This shall be a quick, boring post. I am lame, and am completely drained at 9:30 pm. I'm not sure I even have the energy to brush my teeth before I pass out. Delicious.
Delicious like this? Um, no...
Delicious like this.
Half Marathon Training Week Three, Day Two (30 minute tempo run)
For my first official "tempo" run, this went pretty darn well! After sleeping too late on Thursday and realizing how absurdly hot it got right away, I got up extra early for this one - my alarm went off at 6 am. I remember that I was dreaming about trying to get several slices of pizza in a Chinese takeout box... who knows what goes on in my brain?!
I somehow dragged my pizza-less self out of bed and got going, and I was immediately grateful that I'd gotten up so early because it was actually cool outside! I didn't feel like I was running through the depths of hell! That was a nice change, and I have a feeling it helped me keep up a faster pace throughout the run. I was really pleased with my pace on this run... I wanted to stay between a 10:00 and 11:00 mile for much of the run, and I was actually able to maintain a 9:00 mile for a while! I kept telling myself that since I went on an easy run on Tuesday, I needed to give myself a hard run. And it was hard. I was running my neighborhood again (thanks, rain, for making the trail inaccessible) so there were lots of hills. In fact, I actually decided partway through the run that I would end early (run for 28 minutes instead of 30) and just walk up the hill I really hate as a cooldown. But when I started walking up the hill, I thought to myself, "You have 2 minutes left to run and then you can walk for 5 minutes and go inside and stretch. Do you really want to walk all the way up this hill or do you want to run and make it go faster?" And I am proud to report that I ran those last 2 minutes, uphill, and still kept my faster pace. But I can't keep bragging... the whole internet isn't big enough for my head.
I also took a new pair of shoes out for a spin on this run. Actually, I took a different new pair of shoes out on Tuesday as well... see, when I got a blister doing the Liberty Run 4 Miler in my Asics Gel-Phoenix, I took this as a sign from the universe that I needed to take advantage of the 4th of July sale at Road Runner Sports and buy new shoes. Four pairs of new shoes, to be exact. On Tuesday, I tried out the Brooks Ravenna 2 - they felt more lightweight than my Gel-Phoenix, which I loved, but they ate my sock! No kidding, 2 minutes into my walking, the heel of my right sock had slipped completely into the shoe and under my foot. I tried to fix it, but it wouldn't take, so I spent most of the run with the shoe rubbing against my heel and Achilles. It wasn't awful, but it's a problem I need to figure out. Obviously the solution is to buy awesome knee high socks and rock those on my runs.
Friday's new shoes were the Asics Gel-DS Trainer 16. Please take a moment to admire how subtle these babies are. Especially with my massive feet - I was wearing clown shoes.
What I loved about these is that they were super lightweight - they are described on Road Runner as "performance stability" so I'm assuming they are as close as I can get to racing flats and keep some stability happening. I'm not sure if they helped me go faster or if I was just going faster, but I'm betting they didn't hurt anything. That being said, I did get a little bit of shin splinting going on, and I was frustrated by the fit. Everything recommended going a half size up in these, so I got a 9.5 (I have a 9 in the Gel-Phoenix). I thought this would be great because sometimes I worry that the 9s are too small... but the 9.5s in these were definitely too big, my heel was slipping as I went uphill. Not to mention the clown factor. So while I loved Asics, it might just be that I need a 9.25. Special order perhaps?
Okay. I failed at making this short, but I think I did a pretty good job at the boring. Now it's time to brush my teeth (maybe) and pass out. I'll be back tomorrow with a report on my long run - 5 miles! Wish me luck!