When I recently discovered an old pair of running shoes that I had been moving around the country with me (without me knowing this) the thoughts of all my previous triathlon races and full marathon experience came rushing back to me. I had put quite a few miles on this old New Balance shoe and had 4 pairs of this shoe over a couple summers. I took note of the style number and reached out to both New Balance and my favorite running store (www.runningwarehouse.com) to see if they knew what the current style of the most similar shoe would be. They both responded quickly with the 890.
At the time I was only about 100 miles into my Saucony Ride 5’s so despite my excitement I told myself I needed to get my money’s worth out of the Ride 5’s and then I could make the decision to switch once I wore them out. As much as I enjoyed running in my Ride 5’s, something about the 890’s made me want to give them a shot. Not sure if it was the color choices, knowing that the company still employs many Americans to manufacture their shoes here in America, or the numerous memories in my old New Balance shoes and wanting to give them a shot again.
Either way as I approached 400 miles I decided it was time to get the shoes from the Running Warehouse (@RunWithTheHouse). I put them in my closet and paitently waited to finish wearing out my Ride 5’s. Today was the day (7.30.13) that I was ready to start breaking in a new pair. I only had a 6 mile run on my training plan so I knew I could suffer through it even if these shoes were not comfortable or they caused pain…but how could they, I was so sure they would perfect.
When I first put them on I was astonished at the fit. Running Warehouse has a Shoefitr program that suggests what size to get in a new style based on how your old shoe fits which made knowing what size to get while ordering online very easy. The shoe was constructed of different materials than my Ride 5’s and you could quickly tell the 890 was a cut above the Ride 5’s in quality.
With the shoe fitting very comfortably right out of the box, I took off on my 6 mile run. Around mile 3, my right foot had some slight discomfort however it went away a quarter of a mile or so later which has me thinking it was stride related vs. a new pair of shoes. The rest of the run went very well and finished the run with an average pace of 6:59/mi. I always get a “high” from new equipment or a new route, but wow I felt good.
Overall, I am very pleased with the initial run in the New Balance 890 shoes. I look forward to many more miles in them and hopefully will have multiple pairs of these shoes like I did with my old New Balance running shoes.
With less than two months to go until my next race, the Sioux Falls Marathon, my training is kicked into high gear. My training plan has me running 5 days a week with Thursdays and Sundays being my rest days. Monday’s are a speed workout day with my plan calling for 16 x 400’s with a 2 mile warm-up and 1 mile cool down. Most people might find it weird but I enjoy speed workouts with repeats as it breaks it up and allows me to stay focused on one thing at a time. While racing I try to do the same thing breaking the long race up into smaller chunks that make the total race more manageable.
Tuesdays are a 5-6 mile recovery run after the speed workouts on Monday. Most people wouldn’t call these “short” runs but that is what they are for me. Wednesdays I would consider my tempo run days. For this workout today I had a two mile warm-up followed by 3 reps of 2 miles run at a fast pace with a 3 minute break between reps. These workouts like my speed workouts have 1 mile cool down at the end. After a rest day on Thursday, Friday is similar to Tuesday in that I just go for a short run to get the legs going again. The distance again is usually in the 5-7 mile range.
Saturday is when I let it all hang out. Okay it’s not as bad as it sounds but Saturday is my distance day. Each week I’m usually adding 1-2 more miles on than the previous week and it’s my chance to simulate different nutrition ideas in an effort to understand my body better for race day. My training plan usually has these runs set a “steady” pace, however my goal is usually to run a solid first half of the distance and then run the second half based on how my body is feeling. I’m more worried about getting the distances in than my speed but when my body is feeling good like it usually does it’s nice to come home strong.
I have also been using my foam roller from TP Therapy on a regular basis to help my muscles stay loose and ready for the training. Doing this is a new practice for me since about early June so I’m not an expert yet, but I do feel like I’m making good strides in taking better care of my body ahead of time so it will limit my injuries. I’ve also been doing some research about different supplements that I plan to start taking to help with joints and also recovery. I plan to discuss my findings in a future post regarding the supplements and the effects I feel once I begin taking them. If you would like to share any experience of supplementation that you have done to be proactive about your body’s health and prevent injuries please leave it in a comment below. I look forward to many more miles in July and early August as I get prepared to hopefully BQ in Sioux Falls!