The work and school week is underway again, but then again, it kind of felt like it never stopped over the holiday weekend. I spent the weekend doing homework (hours of painful computer lecture watching, demonstrations, and tests), cooking, and failing at my scheduled 16-mile run.
Last week I kind of broke in my awesome new Saucony ProGrid’s that I scored at Running Warehouse for $50–such a steal. I loved the 8mm heel to toe drop and the cushiony sole.
They felt great during my speedy 3 mile run Wednesday night and again during a 2 mile run Friday morning, so why not try them on a 16-mile sweatfest on Monday? The first 4 miles were wonderful, like I was floating on the asphalt. Then over the next few miles, my feet felt like they were sliding around in the shoe, and my left outer calf felt like it was pulling. I had to stop, it was too painful, and I didn’t want to risk injury. I made it 9.17 miles (with a few walk breaks) and was so disappointed.
I wanted to make these 16 miles so badly, especially after last weeks glorious 15 miles. I felt guilty for cutting Tyler’s training run short, when he could’ve obviously kept going. After throwing a little pity party for myself on the walk back to the car, I realized, ‘I just ran 9 miles, I know I can do 16…and that will happen next weekend.’ I’m going to stick with my Mizuno Wave Rider 16′s for the remainder of training, and with an occasional run in my Brook’s Ghosts (if they feel right–I have yet to run in them). The Saucony’s are being returned–luckily Running Warehouse will take returns on worn shoes within 90 days for a store credit.
Lesson learned. Don’t switch up shoes in the middle of training, especially if your current shoes are working for you. Yesterday morning, in my Wave Rider 16′s, I ran 6 painless, sweaty miles.