So I’ve put these shoes on the NEVER again list. They have been retired to use at the gym for lifting/spin classes. Good thing I have two other pairs of shoes: Mizuno Inspire for regular training use and the light weight shoes for speed/racing [still bright ‘n shiny waiting to be used!]. I’ve used my Inspires the past week and I can say I definitely feel the difference. I ran 23 miles last week. While it definitely was a hard 23 miles, there was no shin/calf pain. I even ran half of the half marathon [quarter marathon?] on the roads yesterday with a couple teammates and felt OK after. I had some super tight hamstrings but I attribute that to the penguin like temperatures. I also had icicles growing in my hair after:-p Overall, it’s hard to get back to running but ‘quit’ is not a word in my vocabulary.
I’m starting to feel a bit better each run and damn, it feels good. I’m still cautiously optimistic but I’ve been working on mileage before getting the speed back. I’ve been back to running for 3 weeks now (15-20 mpw). So, if all things go as planned, January 31st will mark my return to speed! YAY!
My NYRR ‘anniversary’ race is the Gridiron 4 miler but I’m pretty certain I’ll be sitting this year’s edition out [has it really been 3 years since my first race??]. I just don’t see myself ready to race in 2 weeks. Plus, I plan to race the Cherry Tree Relay with the Speedy Beagles and just two weeks after I have some business to take care of at the Coogans 5k. After that, I’ll be settling into long distance training [10K and up!] with the Cherry Blossom 10 miler in early April and what looks to be a marathon relay in a really cool place at the end of April;0) Can you stand the mystery?