Ugh, I’m sorry. I seem to have fallen way behind again.
Here’s how training has been going:
Week 7 (cut-back week): August 3rd through 9th:
The race has been postponed to 10/11/15 because the Pope will be in town during the weekend of the original race (9/27/15). This means I get an extra 2 weeks of training. This is how I adjusted my training schedule:
Not a big adjustment by any means. I changed around some numbers and added an extra 20 mile run.
These next 3 longer runs (the 20+ milers) I’ll be focusing more on race day preparation – eating much earlier the night before, and then getting out the door for my long runs at waytooearly o’clock.
I’m still having shoe issues. The Newton Fates are the latest to have been eliminated from the long run pile; while the right shoe is darn near perfect, my left foot swims. Any downhill movement at all causes the left foot to “slam” into the front of the shoe and causes some major discomfort/pain to the tip of my 2nd (longest) toe.
I’ve still got three 20+ milers left before race day, so I’m remaining optimistic about the shoe situation. Next up will be the New Balance Vazee Pace, followed by (if necessary) the Brooks Launch 2. From what I remember about the Launch they worked great during the long run – it was afterwards that my feet hurt. I just wish they didn’t feel so heavy. If neither of those work out I’ll have to order a smaller size Newton (either Fate or Distance) to fit my left foot. And of course if all else fails, there’s my over-used, 700+ mileage, trusty old PureFlow 2s ;)
If there’s one thing I can always talk about, it’s running shoes!
My number 1 is, and will always be the Brooks PureFlow 2. I don’t even want to think about how much money I’ve spent trying to find a replacement since they got discontinued. I’ve gone through 5 pairs of the PF2, and even though the “newest” ones have right around 700 miles on them now, I STILL grab for them as my first choice. Because of that though, I will (usually) put them back and go with something else.
My other favorites can (and often do!) change depending on the workout (speed, easy, hills, distance), or on how my feet feel on that particular day. As of right this very moment here’s my top 5:
If you’re wanting to know how a certain shoe fits, or if you’re looking for a shoe recommendation I can probably help you out – Lol! But keep in mind that certain shoes are made for certain foot types. I have really high arches, run on my forefoot, and only mildly pronate. And I prefer light-weight, but not the “barefoot” feel with my shoes. For these reasons I wear “performance neutral” shoes. I probably wouldn’t be of much help to someone who heel strikes and is looking for an ultra-cushiony stability shoe. But I’d be happy to try!
How many pairs of running shoes do you have?
I ran 41.25 miles last week! No wonder I’m exhausted ;)
- Monday: Rest
- Tuesday: Speed-work (quarter-mile repeats) NB Zante
- Wednesday: Easy run (4:1 jog/run intervals) Kinvara 5
- Thursday: Hills (Level 3) Launch 2
- Friday: Rest
- Saturday: 22-mile LSR. I overheated and had to quit at 18.54 miles (:30/:30 intervals – Zante), but after a gallon of water, some food, and a shower I was able to finish up (4.01 miles – PF2) on the treadmill.
- Sunday: Recovery run (:30/:30 intervals – super slow because of the heat) Ghost 6 for 1 mile, then Newton Distance IV for 7.56
Still working out shoe issues. It turns out the Zante are only going to work for (up to) half marathon distance. After that they started rubbing on the tops of 3 of my toes, but only on my left foot.
The Ghost 6 immediately (in less than 1 mile) caused their usual blister – I think they’re too wide and my foot slides around too much in them, even laced up tighter. Again though, only on my left foot.
*My left foot is smaller than my right, by almost a full size. Pretty sure that’s why most, if not all of my issues are only with the left foot. I buy my shoes to fit my right foot. This is also why I consistently end up back in the PF 2s – I have them in 2 different sizes, so they always fit both feet ;) When (if) I find a new go-to shoe, I’ll do the same thing, but so far that hasn’t happened. Boo.
This morning’s weigh-in was 113.8. I cannot believe that I’m still losing weight during this round of training. Granted, it’s all beans, greens and grains (and I still track everything), but I’m talking single meals that are 800+ calories! I’m not complaining though!
Today I thought I’d share what I’ve been eating this week (thanks Judy for the inspiration!). Please be advised that my photography skills are quite lacking, but I assure you, the food is delicious :)
The recipe for these Spicy Zucchini and Black Bean burgers can be found HERE.
This week’s training has been going right along as scheduled. Tomorrow I’ll be up at (or before) the crack of dawn so I can get my 22-mile run done before it hits 100 degrees! Then I have an 8-mile recovery run planned for Sunday and I’ll be back after that to post the week in training recap. Have a great weekend!