The brutal heat continues to broil North Carolina, 97 today and 99 predicted for tomorrow, and although I generally like to spend some quality time with the Air Conditioning, when it comes to running I’m loving every blazing minute of it. Not just because I like running in the heat and working up a quality sweat, but also because for the second time in three days I was able to get out and run like the wind …. or perhaps like a slight breeze.
My foot wasn’t feeling exceptionally happy this morning when I got up, but I went through the usual massage and stretching routine, and it felt good enough to give it a run. Walked the first mile, then ran for 3.07 miles (meant to do 3 miles, but got caught up in a good tune on the ipod), then walked the last .93 miles. Went ahead and stepped up the pace a bit on the run today to see how that would feel on my foot (splits 8:44, 8:44, 8:34), and generally it felt OK. I’m definitely not over my PF issues, but hopefully I can keep this momentum going and keep on training without any major setbacks.
Finally listened to the entire new Train album (Save Me San Francisco), and found another good running song …. Parachute. Adding it to my regular rotation.
REI is having a Summer Sale & Clearance, and one of the things they have on sale is Hammer Gels for $0.89, versus the regular price of $1.25. I know lots of runners use the Hammer Gels since they’re less prone to potentially upset the stomach than Gu or some of the others. Looks like the price is good through 7/5, so hopefully this helps folks save a little money. I’ve never had any trouble with Gu, but Hammer is the gel sponsor for my next marathon, so I’m starting to try them out. Only got a chance to try the Apple Cinnamon before I got hurt, and thought it was pretty tasty, as far as gels go. Will start sampling the others with this nice little price reduction. Anybody have any flavor suggestions?
Need to get myself a second pair of running shoes and retire a pair with about 250 miles on them. To Nimbus or not to Nimbus … that is the question. Time to go try on some alternatives and see where I end up.