Hello and Happy Friday! This week really dragged at times, but I can't believe it's Friday already. Weird how that happens sometimes! This was kind of a rough training week, mainly due to shoe issues.
Saturday - 14 mile run, easy pace. I was supposed to do this on Sunday, but I knew I would be tired after the 4th of July and wanted to be able to eat what I wanted at the BBQ rather than being super careful (sticking to veggies, lean meats). That's no fun. So I got this done on Saturday morning instead. It was actually pretty pleasant, despite being on the warmer side. For the last two miles, I kept thinking about how an ice bath sounded really great. I've never done an ice bath before, but I know they're supposed to be really good for your legs post-run. When I got home, I tried it out with just cold water in my bath tub. Holy cow was that painful! I lasted all of 5 seconds...don't think I'll be doing that again any time soon!
I ran in my new shoes, and had almost no knee pain. Hooray! The left shoe of this new pair (Brooks Adrenaline) slips a little at my heel, so then I have to tie it up higher. But then it pinches a little at my ankle. So I'm not sure if I just need to break the shoe in a little more, or if it just isn't the right shoe for me. I'll run in it a few more times before making my mind up. Average pace: 9:39
Sunday - R&R.
Monday - Hip & lower leg strengthening exercises.
Tuesday - Hills. Oh hills! Love hate relationship, let me tell you. The workout was 1 mile warm up, 6 x (30 sec @ 7:10, jog down rest, 75 sec @ 7:50, walk down rest), 1 mile cool down. My paces were kind of all over the place, and definitely did not hit those prescribed paces. But they make a huge note that you should run this by effort, and it's ok if you don't hit those paces. I really tried though. I found a good hill, recommended by another local RC friend, than had that 6-7% grade we're supposed to aim for.
It doesn't look steep, but this was a KILLAH HILL. My paces were anywhere between 7:02 and 8:13 for the 30 sec repeats, and 8:03-8:23 for the 75 sec repeats. Then my legs were jello.
Wednesday - So sore. That sums up today. I was feeling ok yesterday, but sometime over the night my hips, glutes, and shins started letting me know that they didn't like that awesome hill workout yesterday. Uh, sorry body - get over it. So...off I went for an easy 5 miles. Hey, I had to shake things out a bit. Average pace was around 9:43. Also? Not loving my new shoes. I think I'm going to keep them for easy days, though. I ordered a pair of Saucony Guides for long runs, workouts and races, even though they are still a support shoe. Hopefully switching back and forth will make for a stronger foot and lower leg. That's the idea, anyway.
Thursday - rest and a few core strength exercises in the evening. Still walking like a duck, but slightly better.
Friday - Easy 3 miles, average pace of 9:44. Hips and glutes are feeling much better, although my shins are still a little sore. I concentrated on having "floppy feet" by relaxing the foot a bit, so hopefully that didn't add more strain to the area. It was a beautiful morning though, and still under 50 degrees. Which is why I am a morning runner #4life.
Tomorrow I'm running a local 10k, as part of my planned 11 mile long run. So I'm going to run 3ish miles there, do the race, and run 2 miles home. That should be interesting!
Do you have shoe issues? How do you feel about hill workouts?