This is what my week of running looked like:
Monday – Rest Day. My children were off for the MLK holiday so it ended up working out well that it was a rest day. My kids are at an age where all they seem to do is bicker, so we headed to the movies to see Jumanji (we all liked it).
Tuesday – 10 miles. After not really wanting to take a rest day on Monday I then found it hard to motivate myself to go running on Tuesday…because of course. I felt good after a very easy long run on Sunday and having the day completely off on Monday, so I pushed the pace. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been able to push the pace a little yet still feel comfortable and average in the 7’s. 8:23/8:23/8:21/8:05/7:40/7:53/7:49/7:21/7:17/7:11 – Do I think I can be as fast as I once was? Probably not, but I do think I’m improving again and that with improvement comes the ability to dream a little bit when it comes to setting goals.
Wednesday – 10 COLD miles. I’m so over winter. I received my Inside Tracker results yesterday and OF COURSE I’m still low in Vitamin D. It’s somewhat humorous when doctors have suggested to me that I need to spend more time outside (I’m outside almost every day). I know I’m not getting much if anything from the sun in the winter, but it’s been either low or on the low end, year round for a couple of years now.
Thursday – Speed workout that totaled 12 miles. I was supposed to do speed on Wednesday but moved it because I had a massage scheduled at Massage Hope and thought my legs might feel snappier if I waited till the day after to push it. I definitely think the massage helped! The workout was 8 x 800 with 400 meter running recoveries + a warm up and cool down. I 100 percent believe there is a time and a place for running speed workouts on the track but 9 times out of 10 I do my speed workouts where I run. Out of the 44 marathons I’ve run, only a handful have been flat. I’m not worried about if my paces for the 400’s look fast-for-me in Runkeeper. I want to train my body to run fast while going up and down hills. There was more elevation gain in this 12 mile run, than I’ll run during Tokyo Marathon!
Friday – 8.18 miles. I definitely feel the speed workout in my legs, so it wasn’t hard to run more of a recovery pace. A bit too fast at the end of the run, but it’s mostly downhill so it’s not as fast as it looks. It feels “easy” to run downhill after running mostly uphill for the first 4. 9:06/8:56/9:00/8:49/8:49/8:17/7:56/7:59
Ran in the Asics EVORIDE this morning! I really liked them. They felt stiff when I first put them on, but that’s how Asics shoes typically feel to me when I first put them on. I’m not someone who usually feels that you need to break in new running shoes, but with Asics, I kind of actually do feel that they need a bit of breaking in. Completely forgot I was wearing new shoes once I started running – which is my “true test” for new running shoes. I shouldn’t be thinking about them.
I often get asked why I don’t just run in one brand of running shoes. I truly believe that rotating shoes helps prevent injuries. I find that if I run in one shoe too much during a training cycle, without rotating, I start to feel niggles here and there, even if it’s a shoe I absolutely love.
Here’s a good article on the Features blog that explains why it helps to rotate shoes between different brands.