New Running Shoes + An Extra Run (weekly workout recap)

After my run on Saturday, I decided that I had to go to Runner’s Edge to try on new running shoes.

Like I said last week and as I said to the girl who helped me, I really didn’t want to open up this can of worms.

I’m not the easiest when it comes to running shoes and I was honestly not in the mood to go through the “try this model on your left foot and this model on your right and see which you like better.” And then to make it even more confusing, “go run up and down the hall in this pair and then switch to this pair and try to decide which is better.”

I rattled off my list of running shoe requirements (and complaints) and we narrowed it down to the Brooks Glycerin and Saucony Guide.

My top running shoe requirements:

  • Need a higher heel drop
  • Can’t compress the top of my foot
  • Can’t feel too heavy
  • Laces need to tie in the “right” place
  • Need wide toe box
  • My foot needs to feel supported but not too held in
  • Need to feel nice cushioning

I liked both shoes that she brought me but ultimately went with the Brooks Glycerin.

I once had a pair of Glycerins. The Glycerin 13’s. I bought that pair a few days before the Long Island Half Marathon in 2013 which is not what runners should do before a race but I did it anyway. That was when I decided that Asics were no longer right for me.

brooks glycerin

In my opinion, the Glycerins have the cushion I was looking for in the Ghost 14s. They remind me of previous Ghost models actually.

I added an extra run yesterday to test them out — so far, so good. I think. Again, I’m a freak when it comes to running shoes. I may feel something about the toes but don’t ask me to explain that. I can’t. Overall I do think they are going to be the right running shoe for me right now!

Weekly Workout Recap

I think this was the first week in a while that I ran four times. When I cut down on mileage, I gravitated to four runs a week. These days I end up with more like three runs a week but as it gets warmer, I am sure I will range between the 3-4 times a week again.

Monday – 20 Min Super Power Yoga/Pilates Flow + 40 Min Walk

Another terrific new flow added to Melissa Wood Health’s menu! It was a quick add to my favorites list.

Tuesday – 3 Mile Run

Wednesday – 3 Mile Walk + 16 Min Full Body Flow (1 lb weights)

I usually do yoga/pilates before I walk but sometimes I reverse the order.

Thursday – 5 Mile Run

I can’t recall the last time I ran 5 miles on a weekday! The warmer weather today totally inspired me to keep going.

I made up a workout as I went along:

  • 2 Mile Warm-up
  • 2 Miles: 1 min hard/1 min easy
  • 1 Mile: 2 min hard/1 min easy

Friday – 19 Min Yoga/Pilates Flow + 40 Min Walk

Saturday – 5 Mile Run

For some reason, I wasn’t really in the mood to run but had no reason not to be so I just went with it and even threw in a speed workout.

The best thing about speed workouts when you aren’t really in the mood to run but physically have all the energy is that they totally engage you into being in the right mood to keep going!

I quickly lost track of distance and just get mentally lost in the pattern of switching between increasing my effort and going easy.

  • 1 Mile Warm-Up
  • 2 Miles 2 min hard/1 min easy
  • 2 Miles 3 min hard/2 min easy
  • Cooldown

Sunday – 3 Mile Run + 15 Min Standing Arms/Abs (bodyweight)

I love the first run in new running shoes! The cushion felt nice and I was a little faster than my average easy run too.

brooks glycerin

I’m also wearing the Lululelmon Power Stride socks. The neon colors that come in the 3-pack are a plus!

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