Let’s start with the latter, shall we?
This morning’s 4-mile Run for Central Park could have gone better. At 29:24, I lost over a minute on my time from the same course last May. Major meh. And yet…I feel like I should be more upset about this, because I’m really not. It was hot. It kind of sucked. The first mile felt like 6:04 and was actually 7:04. Oh well – what are ya gonna do?
Race: Run for Central Park 4M
Date: July 17, 2010
Weather: OMG HOT. High 80s/low 90s, humid
Place (overall): 746 / 5056
Place (women): 114 / 2,531
Place (AG F 25-29): 39 / 703
Just eyeballing my gender and AG places, I’m guessing the whole field was a little on the slow side today. Dog days of summer will do that do ya.
Even though my time was mediocre, I felt like I pushed myself as hard as I could. I didn’t fail because of head games. And my Achilles felt freaking awesome – which is to say, I didn’t feel it at all!
Maybe it was because I was rockin’ these babies?
Nike Free. Unstructured, uncushioned, unsupported. We have a winner!
Not the direction I thought my footwear would take after my Cinderella dilemma last week, but seriously? They feel amazing. No Achilles pain at all.
Admittedly, I spent much of my work day yesterday analyzing myself on the video-treadmill. In neutral shoes, I looked wobbly. In stability shoes, I looked wobbly. In the Frees? Well, kinda wobbly. But they felt good, so I went for it. And wore them in the race today, which BTW is something I would never ever recommend doing – wearing new gear in a race. It was an idiotic move, but I think I got lucky and escaped disaster. I guess we’ll see how my legs feel tomorrow, though.
Anyway. Do as I say, not as I do.
I also picked up a new pair of Ghosts so I’ve got the Ghost and the Free at my disposal. The Frees are gonna be for short runs and speedwork only – at least for now. (Although I logged 8 total in them today and they felt great throughout). And I’m not totally giving up on the Ravennas yet – I might be able to squeeze some miles out of them by alternating them in once or twice a week. We’ll see.
Aaaaand, that’s enough rambling about my shoes. Y’all have put up with more than enough of that lately.
How about some more winners?
Congrats to the winner of my KartMe / Sweet Muse Brownie giveaway: #5, Kelly D!
She Kart’d this amazing-looking Chocolate Peanut-Butter Ice Cream. Yum. I’ve got your email Kelly, so I’ll be in touch. 🙂
And my copy of The Art of Racing in the Rain goes to #15, Ashley at Cupcakes and Combat Boots!
Congrats! 🙂 Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can work out the deets.
That’s all I’ve got for today – no daily E, D, R. I’ve already babbled enough about my running – and the eating and drinking just haven’t been that exciting so far (Larabars and water).
Have a great Saturday night!