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Track with spikes 

 5 miles – Today I wore John’s track spike shoes to the workout. We watched the IAAF London World Championships, taking place in the rain. I wondered what that would be like, John reminded me he had his spikes in the closet – so why not try that route. This was my first time running with them, having never competed in high school or college running.

They (Addidas) are light and long, a size 10. The most noticeable feature is their negative drop – the front of the foot is higher off the ground than the heel. I run with Altra shoes, zero drop, but this was even more pronounced.

It rained as I drove to the Benjamin Track, and then continued that way for the warm up mile. I could grip on the surface well even when it was wet, the negative drop thing wasn’t evident. I found the weight of the shoes amazing – so light as if I only wore a sock with the spikes attached. When we began the regular intervals, the rain stopped for good.

1 mile warm up jog

100m w/100m recovery
300m w/100m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
600m w/200m recovery
400m w/200m recovery
300m w/100m recovery
800m w/200m recovery
300m w/100m recovery
400m w/100m recovery

1 mile cool down jog

Speaking with Paul after the run, he said my calves and legs would feel the difference from the spikes. I didn’t think anything would happen, as I didn’t feel any difference. He was right! Thursday night in bed and Friday morning my Achilles area was very sore on both sides. I couldn’t stretch it out or find relief. Saturday’s long run would be interesting, as I wondered if it would heal up by then.



16mi. A peak at the radar online would have most bail out on any planned run today… it was green rain and yellow storms across the whole state. I woke up not to the sound of the radio alarm, but to static, I must have blown out the FM station I usually get when I wake, so by some luck I woke a 4:32am and saw it was time to go. No early morning exercises this time!

I met Chiara and Steve Bernstein to do the PGA and back route. It was drizzling, so I chose not to keep my shirt on, I figured wet is wet, I had visions of getting plowed by a big red blip on the weather.com screen. We ran with no water there and back. I used the visor light and a rear blinking light. A very weak one that needs either batteries or replacement. The only memorable thing about the first six miles was seeing a few cyclists zip by in the early pre-dawn mist, and Chiara rolling her ankle on a rock causing her to fall. She scraped the same knee as per the Carlin Park tumble she took into the woods – but no bad injuries this time either. Once back at the store, only a few people were collecting to make the jog to the inlet and back. I ran with Linda, Steve, Chiara and a few other guys that surged up to us then dropped back. A quick bathroom stop at the pier had us turn for home into more of a breeze than we had coming up. I don’t mind that, Steve and I spoke about cycling all while noticing that the breezes were now sustained winds. I joked about my visor getting thrown off, that’s almost what happened at the water stop half way to the store. We kept a good pace coming home, I was tired and the long grey lululemon shorts I chose were rubbing bare on my legs and crotch. Next time they get compression shorts as an underlayer.

Breakfast at Hurricane Cafe with Chiara, then home to tile and rest.

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