Honestly, it was probably inevitable.
started fine. Cold, but fine. 800m warmup, plans for 6-8 800s with 400m
recovery. The warm up was fine, and the drills and strides before the
first 800 were okay too. By the end of the first 800, however, something
wasn't right. I was three seconds off my target pace, which isn't bad
for the first interval. The problem was that I already felt tired. My
turnover was poor, I couldn't engage my hamstrings, and my shins were
The second and third repeats were each an
additional 2-3 seconds slower then the one before it and the shin pain
was worse. I'd had a tough run the morning before but I was trying to
convince myself that it was because I'd taken four days off in a row and
am struggling to get back into a routine. And that is part of the
truth. But the real culprit, at least for now, is my damn shoes. My beloved
Kinvaras. As soon as I put my new pair on last week, they didn't feel
right. Not like the prior pair, which I loved and ran MCM in.
didn't hug my arch and had no cushioning. I had similar calf and shin
pain last week when I ran in them but I thought it was a lack of
stretching or being out of shape or anything else. I just didn't want to
have to return my pretty pretty shoes. It looks like I have no choice,
especially once Coach George basically told me they were a piece of
crap. Not that it mattered, because I was already upset about QUITTING
on the workout. So I wandered up and down the final 100 meters of track,
crying about being fat, slow, and a quitter. Usually I can leave my
shit on the track and power through, but not today.
All in all a pretty bad start to my morning. I'm going
to return the shoes tonight on my way home, going back to my old
Triumphs. I'm not sure what I'll race in on Sunday, my old dead Kinvaras
or new Triumphs. I like a little time to get comfortable in a new pair
of shoes before I race in them, so it is a tough call. Although to be
honest, I won't really be racing this Sunday. I'm in no shape to do more
than treat it as a long run and practice for the 1/2 I have coming up
in 5 weeks. I just want it to be over with and I hate going into a race
with that feeling. Being under-trained sucks, especially when it is no
one's fault but your own.
I'm going to go back to
eating my feelings now. You may carry on with the rest of your day.
Thanks for stopping by. Obviously, advice and words of encouragement are
always welcome. Oh! And thanks to Cris and others on the track this
morning for their kind words as I trudged along. It was much