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 :)

Sloppy Cuckoo Training (Weeks 7, 8, 9)

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:

Week 7: August 3rd through 9th

Weeks 8 and 9 (Aug 10th through 23rd):

Weeks 8 and 9

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:

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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 ;)

The Friday Five – Running Shoes!!

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

runningshoes-buymore

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.)

Sloppy Cuckoo Training – Week 6 Summary

I ran 41.25 miles last week! No wonder I’m exhausted ;)

RunSummary July 27 - Aug 2, 2015

  • 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!

 

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…

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!

This Week’s Food and Fitness

I’ve been eating the same thing all week for all 3 meals. Boring? Nope, delicious! Have a look:

Food Log 3-26-15

The recipe for the Taco Bake is HERE, and the BB (Black bean) Sriracha sauce is HERE. Instead of making it with the veggie pasta (like on the recipe link), I’ve just been eating it over brown rice or quinoa and then adding red peppers and scallions.

Oh, and that Pocketfuel Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter “gel” is fantastic! Of course it does contain 3 of my favorite things ;)

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I haven’t yet determined if it actually helps with energy because my weekday runs are only 35 – 45 minutes, but it still makes for a delicious snack! Hahaha!

And speaking of running, here’s how this week has gone so far:

  • Monday: 3.5 mile easy/recovery run
  • Tuesday: for CT I did a 2.8 mile brisk walk
  • Wednesday: Speed work. I did 1:2 intervals x10 (3.69 miles)
  • Thursday: 35 minutes easy run (3.59 miles)
  • Friday: today is a 3 mile tempo run. Will probably do 4 between warm up and cool down, depending on how my tummy is in a couple hours when I go…
Saucony Kinvara 5

Saucony Kinvara 5

I’ve been wearing the Kinvara 5s all week. They’ve definitely moved to the #1 spot on my rotation list. And not only because I’m too lazy to switch the foot pod ;)  They are light-weight, comfy/springy, have great arch support, and are wide enough for my fat little feet (unfortunately, the NB Zantes are just a bit too narrow). They’ve worked well for hills, speed-work, and the long run.

And that’s about it for now from this end. Hope y’all are having a happy Friday!

Last Week’s Run Summary, Marathon Training, and Baked Falafel

I know I’m late with this, and have also been M.I.A. lately. I’m sorry. My office has been without internet off and on for the past week or so, and it’s been a total nightmare. So when I get home it takes me several hours to catch up on everything I missed during the day, besides having to make dinner, take Lucy for her walk, and the every-day household stuff that has to be taken care of. But anyways…

2/2/15 - 2/8/15

2/2/15 – 2/8/15

I took it easy last week in anticipation of marathon training starting this past Monday, although there was really no reason since so far it hasn’t been anything different than I normally do. The hardest thing for me during the first half of training (until the long runs get long) will be getting in cross-training. Because, frankly, I suck at doing anything besides running and/or walking :)

Today I went ahead and registered for the Marathon – that was exciting!

marathonregistration

In shoe news, the Kinvaras have been working out quite well so far. I’ve worn them for every run since I got them. Does this mean I’ve stopped searching for the “perfect” shoe? Of course not! Lol! I’m going to stop at my LRS this weekend and try on the PureFlow 3 or 4, the new Launch (if they have them in stock yet), and maybe even the PureCadence. I’d also like to try the Hoka Cliftons and the New Balance 1400 but my local store doesn’t carry either of those. I’m trying to refrain from ordering anything else online since it’s been kinda hit-and-miss lately. But we’ll see…

Tonight I made baked Falafel for the first time and Wow! They are delicious! It was also my first time eating them. It definitely won’t be the last.  I put them over some quinoa with roasted garlic, and drizzled some Sesame-Garlic sauce over it. Yum!

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This morning’s weigh in was 117.4 so all is still good there :)

And that’s about it for today!