Never get new shoes and go for a long run. Sage advice I tell every runner who comes in the store. I reiterate the importance of this when they are transitioning to minimal shoes. Never do more than a couple miles. Do a run-walk method. Take it easy.
Well, I think I’m a “do as I say, not as I do” salesperson…and it sort of came to bite me.
You see, I ordered my first pair of Skoras a few weeks ago. Skoras are a very minimal style of running shoe. My friend commented that they look almost like water shoes (sexy water shoes!) and I was really excited to try them out. I recieved them Tuesday and walked around all day in them to get a feel. They felt great so I decided to run in them the next day.
Well that day turned out to be my long run. Luckily it was mostly on trails, but I was feeling a bit sore on Thursday. Barefoot or minimal running just requires different muscles. The shoes were great though! I could feel everything under my feet, but also felt protected by the layer of shoe. I will definitely cycle them in!
Moral of the story, don’t do what I do haha
Time for my weekly workout recap:
3.5 miles at 8:37 pace and foam rolling
After my 101 mileage week last week, this recovery day was necessary. Foam rolling really hurts if you only do it once or twice a year. Lesson learned.
Tuesday: Tempo Intervals
6×800 w/ 9 minutes at MP at the end
My legs felt reinvigorated after the easy day on Monday. I ran the paces beginning at 6:00 per mile and finished at 5:30 per mile. I’m going to attempt to run the Syracuse half marathon next weekend at a 6:00 pace. It’s ambitious but I think it’s doable.
Wednesday: Long Run
I met up with my running group ladies for 8 of my 16 miles this morning. I ran about 4 before I met them, then 4 after. I finished with some hip mobility and core work. This was the day I wore my minimal shoes. The route we did hit some very soft trails which felt really good. I’ll admit, even though that run felt fine, I was silly to run that far in such new shoes. other than that, the temperature was great and it didn’t rain too hard on us. I’ll take it over snow.
Thursday: Easy Run
90 minutes @ 7:45 pace
Boy I was sore today! I considered a MP workout, or at least a few miles faster, but knew that would have been stupid. I am happy I took it easy even if I didn’t want to. For me, it’s about being smart at this point. Because I was dumb the day before, I decided to be extra smart today.
Friday: Easy, long run
16 miles with hills, maybe some surges
I don’t have an exact plan for this run yet, so I’ll see how I feel. I plan to do a workout on Saturday, so I don’t want to get too messed up. It is my day off, so I do have the option to relax most of the day.
That was my week!
How have you been enjoying the Spring?
What do you do on your days off?