Monday, February 15, 2010

New York Half Countdown: 7 weeks to go

So last week I said my top priority was to get new shoes since the ones I was running in were "expired," having had more than 250 miles put on them. I wanted the exact same shoes, because I LOVED mine. They were my second pair of the same and why change when you know what works? Problem is, I couldn't find a store that carried them. I spent two days going to store after store with no luck.

I finally got online and found them but no one had my size! It was really frustrating but after surfing through several different sites I finally found my beloved Nike Zoom Elite 4 Trainers in a size 6.5! Whew!

So the good news is I bought new shoes. The bad news is, they aren't here yet. Without good shoes I knew I was at risk for making my shin splints worse but I wasn't thinking like a smart runner and decided to train as usual in my old kicks. The first few days were okay but after my long run on Saturday the pain is back. Dang it.

The good news is my shin splints aren't as bad as I've had them before. I mean, I could still run on them if I had to, but I'm forcing myself to stop running so they can get better. Rest, Ice, and massage is my plan for now. I'll cross train to strengthen my legs and hopefully by the time Saturday rolls around I'll have my new shoes and my legs will be ready to go.

On a happier note, I found a running buddy to train with! Her name is Becca, just like me, and she ran her first half marathon last fall. She signed up for the New York half and we did our first run together on Saturday. It was a 6 miler and she took us out on a course with some pretty decent hills! I had a great time though, having someone to chat with makes it go by so fast! She is awesome and I'm super excited to train together.

So here's how the week went:

Weekly Goals:

Mon: 4 miles
Tues: 2 miles or cross train
Wed: 4 miles
Fri: 40 min cross
Sat: 6 miles


: 4.5 miles
Tues: 25 min strength DVD (squats, lunges, abs, and arms)
Wed: 4 miles
Friday: 45 min strength DVD (squats, lunges, abs & arms)
Sat: 6 miles


  1. I thought I should say hi since I just became a follower of your blog. I think we have mutual friends, I just can't remember which blog led me to yours. I love your blog. Your training schedule is similar the one I've been doing, except the cross and strength training. After reading your blog, I want to incorporate that more into my schedule. I'm running my second in about five weeks. My first didn't go so well. I tried running with an injured knee and didn't finish. Had to take time off from running. I think you mentioned a book at one time in some older posts. What book are you referring to? Thanks!

  2. Hey Leo! Glad you like the blog. The book I used to train for my first marathon was by Grete Waitz. It's called Run Your First Marathon: Everything you need to know to make it through the finish line. I really liked it and thought it had a lot of good info from how to stretch to what to eat. Good luck with your training!

  3. Great update. I'm glad you found good shoes...that is muy importante. I don't know that I've ever had shin splints nor if I would know how to recognize them if I did have them. I hope you have a quick recovery so you can get back to the training schedule.

  4. Did you buy all the shoes in your size they had in stock? It sounds like you might have to find a new shoe! Try the newer version of the same shoe, it might work out just as well.

    I need to cross-train more too!