Easy Day – Sunday – July 11, 2021

How am I feeling today?

Lots of little aches and pains, but nothing serious. I am wondering how the Achilles will feel today after how it felt the last part of the run yesterday. 

Also, I need to find out if it was simply the Injinji socks not being a good match with the Carbon x1s or if I was simply landing too much on my forefoot, which in the past has given me issues with the outside of my right forefoot. No, I can’t run like I did back in the day, and this probably is a good reminder of one of the reasons that running more on my mid/fore foot for more than 3-4 miles no longer is such a great thing. I think I remember now, how come I became a heel striker. My body adapted to a style of running that hurts my feet less and every time I attempt to change back to being a non-heel striker, it has to go through the process of reminding me there are reasons for running this way now. Damned Tailor’s Bunionette.

Planned Workout Description: 

Type: Recovery Run

Per Stryd: “Easy runs are an important part of balancing training intensity and recovery. Your target for this run is 65-75% of your Stryd Auto-Calculated Critical Power. You are encouraged to start out at the lower end of your prescribed range and progress to near the top of your prescribed range by the end of the run. While going above your prescribed range might feel easy in the moment, it is important to remember the purpose of an easy run is to promote recovery without adding additional fatigue.

Today’s Running Focus

Think about why.

Why am I doing this run?

A nice recovery run to get over 30 miles for the week. Plus, I am going to wear the Carbon X1s again to see if it is a shoe, sock or whatever problem. I am fairly certain I know what is going on and that I have to be more careful running in the Carbon X1s to not aggravate the outside of my right foot. Focus on the heel strike and don’t worry about it.

What I Actually Did Today: 

An easy 40:00-minute run on the Town Office O/B course. Although I might have picked it up going back in front of the house when I saw TheWife out doing her run and I caught her before getting to the top of Philbrick. 

Did the workout go as planned?

Pretty much. I went out easy and forced myself to stay slower. Until I chased down TheWife at least, but before that I was just plugging along without forcing the issue. I did learn that it wasn’t anything to do with the Carbon Xs, well a little, they do encourage me to run a little further forward than I usually do, which most people consider a very good thing. However, when I run too much on my forefoot/midfoot, the outside of my right foot takes notice and the Tailor’s Bunionette becomes more of an issue.

Injuries/Niggles: Initially, I thought that I might have to turn around when I got down past the lower gate. The left Achilles was barking a little, so I slightly adjusted how I was landing, and it quieted down pretty quickly and was only murmuring a little after that. I focused more on running with more a heel landing and not attempting a hard toe-off, which helped both feet feel a bit better about running.

Weather: Clear sky, 75°F, Feels like 78°F, Humidity 73%, Wind 3mph from SW. A little humid, but otherwise great weather for a Hoka bucket hat.

Shoes: Hoka Carbon X1 – Did what they were supposed to. Yes, they do encourage me to get up on the midfoot/forefoot than other shoes do, which should be a good thing. However, with that wonderful Tailor’s Bunionette on the outside of my right foot, it doesn’t like the impact beginning there and is letting me know that there was a reason for my body changing my stride.

Mowing the lawn always gets the Achilles grumpy, so I am glad that I got it done today and not the day before a long run.

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