The January Thaw came through this week and gave us a break from the sub-zero weather we have had, which allowed the roads to clear a lot, so that you can actually run on them. However, as I found out, running in my new trail shoes on the roads was a lot better than trying to use my road shoes.
It seems that my body likes the idea of having Tuesday’s off more than Saturday’s. Looking back at my training log over the past 2 months, I have taken off 4 Tuesday’s, so if this keeps up I might have to look at changing my scheduled “rest” day. Something I will be thinking about.
A couple of weeks ago I was talking in one of my Facebook groups with another runner and we both had running shoes in our closets, that we didn’t like, have low mileage on them and are about the same size. So we decided to trade some of our cast-offs for the other’s cast-offs. I got rid of my Nike Free 4.0 v3 and New Balance 1010’s and I got back a pair of Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Roads (see below) and Scott MK4. The N2’s I really like, but the Scott’s were a little too small in a size 8.0 and feel weird when I walked in them. They fit more like the Mizuno’s do for me – a little too tight in the toe-box.
I will try the Scott’s more when it is warmer out, but they are a shoe that I never would have purchased for myself, but this way I get a chance to try them out and see how they work for more than a quick spin around the show room floor. So I went 1 for 2, I still consider it a definite win and will do it again with other runners if the opportunity presents itself.
I didn’t really do the McMillan Half Marathon training plan this week, but it still served as the basis for what I ended up doing. As usual I did more than I was supposed, except for the hill repeats when I stopped at 5 instead of the 6-8 that I was supposed to do. BTW I wrote down this week’s plan for last week, got a mix-up on the date – oh well, just try to repeat it again this week.
- Monday – 6.0/47:10 – Champions Treadmill — 2.0 miles @ 7.0, 6 x 2:00 min @ 9.1 mph with 1:00 min rest @ 7.0 in between, .25 @10.1 mph, then 1.0 mile cool-down. I did this as a first run in the PI N1-Trails to see how they would do. See post
- Tuesday – DNR
- Wednesday –
4.51/36:22 — Central Maine Striders Group Run with Barry and Patrick. A nice run at just over an 8:00 pace.
2.16/19:42 — Mayflower Hill Repeats – only half-way up from the bridge. The plan called for 6-8, but I only did 5, when I stopped it was time to stop. See post
- Thursday – 9.13/1:28:05 — ACAR Waiting Run. Instead of sitting around the car repair shop, I went for a run. I did make the mistake of running along the Rail Trail – lots of black ice, ice = just plain nasty running. Had to run up by the tracks on the rail bed. Really glad that I wore the N1 Trails – the rock plate made a big difference. Then I ran towards Gardiner. See post.
- Friday – Long Run.
12.86/1:47:53 — I did really good until my Garmin decided to stop for some reason or other – something I did I am sure.
2.27/21:12 — I lost my focus and just cruised in, instead of pushing through like I had planned. See post.
- Saturday – 3.2/29:06 — This was a planned day-off, but it was also the day that was chosen to honor and remember
Meg Cross Menzies who was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.
I just ran an easy recovery run and reflected.
- Sunday – 4.5/43:23 — 35th Annual January Thaw Road Race, Belgrade. My first race since September and I really was not sure how things would go. I did pretty good though, set a new Course Record by 10 seconds, finished 7/26 and 2nd in my age group. Yes it snowed a little, but the N1 Trails did an outstanding job running in them. See Post.
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 — (92.94) My 50 mile review. I didn’t run in them this week, but they will be my primary outside road shoe when the roads get a little more clear.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trails — (42.43) All I can say is WOW!!! I bought them on Monday at the Rail Trail Run Shop in Augusta and have put them through their paces. From long runs (15+ miles), speed work on the treadmill to running on rocks on a trail bed, crusty snow, slush over ice, loose dirt – I found that they were fantastic. I know that 42.43 miles on a pair of running shoes, does not mean that they are a GREAT running shoe, but they sure have a great running start.
I know that I have never been able to run double-digits comfortably in any pair of trail shoes that I have worn in the past and to combine that with how they did on the treadmill speed workout on Monday and today’s race – I am impressed.
Pearl Izumi EM/N2 Road 8.5 — (3.2) These were part of the exchange that I made with another runner, except they are size 8.5. I probably would never have purchased the 8.5’s because the 9.0’s seem to fit so well, but this gave me a chance to try that size without the pressure of “having” to decide. They feel a little snugger than the 9.0’s, but not uncomfortable. I have a feeling that I will use them as my race-day and treadmill shoes for a while, (they just feel a little quicker), at least until I get another pair of racing flats and then alternate them into the rotation when the size 9.0’s get tired.
Skechers GoRun Ride2’s (Orange/Gray) (436.07 miles) I have turned these into my primary walking shoes and if the weather is nasty, rain or something, use them for my running. These shoes just keep on working for me.
It seems that I am becoming a Pearl Izumi running shoe convert. My last 3 pair of running shoes have been P/I’s and I have had 15+ mile runs in both the N2 Roads and N1 Trails without any issues. However, I still like my Skechers GoRunRide2’s, now I just have to decide if I want to pick up a couple of pair of them on clearance or not, or do I just want to stick with the Pearl Izumi?
Hmmmm I like both a lot, maybe I will just wait another month or two to see how these Pearl Izumi’s work out, especially since it is still only a small sample size for now.
The usual tightness in my hamstrings that I get when I start speed work, and that seems to be lessening. The Achilles tendon is still a little bothersome during double-digit runs, but nowhere near where it was and the right knee barks at me from time-to-time.
The reality is that
the January thaw is just about over and we are headed back to real winter weather (yes that nasty below zero crap is coming back), so I need to stay flexible and realistic about the training that I attempt to do outside in nasty conditions. When it gets down in the single digits (plus the wind chills) I have to decide if I really want to run outside in it or not, especially if the footing is not safe for me (slush, ice, etc.), I don’t try to be stubborn and run outside anyway.
Next Week’s Plan
Half Marathon Prep Speed and Hill week #2
- Monday: FR: 5-6 x3 min w/2 min jog
- Tuesday: 55-65 minute – recovery
- Wednesday: Hills 8-10 – Run with CMS Wednesday “nooners” then do Mayflower Hill for repeats
- Thursday: 60-70 minute – recovery
- Friday: Long Run: 105-120 minutes – See how I feel
- Saturday: Off
- Sunday: 60-70 minutes – No races planned this week
Only 11 days left in January, February is almost here which means spring is not that far away 🙂