10 Mile Training – Week 6

So, I’m a couple days late with this post, but here’s the rundown on last week’s training. Overall, an okay week. I’m happy to say I’ve been keeping up with my strength training 2 days a week and can see a difference in the number of reps I’m able to do.

Since I’ve been scaling back some of my running because of my weird foot/ankle issues, I decided I need to follow the novice 10 mile training plan instead of the intermediate plan I had hoped to do. I realized the mix of running, cross training, and rest days I had been doing was more closely aligned with the novice plan. Not the end of the world since I used this plan to train for this same 10 mile race last year.

Monday – Rest day

After the pain in my foot/ankle on Sunday’s run, I knew I wanted to rest.

Tuesday – 2.55 miles + strength

I tested out my theory that my new shoes were the reason I was having the pain in my ankle foot. I put on my old pair of shoes and did a 2.55 mile run on the treadmill. No pain! I did my strength training after the run and the whole workout was pain-free.

Wednesday – Rest day

This was an extra rest day because I got home and was EXHAUSTED. Think daylight savings time had taken its toll.

Thursday – 3.51 miles outside + 1 mile on treadmill + strength

I put on my old shoes again and headed outside for a run because the temperature was PERFECT! It was about 50 degrees. I don’t think I’ve ever changed into my running gear faster. The run felt really good. I averaged a 10:04 mile and didn’t have any pain issues. I came in and changed into my new shoes and did 1 mile on the treadmill to see if I had any pain issues, but nothing to speak of.

Friday – Rest day

Saturday – 5.7 miles

I continued testing my theory about my shoes by putting on my new shoes and heading to the treadmill. I told myself I’ll start running and if I feel any pain, I’ll stop. Well 5.7 miles later – no pain! I was supposed to do 6 miles for my long run, but stopped just a bit short because I hit 1 hour on the treadmill (10:32 avg. pace) and didn’t want to push it even though I felt good.

So happy to have a pain-free long run, but kind of throws a bit of a wrench in my shoe theory. Either that, or my shoes are breaking in enough where they’re not causing a problem anymore.

Sunday – Cross training: 30 min. elliptical and 30 min. walking

I could feel a little soreness in my ankle while on the elliptical, but not the same type of pain I had been feeling.

On Sunday afternoon I went by the running store where I got my shoes to talk to them and see what they thought about the pain. I know some shoes can be made just slightly different from model to model, year to year (even color to color). They said the Pearl Izumis have been pretty consistent and they haven’t heard of others having a similar problem with them. Since the pain seems to be getting better, they suggested running in them for another 7-10 days and see if it keeps improving. And, because the people at Mill City Running are awesome, they said if it’s not better I can bring the shoes back and they’ll swap them out for a new pair (same style). This is a really nice offer because I’m outside of their normal return policy timeline, but they truly want runners to love their gear and make sure it’s the right fit.

My celebration of St. Patrick’s Day came on Saturday when I went to an Irish-themed beer tasting. It was hosted by my fellow blogger Ashley over on We Run This Blog. We tasted 7 Irish (or Irish-inspired) beers. I usually go for your basic light beer, so I love this beer tasting because it forces me to try something new that I wouldn’t normally order in a restaurant. I really liked the 3 Irish Red Ale’s we tried! Definitely a fun night!

Irish beer

How did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

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