Until now I have been taking it easy in the FiveFingers and not worrying too much about pace. I have probably been running easy 8s and 9s for pace. But last week I re-joined the work runners, and tackled intervals. I was initially planning to again take it easy, but got caught up in the fray and booked around a 6:40 on the way back from a “social” run. I was amazed that it felt fine, I was sure that I would have more aches and pains. Wednesday we did some moderate 7:00 miles, but then Thursday decided to hit it hard with three 1 mile intervals. My splits were 6:44, 6:41, and 6:45 – incredibly fast for me!
I was totally amazed that I could run 3 miles that fast in them. I never really intended these to be speed footwear, really more of just an alternative to build leg strength. So I was pleasantly surprised to pull of some of my fastest running in them. They continue to amaze me.
I also pulled off my first blister, and for the first time and wondering if maybe I went too big on them. I did 7 miles of single-track trail last weekend, and have a souveneir on my big toe. I think the sweating and extra foot movement on terrain caused a bit too much rubbing.
But we’ll see - maybe these will callous up just fine. I also have some Injinjis to try out when the weather gets cool. This week is a rest week as I try to finally kick the piriformis problem that has hung around since my 22 mile training run before Twin Cities Marathon. Next week might be rest too.