Last Sunday was my first half marathon. I had been training since August and felt pretty well prepared for the race. I had an ankle injury about 4 weeks before the race that set my training a little off schedule, though I was luckily ahead of schedule anyway. I think I planted wrong on one of my long runs, which caused some major irritation in my Achilles and ankle. I babied it with rest and ice and although I could feel it on runs, it wasn’t too painful.
The day of the race was threatened by lots of wind and rain. People that drove up from Miami said the rain was brutal. The wind came, but I stayed dry throughout the race. Very thankful for that! I was hoping for a cooler, dryer morning, but it ended up hot and humid. At least it was dry.
I felt great until around mile 8 or 9. No injury I had experienced during training flared up, rather a new one surfaces: my IT band, and man was it painful. It caused me to walk several times and stop and stretch. I was able to finish, but this injury cost me some serious time.
My public goal was simply to finish, and under 2:30 for my first half. My “secret” goal was under 2:10. My Garmin moving time clocked in at 2:08 and change. Despite the injury, I was very happy with my performance!
Earlier this year, I set a goal: run a half marathon in 2013 and full marathon in 2014. Part one: check!
Unfortunately, I did not get along with my Brooks PureCadence. They are a comfortable and very light shoe, though one of the features is a band that goes over the arch of your foot. This is made to keep your feet securely in place while running. For me, where the strap connects to the sole of the shoe, rubbed on my inner arch, causing some irritation while running. Sometimes it was noticeable, other times it wasn’t. But any source of discomfort when training for a half marathon and eventually a full marathon cannot happen.
My race is this weekend so I’m back in my trusty Newton Sir Isaac’s. I have a fresh pair of Newton Motions that I’ll be breaking out next week after my half is completed. Excited to try those!
Several months into training, time for some fresh gear!
My new kicks: Brooks PureCandence 2
My wife went to a great local running store and was fitted to a pair of Brooks. I’ve been running in Newtons but tried a pair of these on after learning that I have a very minor late-gate pronation, just when I’m pushing off. I passed on purchasing since I was content with the Newtons.
This past weekend, I ran 11 miles - the longest distance to date. Around mile 4.5 I was having some pain in my left ankle / heel / Achilles tendon. I stretched, rested, and pushed on. In retrospect, I should have rented one of the bike-share bikes and rode back to my truck. I finished the 11 miles but had to pay for it. I spent the rest of the day Saturday elevating, resting, and icing. I took several days off from running, added a trainer session on the bike during the week, and went for my first run tonight.
I’m not sure what caused the pain last weekend. I’ve been running in those shoes for months, so I’m not sure it’s because of the lack of support for my minor pronation. But, I figured I would try a new shoe anyway; something that would address my gate better than the Newtons. I’ve heard great things about Brooks so I thought I’d give them a try. Just over 3 miles in and so far, they feel pretty good.