This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
Brrrr yeah baabbyy, chilly was the watchword for that first run. The official weather was:
This was about a half hour after I got through running, but when I left the house our thermometer said 23*F and that 10 mph wind in the image, well let me tell ya, it weren't blowing steady at 10 mph and only gusting up to 20 mph. Doubling that at a pretty steady rate would have been about right ;-).
So yeah it was colder than I thought it was going to be outside, which also meant that I had dressed for warmer, not colder - so I was pretty thoroughly chilled by the time we got done.
Tuesday's are generally my "faster" workout day, but I was still feeling the affects or is that the effects of my long run on Sunday...no the hamstrings didn't like it one bit, which is the primary reason I did take a day off on Monday. So they were a little grouchy to start off and once I figured out how cold it really was, I didn't bother trying to "go faster" during the run.
Just those impetuous little pickups that Bennie forces on us, when he wants to do a car chase. Damn Dawg ;-)
The M3's continue to impress, but I still have a little work to do on the lacing to get the tongue area to feel perfect, no issues, but still experimenting with what works best for this pair of shoes.
Back on the treadmill and I decided to not attempt intervals or a hard steady state run. The hammies were still pretty grouchy and I am more concerned about getting them to relax than running fast this week.
Even so I started out comfortably and picked the pace up every mile or so.
So that by the end I was feeling pretty good (except for that usual feeling at about mile 2, which I ignored until I after finished and rushed to the locker room).
Actually, I was very happy with the treadmill run today, especially after I finally loosened up and began to breath easily - after the first mile or so, I ran pretty well.
I really think that the 3 shoe style rotation that I will be using going forward really will be a good one.
- N1's for faster paces and treadmill work
- M3's for longer and recovery runs and non-technical trails
- N1 Trail's for technical trails and trail races
I have a feeling that the N2 Road Screw shoes and H3 Road's will be retired to work duty.
Sure I could take the screws out of the N2's and probably use them for a little longer, they are still comfortable, but a little tired and have almost 450 miles of running and a lot more of walking on them. I have better options, so why push the limits.
I know that I could keep running in the H3's since they do work for me, but I since I started running in the M3's there is such a significant difference between the two. Yeah, there is that big of a difference between the two according to my feet.
Which is how I judge the shoes I wear, how do my feet feel on the run and in the M3's I am not thinking about my feet - other things yeah, but the shoe to foot connection and usual issues are not there at all in the M3's. While the H3 v1 does well, it pales in comparison to the M3 v2.
You gotta go with what works the best for them doggies and not just run in a pair of shoes because they are still in the house.
So while the weather outside was a little brisk, Bennie and I did get a run in down to Pepin Way and then I had a better quality treadmill run than I expected, so yesterday was a good running day.
Disclosure I was selected on December 22, 2015 to be a member of the Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team and am positively predisposed to Pearl Izumi products. No I am not getting paid to promote their products. The opinions I have expressed are my own and your experiences with Pearl Izumi products might be different from mine. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” The Pearl Izumi M3 v2's that I discuss in this post were a personal purchase that I used the discount available to all Pearl Izumi Run Champion team members.