Sunday, January 20, 2013

102 Miles

The third week in January is supposedly the most depressing week of the year.  The holiday spirit is long gone; the days are still cold and short; you get your holiday shopping bill in the mail; all your new years resolutions are broken; Valentine's day is coming and OMG you're still single. Officially the most depressing day this year is January 21, which means....tomorrow. Or right now depending on when you are reading this. Sorry.  Hope you aren't depressed.

Thankfully, for me, the latter half of January hasn't been so depressing.  I'm starting to love running in 40 degree weather (if you're thinking "dang, I would LOVE 40 degree weather right now, this 3 degree weather business sucks," I should clarify that 40 degrees is COLD in these parts.  My warmest running clothing item is a long sleeved race shirt.  But I'm enjoying the cold.  The relative cold.).

Other reasons the third week in January was a good one: I became the new owner of some great running gear; I maybe discovered my new best pair of running shoes; and I ran 102 miles with legs that feel just as normal as any other 50-80 mile week.

Part one, new running gear:

I got ALL OF THIS



 for $2.55!






How!?

1) Because of my awesome extreme coupon-ing skills.

Lie.  Falsity.  I do not have any running shoe coupons, but if you ever learn of one, send it to me.

2) It's because I finally sold out my blog, now, at this opportune moment in time when the blog is more boring than ever and anonymous links to vacuum cleaner sites are more common than legit comments. (Are you with me? who's bored? I feel bored.  Which in the words of Louis C.K., is unacceptable.)



This is also a flat-out Armstrongian statement (has that caught on yet to mean "a lie"?)

3) Is it because Brooks felt sad for me and sent me a reject chocolate egg filled with running shoes?

Also no.  I don't want shoe-flavored chocolate, or chocolate scented shoes, and Brooks doesn't want to give extravagant gifts to runners unless they have a certain tens of thousands of readers to bleat to.  It is a 3% cute marketing idea.  Cute like Oakley's marketing strategy of showing off how select women athletes love champagne and spa days or something.  It's okay I'm not picking on Brooks/Oakley, almost all marketing makes me laugh/roll my eyes.

GET TO IT ALREADY.

The $2.55 goodies includes Brooks running shoes, a Nike running tank, and 11 pieces of various running fuel.



The Shoes.

I got to select a free pair from A Runner's Mind in Burlingame as a prize for placing 1st woman at the Run with the Jets Half Marathon.

The shoe expert who helped me out guided me to a revelation.  Apparently all other shoe store people just wanted me to buy some Nike Air Pegasus' and get outta there, because they all led me to believe I am a neutral runner that needed a neutral cushioned shoe.  This fellow noted some clear pronation on my right foot, told me I needed a stabilizing shoe, had me try on two solid Nike's and two solid Brooks, and while I liked them all and the runner up was the Brooks Pure Flow, I went with the Brooks Pure Cadence 2.

My only other Brooks shoe experience is the Launch.  I like them.  I tried racing in them once for a half-marathon, and they weren't meant to be my racing shoe.  Still, they are a regular in my rotation and they work well for tempo runs/ runs with some speed.  My running shoe rotation currently consists primarily of the Brooks Launch (I bought them 1.5 years ago, so they are an earlier series) and the Nike Air Pegasus 29.  I occasionally wear Asics Gel Nimbus but find them far too cushiony and thick for my recent preferences.  I'll wear the Newtons that I won after the See Jane Run half marathon maybe 1 time per month, and haven't grown any love for them at all.  I feel slow and clumsy in them.  Although I still enjoy how they propel me up hills.

I wasn't really planning on running today (Sunday) since that would make it 7 days in a row of running, something I haven't done in a really long time, but I was excited (aren't all runners!?) to try out the new shoes.  And, watching football is always more fun when you feel like you've earned 3+ hours of couch/beer/food time.

Crock-pot pulled pork was my sweet reward and perfect company for watching the Forty-Niners lock their spot in the Super-Bowl!!!

