|To Do: Freaking Chill Out!|
We have several members in our Galloway program training for the Long Beach Marathon and they had a 23 mile training run this past Saturday.Since hubby and I are both racing the DLand Half, we decided to split the miles up between us. He ran with the group for miles 1-12.5. I met them at mile 10 with fluids and then again at mile 12.5 with more fluids and fuel. Hubby took the support vehicle home and I stayed with everyone through a very hot hot hot end to a very long long long run! I am happy to report though that everyone made it the entire distance and I couldn't be prouder! One more long run of 26 miles in a few weeks and they'll start their taper. Exciting!!!
During this 10.5 miles, I tested out a new pair of Pearl Izumi's: the EM ROAD M3. Now granted, I was running about 4-5 min/mile slower than when I run on my own but it was still a good test distance. It seems like PI has stopped making the Streak available and this new Project E Motion series is their next big line. I have such fantastic luck with PI shoes that I knew I had to try them. The run went really well and my initial impressions are nothing short of positive and optimistic. I'll post a review once I get about 100 miles on them. That seems to be the mileage when my body tells me to accept or reject a new model via strange aches and pains or bruising. I did get a raw spot on the base of my big toe on my left foot but that might have been the result of a) running a long-ish run in brand new shoes and/or b) compromised foot fall or form from running/walking much slower than usual.
On Sunday, I noticed my calves were a little sore and that is definitely not normal for me, especially after a slow 10 miles. When I checked the PI website, I found the culprit: this shoe only has a 4mm heel drop compared my PI Streaks which have a 10mm heel drop. I'm so glad to know this early on so I can be careful about how I transition into this new model. I don't want to blow out my achilles or cause other issues by trying to run too far or too fast or too often in these low heel drop shoes before my body is ready for it. I have learned this transition lesson a few times in my running career: Proceed with caution!!!