Saturday, November 9, 2013

Trying On Different Shoes

I have been wearing the same running shoes for at least 3 years.  I have heard that it is good to have at least 2 pairs to rotate for running and working out.  I thought I would try the Brooks PureFlow2 because they are not a minimalist shoe, but a step down from a cushion shoe, going toward minimalist.  I would never go to a bare foot shoe because I know high mileage is hard on my joints, but I am interested in improving my speed and strengthening my muscles to help meet that goal.
Brooks PureFlow2

A few of the runner bloggers that I read like the PureFlow 2, but they felt so weird on my feet.  The heel drop was so pronounced and I didn't like it.  It would take a long time to get used to it and I might not like it anyway.  So I tried on Brooks Ghost, which is still a neutral cushion shoe, but not as cushiony as the Glycerin. 
Ghost 6
Brooks Ghost 6

I think I have found the shoe I like and if I am going to get a 2nd pair I will probably stick with the Glycerin. The owner of the shoe store said I am on the verge of fast.  So, I guess I need to push a little harder.  This week I am going to try running 7.8 mph (instead of 7.5 mph) on the treadmill and see if I can do a 5K at that speed. I think I have 2 weeks before I need to start the actual half marathon training.

7 minutes--AMT--warm-up
30 minutes--weights--squats, lunges, sumo squat, calf raises, leg extension, hamstring curl.

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