It’s been a while since I’ve talked about my favorite running obsession – shoes!! As some of you may know, I have been on what seems like a never-ending search for a replacement to my beloved Brooks PureFlow 2. A … Continue reading
My training for the Dirty German Endurance Fest got derailed by my stupid stomach issues. I ended up at the GI and am currently in the midst of several procedures being done to figure out what’s going on. Needless to … Continue reading
Whoops, I seemed to have missed the last couple of weekend’s long runs. Here’s a brief recap:
1/23/16 – I did the Run Free virtual half-marathon in the PureConnect 4s.
1/24 was a 5-mile recovery run, in the Kinvara 5.
1/25 – 1/29/16 I did another virtual challenge – 5 5ks in 5 days.
1/30/16 – 10k in Kinvara 5
1/31/16 – 10k in Newton Distance IV
2/6/16 – 10 miles in PureFlow 1
2/7/16 – 10k in Newton Fate
I haven’t had any foot or shoe issues lately!
And in other news, I’ve been selected as an Ambassador Captain for SkirtSports! I’ll be doing a separate post on that soon (with a nice little discount code), so stay tuned :)
Well again, I didn’t make it 12 miles BUT my blistered toe was fine with just a band-aid over it. The only problem I had today was that I pooped out too early. This happens when I don’t slow down enough for my longer runs. 8 miles isn’t really a “long” run for me, but because I slacked off in November and December I almost feel like I’m starting over again.
I tested intervals again today. I alternated miles doing 2:00/:30 and 1:00/:30. The first few miles ended up being an overall 9:40 per mile pace, so I played around with speeds for a while and got down to a 10:20 pace, but that was still too fast and after 6 miles I was already wiped out. My half marathon “race pace” is between 9:40 – 10 minute miles, so I should have been averaging around an 11:30 minute mile pace. Ah well, the virtual half is next weekend and after that I can concentrate more on the long, slow runs.
Today I wore my (2nd pair of) New Balance Vazee Pace. I think I’ve only worn these once so far because they gave me a little bit of arch pain. Today they were great, and have currently moved into the #2 spot of my current rotation (#1 is the Newton Distance IV). I wore a thicker pair of Injini (trail) socks and, as I mentioned above, had no problems with rubbing or messing with that blood blister.
The rest of my “wardrobe” was another Skirtsports skirt, a Fabletics sports bra (I can’t link to it because they don’t have it anymore), and a tank that I ended up peeling off about halfway through.
On today’s menu is leftover Broccoli and Brown Rice casserole (I haven’t eaten anything yet other than a Gu) and then later some pineapple overnight oats with walnuts and (non-dairy) chocolate chips.
Today’s weight: 117.2
As my shoe obsession (and therefore collection) has grown
out of control, I’ve decided that I need to start documenting how my shoe (and other wardrobe) choices for each run go. Especially since I’m now training for a 50-mile race and will be adding more longer runs to my schedule. I can wear just about anything for my shorter weekday runs, but it seems that when I have issues, they usually start at/around 10k.
Today was supposed to be a 12-mile long run, but I knew by 10k (6.2 miles) I wasn’t going to make it. The run itself was good. I was testing out run/walk intervals on the treadmill. I alternated each mile doing 2:30/:30 and 1:30/:30. Doing 2:30/:30 my overall mile pace was around 9:30, and with 1:30/:30 it was 10:30. Tomorrow I’m going to try 1:00/:30 and 2:00/:30.
I wore my new Newton Gravity III with Injini socks. Not sure if it was the socks (not thick enough maybe?) or the shoes, but the outside of my left foot big toe started hurting around 5 miles. I should have stopped and changed shoes then, but I didn’t. At the 10k point, I changed into Brooks Launch 2, but it was too late. I barely made it to 7 miles. Here’s why:
Ugh. Blood blister. When I stopped running it was immediately better. I did a .75-mile cool down walk with no issues, and then changed into my old trusty PF2s (Brooks PureFlow 2) and took Lucy for a 1.3 mile walk, again with no issues. Oh, and speaking of issues, I had NO tummy issues today!! :)
Today’s food log:
- (Pre-run:) 3 cups coffee and a Flintstones multi vitamin
- (Post-run:) Broccoli and Brown Rice casserole
- Mashed potatoes and garlic spinach, Red Hot Blues, and Tahini-lime sauce.
- 40oz water
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?