It is time once again for another edition of Saturday Stories, a collection of some of my favourite stories and blog posts from the past week. As always, if you came across anything you feel is worthy of mention here feel free to post a link below.
Here are this weekâ€™s storiesâ€¦
A reminder about the importance of sleep with regards to training and performance.
A review about one of my current favourite shoes, the New Balance RC 1400.
A post about the beauty of training.
A post about the benefits of foam follers for recovery.
Since my previous pair of race flats, Mizuno Wave Ronin 3’s, reached the end of their life-cycle I bought myself a new pair last week. I am hoping to be able to wear these in the Ottawa Marathon in just over a month from now.
This time for race flats I decided to go with a pair of New Balance RC1 400 because I have have had good luck using the New Balance 890 as my everyday trainer. I also read several positive reviews of the new version of the RC 1400.
I was pretty excited to get to try them out at the dome for my 3 km test last Thursday. So far so good. They felt great last week. After my first use I was pleased with my purchase. I am not sure yet whether I will do this week’s speed work indoor or outdoor but I will have an opportunity to get another good run in them Thursday night.
Of course the big test will be when I take them for a long run. As mentioned I had Mizuno Wave Ronin 3’s before and was able to run a marathon in them without issue. I plan on wearing my RC 1400’s for one of my remaining long runs in order to see how it feels and to work them in a little more before race day.
If I don’t feel comfortable in them I will go back to my everyday shoe for race day but for now the place is to use these on race day.
As mentioned Friday, my plan for this weekend was to buy a new pair of shoes. I managed to go shopping today. As planned, I inquired about race flats as well as my usual trainers.
For now I ended up sticking with a pair of trainersÂ and decided to buy a pair of New Balance 860 which replaced the previous model I had been using.
I managed to get out for a run in them tonight and they felt good. Similar to my previous New Balance trainers.
However, the exciting news for me is that based on advice i received at the store, I am planning to buy a pair of race flats a couple of weeks before the Ottawa Marathon. This will give me time to wear them for a longer run and during my taper without putting too much wear on them since I am used to wearing a heel strike shoe.
When I go to buy a pair of race flats I will be looking at something like the Mizuno Musha 3 in the hopes that they will help me shave a couple of minutes off my finish time.
Stay tuned for more details in a few weeks when I go back and buy a pair!