Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thirsty Thursday Thoughts

Posted by CheapRunnerMike

Cheers to Thursday!

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I was able to get out last night for a few beers with friends as we kicked off the new hockey season…truth be told, we didn't even know it was hockey season, but everyone else at the jam-packed bar did…man was it busy!  We were lucky to even get seats as we grabbed the last available table.  Good times though!

I'm all about tracking my mileage.  I use my Nike+ GPS on every run and upload my run data to Nike, Strava and DailyMile.  I like all three sites and they each have their own strengths…I'm loving the Strava segments lately as I can compare myself to the local elite runners, lots of fun.  Anyways, I was out running last week and noticed a billboard advertising a local fitness challenge called in motion 4 life.


They are trying to encourage people in the city to get out and be active, and in the process track the number of minutes they are out there "in motion".  I decided to sign up have been able to add nearly 500 minutes so far…if you're in London you should give it a try too!

Lots of running so far this month…I've been out every day in October.  I even managed to get out and run 21K on Saturday despite some crappy weather…it was cold, windy and rainy.  Even though it was less than ideal, I managed to keep a really even pace and I did a half marathon time of 1:28:39…I had been busting my ass trying to break the 1:30 mark in the half for so long, and now I can go out on a training run and do it no problem?  Running can be funny…

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The average pace has dropped even more this month, and through 8 runs I'm at 4:10/km (6:40/mile)…the funny thing is that I don't feel like I'm pushing myself too hard, it's just running at the pace that feels good.

After the long run Saturday, it was time to make cookies with the kids


These were gone in a couple days…

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Cookies are always a great reward!

One last thought…I haven't bought new running shoes at all this year, but thinking it may soon be time.  My go to Kinvara 4's are at 700km and though they still feel good, I worry that my feet my poke through any day now.  I have holes on both shoes and my toes are ready to poke out!

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Any advice on new everyday trainers?

How many miles can you get on a pair of shoes before needing to replace them?


  1. Hooray for a night out with friends!
    Way to go on that training half - awesome!!! Can't wait till you race another one - gonna be huge!

  2. I think it depends on the shoe. I can put a ton of miles on my Hokas which is why I love them so much. They are awesome for training but I prefer racing in a lighter shoe like my Asics.