Happy Sunday everyone! Another week down and 20 days to go before the Quantico 12K. Feeling okay this week. The ankles are still a bit sore, but I was able to soldier on as they say. I kept my running to treadmill and a flat track surface. I enjoy running on the track. It is a good break from running on the road at times.
In the past I’ve had about two pairs of running shoes. The older pair normally would end up on garden duty! I have three at the moment that I rotate on a regular basis. I know, most runners are saying ~ is that all! For the most part I have had a moderate support shoe, usually favoring Brooks©, Asics© or Saucony©. I’ve come to the conclusion that the rotating between the shoes I have now, Nike©, Asics© and Hoka© were not the same in rise category and therefore, hurting my ankles. Different rises cause you to use different muscles. There is a difference in foot strike between the Hoka shoe I have which causes me to strike mid-foot and the other two which is more of a heel strike, causing me to run differently and causing the pain. So, it’s bye bye Hoka for now. There are different Hokas of course, but I think I’m going to stick with what has worked for me in the past ~ the Asics and the Brooks. Maybe throw in a pair of Saucony from time to time. All seemed to be comparable to my running style ~ and hopefully will mean less pain. I talked it over with someone at the local running store and the theory seems to hold some value.
This weeks running plan continued on a road of recovery and training for my race. I ran on Tuesday, did speed work on Thursday and Saturday was my longer run. I kept to my plan and stayed at three miles for the long run with a respectable 10:37 pace. I got a little bit of a late start and paid the price for that in humidity and heat. I was good for the first two miles but that heat started to set in at mile three. With no breeze it was a little trying. It wasn’t too boring because I got to see the high school track team stretching and then they played frisbee in the center field. It was fun to watch.
I run on the farthest lane or the number “6”. For some reason every time I would pass the number 6 on the track I would think of the saying “I’ve got your 6”. The quote is a military saying that originated out of WWI.
“In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock position. If you picture yourself at the center of a clock face, the area directly in front of you is twelve o’clock”. ~ https://www.gotyour6.org/about/faqs/
The track definitely had my “6” as it was a bit friendlier on the old ankles!! The final count for July miles came to 22.68. This week I finished with 9.95 miles. I’m looking to keep kicking up that long run distance. I have gratefully completed 5550.20 miles in my journey with 5764.80 remaining. I have 107.30 miles until the halfway mark. I hope this post finds you well ~ and I hope someone has your “6”! Happy Miles to You!!