This week was highlighted by taking 4 days off to rest my hamstrings and right hip. I have been fighting these and other little aches and pains for the past 3 weeks or so, and I just got tired of hurting every time I ran.
So I took some time off and am coming back slowly with 3.1 yesterday and 4.0 today. Although I am trying to run a bit quicker than I have in the past.
I definitely needed the time down and I am feeling a lot better during my runs than I was!
Also today I decided to publicly announce my major running goal for 2013 – to run the Marine Corps Marathon, but here is the kicker to go for a sub 03:30:00 and qualify for Boston. It was a big deal to make this decision public, but at the same time it will keep me honest.
I also started to really do my stretches every night and am trying to do a plank a day. Yes I am moving to do more than just running .
Running Summary This Week
This week in two words: Run Week
Top 10 Posts
Here are my top ten posts for the past week based on page views:
- Tommie Copper Sleeve Review – First Impressions
- Nike Free 4.0 v2 – After 50 Miles
- My Transition Plan to Minimalist Running Shoes
- New Blog Focus–2013 Marine Corps Marathon
- The New Nike+ Website is Up
- Is it Time to Recharge?
- Newton Gravity–After 50 Miles
- Tommie Copper – Is Working
- First Run in Asics Gel Blur 33 – 2/16/12
- Long 13.1 Run Today 8-27-12
For some reason at the start of the week I got down to 145 for a day, but for the most part I bounced between 147 and 149. Which I still think is great, since my goal weight for the year was 155! Even going down to New York City and eating differently than usual, I stayed under 150, so that was pretty good.
No real injuries, but I have experienced a lot of discomfort in my hamstrings and right hip – enough to make me shut it down for 4 days. The time off, seemed to help and I am hoping that it does make a difference and I can be running without the discomfort. I continued to use a rolling-pin on my hip and while it was painful as hell, but after I get done, my hip does feel better.
Adidas Adizero Sonic 3
The Sonic 3 are doing a great job, but they just seem slower, for the amount of effort that I am putting into the run. They are an 75% shoe, they do most every thing good enough, but not anything really well. They are an all purpose shoe and if I had to use only one pair of shoes to do everything, these are a pair that I would definitely take a close look at. But as a specific purpose shoe such as a race or trail shoe, I don’t think they quite do what I want.
In the closet for a few of weeks, until my hamstrings and hips are completely feeling better and then I will run my shorter runs in them, to see if the problems I encountered were caused by the zero drop or if it was something else. I do like the shoe and miss running in them and am looking forward to getting them back out of the closet.
Adidas Vigor TR
No runs in them this week.
Today I ran 4.0 miles and didn’t push real hard and yet was able to run at an 8:11 pace and a little faster if I focused on running faster. I have been running in my old Newton Gravities and I am starting to remember, why I liked them so much – now that they don’t cut into my ankle. I feel fast in them and they reward me when I run with good form and let me know when I am not
I reviewed my 2012 running goals 2012 Mid-Year Goal Review and Update and updated them.
The reality is that
the 4 days off have been been a good thing, my hamstrings and hip are getting better and I am starting to run a lot more comfortably. I still notice them a little when I am going at a faster pace, but it is not at the level it was a couple of weeks ago or even early last week.