Tuesday, November 20, 2012

November Update

Hello Friends !

Thought I would do a quick bullet point update.

arrived in the mail Monday!  
Happy Thanksgiving !

**Over the past 7 weeks, I've averaged 40 miles per wk
Low week - 29 miles,  last week -a recovery week
High week - 46 miles

**As of today, I have 220 miles left to run to make my goal of running 2012 miles,  in 2012.
(need to average 40 miles each wk through the end of the year - no problem! )

**I'm in the middle of a shoe crisis.  I've been in Adidas Cushion Response 17,  for several years.  Prior to these shoes (when I was younger maybe ??), I bought any cushioned, "on-sale", running shoe and it worked.  That changed, but the Adidas worked GREAT for many years.  Then like all shoe companies, they changed the shoes - the newer model didn't work, so I bought up all of the CR17s that I could find online.  Currently, I'm on my last few pairs (I rotate shoes).  Recently, I've been trying some different options.

Brooks & Mizuno - tried but didn't like.  I've been using these for shorter mileage days for a while. 
No big issues, but no big comfort either.

More recently, I bought some Nike Pegasus and Asics Nimbus.  I introduced these while still rotating through my Adidas.  2 weeks ago, I developed what I think is shin splints, but only on the left shin.  Leading up to the mild shin pain, I had most recently ran in the Nimbus.  I immediately scaled back the intensity. I know, without a doubt that ice works very well for me.  So I  iced, iced, iced, heated prior to running,  added some rest days and then the step-back week (last wk).

In addition to being extra cautious, I also moved back into ALL ADIDAS running.  The shin has gradually improved, and currently it's just a "faint feeling" from time to time.  I would describe this as a nag.  I'm VERY fortunate!  I've been running for years, and this is my first mild case of shin splints.

When the pain has completely faded away, I will try to add the Nike, or the Nimbus back into the rotation, but this time I will add one brand of shoe at a time, and I will do it even more gradual than before.

 At this point, I will say, that I'm slightly STRESSED.  My fear is not being able to find a comfy shoe.  Also, I'm stressed about this EXPENSIVE (for me) experiment.   My hope is that I can add the new shoes more gradually, and maybe my spoiled "HappyFeet" can continue on their path of many years of HappyFeet running.

**On Oct. 26th, I ran the Pumpkin Dash 5k and I ran a PR - 22:55 on the Garmin, 22:51 Official results

**On Nov. 17th, I ran the Run for Life 5k in Houma, LA.  Perfect conditions, flat and fast course and my time was 23:40 Official and Garmin time.  Three weeks later and 45 seconds slower - ???.  I'm afraid you read it correctly.   What happened ?  you know the deal - my weight is NOT stable - up and down, up and down.  Nothing like a slow 5k to get me motivated to reduce my calorie intake, AGAIN.   How can it be that I'm already up in lbs. BEFORE the holidays !

pics from the 5k - 11-17-12
Houma, LA

**This Sat. I will run the Stennis Half Marathon.   This is a fun race and several runners from Hattiesburg always show up.  This year I will be riding down with some local friends (Terri, Dawn, and John Mark).  Should be a FUN day with friends.  After the 5k, I have no big expectations with the extra lbs.,  but I will run a quality run and burn some calories.   I have another half marathon in a couple of weeks.  I'm hoping to drop the few extra lbs by then and be ready to race that one in Madison, MS on Dec. 8th (if the weather is right).

I love a Sat.,  after Thanksgiving race - 


Lisa said...

Oooh, nothing better than receiving the Boston confirmation of acceptance!!! Yay you!

Good luck w/ getting your "happy feet" back :)

Amanda@runninghood said...

Yay! I'll check my mail then. I go a few days before I do unless i know something good will be there. Good luck with the shoe thing. I've run happy in Nike, Addias, and now I'm in Brooks for good. Gotta find what works for you. Bummer that Brooks didn't work because their slogan Run Happy is perfect for you! :) I hear you on the weight gain before the holidays. But getting the flu kind of helped with that. ha.

Johann said...

I received confirmation of a big race I'm doing next year and it is very exciting. I'm sure the shoe crisis will sort out. I hate when they change a model that works and sells well.

Terzah said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like you've got some fun stuff coming up. Congrats on the Boston acceptance!

Anonymous said...

I totally know what you are going through with your shoes. I'm in the same boat. I used to wear Saucony and never had a problem when they came out with a new model. The lasy perfect shoe I bought was the Saucony Guide 4 and the updated model (guide 5) was totally different. Since then I tried several different shoes and brands and can't find any shoe that works for longer miles. I think the problem is that most shoes are now with heel drop or kind of minimalist. A week ago I tried the Altra zero drop trail shoe and so far so good. Let's keep the fingers cross we find a good shoe for us!!