17.3 miles in the Brooks Pure Cadence, I just ADORE them.  I know I've said this before on my first run out in a new pair of shoes, so my word can't be trusted yet.  The true test will be wearing them for a half-marathon in 2 weeks.  I really hope they work, because if not, it's the Nike Air Pegasus for the Napa Marathon.  And they were okayyyy for CIM, but not perfect.  I think I need something a little stiffer than the plush cloud that is the Pegasus.



As for the rest of the goodies, the lovely Sesa gave me a tip that a Runners Mind had a Groupon ($25 for $50) so I bought it moments before heading out the door to pick up some free shoes, and then selected $50 worth of running fuel and a lightweight sexy Nike running tank top.

So technically, I spent $27.55.  And technically, some couponing was involved.  Either way, it was a successful store visit, and if I lived closer to A Runners Mind I would be there more often.  It is a runners paradise--especially for people seeking a community of runners to run with.

Part two, 102 miles.

A few disclaimers.

Running more than 100 miles in a week is stupid.  DON'T DO IT.  There is no reason to strive for this goal.  I don't feel particularly smart about doing it, I don't recommend doing it, unless you are literally paid to run, I just don't see the point.  I think running 80 miles/week builds just as much strength and endurance as running 100 miles.  But with less wear and tear.

Proof, is the fact that I have been running just around 70 miles per week for the last several, and low and behold it pumped me up with enough endurance to run 102 miles this week without much trouble at all.  I feel fine.  Normal.  I wouldn't know this week had been any different than others unless I looked down at the numbers in my dorky log.

Which is to say it felt good and not hard, otherwise I wouldn't have done it.  If I ran 100 miles every week, I would probably feel depleted.

Other reasons why I did it? One is that I ran on Monday, a day I usually take off, and that is because I didn't run last Sunday.  It bumped my week off a little, but ultimately I didn't feel like I really needed a day off this week, so I didn't take one.  Running 7 days of the week was the key ingredient for hitting 102 miles.

Another reason is that I am 6 weeks from a marathon.  I will be tapering any second now, knowing how fast the weeks zip by.  These next few weeks are my last chance to build some endurance so that 26.2 miles feels easy-peazy, and since I am running a half marathon in 2 weeks and will likely take the week preceding it fairly light, this past week was kind of the perfect time to challenge my legs with some heavy mileage.

Lastly, this is only the second time that I have hit 100 miles in a week.  I don't plan on doing it again anytime soon, as I like taking days off.  I also like the 70-85 mile range per week.  It works really well for me, allows me to take 1-2 days off per week, and just feels good.

With that:

Monday: 14.25 (easy run)
Tuesday: 12.6 (alternate one easy mile with one mile at about 6:45 pace for all 12 miles)
Wednesday: 10.6 a.m., 5 p.m., total 15.6.
The morning run included 9.09 miles in one hour on a treadmill, which was the hardest run I've done in a while.  Started out at 8.8 mph speed (6:48 pace) and bumped up the speed each mile, until I was at 9.2 mph (6:31?) at mile 5, then rotated between 9.2 and 9.1 mph for the final miles.  1.0 incline.  Some leg-lock issues, not as bad as it has been in the past.
Thursday: 10.9
Friday:  12
Saturday: 19.5
I was hoping to make this a long 22 miler, but I died at mile 17 and headed home with plenty of walking for the last 2 miles.  My legs felt fine, and I had plenty of fuel with me.  Based on my experience with this low-energy sensation, it is a classic iron issue.  Makes sense because I haven't taken an iron supplement in weeks.  I'll go back to my unprofessional prescription of 1-2 iron pills per week.
Sunday: 17.3 (to try out the new shoes, felt so nice I didn't want to head home until mile 17).

total = 102 miles.  Ish.  I did the math in my head.

Lesson of the week: Brooks shoes are as great as everyone says; don't run 100 miles in a week stupid; bloggers are not always shining examples of what to do, so again unless you are comfortably there already or are paid to run, please don't aim for 100 miles in one week.

There are people out there who run 100 miles in one go, right? Ultra runners, as they are called? Idiots.

