Archive for July 2015

More Miles, More Shoes

Two marathons.

And all the miles in between and after.

It was time for new running shoes. Really time.

trump art running heads
Yesterday, I got out of work early, headed down to Paragon Sports to get some shoe guidance and make some decisions.

Two years ago, I bought my first pair of shoes there and they were awesome. The shoe wizard recommended the (then) new Adidias Energy Boost and it was love at first stride.

Then, before my first marathon, I found they were worn to shreds and I replaced them. By then they had the 2nd generation, but there was a tough plastic piece I didn’t like so I stuck with the 1st generation.

energy boost shoes best running shoes ever

This time around, my beloved 1st generation boosts were nowhere to be found. I decided on the Ultra Boost, which features a touch extra foam cushioning and a little big of a thus far strange fit on the heel, but my other options were a big drop off in cushioning which didn’t interest me since most of my runs are longer and on pavement. Also, this was the only color available:

new running shoes

I would like to note: of all three shoes pictured, each was probably my last choice for color and the only color left. Will I ever acquire a running shoe that doesn’t violate my eyes on a daily basis? Time will tell.

And then I was off! I jumped immediately into my new kicks and headed for the Hudson River Park to make my way home uptown (way uptown).

The last of the weekend’s heat wave was still lingering and when the sun came out in force about halfway thru, it was hot hot HOT.

It has been a long time since I ran along the Hudson though and there were tons of new sculptures and installations to look at along the way.
Hudson River Park Head ArtAll in all, I started out the week with some solid miles and I am stoked.

This run entailed: 1 1/2 mile warm up (to paragon) + 8 sweaty cruising miles =9 1/2 miles, probably my distance day for this week.

So far, right on course for 13 miles of pacing at the Beast of Burden Summer Utra! Can’t wait!

New York City Marathon Training: Round 2

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TCS New York City Marathon Training!

I’m back and ready for more miles.

I did a bit of running on and off the past several months, but between recovering from my knee injury last fall, planning a wedding, and recovering from planning said wedding, my consistency took a hit. It wasn’t until a few weeks after the wedding commotion died down, I suspected I was getting some summertime blues.

And then I woke up- the city was baking and I realized, guiltily, I’m behind being acclimated to the humidity. For god’s sake: there’s a marathon coming down the line and it’s time to make some moves!

NYC 2015: There’s a Sub-4 to Settle

Last year I stupidly, albeit mysteriously, injured myself three weeks out from the marathon and somehow hobbled through on race day without blowing anything out completely. So this year, my two main goals are as follows:

1.) Have an injury free training season! This means I need to:
a.) find and buy new running shoes immediately
b.) learn to take time for recovery tools, like icing and stretching.

2.) Fingers crossed- If I can stay injury free, I think I have a really good shot at sub-4 hrs. Before my late injury last year, I was right on track to finish around 4 hours, so hopefully I can get back to that zone.

That’s all I got for now! As I finish this, I am watching “Ultramarathon Man,” with Dean Karnazes. There’s a lot going on in this movie that could, and may be, talked about. But right now I think the main take away is Karnazes ordered and ate fresh pizza in the middle of his marathons.  Whikki-whaa?? (Record scratch) Make that my 3rd goal.