Don’t come back on Saturday!
So the plan this morning was to take my new shoes out for a 5 mile pace run. At 6:30am when we woke up to thunder and lightening, it didn’t look good for a run. But by 8:00am, when the alarm sounded the rain seemed to have stopped.
I have a shoe dilemma…
My awesome purple shoes that I have been training in since May have too many miles. I started feeling the effects during some recent long runs and wasn’t exactly sure what to do. I ended up ordering some new shoes (awesome black and blue color) and an adorable long sleeved tshirt. I paid the extra $5 on top of my free shipping to expedite the shipment. My shoes arrived last night and as soon as I slipped my foot in this morning, I knew that the extra support was exactly what I needed.
I took the shoes for a test drive with an aggressive morning pace run. During which I began to think about my plan to get these shoes ready for the marathon in just a few weeks. Ugghh! So my dilemma…which shoes do I wear for Saturday’s 20 miler? I fear that wearing my old (purple) shoes will cause unnecessary aches and pains, but I’m not sure the new (black) shoes are ready for 20 miles. Ideally, I’d love to wear the new ones for the first 12 miles or so, and then switch, but that’s not an option. So help me…what should I do??? Do I wear the shoes with too many miles or too few?
The saddest part about this new shoe situation is that I picked out my neon green socks to go with my purple shoes (I love green and purple together) and I’m not sure how good they will look with the black and blue shoes. Ok, back to more important things than my race day outfit…this morning’s run. It appeared that the rain was done and that I would only be joined only by fog and humidity, but with a little over a mile left to go, the skies opened and the rain came pouring down. I was in the perfect place to take a short cut home and after some debate, and another gust of rain as I rounded the corner on to my street, I decided to cut my run a little short. Even with a slower last mile, I finished my 4.6 mile run below race pace averaging 8:33 min/miles. It was tough to maintain that pace, but I’m happy I pushed through this morning.
I didn’t eat breakfast before my run, which may have made that last mile tougher. I had a fantastic plan for my post run recovery snack…Summer Sander’s Post-Run Smoothie! I discovered this in Women’s Running magazine while reading it last night. It’s definitely different than my usual smoothie and I LOVED every sip!
I’m sure it feels like the majority of my posts have been about running lately. This is mostly because the majority of my life has been about running lately. With a side of work, eating, and maybe some sleeping. If you’re not into the running stuff, then you’ll be happy to know that my last long run is this weekend and then the taper begins! Wish me luck on Saturday’s 20 miler and cross your fingers for a rain free day!
One last thing…
Did you know tomorrow is Run at Work Day?
Ok seriously…which shoes should I wear this weekend?
Is three weeks enough time to get new shoes ready for 26.2 miles?
Summer Sander’s Post Run Smoothie
From Women’s Running Magazine
1 cup ice
1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp peanut butter (I used almond butter)
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp honey (I used 1/2 tbsp agave)
4 pitted dates
Add all ingredients into blender. Mix until smooth. Enjoy!