45 comments:

  1. I can't even say you ran 100x as many miles as I did because 100x0=0.

    Excited for you and your new goodies!

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  2. WOW! I can't imagine running over 100 miles. I keep saying I will have to do that someday to get where I want to be but right now I will be happy if I average 50 :P Also good choice on the cadence. At least for my I love the cadence and the connect. I cannot stand the flow because it is oddly squishy and makes my ankles hurt.

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  3. Yay, A Runners Mind is my local store,I really like it. I really liked the groupon as well!

    I laughed bitterly at your comment about the cold. I'm in the UK at the moment and it's snowy and icy and deeply below freezing. I am going quietly mad, not being able to run! To the point that I'm going to try the 30 day shred today!!! Ugh.

    WOW on the 102...that's incredible.

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  4. Brooks have always hurt my odd feet but I can't lie, I wanted a shoe filled chocolate egg. Those things were massive! I think it's only a sell out if you get something lame and fiend super excitement. I'd probably do cart wheels if chocolate the size of my head landed on my doorstep.


    Congrats on the 102 mile week. I love that type of mileage. Looks like you ran it smart with marathon pace as your speed. It will pay off that last 10K of your marathon in six weeks.

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    1. You're right, "selling out" has a negative connotation of feigning support for the product, but the second I get some monetary benefit from blogging I guess I have "sold" the blog to some degree. I can totally get behind chocolate and Brooks shoes (so far) without feigning it! Gimme gimme!

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    2. Haha! Couldn't agree more! Brooks- yes please. In a chocolate egg?? double yes please!

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  5. I am excited that you like your Pure Cadence because right now I am waiting for mine to be delivered. Can't wait to try them out!!!! 102 miles -you are amazing!! SO, no more hamstring issues? Did it eventually just go away? What was your magic treatment? I need mine to leave!!

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    1. You will love them :)

      As for the hamstring....I can say it eventually "began to feel better" but I am certainly not feeling 100%. It's hard to remember what that even feels like! The hamstring and buttcrease are feeling better than they have in a LONG time, and do not prohibit long runs or high mileage at all. I'm still dealing with the occasional leg-lock during tempo runs and races though.

      The magic cure seems to be....running regularly (not running seems to make it tighter!)...hamstring stretching....still pretty inconsistent on the glute strengthening and foam rolling though.

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  6. I just started wearing the cadence this year and absolutely LOVE them. I am a pronater so shoe specialists always want to put me in a big old bulky monster of a shoe which I hate. So I love how light, yet supportive the cadence is.

    And I will take your advice and not run 100 miles in a week.

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  7. I am coveting everything in this blog post, from that adorable running top to that amazing looking pulled pork sandwich (on cole slaw! yum!).

    I have a pair of Newtons that I snagged for super cheap on ebay, but after wearing them once a week for a couple of months, I haven't been able to bring myself to wear them again. I think I find them annoying because wearing them is like being bossed around: "Your footfall sucks, don't land like that, you should be landing ATHLETICALLY, what's wrong with you, how dare you call yourself a runner!" I do need a new pair of longer-distance running shoes so maybe I will check out Brooks this time around.

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    1. Thank goodness for crock-pots. The pulled pork was amazing and easy. +1 on your analysis of the Newtons. I do recommend the Brooks Cadence!

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  8. I am jealous of your 40 degree weather but as is life...as well as your shoes. I've never run in Brooks actually before. One day. As far as 100m weeks go, I would agree with that statement. The biggest week I've had was 95 but it didn't feel any different from 70s. Now I think I'll stay with that...plus with no serious training and running to be done until the arctic tundra dethaws...what's the point.

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    1. Twinsies. 70-85 miles/week is perfect, occasional 90s feels fine.

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  9. Ohh, awesome week! You ran 100+ miles with a lot of quality in it. I have my prediction for your half marathon:) I have not tried the Brooks Cadence 2, but I have the first version and really like them. Not a ton of support, just a little medial guidance that makes a lot of difference when running on tired legs.

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  10. 40 degrees is freaking freezing. I'd be curled up in a ball under my covers, hiding from the outside. Then again, I mock people who complain about running in 80 degree weather. Talk to me when it's 99 degrees and 100% humidity.

