So, I set my eyes on the next marathon and decided to run the Little Rock 2015 Marathon in Arkansas. Now, Arkansas might not necessarily be the most interesting state, but one of my goals in life is to visit all 50 US states before I turn 50 and since I do not know what else to do in Arkansas, why not run a marathon?! I am currently at 45 states with my count and have only 5 left to go. Arkansas is on that list of 5 states I want to visit, so there you have it. The Little Rock Marathon became quite “famous” this year (2014) because of some crazy weather conditions and I really hope that 2015 will be very different in a good way. I heard that the race has been very well organized in the past and that is always something a runner will appreciate.
I have not signed up just yet as the next price increase comes on January 1st, 2015 and so I have plenty of time to do so at the end of December. The marathon in Little Rock is on March 1st which gives me a little bit over 3 months to train for this race. Since I will be (hopefully) well-trained by then I have my eyes set on another state that I want to visit and have never been to: North Dakota
And again I will use a marathon as the reason to go. In early May the Fargo Marathon in North Dakota will be held and at least at the moment that will be my next race after the Little Rock Marathon. The Fargo Marathon has an indoor start and an indoor finish setup inside the Fargo Dome. The weather in North Dakota can be quite cold at this time of the year and so having an indoor start and finish sounds very appealing. Of course I hope the weather will co-operate for the race, but this is another race I am looking forward to. I have been to South Dakota a couple of times, but never made it far enough north to see North Dakota and so I will keep the Fargo Marathon as the next race on my list after the marathon in Arkansas.
The really interesting part now will be on how to train for the Little Rock Marathon. Last year I started my training in February and had to run indoors on an indoor running track to get my miles in because of the weather and I assume that will have to happen again for this training cycle. I prefer to run outside and cold weather does not scare me away, but as an example last February I ran outside for my long run and it was so freaking cold that the Gatorade in my running belt froze while I was running. Another outside run happened in very deep snow and so my feet and my legs got really wet and cold. This time around I will run on the indoor running track as needed and avoid any interruption of my training that way.
I will also start my training with a different running shoe. Late this summer I tried the New Balance 880 running shoe and have been extremely impressed with this shoe. However, during summer I bought another running shoe that was heavily discounted: Asics Gel-Cumulus 15
Since the New Balance 880 is reaching its end of life for me I will start fresh with the Asics Gel Cumulus and see how that shoe is working out for me. If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that I have been a big Nike Pegasus fan for a long time, but that with my increase in mileage I felt that the Pegasus is not necessarily the best shoe. We will see how the Asics work out for me, but I will definitely buy another pair of the New Balance 880 running shoe (or whatever the name of the new version is going to be).
PS: A review of the Asics Gel Cumulus 15 running shoe is coming soon. So, hang on tight and stop by frequently or subscribe to blog updates in the upper right.