The adidas Supernova is a brand new shoe from adidas. It replaced the Adidas Glide. I never ran in the Glide, but I have run in the Energy Boost which I liked. Boost is the material that adidas chooses to construct their shoes out of. It’s a much more “bouncy” shoe, and it reminds me a lot of Newtons (which for anyone who read my blog in 2010-2012, I almost exclusively ran in).
Like with the energy boost and almost all of the adidas line, adidas fit narrow. The shoe is seamless so if you have wider feet (like myself), then it will stretch to fix your foot. However, it does run narrow. In most models of shoes, I wear a 10 wide. In the adidas Supernova, I wear a 10. The 10.5 was too long, and the shoe does not exist in wide. It fit pretty well, but if there were a wide, I would have gone that route.
A huge plus is that the shoe is seamless. You don’t have to worry about the shoe rubbing bunions, or if you have a high instep, it won’t rub there either.
The boost material in adidas shoes makes them much more bouncy and responsive. The heel is well cushioned where the forefront of the shoe has less boost and is more responsive. With every step, I felt propelled off the ground as the boost material responded.
The Supernova Glide is a great option for those who want a lightweight but want to stay in the adidas line. Especially for someone currently training in the Energy Boost and wanting a lighter shoe to race or do speed work in.
Another bonus about adidas is they use Continental tire rubber at the bottom of their shoes. There is more traction than several other brands. It was my shoe of choice when running outside in any conditions with possible ice.
Last weekend I had the itch to race. My husband and I discovered a 5k in Birmingham. Since I just moved to Montgomery, I had no idea about the race community, area, terrain or anything else. But a race is a race, right?
As long as there is a time, the course is fairly accurate, and there is just more than my husband and I running, I can’t complain.
We arrived in downtown Birmingham around 7 am and did a quick warm up. I was coming off a tough training week and knew it wouldn’t be a PR. My legs were stiff, but the plan was to give it what I had for the day. My coach and I wanted a solid effort for where I was in training.
My husband and I made it to the start line where several high school marching bands were playing. (It would sense with the race title “Drum Run”.) The bands all sounded great and it was such a unique start. I lined up and by the time I knew it we were off.
During the 200 meters, a lead pack quickly formed ahead which included two clearly fast elites, my husband, another female, and a few others. I found myself in the no mans chase pack of one. It was evident the two elites were going to jog there way to a 16 something 5k which is what ultimately happened. They looked effortless as they pulled away.
The first mile went over a few small rolling hills in the downtown and I crossed the first mile in 6:07. Since my legs were heavy, plus the course wasn’t entirely flat, I was happy.
I could see the lead female in front. I felt as though I was catching her. By the second mile, the lead pack was also strung out. There were the two elites who were now out of sight, my husband and then a larger pack of 3 people including the woman. I passed the larger pack around the halfway point. The second mile had less hill but more turns. I ran the tangents well. I crossed the second mile in 5:54 and felt better. My legs were stiff, but I felt like they were loosening up.I was pleasantly surprised with a sub 6-minute mile.
I ran the final mile alone. I could see my husband about a minute ahead and LOLed at the idea of catching him. There were a few small rolling hills throughout the downtown. Even when he isn’t training for 5ks (like now), he can still gut out a faster 5k. I counted down the last mile… by every quarter of a mile. I wasn’t fading, but I was ready to be done. I crossed the third mile in 5:58 and gutted down to the finish line.
The final portion of the race was downhill, and I just powered to the end. With the downhill, my final kick was 5:16. If only all races had a nice downhill finish. Even though I cut the tangents well, the course was a little long, and I finished in 18:40. I was fourth overall and the first woman.
I am pleased with how the race went. When you race often, you can’t expect a PR and each race has a goal. My goal for the MLK 5k was to get a quick workout on my legs and to explore a new city. Both of which I did.
Another week of training down and what an interesting weather week it was! Sunday started off with a run in 10 degrees, and by the end of the week, it was 70. The south is obviously a bit warmer, but it’s been unseasonably warm here all week. Most of my runs were done in 60 degrees, and by mid-afternoon, it was up to 70+. It was definitely a shock from last weeks 10 degrees.
Easy 7 miles (untimed)
Easy 7 miles (8:27)
15 minutes core
Midweek Long Run (11.2 @ 8:27)
AM: 8 miles (8:35)
PM: 4 miles (8:42)
Easy 8 miles (8:40)
MLK 5k (18:40)
After getting to Alabama on Sunday and acclimating, my legs were stiff. Being cooped up in a car for 3 days is never pleasant, and my legs were tight for most of the week.
Workout: 6X800s (average 3:05)
The goal was to run much faster than 3:05, however, the track is actually located near a runway. (I can’t make this stuff up!)
