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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

A Tad Overdue, I'd say...

So, yeah... the Team Nashville 10 miler didn't go so well for me. But, it wasn't a total loss. In fact, it was during this death march that I might have identified what my freaking problem is.

I haven't ran well or fast since I got back from my vacation to Montana. I hadn't really thought about it, until now, but it's true. My runs have been sluggish and fatigue-filled. I've been very pansy-assed. I've taken many walk breaks during runs, or skipped out early. It's not been good. And... I guess I've been in denial about it. Until about a month ago, I just blamed everything on the heat. But, that's no longer a pertinent excuse. There's gotta be something else going on.

And I realized two things...

1. Shoes. When I got back from Montana, both of my pairs of shoes were at about 700ish? (I can't really remember) miles. I kept thinking that once something started feeling tweaky (like my IT band) that I'd buy a new pair... nothing ever hurt and now both pairs are around at almost 1200 miles. Um... That can't be good.

2. High-blood pressure Meds. The week after I got back from Montana I was diagnosed with hypertension and started taking a very low dosage of medicine to help it (although... as of about 6 weeks ago, it wasn't helping to lower it, at all). I'm not sure if this could have any effect on my running or not... but, it is something different in my body.

It's not that I'm looking for an excuse here. Because I'm not (well... maybe I am a little... BUT, I want to fix the problem, not just use it as an excuse). I can just tell that something isn't right with my running. So... anyway... I decided then and there that I HAD to buy a new pair of shoes. After the race, I headed over to my favorite local running store and picked up a new pair of my beloved ASICS Gel Nimbus... and they also had some ASICS trail shoes on sale that I picked up as well...

I'm hoping that this proves to be the solution to my sucky running. I gotta say... it feels REALLY weird to have new shoes on (especially since I haven't ran in new shoes since like March). I've only worn them twice on short runs (taper time... ugh). But, they feel pretty good and my legs feel good. The whole time though, I feel like such a freaking clydesdale. I feel like my strides are soooo noisy. Like every step I take is a HUGE thud noise. I guess the cushioning was so worn down on my old shoes that they were quiet enough to sneak up on anyone. Anyway, I can't help but think that I need to invest in some Kitten Mittons for myself:

If this doesn't work... I guess it will be time to examine whether or not my meds can be having an effect on my running. I do think that this will make a huge difference... even if it's just a placebo-effect boost, I'll take it!


Spike said...

those are some awesome new shoes, I bet they make your feet feel so nice.

I hope they help!

Melanie said...

Yay for new shoes! I definitely think shoes make a difference for sure. Hope it helps!