Tuesday, August 11, 2009

not so enjoyable run and SOCKS!

Today I had one crazy and not very enjoyable run. See I'm in Hamilton, NJ... staying right off the expressway, in a very busy area, with no sidewalks to run. I had 10 miles with 5 miles at LT (lactate threshold). No way I wanted to sweat it out on the treadmill. I mentally was not tough enough for that today. So I did some quick research and found Clayton Park about 7 miles away. I don't know what I was expecting but they were true trails. No way in hell I would be able to do my tempo run in that! I did just over a 3 mile loop that truly kicked my booty and jumped back in the car to hit up the dreaded mill. I should mention it is 7 pm by this point and I am STARVING! I made it back to the hotel and jumped on the treadmill to at least pound out my 5 tempo miles. All I can say - ugh! What a struggle. I think I may have done just over 4 tempo and a slightly slower tempo than I was hoping for (8:40's vs 8:20's) and ran about 9 1/2 miles total. Now I'm sore and wishing I had my recovery socks.

Speaking of socks... If you've clicked out of google reader to my actual blog page you may have noticed the new WRIGHTSOCK widget on the rightside of the page. Runners Lounge along with Wrightsock are having a little August challenge. This came at an excellent time for me as I recently started a hunt for some new favaorite running socks as Nike discontinued the pair I loved. WRIGHTSOCK sent 6 different pairs of socks to test out and report back my very scientific observations :) I'll have more information and reviews later this week (and month!). A lot of the info I need is at home and on my good computer (not this crappy work computer 3 years past its prime). I can tell you since opening the goods on Sunday I have tested 2 different pairs of the single layer socks on my first 2 runs this week. I'm looking forward to taking them all out on a spin. I hope you are all ready for review month mixed in with the training updates ;)

14 comments:

Mark said...

It's gotta be a real challenge to find running routes in strange cities. Your dedication is admirable!

J said...

Well at least you were able to get some running in! Your efforts are to be commended!

D10 said...

Nice job jumping on the treadmill for the tempo run. At least you were able to get some miles outside.

Very cool about testing out the socks.

KAT said...

So jealous- those socks sound amazing, from what I've heard! Good job on your run! :)

Tara said...

Good job on that run! We do what we've gotta do huh? I'm intrigued by those socks now.

Marlene said...

Good job pounding out that run even if it didn't go exactly as planned.

Enjoy the socks! I love Wrightsock!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

hard to find routes in unfamiliar cities sometimes... great job still getting the run done! :D I love my Wrightsocks too

X-Country2 said...

Anything more than 5 minutes on a treadmill is impressive by my standards!

MCM Mama said...

Good job getting the running in!

Cool that you get to test the socks. I have a couple of different pairs of their socks and like them quite a bit.

kristen said...

6 pairs! YOu are so lucky. They are the only socks I run in and they are expensive. How did you get them to send em to you?

Great job still putting away those LT miles. Under those circumstances, i would have blown it off and just run on the trail. Way to be!

bill carter said...

You are amazing! To travel as much as you do and still find a way to get in the miles... way to go Jamie.

I look forward to reading your review as I am always looking for good socks.

Take care!

kilax said...

Oh my gosh! Trail running is so so tough. It is awesome that you got 3 in! You're hardcore :)

cami said...

i love running on trails and i'd choose that any day over running on a treadmill -well, unless it's pouring rain outside ;)

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