Meat? Please note that I live a vegetarian lifestyle. So, no real meat for me … ha ha. My legs are still in pain, but it is a good type of pain. As I am training for my very first Ultra-Marathon I am not only training for the distance (or better: time spent on my legs), but I am also training to cover a lot of elevation gain during my runs. Whenever I am out there running I do pick the hilliest route available at almost every occasion. On average a 6-7 mile run has about 500 ft. of elevation gain included. My last long run on Saturday had about 1,600 ft. of elevation gain stretched out over 22 miles. I know this is nothing too impressive for the more experienced ultra-marathon runners, but for me coming from road marathons it is a significant change. [Read more…]
Weekend Saturdays are usually the days of my long runs and usually I am really looking forward to it. I love long runs. So, yesterday was no difference, but it turned out to be not the glamorous run I had hoped it to be. The reason (in my opinion) was less in the running conditions, but how I felt after Friday night. No, I was not out partying late if that is your guess. We had ordered food from a restaurant (Pho) the rice noodles tasted differently and had a different texture, too. They looked Ok and smelled Ok, but I guess in the end they were not Ok and I major stomach and digestive problems for the rest of the day. After visiting the bathroom a few times I went to bed and overall it felt Ok. [Read more…]
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What is your favorite Running Shoe?
First there was the Nike Pegasus running shoe for me and I ran several marathons and half-marathons using the Nike Pegasus, but somehow my love for the Nike shoes has gone cold. The main reason is that they simply do not last long enough and when you run 40-50 miles a week the cost of buying new shoes all the time is just prohibitive. I briefly had a love affair with the New Balance 880 running shoe, but these are hard to find locally or at my favorite online running shoe retailers and I hate paying full retail for running shoes. Then I tried the Mizuno Wave Rider 17 and 18, but I now hate them with passion. This is the one and only shoe company that seems to be out trying to hurt me. Then I went to my local running shoe store and tried out the Brooks Ghost 8 and what a difference. The Brooks Ghost 8 seems like it was made just for me. I am already on my 3rd pair of the Ghost and I know that will not be the end – hopefully for quite a long time. [Read more…]