Fitness Journal C3W9D1 (Running Shoe Junkie)

Thoughts: It’s time for me to come to grips with the possibility that this new healthy lifestyle of mine has turned me into a running shoe junkie. Last week I joined Road Runner Sports’ Run America Club so I could get an additional 5% off of their merchandise for a full year (I’m splitting the membership with my sister, who with an average mileage of 15 miles per week is also showing signs of athletic shoe whoredom). Friday, I finally stopped waffling and ordered two more pairs of Mizuno running shoes from the RRS clearance area just because they were too cheap to pass up. I think this brings my total for the past year up to, um…five pairs of running shoes. Two pairs of Asics, and three Mizunos.

The craziest thing is that I would NEVER EVER pay the kind of money I’m willing to throw down for athletic shoes for a pair of regular street shoes that I wear all friggin’ day! Why is that? I probably spend 60% of my life right now in a pair of $13 clearance stack-heel black loafers I bought from a shoe warehouse type store in California when my trusty Doc Martens from Darmstadt unexpectedly fell apart on me before E3 last May. I’m not kidding…most of my waking hours outside of my home are spent in these kicks…but there’s no way that I’d shell out $55 for them like I just did for a pair of Mizuno Wave Mercury running shoes that I’ll only wear three times a week for around 45 minutes at a time.

I don’t even like to run.


That was one of the main reasons I didn’t want to go green to gold while I was enlisted. If I became an officer, I’d have to keep on running! I ran because I had to (part of the job), hated every minute of it, and only pushed hard enough to squeak by on my 2 mile run time.

Nowadays, I run because I have to (if I want to keep my ass in my size 4 cords), still hate every minute of it, but push myself so hard on my HIIT sessions that I want to yak up my entire respiratory system afterwards. And somewhere along the way I developed this thing about running shoes.

Old shoes + Running = Tedium and Hardship

New shoes + Running = Sudden impulse to throw on sports bra and running shorts and go for a 5-mile treadmill run at the gym shouting, “Whee! Running is fun! I like to run! Oooh wow! This thing goes up to 12 mph! Wheeeeeeeee!” like a real-world incarnation of Legolas from Cassieclaire’s LOTR “Very Secret Diaries” spoof

I’m done now, I swear. No more until 2006. I’m not even going to LOOK at the site again until January 2006. Well, maybe if I’m in the market for some crosstrainers…

Nutrition (2000-2200 calorie maintenance/bulking menu)
1: Coconut banana bar
2: 3×1 veggie omelette with 1/3 c. (dry) oatmeal (Chocolate banana shake)
3: 5.5 oz Oatmeal tuna snack with tangerine
4: 5.5 oz Oatmeal tuna snack with 2 tangerines
5: Kung Pao chicken with broccoli and garlic herb couscous
6: Undecided eDiets EFL meal

Multivitamin with iron
Calcium 500 + D
1 T. flax seed oil

Calories eaten / deficit for yesterday = TBD (target 0)
Water: 12 cups
Ratios: 50% carb / 30% protein / 20% fat

8:30 pm HIIT and steady state treadmill run at the fitness center

(Flipflopped with planned Max-OT Back/biceps so I can test drive the new shoes, hehe)

The Awful Truth:
1. Stayed up too late fiddling with my sister’s computer, and slept through gym time this morning. Will go after work.

Brownie Points:
1. Am almost finished setting up the Athlon 1100 for my sister.
2. Ordered several yoga DVDs from the library for home delivery instead of spending actual $$ on them.

Short-term Goals: (Same as yesterday’s goals…)
1. Prep a few meals for lunch this week.
2. Make another batch of bars.
3. Go grocery shopping (again).
4. Pack the Athlon for UPS shipment tomorrow.
5. Fix the Pbell.
6. Set up the Dell.
7. Organize closet.

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