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The Weight on my Shoes

Thursday’s run hurt.

My calves were tight and my arches were sore and achy.  I think my PureFlow 4’s are dead.  Which is not cool as they only have 146 miles on them.  I think… I lost most of my shoe data when Nike updated their running app.  Boo.   But they felt dead on my run and since is my third pair of them, I am pretty familiar with the signs of a dead shoe.

So now what?  I am not hugely fond of the 5’s I have been testing.  Granted, I’ve only put 5 miles total on them.  The toebox feels small- which I usually like- but the ankle area feels very floppy.    I tried re-lacing them on my last run in them but they still felt off.  No bloody heels though, so that was a plus.

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So while I was running, ok well, taking lots of walk breaks, I was thinking.   I’ve dropped thoughts about my weight recently- this still isn’t that post- but what if my weight is affecting my shoes?

Am I too large for my shoes?

I am honestly wondering this not trying to stir anything up.  When I was heavier I ran in support shoes.  Over the years as I both ran more and lost weight, my shoes kept getting lighter and with a smaller heel toe drop.  And things were mostly fine.   But now, I am heavier than I want to be by a decent amount.  Let’s be real, I am closer to the weight I was when I first started running than I am to when I was at peak fitness  2 years ago.    Could that be affecting my shoes?

I know the weight affects my form at times.  Especially if I wear the wrong pair of shorts on a run.   It could have all the markings of a great run but the wrong shorts right now will turn it to a crap storm real fast.   Which then throws off my stride.  So why couldn’t that be happening with my shoes?

Problem is that I don’t know how to test this little theory of mine.    I mean I could by another pair of shoes but all this shoe buying is getting a little expensive.  I am hesitant to return the PureFlow 5’s as I’ve only put 5 miles on them.   It took me 20+ to break in the teal pair of 4’s that I had but then I put another 200ish miles on them.    The last pair of normal running shoes-i.e more support- I owned was well over a year ago.  I actually gave them to my mother to be gardening shoes.  So that’s out as an option too.

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Then on Saturday, I ran 8 miles in my Nike’s and my legs felt better than they have in weeks.   They have even less to them than my Brooks.  But, I was also in compression socks.  Is it all in my head?!?!

I would love to say I as going to lose the weight and all would return to normal.  But again, let’s be real, I’ve trying that for a year and failing in numerous ways.   So now what?

Help me, blog land, you’re my only hope!!!

Seriously, what are your thoughts?

 

Run!, Slacker

Last Marathon Thoughts & Moving On

Did I really run a marathon 2 weeks ago?!  It’s been over a week and I am still not sure how I pulled it off.  How did I go from the year of no goals to running a marathon?

I mean, there is a reason I call this blog “Slacker Runner”.  I am lazy.   Sleeping in on weekends and sitting in my comfy chair binge watching Netflix are kind of my things.   I’m good at those things.  But training for a marathon? Running that marathon?  And not hating life during it?  That’s not me.

And yet I did it. Training didn’t go like planned but I did ok.   Panic attacks leading up to race day were rampant… so was the doubt.  Yet, somehow it all went away race morning.    I realize that I got really lucky.  Incredibly lucky- 26 miles of hills and fog, under fueled by most people’s standards but never hit a wall.  I also somehow managed to avoid chafing.

I was so afraid the marathon was going to break me.  I feared that I would cross the finish line ( if I made it that far) and hate running.   I felt that way after my first half- I took 3- 4 months off of running.  Well, I raced ran a 10K after and it just made things worse.  But that’s another story.

Instead I went a little crazy the other way.  Last week, I was like “run all the races!!!!!”.    This week, I’ve calmed down a little.  😛   But that doesn’t change what I did.   Yeah… I have 3 half marathons in a 5 week time frame starting in October.   Oops.   I really should look at a calendar more often.     There should be an app that inputs all your races into a calendar that will pop up with flashing lights shouting “slow your roll”.     But it is what it is.

My hope is for 2 of the races to be run for fun and one to be a challenge.   I think it’s time to push myself a little.   Maybe to see what happens?  I also really need to get back on track with healthier eating habits. While I made it through marathon training without gaining any weight, I sure didn’t lose any.   I rationalized a few too many indulgences.   There’s only so many times you can tell yourself that life is short, eat the pizza.   😛❤🍕

I am still sussing out how I am going to train over the next couple of months but I am looking forward to it.   And I’ll leave you with a funny-

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Walk break or picture break?

Happy Friday!!!

Have any plans?

Did I go a little crazy or am I still normal?