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January 31, 2010

O.M.G. Shoes.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — marathonmaiden @ 16:04

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 🙂



  1. niiiiice (and the long run too!), I haven’t done it too many times but I always get super excited about doing more than a marathon in a weekend.

    Comment by kristinschleicher — January 31, 2010 @ 16:16


    Does this mean you are wearing the 769s for Boston? You might want to accelerate the break in of the Asics. You will easily be beyond 1,000 miles on the 769s by April. That’s a lot of miles before the 26.2 beating you will put on them for Boston.

    Comment by a marathoner — January 31, 2010 @ 17:04

  3. Oh, lordy. I remember how SO many meetings were end-loaded on Sunday night in college. Now, I am a meeting freak (meaning I love ’em), but Sundays are a bit much. At any rate, back then I always went to Taco Bell after meetings. Urrrgh. You’re so much healthier than I was in college!

    Comment by EE — January 31, 2010 @ 17:05

  4. I’m so glad you are wearing new shoes! It’s about time! I’m with Marathoner, you need to ditch those 2000 mile pair, okay? It’s time to part with them.

    Comment by Rebecca — January 31, 2010 @ 17:14

  5. I have a Sunday meeting for work tonight. I am NOT looking forward to a meeting from 8-10.

    Comment by Matt — January 31, 2010 @ 18:10

  6. Woah new shoes! Sweet!

    Comment by Liz — January 31, 2010 @ 18:31

  7. your feet are definatly important and shoes shouldnt hurt 😉 i love asics

    Comment by lhatala — January 31, 2010 @ 20:54

  8. uggghhh work on sunday sounds terrible! I hope the meeting wasn’t too bad! I’m a big believer that my running shoes have kept me from injury! Have you every tried dried fruit in a ziploc during your run? Like Apricots or Prunes of Nectarines?…soooo easy and kinda like gels/chews but without the wrapper/chemicals! I’m all about dried fruit when I run over 10miles now. I hope you had a great weekend! xoxo!

    Comment by Lizzy — January 31, 2010 @ 21:00

    • Awesome call on the dried fruit! I think that in combo with pretzels might work. The only bummer is my fingers might not be able to manipulate them…but I guess I could always pour it into my mouth like I have no manners hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 1, 2010 @ 22:20

  9. nice recovery run! haha I can’t believe how many different pairs of sneaks you have! I know some people buy shoes to race in …have you ever done that?

    Comment by Mary (Food Fit & Fun) — January 31, 2010 @ 21:29

    • No I haven’t. And I doubt I will because I like my sneaks too much. 🙂 I can’t imagine buying really thin shoes to race in.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — February 1, 2010 @ 22:21

  10. Good job on your run! The day after my 20-miler on Friday, I was BEAT… And Sundays are basically good for stuffing my face and watching football all day, haha.

    Comment by kathleennnn — January 31, 2010 @ 21:58

  11. Nice job on your recovery run! I can’t even imagine running 10 miles after a 20 mile day. You rock!

    How exciting you got new shoes!

    Comment by runeatdatesleep — January 31, 2010 @ 22:07

  12. We need to do MCM this year together. We have till April to debate it…but we should do it!!!!

    Comment by pinkcowgirl — February 1, 2010 @ 10:05

  13. Maybe I ought to read the book, I didn’t think much to the movie, they didn’t really develop any of the characters so you didn’t care about them, that always seems to be a problem with making books into films, that and like you said it’s usually nicer to keep the characters how you imagined them when you were reading it!

    Comment by Laura — February 1, 2010 @ 11:10

  14. I would say that you have 2 pairs of running shoes and 2 pairs of gym, yardwork, old shoes.

    Comment by runjess — February 1, 2010 @ 13:30

  15. I agree I hate Sunday meetings!! I always find myself so exhausted on Sundays that I don’t want to do anything except watch tv, read and relax on the computer.. with some homework in there. I think of Sundays as the day when you should have no commitments or anything just a chill day. Good job on your run!

    Comment by BostonRunner — February 1, 2010 @ 14:27

  16. oh I feel you on Sundays. Those are MY days and people who try to force work on them…well, I get angry. I had the most perfect relaxing Sunday yesterday. I want to “groundhog-day” yesterday!

    Comment by runningfiance — February 1, 2010 @ 15:19

  17. I run in the NB 769’s too. I love them! I can’t believe you got 2000 miles out of your first pair, and 700 miles from your second pair. The other brands that I’ve tried prior to NB have never given me more than 250 miles, at which point my legs always became injured. My oldest 769’s are about ready to hit 400 miles and definitely have more life in them, extra bonus is absolutely no leg issues.

    Comment by sneakersister — February 3, 2010 @ 09:24

  18. you can always trust those high tech running shoes developed by adidas or nike, they are expensive but they are very good .’:

    Comment by Marceline Reisenauer — November 18, 2010 @ 04:18

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