I ended up taking yesterday (Wednesday) off from working out/training. Even though I had a half-day of work, I was busy in the morning taking down Christmas decorations and getting the house cleaned, which it desperately needed! In the evening, my friend from high school came by to hang out. I hadn’t seen her in a few months, and she is expecting her first baby in March, so it was really fun to see her “baby bump” and catch up. I figure I can move my weight-lifting that was scheduled to Friday and skip my day off. I don’t have to work on Fridays anymore, so I should have time for it, although I do have a lot of other things planned for the day as well. I’m going to get my school books and parking pass and student ID taken care of and have to get Suli, my cat, to the vet for a check-up. Tara will probably come along for the ride too.
Today, I took Tara for a run before going to work, it was supposed to be 5-6 miles, including 4x 1:30 aerobic intervals and 6 gentle pickups. I did 5.1 miles, including 4x 1:30 aerobic intervals and only 4 gentle pickups because I forgot to double check the workout before I left and couldn’t remember how many pickups to do. I should mention that I’ve been doing the pickups as part of the total mileage if there is an “including”, but I’m not sure whether that’s right. I think they might be additional after the 5-6 miles. Anyone know? (Amy?) Regardless, it was a good run and the weather was fantastic today. My phone said it was only 20 degrees when I started, but I’m pretty sure it was warmer than that. I wore my Nike running pants, a light long-sleeved jersey-type shirt and a light shell over that and was very comfortable. Oh, and I wore running gloves and my headband as well. I’m expecting to run outside for my weekend runs, as it’s supposed to get up to 50 degrees! It’s a heat wave!
Heart Rate Stats:
Duration – 1:06:17
Maximum Heart Rate – 193
Average Heart Rate – 154
Calories – 613
My time was pretty slow for the distance, but that always happens when I take Tara. We usually have to make a couple of stops for her in the first mile or so. Then this time also included walking recoveries between the pickups, so that adds time too.
By the way, I am LOVING my new Mizuno running shoes. I have had zero problems with my arches whatsoever, and they are very light and comfortable for long runs. Today, I realized I passed the 3 mile mark and my feet didn’t hurt, and it was fantastic! The fitting at the local running store really paid off. They actually have a treadmill setup with a video camera filming your feet from behind. You can view your gait while you’re actually on the treadmill and see where you fall as far as pronation vs. supination. I actually slightly overpronate when I walk, but when I run my gait self-corrects and the overpronation disappears. It was pretty cool to see and I was happy because the woman doing my fitting commented that I have a “really nice gait”. She determined that I should try a shoe with light stability, but I probably didn’t need too much extra cushioning. I tried on several pairs of shoes and walked/ran around the store and on the treadmill with them. It came down to the Mizunos and a pair of Nikes. There really was no competition though, I knew from the beginning the Mizunos were right for me. I love the lightness of them and they just fit my feet really well. So far, with 20+ miles on them already, I think they’re a winner. And I am very pleased with the expertise and helpfulness of the folks at the running store. I will be returning! Sorry if some of this is a repeat of earlier post, but I just really love my new shoes!