Monday, July 31, 2017

The Mystery of the Top Line Collar

I have been pretty accepting of this issue with my top line collar for years! I have simply thought well, it is what it is. Some things just are and what is the sense is questioning what is.


What is a top line collar you ask? The top line collar is the ridge of your running shoe to surrounds your ankle. 

New Balance has this great Shoe Anatomy Image to identify what it is I am talking about.

Truth be told until Saturday I had no idea what this part of my shoe was called. (I totally googled it.) Calling this the “ankle part of the shoe” or the “ring around the ankle” or better yet the “sometimes to tight, sometimes to loose part that your foot goes in first” just seemed wrong so I learned this part of the shoe is the top line collar. (Now I know #lifetimelearner)

I have an “in” with Brooks now after becoming an “Endorsed Athlete” so I decided it was high time to do some discovery on this little mystery of mine. 

My issue is that within a matter of weeks of running in a new pair of Brooks Ghost I begin to notice wear on this top line collar and within no time they look like they have been chewed by a dog.

(These didn't get worn very much at all)

It really does not affect my feet or ankles at all, I have no visible signs of rubbing anywhere. 

I do not think I supinate when I run and I really really do not think I am kicking myself when I run either. 

(These I just got last July and have not worn them an entire year as for a while I had switched to Nikes)

It really is a mystery. 

It’s not like the problem is a real problem… Does that make sense? It doesn’t physically bother me at all. It causes me no pain, I have no rubbing or blisters, it’s just unfortunate. I love running in Brooks so much that I have just accepted that it is what it is. 

I wish it weren’t, my flat runner pre race photos would be much cuter without chewed looking shoes lol!! 

I reached out to Brooks to see what they think. 

While I am waiting to hear back from Brooks (so there will likely be a Mystery Part 2 post) I reached out to the Run Like A Girl Community that I am in and posed the same question. 

I got soooo many responses. It appears to be an issue with many many others too! 


I also received some comments that are making me think maybe I do have a gait issue..

“Have someone video you in slow motion on the treadmill (from behind and front). It will allow you to see what possibly is happening. It could be a medial whip and your one sneaker maybe brushing your other sneaker caused by a muscle imbalance.” “ You would be surprised what video picks up  😀 you could also be pronating and you medial malleolus can be rubbing.”

“ I was doing this to all of my shoes (I also wear Brooks...Glycerin, Ghost, Launch)... I was literally kicking that part of my shoe, along with my ankle. I ended up experiencing severe IT Band syndrome and after rehab and strengthening for that, it has totally stopped!”

“You are brushing it with the opposite foot. Get that gait in check with some squats and lunges and you will most likely remedy the problem.”

Ohhhh I was totally called out lol!! But this is a great point, I am for sure going to work on squats and lunges, maybe it will do the trick!! 

Stay tuned! I will let you know what Brooks says in the sequel to "The Mystery of the Top Line Collar".

Have you had similar issues?

Friday, July 28, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ July 28, 2017

TGIF!! Happy Friday Friends! I am feeling the summer wrapping up and we are currently kicking off our fall plans. Girls Move Outs/Ins, Race Planing, you name it!

It has been a busy, full and fun week. Here are my high fives:

1. We celebrated Tess's 18th Birthday all weekend! She turned 18 last Friday and we spent the day in Asheville on of our favorite cities! Saturday she had friends over and it was a fun weekend!

2. I had a wonderful long walk and talk with dear runner friends this weekend. Sometimes taking time to really enjoy each others company and engage in deep meaningful conversation trumps the long run!

3. I was on the Runner Girls Podcast!!!! I shared this podcast with you a year ago when I highlighted them as one of my top ten podcast's and this year I got to join them for an episode! It was so much fun. Have a listen to Season 6, Episode 3 and be sure to subscribe to the show!

4. I had a fun girls night out with three of my Juice Plus Ladies at Treat, a local favorite! It was so good to catch up, the summer has been busy for all of us!

5. I announced this week the start of my 2017 Run For God Couch to 5K Class. I am so excited to be leading this class again this year!

What was good about your week?? Share it with me!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

My first pass at a Marathon Training Plan

I am still pretty early in my planning but I am a true planner. I like forecasting and looking ahead. It helps me know what I need to be doing now so that when the time comes to really get serious I am ready. 

Because I have races currently on my schedule throughout the rest of the year and one of those being a half marathon I have gone ahead and drafted a schedule which incorporates those runs and builds into my marathon training plan. 

I am 100% certain that this will be a living document and be adjusted as I get into this further. I talked with some pretty awesome Runner Girls this week who are also marathon training and I am already looking at making some adjustments to this to include some speed work, hill work, etc. I will need to have it set out on my scheduled to ensure that I get it done! As I go I will share my journey and the changes and modifications I make along the way!

