Monday, July 17, 2006

Training: Bowker Flats

The future Tour de France champ wanted to get an early start on today’s run seeing how it’s going to be another “New England Steamer”, or “scoawrcha” as the local dialect will have it. We ran well, considering yesterday’s 20-miler; heart rate averaged 145. This higher rate maybe recovery and also tenseness from pesky horseflies that increases the pace. The time includes two stops at the house to reposition the lawn sprinkler for better coverage as we are still healing from the “lawn shots”.

Yesterday, afternoon was cool as we headed over to the Boston Marathon course to see Marathon Sports and pick out some new racing shoes. Mike mentioned the Asics DS Trainers, also my wife runs in those, so we checked them out for me. What a surprise when I was doing a test run in front of the store, still stiff from the a.m. run. The shoes felt too narrow even with a half size larger.

Next was the Saucony Grid Fastwitch 2 Endurance weighing in at 7.6 ounces. I wonder what size the weight is for? They felt really good with room in the toe box, especially for my left foot. Now, all I need is a race to run. That’s the thing about training one is usually itching to get out their and test themselves. For now, it’s patience…and train…a race will develop in due time.

RUNNING THE LYDIARD WAY copyright 1978; more good stuff:

It is most economical and natural to come down with a nearly flat foot, with the heel hitting first and a slight roll in from the outside edge of the foot.

Training: AM – Bowker Flats 7.5M, 58:31, 7:48 pace, 145HR, 83 degrees, sunny w\stroller

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