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Another Sunday in the books. And now I have another favorite church dress from Roolee—> Here!
Skye wore a clip in bow for her first time ever so that was exciting.
Brooke found a BEE!!!!! in her shoe during church. I am so amazed that she didn’t scream and that it didn’t sting her. How it was in her shoe, I have no idea because it was not there when she was putting her shoe on in the morning.
Back on the Kodiak Cake wagon.
We watched the Greatest Showman for the millionth time… I think Andrew is kind of over it.
Skye woke up in a very good mood after a much needed nap.
We got in some piano practicing.
And then went over to my sister’s house for this egg noodle/chicken/veggie dish that she makes.
PS I love that my sister always has a bunch of fresh veggies cut up and ready to eat at her house.
Brooke is back to herself 100%!
She even got in some horse riding practice.
To end the night my niece made her famous pizookie (please try this dessert if you can) and a gorgeous walk!
Time to get tiling today!!
I’ve got some fun workouts to look forward to this week! The Wednesday and Saturday miles are calling my name!
They say running is a cheap sport… Maybe it is if you don’t love to buy a trillion running shoes and register for as many races as possible
The other day, Emily asked, “I am upping my mileage a lot this year compared to the past few years since I am trying to maintain a consistent long run and training for a marathon and have already put almost 200 miles on the new pair I bought in March!!! Yikes! I know I should probably buy another pair to rotate and wondered if you had any suggestions for when to rotate shoes, how many shoes to try to get into rotation, etc. I have always only had one pair of running shoes so I don’t really get the whole shoe rotation thing. I would love if you could give us some tips?”
I am a huge fan of rotating through a ton of different types of running shoes! BUT when training for my fastest marathon (3:04) many years ago I had one pair of running shoes that I would train in and then I would race in a lighter pair. Really, I think that you can do whatever you like with this and you have to find what works best for your body and training so there isn’t one perfect answer but at this point, I prefer to rotate through a bunch.
I choose what shoe I am going to wear each day based on what my plan calls for and how my body feels. I also love having a variety of running shoes (not just different pairs of the same shoes) because I think it helps to strengthen my feet this way. My feet get stronger by using shoes that are different weights, comfort levels and amounts of flexibility. Every time I go to my chiro he tests my different muscle groups and he is always amazed by my feet/ankle strength (I wish I could say the same for my hip/glute/quad strength;) I think variety in our types of runs and running shoes can help us to stay injury free too (this is an interesting study that found this to be true)!
Also, I am very careful to only wear my running shoes for running (I always wear different shoes for cross-training) to help them last as long as possible.
Hyperion = Track and shortish road intervals. I have worn these for a few races too (up to a half marathon) and they were great! For training, I use these for 1.5 mile intervals and shorter. These shoes just make me feel fast. I’ll do my warm-up in a different pair of shoes and feel half-asleep but then I slip these babies on and feel the speed enter my body. They are light, fast and get me moving.
PureCadence 7 = I’m transitioning from the PureFlows to these for the longer fast stuff. The threshold/tempo workouts are great for these. They are light and smooth but also offer some more comfort and support than the Hyperion.
Launch 5 = I use the Launch for long runs and long runs that include some faster portions too. They give me the comfort that I love but they also give me some energy and my feet/body are very happy in them for a long amount of time. I definitely go to these when I need some spring in my step.
Ghost 11= I love these but actually wear them least often out of my running shoes. I usually wear them once every week and a half or so. They aren’t quite as flexible as I love with my other pairs of shoes but they are very comfortable and are going to last FOREVER. I use these on easy easy runs.
Levitate = I wear these the most out of all of my shoes. I love them for the bounce they give me. They are great for recovery runs after a hard workout and I also love them on days when I need some energy from my shoes because my body is feeling flat. I wear them for the w/u and c/d of my speed workouts too along with some tempo miles every now and then. I just love everything about these and can’t wait to try the 2s. The men’s Levitate is Andrew’s current favorite running shoe too.
Mazama = Trail running. I love these because they are not clunky at all like a bunch of the trail shoes out there. They feel pretty light in comparison but they also offer your foot the protection and stability that it needs while out on those uneven surfaces with all of the rocks/roots creating my favorite obstacle courses on the trails. I also love the Cascadia for trails too when I do want a bit more comfort/shoe for a trail.
As far as mileage goes, I’ll probably keep the Mazama for another year or so because I don’t trail run that often. The Levitates have by far gotten the highest amount of mileage out of all of my running shoes and still feel great (I have over 500 miles on those white ones so far). The Launch 5s also put on a ton of mileage on those and I usually get 400-500 miles out of my shoes!
You don’t need to have 6 different shoes to rotate through like me (in my opinion) but I think that even having two different types of shoes can be beneficial for your training. One for faster running and one for your easier or long run days can be great! Also, start small when trying out new shoes. Don’t just jump into a 10 mile run with shoes lighter than you’ve ever worn before. Give your feet/body time to build up it’s strength to switch around shoes!
As far as rotating between the same type of shoe throughout the week (i.e. having two pairs of the Launch 5s and rotating back and forth between those) I don’t think that makes a difference in how long a shoe lasts etc—> aka it will get the same amount of mileage out of it either way. But it is fun to have different colors of running shoes so your running shoe/garmin pictures aren’t boring (haha I think I’m the only one that thinks of that;)!
What about you… do you rotate different types of shoes, the same style of shoe or are you not a shoe rotating fan? What is the most important part of a running shoe for you?
Would you say that running is a cheap sport? Why or why not?
What was the best part of your weekend?
Do you do any type of meal prep for the week? Do you have veggies that you get ready for the week to grab when you are in a hurry?