Sunday, August 14, 2011

"Long" is a relative term

Last week I wasn't able to squeeze in a long run, so I skipped the 11 miler and went straight to the 12 miler scheduled for this week.  For about the past year, I've been running in the Brooks Adrenaline (pictured below)

These bad boys are awesome.  Brooks has "DNA" in most of their shoes, which acts as a cushioning (located in the back of the heel).  The blue ones pictured above are exactly what I've been using, but they are also available in red and now purple! 

This past week, I went for a run in the rain with my honey and my kicks were pretty smelly and broken down from all the puddle jumping.  Not to mention, I have been in need of a new pair of shoes for a few weeks now, and I was planning to get the new purple Adrenaline but THEN I saw these Brooks Ravennas pictured below:

Not sure that the picture really does it justice, but the lime green laces really sold me.  Also, the actual shoe is grey instead of white so hopefully it won't appear to be so dirty.  And, when you hold them up to the Adrenaline's - they look VERY similar to each other.

Was a little nervous about doing a 12 mile run in brand new shoes, but my old ones were definietly not going to take me 12.  As I was getting ready, I was thinking that I was about to embark on a run for hours.  Straight.  Man, that felt like a really dumb idea.  But, I met up with Rhonda, Melanie, and Jolene in Longleaf at the normaly 5:30 hour to set out.  We actually had great time talking, hitting up the buffet at Diane and Craig's, and meeting up with the Striderrs at Starkey. 

We reached the 7 mile mark just as the sun was coming up.  It was a really nice feeling to be more than half way done with the run by the time the sun came up.  Rhonda and I headed back in to Longleaf and were still feeling pretty good as we hit the double-digiit mark.  (As seen in our splits below!)

SplitHour:Minute:Second TimeMiles DistanceMinutes per Mile Avg Pace

Overall, I was very happy with the end result of this run.  The simple fact that I was able to run the whole way was enough to complete my runner's high.

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