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.
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)
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
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.
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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