A week of really crappy runs! It happens, I guess. Sunday I had a scheduled 5-miler with a “Magic Mile” time trial. Unfortunately I had pigged out on confit duck and garlic bread like two hours before, so the run ended up being VERY UNPLEASANT. I figured my time trial would be a wash, but to my surprise it was great – 10:19! I wonder what I could’ve done if I hadn’t had Giant Bloaty Duck Belly… Anyhoo, Tuesday I went for my first run in my orthotics. I kept it short and went pretty slow. They were agony at first, and I just couldn’t figure out how to adjust my foot strike to feel natural. After ten minutes I was thinking of giving up when suddenly it improved! I think maybe my legs and feet stopped fighting the insert. I did another run in them this morning, slow and steady. I don’t think I’ll use them on my super-long run on Sunday; I’ll tape instead. But it’s good to know that I’ll eventually be able to run distance in them!
Mar. 6: 8.09km
Mar. 8: 4.51km
Mar. 11: 6.18km
Total this week: 18.78km (11.7mi)
Total in 2011: 226.42km (141.5mi)
To meet my goal of running 1100km in 2011, I should be at 211.5km. So I’ve still got a 15km buffer!