Good news: I’m back home after seven days of conference in Helsinki. We had heat waves, thunderstorms, insane amounts of delicious food, an even insaner schedule of events, but mostly we had fun. After being abandoned by a friend who fell ill on the first day, I was also the only Estonian there, so I totally have English on my brain. 😉
With all the workshops and social events, I only managed to fit in two runs during the week. A 7k sunset run on the sides of a bay near our hotel…
… which was so pretty I was literally running with my phone in my hand just gushing “So beautiful!” and snapping pics.
And then on Thursday, I just skipped the scheduled group lunch, speedwalked to the hotel, ran for 20 minutes in the midday heat, showered and speedwalked back to the conference venue. (I mean, still better than nothing, right?)
But that was about it.
Upside. The only two running days and no crosstraining has finally taken care of my knees. 😀 They haven’t been bothering me at all for days now. 🙂
It is so so so good to be back home! I mean, I like Helsinki. It’s a familiar city and I feel comfortable there, but it’s still a lot busier than Tallinn.
And while, still a capital city with access to everything you could want… Tallinn feels more relaxed and peaceful.
I took my new pair of Brooks Adrenaline gts13s with me. So now I’ve run in them three times. And honestly, I don’t get what’s the big deal!
Pretty much every reviewers preaches them as the perfect shoe for flatfooted overpronators and I have to say I don’t like them at all. 😦
They’re a lot stiffer in the forefoot than either of my Mizunos and feel heavier and chunkier and less responsible to my movements. There’s less cushioning under the forefoot than the Nirvanas and also less arch support.
I’d say that in terms of arch support they’re on par with the Mizuno Wave Inspires, but they look and feel like a lot more heavy duty support shoe (which is not a good thing.)
They’re also wider in the heel than either one of my Mizunos, but the toe box is actually the same width, which means I had to do some serious lacing magic not to have my heel slipping out of the shoe.
Overall. They’re actually not a bad support shoe. I still like them better than any of the Asics support shoes (2000,1000) I’ve tried on treadmill in the store and the Adidas Supernova Sequence shoes.
But. Mizuno Wave Inspire comes out way ahead for me.
Lesson learned. Finally. (And expensively.) I’m sticking to my first pick shoe from now on and not try to fix something that’s not broken.
And there are these gorgeous magenta and back fall collection Wave Inspires in stores right now…. Ugh. I can’t. I already have more running shoes than I actually use and I have to at least run through my current pair of Inspires before getting the next one.
Speaking of running. I’m just gonna go with my gut for now on. Ran a pretty easy seven today at a 5:50 pace, so I guess despite my best efforts I haven’t been able to lose my fitness completely.
As the marathon is obviously a no go 😦 I’m gonna try to build up to 15km again in the next two weeks and then run the half marathon on the 8th.
I guess I just have to deal with the fact that 2013 won’t be my marathon year.
On the cross training front, I’m busy again. I also finally tried pilates. I’m reserving judgement until I’ve done it for about a month and actually get a feel for it. (On first impressions I don’t really get it. :p)