I love Hal Higdon and the Hal Higdon Training plans. They, in general, work well with my schedule and I feel good throughout my training. I have taken the Hal Higdon Novice 2 Plan and modified it to fit with my schedule. Really I mainly simplified the week day training and this will be the section that I will tweak as I figure out what works best for me. I will add in pace work, speed work, hill work, etc. The weekend schedule will for the most part remain as is for logging the miles and I added in one day of just walking. My plan also is a 24 week plan versus and 18 week plan and that is only because I wanted to include my training plan for my upcoming half marathon.

WeekMonday TuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
121-Aug3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestKirkwood 5KCross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
228-Aug3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest7Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
34-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestRestAVL Off Road 10K
411-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
518-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest10Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
625-Sep3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest11Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
72-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
89-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestRestDetroit International Half
916-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest6Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1023-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest7Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1130-Oct3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestSouth of the Mountain Trail Run, Bostic, NC8 Miles
126-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1313-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest10Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1420-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest7Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1527-Nov3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
164-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest11Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1711-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1818-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest9Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
1925-Dec3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest14Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
201-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest15Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
218-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRestRestHalf Marathon
2215-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest17Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2322-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest18Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2429-Jan3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest13Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
255-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest19Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2612-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2719-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest20Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
2826-Feb3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest12Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
295-Mar3 Mile Walk4 mile run4 mile run4 mile runRest8Cross Train (Hike/Bike/Swim)
3012-Mar3 Mile Walk3 mile run3 mile run3 mile runRest2Asheville Marathon

I am all in, I am excited about it, I am nervous about and I am going to do this!

“Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” 
~ Hal Higdon

Friday, July 21, 2017

High Five for Friday ~ July 21, 2017

Drum Roll Please....

The highlight of the week is TODAY!!!! Today is my little girls 18th Birthday so first and foremost on this High Five for Friday is:

1. Tess turns 18!!!! It certainly is the highlight of the week although bitter sweet. "Times they are a changin"

We had a fun dinner with family on Wednesday and I have taken the day off today to spend the day with her! She also moves off to school in less than a month!

2. This week I got back my husband's grandmothers ring from being sized down at the jewelers. My sister-in-law gave this ring to me and I am excited to wear it when I wear gold jewelry. It is so dainty and beautiful and the jeweler did a fantastic job shining it up and making it fit me. 

3. Ohhhhhhhh I am super excited to announce that coming soon Juice Plus will be offering a completely vegan Omega blend!!! They should be available this fall.

I have been reading about Omegas and running so I am super excited to add this to my daily Juice Plus routine! 

Simply put running creates stress on our bodies, stress creates inflammation. Chronic inflammation leads to a slew of issues and diseases. Omegas are so so good for joint health, heart health, lung health, etc. 

4. I had a great run, walk and talk with my runner girls last weekend on the greenway followed by a super fun night with them wine tasting at a party!! I am so thankful for this amazing group of women!

5. One of my runner girls loaned me the book Chi Running by Danny Dreyer I am super excited to start reading this book. She has mentioned it to me several times and really feels the method has improved her form. I got to meet Danny Dreyer and hear him speak this past March at the Asheville Marathon Pre-Event Dinner. Danny also leads training programs for the Asheville Events

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Tell me what was good about your week!! Share with me your favorite post of the week by linking up below. TGIF!! Have a happy weekend!!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Half Marathon and Marathon Training Prep

Goodness here it is the middle of July and 2017 is already half way over. Crazy!!! Hallmark is counting down to Christmas already this very second!

I am quite a bit behind my mileage goal for the year but I have made some big race commitments in the last couple of months so all hope is not lost.

I will officially begin my half marathon training for the Free Press Detroit International Half Marathon in August and my marathon training for the Asheville Marathon at Biltmore will follow immediately in October but I am starting to get my self geared up for my training season.

 Since I have decided to do this crazy marathon thing I want to be sure that I set my self-up for success as best I can. Even though I have run half marathons I am very aware that a marathon is a totally different experience. 

I do not think I am going to pressure my self on time or set a time goal. At the present I really can not imagine getting to 13.1 (the finish of a half) and have 13.1 more to go! I am really just having not to think about it like that. I will worry less about pace and instead I will focus on staying healthy, injury free and just getting to the finish! I know I can do it!

I plan to start digging deep into my nutrition. I know from half-marathon training that my nutrition will make all the difference. This will be hard because I have my vices…

I need to strengthen my core. The stronger your core when distance running the less likely you are to get certain injuries. Almost every issue from running is directly related to core strength. 

Injury is probably at this point my biggest concern. Injury can significantly impact my training schedule so I have built in time for recovery and I have also put on my schedule self care like foam rolling, stretching, yoga and massages!

Another worry I have is training solo. I know me and I know I won't do it. I have one friend committed to run the same marathon as me thank goodness, another friend who will decide by the end of the month and my other running buddies have told me they can relay with me on the long run days!

I am super excited about what these next several months will hold! I have several races scheduled to finish out this year and have clearly already started working on my goals for next year! 

Be prepared for all things marathon for a while. 

Grace, Peace and Many Happy Miles!

Disclaimer: The memes above were not made by me but rather found through Pinterest

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