|My mistake - when I stopped running in my PI's last year.|
I won't make that mistake again anytime soon and my runs this morning only re-emphasized how well I run in Pearl Izumi shoes.
I ran 4.0 miles with Bennie and then 20 minutes later, an 8.61 mile into town and the best thing was that my feet didn't bother me at all. I blame the fit, feel and comfort of the PI H3 for how good I felt during the run and even more how good I feel hours later.
In other words it is a product and Brand that I do use and it works well for me, when I finally got it through my head that what works for me, is what I need to use, versus hopping around always looking for something new as I explained in this blog post Pearl Izumi Running Shoes - My Story.
Hell, I even signed "The Pact", it says a lot and is irreverently reverent, which is something I can relate to.
Enough gushing about Pearl Izumi, although I did apply for their U.S. Run Champions program - ambassadorship (only we gotta take the "ass" out of it) or whatever you want to call it. No, I am doing it to get free shit from Pearl Izumi or anything like that. I did the application because their stuff works for me.
Oh yeah, our old juicer died, so we went out and got a new one today. It is a little slower than the first one and there is a learning curve to figure out the best way to use it, but once I get it figured out, I have a feeling it will be a pretty big improvement over the first one.
Yeah, I surprised myself and everyone else when I kept with the juicing for more than a week. After all it is pretty labor intensive and the clean-up is a pain-in-the-ass, but when I am juicing regularly I do feel better. So I will keep doing it.
My running challenges and goals?
Go after a post-55 PR (21:20) in a 5K outdoor race.
Yeah, okay the hammies and the lateness of the year, tell me that this one is done for this year and I need to look to my goals for 2016. Not what I really want to say or hear myself saying, but at the same time it is probably reality.
So I have to figure out my running goals for 2016.
- Keep going after that post-55 5K PR - a good possibility and continue to chase sub 20:00
- Run a fast (for me) half marathon sub 1:35:00
- Run more trails and do more trail races - there are plenty in the area.
Now to think about what want to do. Until then it is time to start working on my base mileage again to prepare me for any of the three.
My training last week consisted of:
However, with a 12 mile day today, I was able to get up 40 miles for the week. So overall, I am happy with the week, even with the loss of focus for a few days. This is that in between goals/before the start of base training time of year that just kind of leaves me blah and less motivated. Something I think a lot of runners go through and start looking for things they can change up or try to make their running more successful next year.
Last year I screwed up, this year I am rectifying that mistake.
New gear - None
New Shoes - Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trails - were ordered and will be here next week.
Shoes I ran in last week:
- Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1
- Pearl Izumi EM/N2 v1
Pearl Izumi N2 V1 - It seems that whenever I decide to go back to running in Pearl Izumi, that these shoes are the reason. Well, after I figure out yet again, that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Read more about how I feel about Pearl Izumi here.
For a while these will be my treadmill and speed work shoes, until I figure out whether to get the N0 or N1 Roads. They are fast enough for what I want to do over the next few months. Who knows maybe the smoothness will be enough to offset the additional weight over the Asics.
Pearl Izumi H3 V1 - I got these as closeout specials from Sierra Trading Post for a song. They have become my primary trainers, since I am not attempting to run hard or fast outside for a while. The more I run in them, the more I like them. No, they are not race day shoes, but at the same time for putting in the miles, they are exactly what I am looking for.
I like them - a lot. They run quiet and I don't worry about them hurting my feet. My first run impressions.
Asics Hyperspeed 6 - I like them -- a lot and for a lot of reasons, but there is just something about them that I cannot quite put my finger on. Although, I think I have figured out what the problem is - when I get tired in them, I start to slap my forefoot.
Plus after both of the races that I used them (and after hard speed workout), my hamstrings really do seem to bother me more than when I run in other running shoes.
Which could be the pace (too fast for my current ability) I am working at isn't making my hammies all that happy or else something about my stride in these shoes when I get tired doesn't agree with what the hammies want to do. Probably a combination of both, but when I did the faster work in the N2's this week, the hammies were not nearly as sore, at pretty much the same paces.
So I am putting them under the dresser for a couple of months to see if my hammies get better or if it has nothing to do with the Hyperspeed's.
Now I do need a pair of trail shoes for winter running and maybe more. I decided to order a pair of N1 Trails, since I loved my first pair so much last year.
|I do wish that I had kept these, because I did run pretty damn good in them and the small issues I whined about could have been resolved with a little duct tape or gorilla tape.|
If I start to have problems with letting stuff into the new N1 Trail's due to the lack of a gusset, I have a feeling that a little duct tape will solve most of the problem. Especially, if they work nearly as good as the first ones actually did.
No changes here and what I said last week still applies
Someday, I would love to run without any issues in the hamstrings, but at the same time I don't see them getting a whole lot better. I know my hamstrings probably will never be great or even decent, they are doing - well good enough that I can run with them, but I know that I have to walk a fine line between going fast and not irritating the hammies too much, especially in colder weather.Just the way it is.
No races this week.
The reality is that
I am still running quite well in spite of the hamstrings. Other than those issues I don't have any thing that really stands out or is getting in the way of my running.
My return to Pearl Izumi is really working well and while the H3's are supposed to be their motion control shoes, they feel more cushioned and very comfortable - much more so than my initial thoughts on the N2's when I first got them. So I am very happy with my shoe rotation now and when I get the N1 Trails in, if they work half as good as my original pair did - I will have a great running shoe rotation.
Although I will need something to replace the N2's at some point, especially since the Hyperspeeds do not promote a smooth stride as I have in the PI's.
I am officially shutting down the racing prep work for 2015 and any racing I do between now and the end of the year will be to have fun and not trying for any particular pace. It is time to get back to working on building my base again.
Yeah, it is that time of year, when it is starting to get chilly again and the old body, especially the hamstrings ain't too crazy about running faster outside in colder weather. Time to run and relax about "having" to work on goals or do anything other enjoy my running for a while.
Keep smiling and good things can happen.