Friday, March 28, 2014

03/28/2014 AM Run

My heels are sore from running in a circle on wood for hundreds of laps.  I just finished up a 45 minute run and got around 5.5 miles in or so.  I run slower than yesterday, but still a decent pace.  It went well except for the heels.  They are a little sore.  I am guessing its from now almost 13 miles running on hard wood in a small circle over and over and over.....  It is what it is though.  I am glad to get some running in.  

At some point, spring and summer have to get here.  It's literally a fact.  I keep telling myself this.  At least by June it will be nice, I hope.

On a side note, if you haven't gotten a chance yet, head over to AthleteonFire for some great podcasts, workouts, etc.  Scott does a great job with everything he does.  

Thursday, March 27, 2014

03/27/2014 PM 7.5 mile run

I wasn't planning on taking 4 days off from running in a row.  It was more a product of cold weather, busy work days, and treadmill freeze.  However, when I started my run today, I immediately felt fresh and strong from the mini vacation.  I ran an hour at a good 8:15/mile pace.  7.5 miles never felt so easy.  It is a product of building my fitness the last few months and it shows you, rest days are good.

People often freak about not running for a couple days or having an injury/soreness keep them out for a week or two.  The truth is, even up to 2 weeks or so without running, you will not see a drop in fitness.  Actually, the rest of a few day to a week would probably increase your fitness through recovery.  

That being said, I have been irritated by not being able to run for 4 days.  That may be a product of our winter that won't F-ing end though!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Performance Review: Men's Asics Gel DS Racer 9


My current running shoe for 90% of my training is the Asics Gel DS Racer 9.  I found the shoe online in the fall and got a great deal so I decided to give it a try.  When I was looking, my main requirements in no particular order were comfort, affordability, a little bit of stability, and barely any weight to it.  

In my opinion, this shoe is the best combination of everything I am looking for.  In addition to the things I was looking for, the fit is phenomenal.  It really feels as if the shoe fits my foot well.  

The shoe is light and fast.  I find it the perfect shoe to train low and high volumes in.  I would not race a 5K looking for a PR in them, but in a 10K up to a marathon distance, this would be a great option for training and racing because of the lightweight feel and ride.  

I enjoy that it has some stability and cushion, but I do not feel a pillowy effect from it being too soft.  It moves when I need it to move with my foot, but nothing that feels inefficient or sloppy.

The link above brings you to a page at a store, but I mainly linked it there so you could check out the specifications and product information.  

Interestingly, the 2014 model of this shoe just came out in January.  Apparently, the upgrade reduces even more weight and utilizes new technologies to make the shoe even more built for speed and racing.  The model 9 version is still easy to find online and is about half the price.  I have not seen the new version for myself and it is still to early to get a pulse on what people are thinking.