To give you an idea of the wind from the planes, when the planes were taking off my 800 was 3:20 (6:40 pace) and I was working hard! Luckily, they weren’t taking off for all of the workout, and I could get a few quality 800s in as well as well as some “wind resistance training”. It’s impossible to know the plane schedule and takeoff/landing times, so there is no point in trying to find the “best time” to workout. If the planes hinder me too much, I’ll go elsewhere, but that is the price of living on base.
Even though some of the 800s were significantly slower than anticipated, I’m not upset. My legs were stiff, and you have to factor in the wind (or whatever element you’re dealing with).
The rest of my runs were done in the morning with my husband. I’ve been running around 5:30 am in the dark. I haven’t adjusted well to central time, and I’m waking up at 4:30 am. It’s nice to have someone to run with though!
MLK 5k: (18:40)
On Saturday, my husband and I ran the Birmingham MLK Drum Run. Even though the course was a little long, it was well put together. The goal of the race was to get a good workout in after a tough week of training. I knew my body was tired and it wasn’t a PR race.
When I toed the line, my legs were stiff. My splits were 6:07, 5:54 and 5:57. I gave it everything I had for the day which ended up being 18:40, on a slightly long course and I am happy with the result. I wasn’t expecting a PR, but I do know when I’m tapered I’m capable of it.
In summary, I’m happy with the week of training. It was a quality week, and I don’t have any complaints.
I originally began writing this post when I thought I would be living through a New Jersey winter. Now I’m sitting here in Alabama, and it’s close to 70 degrees outside in January. As long time readers know I’ve been through many different temperatures during winter.
I went to college and worked in Upstate NY where there is often 2 feet of snow, but nothing closes. It ranged from -30 to 30.
I’ve lived in Virginia and New Jersey where a few inches generally shuts down everything.
And now I live in Alabama where today the high is 70 degrees (but last week it was 25). So my 2017 winter will be a combination of a couple of states from New Jersey to Alabama.
With anything, it’s important to run and train smartly. If you ever feel unsafe, run inside or rest. There is never shame in that. (In college, I slipped and fell on ice. It resulted in a fractured humorous, and I wasn’t even running outside…I was just walking!)
Another fun fact about winter training is that all of my PRs now are currently from winter races.
First and most importantly: Don’t be afraid to adjust your workout:
A few years ago, I was visiting friends in Rochester the weekend of my last long run. Rochester ended up getting a massive blizzard and running outside was unimaginable. (You know it’s a problem when things in Rochester close!).
I ran my last 20 mile run on the treadmill (see why I don’t hate the treadmill). It wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t desirable either. Running outside would have been unsafe and hazardous. If I hadn’t felt good on the treadmill, I probably would have skipped the run altogether. Luckily, I felt fine.
You will be amazed at what a difference Yac Trax make while running outdoors. You’ll be able to grip the ground and ice much easier and stay safe. I cannot stress how awesome they are (no they aren’t paying me to tell you).
Don’t Forget: Main Roads are Plowed First:
The main roads are going to be plowed before local roads and sidewalks. Who knows, your sidewalk may never be plowed. Being smart with how and where you run is important. Always run on the opposite side of traffic and don’t run down the middle of the road.
Some local are often cleared quickly too:
My high school was located in a neighborhood, and the roads to and from the school were cleared quickly. During winter storms I could often run a 1-2 mile loop around my high school. Boring? Yes, but if you like outdoors then that was your best bet.
Even when the temperatures are brutal outside, the wind factor can play a bigger role. Layering appropriately is important. It’s not just about “wearing as many layers as possible”. Runners World has a great “what to wear” calculator here.
I recently learned that Vaseline can be an excellent protection against the cold and wind. It’s waterproof and helps block the wind too. I don’t know how I didn’t know that!
You can prepare for the snow but don’t forget about the rain. In my opinion, winter rain is one of the toughest elements to run through. It’s important to appropriately layer. My personal favorite jacket is from Gore-Tex. I’ve run through 30-degree torrential downpours, and my long sleeve underneath has stayed completely dry. While it is pricey, it’s worth the cost if you are running outdoors in the winter.
With that, winter running can be an enjoyable experience. Training through the winter can set you up for Spring PRs.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, and I feel as if there is so much to catch up on.
In late December, I decided to get Insidetracker done again. While it is cheaper than getting several tests done through insurance, it’s not inexpensive by any means.
Since I’m a healthy adult and nothing is “life or death”, blood tests are not covered by Insurance. I chose to get InsideTracker again because I knew it would help. I did receive a discount from Insidetracker which was helpful. I got results done in July and ultimately found my iron was too high as well as a few other things. (Detailed post here).
So What Happened in the Last Few Months?
After receiving my results in July, I did start taking a probiotic as recommended. I gave the probiotic 3 months, but I didn’t notice a change in anything. At an extra $90 ($30 per bottle at the recommended 3X per day), I couldn’t justify the cost and not noticing a difference.
