This week has been ups and downs. Wednesday, I laced up my sneakers and noticed that one of my feet felt…off…as in, substantially lower than the other. I checked my orthotics in the off-shoe and realized they were fine. I checked the other one and was horrified to find that it had cracked in half. My first thought was, “omgIdonthavehealthinsurance.” Which isn’t exactly true – I have health insurance, but not insurance that will cover new orthotics, or a trip to the podiatrist. Fortunately, they are under warranty and I will be returning them today to hopefully be fixed by the ten miler.
I have a functional pair of old orothotics that I dug out and fit in my shoes. Fortunately, they fit well in my new shoes and I was able to wear them for a 3 mile run on Wednesday and a 5 mile run today. They make my ankles hurt a little bit, but they’re pretty good. I’ll be wearing them for 8 miles on Sunday, so that will be the real test.
So how did I do towards the challenge this week? Well, last Saturday, we set out on what was to be a 6 mile run, but fell a bit short, at 5.5. We kept a pretty good pace though, and finished it with around 10-minute-miles, although neither of us did a good job of timing. On Wednesday, I wore my heart rate monitor and pushed myself, with great success. I managed to finish my usual 3.05 mile loop in 28:27, which is pretty close to my 5k PR . Since doing weekly shorter runs at a 5k pace is part of pretty much every speed training program, I’m really happy with this time. I was also really happy with my ability to use my heart rate monitor to gauge how fast I should be going. I tried to keep my HR around 160. I think I will try to do this again on Sunday for our long run.
Today’s run was much more casual – I was literally running errands – I ran to the bank and the cleaner’s, walked home, went for a 3 mile run with my friend, and then ran to pick up my car, which was another half mile away. We went pretty slowly, but that’s okay – we had a new running buddy and she’s recovering from a back injury. I’m pleased with doing more runs during the week in addition to weekend runs, and also the slightly longer distances I’ve been doing – these will all help with my 10-mile goal.
How’s everyone else doing?