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.
The forecast for Thursday is still wide open, but it looks like the snow will fall through-out the entire day which would suck big time. I also have the feeling that this storm system might be the one that is moving towards Little Rock, but I am not sure yet. The forecast for Little Rock is not looking too good either. I have two potential routes I can take out of Denver, but I have to check and see which way the storm system is heading. I can go south into New Mexico and then cutover towards Arkansas through the Texas Panhandle or I can head out straight East on Interstate 70 and then head south-east through Kansas and Oklahoma into Arkansas. Both routes are almost the same in regards to time and distance to travel, but now it really depends on the weather pattern for Thursday. Argh ….
Running Shoes for a Marathon
Most of my training was done on some Asics Cumulus running shoes and then on some Nike Pegasus running shoes, but for the Marathon in Little Rock I will be using a new pair of the New Balance 880 v3 running shoe. I actually bought two new pairs of the previous year’s model through a reseller on Amazon and scored an amazing deal that way. I had these shoes before and really loved how they felt and performed and so it was a no-brainer to buy them again at such a discounted price. I took the first pair and broke it in on a seven mile treadmill run on Saturday. I wore them to work all day yesterday and I used them this morning for a 10K run in the snow this morning. I have one more run planned for tomorrow morning where I will use them again and then I will wear them on my drive to Little Rock. By the time I hit the start line on Sunday morning they should be completely broken in and ready for the race. You can read my original review about the New Balance 880 running shoes here. You can read my Nike Pegasus 31 review here – that’s the running shoe I used for the last 6 weeks of my marathon training.
Little Rock Marathon
I am excited that the marathon race week is finally here. I have never been to Arkansas and I am excited to knock this state off my list. I mentioned this in another blog post, but I want to visit all 50 US states and the current counter sits at 45. Arkansas will be my 46th state accordingly. I want to use Saturday to do some site-seeing – specifically I want to visit the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. I am not sure what else there is in Little Rock, but I am sure I will figure something out.
As mentioned before the weather forecast for Little Rock is not looking too good at the moment, but I hope it changes just enough to make this race a dry one. I do not care about temperatures, but not having to run in rain or snow would be fantastic. I do have a brand-new Ultimate Direction (<– affiliate link) running vest (SJ Ultra Vest 2.0) which will allow me to carry some extra clothing or to shed some extra clothing during the race if necessary. Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining, but it would be nice to have some decent weather for the run – not just for the runners, but also for the people in Little Rock who have organized this race. They have put a lot of effort and work into this event and deserve the best outcome.
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