    102 miles is awesome and yep, I definitely know not to try that one! I'm freaking out because I have six miles as my long run Saturday. Ha!

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  11. Damn girl! Nice work on the mileage this week. How are your legs feeling today? I'm a Brooks girl and I love the cadence, but I find that my calves get sore if I run too far in them without building up to it more gradually. I think it's because of the lower heel they have, as compared to more traditional running shoes. Wondering if you experienced the same thing!

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    1. My legs feel great! Looser even than a lower mileage week. Strange how that happens? My legs didn't want to take today off, but I made them. Just following some imaginary injury prevention rule.

      No sore calves from the Brooks for me, but I have abnormally large (which maybe=strong?) calves.

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  12. So I'd always been diagnosed as "neutral" but the other day someone looked at my feet and said my right foot did a little bit of pronating too.....I wonder if this is why we have had our hip issues?

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    1. I thought the same thing! I'm sure it does something to our gait that isn't good....

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  13. Yay for new shoes! I hope they continue to be awesome!

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  14. OMG, 102 miles?! I wish I had the time (actually, no, I probably wouldn't do it even then). I ran in the Cadence for a while; it's super cushy, but I'm just not a good candidate for a minimal running shoe. But out of all the shoes on the Brooks Pure line, it's the best!

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  15. Wow 102 miles, that just crazy how on earth do you have the time. I thought 40 miles was a lot, nice job

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    1. Avg for 102 miles/week = 2 hours a day. I find the time by waking up early enough before work, currently not having crazy long work hours, and...not having kids.

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  16. One time I ran 82 miles in a week and nearly died, so I'm impressed. I have the PureFlows and love them, and I've tried the Pure Cadences at work and love those too! And my run tomorrow is supposed to feel like 8 degrees. EIGHT. As in single digits. I need to move to CA.

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    1. Says the ultrarunner! I've at least never run more than 26 miles in one go, so I'M impressed

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  17. Even more impressive than the 102 miles (which, duh, is super impressive) is that you did it with minimal pain! YAY!! I'm also impressed with your mad couponing skills.

    BTW, do NOT go to the massage therapist I referred you to last month. My 2nd visit left me with a bad feeling... I'm afraid the guy is a scoundrel.

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    1. lol I need to hear details on what left you with a bad feeling. Good timing on the reminder, I was hoping to book a chiro appt this week, so exnay on this guy..

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    2. I think you'll get an indication from this post (though I hadn't made a conclusion yet about his character): http://jensrunningblog.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/dilemma/

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  18. I love love love the Brooks pure line. LOVE.

    102 is way more than I did. Are you really a RUNNING ROBOT?

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  19. I've noticed over the past year that I seem to feel more tired and beat-up during the occasional 60-70 mile week than I do during a string of 90-100 mile weeks. At first I struggled to understand how this could conceivably make a modicum of sense, but now I suspect it has to do with some kind of magical longer-term building/recovery cycle. Or maybe it's a function of the state of my mind/motivation that week... or both? Sounds like the hip/buttcrease/leglock status is pretty manageable right now? (Knocking on wood as I write that.)

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    1. I believe you, only because I felt somewhat better at the end of the week than on weeks I take a day off! Maybe I should take an easy day with 3-4 miles instead of taking it totally off...

      Also, you are an exception to the rule, and clearly thrive on 100+ miles regularly. The body is manageable! Except for the leglock when tempo-ing/racing! WHich is when it matters most, darn it!

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  20. Hmm, most depressing day of the year. That might explain some things...

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  21. Dang, 102 miles...that's higher than my Dec and Jan mileage combined! Darn injury. Let me know how the Brooks grow on you. I haven't run in Brooks recently, but when I tried them in the store they just felt off.

