Have you guys heard of the lady being sued for her Yelp review? Interesting stuff. I don't know anything about internet law really (beyond some of the stuff I do for work), but I think we're definitely still in the Wild West period of being on the internet. The world is still feeling out what's allowed and legal, etc.
I'm usually the last person to advocate for regulations like restricting what you can say on the internet, but I do think it's very easy to destroy the reputation of a business or person online based on untrue statements. But where is the line between providing an opinion and damaging something/someone based on untrue claims?
If you're a lawyer, let me know what you think? Or even if you're not.
New Shoes New (s)Hoes
On a totally different note, I am loving the new Mizuno Inspire (9th edition). I've had it for about three weeks.
They've updated the feel of the shoe (it almost feels like a lightweight trainer) and increased the cushioning in the forefoot. It's also quite a bit lighter. I feel like this shoe might appeal to people who aren't as die-hard about Mizunos as I am, while not alienating their base. I know I'm biased about the brand, but I think it's a great update and wanted to pass it on if you're looking for a stability trainer.
I decided to start getting more serious about running about two years ago. I ramped up by doing some speedwork and trying to get ready for the Boston Marathon. I ran a 3:35 which I was happy with based on the amount of preparation.
That fall, I increased mileage to around 40-45 miles a week, did speedwork three times a week and started road biking. I set pretty the majority of my PRs during that time and was feeling pretty good.
Then I started looking at the mileage that other people ran. And it was way more than what I did. So when I trained for Eugene, I tried increasing the intensity of the speedwork and mileage. I was freaking exhausted. I ran a minor PR, but fell short of my expectations. And this summer and fall, I increased mileage quite a bit (I think I peaked around 60 miles a week) but stopped doing much speedwork. And I am noticeably slower.
Higher mileage just doesn't seem to work for me. Also, I don't like it and find it mentally exhausting. Maybe those are related? There are only so many episodes of This American Life one can listen to on a long run...
It also makes me absurdly hungry all the time, so I struggle not to gain weight when running a lot.
So it's time to go back to how I trained in Fall 2011. This means running about five times a week, biking twice, and running the hell out of any speedwork / tempo sessions. I'm going to try to combine workouts from Running Planet and RLRF again. Also, it's time to do minor weight training. It's embarrassing how much my upper body gets sore in races. Let me know if there's a good resource online about weight training for runners.
Next race is the Surf City Half. Unless a small miracle occurs, I won't be in PR shape by then, but hopefully I'll be close.
What makes you a better runner? Increased miles? More Speed-work? Form drills? Reduced cookie consumption? Do tell...