Greetings blog world! I must say that this week I’m definitely feeling back to “normal” (whatever that is) and this is the most energy I’ve had post marathon. Yesterday I got in the pool for the first time in 2 weeks and it felt amazing….I also didn’t feel the need to take a nap under my desk for the rest of the day so that was most certainly a win-win.
After a ridiculously busy day at work, I came home to
two incredibly hyper dogs a strange box on the table. It was an odd shape and I thought nothing of it until I got a closer look at the shipping label. It was from City Sports! FINALLY my free Brooks Pure Cadence that I won via a FaceBook contest had arrived! After almost 8 weeks of waiting, I was beginning to think they were never coming. I was stoked!
I immediately went upstairs to get changed and take my buddy Arthur out for a test run 🙂 He was excited too!
Only problem was that it was already dark and kind of wet and gross outside so we only did a quick loop around the neighborhood and called it a night. My immediate reaction was that they felt a little snug in the arch but otherwise were pretty comfortable.
This morning I was excited to get my butt over to the gym to give the shoes a good test on the treadmill. I really despise the treadmill but it’s dark in the morning nowadays and I prefer the gym for my runs during the October – March months. Anywho… I rocked out a solid 4.25mi tempo run in 39:45 –> that’s the fastest I’ve run in months and it felt SO GOOD! The Pure Cadence were awesome and very responsive for a more minimalist shoe. What I love about them is that they are a nice gradual step down from a super cushy shoe (like my Glycerin 9) to a more “pure” shoe. For someone like me who needs to strengthen the ankles/calves for a more consistent footstrike and to prevent injury in the future – these are nice choice for “feeling the road” while still having a bit of meat under you feet. I definitely feel the difference already as my feet are a bit more tender in areas I didn’t think existed! I’m very excited to have these shoes as part of my rotation and plan to use them for shorter runs and speedwork.
Who’s getting excited for Thanksgiving?? Even though I’m trying to watch my portions and lose the “marathon chub”, I’m looking forward to enjoying my mom’s cooking and pumpkin pie!!!