It’s been awhile. I’ll admit, I was in a rut. I missed my 100 mile goal for February (darn flu!!!), and was left with that feeling of “less than.” Getting on the treadmill to run that mile each day was about all of the motivation I could muster. Now, 1 mile is better than no miles, but if we’re being absolutely honest, it’s not enough. The plan for this spring has been to cut back and refocus. Cut back on work (we’re still in the process, but that should be a reality come summer), cut back on miles and focus on creating good habits.
I signed up for my first 5k in years! My future sister-in-law and I are running the Brunch Run 5k in Indianapolis on April 22. Yes I could run a 5k in my sleep, but I needed a goal to help me get motivated. Next, I started a training plan using the Nike+ Run Club app. The app forces me to do speedwork and tempo runs (definitely wouldn’t do that on my own. Ugh!!!) and quite frankly to make me run more than 1 mile a day. I am two weeks into the training program and so far I have followed the program to a T. When was the last time I strictly followed any training program? Ummmm never!!! This fall I want to kick butt at the Chicago Marathon, so following the 5k training plan this spring is a great warm up.
The next hurdle: shoes. I ran my last two marathons and all of the training (which was very little, mind you) in Hoka One One Arahi’s. Loved them because my big toe joint (I think that’s what it is. I probably should see a doc about this at some point) didn’t hurt. At all!! My calves and hamstrings, however, did not love the 4mm drop. Yesterday on my 6.2 mile run I tried out the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 18 (my running shoe several years ago), and by mile 3 my toe was having discomfort. My goal is to figure out how to either tweak the Arahi’s or to find another shoe. Ideas?
Happy trails, my friends!