Probably the best race I participate in. Part road, part trail. Running in the shade of the trees of Bay Pines in Pinellas County. Terrific! 74th out of 216, and a minute off last year’s pace.
Got off to an unobstructed start, paced along with a few people, then passed a group of people on the trail section. But there wasn’t any real dueling with other runners until the final 300 meters. I had looked at my Nike GPS Sportwatch, and saw that I only had 300 meters left, and had resigned myself to maintaining my pace till the finish. Then suddenly heard somebody breathing heavy just behind me. Which had an almost Pavlovian reaction in me, and I picked up my pace. It was going to crush my psyche if anybody passed me within sight of the finish line. I never bothered to look back, and learned later that the next person to finish was 17 seconds behind me. Guess they had used up all their energy just to catch up to me, and had nothing left for the final sprint. Fun, ego boost finish.
Sometimes being a creature of habit is a good thing, sometimes it gets in the way. I like to use the Nike+ shoe sensor system, and it’s been great owning a pair of shoes that already had the sensor slot built in. I obviously wanted the Nike Free Run 3’s to work out, but the shoe was anything but “Free.”
From the long break-in period, the big callous that developed on the back of my heel, to having my feet fall asleep in them no matter how loosely I laced them. I just couldn’t adapt to them.
The other day I went to the local running store Fit2Run, and the young salesman suggested I try out Brooks PureDrift running shoe.
The Brooks PureDrift required no break-in period. My first run was a 10k distance, with my calfs feeling a burn. The PureDrifts have very little heel built into them, so each stride was a little extra calf stretch. No problem.