Saturday - My motivation lately has been in the toilet. Honest truth. Today was no exception, especially when looking at the weather report - 12 degrees (yay! no negatives!), but 12-15 mph winds. Uuuuuugh. Thankfully I was able to meet up with my running group: a cast if diehard running characters that are going to go out regardless. I've said it before and I'll say it again - misery loves company.
Our route is mostly a north to south out and back route, and the winds were coming from the south. I suggested we go south on the highway first, into the wind, to get that out of the way and allow the wind to push us back. Everyone agreed to that plan, so we set out. No joke - it was horrible. Take your breath away, slow you down by a minute or more, blister your face kind of wind. We managed 4 miles out, and then decided to turn around with the plan of doing about a mile on the east to west road that we start on. Once we turned around, it was so much better and the run was over before I knew it! We even overshot the 10 mile mark a little. 10.40 miles @ 10:26 overall pace.
Sunday - Sunday we spent going to church, and then shopping for funeral attire. It's harder than you'd imagine to find a black or dark colored dress for a little girl. Especially with Easter right around the corner. So we were out all day, but I managed to not only find an appropriate dress but also get in 30 min of abs & oblique pilates.
Monday - Once again, this run is brought to you by Lack of Motivation. I don't know where my mojo went, but I'd like it back. The roads were slushy due to wet snow on Sunday, so I strapped on the Yaktrax and headed out anyway. On tap was a cutdown run - 1 mile warm up, 1 mile at 8:55, 8:45, 8:35, 8:25, the 1 cool down mile for a total of 6 miles. The first few miles weren't so bad, but those 8:35 and 8:25 miles were real work. Uphill, sloppy snow. Ugh. At one point I was running on a clearer, more traveled road, and basically made the cars go around me because the shoulder was too sloppy. I got it done, slightly off pace, with the workout miles being 8:58, 8:41, 8:38, & 8:30. Good enough.
Tuesday - an unexciting morning on my stationary bike. Thank goodness for Gilmore Girls.
Thursday - 6 easy miles @ 10:09 average pace. In an effort to relieve that post tib pain, I ran on my treadmill this morning in the Saucony Guides I bought right after the Detroit marathon. They felt better on the post tib tendon, but they rubbed my peroneal tendon on the left foot. So, uh, yea....I'm sick of shoes.
Friday - My body feels like it needs some rest. Unhappy peroneal tendon, unhappy post tib tendon...so nothing today. Maybe some pilates later. Maybe.
I'm starting to feel like I just can't win with shoes lately. I may head down to Duluth on Monday to try out some shoes at the running store. I have a 10 miler on tap for Saturday morning, so I'll run in the Guides again to see how my feet react to that, but most likely I'll be shelling out more money for more shoes. Not exactly what I want to do right now, but I can't run in shoes that hurt me, right?
Are you loyal to a shoe brand? Do you rotate brands or models depending on your training?