After getting my new Asics Kayano-15’s on Friday, I was supposed to run a 10K race on Saturday as part of my training for the Pig. Unfortunately, there wasn’t one nearby. So I met with my CCFA buddies for a Saturday morning run. They’re just starting their season, with a mostly new crew of folks (good luck everyone!), and so their run was scheduled for 3 miles. I decided to get out there early, run 3 miles semi-hard, meet them at 7:30am, and run the other 3 miles a little harder, never getting above a PEL of 8.0-8.5. And I thought what better shoes to do this in than my new 15’s? It was, in a word, awesome. I loved it. It felt great to get out there on a brisk 33-degree morning, before the sun has come up, and just run! Plus I was able to get some pretty good turrnover. I felt strong, and that's always encouraging. And I love the shoes. I plan to work about 40-50 miles on them prior to the Pig, and run in them on May 3rd. I just hope I can hold off that much, and save them.
So, after a “light” week, I’m back to the more grueling weeks. My final push of hard training before starting my taper. I’m ready to get after it. And the weather turning nicer is certainly a big boost. We might get some rain, but I can live with that so long as it’s 50+ degrees out there. I love winter running, but I’m ready for nice weather. It just adds such a nice spring in your step. And to have the sun shine warmly on your face, without the roasting feeling you get in summer, is the best.
Week 10 mileage: 33.92