Sunday, November 21, 2010

20 Miles--postponed!


Oats with peanut butter, pumpkin and a little Blue Agave Sweetner to start my day, but then I got a phone call: It's Icy. REALLY icy. 

I hadn't been outside, but apparently many of those in charge of the group 20 miler this morning couldn't get to their car without slipping and falling. We put it off till noon, hoping a little of the ice would melt away, but alas, it was called off. 

Apparently Minnesota Department of Transportation workers couldn't even get in to work to get out and salt the roads and there were over 300 calls about cars that spun out on one interstate alone.  Thwarted by Ice. 

My hood didn't look too bad, so after the run was cancelled I headed out 3 blocks to grab a coffee and it was like a slip and slide on all the sidewalks. I made it, but I would not have gone for a run, risking injury especially this close to the race.

 I have a few days off near thanksgiving this week and can hammer out a 20 miler somewhere...when I do, I will post my recap! 

SO, my afternoon now includes laundry, mind mapping, memorizing some body pump tracks and getting ready for a GREAT and SHORT work week! 

Treadmill long runs and SHOES

WOW--hope your Friday & Saturday were as GREAT as mine were! 
This morning I had a trainer meet up with Xavier, a local trainer I have been talking a little with. We got together to do a little networking and idea sharing.  It was great to pick his brain and I am even going to get a few training sessions from him--totally will update on it! A lot of personal trainers have others they work with I am excited to give it a shot!

Thursday at work, I put in 10 miles on the treadmill and it went well! The treadmill unfortunately doesn't GO longer than 60 min, so I found myself slowing down, trying to see how far I had left and resetting the machine as fast as I could. It was kind of funny!  

TODAY I am on my longest run for training: 

It feels unreal, but I am treating it like race day, good nights sleep, good breakfast, up early all ready to go. BUT this 20 miles is in 20-30 degree weather with freezing rain. Hello, Minnesota winter!  I have 2 running pants laid out smart wool shirt, SW socks, tank, gloves, a wind jacket, an ear warmer, face mask, knee braces, fuel belt and shoes. 

The forecast: 

The Shoes: 

My new nike free's are brilliant shoes, I intended to do a review on them, but fell short on time. What I CAN say, is that in the process of marathon training, not all shoes will cut it for all distances. Once I hit over 16 or so with these, the swelling (most likely) in my feet makes my toes press to hard into the tip of the shoe. On any less milage, the shoe feels great. 

SOLUTION: I have a 7.5 which is a half size bigger on hold at a store and I will get it tomorrow, wear them for the remainder of the taper runs and race in them. Tomorrow, I am wearing my trusty Nike Free trainers which I wore for my most recent half and love. I reviewed THOSE shoes here

I will post ALL about the pink Nike Free's and the NEW, half size larger free's this coming week with my 20 Mile recap. 

Have you noted a shoe that fits one distance, but doesn't cut it for another? Some people alternate shoes, do you? 

Wish me warmth!! 

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