Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Shoe Problem and the Best Tempo Run EVER!

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 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:

Monday: REST
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?


  1. I am rotating through four pairs of shoes and have found that Brooks is my favorite, so I run in these: Ghost, Glycerin (can't wait to wear these out so I don't have to wear them anymore), Launch and Cascadia.

    1. I love the Ghost! It's my go-to long run shoe. I've heard good things about the Launch, too. Once you find a brand that works for you, you just gotta stick with it!

  2. Just ran across your blog and I love it! As a fellow runner I also rotate through shoes and usually hoard 5-6 pairs at one time haha. My training has not been going that well lately because of a knee issue but I'm hoping to run a marathon in Toledo, Ohio (close to where I grew up in Michigan) in April.

    Look forward to reading more!!!

    1. woah, strange! The name of my blog is not how it appears above lol. Its Let's Go On A Living Spree :-)

    2. Hey Claire- thanks for stopping by! My husband totally does not understand the need for multiple pairs of shoes, but I finally convinced him that I did, in fact, NEED these Kinvaras ;)

      Sorry to hear about your knee issue :( I had some ITBS problems last fall and it was no fun at all. I hope it gets better in time for you to rock your marathon!