Fancy Footwork on the Treadmill

Guys, I seriously had the best run ever yesterday and I have absolutely no idea where it came from!

The whole weekend was spent moving, so although I had planned to run on Saturday, it got thrown out the window when lifting furniture took priority. However, Sunday morning dawned bright and early (hello, 5:45am!), and I was determined to get a couple miles in. Why the hurry? Check out these beautiful shoes!

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Holy gorgeous, right? They’re the Mizuno Evo Cursoris and I’ve been eyeing them for a few months. I’m still rotating between my Wave Riders and Brooks Pure Cadence, but I started to notice those familiar twinges coming back in my knees and feet when I ran in the Wave Riders. They are fine for short distances, but my body truly works better with a minimalist shoe! I’ve been flirting with the idea of trying zero drop and had previously looked at Altra, but these definitely felt super comfy on my feet so I plopped down my debit card. Plus, did I mentioned that I love the colors?!

Naturally, with these fancy shoes staring at me, I had to crank out a quick run. Unfortunately, it was pretty early in the morning and it was still chilly outside. Under normal circumstances, it would’ve been perfect but I couldn’t find any of my warmer running gear (damn move!), so I decided to hit up the treadmill. After all, I also had my new Outdoor Research Offline Skort to try out!

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So, here’s the thing: I normally suck on a treadmill. Like, really suck and run approximately 5 minutes/mile slower than my usual pace (which puts me right about at a crawl). In light of this, I wasn’t expecting much and hopped on the treadmill with the idea of getting my legs moving; no more or less. However, my legs were seemingly filled with fairy dust—they felt so incredibly light!

Right off the bat, I could tell that I was having a good day and wanted to run forever! However, moving responsibilities were calling and I was trying to be cautious with the newly-found zero drop Evo Cursoris shoes. Sure, I run in 4 mm drop, but who knows how my calves would feel, you know? I decided to cap the run at 30 minutes and mapped out a 3 mile progressive run.

First of all, who am I? I never do progressive or tempo runs. I’m not that structured! For some reason though, it felt like a good plan, so I went with it. I clocked my first mile at 10:00 even, and realized that my legs were kinda….bored. Because of that, I significantly upped the speed, and finished my second mile at 9:31. My legs were still feeling fresh, so I cranked the hamster wheel up even faster, and finished my third mile in 8:49.

The kicker? I easily could’ve finished another mile or two at the same pace as my final mile. WHAT?! Y’all, I seriously have no idea what was going on, but it sure made me feel good about myself. Unfortunately, now I’m trying to dissect what made everything feel so good so I can recreate it. Was it my new, lighter shoes? Trying out a running skirt? A rest day on Saturday? All the squats and leg work at CrossFit? Truth is, I have no idea….but here’s to hoping it’s a trend!


Do you ever have fantastic run days that leave you baffled and wondering how you can phone in a repeat?




  • Reply Kaitlyn at

    Congrats! Lately I’ve been running really well. Like, a minute per mile faster than usual. When I drop elevation I run 2 minutes per mile faster than a year ago. I accredit it to running less and not burning out and regular weight lifting since last November. My legs and core just feel stronger.

    • Reply heather at

      I’m convinced I need to run my first marathon at sea level for that exact same reason…I’m hoping it’ll make 26.2 feel “easy”……haha, right 🙂

  • Reply Miz at

    YES!! I dont run 🙂 but some days when I kick ASS at cardio Im simply amazed.
    and want.

  • Reply Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb at

    Although it’s safe to say a minimalist shoe isn’t for me I have to admit, that’s one hot shoe. I find it interesting that you go slower on a treadmill. I tend to go faster. Ha. Then again my pace tends to be all over the pace when it comes to regular running so the treadmill keeps me steady. But treadmill or not, who cares! Cheers for having an awesome run!

    • Reply heather at

      You know, I hear lots of people say that, but not me! I think it’s all mental with me and outside, I zone out and do what my body dictates whereas I am constantly staring at my pace on a treadmill, subconsciously convincing myself that I’m going “too fast.” Or, I just hate running on a moving conveyor belt and suck at it 🙂

  • Reply Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) at

    YAY! Those runs just rock don’t they?!

  • Reply Ann Brennan at

    Never look a gift horse in the mouth. Good runs come for no real reason at all and I just accept that. Great job today.

    • Reply heather at

      Thank you!!

  • Reply Kat at

    YAY for awesome runs! They sure are motivating and come at a time when you MOST need them! 🙂

    • Reply heather at

      Agreed. I needed this one to remind me why I love it!

  • Reply Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run at

    Get it girl! That’s awesome!! I love Mizuno – I stand by their shoes 100%, even when I’ve never tried a minimalist shoe! I know the three different pairs I have feel amazing…I’m sure these do, too.

    PS: A hot shoe can totally pump you up to do something you don’t “normally” do. 😉

  • Reply misszippy at

    Ohhh…a little jealous of the shoes since I like to try every minimalist pair on the market! Congrats on a great run–I know how good that feels.

    • Reply heather at

      These are definitely worth checking out (even though I’ve only run in them once!) The Levitas look great too, but they’re more minimal so I went with these. Super roomy toe box too, which I seriously need!

  • Reply Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's at

    I love minimalist shoes too!

  • Reply Katie @k8tlevy at

    Woohoo! Sounds like an awesome day, and amid all of that moving stress too! I have a skort to test for #ORInsightLab too and I’m glad you were able to run in yours without too much trouble. I’ve never run, hiked, etc. in a skort, but it sounds like the Offline Skort worked out!

    • Reply heather at

      Did you get the same skort?

  • Reply Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily at

    Congrats on a fantastic run! LOVE those shoes!!!

  • Reply Alyssa at

    Those shoes are INSANELY light. Dying to try them. Glad you had a good run!

    • Reply heather at

      They are crazy light! My calves are mildly sore today, but I know that will go away and then I’ll just have super light shoes left 🙂

  • Reply Heather @ Better With Veggies at

    These are the days that remind you why you run – so happy for you! And I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one that is slower on the treadmill, it’s always been a challenge for me too. CUTE skirt & shoes. 🙂

  • Reply Suzanne at

    Love the new shoes! Amazing runs that come as a surprise are the best kind. Hope the move is going well!

  • Reply Christine @ Love, Life, Surf at

    So awesome when a run just clicks like that! Those shoes are beautiful. I bet they had something to do with it and all the squats and leg work you’re doing in crossfit. I feel similarly about the treadmill – my pace is so much slower than if I’m running outdoors. It’s weird.

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  • Reply Katrina Ninjarina at

    Oh, I LOVE those shoes!

  • Reply Kayla at

    I wish every workout day felt like that. The lead leg days are for the birds. The choos are beautimous.

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