Thursday Thoughts

I woke up this morning to torrential rain, despite weather.com’s hourly forecast assuring me that there would only be a 50% chance of rain at 6AM.  Ugh.  I’m all for running in the rain (especially when it’s 50 degrees in January), but voluntarily running in a downpour is a bit much.  My mind starts spinning.  How am I going to fit in my tempo run?  I could do it on the treadmill or get to work early so I can leave early and do it then.  Outside running (even at night) trumps treadmill running any day.  Decision made.

I get into work by 7:15AM and manage to spill my coffee not once but twice.  The first time on myself as I juggled 2 bags and an umbrella.  The second time all over my mouse pad.  I dry off the mouse pad, let it air dry, and stick my planner under the mouse.  Ugh.

If today continues this way, at least I have my run to look forward to.

I was out the door for my run by 4:15PM.  I’m not the best after-work runner but I was aiming for 8 miles total, with 6 at MP (8:15-8:20 pace).  Success!  MP splits:  8:17, 8:13, 8:17, 8:19, 8:15, 8:14 <– consistency!

Other random thoughts…

I love Running Times. I just got my first 2 issues in the mail this weekend. Way better than Runners World, if you’re a run nerd like me. No fluff, just good articles with quality information.

I’m not so in love with my Brooks Adrenaline 12s. I know, this is blasphemous. I’ve been wearing them for 2 months now with no issues (note: I’ve been wearing them for 11 years with no issues as well). This past weekend, the right shoe started to rub the inside of my ankle the wrong way. My inner ankle is now swollen and sore. I switched back to my Adrenaline 11s and I’m fine. Comparing the 2 side-by-side you can tell the 12s are cut higher on the inner ankle than the 11s. Waaaah! Now I’m running in an old pair of 11s while my new pair of 12s sit in my closet.

Is anyone else super excited about the Olympic Marathon Trials?  I would love to be in Houston, spectating and soaking it all in!

Is it true there will be no live coverage of the Trials?

Is anyone else having a similar problem with the Adrenaline 12s?

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Thursday Ramblings

My Garmin Does What?!
So last week I wrote about pace smoothing on my Garmin 305. I’m still a bit peeved that my (instant) pace jumps around so much, even when I have it set to the “most” smooth. So I did a little research and found that lap pace is more accurate (i.e., your average pace within that lap/mile). This wasn’t a huge shock…I have heard of this before. But the huge light bulb moment was when I realized you could customize your display! For real?! I had this watch for 2 years and I’m just realizing this now? I cannot wait to try this out on tomorrow’s LR. I customized it to have distance, time, (instant) pace, and lap pace. I do like having (instant) pace on there to ensure I don’t go out too fast, even if it is a little off.  By the way, I re-set my pace smoothing to “least”.

who knew? i didn't.

Grrrr, Brooks Adrenaline GTS
Dear Brooks, I’m a devoted wearer of your Adrenaline GTS shoe and have been so for the past 10 years.  But why oh why did you decide to use these fancy shoelaces that clearly are not functional.  I always double knot my laces and during 3 of my last 4 runs these stupid laces have come undone (this has NEVER happened with any of my prior Adrenalines).  I cannot afford to waste time during my marathon retying my shoes!!!  Yes, they are a cute purple color but they suck.  Please go back to the boring old white laces that stay knotted.

is this how i have to tie my shoes so they don't come undone?

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Keep On Voting
Thank you for voting for RTLR for CBS Philly’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards! Keep those votes coming (you can vote once per day here). Many of you asked if I know what place I am in. I don’t 😦  Very little information was given and I assume I won’t know anything until September 9 when the contest ends.

Question:  Do you wear Brooks Adrenaline GTS?  Did you notice anything funny with the laces?  I’m going to have to swap out these fancy laces with an old pair for my marathon.  

What does your Garmin display look like?  Did you customize it?

Random Thursday

6/16/11

5 miles easy / no Garmin

  • Does anyone know how to transfer your Garmin split times from the Garmin Training Center to a post?  Or, am I clueless?  I’ve tried the good ol’ cut-and-paste but that doesn’t work.  I have the Garmin 305…maybe it can’t be done with that model?  I find that hard to believe though.  Any help would be appreciated!
  • So I’m halfway through Born To Run (LOVE IT!) and they just talked about barefoot running.  I’m shocked to say this but I found their arguments (they were pro-barefoot running) very compelling.  I’m a tough person to convince too; I’m both flat-footed and bow legged.  I rely on both my beloved Brooks Adrenaline GTS and orthotics to keep me injury-free (and it works…I’m one of those “mutants” that Chris McDougall refers to).  But now I can see how barefoot running would help someone battling chronic injuries.  As a coach I shouldn’t be so close-minded.  I’m not about to jump on the barefoot bandwagon (if it ain’t broke…) but I definitely want to read more about it.
  • Not 1 but 2 people Googled “we love Chuck Bass” and got directed to my blog.  Awesome.

Do you or someone you know run barefoot or in VFFs?  What do you think of the whole barefoot running phenomenon?  

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