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WOW!!! It is May 1st and I still haven't put away my gloves and over the ear hat yet...the winter up heah wasn't all that bad, but the cold of early spring sure as hell is taking its own sweet time to leave.
Even Bennie is getting tired of going out in those north winds, he - like me prefers that 50's, no breeze kind of weather.
However, I did come to a couple decision points this week on a few things and am comfortable with the direction I will be going on both of them. One professional and the other running shoe related, so one I talked about earlier in a post this week (you can read about it here) and the other will take some time, so it is not time to talk about it yet.
Favorite Photo This Week:
I am still doing many of the things from Run faster, although I have modified it to meet a goal that I have for May 30th, doing a little longer for my long runs and am including some faster pacing to my intervals. I will probably head down to the Rail Trail a couple of times a week to practice running faster.
What in the hell are you talking about?
I am going to do the Mile Race in Freeport that day and have a couple of goals that I would like to shoot for. I haven't run a mile race since high school, so it is something different for me and I will be signing up sometime today.
So that changes my training plans a little when it comes to training pace on my speedwork days. It should be interesting.
My mileage is up a little, but still not at the 40 mpw week level that I want to get back to. I am still doing the max level hill repeats (yes, they still suck), but they seem to be helping to improve my leg strength, since when I do the end of run kick I am feeling a bit quicker and have been getting those segment trophies on Strava for that section of my run a little more often.
I seem to be doing more runs in the top of my Zone 2 area than I have for a while, but I have been running comfortably and not pushing the pace on my recovery run days. Then again, I didn't do any trails this week, so that was part of it too.
I don't want anyone to say - "Harold I didn't know you had a relationship with Pearl Izumi...blah, blah, blah." Since I do and I will make sure that when I am writing about Pearl Izumi gear that I say whether I got it as part of my team Pearl Izumi Run Champions Team membership or not
- Pearl Izumi H3 Roads v1 - Personal Purchase
- Pearl Izumi N1 Trail v1 - Personal Purchase
- Pearl Izumi M3 Road v2 - Personal Purchase
- Pearl Izumi N2 Roads v1 - Personal Purchase
- Pearl Izumi N1 Tri - v2 - Free from Pearl Izumi as part of being a member of the Champions team.
So yes, I finally broke down and ran in some shoes that were not Pearl Izumis for the first time this year.
I had thought about it in last week's review and I decided to actually run in my old Asics Hyperspeed 6's, since I wanted to see the difference between running in light-weight trainers and racing flats.
There is a difference and it is pretty significant, especially later in the run, when my legs were not feeling so damn heavy, I still wanted to run faster in the Hyperspeeds and popped out a finishing kick segment record without a super hard push to get it.
Unfortunately, for me and the Hyperspeeds, well I stopped running in them for a couple of reasons and those reasons became pretty apparent during the run.
So I did a bunch of online research and as much as I would have liked to gone with the PI N0, it just didn't seem to be the shoe I was looking for, the biggest thing was not enough stack height between me and the road. A couple of mm doesn't really make a difference, but when the the shoe is 4-6mm under what I am looking for in stack height, that is a bigger difference. I have run in shoes with those stats more than a few times over the past few years and just didn't enjoy it, especially when I get tired and land heel first, they become uncomfortable and I don't do as well as I want.
I ended up getting the Nike Streak LT3's, because their stats seemed to check-off the boxes I was looking for, they have more of a multipurpose tread design and I usually do have good luck with Nike racing flats fitting well.
This doesn't mean that I will not be running in Pearl Izumi shoes, because I still plan to run most of the time in them - they just work well for me, especially as trainers. However, racing is about maximizing what you got and I don't feel that I can do that in the shoes I have in my current rotation.
So I will be training in the PI's and running my "B" race in them as well, but for my "A" races this summer, I will be running in the Nike's and under the Central Maine Strider's jersey.
Oh well let's see how my present rotation is doing - actually not a whole lot has changed and I am still running well in my PI's:
Weights are from the PI website.
