I went by Fleet Feet to try on a pair of Nike Free Run 2's. My pair is last year's model and they're still fine for everyday running, but they've developed that 'old shoe' funky smell and I could use a shiny new pair for the marathon. I always keep two pairs of running shoes... a newer pair for most of my day-to-day running, and an older pair for rainy days when the shoes are more likely to take a beating. My 'old' pair (Nike Zoom Elites) has been in the rotation for a long time and running the Millstadt Biathlon in the rain might have been the end of them. So now I want a new pair of Nike Free Runs and my current pair will move into the 'old pair' spot in the rotation.
Unfortunately, Nike continues it's tradition of changing a shoe every year, regardless of how perfect the shoe might be. Luckily, the new Nike Free Runs seemed to fit basically the same as the pair I have. I Love these shoes! So now the big question will be whether I can find a pair in my size with colors I can live with.
(Nike Free Run)
(Nike Free Run 2)
After my quick shoe fitting, I drove to the gym and went for a run. I ran the Soccer Park Loop again but ran the opposite direction around the loop this time. On my first run of this loop, I learned that a lot of the roads are one way and running in this new direction let me face traffic through the entire run.
The Cardinals were playing game 3 of a tied 5-game series this afternoon so I took my iPod and tuned it to the radio to listen to the game. How's that for multi-sport? Listening to the baseball game while running before a swim!
I ran 6 miles and my legs still feel heavy from Sunday's run, but they loosened up a bit after the first mile and my watch reported a faster pace than I expected. I took it easy and enjoyed the ballgame... there was no real 'push' in my step. Somehow, I was still averaging 7:20's though.
After my run, I went in and met Liz for my first swim in a few weeks. I could tell I was out of practice and we swam longer intervals than usual so I was feeling a little awkward in the water. It felt good to give my upper body a workout though and it was nice to mix up my training a little.
Unfortunately, we finished up at the gym just in time to hear the Cardinals fall short of a comeback and lose 3-2. Now they need to win two straight to move on. Come on, Cards!
Goal For The Day: Middle Distance.
Distance: 6.04 Miles.
Time: 44:17. 7:20 Avg. (7:31, 7:16, 7:08, 7:17, 7:12, 7:30, 0:19*).
Route: Soccer Park Loop.
Conditions: 68 degrees. 5:15pm.
Goal For The Day: Swim.
Distance: 1,000 meters. (500, 300, 200).
Location: Fenton Rec Center Indoor Pool.
Notes: I'm trying to balance my urge to keep the pace in the 6:40's with the need for easier runs this week to recover before next week's mileage. Listening to the game helped keep me at a relaxed pace. Still feeling surprisingly good after Sunday. Normally, I'm sore (especially my calves) after my 20-mile run. Hopefully, that's a good sign.
Daily Miles: 6.04 Miles.
Run - 407.46 Miles.
Bike - 144.45 Miles.
Swim - 11,050+ meters.