Two very different runs this morning one gorgeous (mostly trails) and the other a sort of speed work session on the treadmill. However, I liked them both, but for very different reasons.
The run over at Viles Arboretum was about getting outside and enjoying a place, where Mary and I have walked several times over the last 15 years. While the trails are not very technical and the hills are minor, it is fun to run there.
The toughest area for me was the leaf strewn sections that had some downhill to them. We just went really slow through those areas, so I didn't kiss the hill.
I always like the little pond area, it just feels peaceful there to me.
Then Bennie was looking for the troll under the bridge.
It was a nice day to run the trails at the Arboretum, but I wanted to see where the road by the ball fields lead and found out that it ended up by the Maine Veterans Home, but that it is closed to through traffic, but would be a short-cut for the end of a long run from home to the Arboretum, which I might do next spring.
It was nice to get out and play in the woods and also satisfy my curiosity where that road went, then be able to get back on the trails, which is why I really am loving my N1 Trails. That is the kind of flexibility that I want from my running shoes. Especially, since if my shoes are up to it, I will do different kinds of runs - all in the same run on some whim or seeing someplace that I want to see where it goes.
I hadn't planned on doing a true speed workout this week and just wanted to get some comfortable miles in and work up a good sweat, then lift some weights.
- 0.25 @ 7.2
- 0.75 @ 7.6
- 1.0 @ 8.1
Then I needed to stop.
Things didn't go as planned.
After last week's speed work session the treadmill the top of my left foot bothered me quite a bit (soreness) and then it was still a little sore the next day, but went away. Well today the same thing started to happen at about 1.5 miles in and it was starting to bother enough that I stopped at 2.0 miles to swap out my shoes.
I got back on the treadmill in my other shoes and there was no issues with the left foot and as you can see I did pick up the pace pretty good for the shoes I was wearing.
I have no idea what the dips are all about because the slowest I ran on this part was 8.1 mph, other than I will need to recalibrate the Garmin Footpod for wearing with the H3's.
- 0.75 @ 8.1 - maybe the first half mile the footpod was recalibrating since I moved it from the N2's to the H3's
- 0.25 @ 8.7 - I just picked up the pace to my current race pace or at least what I want it to be.
- 0.25 @ 8.1
- 0.25 @ 8.7
- 0.25 @ 8.1
- 0.25 @ 8.7
By that last quarter I was feeling pretty leg heavy and although I had thought about doing a total of 5.0 miles, my body told me that 4.0 was quite enough.
So the N2's were the culprits in my left foot bothering me last week on the treadmill since there was a pain in the same place today. It was good to learn that and they are coming up on 400 miles (with over 390 on them), so they may just be getting tired or the LockLace is bothering at faster paces. However, with so many miles on them, I might just get them over 400 and retire them to knock-around shoes, because they don't bother me when I am walking around in them or running slower.
I like the LockLaces on my retired shoes, because I am lazy and like being able to slide them on and off without have to bother tying them.
It was nice to find out that I can run faster in the H3's, but they are heavier and I notice that at the end of a hard push that I feel it more in my legs than I did in the N2's. So I might be looking closer at the N0's for racing and speed work and move to a 3 shoe rotation, even though running faster in them might build a little extra stamina from running faster in the heavier shoes. ;-) TIWSS
So I had fun outside running at the Viles Arboretum with Bennie and then learned something important while on the treadmill a little later. So I consider it a very good day.
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