I knew my interest in running would return as quickly as it left! After last week’s workout recap, my mood for running returned and stayed for the entire week. It felt great to get in both indoor and outdoor runs with two awesome treadmill workouts that made the time indoors fly.
Before getting to my workouts, remember I mentioned that I wanted a new pair of running shoes? My feet have been feeling bored (you understand what I mean by bored feet, right?!) so I went to try on a pair of the Brooks Ghost 12. I really liked how they fit but I didn’t leave the store with them on the first go-round because, and this is so not like me, but I wanted a better color than what the store had in stock.
If you have been reading for a while, you know that I never cared about the colors of my running shoes as I know to care more about the fit than appearance. Not to mention, I used to burn through my running shoes so fast from high mileage that caring about color seemed useless. These days, because I do run so much less, my shoes last so much longer — so considering color was something on my mind as I have the opportunity to run in my shoes for a longer period of time.
Anyway, let’s get to my week in workouts and then finish up the post returning to the topic of the Brooks Ghost 12.
Monday – 30 Min Pure Barre/30 Min Walk
I started the morning with a 30 minute Pure Barre workout which was an arms intensive routine. I’ve done other Pure Barre arm intensives in the past, but I don’t think this one in particular before today. I didn’t love this workout but didn’t hate it. Since it was relatively warm outside for February (40 degrees), I went outside for a walk before getting in the shower to start my day.
Tuesday – 5 Miles (outside)
I was excited to run today! See, I knew my in the mood to run feeling would return.
I went this afternoon to try on the Brooks Ghost 12 — loved the fit but couldn’t decide on the color.
Wednesday – 5 Miles (outside)
Two days of running in a row — maybe it has to do with the weather being around 40 degrees and daylight happening earlier and earlier. I pulled out my Saucony Rides for the first time in well over a year. Maybe in summer 2018? They were never my main pair of running shoes so I know they still have some life in them. Plus, I kept them all nice in their box so they seemed like new. Comfortable but not what I want as my main shoe right now.
Thursday – 45 Min Pure Barre (weight series 3)
The few weight series workouts available on Pure Barre on Demand are always a good choice. After doing Pure Barre regularly now for almost SIX YEARS, I’m certainly up for the added challenge of weights throughout the workout. While I still get sore from Pure Barre even without using weights, I do like these types of workouts where they incorporate the weights into each exercise.
Friday – 45 Min Treadmill Workout
This was a fun one!
- Usual 10-minute warm-up
- 30 minutes alternating 5 minutes comfortably hard/1 min easy (hard between 7.6-8.0/easy at 6.3)
- Finished up with a minute fast (at like 8.5 I think) to get to the 5-mile mark at 41 minutes plus 4-minute cooldown.
Note: I wore my Boosts for this run for the first time in forever. I’ve honestly been wearing my Boosts only for walking since the summer. My feet were happy but I don’t think the Boosts are meant to be my go-to shoe anymore. Don’t ask questions as to what I mean here, I can’t fully explain it. It’s just something I know.
Saturday – 45 Min Treadmill Workout (rolling hills)
Let’s call today a fun hill run. I made up a rolling hill type of workout as I went along. It looked something like this:
10-minute usual warm-up
25 minutes of ranging incline percentages in this pattern every minute: 1-2-3-2-1-2-3-2-1-2-3-4-3-2-1-2-3-4-3-2-1
My speed was steady at 7.0-7.1 on the higher inclines, and then at 7.5 when at 1.0% incline.
For the last mile, I was more freestyle with speed and inclines between 1 – 2% then a cool down to reach 45 minutes.
Can I just say again that incline workouts definitely feel more challenging to the lungs than speed workouts? I mean, both are hard but I feel hills in a totally different way.
It was later this morning when I went back to the running store and ultimately bought the Brooks Ghost 12 in the color I really didn’t want but decided not to care about — the store offers 20% discount so why pay more than I have to for a good running shoe?
Sunday – 3 Miles/10 Min Pure Barre
You know I had to try running in the Brooks Ghost 12 right away! Normally I would not run the third day in a row especially after two hard treadmill workouts but come on its new running shoes!
So far, so good! I love the fit and comfort of the shoes. The Brooks Ghost 12 (without getting technical here) feel light yet cushioned without an overly firm feeling involved. Wide enough toe box for me, the lace area doesn’t feel like it will put pressure on the tops of my feet and my feet feel secure without feeling tied down.
I’ve never worn the Brooks Ghost before (because I’ve mainly only worn the Adidas Energy Boosts for years) but now I see why they say the Brooks Ghost is likely the most popular running shoes out there. I can’t wait to run in them again this week! 🙂