So far, I like 2013. I’ve spent some time getting myself organized – updating the resume, planning a study schedule for the RD exam, doing some freelance work, updating my dietetic internship portfolio – and always feel better when “my ducks are in a row” (<– hate that saying). Today I started my last rotation of the dietetic internship, and will be spending the next three weeks at an HIV/AIDS clinic. I wasn’t able to spend a whole lot of time with that population in the hospital, so it should be really interesting and hopefully a great learning experience to end the internship with (!!).
But let’s talk about running for a few. Since I’m no longer sick, Coach John assigned a somewhat simple workout to ease me back into things:
- 6 x 1:30 minute pick-ups with equal rest in between
Thinking it would be a fabulous way to ring in the New Year, I did the workout on January 1 probably while most people were still sleeping. And it was awesome. We (my running store co-workers and I) were given some new shoes on Monday – Mizuno Wave Rider 16s – and I couldn’t wait to take them out for a spin.
Coach John in yellow, me in pink, Simon in blue
I’ve never worn Mizuno’s before, but they felt great. The shoe has a very unique fit – wide in the toebox with a narrow heel, a little extra heel cushioning – and I’m really digging it. Not sure if they will replace my beloved Brooks Ghosts as the go-to training shoe, but I think they may give them a run for their money (also, yayyy for free shoes!).
For the workout, I warmed up about 2 miles before starting the repeats down West Drive, nailed them, and cooled down for a few more miles around the bridle path before doing some strides.
I’m not/don’t feel super speedy yet (ha, am I ever?), but think I’m heading in the right direction and ended the workout feeling good and ready for something harder next week. I found out maybe 10 days ago that I got into the NYC Half on March 17, so that’ll be my next goal race in addition to the still TBD spring marathon in May (seriously, need to figure this out soon).
As I headed back from the park and neared my apartment, I realized how close I was to running for 1:13:13, so of course ran around the block to hit it exactly. Because running for 1:13:13 on the first day of 2013 has to be good luck, right?
or maybe I’m just crazy
I like how Oiselle is terming this year “Lucky 13” (and just announced their new partnership/sponsorship of one of my favorite athletes, Lauren Fleshman), and think I may even adopt that as my own mantra for the year. It’s going to be a good one, I know it.
Question: What’s your go-to training shoe? Do you alternate different ones? I currently have the Brooks Ghost, Saucony Ride, Asics Nimbus, Brooks Glycerin and Brooks Pure Flows in the rotation, which I know is an abnormally obnoxious amount but most of them were free or drastically discounted (major plus to working at a running store!)