Fitness Parenting

Workout Report Etc

June 4, 2023

Limping to the finish . . .

I’m so ready for school to end. I really am. But I will say G’s dance recital was the cutest thing ever, and I smiled a lot. So did she! I wish I had a better shot of her face (I tried to do a capture from the video) but she was beaming up there.

1st dance performance!

Proud of her and glad she wants to keep dancing (next year: ballet and tap, I think). The recital itself was — as Josh put it — high production value. Impressive! The older kids and the junior/senior companies were amazing.

It felt like an ending. Summer feels like it should start. And it WILL, but first –> 2 days left of school. I know they will go FAST.

Workouts this Week:

I had some knee pain intermittently during a few workouts. I wore my HOKA Clifton 8s again and it was a MISTAKE, every single time I do that I end up with pain in my right knee. This time it persisted into some of my other workouts, on and off.

M: 2 mi warmup @ 10:13/mi, then 5K race @ 7:52/mi (Weston Memorial Day 5K).

T: 6 mi. I wore the Hokas, and it was dumb. 10:37/mi, my legs felt dead and this slow pace didn’t even feel that easy; at the end my knee was hurting. 20 min leg/glute weights.

W: 3 mi warmup (9:44/mi), 3 mi hills on TM (1 minute x 12 @ 6.3mph and 5-6.5% incline), 2 mi cooldown @ 9:53/mi. (I don’t remember having any pain on this run.)

R: 8 mi @ 10:17/mi later in the morning, it was hot. + Intermittent pain.

F: 5 mi @ 9:35/mi. No pain to start but some later.

S: 13 mi @ 10:08/mi. Mild pain off and on in various areas. As I write this I’m wondering if this run was a mistake but I don’t feel anything today. SO hoping tomorrow things will be back to normal.

S: rest day, I think I will avoid dong strength too; I can’t tell whether that would be beneficial or not.

Total = 45 mi (including a 5K race), 1 strength

I did make a PT appointment but it’s not until after my call week. Nothing is severe but I am worried that it recurred. I also have ~400 miles on my ASICS (my workhorse everyday shoes) so maybe replacing them would be helpful as well.

(Not sure why the Hoka Clifton 8s do this, but it’s 100% a pattern I have noticed. They have less of a drop and it must alter the angle of my hip or change my stride in a way that irritates my knee. It’s almost like my R patella doesn’t track quite right when I wear these. Not saying they are bad shoes in any way, I know so many people love them! But I guess they are just not a good fit for me so I am parting ways with them.)


  • Reply Jen June 4, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    The Hoka Cliftons also gave me knee pain for what it’s worth. Yes to replacing the ASICS! Impressive running!

  • Reply Erica Sparky June 5, 2023 at 12:17 pm

    Two of my good running friends here tried Hoka’s and both of them dropped them after a few runs because they were causing them new pains (one was causing Achilles, and one was getting knee pain). They don’t work for everyone! Whenever I go higher mileage, I add in Brooks Glycerin on top of my Brooks Ghosts.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 5, 2023 at 12:28 pm

      A girl in my running group today said the same thing. Crazy as they have the opposite reputation! I think it must be so individual.

      I think the Asics Nimbus is very similar to Brooks Glycerin. Glycerin was my original shoe I wore for years!

  • Reply Lana June 5, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Love the dance recital photo, congratulations! My daughter (just turned 6 today) had her first recital yesterday, as well. I can’t tell how into dance she is, but she doesn’t complain, so we’ll keep going until it’s not fun any more. Also, the ballet school is a 10-minute walk from our house. I wanted to sign her up for ballet+jazz for next year, but pure ballet works best schedule-wise. I am originally Russian and didn’t get to dance ballet as a child for reasons I don’t totally understand (things have always been weird over there), so I’m trying really hard to not live my own childhood ambitions through my daughter, haha. 100% high production value of the recital over here, too! Same about the junior/senior company dancers – I was so inspired! I am trying to figure out how to work adult dance classes into my schedule. I tried back in February with the “one night for yourself” TBT rule, but then we were hit with an endless stream of family illnesses and it just wasn’t feasible. Going to try again this summer or Fall.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 5, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      10 min walk = winning! Ours is a 7-10 min drive, so I guess *almost* as good 🙂 There was a ‘parent dance’ (all moms) and mayyyyyybe next year I would consider . I did competitive cheer which is not dance but maybe I could survive . . . in the back. Haha.

  • Reply Beth June 5, 2023 at 6:22 pm

    I used to run 100% in Hokas but I don’t wear them much anymore. Something about the excessive squish does weird things to my knees. I prefer something springier. I run mostly in Inov-8 and Altra trail shoes now (even on the road). Also I definitely cannot do more than 200 ish miles before I start feeling it now that I am older. I have 3-4 pairs of shoes in my rotation so I rarely wear a single pair more than twice a week. Seems to make them last longer. That being said I do not run the mileage you do. 🙂

  • Reply Bridget June 5, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    Wondering what your approach to stretching post run/workouts is. I’ve noticed a huge impact in my ability to recover/exercise at a higher stamina as I’ve entered my late 30’s. In my 20’s/early 30s I could blow it off and keep going but not so much these days.

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