So I forgot to mention yesterday to say THANKS for all the nice words about me being stressed on Friday. It was just silly stress, well I guess the stress wasn’t silly but it didn’t have a focus or purpose. But I get so much lovin’ from y’all. <3. And thanks for all the suggestions for fueling during the run. I hadn’t thought of crackers and pretzels just because of the logistics of taking it. Luckily I wear a windbreaker that has a front pocket so carrying the stuff shouldn’t be difficult it’s just those pesky frozen fingers make everything 10000000x more difficult. Which is why gels and stuff is out. I need something that I can stow away already opened, like pretzels in a fold top baggie. I’ll experiment and keep you guys posted on that. Luckily it shouldn’t be 14* on April 19th. At least I’m going to pray it isn’t.
It was, however, another cold one here in southern New England. I purposely chose to push off my run ’til noon so I could take advantage of the 22* (feels like 6*) weather rather than bitterness when I first got up. The wind wasn’t too bad actually so I, again, overdressed. In fact I was sweating during this run! Craziness.
After some stalling (because I always stall when I know it’s cold out. I know I can handle it but I’m never like “hell yeah it’s cold out! Rock on!” So I stand at the door to my building for a good 5 minutes just waiting hah) I hit the streets for a recovery run. Despite having run 20.5 miles yesterday my legs didn’t feel bad. Sure when I first got up they were a little grumbly but they loosened up quite nicely and I was able to hit a nice clip from the get-go. Not sure what I started out at but my overall pace was 8:56 for a total of 10 miles.
Very fast for a recovery run. But it didn’t feel that way and in fact I was trying to keep myself from speeding up even more! As for the distance, my rule of thumb is the recovery run can be 50-66% of the long run distance. In this case ~10.25-13.6. Even with my self-imposed rule I was at the low end of my run. I originally set out for 6 miles but was really feeling it. That said I don’t think I would have wanted to go any further than I did. My body was definitely happy with stopping at 10 and surprisingly my mind was too.
One highlight of the run was that I “broke in” my asics sneaks that I bought last week when I was home. It’s weird because in the past I’ve never had more than one pair of running shoes in my possession but at the moment I have FOUR. They are
- 2000+ mile New Balance 768
- 700 mile New Balance 769
- 10 mile Asics Gel Kanbarra 4
- 0 mile New Balance 769
I wrote “broke in” with the quotes because I am now a firm believer in the fact that a good pair of shoes should NOT hurt you. I didn’t always think this and up until a year ago (when I got my first pair of real running shoes — the 768 ones) I wore cheap ass shoes from Walmart. They weren’t specifically running shoes but rather athletic shoes. Which was great because I wasn’t running huge miles or intense work so the price was right but they cut up my feet so bad for the first 1-2 weeks I wore them. In fact I think that the blisters I got from a pair like them was the reason I had to be on IV antibiotics for a resistant strain of staph in my toe last January. NOT GOOD.
Now I love my New Balance. More expensive yes, but for the way I run totally worth it. Last week I was at Kohl’s and there was a huge sale of many types of running shoes so I looked around and since there weren’t any New Balances that fit me the way I wanted and I ended up finding the Asics. Which did you know stands for “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano” (a sound mind in a sound body)? Well I didn’t until a week ago.
The verdict on these guys? Well they’re a keeper for sure. My only complaint is that they didn’t have any “wide” versions at the store and I settled for regular width. But on my test drive today I was wearing double socks (because it’s cold!) and there wasn’t any real discomfort. Yes they are a little tight in the toe area but nothing major and nothing that dropping that second pair of socks won’t cure. I doubt I’ll wear them for my LR or speed work but they definitely will help me make my NBs last longer as I plan on wearing these guys as my recovery run shoes.
Another highlight of the run was when I was finishing up I ran past a police officer and I said “good morning” to him (which I ALWAYS am nice to the po-pos. My dad is a cop and I genuinely think that cops are bashed far too often! But that’s a rant for another day) he replied back with “man that is some dedication you have”. He probably meant me being out in the cold because obviously he had no idea how far I’d run or what my running schedule is like but I was so touched by that. Definitely brightened my day.
Well I’m off to a Sunday meeting. Ugh I hate Sunday meetings, I know most people are doing work today but I never do work on Sundays: I hate feeling rushed doing stuff last minute. Plus I want to enjoy my Sunday before my week starts. The calm before the storm anyone?
Hope you had a great weekend and are having a totally relaxing Sunday