ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 5

Let me start off by saying that I hate shoes.  I would rather spend my time barefoot on the beach than ever putting a shoe on my foot.  That being said, since I broke my leg last year shoes have become an evil I must deal with in order to walk long distances without pain.  I’ve been doing fairly well in some champions that I found at Payless, however I’ve come to find that as I increase my pace I’m coming up against some serious issues with them.  I think that this may even be the cause of some shin pain I’m having.

My large wide feet (11W) make it pretty rough for me to find shoes in town, so I ordered a pair of ASICS Women’s Gel-Venture 5 trail shoes online.  Well they came today, and I quickly unboxed them to try them on.  I must admit that I wasn’t really expecting them to fit, but so far they feel like they do.  They are just about everything I hate in a shoe – close fitting, tied snuggly, substantial arch support, sort of heavy.  Everything that people tell me I need on my foot to train for this half marathon.  We will see how this goes.

What I’m hoping to get from these is a decent pair of shoes to train in both inside and out.  A familiarity with the brand, and possibly a little help with whatever it is that is causing my shin pain when I’m training right now.  Tomorrow I’ll give them a run.

UPDATED 3/31 – I love these so far.  They’ve only got about three miles on them now but I’m very happy.  The toe box is nice and roomy without them being oversized.  There is lots of arch support.  They do feel a bit heavy to me at 8.7 oz, however they are trail shoes.

My runDisney Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list for physical fitness goals?   I’ll admit it, even though I’m turtle slow and don’t train regularly, I have a small runDisney bucket list.  I admit it, I’m a sucker for the girly races where everyone wears tutus and tiaras.

Race Events:

  • Princess Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K  completed in 2012
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon – hoping to cross it off in 2018
    • Glass Slipper Challenge
  • Tinkerbell Half Marathon weekend
    • 5K
    • 10K
    • Half Marathon
  • Castaway Cay 5K – hoping to cross it off in 2018

Extra Magic:

  • Pink Coast to Coast Challenge
  • Race Retreat
  • Pasta In The Park

Bumps In The Road

I learned a hard, painful lesson today.  Just because I’ve been kicking ass on the treadmill for the past two weeks, it does not mean that I can do the same on the ground.  The two workouts are not equal, and I had no idea.

Today was a CRAP workout, there’s no other way to say it. I was supposed to do my “long walk” today, 1.75 miles and worrying about my pace.  However – as I drove to the trail I was already obsessing with my pace, so I decided I would walk outside. I figured that without the speedometer in front of my face it would be better.  I set off down the trail and maybe .25 miles in my calfs and shins got tight. I sat down for a minute and stretch them out, then I walk on, I repeat this scene two more times.  I just could NOT shake the pain and stiffness.  Alone on the path I was concerned, and anxiety started to kick in thinking about what I would do if the cramping got so bad I couldn’t stand.

At the .5 mile mark I abandoned my mileage plan and turned around because I felt like going further would result in an injury.  I don’t need an injury for any reason.  Hobbling back I took my time.  I stopped and stretched at the fence line, using it to balance and stretch out my shins.  I slowed way down each time my legs began to twinge, and finished my workout in disappointment.  It really sucked and has put a ton of doubt in my head.

My total mileage was 1.09 miles, which I think is probably the farthest I have gone on the ground since I broke my leg last year.  I made the walk in about 24 minutes, which with as much as I stopped and rested or stretched is just fine. It was just so different to the way I feel on the treadmill.  Sadly – the Princess Half Marathon is not run on a treadmill.  If I want to meet my goal I have to be able to walk outside on the road.   Today that goal seems pretty damn daunting.

All in all, I’m glad that I discovered this just 2 weeks in to my training.  I have the time to add some serious goals in outdoor work.  Never the less, my body is aching and I am a bit discouraged.


How Do I Measure Training Success?

