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I give myself a grade of C for week one of triathlon training. That’s a breakdown of an A in the pool, C in the running department, and F- on the bike (because I never got on it).
oooh ahhhh sooo preettty! Nike Free 5.0 V4’s. I’ve been coveting a pair for a while now, so I was thrilled when the fed ex man finally dropped them off at my doorstep. Now I’m certainly a glutton for punishment for putting these puppies on and attempting an hour long run in them on their first day out of the box. I promised myself I’d stop if I felt even a twinge of pain. I never did. As expected, the minimal shoe caused me to step lighter, and it was nice to not have the normal “clunk clunk” of heavier shoes on the treadmill.
I’ve been emailing back and forth with a wonderfully helpful employee of Newton running regarding my foot pain. Long story short, from all sources it appears the foot pain I suffered from the past month was a direct result of my feet being “out of shape”. Years and years of running in highly cushioned shoes has coddled my foot into not having to do any work when we are out for a run. Jumping into the Newtons, which are a much more minimal shoe with less cushion/heel lift, put that foot to work, and fast. Too fast (my fault). When Newton recommends that you start out “slow” with these shoes, I didn’t realize exactly how slow they meant. 30 miles in two weeks wasn’t slow enough.
So long story short, it was the Newtons that caused my pain, but they were no more at fault than the dumbbell that makes your shoulders hurt after you lift for the first time in a year, haha. I will not give up on them, and I am keeping them in the shoe rotation with the hopes of eventually steering away completely from the big, cushy shoes. While you probably won’t see me running down the street in vibrams any time soon, I am very interested in the concept of barefoot running, and I’m continuing to do my research.
But back to the treadmill run. After I finally got dibs on one of the 2 out of 4 functioning treadmills at the gym (seriously, division one school, you need more than 2 functioning treadmills. Can I put a note on my next tuition check “must be used to buy treadmills”?) I ran an effortless hour. VO2 max test is tomorrow (yay!) but I ran at an “estimated” zone 2…about a 9:30 mile. In other words, the “I can go all day” pace. Well, all day if I wasn’t on the treadmill…around the hour mark that thing makes me dizzy (reading the closed caption version of Lady Gaga and Sir Elton John’s performance at the grammys probably added to the dizzying effects).
I went home on the highest running high I’ve had in a while. At 11:30 pm, while I was still jacked up on endorphins, I realized why I prefer to run in the mornings. Today, I’m tired. Which is why this post is the most scatter brained random thing I’ve probably ever written.
But the good news? My foot doesn’t hurt. Not one bit.
Here’s to an A+ week 2 of triathlon training.
Happy running my friends!