Week 10/52 of Training – 2015

Happy Monday! So excited that this week will be in the high 45′s…which means I can run outside! Last week’s training was pretty decent. I know I need to keep ramping up my miles but towards the end of the week my shins started acting up again, so I need to take it slow. Here’s what last week’s training looked like:

Monday: 4 miles. I did this treadmill workout and really liked it. Not easy but not too challenging, and I always like a few sprints thrown in.

Tuesday: My usual treadmill “track” workout – 1:50 at 8.2 speed, with 2 minute walk rest, repeat 6 times (after 1 mile warmup).

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Off…snowed in.

Friday: 5 mile treadmill workout, which I posted about last week! And posted this video to get some feedback on running form. Do you think pronation really plays a role in injury prevention? I read a few articles stating that it’s natural and other biomechanics issues and weaknesses are much more important to focus on…and that you should get sneakers based on feel, not necessarily your pronation.

For example, I’ve been told to wear stability shoes but those are not comfortable at all for me. What do you think? Here’s a slow-mo video of me running from behind…what I do know is I need to strengthen my hips and fix how my legs kick back at an angle and not in a straight line.


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Saturday: 3 mile treadmill run. Was supposed to do 6 but my calves were really tight and I was just so bored. I CAN’T TAKE THE TREADMILL ANYMORE. So I got off and did a battle ropes workout and some box jumps for an added 15 minutes of cardio. Also working on my crow pose and my sister captured my fall on film :)



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Sunday: Off

Oh also check out my new YouTube video! I’ll be doing more videos and getting back into that…hopefully once a week. This one is just a quick 1 minute video showing different bodyweight cardio exercises you can throw in your routine.

Which of those exercises do you do regularly?

What do you think of the pronation/running shoe thing?? Advice and info welcomed!!


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  1. My feet are all sorts of messed up. I was fitted for a neutral shoe. I used to be stability but with issues that have come up and dropping my arches a bit I’ve moved to a new category. I recently switched from Mizuno to Brooks and so far they have been great. Minimal to no pain on my feet! I do have to tape my feet though so that’s part of the reason why. Good luck trying to find something that fits you well.
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  2. I need major support when I run {which is not very often}. I wear Saucony ProGrids because my feet are so messed up!
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  3. I was SO happy this weekend! Not only did I get to run in NJ <3 but it was so warm! (I dressed to warm too!) Felt great to be back though!
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  4. Love the one minute of workout moves video! Squat jumps and ski jumps are two of my staples :)
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  5. Great training week! I like using the treadmill for running and sprints. I am an awful under pronator I think shoes are very important I buy shoes for stability I really like the Brooks Adrenalines
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  6. Great workout week! I am looking forward to the warmer temps too!
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  7. I haven’t been running as much as of late for personal reasons. Instead, I’ve been walking at an incline on the treadmill and that’s been very good for my body. Loved your short cardio exercise video ;)
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  8. I am a terrible runner and wish I could offer decent advice! Loved the cardio workout.
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  9. I can’t do treadmill running on a regular basis…. good for you for finding an alternate!
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  10. Great job with your training and LOVE your videos!!
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  11. Great video! I think this is definitely the spring fever time of year when running indoors is super-duper hard! Just a few more weeks and those roads will be all clear!
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  12. Hmmmmm it doesn’t appear to me that you’re pronating all that much. I definitely think your shoe should feel comfy. I have some kickback similar to yours but I’m more of a supinator in a neutral shoe. Go figure.
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  13. I don’t blame you for needing to give up on the treadmill over the weekend. I was super frustrated and bored throughout my entire 14 mile run on the treadmill yesterday.
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  14. Shoes are tricky. I have flat feet (complete with the extra painful bone in the arch) and have always been told to wear stability shoes. They didn’t feel right to me at first. For a time I wore minimalist shoes and learned to “correct” my pronation during my foot strike by intentionally activating my feet muscles when I land. That being said, my feet would be extra tired/sore. Now that I have a weakened foot due to injury, I wear stability shoes and have been thankful for them. Saucony Guide 7s are my go-tos right now.
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  15. For some reason I couldn’t watch the video of you running on the treadmill. Who told you you needed a stability shoe? A running store or have you had a professional gait analysis with a Physical therapist?
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  16. I don’t really know enough to offer any advice- but maybe getting the analysis with a physical therapist like Sue suggested would be good?
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  17. The first time I worked out with ropes I thought it’s so much harder than it looks! I feel like a beast after ropes :)
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  18. I try to go by feel. It’s worked and hasn’t worked :) But I’ve been told and have seen studies that show that we’re so used to walking/running in shoes that our feet are too weak to truly support us when we run and so we adjust our form to compensate. It’s really very interesting and a good argument for minimalist shoe running.
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  19. I have huge issues with pronation so have always worn stability shoes but now I’m being told that they are overcorrecting me and possibly adding to my current back/hip issue. The whole shoe fitting process is so confusing and now I am scared to try something new. Definitely having an analysis done is very helpful!
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