13.1, 5, 10k, 10k, 10 miles, and 10k

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.

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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

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1/31/16 – 10k in Newton Distance IV

2/6/16 – 10 miles in PureFlow 1

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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 :)

8 Miles – NB Vazee Pace

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.

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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.

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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

7 Miles – Newton Gravity III

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.

Current shoe rotation 1-16-16

Ahem, please ignore the slippers on top ;) 

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.

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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!! :)

As for the rest of my “wardrobe” all was good. I wore the Skirtsports Lioness skirt, VS Knockout sports bra (highly recommend!!!), and a basic tank top.

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

Weight: 117.8

The Friday Five – Running Shoes!!

If there’s one thing I can always talk about, it’s running shoes!

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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.

Decisions, decisions...

Decisions, decisions…

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:

Brooks PureFlow 2 <3

Brooks PureFlow 2. Best. Shoes. EVER! 


Newton Distance IV. I really do like these shoes and they're super comfy! The color is perfect too :)

Newton Distance IV. I really do like these shoes! They’re super comfy and the color is perfect too ;) I think the reason I don’t wear these more often is that I don’t want to “ruin” them! Haha!


New Balance Zante.  I thought these were going to be the new "go-to" shoe, but they are just a tad too narrow. Not from side to side or front to back, but from top to bottom (does that even make sense?). They were good for up to half marathon distance, but then caused blisters on the tops of my toes and I haven't worn them since. I'm still putting them in my top 5 though :)

New Balance Zante.
I thought these were going to be the new “go-to” shoe, but they are just a tad too narrow. Not from side to side or front to back, but from top to bottom (does that even make sense?). Instep maybe? They were good for half marathon distance, but at around 17 miles I got blisters on the tops of my toes and I haven’t worn them since. I’m still putting them in my top 5 though :)


 

Brooks PureFlow 1. I lucked into these shoes! The owner at my LRS knew I was desperately searching for PF2s, so when he found a pair of the originals he put them aside for me.  The day I got them (Tuesday) I ran my 2nd fastest 5k ever (27:01) and they felt perfect! Since then the right shoe has been bothering me a little like it's a tad too narrow. I think I just need to adjust the laces to get them "just right." I'm reserving a final opinion until after a few more wears, but they are definitely in the top 5!

Brooks PureFlow 1.
I lucked into these shoes! The owner at my LRS knew I was desperately searching for PF2s, so when he found a pair of the originals he put them aside for me. The day I got them (Tuesday) I ran my 2nd fastest 5k ever (27:01) and they felt perfect! Since then the right shoe has been bothering me a little like it’s a tad too narrow. I think I just need to adjust the laces to get them “just right.” I’m reserving a final opinion until after a few more wears, but they are definitely in the top 5!


 

Newton Fate. Another great pair of shoes that are good for half marathon distance. I don't think I've tried to wear these for any longer distances because they are just a little too loose. But again, I'm going to try re-lacing to see if I can get a better fit. These should actually be good for longer distances because they have a bit more cushioning in the forefoot area.

Newton Fate.
Another great pair of shoes that are good for half marathon distance. I don’t think I’ve tried to wear these for any longer distances because they are just a little too loose. But again, I’m going to try re-lacing to see if I can get a better fit. These should actually be good for longer distances because they have a bit more cushioning in the forefoot area.

 


I could easily open a used shoe business ;)

I could easily open a used shoe business ;)

Another rack full!


 

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!

Semi organized :)

How many pairs of running shoes do you have?

(Today’s post was inspired by my friend Judy, and is linked to the “Friday Five” by Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run.)