as I’ve mentioned, I love how much NYRR does to give back. I always try to get to Global Running Day events, but June is always a crap shoot work wise. I was glad this weekend when they announced a 7AM 5K that starts even closer to me than most Central Park runs. And there’s enough time to run home to shower & change. I was originally indifferent to these races with shoes giveaways.. until I graduated out of stability shoes.

Oh, about that.

I noticed when I ran the NYC Half that the outside of my feet were sore, with the right being the worst. These were the new-in-January Vongo2s that got me through two prior Halfs this year. Truly thought it was a blister until the medical tent, but it wasn’t. I didn’t think anything of it really until I happened to look at my feet last Saturday while being aware of potholes — I’m now running on the outside of my feet when in stability shoes thanks to PT success. Um, OK

After an email to PT and conversation with podiatrist office I went to New Balance knowing I wanted the padding of the Fresh Foam (I like the 860s, but not for long runs) and after some conversations and Q&A, I’m the proud owner of a pair of 1080v9s.  I really love the manager of the Run Hub’s New Balance store as he’s also a runner and really listens as well as selling. So we’ll see.

Weekly Run Down with Deborah and Kim: spoiler, when there’s time off work there’s more time for running

  • Monday: off in that I didn’t run, but definitely not a rest day. Some 17K steps between commute, dentist and playing tourist with visiting friends. I hadn’t been to the 9/11 Museum in nearly five years, and was glad to see it still struck a nerve.
New shoes, skirt
  • Tuesday: what happens when spring goes away and you don’t want to layer back up? You run inside so you can run in a skirt. Was 90% weather and 10% I wanted to try out the new shoes. 2 miles. 5.5/5.7/5.8/6.0. Speed and shoes felt good. Closed with PT exercises.
reaching new heights!
  • Wednesday: a half day opened the door for a long run but once I ran to the park I decided I was way more interested in a walk in the glorious temperatures. It was actually warm enough to be in a skirt and tee without much chill. It was a gorgeous day.
helping a friend navigate a new world pays off in surprising ways
  • Thursday: selfie lessons from the master > time at the gym.
  • Friday: dear Mother Nature, please pick a season. 40s and rainy = no desire to run outdoors so I went for some speed work for the second time this week. Two miles again: 5.5, 5.7, 5.8 and 6.1. 6.1 was definitely comfortably hard. Shoes and Achilles felt great. I have no delusions of matching my best 4M race on Sunday, but think I’ll have a good showing.
pretty in pink!
  • Saturday: spring came back. I had some errands and also wanted a chill day of sitting & reading, so I had a short run into the Park and around the reservoir. It was definitely easy as I didn’t want to overdo it before Sunday’s race.
note to self, put down the cup next time
  • Sunday: Run to Breathe with Team Boomer. I know better than running three days in a row. This wasn’t pretty, but it was a glorious day to be outside and without layers Could even have gone with a skirt vs. Lotta Breeze capris. More on Tuesday. In the mean time, time to go play outside again.

 

Plan for the Week:

  • Monday: off. Probably walk home as it’s meant to be 70
  • Tuesday: cross train?
  • Wednesday: run
  • Thursday: office run group
  • Friday: off/cross train
  • Saturday/Sunday: long run depending on weather.

  1. you had quite a decent amount of real spring time so that’s something! and lots of running! I am curious if I can wear different shoes (again) once my foot is healed. I had a brief period of NB and I really liked them but I kept getting black toenails. I love my Altras but I would love to have a bit more to choose from IF my foot will allow it. But yeah, when we fix problems, we likely have to change something else! So you are liking the shoes? Do you think they’ll be suitable for the long run or is that still to be determined?

