The Need for Speed

Morning Miles

Morning Miles

Good-Bye Turtle Power. I am done with you. I feel the need – the need for speed. After running the Little Rock Marathon I was Ok with my race performance, but overall I was also wondering what it would take to run faster. To qualify for Boston I would have to shave off almost 40 minutes from race time in Little Rock or almost 33 minutes from my personal PR. I started wondering how other people in my age group are able to run fast enough to BQ. It is not that my approach to training is bad, but apparently it is not good enough for to qualify for the Boston Marathon. [Read more…]

More Water, Less Shloshing – New Ultimate Direction Body Bottle Plus

Ultimate Direction Body Bottle plus

Ultimate Direction Body Bottle plus

A while ago I bought the SJ Ultra Running Vest 2.0 from Ultimate Direction. I wore it during the Little Rock Marathon and have been using it on my long training runs as well. One problem I always had on long runs is the amount of water or Gatorade I am able to carry. My very first running belt was a Nike belt that allowed to carry one 16 oz. bottle and that was it. As you can imagine that did not work well on longer runs. Then I switched to a Fitletic running belt with a total of four 8oz bottles which worked pretty well most of the time, but on warmer days I had to either carry an extra bottle of Gatorade or stop during my run and get a refill somewhere. The Ultimate Direction running vest changed this because it comes with two 20 oz. bottles and I can store extra bottles inside the backpack or add a reservoir to the pack. So, carrying liquids as a runner is pretty important and having options available that match up with your runs is awesome. [Read more…]

It was Cold, it was Wet, it was the Little Rock Marathon 2015

Little Rock Marathon 2015

Little Rock Marathon 2015

This last Sunday I ran the Little Rock 2015 Marathon and it was a great race even though the weather was not pleasant. Cold temperatures mixed with rain did not make for the best running conditions. However, the race was mostly organized very well and the large number of spectators made this a really great race. While I have mixed feelings about Little Rock itself, I did enjoy the race and considering the circumstances I was very happy with how things turned out. I did not run a PR, but I ran a negative split with the second half being faster by over 5 minutes. [Read more…]