First Step is Believing + Review of Saucony Guide 6

My biggest goal right now is to make the 2013 Saucony Hurricane Team.  In order to even apply, I have to run a qualifying time in the 2012 calendar year.  We are 2/3 through November and I find myself with my back against the wall and the clock winding down.

I’ve been hesitant to discuss it openly because I’m scared of failing.  I have convinced myself that maybe I won’t be as disappointed if I don’t full invest myself in it.  If I don’t talk about it, it doesn’t mean that much to me…right?  I don’t want to spend the next four weeks training, pushing, believing…only to come up short on race day.  It will crush me.

But I realized last weekend that I can’t expect to run that time unless I devote 100% of myself to it.  I can’t push myself as hard as I need to if I hear the voices in my head.

I need to believe in myself. 

The first step is believing.

The second step – find a race.  I signed up for the Hot Chocolate 10k on Dec 16 on Roosevelt Island – two loops around the almost entirely flat island.  I have to run a sub-42 which equates to a 6:47 pace.

My last 10k was 4 weeks ago and I ran a 48:20 (at 4 weeks postpartum) – a 7:47 pace.  Taking 6+ min off in 8 weeks may sound crazy, but I think it’s different when you are postpartum.  I have run the required 10k time before – but it was in December (right before I got pregnant).  I spent the next 9 months pregnant and am only 8 weeks postpartum – so I’m still on the road to returning to where I was.

Runner's World 10k

The third step is to make sure I show up as ready as I can be.  I’ve never trained specifically for a 10k before.  And to be honest, have only run a handful in my life – almost of them were while I was deployed to Iraq.  I don’t even remember my times for any of them (maybe around 44 min?).  The ONLY thing that I remember is that I came in 2nd place behind the same female every single time.

I checked out Hal Higdon’s Advanced Training Plan and have modified it a bit to fit me.   This week included a few easy days, a tempo run, interval (speed) workout, and 5k race or time trial.

I ran the 5k yesterday (on the treadmill).  My tendency is always to start too fast, so I wanted to start on the slower side and gradually pick up the pace.  I think I started a bit too slow but was able to run negative splits the whole run.

  • Mile 1: 7:20
  • Mile 2: 6:56
  • Mile 3: 6:35
  • Mile 3.1: 6:14 pace
  • 5k time: 21: 36 (6:57 pace)

    5k results

The voices of doubt started to creep in around the 2 mile mark.  I was already tired and wanted to stop.  I told myself that I would be in pain on race day.  I need to practice running uncomfortably more.  I need to embrace the pain.  My last mile was the fastest (6:35) and I finished at a 6:14 pace.

I am not where I need to be to run a sub-42 10k yet, but this weekend was a huge confidence boast for me.  And I’m beginning to believe that I can do this.

Have you had to deal with doubt before? 


Review of Saucony Guide 6’s 

I was honored and excited to be sent a pair of the Saucony ProGrid Guide 6′s – about a week before the release date of the new shoe.  The Guide is Saucony’s flagship shoe.  Here is how they describe it:

The latest edition of our flagship shoe arrives witha fit and ride even more attuned to the needs of runners seeking stability in an everyday training shoe. A new sole unit features triangular IBR+ pads integrated with deeper grooves in the forefoot for better flexibility and responsiveness. Three independently responsive pods in the SRC crashpad provide a smooth, efficient transition onto the midfoot, while a midfoot saddle promotes a snug, secure fit in the upper. Weight: 8.9oz

Early Birthday Present!

I wanted to wait to do this review until I had logged enough miles and done a range of runs in them.  It’s been just about a month and I can say that I’ve worn them on mid-distance runs (up to 10 miles), speed workouts, and tempo runs.

Post Tempo Run

Here is what I liked about them:

  • Drop (Heel-to-toe offset): 8mm.  My previous stability shoe (company unnamed) is something crazy like 15mm I think.  A lower heel-to-toe drop is said to make it easier to land midfoot for the runner – which results in less impact.  I’ve tried a few shoes with less heel-to-toe drop and had some foot pain.  However, this decrease in drop caused me no issues.  I would have loved to test them out on long runs – but am not up to the mileage to properly call it a “long” run yet.
  • Colors:  LOVE the new colors Saucony has released for this shoe – especially the silver/red/orange that I was sent and the black/purple/citron (below)


  • Comfortable: Probably the biggest deciding factor for me when I choose a pair of shoes is how they feel when I run – the Guide 6’s were extremely comfortable – they offered me just the right amount of support I needed.

