Sunday, November 6, 2011

End of Daylight Savings Time Run

I hope you all enjoyed your extra hour of sleep or extra hour of getting things done! We woke up around the same time we normally do, because of Bernie (he has no idea that the time has changed).

Ever since my annoying overuse injury, the longest run that I have done was 4 miles on Thursday night. My total mileage this past week was 7.5 miles, so why not try to bang out an 8 miler today?

I went into it knowing that if I felt like I had to stop, that I was going to do just that: stop. I hoped that my legs were used to running again because we have a 15K race next Sunday and I wanted to get in at least one decent long run before then. But, I don't want to re-injure myself so I just went into the run with an open mind.

And new shoes.

Saucony Mirages

These shoes are definitely heavier than I am used to, but I think that for longer runs they are necessary. I am sad to say that I think my Nike Free Runs destroyed my foot during our half marathon, so I don't want the same thing to happen with my Kinvaras. The Kinvaras will work for shorter races and training runs and these will be good for the longer distances. Luckily, they are still somewhat minimalist and allow for a mid-foot strike.

I wore my new Asics socks from Medved in Rochester, we went there yesterday and they were on sale so I figured I would give them a try. The socks have a single tab ankle fit that is supposed to protect your feet from possible cuts and blisters. Since I was wearing new shoes and didn't want my feet to look like this girl's, I thought that wearing these wouldn't hurt! During our trip to Medved I also picked up a 13.1 sticker for my car and SmartWool PhD Running Light Micro socks for the winter.

I also wore one of my new long sleeve shirts that I bought awhile ago. When we left the house it said that it was less than 40 degrees! We knew that it was going to warm up but neither of us wanted to freeze in the beginning!

We went to Genesee Valley Park and headed out for our eight mile run. We had to stop after .5 miles because someone (not me) had to go to the bathroom. After running through part of a golf course we turned around and found our way to the Canal Path. At this point we had done 2 miles so we planned on turning around after 5 miles.

I felt pretty good even though we were going a lot faster than we had our other two runs this week. It hurt, but in an aerobic way not in an "I'm in pain" way. One of my toes felt like it was falling asleep and Mike said it was probably because of the new shoes.

After we turned around I had a feeling that I wasn't going to be able to make it to 8 miles, but I just kept pushing. Mike mentioned that we could use the last .5 miles as a cool down and I liked that idea. However, around 6.5 miles I knew that I wouldn't be able to run the last .5. We stopped after 7.5 miles and walked the rest of the way back to our car.

Even though we didn't do the full 8 miles, I was still happy that I did 7.5 miles at a good pace.

Lap 1 - 10:00 pace
Lap 2 - 10:05 pace
Lap 3 - 10:18 pace
Lap 4 - 10:16 pace
Lap 5 - 10:23 pace
Lap 6 - 10:45 pace
Lap 7 - 11:04 pace
Lap 8 (.5) - 11:01 pace

Total Time: 1:18.26
Average Pace: 10:27 minutes per mile

When we got home, we both tried the Gatorade Recover drink.

Mixed berry flavor

Even though I love my nuun, this was still pretty good. It is definitely a lot heavier than nuun, but it replaces electrolytes and gives you protein, carbs and calcium to help you recover and rebuild muscle faster. It does contain a milk ingredient so if you are lactose intolerant or sensitive, I wouldn't suggest drinking this. I would buy it again and we actually talked about drinking it in between our legs during the Seneca 7 relay in April.

My new Zensah compression socks are helping me recover today, too!

Seriously, why didn't I get these sooner?

I love them! They arrived yesterday and I was so excited to try them out today. I will be wearing them for the rest of the day. Now, I just need to get more pairs so that I can wear compression socks all the time.

We are going to enjoy the rest of our "Lazy Sunday" watching football, losing in fantasy football and making brownies.

How did you spend your extra hour today?


  1. I actually got the extra hour last night or early this morning. I spent it not sleeping. I should have gone to bed earlier.

    But nice job on your 8 miles! I actually ran 8 miles as my long run today too. And the bf joined me for the last three miles. You're lucky that you and Mike can run together.

  2. Spent my extra hour running the 4 miles before work today....well, it didn't take me an hour to run 4 miles, but I had to get up almost an hour earlier to wake up a little and stretch afterwards.

  3. Spent my extra hour working!!! Will be done with working on Sundays next week (YAY!!!)

    So glad that your run went well and I think that the socks and shoes are a great idea!!