I’ve been working out for a whole week and a half, but I’ve already experienced disappointment in myself with my physical abilities. The pace I can walk at is much slower than I expected I would be able to. That made me really stop and take pause about what I expectations are and how I should measure what is and isn’t a “good workout.”

I came up with 4 key measures that I can look at to see if my workout was “successful.”  I figure that even if I don’t meet all of my goals for a workout, if I can look at any of these points and see improvement I’m still moving forward in my training and doing well.


    – Did I improve my pace?  Am I getting closer to my pacing goal for the Princess Half Marathon?


    – Did I walk father than I have in previous workouts?  Am I gaining on my ability to walk 13.1 miles? Did I meet any of my distance mini goals?


    – Did I workout for a longer amount of time?  Is my body becoming more capable and comfortable with extended exercise? Have I expanded my endurance?


    – Did I recover more quickly?  Is it taking less time for me to bounce back after a training session. Was I able to complete the workout without triggering a fibromyalgia flare, or stressing my ankle?

It’s going to take an overall improvement in all of these measurements for me to succeed in reaching my goal, however some days I may do better at one over another, and that’s OK. As long as I stick it out and keep moving forward I’m good.

A Long And Winding Road

Way back in 2009 my husband and I went to Walt Disney World to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary.  While we were there, we noticed lots of women walking around with beautiful medals and tee shirts for the Princess Half Marathon.  They all looked like they were having a great time, and it reminded me of when I was about 16 and my aunt and I talked about the Walt Disney World Marathon.  Running a marathon never seemed like a possibility for me when I was young and and I – I was a swimmer, a mermaid with slow and clumsy land legs.

100_1925.JPGOn that trip I decided that I wanted to do a run one of the races at Walt Disney World. When I got home, I looked up some things and decided that a 5K would be the best option.  So I started walking, and training for 2010 Mickey’s Halloween 5K with my kids.  We booked a trip, and registered for the race, it went well and I was hooked on the Disney running experience (even though I’m a turtle speed walker.)  Another couple of years went by and I organized a girls weekend for the 2012 Princess Half Marathon Weekend, again we walked the 5K and had a fantastic time.  I decided that in 2014 I would do the Enchanted 10K on Princess weekend, and I actually registered for it, but that’s when everything started going down hill.  I had to cancel on participating because I was just not up to it. That feeling of not being up to it persisted and my health began to deteriorate.

Well, I Ran For The CameraSometimes, even when we have the best of intentions, our bodies just give out.  I live with fibromyalgia so I’m used to managing fatigue and chronic pain, but I had something greater going on. I was tired – crazy tired – and I just couldn’t get through the day.  In 2014 4 hour naps became my norm, I couldn’t focus very well, driving was difficult because I would occasionally have vision black-outs, I didn’t feel safe leaving the house alone, and didn’t even have the energy to go  to the grocery store.  After a very physically difficult vacation in 2015, I developed extreme bruising from the flights and decided that I should go to the doctor.  It wasn’t long before we discovered that I was suffering from severe iron deficient anemia.  I began a therapy regime that lasted an entire year before I had recovered.  But as the 2016 Half Marathon ran I decided I could start looking forward to training for 2017.  Then, in March 2016 I broke my leg.

Boy oh boy did I break my leg!!!   It happened in the blink of an eye, I missed stepping down off a curb, a twist, a fall, and boom – three complete breaks.   I was on complete bed rest for three months, I had two surgeries to repair the damage.  There was three months of grueling physical therapy to learn how to walk again.  It took me another six month to perfect the movement and detox my body from all the pain killers.  Before I knew it another entire year was gone, which meant that the 2017 race also came and went.

That brings us to today!  I am feeling better than I have in years, my leg has completely healed, there are no signs of anemia in my blood-work, and my fibromyalgia is being managed nicely.  It’s time, time to dream big and set myself on this long held goal.

I started training this week for the 2018 Princess Half Marathon.  Now – I have a LONG way to go to get to a place that I can finish my goal, but I feel like this is my time.