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Going Off Plan – ME!!! Yeah – RunLog 5/28/19

Tuesdays are my weekly speed training day and this week the plan called for 4 x .75 @ 5K race pace.

Yeah, that was the plan. 😉

However, I got a bad case of Harold being Harold and wanted to try out a new pair of running shoes that have been sitting on my dresser for a couple of weeks. Especially, after I took them out of the wrapper yesterday, tried them on, weighed them and was suitably impressed.

Now I am planning on these shoes being my go fast for me shoes and in order to test them out, I decided in my infinite wisdom to use them for my Tuesday speed work session but didn’t want to do the longer repeats originally in the plan. So I decided to do my “go to” workout 12 x .25 @ 5K race pace.

With the understanding that if the new shoes bothered that I could stop the workout and change to my other shoes that I would bring with me.

I also was going to set up my Garmin 230 to timed Intervals and let it tell me when to do my repeats. It was a great plan, but one that failed miserably, once I started the watch, I noticed that the distance was waaaay off. Yes, it was set to Indoor mode, but for some reason, it attempted to use the GPS too.

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So I paused the treadmill, adjusted the laces and restarted the watch – it did it again, after that, I just ignored the watch and went by the treadmill display.

However, I went ahead and changed up the workout slightly and made it harder. Yeah, I know – new shoes and a harder than usual speed workout.

Yeah, you really were Harold being Harold today.

What did I end up doing?

  • 1.0 @ 6.7 mph for a warm-up
  • Recoveries after each fast .25 was 6.5 mph.
  • 4 x .25 @ 8.7 mph, with that pause to try to get the watch working correctly, slightly faster than what I would like to run for a 5K
  • 4 x .25 @ 8.9 mph – a little more difficult, but doable, but the recoveries felt pretty short
  • 4 x .25 @ 9.1 mph – actually I felt smoother running at this speed, but the recoveries seemed way too short

At this point, I looked like I had gone swimming or running in the rain, but I was still feeling pretty strong, so I decided to make this workout even harder. What a dumbshit! Like twelve quarter-mile repeats at increasing speeds were not enough.

Time for strides.

  • 5 x .1 @ 9.6 mph – my treadmill strides distance
  • 1 x .1 @ 10.1 mph – yeah that one sucked!

8.0 miles total in 60:42 or as close as I could figure.

One of those workouts that I kept changing on the fly since I was feeling pretty good throughout and wanted to test the new shoes to see how they would when I was tired and still attempting to run fast. Surprisingly, I felt better with each mile I ran in them, even though I was getting pretty tired.

I didn’t get any hotspots and my feet did not bother or hurt. Although I did have to adjust the lacing when I paused the treadmill and still have some minor adjustments to do. Otherwise no issues with the shoes – other than being impressed with how well they performed on a pretty tough initial run.

Oh yeah, the shoes were Nike Zoom Fly SP in size 8.5.

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They do feel very different from my Zoom Fly v1, which to me feel more like a light-weight daily trainer style of running shoe. The SPs feel much more like a go faster shoe.

Now to get a bunch more miles and hopefully a race in them to see how they really do.

A good first run in the Zoom Fly SPs and an excellent quarter-mile speed workout.

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