Week 2 of my half marathon training with Garmin Coach is here and it is going so much better as last week when I was still dealing with a small jetlag. This week brings stride repeats, a new 10K record and… new shoes.
If you’re looking for more information on the Garmin Coach plans, check out this post concerning the new adaptive 5K, 10K and half marathon plan that Garmin introduced back in April.
I finally kicked myself towards the running store and got myself some new shoes. My last pair of shoes were the Saucony Omni 16 which I bought somewhere last year. They have taken me just over 700 km, but have been bothering me already for at least 50 km. I feel pain when I run in my feet, my inner ankles and my knees. So, it was definitely time!
For the past years I have been running with an ankle brace. I have broken, sprained, twisted and bruised my left ankle more times than I can count and the number of times the hospital put my ankle in a casket because they simply can’t tell if it’s broken or not is also a bit too high. My physical therapist recommended an ankle brace and I’ve been running with this for years. A few months ago I decided that I would start trying to run without my ankle brace. This action was inspired by my confused look when I took of my shoes and socks after a run and noticed my brace wasn’t there. Thinking back to the run I couldn’t name any difference to my regular runs. Maybe needing the brace is just in my head? Anyway, after a short consult with my physical therapist I gave it a try and never looked back.
So, with the above in mind, my increased training and the fact that it has been years since I’ve had one, I wanted a new gait analysis done. Running barefoot on a treadmill feels a bit unnatural, but it’s interesting to be able to see exactly how I run and how I put my feet down, etc. With the small exception of my overpronating ankle everything was good. That did mean I would likely still need stability shoes. I tried on a few Saucony’s, but I was a little disappointed with how fast they wore out so I may not have been completely objective. As soon as the sales guy provided these Brooks Transcend 6 shoes I was done. They felt super comfortable and running on the street outside the store also felt good. Hopefully these shoes will last me a little longer and carry me towards my half marathon.
Training 3 – Easy run
Training 4 – Stride repeats
Training 5 – Easy run
Training 6 – Long easy run
When I set up the program I couldn’t select the correct race day yet (Coach Greg doesn’t do 20 week programs), but I am now able to change the race date to the correct date: October 13. This did mean the workouts for the coming week have been messed up a little, Garmin Coach may allow you to change your goals, but it certainly doesn’t handle it very well. Two long runs in a row, followed by two speed workouts in a row. Yeah, let’s not do that. I was able rearrange most of it and hopefully the rest will sort itself out since it is an adaptive program (Edit: it did).