Breaking in My New Sneaks

Good morning all – happy Thursday! This week is almost over – hurray. My week is flying by – how about yours?

Wednesday morning’s breakfast was a big bowl of Kashi Heart to Heart cereal with almond milk and a side of cranberry juice.

On Wednesday morning I decided to move my medium 8-mile run up from Thursday night to Wednesday night, so I planned my lunch accordingly – a.k.a. – no salad (after last week’s miserable run).

So lunch yesterday was some leftover pasta with meat sauce. I needed some carbs to fuel my after-work run.

Then my afternoon snacks included a Chobani yogurt with Kashi Go Lean cereal and an apple pie Larabar.

After work I headed home to change for my run. When I trained for my marathon in October 2009, I went through two pairs of sneakers. About halfway through my training I switched to a new pair, but by the time I actually ran the marathon, I felt like they were pretty worn out.

So for this marathon I bought two pairs again (I wear Asics Gel Cumulus 11 – which is an older model and I’m not sure they are making it anymore – sadness) and decided to wait a little bit longer into my training to switch to the new pair. I started wearing them for the first time on Monday.

For all you marathoners out there – do you “run through” your sneakers quickly? I know it might be all in my head that I need to switch, but for some reason it makes me feel like it helps. Like there’s more spring in my step.

I donned my new sneaks and headed out to Central Park. Here are my stats from the run:

Mile 1 – 8:51
Mile 2 – 8:05
Mile 3 – 7:58
mile 4 – 8:18
Mile 5 – 7:58
mile 6 – 8:08
Mile 7 – 8:12
Mile 8 – 8:47

Total mileage – 8.02 miles in 1:06:30. Average pace – 8:17 minute mile

Not too bad, but I definitely felt a little heavy. Part of me wanted to blame it on my new heavy sneaks that haven’t been worn away at all yet, but more likely it’s probably just me. :-)

After my run I made Hubby and I some BBQ chicken with a side salad for dinner.

And then for dessert I finished off the strawberries. I’m always so afraid that some fruits will go bad before I have a chance to eat them. And I love strawberries so much that I was not about to let that happen.

They look pretty fabulous right? :-) I have to be honest and tell you that I’m totally a “berry girl.” The berries are my favorite fruits – blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries. Seriously – I doubt there is a berry out there that I wouldn’t love.

And then there’s the Hubby that is totally anti-berry! How funny right? What about you – are you a berry lover? I might have a slight obsession.

Tonight will be a 6-mile run and then tomorrow is a rest day because I’m running another race this weekend – The Scotland Run 10k on Saturday in Central Park. The good thing  is that I’ve never run a 10k before, so no matter what I’m going to get a PR! I’m trying to decide how fast I want to run this. I have to run a total of 13 miles on Saturday, which means another 7 miles after finishing the race. I may just go all out! I think I’ll decide the day of, based on how I’m feeling. Anyone else in the city running this race?

Alright all – have a great Thursday – tomorrow’s Friday!!

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13 responses to “Breaking in My New Sneaks

  1. Strawberries are absolutely one of my favorite foods. Apparently they’re all my mom craved when she was pregnant with me so I can thank her :)

    No race this weekend since I’m escaping to the Hamptons. Let’s plan some weekday runs next week though!!

  2. I am sure I missed this, but when is your marathong?

    As for sneakers…yes..I go through them like crazy! But what I have found to make them last longer is wearing multiple pairs at once. I have one pair for my long runs and one pair for my shorter runs…it seems to extend the life a lttle.

    • My marathon is May 16th! Ahh so soon. I’m running the Poconos Run for Red Marathon.

      Switching sounds like a good idea. I’ll have to try that for my next one – thanks!

    • Okay scratch that…I just read on your ‘run’ page that you ran one in 3:55…hehe!

      • Haha – I was going to respond to your question today. I know you are a marathon runner – have you run Boston? I’m trying to qualify and getting nervous – any tips?

  3. I’m running the CCC 10k this weekend – good luck on yours!
    I think I’m bad about changing out my running shoes. Like…it’s worn through to the subsoles right now. Ouch. How many miles do you put on a pair before you replace them?

  4. That is too funny that you have never run a 10K before! Hope it is a good first one for you!

    Definitely a berry lover and my HATES them too. He has a limited list of fruits he will eat, but occassionally he will try something new and attempt to branch out.

    Great 8 miler!

  5. I think I am going to run the Scotland run!! I’m going to bring my pup off leash from 8-9am and then futz around and see if I can sign up for the race. I want to tack on 2 miles to the end of the race ideally if I have time (brunch plans might trump running plans) to get an 8 miller in…!
    Sara

  6. I’m a berry lover too. Strawberries are the best! And we also had bbq chicken for dinner last night!

    My hubby is a runner and probably goes through sneaks every few months? Although, he’s not a marathon runner:)

  7. Your marathon training scares me. 13 miles??? That is amazing. I don’t think I could ever.

    I am totally a berry girl! Strawberries and blackberries are my all time faves though.

  8. I see you are tryin to BQ, looks like with your 8 miler you are on track with your speeds!

    I do feel like I go through a lot of shoes, usually I can tell I need a new pair because things on my body start to hurt…more than they already do!

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