Started this run slow at 9:45 pace and after a half mile was feeling pretty good. 1st mile averaged out to a mediocre pace (8:45), but the last 2 miles were pretty quick (7:39 and 7:41). Thought I might get a new 5k PR and I did come close - within 20 seconds or so. If I had started out a little quicker I definitely could have posted a new PR, but that wasn't my goal starting out. I actually did set new PRs for the 2 mile (15:09), the 3km (14:06, and the Cooper 12 Minutes (2.55km). The Cooper 12 Minutes is a standard fitness test that tracks how far you can run in 12 minutes. Overall the run felt good and falls in line with my experience so far. Every run after a run in Merrill's feels really good. I did notice that my legs after the last Merrill run have not been as sore. Think they are starting to get conditioned to running in them. I have a 5k race on Saturday so will take tomorrow off to rest up for that. Looking forward to it. It is just a local 5k and fun run in my small town so nothing too serious, but it will be my first true run only race.
Longest run in the Merrill's so far. This run felt amazing and I managed to make it a zone 2 run! Heart rate data on this run is very interesting. I was going just fine for the first half mile and then could feel my heart rate climbing and my perceived effort going up significantly. Once I noticed this I made a conscious effort to clear my mind and settle down. You can see the spike in heart rate even though my pace doesn't change at all. You can also see the drop back down to zone 2 for the rest of the run after I settled my mind down. Pace didn't change, my state of mind changed. I can't explain it other than to say I removed all conscious thoughts running through my mind and almost went into a trance like state. I felt truly disconnected from my physical body. It was an amazing feeling and I felt like I could have run forever. There is something very basic and almost animal about running in the Merrill's. The change in form and the contact with the ground is so natural. I wish I could explain it better, but it is safe to say that I am figuring something very important out-just how important the mental side of running is. I cut the run at 2.59 miles as i finally could tell that the legs were starting to tire and I have learned from experience that you do not want to push it in the Merrill's. Loved this run!
Decided to try and start stepping my workouts up toward Olympic distances. Was able to get the bike in, but the legs started cramping around 1 mile into the run. Didn't help that it was pretty hot by the time I started the run. Still, I was happy with this workout. Tried to work on keeping this a zone 2 workout, but just don't seem to be able to keep my heart rate in the 150's. Was mostly in the mid to high 160's for the whole ride and forget about it on the run. Immediately jumped into the 170's and really wasn't pushing hard. Guess the body's fitness level just isn't quite there yet. Of course, it is hard for me to hold back the effort to keep it down. Was always a sprinter and it is just natural for me to want to push the speed, but I am trying to learn to bring the effort level down in order to train for endurance. Just have to keep working at it.
Still trying to shake off this cold. Feeling it in the sinuses and upper respiratory. Regardless, got out and got a run in. Honestly, this run felt horrible, but somehow I managed to put up a decent time. Almost forgot, I had originally set my weight loss goal to 180 pounds. This is down from my max of 250. Today was the day I hit my goal! 179.4 as of today. Now that I am here I can say that I still probably have about another 5 pounds of fat to lose, maybe a little more, so I updated the goal. Still it feels amazing to be so much lighter and it certainly can't be hurting my workout times.
Still not feeling well today, but I had only run twice in the past 7 days. My workouts are somewhat therapeutic so I was really missing it. Wanted to quit after the first lap, but that subsided a bit. Never did feel great and could tell this bug I have had sapped my strength. I was hoping to get in a 5k, but that turned out to be a little overly optimistic. All things considered I was happy with this run as I toughed it out on a day that the body really wasn't feeling it.
It's 4 a.m. and thunderstorms are giving a bit of a show off to the north. Dark, quiet, and calm. Perfect for a run. Loved this run today. Legs were fresh and my Merrell's made me feel like I was running barefoot. This run was just pure joy. I can literally feel the strength in my legs as the muscles come alive. Again, after 2 miles, they told me it was time to quit. Left achilles starting feeling tight. The body speaks to you. Listen to it. I immediately stopped. No injury, but having worked the legs well.
Haven't run in the Merrell's in 7 days, but I dropped almost 30 seconds off of that run in a week. Today felt like I was hardly trying and I could have easily made that over a minute with more effort. Going to keep working these in as often as I can. Looks like about 7 days, but I'll just keep listening to the old body and go with it when it feels right.
1 minute 53 seconds off my 5k PR!!! New record 24:26 today vs. 26:19 on 8/19. Still have a decent amount of tightness in the calves. Actually went out not how sure how far I would run. Was prepared to only do a mile and make it an easy day, but MAN did everything feel good. First two miles were 7:43 and 7:41. This was run in my Asics. Dying to get another run in my Merrell's, but need to give my legs a good rest before I run in them again. Was definitely still too tight to give them a try today. May take a day or two off, let the legs rest, and come back for another Merrell training session. LOVING THE PROGRESS. Ready to attack the week!
NEW PRs Today
Cooper (12Min) - 2.54 km
3 km - 14:15
3 miles - 23:32
5 km - 24:26
Legs were still a little sore from my first run in the Merrell's, but I felt like I might be able to test them out a little without too much chance of injury. Decided that the Merrell's will only be a once a week shoe for now until my legs are conditioned enough to run in them more often. Ran in my Asics Gel Nimbus shoes today. Goal was to go out slow and not push the legs too hard as I could still feel a decent amount of soreness. Started out at around a 9:45 pace and settled in closer to 9:30. Once I was settled in, I chugged out 5 miles!! A new distance PR. It is pretty amazing, and mirrors my previous experience with the barefoot style, but the distance comes so much easier after some barefoot training. Speed also increases on the shorter runs. I look forward to what gains will come in the future. Wishing I could run in the Merrell's more, but will be careful not to push that too far too early. Very happy with today's run!
Received my new Merrell Vapor Glove shoes yesterday afternoon. From previous experience, I know not to go out too hard or often in these minimalist shoes. Wasn't sure how far this run would be. 1 mile, 2 miles, I was going to go by feel. After a mile and a half I could feel the tightness in my calves so I cut the run at 2 miles; knowing not to push it too hard and risk injury. From a cardio standpoint I felt great. Could have kept going easily. The shoes are wonderful to run in, but I can feel the extra tightness in the calves. Will continue to run in my Asics and work in 1 to 2 runs a week in the Merrells until I can handle them full time.
Started earlier today and was aiming to do 15-20 miles depending on how I felt. Saturday's ride took a lot out of me so I was determined not to do the same thing again. Wanted to push it, but not too hard. This ride worked me pretty good. The wind was tough and my legs were still a little weak, but I p