Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wet and Wild

Much more wet than wild but the title was fun!  However, I do have to tell you about some "wild" deals I have gotten lately. 

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.
Lastly, even though I am going to try the Rides, I couldn't leave out Brooks and have ordered their Ghost shoe to be a supplement trainer/racer.  I usually run in the Defyance but was a little disappointed the last model didn't make it much past 300 miles.

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?
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  1. I have the Gel Nimbus shoes that are pictured and I loved them up until the Nike half. After the race I've been having some weird foot issues that may or may not be attributed to the shoes.

    I'm hoping to try the Nike Free shoes and see how they are but I'm not sure that they are meant for distance running.

  2. My go-to shoes for a couple of years were Saucony Progrid Rides. When I started having foot problems, I switched to Brooks Defyance 3. I love both pairs (and am wearing one Brooks shoe RIGHT NOW! - just the left one).

    My trail shoes are New Balance 790s - and they're my favorites. Probably because trail running is my favorite.

    I am not sure what my feet will be like when I can start running again, but I may actually need ANOTHER new pair of shoes. Which is not the saddest thing ever, right? :)

    Sometimes I think it would be kinda fun to work at a running store. I love running/working out; I hate sitting at a desk....what could be more awesome, right?

  3. I heart my Saucony's! Sadly, when I bought my newest pair on MEGA sale they didn't have the pink ones...oh well, blue is nice too.

    Way to rock your 19 miler. Sounds like the walk run method is working for you. I should be more consistent in how I train for my long runs, I seem to be all over the place.

  4. Nice work!
    I was wearing the Gel Nimbus shoes for my past three long run shoes. They were doing the trick but they were a bit heavy. So I just switched to the Mizuno wave riders. I love them! Cushy and light!
    I also wear the Saucony Fast Twitch Pro Grid - they are light and so much more supportive than the Kinvaras. The Kinvaras are not gender specific and a little to minimilist. Try them, they are awesome!

  5. I love brooks too...Running is great when I wear one..

    --brooks running shoes

  6. Awesome job on your long run! That is my fav trail!!! it's so pretty and peaceful :)

    Holy shoe heaven! I have finally worn out most of my shoes and need to stock back up!

    It was great seeing you last night :)

  7. Wow - I just found your blog and am SO impressed w/ all your races! Congrats on finishing so many!!

    I am a Brook's girl. I overpronate and they work really well for me! I just got a new pair of Revannas.

    I'm so glad to hear that you drink coffee after a long run! Everyone thinks I'm crazy for doing that. :)


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