Today’s run was all about staying smart and in control of the speed arrow on the treadmill. I am still having a twinge or two in my hamstrings, so I knew that doing a full-fledged interval session at the speeds I prefer to run, probably wouldn’t be the smartest thing – see I can do it – listen to my body ;-).
So I decided to run a couple of miles further than I usually do on my Monday treadmill workout and keep the pace much more reasonable
- 3.0 miles @7.3 mph – had to stop for BR break
- 3.0 miles @7.5 mph
- 1.0 mile @7.6 mph
- 1.0 mile ladder ending at 8.6 mph
I was able to keep my pace very reasonable and didn’t feel bad at any point during the run. Then again, I was on the treadmill at zero incline, so it isn’t really this fast of a pace, but it still feels good to have the legs turning over a lot quicker than usual.
Overall, a very nice steady paced run that I was very happy with.
Back to real life – After running I did one of the two things that I really don’t enjoy – it is too early to do taxes, so it was the other thing – shopping for a new vehicle. I looked at a few (Subaru Forester, Honda CRV – which wouldn’t start, so I walked away from that one) and test drove a 2013 Nissan Rogue, nothing really tripped my trigger. The Black Forester with a 5 speed did interest me, but TheWife didn’t sound too enthusiastic about it, when we talked later. Luckily we are not in a hurry and I am sure that “our” car will show itself.
Cars in this category are sure expensive and what bothers me the most is that you just don’t know whether you are getting a decent deal or the shaft. I really just hate negotiating with professional negotiators, this is what they do for a living and I do it once every 3-5 years, so you know who is better at it.
However, the heavy-handed sales tactics that I used to see with car sales, were not there at both dealerships I visited, it was almost a pleasant experience, much different than I have experienced before. Was nice.
Shoes: Brooks PureFlows – they felt a lot better with the change to a different insole, but the ball of my left foot started to hurt about 4.0 miles into the run. When I took the PureFlows off, I found out what the problem was – my callous had split open and sweat was getting into it – no wonder I had a stinging sensation in that foot.
This certainly wasn’t the PureFlows problem, especially when I got home I was able to trim almost an 1/4 inch of callous off the edge of my foot. My own fault – I usually trim it back once a month and hadn’t done it in 2-3 months. Just one of those runner things – trimming back callouses on my feet. No I didn’t take pictures of the bottom of my feet ;-P those would be pretty gross.
Socks: Swiftwick Sustain
Top: Runner’s World Tech Short Sleeve tee.
Bottom: Blue Puma compression shorts, New Eastbay Running Shorts (blue/gold) I bought 2 pair of these to replace some that were getting pretty tired and were not fitting quite so well. It feels strange to be wearing shorts that actually fit and don’t flap as much – to be honest, it felt pretty good.
Last Night’s Supper: Two tacos, and small taco salad with Ranch dressing, 1 glass of wine
After supper: 2 clementines, bowl of carmel popcorn, Green tea
Breakfast: Black Coffee, 1/3 Cup Oatmeal, 1/3 Cup Blueberries, Flax Seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground ginger, medium banana, 2 clementines
Vitamins: Simply Right Mature Men MultiVitamin, Simply Right Glucosamine HCI 1500 mg, Swanson High potency Dry Vitamin D-3 – 1,000 iu, Swanson Turmeric 720 mg, Swanson Bee Propolis 550 mg
Snack: 2 Chocolate coconut cliff bars
Lunch: Leftover Sweet and Sour Chicken with lots of Crushed Red Pepper, Green Tea
Foam Roller – Yes
While I was out wandering around I got Brent Weeks – Night Angel Trilogy (all 3 books) with my Christmas gift card at Barnes and Noble. So far I like it. Yes I got my monthly Runner’s World in too, looks like another great issue.