As I mentioned a while back I am currently working for a local running store while the California Bar Association determines my fate. It is everything I hoped it would be - fun, relaxing and an awesome way to spend my day talking to people about all things running! Before I started working there I had been fit for shoes before and knew what shoe I should be wearing (narrow foot, neutral shoe and Brooks always seemed to work well for me) but didn't know too much about the other types of shoes or brands. I love that I now really understand what makes a shoe a good fit for someone. When I am out running I now find myself examining others shoes, watching for pronation, cotton socks - the whole nine yards! I am slowly becoming a running shoe geek.
I also love that personally I have had the opportunity to try other shoes and have found some other brands I really like! I scored a free pair of the Asics Gel Nimbus 12 from my boss through the Asics rep! A shoe I probably would have never tried before has really been great to take out on shorter runs. It is such a soft and cushy shoe.
I also have an order in for Saucony Rides and Kinvaras. The Kinvara is Sacouny's minimalist shoe, like the Nike Free. I have long been a devoted Brooks fan and don't get me wrong, I still love them, but I also fell in love with the Rides and think they are going to be my new primary trainer/race shoe this go around just to mix it up a bit. I really hope they get here in the next week so I can break them in before CIM.
There you have it - 4 new pairs of shoes and through some employee reward programs I was able to get them all and only spent a little over $100! Now there is a "wild" deal!!
A "Wet" Week 5 - Total Miles: 29 (should have been 32)
Training this past week was nothing short of awesome! I did miss three miles even though I had the best intentions of getting up Saturday am and getting them in before work. I set my alarm for what I thought was 7:00 am but instead it went off at 6:00 am. At 6:00 am I thought I reset it for 7:00 am and ended up setting it for 7:00 pm and when I did wake up at 8:00 am I had an hour and a half to shower, get ready and get to work by 9:30 am. Thus, sadly it did not happen. However, I rocked my Wednesday hill work out - 5 very hilly miles in 49 minutes - a 9:48 pace. Thursday was another easy 5 miles - 50 minutes - a 10:00 pace.
Sunday was my 19 mile long run. All week the weather forecast showed rain on Sunday - the rest of the week was clear - we even had some high 70s - but rain was forecasted for Sunday. Early morning Sunday I heard the familiar sound of cars on the wet street through the open window and when I got up I saw a steady rain falling from the sky. Even though I haven't run in the rain all that much, I have never really minded it. I don't even have any special "running rain gear" - I threw on my capris, a tank, my arm warmers and a hat and headed out to meet my group at the Lafayette/Moraga trail. I had never run on this trail before so I was looking forward to it. I always love finding new places to run.
The run itself was great - wet - but great. The trail is about 7.5 miles so we went out and back for 15 and then out 2 more and back to make 19. Randomly, the majority of our group is the same pace so I have a good group of 5 people who are always around me. For the first 7.5 the trail has a gradual incline but that just meant the 7.5 back was a nice decline! Again we did run/walk - 5.5 minutes run/1 minute walk. I finished 19 miles in 3:12:19 - 10:07 pace! I couldn't have been more thrilled.
Not too much exciting happened - I listened to music for a bit, chatted for a bit, splashed in a few puddles - in general had a great time. The only thing I wished I could have done was changed socks half way through but other than that I didn't mind the rain at all - and it rained/poured the ENTIRE
Afterwards our group got coffee and bagels and chatted about the run, CIM and just running in general! I had a jacket in my car but I can't believe I wasn't smart enough to bring dry clothes with me so I had to sit in the bagel shop in my soggy shoes and capris - at least the coffee warmed me up!
CIM is now only four weeks away. I am feeling so good about my training and level of fitness right now. I may not necessarily be speedier but I can tell my cardiovascular fitness has greatly improved. With such a great week of runs and some awesome deals on shoes this was definitely a fun week.
Just curious, with my new found shoe knowledge, what does everyone like running in? Do you have one pair you mainly run in or do you switch off?