|Saucony Kinvara 2|
Yes, I bought them. And yes, I have a shoe problem.
I've been wanting a pair of lightweight shoes for my tempo/speed workouts, and I've had my eyes on these babies for awhile. I knew the Kinvara 3 would be coming out soon, so I've just been waiting and waiting for these to go on sale. And on Monday, they FINALLY did.
I found a steal of a deal at DSW.com- they had the Kinvara 2 on sale for $49.99! Plus, if you sign up as a DSW Rewards member, you get free standard shipping. They also have three other colors available. You have to hurry if you want to score this deal, though- sizes are selling out all over the place! If you do miss out though, the Running Warehouse has them on sale for $64.91, and they have free 2 day shipping.
Mine are scheduled to arrive on Monday, but I'm crossing my fingers that they'll get here tomorrow :)
In other news, this morning I had one of the best tempo runs I've had in awhile (quite arguably the best ever... or at least in this training cycle). After my 10K, I was feeling a little discouraged about my ambitious half-marathon goal. Although I ran a PR, I didn't sub-50:00, and I think I would feel a whole lot better about my goal HM in May if I could do that in my next 10K. I considered not taking a cut back week after my race, but ultimately decided it would be best, and I'm glad I did- my body definitely needed the rest. I hadn't been increasing my mileage before my cut back week because I had two races two weekends in a row, so my mileage hovered in the 19/20 mpw range. This is the first week I'm starting to ramp it back up:
Tuesday: 3 mi. easy
Wednesday: PiYo, 15 min stairmaster, 15 min elliptical
Thursday: 6 mi. tempo
Friday: 3 mi. easy
Saturday: PiYo or yoga?
Sunday: 10 mi.
Is it weird how excited I am to get back into the double digits on Sunday??
Anyways, back to that amazing tempo run I was telling you about.
My hips and butt were more than a little sore from PiYo yesterday, so I wasn't exactly sure how well this run was going to go. But after my warm up mile I was feeling good. I was aiming for 4 miles at an 8:15/mi. pace.
Mile 1 (warm-up): 8:57
Mile 2: 8:06- Hmmm, maybe I started a little too fast. I could barely hold 8:00/miles for the first half of my 10K, how can I expect to hold 8:00/miles for 4 miles during a training run?
Mile 3: 7:56- I ran a sub-8:00 mile during a training run! This never happens!
Mile 4: 7:58- Another sub-8:00? Is my Garmin broken?
Mile 5: 8:08- Ok, now I'm getting a little tired...
Mile 6 (cool down): 9:03
Total time: 50:09
Average pace: 8:22
After I finished, I realized if I would have ran 0.2 more miles, I could have run a 10K PR... during a training run.
Honestly, I think this may have been just the encouragement I needed for my upcoming races! :)
Has your training been encouraging or discouraging lately?
How many pairs of running shoes do you own? Favorite brand?
Any big plans for the weekend?
What's your favorite Easter tradition?