Anyway - the path that led me to buy the same shoes as hubby (that is - a pair of mens shoes) was that they were entirely out of women's 11s. IN EVERYTHING! So, as I was sitting there watching him try on shoe after shoe - I fell in love with the little pair of Kinvaras behind me and decided "What the heck - I'll give the mens a try!" and they fit great (and now I can say I only wear a size 9 shoe, right?)
|Best part of buying on the men's rack? NO PINK to get in the way. And they are never out of size 9s!|
I had to wait until the munchkins were attempting to nap before I could take them out for a run. The idea was that I would do a 3k spin around the neighbourhood and see how it went. Being a more minimal shoe, I was a bit worried that I would miss the cushiness of my Asics so I didn't want to push it too hard.
|Is it just me, or do my feet look teeny in these?|
But at the 1k mark, it suddenly felt better and, as if by magic, the tightness in my IT band vanished. I felt like I was flying (and compared to recent runs, I was. 6:30/k felt almost too easy)
When I was nearing the 1.5k mark where I had promised myself i would turn around...I didn't want the run to end quite yet. So I carried on. Over the field and onto the road and then up tot he path on Railway ave. It was at the 2.5k point that I forced myself to turn around because I really didn't want to ruin a good thing by doing too much too soon.
Instead, I decided to see if I could do the Mojo Jar challenge for this week and turn it into a negative split. The only thing standing in my way was the strong headwind I was running into...but soon I was seeing 5:15 as a steady pace on the Garmin. Faster than I have hit recently for sure (even in a race)
I was stopping for short walk breaks every 5 mins to check how my body felt and then pushing it when I ran. In the end - YEP - that negative split was mine. I'd love to know how it would have looked without the walk breaks. Instead - it doesn't look like much of a negative split, but I was going about 30 sec faster per kilometer (approx...my math isn't so hot)
And the fastest non-race 5k I've done in a while...
Feeling pretty good right now.