There’s nothing like new shoes to breathe life into your training. Meet the new girls:
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9: $115 from Marathon Sports, Cambridge, MA.
In contrast to my old pair (Mizuno Wave Precision 13) these are more … blue. More technically, the new shoes have some different features on the sole – they certainly feel a bit different to wear; I most notice it as different pressure points on my sole. Hopefully this is a Good Thing.
Also I’ve gone half a size up (8.5!) for some reason – but let’s face it, more space in the toe can’t be a bad thing. I did try on a pair of Brooks and they were really nice too, but there was something strange going on at the front (it felt like the shoe stopped before my toes did?). So I decided to stick with what I know.
My training plan for the Marathon in October is the Hal Higdon Novice 2 plan. The equivalent half-marathon plan worked for me so again, I’m sticking with what I know. (PS sticking with what I know is highly unusual for me in general). Tomorrow I finish week 6 (of 18) and it’s going pretty well so far:
I’ve skipped a 3 mile run this week because my left arch is giving me trouble, but I’m going to go out tomorrow for 9 miles. I also haven’t done any cross training. Is that bad?
The weather has been disgusting recently (warning: normal East Coast USA whinge about humidity follows): when you come home from a run when it was “only” 78F, stand under the A/C vent for 10 minutes and you’re still dripping with sweat afterwards, you are entitled to think it’s a bit warm for running. Just saying.
While we’re talking about the heat can I just point something out regarding running etiquette? Boys, I’m looking at you: personally, when I pass someone who is going slower than me I do a 10 second pick-up to dash past them and get well in front. On my last long run (74F and 78% humidity), on several occasions, men, mostly of a certain age, came slowly puffing past me, basically rubbing elbows with me, flicking great globs of sweat and snot in my direction. DISGUSTING, BOYS. Please leave a wide birth when passing, and, get on with it!
On Thursday I ran in the rain, and it was great: aside from getting soaked and my ponytail looking like a rats nest by the end, obviously. Pace of 8.41 over 6 miles.
Speaking of pace, I should mention my goal(s) for the marathon:
1. get to the start line (i.e. don’t get injured in training), and
2. finish in 4hrs or less.
The other day I read about this website which, I’m sure among many other things, tells you your likely finish times for different distances based on a previous race time. So I put in my half-marathon time and discovered it predicts a 4:07 marathon for me.
So I have some work to do. Luckily I have my Sweaty Band to help me go faster. And of course, new shoes. Which I’ve just realized are in Boston colors. Duh.
See you out there!