Running longer and faster… a few thoughts…

New babies on the run

And finally they arrived! When coming back home after my “day without”, I had two receipts waiting for me and yesterday morning went to pick up my “new babies”: a pair Saucony Kinvara 3 and a pair of Green Brooks Silence. This definitely made my day 🙂 Did not take them for a run as I had a rest day yesterday. So today was the first!

Up @5am or so so light breakfast (oat-porridge, banana, oat milk) and more sleep, I jumped into my gear and my fabulous new Kinvara 3 “Lemon-Pink”. I had my compression socks and the shoes fitted perfectly. And off I went.

My new babies no1: Saucony Kinvara 3

My new babies no1: Saucony Kinvara 3

Today was long run as it is a bank holiday and had to run it as early as possible. Sunglasses on and ASICS 3/4 shorts, June 2.0 2012 in the ears, I started with 10k easy pace – no trouble, low pulse and feeling good in my new shoes. They felt a bit different (Daaaa!) compared to my ASICS GT-2160 as less (or no?) correction. Quite alike my ASICS Gel DS Skyspeed 2 though. So light, fantastic! I was wondering a bit whether it was smart or not to take them for a first run during a ling run and less than 3 weeks before a marathon… Think if my feet do not like it or if the calves start to ache or whatever can happen… Yes, those thoughts crossed my mind for a short while and went away. After 10K, started with 10K with alternate km fast/slow. Worked quite fine although I stupidly stopped for 20/30sec after the 3rd serie which made my legs quite cold and the 4th serie was quite tough to get the pace required. Then 2km easy pace, 1km fast, 1km slow, 1km fast, 1km slow and 1km fast. The fast were supposed to be close or under 4:00/km and this was not physically feasible. Did the two first @4:10 and the last one I skipped looking the pace. Finally 2km easy and then 7*(1minute fast / 1 minute slow) – the fast minutes were slightly too slow but the slow minutes were way to fast… So overall pace became quite good anyway. I am especially satisfied with the last 1minute for which I reached the pace of 3:17 (!!!). and then completed with a cool down of ca.2+km. All in all: 34,34km in 2:48:47. Good workout I think! I did a similar workout early January, which ended in quite a disaster (effort set at 19 out 20 when today I set it at 15). Did ensure that the energy intake was as planned for the marathon. It worked quite well. Camelbak with me, felt great.

After the run, hot shower, light food and lay down feet up on the sofa during 30 minutes. Hopefully it helps!
Recap for this first outing with my Kinvara3: Great shoes. Glad I took them in size US8.5 (my ASICS are all US8). It does give some place for the toes while running! The colour is great and I will definitely have them prepared for future marathons! Left to see if tomorrow and if the feet and legs are still ok. Because I am planning an outing with my GBS (recovery run!). Otherwise food-side it was sushi after the run and evening dinner with pommes-sautées with thyme & rosmarin+ pork filet + a large salad/tomatoe/avocado. Body feels a bit tired in the left thigh, but I put this on the run and hopefully will disappear by tomorrow.

Time to chillout now. Boston is 17 days away. Have looked at a pace calculator which S was kind enough to update with the “min/km” pace (instead of “min/mile”). Will study this a little but not today. Happy evening!

 

Finally completed!

Finally completed!

New babies after the run - almost clean :)

New babies after the run – almost clean 🙂

Sunshine - serious benefit for a long run!

Sunshine – serious benefit for a long run!

Looking like a fly apparently... (tshirt & bonnet matching my new sunglasses) ;)

Looking like a fly apparently… (t-shirt & bonnet matching my new sunglasses) 😉

5 responses

  1. Isn’t it possible to put in the 26 different Boston speeds as a virtual racer?

    March 29, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  2. http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/10/garmin-forerunner-910xt-in-depth-review.html
    virtual racer:
    What’s cool here is that you can go onto Garmin Connect and download any workout you can find (yours or someone else’s). For example, you can find a workout for the Boston Marathon at a given pace, and then race against it.
    I don’t know in what format they are stored, but if it’s easy to change, put in your own figures for every mile.

    March 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    • Might try this for another race which I already know. For Boston, would follow probably the calculation you sent me

      March 30, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      • ok

        March 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      • you are the boss 🙂

        March 30, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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