10k for Autism

After a failed attempt at this yesterday (I only made it 3.3 miles before having to charge back home. I’ll spare the details…), I managed to complete the 10k for Autism (virtual race) today. I opted for the treadmill so that I’d be closer to the bathroom, if needed ;) But all went well, and I had a pretty good run! I did mostly 2:30/:30 intervals, and was able to really kick it into high gear the last mile and a half. I finished in 1:02:50 for an overall pace of just over 10-minute miles.

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WHO wants to run for autism? Virtual 10k race. 1:02:50 NBZ2(3).

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I’ll most likely take a rest day tomorrow, and figure out what’s next from here. Stay tuned!

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.)

Marathon Training – Week 7 Summary

Happy Meatless Monday! I don’t have a new recipe this week because I’m still eating my delicious leftovers from last week. As long as I have quinoa/rice, beans, salsa, and guacamole I don’t need much else :)


I had a great week of training! Not only did I complete all workouts (including the 14 mile long run!), I also got my shoe dilemma all straightened out. It’s the Kinvara 5 (for the win!) for easy and long runs, and the New Balance 1400 v2 for speed-work and (shorter) tempo runs. I can’t believe none of the Brooks made the cut, but I’ve still got my eye on the Launch 2 for my next shopping extravaganza….

I haven’t gotten my weekly email from SmashRun yet, so here’s the breakdown from Daily Mile:

Run summary March 23-29, 2015

Run summary March 23-29, 2015-2

The only downfall this week happened somewhere between miles 5 and 6 of the long run yesterday. My foot pod died. Not just the battery, but the foot pod itself. Not sure how or what happened, but even after putting in a new battery it won’t work :(  No worries though, I just went onto Running Warehouse and ordered a new one. It was a few bucks more than some competitor sites, but they have such great customer service, and super fast shipping! I highly recommend them!


Since I probably won’t have a chance to post tomorrow here’s a little summary for March:

  • 3.2 pounds lost (from 118.8 to 115.6)
  • 104 running miles (plus 3.5 planned for today)

Have a great week!