Let’s Talk About Shoes

4 Nov

Hey there!

What is it now? Like three days until I leave?

Man, I better my eyebrows waxed.

Forget my legs. It’s No Shave November, if you didn’t know that already.

I wish I wasn’t.


Thursday I made myself do a recovery run after my 12.55 miles on the trail at an 8:30 pace. Do you know how fast that is for a trail run? Some people can’t even do that pace on pavement.

So, Thursday I ran 8.36 miles on the treadmill at @ 7:30 pace or so. I would speed up every now and then when I felt good.

Friday, I did a track workout, which was awesome. 

I warmed up with some 800’s, drills, then did one mile in 6:02. So close to breaking that six-minute mile! Damn it.

After that, Amy and I went to this wood chip trail that is about the size of a track (but with some inclines) and I did four 400 meter repeats in 1:30-1:27. I’m not even done. After that, I did four hill repeats that lasted from 28 seconds to 26. I got faster each time I did them.

All and all, that was 4.76 miles worth of speed work @ 6.59 pace (including warm up and cool down).

Boo yeah. 

I did 3 miles by myself on the treadmill making it 7.76 miles for the day.

I probably got a total of 41.33 miles in for the week if I don’t plan on running tomorrow or Sunday. I don’t know. That’s pretty good though. Who knows how many miles a week I’ll be running at boot camp! Probably like a billion; at least I hope.


I totally wanted to a do little post on running shoes. I like to think I’m an expert because I have so many and have gone through so many pairs in the past two years.

My current rotation of running shoes include:

 Adidas adiZero Tempo 4

I love these shoes. I know they don’t look like much, but simple is better.

I use to buy only Nike shoes based on the price (expensive = better I thought), color, appearance, and how new they were on the market. Turns out, you shouldn’t do that. Obviously.

I ruined my feet because I would buy shoes that weren’t based on the my feet specifically. I went to Portland Running Co. and the guy got my fit fitted to shoes that I liked and felt good on my feet.

I’m also not a fan of heavy running shoes. These Adidas shoes are 8.6 ounces and are considered performance stability. You don’t know even know they are on your feet after a long run.

They go for usually $99.

Adidas adiZero Mana 6

I bought these because I like to think I’m rich and can buy every shoe I like. They were only $68, but I put myself, like, three dollars in my bank account.

Mana 6 are considered a racing flat to a certain degree. They are 7.5 oz. I use them for my track workouts and not really during long runs. I did once and they killed my feet. I did again, and it was alright.

They are rather sweet shoes though. They’re cool looking if that’s your thing. On top of that, they are another stability shoe great for a daily trainer.

Newton “Distancia U=Distance U” 

Oh my gosh, these shoes are incredible! They may be $155, but they are so worth every penny.

These shoes are 7.2 ounces and wear like a glove.

According to Newton’s website, “The Distance U is engineered for the Natural Running gait with a level-to-the-ground profile and ourAction/Reaction Technology™. This lightweight, high mileage trainer is perfect for everyday training, or racing any distance, from a 5K to an ultramarathon. Universal posting will accommodate a neutral or pronating foot.”

I really only wore these twice, but I love them. They are not your average running shoe. They will take time to get use to if you don’t wear light weight or Vibrams already.

Fantastic shoes I have to say.

And they go with my outfit…

I actually just wanted to show off my new pants.

Finding a great pair of running shoes is difficult. I say once you find a pair you like, buy several. You need to rotate your shoes anyway.

Have a good Friday, everyone!


10 Responses to “Let’s Talk About Shoes”

  1. Alexandra November 4, 2011 at 4:02 PM #

    I’m participating in no shave November too 😉 Great info about the shoes, I reallllyy need to replace my old nikes, they’re starting to get holes haha
    Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Christie November 4, 2011 at 5:05 PM #

    You are so freaking fast. makes me jealous, not going to lie about that 🙂 Have a good weekend girl.

  3. Tara November 4, 2011 at 5:51 PM #

    Holy shoot only three days. That’s crazy. You are so prepared though – you are seriously so fit. Breaking 6 minutes for a mile should be no problem for you – it’s probably a mental barrier or something, y’know? If I can do it, you definitely can.
    Also, I need those pants. Love. Them.

    • lifttorun November 4, 2011 at 6:30 PM #

      I’ve done it before, but not in awhile.

  4. lovetwentysomething November 4, 2011 at 6:09 PM #

    Are you wearing those new foot-shoe things? I saw those in a National Geographic ad…

    • lifttorun November 4, 2011 at 6:29 PM #

      I do.

      • lovetwentysomething November 4, 2011 at 6:32 PM #

        Okay, now I must know what their purpose is! The ad was very vague, just enough to make me poke my husband and say “look at these crazy shoes!”

  5. Meg (A Dash of Meg) November 4, 2011 at 7:32 PM #

    great post and I LOVE your pants 😀

  6. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) November 4, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    I love your pants too and the fact that you love newtons. They are really good and I love how close they fit.

  7. KatsHealthCorner November 4, 2011 at 9:12 PM #

    Those pants are awesome!!! I love how not only they look great while you run but motivate you along the way! 🙂

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