Taper Time, but Wait …

Weather Forecast Denver Metro Area

Weather Forecast Denver Metro Area

It is the last Tuesday before the Little Rock Marathon and I am tapering … at least a little bit. It has always worked better for me having a short taper before a marathon race and that’s what it is this time as well. Due to the bad weather here in the Denver Metro Area my last few runs have been more challenging anyway and I had to a) move up my last longer run by a day and b) shorten it to about 13 miles instead of doing 18 miles or so. I know that the timing and the distance of the long run is more in line with a traditional taper and so we will see how things work out come marathon Sunday. It has been snowing all weekend and more snow is in the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday this week. I am planning on leaving (by car) for Little Rock on Thursday afternoon and the upcoming snowfall concerns me a little bit. [Read more…]

Nike Pegasus 31 Review

Nike Pegasus 31

Nike Pegasus 31

I am close to the end of my marathon training for the Little Rock Marathon and the miles have been piling up. A couple of weeks ago I ran almost 60 miles while my average week during marathon training is more at around 50 miles per week. Considering that I have to replace running shoes at around 250 to 300 miles of usage you can imagine how often I have to get a new pair of running shoes. The only shoes lasted for over 350 miles for me were the New Balance 880s v3. A couple of weeks ago I purchased a pair of the Nike Pegasus 31 running shoe – making this the first Pegasus 31 model for me. I have been using the Nike Pegasus for years as my go to running shoe – long before I started running marathons actually. I have run all my marathons in a Nike Pegasus running shoe so far and chances are high I will probably run another marathon in a pair of Nikes. So, now with having quite a few miles on the Pegasus 31 it is time for a review. [Read more…]

Two Weeks until Little Rock Marathon

Little Rock Marathon 2015

Little Rock Marathon 2015

Today in two weeks I will run the Little Rock, Arkansas marathon. This will be my first marathon in 2015 and I am really looking forward to this event. Little Rock might not be the most glamorous travel destination and there are certainly more famous marathons out there that one would want to run, but for me this does not matter. I picked Little Rock for one very specific reason: I want to visit all 50 US states before I turn 50 and I have less than 3 years to go to fulfil that dream. I have been to 45 states already and – you probably guessed it by now – Arkansas is one of the 5 remaining states I need to visit. Since I do not know anyone in Little Rock and do not really know what to see there I decided to make it “easy” on myself and to “just” run a marathon in Arkansas. For me, that are 26.2 good reasons to make the trip and now I am just two weeks out. [Read more…]