I’m back into the swing of things and just in time to get ahead of my half marathon training plan.
This weekend I introduced a new pair of Altra Torin 2.5 running shoes to my lineup.
I previously ran in Brooks PureFlow 2s for the past four years. I owned two pairs that I rotated. I know, a bit old and worn out.
Last fall, I purchased the Brooks Glycerin 13 post-partum. They were great coming back after pregnancy, but now they are a bit too cumbersome and clunky for my desires. I always feel pushed to get cushioned shoes after pregnancy, as I always end up far too bulky and uncomfortable as I add running back in.
This fall, I looked at the Brooks line and tried many a pair I returned to Zappos. They were all far more narrow than previous versions. I was highly disappointed and with this new longer distance plan I needed to find at least one new pair soon.
So, I started a search for a different zero-drop cushioned shoe.
Side Note: If you haven’t followed my running for years, you should know I ran completely barefoot for several months in 2010 and then only in minimalist barefoot shoes (Vibram, Merrell) for about 3-4 years up until I was injured after an 11-mile run on my first marathon training attempt back in 2014. Before that, I ran in Asics and had many hip and knee injuries. Barefoot running changed my life, not without learning lessons along the way.
Everywhere I looked online I came across a brand I had never heard of before, Altra. I kept seeing them pop-up in zero-drop best lists or minimalist shoes, and I’ve heard of them on a few podcasts. I decided to take a further look, as I thought those and Hokas were just for ultra marathoners. Which, it’s no secret, I hope to be someday, just not in this “season” of life.
Low and behold, Altra may become my new go-to resource for running shoes. These shoes were super comfortable out of the box and allowed for a wide front end. I don’t have wide feet, but I hate a tight toe box. The Altra’s are funky looking, but my first 4-mile long run in them and while strange felt far easier than many runs before.
It could just be running in a new shoe altogether, but I like the zero-drop of these shoes and their cushioning that is just the right amount. I hope to enjoy far more runs in these and get a second pair to rotate if I still love them in a few weeks.
Here’s how my training broke down for the past week:
- Mon 30-min run w/Ruby
- Tues 30-min walk
- Wed 30-min run w/Ruby
- Thurs off
- Fri 40-min walk
- Sat 30-min walk
- Sun 4-mi run in the hills
My average pace increased smoothly with the Torin 2.5 and went uphill for good portions. While I don’t push the pace on my long runs, I just ended up gliding a lot better. I kept track of my actual pace instead of average pace for the run and found I was getting down near the 11:00 min/mile pace for the running portions. That made me feel great, especially since I haven’t run 3 or more miles in over 11 weeks!
I kept track of my actual pace instead of average pace for the run and found I was getting down near the 11:00 min/mile pace for the running portions. That made me feel great, especially since I haven’t run 3 or more miles in over 11 weeks!
The change of goal has been motivating. I feel alive and excited about what’s ahead. I’m tracking calories again to get back on track and will see some more weight drop off in the coming months. There’s no point in giving up just because it’s the holiday season; it just means holding steady and not falling backward before the new year.