New blues in the Big Peach

Sub 60 10k
I journaled in Aspen, but chose not blog. In fact, I only touched my computer once during the trip. I do want to recap my adventures here, especially my new appreciation for theoretical physics and cosmology. But today, I'll stick to running. Typically, I run four days a week: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Because I traveled last Sunday, I ran my seven miles on Saturday instead. Due to altitude and conference proceedings, I didn't expect to run much in Aspen. I did attempt one run, and as luck would have it, the trail from my hotel was uphill. It took a lot of work to eek out 1.5 miles, but I was proud by the end! I returned home late Thursday, and Friday I visited a local running store, The Big Peach.…
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#Sub60 10k: Seven and long

Sub 60 10k
Today's 7-miler had a twist. Last week's goal was simply to run 7 miles at a steady pace. Ha. Simply. That was just my third time at that distance... Today's work was quite a bit more challenging. The first three miles were steady (11:00-11:45 pace), the next three were fast (10:15-10:35), and one more mile at steady/cool down pace. It kicked my ass, but I made it. Better than made it. Blue and I ran negative splits for the six miles, even though I had to walk a few seconds just before mile six. We stopped during the last mile to chit chat with some friends at a water station (shout out to North GA Running!) and then brought it in for the finish. Last week I said I wouldn't try for…
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At the track

Sub 60 10k
Speedwork at the track this morning! I ran: 1 mile warmup 5 min @ 9:34-9:45 pace then 2 min slow ^^repeat 4 times 1 mile cool down [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="553"] Alysia Montaño[/caption] That's 4.65 in the books. It took effort, yet I felt strong throughout. My legs, a little fatigued from strides on Tuesday and strength training yesterday, held up with no problem. I haven't gone shoe shopping yet, so I've made due rotating my old pairs. I have another long run coming up soon. In fact, it's supposed to be Sunday, but I'm flying to Colorado for the week. I'll skip the official Saturday workout and do Sunday's 7-miler instead. Based on my travel schedule I may basically skip one whole week of my plan, or at least delay it. Having been to Aspen…
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Steps and Strides

Personal Narrative, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3655" align="alignleft" width="225"] The view during my first three miles.[/caption] Today was workout 21 of 61, and I ran 3 miles, 5 strides. The three miles is old hat this point, but we've upped the strides this week. That last stride just about did me in! I wanted to give it my all, and I did, but rather than running through the tape, I pulled up at the final split second. I felt disappointed as I heard the last chime, but I gave all I felt capable of at that moment. All day I assumed the last stride was slower than some of the others, but now I've checked – it was fastest! By far! Goes to show, perception is not always reality. Still, I plan to work at  running through the tape. It's easy for…
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7 more miles in faithful pinks

Sub 60 10k
I ran 7 miles today. It's not my first time, but it's still a milestone. It's the longest duration (1:22:45) and tied for my longest distance at 7.27. I mistakenly thought 7.22 was my longest, or I would've held out for another hundredth of a mile. Either way, I felt accomplished by the end. It was a challenging run, to be sure, and hills of mile 5 showed in the mile 6 split. We came in strong on mile 7, and claimed the win. [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Nike Zoom Pegasus 29 - my "old pinks"[/caption] The biggest news: my feet held up. I ran in my old Pegasus 29s, which have over 500 miles! Not surprising, I had overall leg fatigue and my foot started to peter out at the end, but nothing like the…
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#Sub60 10k: 19 of 61 – Old shoes.

Sub 60 10k
Tomorrow I run 7 miles. It will be my third time ever going that distance and I'm sort of excited and sort of nervous about it. Since I've accomplished it before, I know I can finish. But foot fatigue worries me. Several recent runs have been uncomfortable past the 35 minute mark, and although I haven't figured out why, it's not a completely new problem. That said, I wore a pair of old running shoes during today's run to see how they felt. It was a short run, and just shy of the 35-40 minute fatigue mark. I can say they are much more comfortable than my current shoe, and unlike my current shoe, I didn't even have a hint that pain was imminent. All signs are pointing to a need…
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#Sub60: 16 of 61

Sub 60 10k, Temple Building
[caption id="attachment_3630" align="alignleft" width="225"] First day in my new Brooks Launch.[/caption] Sunday's long run tested my shoes, my stride and my insoles. I have an ongoing challenge with shock/fatigue effecting the ball of my right foot. Over the years, I've dealt with the symptoms successfully for the most part. In the past two years, it hasn't flared up at all, so I'd forgotten about it until earlier this month. That was about the time I ran out out my old shoes (500+ miles) and purchased news ones. Somewhere in that transition, my foot reminded me of the way things were. The new shoes haven't helped, so I tried new insoles this week. I did a short run with them, but Sunday's long run was the official new insoles trial. Would…
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#Sub60: 15 of 61

Sub 60 10k
Last night, I decided today's run would begin at the park. The park trailhead begins/ends right beside a track, which is perfect for strides at the run's end. This area is full of runners and bikers. It seems every other week there's a 5k/10k and the like. There was one last Saturday, and just to be on the safe side, I checked for this Saturday. Nothing on tap! All clear! Yet I arrived at the park shortly after 6:15 a.m., greeted by a tell-tale Start banner. I drove around to investigate. Yes, a race would be underway in little over an hour. And worse, the track served as a staging area. I could be done with the main course before the race began, but the track was off limits, and the track was the…
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#Sub60: 14 of 61

Sub 60 10k
Most of my recent runs have been at conversation pace. My plan sets this as 11:15-11:30 minutes per mile. That's a comfortable pace, especially once I've warmed up. Blue gifted me a Garmin for my birthday, and I program it as a training partner. It alerts me elapsed distance and/or time, and it signals when I'm not running within a specified target. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="370"] Brianna Rollins[/caption] Today's run felt good early. I locked into what seemed to be an 11:00-11:15 pace (a little faster than target). But my Garmin didn't agree.  In fact, it alerted me several times that I was much too slow. I refused to speed up because I've gotten to know just what this range feels like. I waited for my Garmin to smarten up. As I approached the first…
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#Sub60: 13. On location and circumstance

Running Buddha, Sub 60 10k
[caption id="attachment_3618" align="alignright" width="223"] Right place. Wrong day. Too wet for strides.[/caption] I ran at the wrong place today. Don't misunderstand me, it was my usual place, the closest trailhead of two nearby. The overwhelming majority of my runs start from here, but it wasn't ideal for today. Unless it's the middle of a storm, I've decided to run rain or shine. Last night, it rained. For a slow or steady run, old faithful doesn't pose a problem when wet. But today's run was three slow miles with strides. The strides (sprints) are best done on dry land, or at the very least, on ground with strong traction. Most of the trail is wood, and slick when wet. The other trailhead? Right beside a track. I realized my mistake within moments of arrival, but it was too late to…
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