Falling Back Part 1

By reading this title you may think that I will be talking about falling or failing at what my goal is, but your wrong. It's time to update you all on what's going on and what my mind has been doing; matter of fact more my legs. It's time again for fall training, time for the base work, the long miles, long days, and heavy weights. This fall is different then the last 7 before. This fall I'm not in school, I don't have class work, studying or meetings to go to. This fall is all about training, being happy and finding my love all over again in this thing we call running. My days have changed because there's no more 8am to 3pm school days, with 3pm to 530pm practices and studying till 11pm -12am but I do work now. This is the main difference and who would of thought that work would be more than school. I was used to having my days planned. Everything was in place, and everything had a schedule; let's talk about now though. I run and workout according to my work schedule and what I can do. It's not an easy task at all but it has to be done. When you work hours of 7pm to 1am than have to get up and go to work again at 9am where do you fit in running and training? Well that's the part where you have a coach that plans your days to make sure they work with your work schedule. Now you wouldn't do a workout on that day , but rather a run; something to get in work but not kill your overly worked body. These things are helpful I tell ya. When you want something though it will get done, but you have to be smart about it.

Now to the fall training. Yep falling back into the grove of things was hard but I did it. Coach has worked out great workouts, that work wonderful when I'm tired and beat up from the day before. It's all about staying healthy and getting fit that's the plan right now. I don't have to be ready for that first meet in Jan and it actually feels really great to not have the pressure to be at a certain point in my fall training. I get to train, have fun and make some strides on what I can do in the next few months, that is what's exciting.

Now lets talk about what's on my feet. Boy when I tell you that having to pick a running shoe after four years of not having to worry about it is tough. I went from getting 5-6 pair of FREE shoes, in the array of choices that Nike has to....

Well to not knowing what to pick and how much to really pay. This is when it all happened; I went to Fleet Feet and was suggested by my lovely previous teammate to try something other than a Nike training shoe. For the last, well for my whole running life (about 8 years) I have just ran in Nikes. So you can say I am a loyal fan, but things have changed a little. I am just looking for a shoe that is going to take care of my foot and not peg me with injuries. I LOVE a light shoe, that has support and well I have always found that in a Nike shoe, until...

BAM! Saucony...

Yep I tried another shoe and actually liked it. The shoe's I tried on were the Saucony Cortana's. When I tell you they felt no different then my Nikes, I tell no lie. I am choosing between the Nike LunarFLy 3+ and the Saucony Cortana's. There is no real difference to me in the shoe. They both feel about the same on my foot. This was such a hard choice I put off buying shoes until the 30th of September. I defiantly needed some time to think out my choices and way my options. What do y'all think? Any suggestions out there? The 30th is coming up and my next post will be a tour of the new Fleet Feet store in Carrboro/Chapel Hill. In this post you will also get to see the shoes I picked. Hopefully y'all make good suggestions. Talk to y'all soon and stay tuned for part 2...