    1. TBD. I haven’t taken them outside yet. But I like them – they’re cushioned and I don’t feel as if they hurt the outside of my feet. But yes, there’s some art, science & black magic in finding the right shoes.
      So far, no black toenails. Hope that remains the case

    1. A good sales person who listens is just the best.
      I took mine back in after a run to adjust the lacing and he just laughed. So so dusty but fun

    1. I have the 860s and I felt the same re: less cushion — that was the counter I cited to the store staff. I wanted the cushion of the Vongos. So far, so good. Thank you – you too!

    1. It does. A friend running with me this morning joked that we’re more aerodynamic too without all the layers.
      Depending on the weather, I may walk to and from work tomorrow

  2. I also love the NYRR does a lot to give back to the community. I really wish that I lived closer so that I could participate in their events more often.

    That’s interesting about the sneakers and running on the outside of your feet due to PT.

    1. I wore one of my old ones this morning and I really felt the difference, So strange
      I wish you did too — meeting up would be fun

  3. I think you learned well from your selfie master!

    Oh, the whole picking season thing . . . as long as it’s not summer (not yet!). Seriously, I totally get wanting to run indoors in a skirt cause I do that a lot when I really probably don’t have to.

    I have a tendency to supinate a bit (although some have also told me I overpronate — but the wear on the outside of my heels says otherwise). Neutral shoes work for me.

    Flowers. We’re waiting, we’re waiting . . .

    1. someone once mentioned I supinated slightly on the “bad” achilles foot, but i never saw it myself until I looked down. It’s going to be an interesting experiment for sure

      I still can’t take a selfie to save my life. One day!

      I’m all about no layers. But even if it had been less windy/damp I might have run outside one of those days. If we get a blizzard, it’s on me. I put away hats, gloves and scarfs

  4. I’ve been running in stability shoes lately–the ones Mizuno sent me–and I really like them. It doesn’t make sense because I’ve always been a neutral runner, but I’ll say that I feel good in these, so I’m going with it!

    Looking forward to hearing more about the race.

  5. I love being able to talk to someone at a running store who knows what they are talking about when you ask questions or a for a recommendation on a running shoe. You might pay a little bit more than if you bought them online (although our local running store gives a discount to our running club) but it’s worth it in the long run.

    1. YES!
      New Balance is inside the New York Road Runners’ running center and besides the on-site discounts the day of some shakeout runs, there are always random perks. It was a free pair of socks this time. Plus it’s nice to have a dialog vs. a one off sale especialy as shoes are a process.

  6. I have been soaking in all of the great weather this week too! I keep thinking I find the perfect shoe and then I change. Maybe it’s good to switch around? Who knows! Thanks for linking up with us this week. Have a great one!

  7. Hooray for skirt wearing! I haven’t got there quite yet, but it’s coming soon! Seems like we have one week of capri wearing weather then it’s straight to tank tops and shorts! I wish we had cherry trees around here. They looks so pretty!

  8. Sounds like a lovely week Cari! Love the flower pictures.

    Finding the right shoes is tough and I feel like what WAS the right shoe at one point isn’t always a constant. Good luck!

  9. That is so interesting about your running gait! I still need stability shoes, but feel like my gait is more balanced. It is so hard to resist nice running weather this time of year — it’s runner’s spring fever!

    1. Three months in, these shoes are perfect. Then again, I thought the Vongo2s were perfect two years ago so maybe feet are just weird

  10. Great job! That’s awesome that your PT got you to a point where you are in a neutral shoe! I’ve been working on my gait a little but not anywhere near the point of giving up my stability shoes.

    You’re definitely having some gorgeous weather there! This morning was ridiculously muggy and humid and I feel we are back in the summer season. Oh, well. Such is Florida living!

  11. I like the shoes! I was tempted to buy some New Balance 880’s since they were so cute, but the Brooks Ghost’s were way more comfortable.

    Hopefully you’ll have warmer weather to enjoy this week! Congrats on your race!

    1. nearly 80 yesterday and winter coat today. I cannot. But suspect you have the same.
      I have Brooks’ lust, but haven’t found a magical bouncy pair. Yet.

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