Friday, March 6, 2015

Keeping Those Easy Runs Easy & The Race Day Shoe Dilemma

Seriously, Mother Nature is the worst. Is it so much to ask for a mild winter? I posted this pic to Instagram as a little #TBT to summer, warmth and sunshine. The picture on the right is my current view...


On Wednesday, I ran 5.5 miles before work. This evened out my 6.5 miles from the day before. I told you, I'm very OCD about numbers. If Tuesdays are my speedy days, Wednesdays have become my "medium" days. The miles are not "oh my God, I'm going to die" hard, but they're definitely not easy towards the end of the run. I progressed from a 9:41 pace to a 9:05 with an 8:50 thrown in for the last .5 miles or so...


Yesterday's snow day breakfast was the usual oatmeal/banana/blueberries/flax/chia seeds with the addition of some strawberries. And a bucket of coffee...


The snow forecast was "progressively worse" throughout the day, so I slid my car to the gym early. 4 recovery easy peasy miles. I repeated last week's workout and increased the incline to 2% for every other .25 mile, while staying at a consistent 9:40ish pace... 


I never really understood the benefits of easy miles before. My goal when I started running 4ish years ago was to run faster every single time. If I did a 4 mile run in 40 minutes, I better be running that same 4 miles in 39:45 the next time, and so on. 

I am much more educated now and realize the importance of easy running and active recovery. It just so happens that one of my favorite running bloggers talked all about this with Women's Running this week, so read the article here. As she states in the article, "many coaches recommend that easy running should take up 50-75% of your weekly milage." I'm getting a little closer to that number, but still not there yet. It sounds weird, but we need to slow down to speed up. Trust the process! 

In other news, I was foam rolling the other night (do that too!), and Stella was just sitting on the table watching me. She's a stage 3 clinger. Or she may be plotting ways to kill me... 


And in the most exciting news of the week (my life is all about those runs right now, so this is exciting news to me), my "marathon shoes" have arrived! Okay, not quite sure if they're my marathon shoes yet, but they're new and here! My current Wave Rider 18's have about 300 miles on them and the trusty internet is telling me they can last anywhere from 250-500 miles. That's so helpful :) I've mostly been using them on the treadmill, so I think they may be able to last me till after race day, but I'll make a final decision in the next couple of weeks or so - probably after my 18 miler. 

But aren't they pretty :) 


What % of your runs are at an easy pace? 

How many miles do you usually run before switching up your shoes? 

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