This fall has been hard for me. I love running in half marathons. The training for them keeps my eye on a goal and keeps me motivated to actually get outside and run. I complete two this year – the Princess Half at Disney World in February and the Dumbo Double Dare (10K & Half) at Disneyland over Labor Day. I was planning on doing one this fall as well, but I have been sidelined with foot issues. In fact, I ended up walking pretty much both races in California because it hurt to run. So there was no fall race and I have been suffering with withdrawal symptoms because of it. But I am feeling better today. I have my confirmed registration for the Publix Georgia Half Marathon in late March. My husband will be doing the the full marathon on the same day so we are making a nice weekend getaway to Atlanta out of it:)
Following the Disneyland races, I took a whole month off of running. It was tough as I usually run 3-4 times a week even when I am not training. But my foot has healed and I have been focusing the last couple of weeks just trying to get my fitness base back. I’ve been doing 3-4 days of about 2-3 miles each day. With a race to look forward to now, I have decided on my training plan. While I love the Jeff Galloway run/walk ratio (this is how i survive my half marathons), I am using the Beginning Half Marathon Training Plan from the Digital Running Club and supplementing some yoga for runners on 1-2 of the off days. This has more miles during the week which I hope will improve my endurance level and finally get me to the under 3 hour half marathon mark. My official training starts Thanksgiving week so until then, I am working on my base fitness level doing about 12 miles a week. Next week I go from a flat route to adding hills.
A New Pair of Shoes
I love running shoes. If I could have a closet of brightly colored shoes that I could match with my running clothes, I would. Alas, my husband would not be amused by this so at the moment, I have one pair. Which is fine for 4 days a week of running. Following my off time from running to heal, I decided it was time to buy a new pair of shoes to start this next race training season. I have mild overpronation I have previously been running in a cute pair of Saucony Guide 6 shoes. While they were a good pair of shoes, I found that they were pretty narrow around the toe area which lead to blisters (especially after running 19 miles over two days at Disney). So it was off to Frontrunner Athletics, my local running store here in Chattanooga to try on different kinds of shoes (my favorite part of shoe buying).
I decided on the Brook Ravenna 4 shoes. They were actually a Best Buy from Runners World back in the Spring. You can see the review of them here for all the technical stuff. But I have been running in them the past two weeks or so and I have to say I have seen a huge improvement in my running. I also got some new running socks to go along with them so between the two, I have had no blisters whatsoever. These shoes also have more support on the outside of the foot which has significantly reduced the amount of overpronation in my stride. I also like the neon yellow reflecting band going across the middle of the shoes. This flexible band really helps the shoe to fit my foot. They have just the right amount of cushioning and arch support for my feet and, thus far, I haven’t had any of the foot issues that popped up over the summer. They are a fabulous pair of shoes.