A few months ago I purchased the Brooks Ariel (affectionately referred to as the Geriatric Shoe) in attempt to correct my atrocious overpronation. Everything was going well until the mileage ticked upwards past 10-12 miles. The shoe is pretty bulky, and my legs started to push back once I was spending more time on my feet.
Since Road Runner Sports has an awesome VIP Program which offers a 90-day Wear ’em & Love ’em Guarantee, I was able to ship the Ariels back and receive store credit. By the time my return had been processed, I had already started running in a pair of Brooks Adrenaline from HCR. I used my credit to order the same pair in a different color to break in starting a few weeks pre-marathon. With my VIP discount I was able to get the shoes for $89.95 (from $99.95), plus free shipping, and I still had a $5 credit remaining on my account.
Exactly one week after my new Brooks had been delivered, RRS hit my inbox with a Top Secret Shoe Sale promotion. The shoes were now only $74.95 (sale + VIP discount). RRS happily agreed to credit me back the difference. Their customer service is phenomenal.
Just after lunch today I received yet another promotion from them: for four hours only, VIPs would receive 20% off any one item. I perused the website for a bit and came across something I could use the discount + my account credit for, and essentially receive for free:
After stocking up on my GU products, I headed to the gym to get in my 3 mile run.
I started & finished with a 5 minute walk. Here are my splits:
Mile 1: 10:14 (easy)
Mile 2: 9:23 (fast)
Mile 3: 8:46 (faster)
Mile 4: 9:48 (easy)
4 miles in 38:10 (9:32 pace)
Yeah, I wasn’t supposed to do 4 miles – only 3. I felt like I could push for another mile, so I did.
Last tempo run of MCM training = done.
What’s your favorite running fuel? Gu? ShotBloks? PB&J? Peanut butter filled pretzels?