created and instead have a strange compilation of music I listened to in high school. And speaking of high school, all of a sudden some of my classmates and rollerblading around me and then I have roller blades on too. The course includes stairs, and I find myself having to roller blade down a large set of metal stairs, and I end up being really good at it! While everyone else is stumbling and tripping over themselves, I’m gliding down the staircase with ease.

And then the dream ends. Let’s hope this doesn’t actually happen on race day!

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New Vibrams – Treksports

Two weekends ago I decided that I wanted to buy some new Vibrams for my Hartford Half Marathon training, so I went down to Trailblazer in New Haven and purchased the Vibram Treksports. Derek at Trailblazer also helped me try on the Treks and the Bikalas, but the Treksports were a pretty easy sell for me. I love the mesh top and the over the foot strap, but most of all, I love the pad on the back that cushions my Achilles.

My two biggest problems with my Classics (don’t get me wrong, I love them!) when running is that there is no tread and that the strap on the back would aggravate my ankle when I would stretch. The lack of tread would mean extra blisters, and for the trail running that I do, means I really become friendly with the rocks I would step on.  So from the first second that I put on the Treksports, with the tough looking tread on the bottom and the soft cushiony pad on the back, I was in love. I wore them out of the store and went on a 3 mile walk. I think that if I had had the Treksports back in July when I did the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure (60 mile walk) that I would have been able to walk the whole event in Vibrams, rather than having to switch to sneakers.

So I’ve been running in the Treksports and breaking them in, and I have very few complaints. I ran a race last week which included running on trails that had a lot of rocks and I kept waiting to be able to feel them under my feet like I would have in the Classics, but it never came. It’s the perfect balance of foot protection and still feeling barefoot.

My one complaint about them is about the strap. The inside of the strap hits the arch of my foot, and after running about a mile and half starts to chafe on my foot. By the time my 5k was over I had rubbed the skin so raw I couldn’t stand to keep the shoes on, and had to walk back to my car through Downtown Hartford completely barefoot. However, once I put a band-aid on the chafing I was able to put the Vibrams back on without an issue. I’m not worried about having to put a band-aid on when I run in them, that’s not a big deal when I consider how every other thing about running in them is awesome. A band-aid is a small sacrifice to make when I can now run without knee or back pain, which I get when running in sneakers.

I’ll keep you updated on how the Half Marathon training goes. I’m running a 10k this Saturday in Cheshire so we’ll see how that goes!

One Month to Half Marathon

With one month left until the Hartford Half Marathon, I’m getting a bit nervous because my training hasn’t been up to par. I was on vacation last week and did a lot of walking, but no running. In order to get myself motivated, two things will happen before Monday. I’m creating a running playlist for myself for the half, which means it has to be about 2 hours long; and I will buy a new pair of Vibrams. I’m looking at the Vibram Bikala and the TrekSport. I’m looking forward to trying both on and seeing which I like better.

I’ve started on the playlist, and here’s what I’ve got so far. It’s far from done but it’s a start. It’s an eclectic mix… so we’ll see how it works when I try it out on the run tomorrow. I really love the Glee soundtrack, as you can see… and I also really love a cappella. There’s something incredibly powerful about using your voice to create the bass, drums and background music. I’m biased because I used to sing a cappella, but I love it!

If you have suggestions for your favorite music to pump you up while running, I’d love to have them! Once I have time to sit down and download some music, I’ll definitely be pulling some songs from Run Like a Mother’s playlist, as well as from The Running Couple’s playlist. Well, lists… since both Lee and Isis posted one!

1) Hello It’s Me – Fisher

2) Blue in the Face – Alkaline Trio

3) Full Moon – The Black Ghosts

4) Fix You – Coldplay (a cappella)

5) Sweet Caroline – Glee Cast

6) Beautiful Life – Fisher

7) The Mixed Tape – Jack’s Mannequin

8 ) Tripping Billies – DMB (live)

9) Does He Love You? – Rilo Kiley (a cappella)

10) Don’t Stop Believin’ – Glee Cast

11) Young Hearts Run Free – Kym Mazelle

12) Hung Up – Madonna

13) Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

14) Gold Digger – Glee Cast

15) Decode – Paramore

16) Bust Your Windows – Glee Cast

17) Crazy – Gnarls Barkley (a cappella)

18) Get Together – Madonna

19) Untouched – The Veronicas

20) Holiday – Green Day

21) Local God – Everclear

22) Mercy – Duffie

23) Spotlight – Mutemath

24) Hate On Me – Glee Cast

25) SexyBack – Justin Timberlake

26) Defying Gravity – Glee Cast

27) Keep Holding On – Glee Cast

28) Bust a Move – Glee Cast