Saturday, May 2, 2009

Overtrained and Bum Shoes

It's a beautiful Saturday morning. Instead of using the gas and spending $35 on the Monona 20K I decided on an easy 2 hours on the trail in Janesville. This is the first time in 3 years I haven't run the 20K. The only thing I'll miss is the tech t-shirt. They have the most comfortable race shirts -- period.

I've been training but it's been all over the board. I am averaging 25-35 miles a week on the feet, 60-100 on the pedals and 3500-5000 yds in the pool. For what? Right now I'm signed up for the Beloit Duathlon, Madison 1/2 (first time I haven't run the full in 3 years), Lake Mills Sprint Tri, Spirit of Racine and Lakefront Marathon.

I think I'm over doing it. My left calf has been extremely sore and I've finally chalked it up to my new Kayano 15's. "It's gotta be the shoes". For those that don't know, these new shoes have haunted me since December. I had them shipped to me from Finish Line (Kayano 14's) and they were used. Of course I didn't open the box until March when I needed them and they were outside the return policy. The store in the mall ended up exchanging for the 15's but they have a new lace system and I swear it's causing my arch and calf fits.

Time to re-focus. Thanks to Mike Wolfgram and Rich Shew I have come up with a plan to get me through the summer without over doing it. Once I see Carol for my massage on Wednesday I'm confident my calf will be ready to come along with me. Now...about the shoes...

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