As you loyal readers know, that the last month or so my training schedule has been altered by my half marathon teacher to have me run 4 days (instead of 3) each week. At first it was just depressing to know that after I got one run done, I still had 3 more to go. I have worked REALLY hard to get the runs in - no matter what! Heat, schedule, fatigue, boredom, etc - I've gotten them in. The last couple of weeks I've squeaked the last run of the week in on Sunday evening, but I get it done! This week was no exception. I had 3 miles left to do and so 3.26 miles is what I did. It was suppose to be an easy run and mostly it was. The weather was much cooler but the humidity was still very high - honestly felt as if I were running in a sauna (no joke!!!). Oh well, I did it. Turned on my devil beeper to 3 & 1:30 and cranked up my jamz and off I went. I did my preferred 2.26 mile route and added on an extra mile at the end on the path. I started and ended with a walk but did the interval the rest of the time, except for when I ran a 1/2 mile continuously (you know, just to see if I could - good news, I still can :) WOOT!
I have been wearing these AWESOME and life changing Nike Air Pegasus 27's for the last 150 miles -
HERE to take a trip down memory lane), but dismissed them since they didn't feel Techie - they just felt like normal shoes. At the time the salesman, AJ for you locals, said that wasn't all bad, but I was like "No, I think I prefer to have more cushion, more support, more 'tech' features." And went with the Saucony's . . . which later were discovered to be the sole reason for my knee pain - BOO! Then, on a whim, I found myself at the running store while they were having a tax day sale and decided that "Yes, I'm going to go for it and give the Nike's a try." Honestly, I haven't looked back since! I love them. I'm not 100% pain free, but other than my quad which is a new pain but I don't think it's related to my shoes, I have no new pains and that's really something amazing . . . for me! It's been 150 miles in this pair and with 4 halfs in 4 months coming up, I would say that I'll be reaching the "big girl shoe max" of 300 miles rather quickly and thought it would be a good time to start to break in a new pair. Given today's slow and easy 3 miler, I thought what a great opportunity to give them a test drive . . . yeah, they're nice! And cute too!!!!