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It’s been a good week for running

15 Sep

With fast new shoes, (mostly) crisp autumn weather, lessening foot pain, and a long run with my hubby by my side, it’s been a good week for running. Here’s a quick look back on last week’s training…

Monday

First run in my new Mizuno Wave Inspire 9s. This was a recovery run since I did my last long run on Sunday evening. Nice and easy 3.21 miles for a total time of 30:38. I made sure to do a lot of stretching, since my hip flexor is a bit tight. I also did an arm strength training circuit.

Brilliant.

Brilliant.

Tuesday

REST!

Wednesday

An unseasonable hot, humid, steamy day that led to a little stint on the dreadmill after work for 4 miles at an average pace of 8:45/mile. Oh, and I did get in an arm and ab workout in the early morning!

Treadmill time

I took this to prove I actually went to the gym.

Thursday

REST!

Friday

I incorporated a speed workout from the Fall 5 or 10 Virtual Race Series online coaching group. It was a neat little interval workout that kicked my booty into gear.

30-20-10 Intervals

Warm up for at least ten minutes. Then jog 30 seconds, run at a comfortably hard pace for 20 and sprint for 10, and repeat for five total cycles.

Then jog for two minutes. Beginners can cool down for another 10-15 minutes. Advanced runners can jog for two minutes and then repeat the five cycles of 30-20-10 another 2-3 times.

This workout has also been featured here in Runner’s World. I did 3 sets for a total of 3.71 miles, including warm up and cool down.

I then spent the evening with ice on my left foot, left hip flexor, and right knee. NBD.

Saturday

REST! (Seeing a pattern here?)

We spent the day at the museum with our friends and their kids. I was eaten by a T-Rex.

RAWR!

RAWR!

Sunday

Being the super awesome husband that he is, Mark let me wake him up at 6:30 AM so he could bike alongside me during my long run and keep me company. The sun was bright, but the air was crisp and cool and the river alongside the bike path was smooth and peaceful. This is truly the best weather to run in.

Today's view

Today’s view

Love, love, loved this run! My mind and body felt good the whole time (even with a hip flexor that took forever to loosen up) and I really enjoyed having Mark with me.

How does a Garmin get foggy on the inside?!

How does a Garmin get foggy on the inside?!

Mile splits: 9:24, 8:52, 9:11, 9:05, 8:57, 8:54, 8:53, 8:48, 8:36, 8:39, 8:32, 8:26, 8:15, last .11 – 7:47 pace.

Negative split, baby! 

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Question for you: How was your training week?

Sayonara, foot pain!

12 Sep

After the Camp Chingachgook Half Marathon (a MONTH ago?!), I mentioned that I was in need of a new pair of running shoes. My Brooks Pure Cadence had reached their peak mileage and it was sadly time to retire them. They were really a great shoe and I was bummed to read the not-so-stellar reviews for the updated version. While I procrastinated contemplated what shoe to buy next, I rocked my Saucony Mirage II. Unfortunately, the tendinitis creeping back into my foot was a tell-tale sign that those were not going to cut it either.

Based on reviews, recommendations, and shoe specs, I narrowed my options down to a few choices. After trying them on, I ultimately went with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 9. (Sorry, Brooks. Maybe some other time.)

When I put them on, I immediately felt the proper support, firmness, and control that my feet need. I also could not get wait to get home and go out for a brilliant run. After 4 miles with these babies, my decision was affirmed and I was in love.

In. Love.

In. Love.

Bonus: Their super lightness and bright colors make you feel at least 356 times faster and bad-assier. (Yup, new word.)

Even bigger bonus: After a couple of runs with these guys, my foot pain is saying, “Sayonara!” The tendinitis is easing away and I might get to save that KT Tape for some other time.

One of the really awesome things that helped me make my decision was this nifty Precision Fit tool that has you do a little test to determine your Running DNA and then recommends shoes that match your needs. Genius.

I’m looking forward to spending a lot of miles in with these beauties on my feet and something tells me I might have to buy several pairs when they go on sale.

Question: How do you know when your running shoes need to be retired?

A bit of a rant and a good run

19 Feb

I’ve been contemplating posting about this for a little while and finally decided during last night’s run to just go ahead and say what’s on my mind. It’s just a minor rant, but one I think is relevant.

Like many others, I check out all sorts of blogs and articles related to running to learn as much as I can about this sport that I love – training programs, fuel, healthy eating, cross training workouts, injury prevention, gear, tips, etc., etc., etc. Generally the running community is very welcoming and encouraging. However, once in a while I come across something that’s not so supportive.

Recently, I was checking out some articles on the best gear for winter running and tips for staying warm in freezing temperatures. I initially thought, “Great! I’ll take notes!” But then the tone of said post(s) left me a bit discouraged. It was implied that anyone who buys and uses any running gear from low end brands (such as Target or Kohl’s) is essentially an amateur fool.

Excuuuuuse me?!

I have made it pretty clear that I own several pieces from the C9 by Champion line from Target. A couple I love (like the warm long sleeve half zips) and a couple that are “good enough for now” (such as the bright pink beanie that’s cute but needs to be adjusted constantly to stay on my ears). I purchased these items knowing that they probably wouldn’t last forever or surpass the quality of the other gear that requires a small investment. Paired with a couple of my higher quality pieces, they are working just fine, thank you.

20130116-205212.jpgOne of my 2 Target tops. They’ve kept me warm and dry all winter. Thankyouverymuch.

I would love to be able to afford an $85 long sleeve thermal or $100 subzero tights or $50 gloves from brands I love like Mizuno, Brooks, and Saucony. In fact, items like that are on my ever growing running gear wish list. Unfortunately, I do not get paid to run nor have a sponsorship with an apparel company (maybe someday? no?). I have other financial responsibilities that have to take precedence over a coveted pair of thermal tights with the built-in butt warmers. Oh, I’ll get them. I just might have to wait until next season.

It can be hard enough sometimes to justify registering for a race (those get expensive real fast!). I can’t imagine I am the only one who feels this way or has a similar experience with a modest running budget.

Just because I’ve got a Champion top under my Saucony jacket does not make me any less of a runner or more of a fool than anyone else. 

Ok, end of rant.

If you’ve made it all the way down here, thanks for sticking it out. I’ll reward you by telling you about last night’s run!

One prominent thought came up while I was out on the road: I’m terrible at judging my pace based on feel alone. I felt like I was super slow and must be around 9:30, checked my Garmin – wrong, 8:30 pace. Hmm. Then I felt like I was flying and checked – 9:20 pace. Wrong again. Conclusion: If I’m ever going for a target pace or a tempo run, I need my Garmin firmly attached to my wrist. I’m OK with that, though.

Regardless, this run felt gooood. 

5.1 miles | 45:37 total time | 8:57 avg pace

Questions for anyone:

Are you hitting up the Target clearance rack with me?

How are you at judging your pace without a watch?