Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fall Weather Running

Here, in Ohio, Fall is finally starting to set in. I think as a runner you tend to notice the subtle changes in nature a lot quicker because you tend to spend hours outside running at a time, sometimes deep in the trails. I started to notice the leaves turning back in August-not all-but some. Now, the sides of much of the bike path that I run one are gathering little mounds of leaves from where the trail maintenance crew sweeps the foliage over.

The temperatures are beginning to drop to the 50s and 60s. Its a change of pace from some of the heat waves I was running in during the summer.

I ordered the Asics arm warmers today from Runners Warehouse. These arms are getting chilly for real! This is leading me to wonder what the weather will have in store for me come marathon day =/

On my never ending job search I ran across this little Ultra race gem in Minnesota. www.arrowheadultra.com/index.php

Holy 135 mile freezing temps run! The finishing stats from last year speak for just how difficult this race is. I would love to try my legs out on the course.
One day. Maybe 2012?
We'll see.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Columbus Marathon and December 50k Worries

In just a few short weeks I will be running my first marathon. I don't feel prepared. I mean I've followed a marathon training schedule (for the most part) I've done an 18 mile run a few 16 mile runs. I'm just worried that I won't have it in me to run the entire thing. I'm hopefully going to run with a pace group. I have paranoid thoughts like "What if I cant keep up with the pace group?!" or "What if my my Nike watch and the mile markers I've been relying on to track my pace have been completely off ?!?!"

In other news I got an e-mail about the 50k I'm running in December warning us runners to wear bright orange or similar bright colors as there will be hunting going on that same weekend. I've never run a trail 50k before so maybe this is a normal concern? At the same time I'm thinking wtf will I be shot? Is this the Most Dangerous Game or something?!

Green Silence

So since my last post I've run in the Green silences 4 times all between 6-7 mile runs. They are so light on my feet! I didn't experience any blisters or any discomfort although The tongue part of my right shoe ( one half of the tongue is fully connected to the rest of the shoe while the other side is not) on the side that is not connected to the shoe kept curling up a bit but this could be because I didn't tie my shoes tight enough? I don't know. I really like these shoes. I would run in them more but I don't own a Garmin or an iphone and use a Nike sports watch/sensor with a pair of Nike frees to track my pace. Since its so close to the Columbus marathon I don't necessarily want to completely change things up yet.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Brooks Green Silence: September 2010 Women's Release

I've been waiting for Brooks to release the Women's Green Silence since the original February 2010 release. Not only did Brooks create a women size specific option but they ALSO updated the colors from the original Ronald McDonald asymmetrical yellow and red. It's not that I wouldn't have wanted a pair based on those colors, but unfortunately due to my small feet all the available men's sizes were too large.

I was very impressed with the women's color combination. For myself, it seems that Brooks often creates women's shoes in colors that are mainly in pastels and in my opinion not as vibrant and overall "cool looking" as the colors that they create the men's shoes in. Example: I love the style/color of the Brooks Mach 12-let me rephrase this- I love the style/color of the Brooks Mens Mach 12s. The women's color-eh.

The long awaited Green Silence shoes will be on my feet Wednesday morning for my scheduled 10 mile run. I'm very excited and will post a review of the shoes ASAP. I suspect I will LOVE them.