This week I had some hill fun while training!
This week I ran a total of 31.5 miles in 4:52:03. This included an interval run on Wednesday as usual, hill run on Friday and 10 mile long run on Sunday.
The interval run on Wednesday was actually not too bad this week. IT was a bit hot, but I felt good doing it. The longest interval was 3/4 mile and that wasn’t too bad. I felt good and strong doing it. I did keep my other shorter runs (except my trail run on Tuesday to the 3 or 4 miles required by the program rather than extending them a bit like I usually do. I should probably try and stick a bit closer to the program to not burn myself out given the mileage increase coming up.
Friday called for 4 miles of hills. Luckily, we went up north by my uncle and it is much more hilly there than at home. I got a good 4 mile hill workout in. Saw some deer, got bit by some bugs, and had a blast the whole time. I love the hills.
Sunday, my long run was 10 miles. I took advantage of still being up north and used the hills to really give myself a good workout. I ran a good pace and had a solid run for 10 miles. It was very nice to get to tackle some big hills on tired legs and push through them no problem.
This week, I finally got my Saucony Nomad TR trail shoes I pre- ordered at the Run Away Shoes VIP night way back in January. I picked them up after work on Tuesday and went directly to the trails to try them out!
My first 4 mile or so run with them was great. I also own Saucony’s Peregrine 5 trail shoes, and that is what I usually do my trail running in. I feel like the Nomads are a bit lighter, a bit more cushioned, but a bit less traction and protection. The Peregrines seem a bit more stiff (I think it has a rock plate to protect your feet from stones and bigger sharp rocks) than the Nomads. The grip is a lot more aggressive on the Peregrines as well. I feel like the Nomads will be great for mixed trails. Trails where you have some off road dirt, but more gravel paths and/or pavement. The Peregrines shine in the mud and the looser trails. I will keep using booth and let you know what I think as I get more miles on them. Maybe a good side by side comparison.
That is it for this week. I hope everyone gets out to run and has a great week!