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A Good Three Days of Running

5 Apr

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week.  Between working every day and running every day, I have been tight on time.  So, to catch up on my training, my Plantar Fasciitis issue is slowly resolving (I think) but not nearly as quickly as I’d like.  However, it certainly isn’t preventing me from getting in my training.  One good thing is that my foray into mid- and fore-foot striking is finally paying off and I am having less pain in my calf muscles, and my speed has noticeably improved.  Anyway, back onto my training this week.

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 7.5 at an easy pace

Wednesday: 10 miles at sustained effort pace

Thursday: 7 miles at moderate effort pace

Today I am planning on a very easy pace run, and tomorrow a tempo run on the course of my next race.  That tempo will probably be in the 7-9 mile range.


Now, I know I said I would do a shoe review on the Brooks Pure Connect, but I have decided to postpone that review until I have a few more weeks testing them out and getting a good rounded-out feel for how they hold up to running.


That’s all for now, but I will be posting more this weekend.




Exploring some trails!

31 Mar

Good day everyone!

A much needed rest yielded more responsive legs.  I would by no means call them fresh and snappy, but they got the job done; after the first few miles of the run, the junk cleared out and they performed well, especially the calves.  Now, there is one thing I haven’t mentioned, and that’s my plantar fasciitis.  Well, rolling my foot on a golf ball and frozen water bottle has helped tremendously, and I am confident that the already-diminished pain will be eradicated before the month of April concludes.  My left foot (that’s the one with plantar fasciitis) felt surprisingly good today.  There was still a good deal of pain and stiffness, but it is much less than what I’ve been experiencing for the last three+ months.  Mind you, I never once stopped training on my troubled foot, so even the smallest improvement is greatly appreciated.  The pain in the plantar fascia disappeared a few times today for the first time in at least four months of running.

Anyway, all that got me off topic.  By “exploring” being in the title, I mean that I found a new extension to the trail I train on nearly every day that increases the length from 5 miles to 8 or so, which will more comfortably accommodate my longer runs.  It is much more scenic than the first five miles, and since it is still being developed, the next three miles of the trail are still untouched by everyone but me.  At least, that is how it seems.  In any case, no one seems to have any interest in checking out the next three miles, so I am having loads of fun basking in the silence and mystery of new trail.

After logging a lower mileage week this week, I am looking forward to running once more tomorrow (if time permits) and getting back out there next week.  My calves seem to be improving after all that I’ve thrown at them the last three weeks, with all the new running form, shoes, and whatnot.  At the very least, I am learning some very good lessons on training and injuries, and getting a good base of mileage built up for my fall marathon.

Ok, enough for now.

Next week, I’ll be posting an initial review of a new pair of shoes I recently acquired, the Brooks Pure Connect’s.  I will continue to post about my daily training, and start to give you an idea of how it is to be a vegan runner as well.

A’ight, cheers and keep running!


Much Needed Recovery

28 Mar

I have been steadily upping my mileage, with the goal of running doubles three times a week and logging around 80-100 miles each week to prep for my fall marathon.  I am hoping to be at that mileage range as of this summer.  Now, all that has been going well, at least until I decided it was time to give minimal shoes a try and start to heel strike less, and move towards a more natural midfoot/forefoot strike.  While I already feel better from this, my legs certainly don’t.  :D  My calves especially are having to deal with a much greater load, which is really as it should be.  Nevertheless, my relatively week calves certainly have their work cut out.  So, after nearly three weeks of intentional running form changes, it’s time to take a much needed 2 day rest, so I can recover and nail the next 6 weeks until my 10 mile race May 12th.

What do you guys use for lower leg recovery, and what’s your take on minimal shoes?

Let me know!


P.S.  I am currently running in the Asics Gel-Blur33 and Brooks Pure Connect.  What are your more minimal go-to shoes for races and speedwork, or do you train daily in lightweight shoes?

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