today was my "test day". i wanted to test my shoes, my foot, my pace, and overall how i was feeling.
i decided i will race in my asics gel speedstar 3s. this was my
original plan until my foot was aggravated in these shoes. i felt
better in my newtons so then i was going to race in those. but i have
been trying out different ways of taping, different socks, etc. and
today i think i found the solution, running very comfortably in the
asics. these are the only pair of active shoes i have right now that do
not have a marathon on them. so asics it is.
foot: i wore an
ankle/foot compression sleeve today. my foot felt fine, no trouble at
all. and i prefer to wear this than to tape up my foot. even though it
works wonders, i don't like the icky-sticky feeling of tape, especially
when my feet start to sweat. i also ran 3 race-pace miles and finished
at full stride to ensure there are no restraints for an all-out race.
no problems at full speed, this is good news.
pace: i would like
to maintain a 6:30 pace for the race, faster if i am feeling it at the
end, but starting out more conservatively. i felt good running the pace
this morning...also keeping in mind that i only went 10 miles. but i
think i had enough left for one more 5k.
here is the breakdown of the run:
7:27 average pace total
7:54 pace first 5 miles
6:27 next 3 miles
2 mile cool-down still
disappointed that i won't be running the marathon. but it wouldn't be
logical. and 1/2s are fun and exciting in different ways, so i am going
to enjoy it and use it as a fitness gauge...and get some nice sunshine in the process.