Trying New Products: Altra Torin 2.5

This weekend I bought a new pair of road running shoes and testing them out today. I bought the Altra Torin. I wear a size 11 shoe and the men’s shoe fit the best.

When I lived in Tucson, I ran in a pair of Lone Peaks for trail running. I like them, but didn’t love them. But giving the road shoe a chance.

On Saturday I actually bought these from a running store, Runner’s Alley in Concord. The sales person was great and offered his advice on different options. Originally I wanted to buy a pair of Hoka’s but they didn’t fit well. I have some issues with my left foot: neuroma and a bunion so I need a bigger toe box. I’ve run on Asics and Pearl Izumi’s for so long and they have been good to me but it was time to try a different road shoe. And, as you know, Pearl Izumi isn’t making running products anymore ;-(

The Altra brand says that their Zero Drop running shoes can help improve technique and with the Toe Box will maximize shock absorption – all things that will be good for me.

I’m trying them out this morning and will let you know.

Things I do: Every time I buy a new pair of shoes I buy a new pair of socks. This time I bought a pair of Darn Tough socks made in Vermont.

Buy Local, Run Local – that’s my new motto. I don’t buy from Amazon anymore. Even though I could buy a few last pairs of Pearl Izumi road shoes from Amazon I chose not to. I’m buying from my local stores and local products. Speaking of making changes, I saw this online yesterday about The Small Change Initiative – geared to trail runners. “The idea is our small change, be it $5, $10, $20, or more adds up to big impact for organizations making a difference in the places we visit for our races and other adventures.” I think it’s a pretty cool idea. Here’s Adventures in Thumbhole’s blog.

Do you ever make bets with yourself and as a reward you sign up for something fun?

I do it all the time. Sometimes it works for motivation, sometimes not. Last night I found out from Facebook that there is a trail marathon in Bear Brook State Park; 11 miles from my house. I’m so used to driving hours for a race and don’t want to do it anymore – I want to run local. One of the many benefits of living in Concord is I’m central to so many events and activities. Plus, I need to sign up for a race that is long and on a trail, that is half way to my 53K race in September. I told myself if I got up today and ran the 7.5 mile loop I would sign up for it. I’m ready to hit the road with my new gear and to sign up for more races!

Monday Motivation; running in the rain, again

Subtitle: The Weekend That Wasn’t

Monday is always a new start.

I was sick all weekend and didn’t run at all. I’m off track for my A Race in September. And I need to get back at it.

Instead of being frustrated about another Monday New Start and the fact that it is STILL raining, I’m going to get in my running tights and rain jacket and get out there.

Because even when you feel like you’re starting from the beginning, the feeling after a good run – the high – feels so much better!

Happy Monday and don’t forget to be awesome!

Should you run when you are sick? Long run canceled, I’m sick

I started feeling a cold come on yesterday. I still ran my short run knowing that I couldn’t push it too much because I had a 13 miler on Saturday. I continued not feeling well at work Friday, drank tea and had a delicious smoothie from Live Juice (Wake Me Up with Green Tea, Hemp and Bananas) in the afternoon. Not feeling much better at 7 p.m.,  I went to bed early and woke up with a sore throat and phlegm.

No long run this morning.

I think it’s best to look at the long game when it comes to running when sick.

While I’m not running for the podium, I’m running for health, fitness and longevity. It doesn’t behoove me to run when I’m sick. However, I do have several upcoming races and need to be running long; I can make up for it this coming week.

I will run tomorrow’s Dirty 5K in Hanover knowing I’m taking care of myself today. It’s a three-mile trail run so even if I must walk it – I’m okay with it.

This morning I will eat blueberry pancakes, read the paper and sleep. Sometimes that is all one can do.

Here is a good article by Mindy Solkin : “To Run or Not to Run… What to Do When You’re Sick“.

How to Recover Right

I’ve always been pretty good at recovery after a hard workout.

On long bike rides I pass the time thinking about what I will eat when I get home and what show I’ll binge-watch on Netflix as I stay off my feet and recover.

After long runs – the same.

I love food and I long binge-watching my favorite TV shows.

As I get older I’ve been focusing on much more stretching and foam rolling post workout, and making sure I have enough time to do it well especially when time is short in the morning mid-week.

When I lived in Colorado my gym even had a class on Fridays called Stretch that was really a foam-rolling class. It was a great lesson on the importance of long-slow rolling on every major muscle group; and not rushing through it, which I have a tendency to do.

TriggerPoint has some great videos on foam rolling basics:

There is even a Pinterest board to help figure out the best ways to roll.

Happy Friday. See you out on your Long Run tomorrow!

Kristen

Upcoming Races in New Hampshire

On Saturday I need to run 13 miles for my training plan. I’ve considered signing up for a half marathon to stay focus but I’m non-committal right now.

My biggest goal is to get out the door this morning and run seven.

On Sunday morning, May 14 I’m running a trail race. The Dirty 5K – the first event in the Western New Hampshire Trail Running Series. The trail run is in Hanover and I haven’t been to Hanover in many years or may I’ve only driven through it. It’s been a long time, so it’s time to see it.

That’s why I sign up for races – to see places I’ve never been to and to learn about new places. I love discovering new trails and beautiful places. It is a part of why I haven’t been able to live in one place for a long time. Our world is so big and filled with adventure; I want to see and do it all.

The Granite State Marathon is this weekend in Nashua. The Purple Ribbon 5k Run in Bow, NH is Sunday.

Next Thursday, May 18 is the 2017 Merrimack County Savings Bank Rock ‘N Race in downtown Concord. I’ll be signing up this week.

Many fun races this week. I’m going to get out there and run now. Go sign up and find new places to fall in love with.

Updated: Today’s run. It’s not seven but I did what I could.