4.5 Miles, New Hat, New Shoes, Oh My!

Today’s training called for a 4.5 mile run. It was a beautiful afternoon here in NJ. Temps in the low 50s and the sun decided to say hello. It got a bit windy at points but I welcomed it as I figured it would be good training for the New Jersey Half Marathon. It’s pretty awesome to be able to run outside on January 26th in northern NJ in shorts and no gloves or winter hat on. Take advantage of it when you can.

I decided to run a course that I like to call my bread and butter. The first half of the route is uphill and makes me push myself. The last half starts off flat and then I get to enjoy a downhill followed by flat, to a small incline to finish off the run.

I felt good today. I ran the 4.5 miles in 41:05 for a 9:07 pace. According to my FitBit Surge, my splits were M1-9:19, M2-9:06, M3-9:22, M4-9:03, M4 1/2 – 8:20 pace. Mile 3 stands out but that was because I had to stop and tie my shoelace. Isn’t it awful when you have to do that? I was feeling awesome too at the time, was in a groove, and that last thing I wanted to do was stop to retie my shoe.

In my mind I decided to tell myself, hey, if you need to stop during your half marathon to drink fluids, this is a good practice for stopping and starting. See, just trying to think positive and use it as a runspirational moment.

I was happy with my run today. Happy with the pace. Great sweat. Felt like I pushed myself today.

So I decided to run with my new Under Armour hat. Things were going great with it. It felt good, fit right, and I even think looked good. I hit some gusts of wind though between miles 3 and 4 though and wearing a hat with a brim wasn’t the best idea. I thought it was going to fly off and out into traffic. I ran a few hundred yards holding on to the brim. Definitely liked it though and happy with my purchase.

A few hours after my run, my new Asics Gel Nimbus 18 got delivered. I’ve been looking forward to receiving these. I go them at a great price on Sierra Trading. Only $89. I am going to break these in and add them to the rotation with my other Asics Gel Nimbus 18 shoes. I’ve been wearing that pair since October, so I’ll be retiring them soon. I plan on trying out the Asics Gel Nimbus 19 shoes soon as I want to rotate between 2 or 3 pairs with my runs. I have a gift card burning in my pocket from Christmas, so I’ll be looking at picking those up in the next week or so.

I’ve been thinking about new pages/things to add to this website. I should be able to hopefully get that added soon.

Have a great and Runspirational day!

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