Our team race shirt!
It's race week! I know, I keep mentioning this, but we've been looking forward to the Houston Half Marathon since June, when our JFR Crew of 9 (now down to 8) got in via the lottery. I will admit, it was a little challenging to continue with our long runs after the BCS Half Marathon in December, especially when the weather turned cold and rainy. But I stuck with it, and on Saturday ran my last long run before Houston - 7 miles! It was very cold (36 degrees, felt like mid-20s), but the company was great (I ran with Cary and Julia again) and the run was great, too...which was a relief after that not-so-great 11 miler the week before.
After the run, we went to Jessie's Tacqueria once again, where we had such a great time eating, laughing, and talking (and even threw in a little bit of knitting, thanks to Cary helping me out with a problem) - sometimes it's really hard to drag yourself out of bed super early on a cold and wet Saturday morning, but getting to spend time with running friends makes it so worthwhile!
Last month, while our oldest was home, he got inspired to start running again (and YES, Jeff and I take full credit for that considering we made him come and watch us cross the finish line of the BCS Half Marathon). He asked about running shoes - specifically, how long they lasted before they needed to be replaced. I gave my standard spiel about tracking the mileage, getting anywhere from 300 - 400 miles on them, or replacing them sooner if something started hurting that hadn't been hurting before. And then the light bulb went off in my head...about three weeks before the BCS race, my knees started bothering me. My knees have never bothered me, but I figured it must be the high miles I was running.
Well, I added up the miles on my shoes, saw that they were around 350, and bingo. Light bulb. I bought a new pair of the same shoes I'd been wearing - the Hoka One One Cliftons (only in a much more fun color) and guess what? My knees have been fine ever since I made the switch.
In some instances, new shoes CAN solve all your problems...
And in shoe news, Garmin Connect added a new gadget where you can track your shoes with each run, which is pretty darn cool. You can have several pairs of shoes on this gadget - I have my old Cliftons on there as well, because I can still wear them during my shorter runs. You just have to assign the shoe to the run - it's an easy way to monitor shoe wear:
I gave these shoes 300 miles, since I figured that's about when my knees started hurting with my old shoes. And yes, this pair is called "the pretty shoes" - because they are!
Only one more run this week - tomorrow - before the big race weekend! Eeeek, I'm getting excited!!!