I keep looking at the new Free Run shoes and I would love to try a pair for training. I feel like getting a pair of flexible running shoes would really strengthen my feet and legs on shorter runs. I have heard good things about them from a friend, but haven’t tried them myself yet. They come in amazing colors too and I just can’t decide what is the best one.
In other news, my journey to San Francisco continues tomorrow when I receive my official Nike Women’s Marathon Training plan from Nike Master Trainer Marie Purvis. After receiving my new gear Friday and testing it out this weekend I am excited to officially start my marathon training. Today I went on a virtual run with my #SistersInNike. We planned on a seven mile run and all ended up doing it on the treadmill because of various weather reasons, flooding, heat, etc. I had a great run and felt stronger as the run progressed.
I was frustrated when I got to the gym and realized I had forgotten to switch my Nike Plus shoe pod to my new shoes and had to run holding my phone in my hand for seven miles using the Nike Plus GPS app. There was also a big difference between what the treadmill said I had run and what my phone said. According to the treadmill I ran eight miles, but according to my phone it was only seven. Lesson learned. I will never forget my shoe pod sensor again!
After the run I did a deep stretching routine with the Shawn Johnson Stretch routine on the Nike Training Club app. I also foam rolled my legs and back. My muscles were definitely feeling the longer run so the stretch routine helped to alleviate some of the soreness and tightness in my muscles. The foam roller is a lifesaver, often called “the poor man’s massage,” it felt amazing and my IT Band and hip flexors are much looser after 20 minutes of foam rolling. If you haven’t tried this yet you must test it out soon, you won’t regret it!
I don’t think that dreams are ever achieved by a quick and easy road to the top. I personally have been working towards achieving my fitness and career dreams for a long time. I have had my successes and my setbacks. Most recently, my success in being able to train with Nike Women for the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco in October. I have been spending hours, days, even weeks, nearly 10,000 minutes training with the Nike Training Club app and it is paying off in a big way.
On deck this week
I definitely need tips on how much running to do each week and how quickly to increase my mileage. I have only run one other marathon and my training was not what I had hoped it would be. I am hoping to get some serious advice that will kick my training into #beastmode! I’ll be sure to keep you posted on my training progress.