Pearl Izumi EM/H3 Road (9.9 oz):
Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - 60 Mile Review
Pearl Izumi EM/H3 v1 - 200 Mile Review
I am still running in them and continue to use them a few times a week.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Trail (9.3 oz):
Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 50 Mile Review
Pearl Izumi N1 Trail V1 - 200 Mile Review
However, I can see me always having a pair of N1 Trails (whatever version) on hand, just because they can do anything I want and I don't feel like I really need to carry a gazillion pair of shoes around if I decided to go on a trip. They would be my hiking shoes, running shoes, go out to eat shoes, wear around town shoes and if I had to I could race a road race in them pretty well I have a feeling.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Road (8.3 oz):
Pearl Izumi N1 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review
They have done everything that I have asked of them, except be great racing flats, which is not what they are designed to be. No complaints, they are a great light-weight trainer that I can run pretty fast in and would use them as my race shoe for anything over 10K. They are light enough for me to run fast in and cushioned enough to be great daily trainers.
Pearl Izumi N1 Tri v2 (9.1 oz) -
They took a while for me to like them, but once I put LockLaces on the stock elastic laces, it changed what I thought of the shoes.
Pearl Izumi EM/N1 Tri V2 - 50 Mile Review
Running in them is similar to the N1 Road v2, although the upper is different with how the tongue is done.
They are kind of an in between shoe that I really wouldn't use for longer training runs, but also they are not great for me to run fast in either at 9.1 ounces - they are not what I consider a truly light-weight trainer.
Although I like them and run well in them, I really don't have a good place for them in my rotation. The N1 Tri v2's are too heavy to be a good fast for me shoe, not enough between me and the road to be a good recovery or long run shoe. I have better options at for those types of runs. So I am torn about how I will be using them going forward.
I guess if I only had one pair of running shoes these could do just about everything, but I don't, so they are starting to accumulate some dust. Although I do like to wear them to work and out and about.
Pearl Izumi M3 v2 (11.9 oz)
Pearl Izumi EM/M3 Road v2 - 50 Mile Review
The M3's are my heaviest running shoes and perfect for forcing me to run slower than I would otherwise, which is something that I need - a governor for those recovery runs or the longer runs at a slower pace. My mileage eaters.
Oh yeah, the Hyperspeed 6's, I ran in once this week and remembered why I retired them. They will be fancy shoes to wear to work from now on - although I could if I had to, run in them, I prefer not to due to how the upper bunches when I flex my foot (blister waiting to happen again) and if I get into wet areas or grass, they don't have a lot of grip.
RacesNo races this week, but I have a feeling that I will be registering for the UMA trail race on 5/21 and then the Mile race in Freeport on May 30th.
HealthHamstrings: They are what they are and when it is cold, icy and nasty I have to be extra careful to not be too stoopid. The warmer weather does help them feel better.
Everything else: I wonder if the allergies moved to being more bronchitis than allergies? I had a lot of trouble breathing, coughing up a lot of phlem/crap and the chest hurt to breath, plus I felt weak as hell for a few days? However, I seem to coming out of it...all the garlic, hot spices and other "healthy" stuff I eat might have gotten me going in the right direction.
I need to lose the 17 pounds that I gained according to the Doc's scale that I stepped on. Yeah, that is what happens you you go back to work, have a crazy schedule, don't monitor how much and when you eat. Time to get back to it. I have a feeling that loosing that weight will do more to get faster than any changes in the kind of shoes do.
The reality is that
I don't really know how the Nike Streak LT3's will work for me yet, but of all the racing flats that I looked at they seemed to be the most like what I was actually looking for in a racing flat. But until I actually start running in them, I will not know how they work for me. They will be here Monday.
Surprisingly, well probably not, but I am looking forward to the mile race...I was always a shorter distance runner and I seem to run out of steam at the 1.5 to 2.5 mile points of the 5K. I have had a couple of decent first miles and was not pushing the pace hard for them, so I am wondering how fast I can run a mile? This will answer it.
Overall, I was happy with my week and while I didn't do anything wonderful running-wise, it was another consistent week of getting miles, doing a little speedwork and staying healthy.
|Mary running up Steven's Hill|