|YES I BROKE 1:40:00 for a Half Marathon Distance!!!!!|
Today is long run day and usually I run from home to TheWife’s Work, but today the forecast was for freezing rain, snow, freezing rain and more snow, at the time I planned to be out running. Plus the temps were right around 31 degrees F.
So I decided to do a treadmill run.
Once I got to the gym, I decided to wear, the Altra Torin’s that I got in last night. My plan called for 10 miles at a 7:40 pace and I had thought about wearing something else, but the more I thought about it, I really wanted to wear the Torin’s. I had worn them for a 2.0 mile walk this morning and they had been very comfortable. So I decided to wear them and if they bothered I could stop and wear the other shoes.
Here is today’s workout:
- 10.0 miles @ 7.8 mph (approx 8:41 pace)
The Torin’s were doing great, they feel much lighter than the 9.8 ounces they are listed for and the cushioning is exactly what I was looking for.
When I got to 6.25 miles, the problems I have been having with my socks was really bother me, so I stopped long enough to take my sock off and got back to it.
Once I took the sock off, my right foot felt a LOT better. So I have to figure out my sock issue real soon.
Once I got to about 9.0 miles, my right heel started to bother me a little from when I when went sockless on Wednesday. I could tell that I had re-opened the blister and the shoe was wearing on the sore that was already there.
I don’t blame this on the Torin’s – I think that most any shoe would have done this if I had gone sockless in them after already having a blister there. When I got done, the back of my right heel was pretty bloody, but I finished the run :-).
- 1.25 mile @ 8.0 mph
- 0.25 mile @ 8.1 mph
- 0.25 mile @ 8.2 mph
- 0.25 mile @ 8.3 mph – 12.0 miles
- 0.25 mile @ 8.5 mph
- 0.25 mile @ 8.6 mph
- 0.25 mile @ 8.7 mph
- 0.15 mile @ 8.8 mph
- 0.10 mile @ 8.9 mph – 13.0 miles
- 0.10 mile @ 9.0 mph
13.1 miles / total time 1:39:43
This is a new Half Marathon personal best and although it is not an official PR time, since it was done on a treadmill, I am still very happy with the results and how I felt during the run and now about 5 hours later. The best part was that this was not an all-out effort, I still felt as though I had a lot left.
It was a huge confidence builder, being able to continue to increase the pace over that last 5K and to push through the blister issue was very encouraging and showed me that I can maintain this kind of pace, even when I needed to work through some discomfort.
The best part was that the Torin’s impressed me a LOT! The blister issue was not the Torin’s issue, it was pre-existing and had been rubbed raw on Wednesday. My heel was doing fine until I had to take my sock off, so I don’t blame them at all for the bloody heel.
They felt very light, I was able to maintain a great pace for a long time and I LOVED the way they felt while I was running in them, especially when I started to increase the pace – even though I was getting tired. A couple of times I could feel myself heel striking and the Torin’s protected me from myself, which is what I have been looking for.
Overall, a great run and an the longest run I have EVER done in a new pair of running shoes. I have a feeling that the Torin’s are going to be a very interesting shoe that I really want to get a few more runs in, before I go spouting about how great they are.
However, it will be hard act to follow after this kind of run for a first run in a par of new shoes.
No disclosure is necessary with these shoes, they are mine.