If it’s not one thing, it’s another. This past week I did much better with speed workouts, but shoe problems caused me to take some unexpected time off running. I hated to because I finally felt like I was in a good groove, and building momentum again after falling out of a groove can be tough. (This past week I did no strength training. No excuses, but I was out of my routine and just let it slide.) But with my foot hurting so much, I knew I had to get my shoe issues resolved before I continued running.
I mentioned last week that I thought the new Asics GT-2000 5 solved the problems I’d had with the 2000 4. That was based on one run. After two more runs in the 5s, my right foot hurt so bad that it hurt to walk. I reached out to Steff since I know she works at the Mojo running store. She was very kind to help. She watched a video of me walking and noticed that I wasn’t rolling in. Since the version 4 and 5 upgrades of the 2000s added stability, that could be why my foot was hurting. I then headed into Mojo to get some recommendations on a new shoe and ended up with this beauty, the Saucony Triumph ISO 3. These shoes are neutral, so I also got some insoles to add just a bit of stability.
This shoe is so much different from my Asics. It’s much roomier (I got the wide version), which works for me since the very narrow fit of the new Asics likely contributed to my foot hurting. The Saucony Triumph is highly cushioned. I’ve never had such a cushioned shoe, and WOW! It feels so good! They were great on my first run with them–no pain during or after the run. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this shoe works out.
Onto the weekly recap!
Week at a Glance
- Training mode: Training for small, local, rails-to-trails Boston Trail Half Marathon near Pittsburgh on April 15 using the Hanson’s Half Marathon Method with modifications
- Days running: 4
- Miles this week: 18.5
- Miles this training cycle: 75.55
- Miles this month: 84.37
- Miles this year: 22.5
- Miles in 2016: 22.5
- Strength training sessions: 0
Speed workout: 5.5 miles (43 degrees)
I switched up my schedule and did my speed workout on Monday. This 6 X 600 repeat workout was a much better workout than the first one with 400s. I did it alone so could really focus and also set a slower target pace. It was still pretty tough, but I was able to get into a groove and keep pushing for each repeat.
Easy run: 4 miles (45 degrees)
It was a rainy morning, but just a drizzle so I didn’t mind. It was my first day back to work since December 21, so it was nice to take it easy.
Tempo run: 5 miles (39 degrees)
Instead of taking my usual rest day, I did my tempo run at goal race pace. Because I’d struggled so much with this run the week before and couldn’t do a single mile at race pace, I backed off a lot and set my target at 30 seconds slower than race pace. I knew that the benefit of this workout was getting in miles at half marathon effort without stopping, so I wanted to be sure I could maintain the pace for three miles. The pace wasn’t easy at all for me; it felt like the effort you’d feel in the last three miles of a half marathon. But I didn’t stop or walk and did 3 straight miles at that effort with 2 miles for warm-up and cool-down. I was really proud of myself that I was able to keep pushing when it felt hard. It’s still really frustrating to be struggling with a pace that is so much slower than my goal pace, but I have to trust that I’ll get closer to my goal pace as training progresses.
I’d planned on this rest day, and it was good thing because my foot still hurt from the previous two runs.
This was an unplanned rest day as a result of my shoe problem. My foot still hurt a little.
My foot felt better, but I was scared to run in my Asics again. So I took this as a rest day and got my new Sauconys that afternoon. I wore my Asics to go to the store and run errands, and would you believe my foot started hurting again after just walking around in them for a little bit?! Ugh. I guess I won’t be able to wear them for walking after all.
Easy run: 4 miles (8 degrees, feels like -9)
I’m so grateful I was able to share this run with Joanna. It was insanely cold (my weather app read 8 degrees with a real-feel of -9 because of the wind), so talking with her helped the run go pretty quickly. This was my first run in the Sauconys, so I wanted to make it a shorter run, hence the 4 miles. My feet felt great, except they were cold. I knew this would be an issue because even in the store I felt the shoes were even more ventilated and breathable than my Asics. But I’m hoping there won’t be too many runs when it’s this cold and that the shoes won’t be too cold for me in winter.
This upcoming week is all about getting into a good groove again.