Week in Review – July 12, 2015

This was a pretty good week of training. I had some good runs and got some new gear. Here we go!

Training

Week Ending July 12, 2015
Week Ending July 12, 2015

This week I ran a total of 33.36 miles in 5:00:05. My Wednesday Interval run was kind of intimidating going into it, but when I actually ran it, was not too bad. My long run today was fairly easy.

Baby Raccoon at High Cliff State Park
Baby Raccoon at High Cliff State Park

On my trail run this week, I ran into a bit of wildlife! I saw a snake (the second one I saw in less than a week). I also ran in to the little guys above. I was running along and some something black and furry moving towards the trail ahead of me. My first thought was that it was a skunk! I stopped and watched, and realized it was a baby raccoon. I watched for a bit and saw that there were actually 3 of them! It was kind of cool to see. I tried to snap a few pics but they were moving along pretty good.

The long run was scheduled to be 5 miles of warm up, then 2 miles at 8:33/mile and then a 2 mile cool down. I ending up running the whole thing at 8:47 average. I did run the intervals faster, but I just felt good as I did take a day off completely on Saturday.

Speaking of the day off, usually I atleast cross train on the elliptical machine on my off days, but after being up north and running everyday for a while, my body needed the day off. On top of that, I could feel that shin splints are coming on. I know that this was mostly due to needing new shoes.I ran my long 14 mile run last week in my Hoka One One Cliftons and it was pretty rough. They have 317 miles on them, and while they look good still, I can tell they are worn out. My Saucony Zealot ISO also have 222 miles on them currently and are nearing end of life. So I know I needed some new shoes. Which leads use to the new gear!

New Gear

Saucony Kinvara 5 (L) and Brooks Glycerin 13 (R)
Saucony Kinvara 5 (L) and Brooks Glycerin 13 (R)

I went to my local Run Away Shoes to try out the new Hoka One One Clifton 2 shoes, as I love my Cliftons. I ran my first half marathon in them earlier this year, and I have been using them for all my interval runs, and they are nice and cushioned and light. I checked out some reviews and a lot of people complained about the Clifton 2s being more narrow than the originals. I went and tried them out and I was glad I did. They are indeed much more narrow, and now I cannot wear them. I asked if they have any original Cliftons left, and they had to call around but found some and are shipping them for me.

I still needed new shoes and with long runs coming up, I knew I needed something good, so I went to the local Fleet Feet store. I tried a few pairs of shoes on and ended up picking the Brooks Glycerin 13 (in blue above). They felt pretty good on my feet. Not as cushioned as the Cliftons, but comparable to the Saucony Zealot ISO I have currently. I figured that the Brooks would be a good replacement for the Zealots and I would have a good chance to test them out for distance on my 9 mile long run.

I ran my long run today (9 miles @8:47/mile) in the new Brooks. They were not bad. I do not think they are marathon shoes though. They are a great mid distance shoe, probably half marathon at most, but I don’t know at this point if I could go longer than that in them. It was just one run and they need more break in, but I am happy with my purchase so far. They will get used!

While I was there, I saw they had a pair of Saucony Kinvara 5 on clearance in the bright lime green I really like, so I ended up buying those. I love the Kinvara 5’s I have already, so I figured why not?

We also picked up and stocked up on some Nuun and Huma Gels. Once I get my new pair of Cliftons, I should be ready, for the rest of my marathon training program. I will need to replenish my nutrition here and there, but I should be set with my shoes.

That is it for this week! Hope everyone gets out and runs!

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