The ONE thing that I was not a fan of was the weight of the shoe.  I would love a support shoe that weighed just a bit less – the Guide 6 is just a hair under 9 oz (8.9).  (Note: It doesn’t weigh more than other brand’s stability shoes.)

I am still wearing my Guide 6’s on almost all of my daily runs.  If I notice any issues on my long runs, I”ll be sure to revisit the review and update you!!  But, definitely a shoe worth checking out if you are looking for a comfortable stability shoe!

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    5. I am all about dealing with self doubt. Story of my life and I totally self sabotage to hide from it. Ugh. I wrote a post similar to this. Dang it, why can’t we just believe in ourselves? I know you can do it friend. You are going to crush that 10K and make the Sacony team. I just know it!!! HUGS!!! Why can’t we live closer together by the way?
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    6. I totally think you can do it! You ran that time before and look at your newly post partum times…that Runner’s World 10k and your 5k time trial show you can do it!
      Just keep doing killer speed work. I think you’re right to practice running fast enough to hurt.
      Do you do any hills? Maybe if you haven’t regularly done hill training it could be that extra something to push you even more?
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    7. Good luck Michele! I have been so impressed by your ability to come back so quickly after giving birth. I know that it might seem slow and frustrating to you as you’re going through it, but your improvements have really been incredible. I have no doubt that you can run a sub-42 minute 10K in December! Your determination will get you there.
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    8. I hope you can successfully chase down the 42-minute barrier! I’m continuously impressed by your return to fitness so quickly after pregnancy and hope that I can find the same motivation to lace up the racing flats and get back out there! The Hurricanes would be lucky to have you.
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    9. Doubts…ugh…I hate them! I am training for my first half marathon and have been plagued with injuries. Now that I am back to training I have all these doubts like: what the heck am I doing? But wow! I am so impressed by your numbers. I am in the Army, and my goal is to go back to running a 2-mile in 14-15 minutes. Any tips? :)
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    10. Have you run one of NYCruns races on roosevelt island before?? If not, and with such a great goal, I would suggest getting there really early and position yourself all the way up front. Like front front. It gets very congested very fast on that course if you are too far back…good luck!! I’m sure you’ll do amazing!!
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    11. You are incredibly fast! INSANELY fast. You will totally achieve this, more than achieve it, you will kill it. I just know it!! You are such an inspiration!
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    13. I love that you put your goal out there, Michelle! I definitely think you have it in you, but I also understand the fear and doubt. Nice job on your time trial! The one time I tried a 5k on the treadmill for a virtual “race” it was so about a minute slower than my outdoor race time… holding onto that pace is easier in a race setting, I think. I’m excited that you’re going for it!!
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    14. I’ve read that postpartum women who ran during pregnancy generally have greater endurance…but not the speed. And you’re working on the speed. Go for it!
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    15. Believe it!!! I know (trust me!) how scary it can be to put big goals out there, but I would rather set a big goal and fail trying my hardest and doing my best, than to never have big dreams and to never try. But I know how tough you are and I am confident you will make your goal. I am cheering for you!
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    16. Good luck on this. I am certain you can do it! You HAVE to always put your goals and dreams out into the universe—and by posting this, you are committing to a dream. Might I give one tiny bit of warning regarding RAM? DON’T expect to PR at a RAM or Hot Chocolate race ever. They have had one disastrous Hot Chocolate Race after another. I am giving that unsolicited advice 😛 just because I tried to PR at the Hot Chocolate Chicago and it didn’t happen. It was my worst racing experience ever. Good luck, lady!

      • Thanks so much for your support and words of encouragement! I heard terrible things about RAM events…I know there were quite a few disasters last year…From what I can tell, this event is organized by a local running group here (NYC Runs) and is not affiliated with RAM…fingers crossed that that is the case and it isn’t as crazy as yours was!
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    17. Wow, I love your posts about establishing your goals and working hard! Your posts help me to set goals for myself and I see that I can work towards new PR times as well. I totally know that you have the desire, determination and hard work ethics to achieve your running goals. I love that I have connected with you as a fellow runner!!
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    18. If anyone can do it — you can!!! Hal Higdon plans are amazing and will take you to where you want to be. I think it is incredible to even take on this challenge. Good for you!!

    19. You can do this Michelle! I know you can. You’ve got this and are taking it one step at time, doing this is smart way. I love the quote from FDR? “you have nothing to fear but fear itself” crush the snot out of your fear, when it rises up in you, acknowledge it and then let it go. Fear is a bully invading your mind, imagine it was trying to scare one of your kids.. stand up to it. Go get this Michelle, go get your Saucony Hurricane Team spot.
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