Heh Heh Heh. I am bad. I thought it was a catchy title. What can I say?
Well, it’s May 12th and that means time to get out there and get some miles in for the Stet That Run’s 12athon Virtual Run Challenge. I am happy to say that not only did I get my 6 miles as required for the JV team, but I also got my limit of Bonus Challenges in today as well. Vanilla miles of the past months be damned.
For my bonus points I chose the following challenges:
- Naturalist: Thanks to our wonderful 12athon race director Iris, and her invaluable advice, I am heading towards minimalist shoes. Unfortunately, my LRS did not have any of the shoes I actually wanted to try in my size (9.5) I tried for 3 different models of Merrells and 2 models of New Balance with 0mm drop. Actually, every barefoot type shoe I asked for was not in stock. *cue scream* thank you giant running shoe chain store! I went home with a pair of Nike frees 3.0 which has a 4mm drop. Not what I wanted, but already a HUGE improvement over the big heavy shoes I have been in before. Much less pain for my plantar fasciitis already! When I am not running, I am almost barefoot in my regular life. I can’t wait until I try something even lower in about a month or so. They are light and I love that I can move my feet in them, and they can do this… But there is still a whole lot of padding/cushion and I don’t want that so much. But they count for the challenge so YAY!
- Bi-Curious: I spent the better part of last night fixing a bike for a friend and while I was out there decided to put some air into the tires on my bikes and wipe all the dirt and grime off. I was inspired to go for a short ride today so I figured why not get points while I am at it 🙂 I ran 3 miles this morning, then hopped on a bike that is clearly not fitted to me (It’s still my favorite little Frankenstein) and rode 3 miles. I have to admit, I felt like I was cheating at this whole crazy game, but I had fun. This picture just reminded me that I left my water bottle in the holder out there…
- Baker’s Dozen: I did learn my lesson after last time about leaving my stomach’s affairs in the hands of someone else; especially when that someone is addicted to donuts! I baked my own healthy cookies, which is a staple in my home. I ate one before I left, 3 on my run and it was awkward to stop and eat a cookie every mile on my ride through the neighborhood haha.
Here’s the recipefor you health conscious people. It can be made with a minimum of 2 ingredients! Yes, you read right. I think you endurance athletes may like it. I have been making them for years! This batch has 4 ingredients: bananas, oats, fig pieces and peanuts.
I had such fun getting my sweat on this morning. I am however green with envy over the 12athoners who were able to get together and run in real life. When will you all be taking a trip to beautiful and sunny Arizona? hmmmmm? *hint hint wink wink nudge nudge shove shove poke poke prod prod*
Oh and I will be relaxing while pouring a frosty mug of this today