Let’s start with the new shoes, shall we?
Pretty, eh? I went with the Brooks Glycerins – the Asics Nimbus didn’t feel quite pillow-like enough underfoot for me and my heavy strides. Two runs in and I really like them although it’s obviously early days. They are very plush. I am very bravely wearing them without my ProFoot PF insole, which feels very daring. The guys in my running shop basically told me that it wasn’t offering any extra support, so I thought I’d try running without it. However I do totally credit it with curing my PF last year. Anyway…so far, Me+Brooks Glycerins = Happy Runner Girl. Let’s see how this weekend’s long run goes.
Tuesday: 6 mile stroller run
It was a run of two halves. I was due to meet a friend up at Crystal Springs for a 3 or 4 miler. She’s building up to running 3 or 4 miles, so I got there early and did a ‘quick’ three miles first. It was horrible. The Dude was in my least-favourite stroller to run with – I found it free at my dumpster in perfect condition, but it weighs a FLIPPING TON! The path is also frequently on a camber. So it was heavy to run with and keep veering off at an angle. They were three of the hardest miles I’ve run for ages.
Then we got back to the start, met up with Sue and did it all over again. The Dude did a fair amount of running this time, and we stopped often to chat with some friends with new babies that we bumped into, to take photos of deer and to examine stones in puddles. But we covered the three miles!! Sue was very patient with her running companions. So six stroller miles in total!! And a mean core workout as well, due to the world’s heaviest stroller.
Friday: 5 miles
I have really struggled to be motivated to run this week, particularly to get out of bed early to run whilst the Husband is home to babysit. It’s so dark and it’s cold (relatively speaking) and whilst I want to run, I don’t want to run. I want to HAVE run, and to have that worthy feeling. But having slept in on Thursday, I finally ran on Friday morning. My motivation was so low that I promised myself a minimum of 4 miles at whatever pace wherever I fancied. I managed to find a new route, kind of, and as ever, once I was out the house, it was great. I ended up doing 8.5km in 47.44 at 9.02 pace and I felt good. I realise I run harder now than I did last year. I’m okay with the discomfort of pushing myself, instead of slowing down as I used to, I maintain the pace, I push myself. And that makes me glad.
And finally…I’m all signed up for the San Francisco 2nd-half Half-Marathon on June 16th. Prices go up this weekend, and Aron had a $10 off code on her FB page (thanks) so I signed my Sunday morning away. SO excited about it.
And that was it!