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!
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.
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:
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.
As part of the North Face Locals Ambassador program they send athletes a box of products to try each year. This year when I received it I was living in Colorado. It doesn’t rain as much as it does there as it does here in New Hampshire where I now live so I didn’t get much of chance to try rain hear. Now, I wear the Women’s Isotherm jacket almost every run and it’s my go-to running jacket to stay warm and dry.
Here’s me in my jacket in February when I ran a loop near Rye Beach.
The jacket has always kept me dry and warm. I’ve been running in all kinds of weather: wind, rain, misty rain, rain and wind and earlier in March snow.
With all the rain and cold temperatures, I wear this jacket, a long sleeve shirt, running tights and I’m good for any distance. This morning, Tuesday, May 9, 2017 it is 32 degrees. I will be adding a beanie and gloves.
I’m a bit biased when it comes to The North Face products because I’ve tried so many of their winter jackets, running tights, hats, vests and backpacks. The products have never let me down and I’m proud to be an ambassador.
I’m still trying to get used to the constant rain.
My new running training plan continues to September 4 and the 53K race in Vermont. I hope to add more races during the next four months. I spent a few hours tonight looking at races including a marathon on Killington trails and a local 10 miler.
Saturday, I ran 6 trail miles in the Winant Trails area and Sunday I ran 4 road miles. I didn’t swim, bike or do yoga which will be included in following weekends. I’m including more core and stretching after running.
As part of the training plan there will be hiking – a lot of hiking. Hiking was a major component of my trail marathon training when I raced The North Face Endurance Challenge – Utah in Park City last fall. The race had a lot of climbing, and the hiking paid off.
This year with Jay Peak as my A race there must be long trail runs and long hikes.
Also, this weekend, I noticed the blackflies are out. UGH. I have not missed those buggers when I lived out west. Annoying!
I did get to see my nephew, Zeke play soccer. He’s such a star!
I’m looking forward to this week and getting more into a routine with increasing mileage and sticking to the training plan.
Here’s the 2017 race calendar so far. I’m sure I’ll be adding more:
After living in Colorado and Arizona for the last 13 years I never needed rain boots.
After moving back to New Hampshire in February and several continuous days of rain it was time to buy rain boots.
I bought these LL Bean Wellies by chance at the LL Bean Outlet in North Hampton. With rain in the forecast for the next four days, they have become an essential.
Speaking of taking care of your feet, after this morning’s run I remembered that I should wear my compression socks to aid recovery from the street pounding.
I’m a big fan of Smartwool. My socks are the Standup Graduated Compression Socks. I don’t wear them as much as I should so these I’ve had for about two years and still hold up; meaning they really help soreness.
This blog is about ultra running in New Hampshire although I’ll be racing around New England. I was signed up for a 50 Mile race in Arizona in March 2017 and deferred to 2018 so I have an even bigger race next year.
The reason I started this blog is to write about ultra running as I get older and to share tips and strategies for training and nutrition. I’m 46 and started running and racing triathlon over 10 years ago. It’s harder to recover now, yet I still have ambitious goals for racing and competition. Racing is a relative term: I’m not fast. I like competition and finishing races in new places. I rarely raced the same event twice.