Tonight’s run confirmed my suspicions from the WPS Half Marathon on Sunday. After I hit about the 6-7 mile mark, I can keep pushing but the speed just isn’t there.
I can train for that! The question is how long it will take to get back to where I was? That I just don’t know. When the Manitoba Marathon comes up on Father’s Day, I want to be back where I was a few months ago. But I don’t know if that is possible to do safely.
In my race report / after race analysis for the WPS Half Marathon I mentioned that I had been missing mid week higher intensity runs in the 9-10 mile range on the treadmill. I haven’t done a strong one of those since March 18th and they need to come back weekly.
So tonight was an attempt at that as well as a test to confirm my suspicions.
Bottom line – I need to ramp up the intensity and the total mileage to hit my goals. Good – I am better with a project than maintenance anyway.
I also had a run yesterday I tweeted but didn’t put up on the blog – 5 miles in 37:15 – a decent push with having done a half marathon race a couple days before. That run confirmed for me I can still do some speed – I just need to be able to do it longer.
First outdoor run since the Dopey Challenge a few weeks ago. It felt good to get out and let my mind wander!
We had some major thawing yesterday and then a good freeze overnight last night. So it was pretty slippery out there and after 3 attempts to fall on my ass I decided it was time to call the run and head inside and hit the shower.
I went fairly slow and had no issues with my legs or anything like that. Still feeling pretty solid and I appear to be fully recovered from the Dopey Challenge at this point. I’m glad I came out of that in one piece.
Today I was testing out some new Hoka One One Bondi 3s that I had picked up at the Walt Disney World Marathon Expo. I hadn’t had a chance to really try them yet and I was very interested to see how they would work.
I have a pair of Hoke One One Cliftons that I love – I used them for 3 of the 4 races of the Dopey Challenge and also some of my park walking between races. I also used those for my 12 hour run (Lemming Loop) back in October. They are just a fantastic shoe for me for longer runs and I was hoping that the Bondis will be just as good or better and then I will have an alternate pair for the outdoor runs.
All in all the run with Bondis was positive – legs felt great, they have a bit better grip than the Cliftons and they did pretty good on the ice and snow as well. I did have a slight issue with rubbing near my ankle bone on my left foot – I’m not sure if that was because the shoes were too loose or just a fitting issue to my foot. The shoes have a quick tightening system that may be part of my issue – so I think I am going to switch that out to normal laces and try them again. I am feeling positive about them in general and if I can sort out that rubbing issue I will be very happy!
Feels strange now…I have no run planned for tomorrow…what am I going to do with myself?