Ya, ya, ya… I too debated the wisdom of trying out the Vibrams before my race. What could a half mile hurt, right? It was a reasonably beautiful day. Temps were in the 50s. Sun was shining. I was actually a little embarrassed to run around Hobgood Park in them, fully realizing that I just needed to get over that, fast. I heard a couple of comments as I ran by the walkers, but nothing to be embarrassed about :-) It didn’t take very long to realize that running in Vibrams on one’s heels is not an option. I ran a little bit on the pad, and then I switched to a light full flat footed landing. Overall, I was very pleased with this first half mile. It was definitely, just like running barefoot.
Back at the car, I switched over to my K-swiss Kona-C(s). Back when I purchased these shoes, the salesperson told me they would probably last about 300 miles, due to wear and tear. I’m happy to say I have now surpassed 400 miles with them, and they are still going strong. Even though I was supposed to run “easy” that day, I finished up the three mile run at an 8:51 pace. My legs felt well rested after two consecutive days off.
Arriving back home, I felt a long forgotten knot in my left calf. That night, I gave it some self massage. I wasn’t too worried about it, but these kinds of cramps have a way of biting you in the arse in the latter stages of a race. I held nothing back on my tempo run on Thursday. Knot be damned. I ran negative splits: 9:20, 8:39, 8:30, and 8:13, for an overall pace of 8:41. I could still feel my calf, but it hasn’t bothered me. I’m hoping after Friday and Saturday, it will be long forgotten.
Tomorrow, I’ll get up early and go to the expo. I wanna be home before my beebee wakes up from her beauty sleep. She’s not going to be able to go with me to the race on Sunday, at least she shouldn’t, but you never know with The Bug. I’m looking forward to browsing the expo. I want to try on those new K-swiss Blade Run Lights and Kwickys….
Race morning, we’ll do our thing. My plan is to start off the first three miles at an 8:30-8:45 pace, then settle into my race pace of 8:15-8:30-ish for the next six miles. Somewherez around mile 9 is where the uphill battle begins, and I intend to just give it everything I have left. Everything I have done since IM Arizona points to a PR, and a big one, provided my body cooperates. As I always like to say though, the proof is in the pudding.
Have a great weekend, y’all!