Week 9 Recap
Short and sweet, not forgetting the joy of running.
This pretty much summarizes this past week. Didn't overdo the distance, and certainly didn't overdo the pace.
Pains within the shins dissipated now that I accumulated some formidable mileage to break into my new pair of training runners. One of the other things I adjusted this week in my runs was my posture and how foot landing within my strides. In anticipation of the upcoming races, I transitioned towards keeping my back straight and avoiding to lean overly forwards and backwards. That being said, I lowered my height clearance a bit so I can maximize the strides within my lower body. This seems to be efficient for me so far as this allowed me to speed up my pace a bit more efficiently while not tiring myself off. But is this method acceptable? I'll probably do more research myself and share my findings in the future...
The other is the foot landing, in which I followed through from this Instagram post:
My feet feels exponentially better from that plus that extra cushioning from the new pair of runners. Sometimes, you never know how much you can self-learn from learning by example! Just like what I mentioned in my post, I consider myself to be a social media learner by cautiously following from other people from Twitter, Instagram, Strava, and selective running blogs that actually teaches you content than torrents of brand endorsements.
In the coming weeks, I will be writing a more thorough review of my daily training runners, the ASICS Gel Nimbus 19 for a number of reasons. A, because there are barely any relevant reviews when I was initially researching. B, because there were too many bad reviews that overshadow the good merits of what Gel Nimbus are well-known for. Stay tuned!
I have been looking through the #ChillyHalfMarathon hashtag on Instagram over the weekend, and that itself was more than enough to convince me to sign up for the 2018 edition of the half-marathon myself!
Better yet, there is an early bird pricing of $55 until March 28, 2017! That's seriously a great value in terms of half-marathon races.
It's a tease for things to come in a couple of weeks until the Around The Bay race in late March. Until then, I will gradually be re-introducing my race shoes into my weekly training regime so I don't experience any unexpected pains from the race shoes or from lack of preparation of not applying anti-chaffing ointment!
I intend to hit the gym and get back onto the dreaded treadmill and more lower body stretches instead of accumulating mileage. Saturday long run will still happen but would definitely scale back in pace.
The Around The Bay 30K race in Hamilton is also in a matter of 3 to 4 weeks so the upcoming month of March is pretty much time to wrap the hard work up and transitioning into tapering mode. This means being careful with my running mileage, the pace involved, and gradually switching my training runners (Gel Nimbus) back and forth with my race shoe (Adidas Boston Boost) in anticipation of the actual race day.
Hopefully this week will be kind to me and mostly body pain free...