Yesterday, I set out on a 16-mile run in 37 degree weather. Brrrrr! It was also extremely windy, and I’m pretty sure I ran against the wind for about 99% of the time. I sported blue lips even after being home for half an hour!
So remember my last post, and I complained about foot pain? Turns out it was my shoes! My old pair of shoes are the Asics Gel Nimbus 11 model, and I got the 12s recently and assumed they’d be an identical (or close to) fit. I thought wrong.
The 11s are on the left. Do you see how far the toe box goes out on the left compared to the 12s? The 12s have a very straight toe box, right? I think that was causing all of my pain.
So I took the 11s out for this run, and I had zero foot pain! And I also wore my knee braces, so no knee pain either!! Woohoo! I’ve finally figured out all of my aches and pains!
I felt really awesome for the first 3 miles. My running pace was around 10:30, and my walking pace was around 14 or 15. I kept up the 2/1 intervals for the first 14 miles and had to drop to 1/1 intervals for the last 2 miles because my legs were just too heavy. I had to stop a few times throughout the run to just stretch my legs out.
I took the same route as last week and was greeted by the Atlantic Ocean at my midway point. (picture from last week’s run)
I took GU Chomps with me and also picked up some Powerbar Energy Blasts at the running store beforehand. They were delicious!!
I’m glad I was able to stay pretty consistent.
My pace last week was 14:17, and it was 13:56 this week. It’s not too big of a difference, but I’m pretty proud of myself for improving.
I was a little sore after my run yesterday, and I even had trouble falling asleep. But I feel amazing today! I still can’t believe I’m able to run/walk 16 miles!