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

Week 5 Sloppy Cuckoo Training

After reviewing the last few weeks of training, I’m thinking that I need to make one of my weekday runs a bit longer, or do 2 runs per day once or twice per week. Especially on cut-back weeks. Most of the ultra plans that I’ve looked at have weekly mileage between 35 – 45 miles and I’ve been averaging 25 – 35. So I’ll be tweaking my training plan over the next few days…

Here’s how last week went:

Week of July 20 - 26, 2015

Week of July 20 – 26, 2015

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: Speed intervals (2:1 x 10)
  • Wednesday: Easy run
  • Thursday: Rest
  • Friday: Level 3 Hills
  • Saturday: Long Slow Run (cut back week)
  • Sunday: Recovery Run (turned into LSR part 2)

I think Wednesday will be the day to do a longer (or double) run, and then maybe get rid of one of my rest days (most likely Monday). Doing those 2 things would get me an additional 6 – 10 miles per week, and then I’d be good.


In shoe news, the New Balance Zante have moved up to the number 1 slot in my rotation list. I don’t know why I pass(ed) them over so frequently – they are comfy, lightweight, and have enough forefoot cushion to go longer distances. Granted, I haven’t worn them for more than 10 miles at once, so we’ll see how they do on my 22-miler next Saturday.

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#skirtsports #REALwomenmove #roadid #garmin #injini #newbalance




Week 4 Ultra Training

Here’s how last week’s training went:

Run Summary 7-13 to 7-19-15

  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: Speed Intervals – 1:2 x 10
  • Wednesday: Easy
  • Thursday: rest
  • Friday: Hills!
  • Saturday: 18-mile Long Run
  • Sunday: 10k Recovery Run at Race pace

I wore the new Newton Distance IV for my long run and they felt pretty good. I noticed that I’m still grabbing for my PureFlow 2s as a first choice though.  They can’t possibly have much life left – at last check they had almost 500 miles!  Oh, what to do, what to do…