Marathon Training is well underway now. It all began with a half marathon distance run just over a week ago and after several weekday runs my second longer training run was this Saturday. The weather kind of cooperated with blue skies and warmer (warm for us here) temperatures, too. There was still plenty of snow on the ground, but the trails and sidewalks were mostly in good shape and so I ran outside.
It was windy which was not mentioned in the weather forecast and it felt like I headwinds the entire run – that part was not fun. Running outside after a week with arctic temperatures was definitely a bonus. I do not want to say I had cabin fever, but running on an indoor running track is just not the same. I still prefer the indoor running track over running on a treadmill, but nothing beats a run outdoors.
Well, my plan really did not have any specifics for this long run other than cover at least the half marathon distance, but preferably go a bit longer. I also was not sure about what type of pace to pick and so I totally ran by feel. This turned out to be a pace averaging between 8:40 minutes per mile and 8:50 minutes per mile and for most of the time I felt very comfortable running this speed. The last 1.5 miles was a long-stretching uphill run and that really zapped the energy out of my legs after this distance and this pace, but even though it sucked I still liked it in the end. I do not want to feel too comfortable with my runs and workouts in general. I want to feel challenged by my runs and workouts because then I know that it was a good run or workout and that my body will improve from the effort.
I ran for almost 16 miles and the average pace came in 8:46 minutes per mile. This is a good increase in distance from last Saturday’s run. The total mileage for this first week of marathon training added up to 35.94 miles aka 36 miles. That is a good start – especially considering that I had five Kosama workouts on top of it. I think the full-body workout that I am doing at Kosama is a great workout that makes my running better. The run this Saturday completed week #2 of my marathon training, but technically was the first full trainings week. I did start my marathon training on Saturday February 1, 2014.
What else did happen this week?
I felt that my old blog design looked blunt and boring and did not really like it anymore. I spent a couple hours this afternoon and played with a couple other options. I wanted something that allows me to better present certain content like my free marathon training plan or my marathon book that I published earlier this year. I do have access to some premium blog templates from my own online business and after playing around with a few of those I picked a new template. I might still adjust the color scheme a bit and I have not decided if I “need” a custom logo for the website, but overall I am very happy with the more professional look of the website.
I had the chance to buy another pair of the Nike Pegasus 29 running shoe at the local Nike Outlet Store, but decided against. While I have been a big fan of the Nike Pegasus shoe for a long, I am not that impressed with Pegasus 29. The latest pair that I have is approaching the 200 mile marker and it does not feel really that good anymore. I doubt I will get a solid 300 miles out of this shoe. I am also re-using the older Pegasus shoes for my Kosama workouts and with rotating two pairs of this shoe I can honestly say that they are well beyond the point where it is “safe” to use them. During certain cardio workouts my feet and legs really hurt – even though these shoes have just about 300-350 road miles on them. Next week I will go shopping for another running shoe and add it to my rotation for training runs. I am leaning towards the Mizuno Wave Rider 17, but I recently saw that Pavement Runner is a big fan of the ASICS Kayano Running Shoe. I have to read up on it and maybe try it on at the local runner store. There is still a 3rd option on the table – I am inclined to try one of the Altra running shoes. I found some of their training videos last year and adjusted my running style a bit – all based on those training videos and I am really glad I made the change. I am still running “hybrid” – especially on the longer runs because it is a long and rocky road to change your running style. You want to do it in a safe way so that you do not hurt yourself. So many good running shoes out there, just hard to decide which one to try. I definitely I need to do it early in my marathon training cycle as I do not want to put my training at risk. Decisions, decisions …