Thursday, October 25, 2012

pick my poison

k-swiss blade max stable, k-ona
mizuno wave inspire 7, elixir 6

in preparation for my comeback race, i have decided to utilize my current shoe arsenal. it has been quite some time since i've been actively and consistently running. fortunately, i still have a few pair of shoes that will help me during my training runs. in my existing plans, i need to run 3x a week, tuesday easy runs, thursday tempo runs, and sunday long runs. given my current shoe line up, here are my usage breakdown.

easy runs: easy runs usually give me time to recover after the long runs.  for these type of training runs, i can choose any of the shoes above. easy runs should help me get back into the groove of things. at times, i even use my vibram five fingers here to help stimulate other muscle

tempo runs: shoes for these runs should ideally be light weight to give the leg muscle less stress during runs. but then again, i tend to use the concept of 'train heavy, race light' with regards to shoes. IDEALLY, i would be using either the k-swiss k-ona, or the mizuno wave elixir series. both shoes provide the lightweightness i need for speed works, but still having ample support. both shoes help me speed up with impromptu fartleks, or help me with faster feet turn over (malamang, pag kapuy na ang legs, may tendency to lift lower, eh if mabigat pa ung shoes na gamit, additional weight pa un, but then again, train heavy, race light nga diba?).

long runs: for long runs, i always rely on my mizuno wave inspire series. these shoes have been my go-to shoes at all times. i use it for my long runs, easy runs, and even during tempo runs. i've had 3 incarnations of the said shoe model, namely inspire 4, 6, and 7. out of the three inspires i have, i still consider the inspire 6 as my best shoe so far. it has provided the ample support i need, and still be lightweight. cushioning was not an overkill as compared to the 7th edition, but it still is a good pair for me. the 8th edition of the inspire looks and feels like the 6th edition as well, although the cushioning feels like its the same as the 7th pa rin. i've seen images of the 9th edition of the inspire, and so far, i am happy with how it looks. it seems like the heel has deducted a few mm from the 8th, and can pass as a big person's racing shoes :)

an alternate long run shoe i've discovered recently for long runs is the k-swiss blade max stable. surprisingly for a stability shoe, this one is indeed lightweight, but still offers the necessary support. so far, i've been happy with the blade max stable, the right combination of lightweight and stability support i need for long runs. add to that the funky red and highlighter yellow color combination it has make heads turn whenever i run. parang feeling ko tuloy may mali ba akong ginagawa, or may dumi ba un suot ko when people see me run (along commonwealth and katipunan ave).

why was there a need for alternative shoes for long run? other than long distance running usually would beat your shoes more often than the shorter distance training runs, it would also wear out our soles faster (if you don't have an alternate pair.

happy running!

ayot? apir!

Monday, October 22, 2012

mental game

I have read an article in the past that the marathoners (or in my case, endurance athletes such as runners, triathletes, and the like) are the best employees. this i re-realized again yesterday during my training long run.

like any other sport, training for running needs a lot of dedication. there is a target with each and every activity. things can't be labeled easily as something you can just "go with the flow." at some point,  it can get boring. like yesterday, i realized that doing 5 rounds at UP acad oval can be really boring (just like with work, hahahaha) things go on and on, and you'd feel like nothing new happens. NOT UNLESS you make things happen for yourself (like, change the route you're running at which i eventually did). instead of boring myself around the acad oval, i decided to run along University Avenue then run along Commonwealth Avenue, just to break the monotony of running round and round like a hamster.

hamster mode
another lesson i've re-learned from yesterday's run was there will always be distractions from you achieving your goal. in my case, they were the bikers, skateboarders and other people at the park with me. include there also the number of people looking at me while i was running, as if i had some dirt on my face, or something. in order for me to get focused again with the task at hand (to finish my 13K "long" run), i had to zone out for a while. what did i do to keep myself FOCUSED with the task at hand? well, initially i started focusing on how my feet lands. when i get tired, i usually hear loud thumps every now and then, include also the fact that i sometimes heel strike (worst case scenario). another thing i did was to just keep (swimming) running. eventually the mind would not give excuses on why i don't want to continue running anymore (well primarily it was because of katamaran actually). 

just keep swimming/biking/running
(whatever floats your boat)

when that didn't work anymore, i borrowed a strategy i learned from Sir PatCon. He once wrote (or was interviewed about his running), and he mentioned that he prays the rosary when he runs. initially i thought that it might feel weird to pray during running. i had this belief system that praying should always be done in a quiet place, where i won't be distracted etc. but when i was actually doing it already, it gave the same calming effect despite the intense noontime/afternoon heat. given that running for me is my alone-time, it did work. 

life is a mystery

i could have also not proceeded with my long run yesterday because i went home late the other night coming from my sister's wedding. i actually thought of that, but then again i made a compromise already of waking up late AND doing my long run before attending another reunion of sorts with my relatives from the states, so there. i pushed through with what i intended to do for the week, i succeeded with my week 1 action plans and milestones (of attaining 21K mileage for the week).

not bad for someone who has not been running for quite some time actually :) 

at the end of the day, i had to admit that running is a MENTAL game; it was more of doing things because of the WHYs behind it. i kept focused on doing what needs to be done despite all the possible excuses i could come up with. 

i did it. ;) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

is this the sign?

(image from Sir PatCon's Blog)

i technically started my running 'career' with Condura 2009 Run for the Whale Sharks. While contemplating on when and where i would stage my comeback, i browsed upon Sir PatCon's FB post.

for the first time in so long, i got excited to run again.

i believe it's time to get back into running seriously.

16 weeks to go until FEBRUARY 3, 2013.

image taken from Running Shield's blog.

Friday, October 5, 2012

now this is more FUN ;)

This revised video ad from the Department of Tourism shows why it's  more fun in the philippines.

it's better if you experience it first hand, and i'm sure you'd agree that it is really more fun :)

its more fun in the philippines