How I planned the cutback: my strength training plan called for zero activity so that part was easy;-) On the running side I looked to a past running plan's recommendation of five 30-40 minute runs which I translated to five 3 mile-ish runs.
Why I did the cutback: my experience with cutback weeks is that although I don't feel like I "need" them that they give me an extra bit of "pop" when I go back to my normal training load. Also, for the past two years in a row I've gotten burned out on running toward the end of the year so my long term goal is to prevent history from repeating.
January was a sweet running month with 120+ miles (more than half of them outside!!!). Weather wise the treadmill was once again the only option this week. We have a lot of ice and it's fair to say that if the first digit of the temperature is a 1 that I'm not running outside anyway. The forecast is more of the same so I'm resigned to being on the treadmill for the foreseeable future. My fitness goals for February are finishing season 5 of Outlander and the latest season of Call the Midwife.
P.S. if you're in the market, here is a list of my all time favorite treadmill TV shows. I'd add Line of Duty and the first few seasons of Suits (both on Amazon Prime) to the list.
Monday: 3.3 miles easy
Tuesday: 3.3 miles easy
Thursday: 3.3 miles easy
Friday: 3.5 miles slow, one of those rare workouts where I got distracted by the TV show that I was watching and went over my planned mileage.
Saturday: is it even Saturday without a long run? 3.3 miles with a bunch of 60 and 90 second speed bursts and I felt like I had a lot of time on my hands that day.
New Kicks Who Dis?
In other running news, I got new shoes this week. My go-to shoe is Brooks Launch and I've heard that the Levitate does everything that the Launch does and then some. Add to that that I have been hearing raves about the latest models of both shoes so I've been extra excited to try them. Both my treadmill and outdoor shoes are getting up there in miles, so even though I technically don't "need" new shoes yet I will by next month so I figured it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and throw a new pair into the rotation.
Thing 1: they are gorgeous. Hubba hubba.
Thing 2: as far as I can tell from the 3 mile treadmill run that I did
with them, they are awesome. They are just a little more lightweight
than the Launch and they felt really good.
Thing 3: there is no thing 3. My fling with the Levitate can be summarized as "it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all". We had a wonderful first date on Thursday. We met up for our second date on Saturday and during my prerun warmup I sadly realized that we were incompatible so I called things off then and there. I will let you make the call on whether it's them or me...
I have wide width feet and shoe shopping is a horror. For regular shoes if the box doesn't say W, I don't even bother to try them on. For running shoes life is a ton easier, because there is an entire gender with wide feet. That's right sisters: I wear men's running shoes.
The shoe fit the bottom of my foot and toes perfectly - not too small and not too big. But within about a mile and half into the run, I noticed the shoe felt tight on the top of my right foot. That's expected since my right foot is slightly bigger than my left and a frequent problem with shoes out of the box is that I don't loosen the laces enough, so the first few runs are always a trial-and-error loosening and tightening to get things just right. I took a quick break to loosen the laces without studying the shoe in detail. When I did my pre-run warmup on Saturday, I noticed that the right shoe was still rubbing into my foot and not in a nice way. So I took a moment to loosen the laces a little more and took a detailed look...
Oh Houston, here's our problem. The Levitate only has a partial tongue, so loosening the laces isn't going to help. Where the tongue ends is exactly where the shoe rubs into my foot.
Hard stop and fail.
No harm no foul, the Levitate are on their way back to Brooks. I wish that things were different but the height of my foot and the height of the shoe are two things that cannot be changed so they have been accepted. As far as I can tell Launch does not have the "all in one" tongue so a brand spanking new pair is headed my way for my next new shoe adventure.