I am in the middle of marathon training and long runs are a major part of it. We’re also in the middle of Winter and so I have to watch the weather forecast a bit more closely, but also plan the runs in more detail. Last year on one of my long runs in Winter it was so !@#$ cold that the Gatorade in my bottles froze while I was running and I had to stop at a McDonald’s to use their electric hand dryer machine to get the Gatorade back into a fluid state. While weather is important for your long run, there are several other things I do to prepare for my runs.
The miles are piling up lately – no wonder since I kicked off my marathon training for the Little Rock Marathon two weeks ago. According to my Nike Plus account dashboard I ran over 160 miles in the last 30 days. That number would be even higher if I would have skipped the Kosama workouts and would have went for a run instead. Internally I count each Kosama workout as an equivalent of a 5 mile run, but let’s not go there. 160 miles in the last 30 days is way more than I had expected. Saturday was my long run day and I had hoped to use the warmer weather midday to get out, but it was dark by the time I was ready for my run due to some work related stuff going on. [Read more…]