Taper taper bo baper, fee fi fo faper…..taaaaaaper!!!!!
I love that little jingle. 😀
It was a great week of training and now I’m in the home stretch–eeeep!!!!
I had the day off on Monday and I took advantage of it by going for a 5 miler. I’ve been limited to 4 miles during the week because of time/work/kid constraints (and husband work travels) and I would’ve liked to have done 6, but I was very happy for 5.
I took the day off from running on Tuesday as my husband was leaving out of town for work and I wanted to hang out ❤
Wednesday I was solo parenting so I had to squeeze in a run after work and before kid pick-up. It was so hot, yet it wasn’t even in the triple digits. I struggled but got it done.
Thursday I was feeling all sorts of blah but then my brother texted me his run. I wrote about how much he’s been inspiring me here and after reading his text/stats, I put my running shoes and went for it. It was a much better run than I’d had in a while 🙂
Throughout this training, I’ve been rotating my Brooks Ravennas and Asics Kayanos, using my Asics for my long runs. As I approached my second 20 miler, I knew I needed to break in the shoes I’d be using for race day. I planned on racing in my Brooks.
BUT, when I went to Nordstrom Rack (where I’d bought my shoes on sale for $70!), they didn’t have any more. Crushed, I went to one of my local running stores prepared to try on and buy the newer model. Except they felt weird!!
I just couldn’t commit to the new model with them feeling the way they did, so I reluctantly bought the newest model of Kayanos and decided since that style has been a part of my rotation, I’d race in them.
I ran in them on my Wednesday and Thursday runs, but they just didn’t feel right either. I always felt they were heavier than my Ravennas but the newer model felt even boxier. It also could’ve been that I already was sad about my shoe issues, lol!
So on Friday, I returned them. I asked what was most comparable to the Ravennas and I was told the Saucony Guides. I was VERY apprehensive about trying a brand new brand/shoe so far into training, but when I slipped them on, they felt good. And even though they weren’t
purple pretty, I decided to give them a shot.
And on Saturday I ran 20 miles in them. 🙂
It was another 3 a.m. start time and the first 10 miles went smoothly. Shoes felt good, I felt good.
With the exception of miles 1 and 8, I stayed within my 10-10:30 LSD range and I did not stop at all, fueling at mile 5 on the run.
I met up with my back 10 crew and I did have to stop my watch a good 15 minutes or so while I waited.
And it took me a few miles to get back on track …
but once I was warmed up again, the run just felt good. I even negative split the last 7 miles!!!!
I was so happy at the end, and my friends commented on how strong I looked–it didn’t seem like I’d just run 20 miles, lol! I really did feel good too; it was such confidence building run 😀
Overall, exactly what I would’ve hoped for going into taper time. So happy!!! 33.25 total miles
I hope everyone has a great week!! ❤ , helly
–Have you switched shoes mid-training?
–Are you brand loyal? Or do you go with what feels right?
–When’s the last time you had a stellar long run?