Back in October of 2019 I was 100% sure I was done running. I posted that shit
e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. After running the Detroit Free Press Half, my knees were shot... I was done.
Fast forward to now... I'm signed up for 3 half-marathons, two of them two weeks apart. 😂 Say, WHAT?!
I just can't quit. I love running. I missed running.
It's All About The Shoes
This week I retired my Asics GT-2000's (my absolute FAVORITE running shoe) and decided to give a pair of Asics Kayano a try... and holy shit. I think I've been running in the wrong stability shoes this whole time. Like I've literally only ever run in GT-2000s, because they felt great and helped loads with over pronation, but after running 6 miles in the Kayanos – I have ZERO shin or knee pain.
...Of course it could also be that I'm running in new shoes, which always feels 1000x better than running in an older, beat up pair.
Sidenote: If you've ever considered running, I highly recommend splurging on shoes. Don't buy cheap and go get fitted! Your feet (and body) will thank you!
Training: Hal Higdon Training App
When I started exploring the idea of running my first half marathon ages ago, my brother-in-law's aunt suggested to me that I look up Hal Higdon for a training program... so I did. Without going into too much detail, Hal Higdon is kind of a big deal in the running world, and his training programs are gold. In fact, when I started training for my first half marathon, I used his program.
Of course, tracking miles on a piece of paper was never fun, so after awhile I moved over to using the Nike Run Club app. I was pretty obsessed with tracking my runs back then...and became a Nike Run Club snob. So much so that I only purchased a fitness watch/band/tracker/whatever if the device could sync with my Nike app.
I used Nike's running app to log my miles, track the distance I'd put on my shoes, AND, most importantly, I used the app to train. Hal's program was great, but I'd have to manually plan out my training program on the calendar, which really sucked. With Nike's Run Club app, all I had to do was plug in the date of my half/full and it spit out the distances to run every other day. Easy peasy.
Was the app right with its training recommendations? THAT I am not sure of, but I do know that I felt prepared going into almost every run.
So why am I going on and on about Nike Run Club? 😂I switched apps!
Hal Higdon's App, RunWithHal, is finally to a place where I can actually use it properly for training, and it's absolutely AMAZING. The interface is beautiful and though it doesn't offer the same tracking features as Nike Run Club, at it's core, it does exactly what I want... it plans a training program for a half or full around MY SCHEDULE.
I pick the days I want to run, the days I can't run, and the day of my race – and it spits out a training program. 😱
So far, it's been great. Though it does come at a monthly cost ($6.99/month) The weekly mileage isn't overly ambitious, or above my skill-level, but should have me ready for my first half come April. I suppose if I had to give it a con, I wish it would sync with my Fitbit... I can live with that though. Having a training program is really all that matters, and having one based on Hal Higdon's original program is gold. 👌
If you're looking for a solid training app, I totally recommend it!
2020 Planned Runs
- April 18, 2020 - Martian Half (Dearborn, MI)
- May 3, 2020 - Borgess Half (Kalamazoo, MI)
- October 19, 2020 - Detroit FreePress U.S.-Only Half (Detroit, MI)