Basil’s Training Log – 7.13.14

So, if you’ve been following my journey through annoying foot woes, then you won’t be terribly surprised that the latest bout with extensor tendinitis was definitely brought on by the shoes. I switched to a new pair of the old Brooks Adrenaline 13s, and the issues I was having disappeared within a week. So far every runner I’ve talked to that wears Brooks (okay, so only three, but still!) has had an issue with the shoe changes in 2014. Anyone want to help me petition Brooks to bring back the 13s? I really wish they wouldn’t have tried to fix what wasn’t broken!

Anyway, it was another solid week of training in which most of the aches and pains subsided and I started to feel completely normal. Well, at least as far as running goes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Monday – 9 miles easy (8:36 avg) – Squeezed as many miles in as I could while the kids were at running club. Felt good!

Tuesday – 7 at the track – Warmed up for a couple of miles, did a dynamic warmup and strides and then 2 x 1600 at 5k goal pace with 3 min rest in between. Hit 6:40 and 6:45 and felt pretty good! Still hard effort but it was much easier mentally and physically than the ladder workout last week.

Wednesday – 4.5 miles – Met up with a friend for some easy miles.

Thursday – 5 miles easy with 6×30 second strides

Friday – off

Saturday -5K race day! Warmed up for 15 minutes, followed by some strides. Ran the 5k in 21:17 and decided once and for all that I hate 5ks! Didn’t have time for cool down miles as I had the kids with me and they were intent on watching the parade that started right after the race. Fun day though….

Sunday – 11 miles (8:15 avg)– Felt surprisingly good and not too tired after Saturday’s race. Enjoyed the nice cloudy cool day. Felt like fall in the “lower 48” (the term Alaskans use to refer to everyone else), but a typical summer day in Alaska! Picked it up in the last couple of miles to run 7:55 and 7:35.

Total – 42 miles

Recovering corporate hamster-wheeler turned Alaskan hausfrau, mother of two and running enthusiast. Kind of a June Cleaver in tempo shorts...minus the makeup and vacuum. Will run to great lengths to get a moment of peace.

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  1. I’ve been an Adrenaline wearer for years, and I couldn’t wear the 14s either. Got a horrible case of quad tendonitis that cleared up when I put my old 13s back on. I’ll be glad to help you petition Brooks. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I couldn’t wear the 14s either. Stocked up on 13s (hard to find 10EE) but am down to 4 more pair. So ticked, they screwed up the Ariels a model or two ago, and it took me 5 months and (no kidding) 17 pr of shoes tried to get to the Adrenalines, which are lovely light, great width (better than Ariel even) but even w/ my custom orthotics probably not quite enough motion control for me. The next Ariels come out in Sept. Crossing fingers as I don’t know what I’ll do next if they don’t work. I have Oct/Nov/Dec races, then training for Boston and I need shoes!! I’ll sign a petition and trumpet it on blog/twitter.

  3. Oh no! I just bought two pairs of 14s. I will definitely return one but I’m wondering if I should return both in search of 13? I made the switch from asics kayano because, after reading your post and a little research, I think I was definitely getting that type of tendinitis. At what mileage did you notice it happening? Should I even bother testing out? They felt better than kayano in store.

    1. I wore kayanos for a while before switching to adrenalines 3 years ago. The adrenalines were a perfect fit and amount of support for me until they changed everything with the 14 model. If you got the shoes directly from Brooks, I’d test them out first (since they will take them back even if you’ve run in them). Who knows, they might work fine for you. I think I noticed the extensor tendinitis within the first week of running in them. But I didn’t make the connection that it was the shoes until at least 2 weeks in since I was still so focused on the other foot where I was still recovering from tibial tendinitis!