couch 2 5K: week 7, day 2 {4.11.2013} & first run in the new shoes

I was pretty excited to hit the streets to test drive my new Mizuno Wave Inspires.

Oh, and socks. Can’t forget the socks.

I headed out around 9:30 and it was already pretty hot. I would guesstimate high 80s. I’ll acclimate as the summer goes on.

Day 2 was a repeat of Day 1: The regular warmup and cool down with 25 minutes of running in between. So off I went.

The shoes were good. Not once did I experience any of the ankle or foot issues I was experiencing in the last few runs. However, I had some new discomfort in my heels and my arches. Nothing too alarming, but I was surprised. I am hopeful that what I’m feeling is just my body trying to realign itself after almost seven weeks of trying to compensate for my pronation problems, and that after a few outings, it will be fine. I’m giving it three runs to correct itself, and then I’ll have to take advantage of the running store’s exchange policy and try for something else. I’m not entirely sure if this is a reasonable thing or if I just didn’t select well, but I guess we’ll find out.

What’s interesting, though, is that I was running fast. I checked my timer a few times and there were early points where I was doing a 10 minute mile. No wonder I was out of breath! There is no way I can maintain that kind of speed at this stage of the game, and I paid for it late in the run, when I slowed way down so that I could finish. I paid later on, too, with some muscle aches in my upper legs. But that just means I’m working hard.

I think I still turned in a respectable performance. Unfortunately, my Garmin paints a different picture.

The discrepancy is frustrating and I’m not entirely sure what’s causing it. The app on my phone seems accurate based on calculating mileage with the odometer in our car, but maybe the Garmin is shaving distance off for corners, or crossing the street at too hard of an angle? I have no idea. I’m averaging it out in my head, and even if my real time is closer to the Garmin, I’m still proud of myself.

What am I forgetting? Oh. The socks. Truth be told, I’m not getting the sock love. They were fine. Not any more or less annoying than any other pair of socks. I’ll keep using them because everyone swears that proper socks are the right thing to do, but I don’t think I’ll ever get too excited by them.

All in all, it was a positive day. Fingers crossed that I’m just experiencing growing pains with the shoes and that I’ll be skipping along without a hitch in no time!

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6 Responses to couch 2 5K: week 7, day 2 {4.11.2013} & first run in the new shoes

  1. Natalie says:

    I hope you get used to the shoes. Great time!

    • runswithpugs says:

      I think I will. It’s just something new and my body is probably already pissed enough at me that I’m making it do something like running. And if not, there are a hundred other options for me to try. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

  2. Whoo hooo! You may just need an adjustment period for the new shoes, especially if you’re wearing a more minimal style than before. One tip I’ve always followed is to slowly wean into the new shoes. Wear your other shoes every other run for a week or so, until your body gets used to the new shoe. But, I also don’t always listen and I know I’ll be so excited to be in new shoes this weekend that I’ll end up throwing them on and never looking back.
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    • runswithpugs says:

      Maybe I’ll try the weaning. I’m more like you in that I just want to go forward and not back. Mr PugRunner claimed this morning for his run because he hasn’t been in a few days so I don’t go back out until Sunday. We’ll see what happens.

  3. It can take some time for your body to get used to a different shoe, but if you’re still hurting in a few days I definitely think it makes sense to take them back and try something else.

    You know what’s funny, Adam had the same issue with his iPhone app last weekend. He went out for 7 miles and stopped when his phone said he hit 7. I was out for a walk with the kids and happened to cross his path just before he finished. I had run the same route the morning before so I asked him why he stopped early and he was confused, his phone said he hit 7 even but it actually cut a good chunk of distance off compared to what my Garmin said the day before. I’ve read that the Garmin is more accurate, but I’m not 100% sure which one is.

    • runswithpugs says:

      That’s my plan.

      And how weird about the discrepancies in distance. I mean, my app seems right, just from how I’ve measured my route with the car from when I used to powerwalk. And the difference isn’t really huge between the two so I can account for a tenth here and there. I guess I won’t find out where I”m really at until the actual races. Good times!

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