This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
First it officially became fall and the temps cooperated. It was almost as though someone (Mother Nature) realized what the date was and flipped the switch. The temps have dropped like a rock with the highs being in the high 50's/low 60' and overnight getting down into the 30's and 40's. Yep its fall.
Which means that it is also time to do the seasonal clothes change. Boy I didn't realize how many running tights, long sleeve tech shirts, pairs of gloves, merino wool socks and all the other accumulated fall/winter gear that I had packed away. Which is a good thing, it means that I don't have to go get anything right off.
Although I did have to get rid of some of my summer t-shirts and a long sleeve jacket shirt - the runner's funk was just too nasty, despite attempts at hanging on the line in the rain, after washing a couple of times. Yep it was BAD smelling enough that I could even smell them - that is damn bad.
I ran in something else other than the Inspire 11's, not because they are causing any issues, but because I just couldn't wait any longer.
I got a pair of Hitogami 2's in yellow/black colorway and they have been in the closet since the 13th. Sitting there waiting for me to run in them...I have been good and was pretty good during the run. I didn't go overboard on the speed part and still was able to run today, so I was good enough. Stopping at 2.0 miles was just about right. The H2's are going to be my speedy shoes and also the ones that I plan to do most of my treadmill work in.
Speaking of the Inspire 11's they just continue to work. No fuss, no muss, just run.
Definitely better than I expected and I know that I will pick up at least one more pair between now and Christmas -- for next year. I am only doing about 100 miles a month and I can see Inspire 11's getting a LOT more miles and if I am not using them for the treadmill (which I have a feeling might see a lot of time this year), they will last through the end of the year at least.
I figured that since the Inspire's have done so well and the first run in the H2's were so successful, I might just as well get a trail shoe that compliments what I am using. So I ordered the Mizuno Kazan 2's and hope they fit as well as the Inspire 11's do -- only on the trails. Time will tell on them.
That gives me my 3 shoe rotation and I hope it works well moving forward.
Yes, I have gone back to running primarily in Mizuno's. At this point in my running life, I am not blogging to review a the newest and greatest running shoes, I am just running in what works for me where I am now and attempting to find them for the best (read cheapest) price possible.
Which usually means hold-overs and models that are 1-3 years old. So if you are looking for the newest running shoes there are a lot better choices out there. Personally, I recommend Sam Winebaum at Road, Trail Run and Thomas Nueberger at Believe in the Run, they do a great job on their reviews and give honest reviews of the shoes they run in. More on this in a different post that I have planned.
So how was my running this week?
As long as I keep running slower and not attempt to recreate any land speed records or run more than 5.0 miles the leg seems to hold together pretty good. If I do go a bit quicker or attempt to run 4-5 miles too many days in a row, I pay for it and have to throttle back.
So right now I am still in the 3 steps forward 2 steps back, but still making progress phase.
I ran 27.3 miles this week, which is just about the recommended 10% after last week's 25.4, so I am staying on the 10% rule and as much as I would love to run more, I think for now that is almost the max for a week's total, I might be able to consistently run 30, but for a while that will be my goal.
The other thing is that I am keeping the intensity of the runs much more reasonable, primarily in Zone 1 or around 0.85. Although I did a couple of miles at a bit quicker pace than usual during that first run in the Hitogrami 2's, but it was inconsistent and I backed off when I could feel the leg starting to get grumpy. Even so I was still able to get a sub 8:00 minute mile for the second one, without breaking anything.
Overall, a very good week and one that has me feeling more positive about the direction of my running.