Better.

Sometimes that’s all I ask for. Better.

My run last night was better. Not great, but that’s okay. The first three miles were reasonably horrible, but then the legs started to open up around mile four and the final two were really quite pleasant. I actually considered going for eight, but I’m trying to be patient this year due to a history of niggling injuries. No dramatic increases in mileage and no running fast for another month. Boring, but hopefully effective leading into more specific training.

On the blood sugar front, it’s been smooth sailing since the run last night. Very predictable and right in range. I don’t think it’s coincidence.

So it’s been nearly two weeks since I started running in the Saucony Kinvara 2. I heart these shoes. Seriously. These are the first running shoes I have ever run in that feel like they just get out of the way and let me run my stride. Prior to these the most recent shoe de jour was the Saucony Ride 4, and while they weren’t bad, the significant heel to toe drop (12mm) made it feel like they were forcing a heel strike. They also felt a little disconnected from the ground, but I find that to be true of most running shoes. The new kicks, though – like an old British sports car: light, nimble, and with a great feel for the road. Also green. And underpowered (wait, that’s my fault).

I think I’ve decided to run the ODDyssey Half Marathon on May 26th. Having missed out on the Broad Street Run lottery, I’m looking for something to give me a bit of a progress report, and I think that’ll fit the bill. It’s in late May, so it could be quite warm, but it’s also close, not too expensive, and perhaps most importantly sponsored by Sly Fox. It’s way too early to set a goal time, but I think I’ll be fit enough to PR even with the minimal speed work I will have put in by then.

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