As you may have noticed, I spent some time re-designing the blog this weekend, as I do probably 3-4 times a year, lol. It was a lot of fun and Mike helped me out with some of the custom CSS I wanted on my site :) It’s nice to be married to someone who knows how to code! Anyway, please let me know if you notice broken links or other problems around the blog.
New Running Shoes
My new sneakers arrived this weekend! I took the New Balance 890v3 (these will be short-mid distance shoes for me) out for a short 4 mile run on Tuesday and LOVED them; the fit is great and the cushioning near the ball of the foot is so comfortable. I can’t believe how much support they provide for such a light shoe. I also got a pair of New Balance 1080v3 (these will be my long run shoes) and tried them out on a short run last night – they felt good and cushioned my knee quite well!
BTW, I didn’t mean to buy 2 new pairs of shoes at once…but after Mike bought me the 1080s for a Valentine’s Day present, I saw the 890s on crazy sale at Running Warehouse and couldn’t resist! They cost me $50 with a coupon code, and I knew I’d need another pair at some point this year. I might be devoted to NB shoes now – they’re so light and comfortable. I’ll do full reviews after I’ve put some more miles on them both.
The good news: my right plantar seems to be doing just fine. I still do Routine B twice a week and use the spiky ball to strengthen my feet, but I didn’t feel it act up or feel tight last week at all!
The bad news: my left knee is still bothering me. I don’t think it’s the IT band syndrome I had earlier this year; the pain is towards the front and bottom of the knee cap so I think it’s Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS). I’ve been running anyway because the pain goes away five minutes into the run, but I’m also going to see a physical therapist on Friday to get some exercises and a treatment plan. Fingers crossed that I can keep running…
Six Mile Treadmill Workouts
I’ve had to do a lot of my marathon training on the treadmill the last couple of weeks thanks to the weather. I get pretty bored running at the same speed/ incline for anything longer than a few miles, so I’ve been creating workouts incorporating changes in speed (interval workouts) and incline (hill workouts) to make the time fly by. I wanted to share the six mile workouts I created a few weeks ago with you – try them out if you’re stuck indoors or don’t have access to running paths!
Are you loyal to a sneaker brand? I haven’t been so far (switched between Brooks and Saucony the last few years), but NB might be winning my loyalty!
Where do you do your runs – treadmill or road or trail?