It feels like forever since we last talked about running, and to be honest, it’s because we really haven’t done any this summer. The heat has been unrelenting, leaving minimal time for good (read: enjoyable) running. If you can believe it, temperatures really only dip below 80 degrees from 5:00-7:00 AM, which as you can imagine doesn’t help our motivation either. Running in heat drains our energy, and doing so before our work day even starts is something we really can’t afford with our demanding jobs. We like running, but not that much.
Neil’s Memorial Day “Murph”
So for the most part, we’ve been forgoing running and prioritizing CrossFit for our workouts this summer. The short, high-intensity workouts give us a little more bang for buck for our effort, and also include plenty of cardio and some running. However, as the summer wanes on, I’ve definitely been missing my dedicated running time. And we’d both like to run in a race/event again. So we did what anyone needing hope and motivation would do, we signed up for a race.
We are now registered for the Roots N Blues N BBQ Half Marathon/10k. Neil is going to run the half marathon and I’m going to run the 10k with my brother. It’s the first “official” 10k for both of us, and I’m excited to run it with him. The three of us are also eyeing the Bass Pro Half Marathon in November, when it’s hopefully (:fingers-crossed:) a little cooler.
Neil was long overdue a new pair of running shoes, so he picked up a bright yellow pair of Inov-8 ROAD-X LITE™ 155′s. He already has a pair of Inov-8 BARE-XF™ 210′s that he wears for crossfit, but the 155′ offer a little more cushion without sacrificing the minimalist fit we now prefer. The 155′s are feather light at only 5.5oz, and when running in them you feel no weight at all on the foot.
I wasn’t due for a pair of shoes, but I got a nice surprise on Saturday when Neil brought home a pair of grey Inov-8 F-Lite 195′s for me. A member of our box ordered a pair in the wrong size, and asked Neil if I might be interested in them. I’ve just started breaking them in, but they are awesome! Light and super soft. Yes, soft. I can’t believe how delicate they feel, yet how sturdy they are during my workouts. Like nothing I’ve ever worn. I’m a die-hard New Balance Minimus fan, but I can definitely see why so many CrossFit athletes (and Neil) go with Inov-8.
The bad news? Our shoe collection is quickly turning into a hoarding situation. Above represents only 1/3 of our collection (not including hiking or professional shoes)…
When do you say goodbye to old shoes?