Ooops. I have been missing in action for quite a bit I guess. That’s what happens when you have a family, a demanding full-time job, a busy side-business, and train for a marathon. My days are literally never dull and almost every minutes is accounted for in one way or the other. The Result? Zero activity on this blog. That’s gotta change and so here is the first of a few updates.
As mentioned I have been training for the Frankfurt (Germany) Marathon quite a bit. The miles have been piling up and I can feel the effort in my legs every single day. I can’t wait for the taper to arrive soon enough. While the marathon is less than three weeks out I still have plans for quite a few miles. Saturday a week ago I actually ran the entire marathon distance as part of my training. My legs felt so good almost the entire run – I simply kept going and going. I did not push too hard in regards to speed, but I still wanted to see how I would feel the days following that run and I am happy to report that I was sore for only 1.5 days which is very good. This last Saturday I ran for only 22 miles and kept it at an easy pace as well, but I also made changes to my recovery procedures by sleeping in compression tights for two nights and wore compression shorts the day after the run. To my own surprise I was not sore at all and my legs are feeling Ok from a strength perspective. Certainly not fresh which is to be expected, but overall I am very happy about not being sore after a 22 mile run.
Over the last few days I actually did more research about recovery and compression gear and decided to give it a try. I had nothing to lose trying out using my compression tights to sleep in. I also did more research about getting some new running tights for the colder months and while I never had any thermal running tights, I have been just fine using regular running tights in Winter. If it got really cold (15 degrees Fahrenheit or colder) I wore a pair for Nike Pro Combat compression pants under my regular Nike Running Tights, but that has been it really. So, now that I am in the market I am not looking for thermal running tights, but just for normal running tights or base layer (depending on the different companies call this type of gear).
So, naturally I wanted to see if there is gear that works a bit better than the default Nike or Under Armor stuff. Nike and UA gear is made for the masses and for the regular Joe, but since I run a lot I was wondering if better running gear would help me to perform better and to recover better. Recovery is more important to me than ever – I am not getting younger (turning 48 this Winter) and naturally it takes longer to recover from hard workouts and long runs. I looked into gear from 2XU, Skins, and CW-X and checked out all the reviews prices. Definitely not a cheap venture to upgrade from a cheap $49 Nike running tight to this type of equipment, but since I run a lot I am willing to part with a bit more of my money and try them out. More on this later.
I also have a few more shoe reviews going online soon. As mentioned, the miles have been piling up and so did the number of shoes I have been using. This summer I have been running in new Asics Gel-Cumulus and Brooks Ghost 8. So, make sure to keep an eye on the upcoming reviews for those.
Oh, yeah – I almost forgot to mention that since late Spring I am living on a completely vegetarian diet. I am actually not too far off from being Vegan at this point, but it is really hard for me to give up on certain foods completely just yet – even though it is really just a minor part of my diet. I will write more about going vegetarian in a separate blog post.