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  22. 102 miles! You're a rockstar. And hey, we run in the same shoes, so that makes me feel pretty damn cool. :)

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  23. My friend. My dear, dear friend. Don't be so harsh on people who work with brands. That's marketing and that's life! I do agree with you in that blogs that become blatant product pushers are AWFUL. I mean it...awful. When I work with brands I only write about it if I genuinely do love it, if would spend my own money on it and if it's a mutually beneficial partnership. With that being said, I've received stuff where I hated it, then I'd get a follow-up email asking, "Why aren't you writing about it?" and I'd follow-up with honest feedback (and no write-up).

    I don't see any harm in working with brands if bloggers agree to authentically represent themselves and the product.

    But most importantly, you are one fine runner. 102 miles?! Daaaaaaaaaamn! Nice work!

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    1. I mostly concur, and don't mean to sound harsh. Many bloggers can do an honest job of reviewing products, others just kick back and enjoy any and all freebies. The thing that makes me always "laugh" or eye-roll at blog marketing, is as a reader.....what am I supposed to do with the the review wherein I learn that a blogger was given the luxury treatment? unlike watching a funny commercial or seeing a cool billboard ad, I'm just watching my peers get treated well, get pulled into exclusive ambassador groups, get free stuff. I don't see where I'm supposed to connect the dots that I want what they've got, but to PAY for it. Compression socks wil always get a good grade when they are free. A true review is from someone who paid the $40 for them.

      All that said, I don't fault bloggers and would love freebies myself, but I just don't get how brands think watching others get free stuff would make readers anything but jealous.

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    2. Ah yes, we should get lunch because I counsel brands on this exact strategy and it's more than a comment can elaborate on. The crazy mind of a marketer ;)

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    3. Lunch, lunch, lunch! See you soon ;)

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  24. that's a heck of a lot of mile in a week! don't think I've ran that much in 2 weeks for the last 4 months or so. derp.

    love the cadence 2's, been clipping the miles in them myself here. but tread lightly with the stability shoe suggestion. the cadence aren't really a heavy support shoe, but if you have a slight pronation you may not need a lot of support. depending on when you bought the shoes, you could have just been feeling tired and achy from your 102 mile week. if you don't need that medial support, it can kinda mess you up. but on the other hand, maybe that could attribute to the butt pains you've been having because after all the body is a kinetic chain where it all starts at the feet. obviously i haven't seen you run, so my opinion is pretty much garbage.

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    1. You should come buy shoes with me next time. So much knowledge! It's all in one ear out the other for me, hence calling the cadence a shoe for a pronator...I thought the shoe guy was making that point...

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  25. Holy shit girl! What I am more jealous of is your double digit weather.

    Love the pure line. The connects are my favorites. Maybe this shoe change will help the ass issue?

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  26. I alternate between the Flows and Cadence and feel like I'm cheating on the one I don't wear for a run. My love for them both runs *that* deeply.
    I'm excited your ramped-up mileage went so well.

    hat's your goal for the 1/2? And don't say "I'll use the race as a training run". That's a classic cop-out for "This way, if I don't PR, I can say it was just to train for my goal marathon..." (imho)

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    1. My real goal = build confidence for the marathon. That means minimal leg issues, that marathon pace should feel easy. I haven't done much speed work faster than marathon pace for weeks, so I don't think I'm in PR territory, but PRs are always fucking nice. In which case, under 1:27.

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  27. I am catching up (I went to Australia during Xmas, hollar). So:
    1. Congrats on being married, even if this is a year later! I have always thought that was the way to go. Living the dream girl.
    2. Whenever I am close to Burlingame I find myself going to a Runners Mind. After that I go to that cupcake place that is down the street.
    3. I am curious on what you think of the cadence after a few runs. I have them, mostly wear them to crossfit. I occasionally run in them but am nervous to run more then a few miles in them because there is not a lot of shoe there.
    4. I have pretty much stopped reading blogs where it is like product placement everyday. So, yeah, it is part of marketing for brands, but it is also super boring to read all the time. Especially when it is things like vitamins or protein powder. Snore. So, I enjoy reading your nonsell outness. One word.
    OK, now I feel caught up.

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    1. I noticed your absence! Missed you! Where are my high fives around the lake!? Where is Zumba date 2013?

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