Since July, I’ve also worked to lower my iron, but it seems I worked too hard and it plummeted almost to the “too low” category. This is the first time in my life I’ve ever had too such low iron. The fact that it dropped that quickly is alarming.
But it would explain why I’ve been more tired.
How did I lower it?
Since July, I went off my multivitamin which had 100% iron in it. While I prefer dark chocolate, I ate a lot more milk chocolate with less iron.
I already consumed (and still do) red meat 2-3X per week as well as leafy greens. That’s probably why it didn’t lower anymore.
Now that my iron is too low, I think I’ll go back on my multivitamin with iron in it and dark chocolate.
Since getting my previous results, my liver enzymes have stayed “at risk.” They need work and to be honest, I’m not surprised. They took a backburner while I worked towards everything else, so I didn’t do much with them.
This time, I am going to add both wheat germ and an extra serving of almond, sunflower or peanut butter to my diet each day. I’m actually not a huge peanut butter fan. I don’t hate it, I just don’t have it often.
So what’s the Plan?
I’m spending the next 6 weeks focusing on making these small changes because it’s perfect timing. While I do have responsibilities and things to do, I’m not working full-time. I have access to cooking, preparing and eating foods that would work for me. If I cannot make these changes now, there probably won’t be an easier time.
For the next six weeks, I plan to watch and monitor my diet. I’m not going to make a lot of extreme changes, and I don’t plan to change the caloric intake, however, I do plan to eat more nutritionally dense food for me.
What I like about InsideTracker is they make recommendations for foods that can help optimize your personal results. While I could spend hours researching, how to increase iron levels or decrease liver enzymes, it’s right on my dashboard. For me, it means including a lot more wheat germ or nut products. I can’t make any promises, but I’m sure I’ll be sharing my experiences along the way in the food and diet world too. Although I like to read other people’s posts, nutritional posts haven’t been on the forefront of my blog for a while.
I would definitely recommend InsiderTracker as it’s a great tool to help you figure out what nutrition your body needs. You cannot get more of an awakening than learning your blood results.
Greetings from the Cotton State. As most people know, I have relocated to Montgomery, Alabama for the next few weeks. While it wasn’t what I anticipated doing in 2017, sometimes things happen. Even though I’ve been here less than 24 hours, I’ve had a positive experience.
So how was training last week?
With working, packing and moving, training took a back seat. I still ran but life was more important. To be honest, I’ve been in a funk with running. My guess it’s a combination of having several runs in pouring rain and 30 degrees or bitter wind. Running in that weather hasn’t been the most pleasant but I’m hoping a change of scenery will also help.
Easy 60 min run
Easy 65 min run
Easy 70 min run
Easy 65 min run
12 Mile Long Run
Easy 65 mins
Workout: 10X400s with 90 seconds rest
As most people know, I generally do my workouts on roads. Back in New Jersey, I didn’t have access to a track, plus I race on roads. My pace for the 400s averaged about 6 min/mile pace. I would have liked to be faster but my legs didn’t have it. I finished the workout feeling meh. I wasn’t confident but I wasn’t overly upset either.
The rest of the runs were easy with nothing major of note. I always enjoy running in Central PA and did my long run out there.
The plan for this upcoming week is to continue trucking along. (Isn’t always the plan?) I’ll be getting used to a brand new (life) schedule and brand new running routes. Neither of which I mind but it will effect training.
Last summer I wrote a post about “summer runners” and many people identified with one or more of the runners. Thinking out loud, now that the season has somewhat changed, it’s time for another edition with:
Runners You Might Encounter this Winter:
Weather Checking William
This person is never without their technology and they are tracking the weather 100% of the time. Even during a run, they’ll know the exact precipitation. You can always depend on them to know when the best time of day, sunrise, sunset, wind direction, humidity level and every other weather condition you might need.
Shirtless Sam (Winter Edition):
You’ll see this runner always wearing the least amount of clothing as possible. It could be -10 degrees and a blizzard, they are still trecking along in short shorts, a tank top or possibly shirtless. What’s even more interesting is usually this person has minimal body fat…how they continue to keep warm is a mystery to us all.
The Running Sauna
I will admit this is me all the time. I would rather be overdressed all of the time than be cold. The running sauna is typically wearing 5 more layers than necessary. Even though it’s a “warm” 20 degrees, they might be wearing 5-10 layers. In fact, their running stride more resembles a waddle due to the layers.
You ask this person to run during every single season and every single season they complain. It’s too hot.. It’s too cold. Oh no, rain. Oh no, I can’t run…it’s absolutely perfect conditions…
If there is a will to complain they will find it.
Treadmilling Timothy (Winter Edition)
Living a life opposite of the summer treadmill runner, the winter treadmill runner doesn’t do cold. During the winter, they disappear and retire to the treadmill. They are most comfortable there and you know you won’t do any group runs with them until April. If you are looking for a new TV show to watch, they can probably give you a good recommendation.
Questions for you: What type of winter runner are you?