Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturday (18-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 8 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 18 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year.

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It’s amazing how much difference a few degrees makes. Thanks to Hurricane Nate pushing up through the Gulf of Mexico my run started out around 74° and never cooled off.

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2017 Gift Guide for Runners

I have been running for over 20 years and one question that seems to come up quite often is what type of running gifts to get that special runner. I’ve run with my kids, through the mountains,  and 5ks to marathons (no ultras yet). Runners can be quite picky about their shoes, nutrition, watches, and other gadgets. However, many runners have an ongoing wish list of running themed items they would love to have, and here are just a few.

1. FlipBelt

   

Yes, there are all kinds of belts out there but this is my favorite. I have completed seven marathons wearing a FlipBelt.  I wear it at the gym to hold my phone and iPod. I have worn my FlipBelt while flying across the country (to hold money, ID, and phone). I also wear it when I do Black Friday shopping – it holds my cards, phone, car keys, and frees up my hands to hold and carry the important stuff. FlipBelts are true to size and an excellent investment for any runner, yogi, gym rat, hiker, or walker (just to name a few). Cost: $28.99

 

2. NOXGEAR Tracer360 Vest

As the days get shorter many runners find themselves covering morning and evening miles in the dark. This vest was built with runners and cyclists in mind as it rotates between six bright colors that help passing motorists pay attention. It is lightweight and adjustable and can be worn over jackets and doesn’t affect your hydration belt or heart rate monitor. The vest requires three (3) AAA batteries and will stay illuminated for 40 hours. NOXGEAR also makes illuminated vests/harnesses for our four legged friends! Cost: $55.00 – 70.00

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Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Sunday (17-miler)

 

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 10 weeks

Long Run Sunday: 17 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year.

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This was actually a long run Sunday, which was followed by church, lunch, movie time with the kids, dinner, meal prep for the week, and then hitting the pillow sometime after it got dark, which felt like quite the accomplishment considering I was ready to tag out and go to sleep about 7:00 pm.

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Marathon #8 Training: Long Run Saturdays (14-miler)

Countdown to St. Jude Memphis Marathon: 12 weeks

Long Run Saturday: 14 miles

Training Plan: Hal Higdon Novice II

So, I have this amazing life long goal of running 50 marathons in 50 states. The St. Jude Marathon will be Marathon #8 overall and my third marathon of the year. Running three marathons in a year was never my plan, but when work sent me to New York in June, I had to add a marathon into the work trip. The timing of my marathons this year has been spaced out: February, June, and December. I have been able to scale back the mileage in between training for each marathon which has given me a little extra recovery time, not like in 2015 when I ran two marathons two weekends apart. Continue reading