The marathon is an incredible challenge every time you try it. Yesterday I ran the Kiawah Island Marathon in 3:19:18. Not the 3:10 i was on pace for through the half but respectable for an old dude. It was my 14th and i find, the more I try it, the faster i want to go, the more it hurts. I still love it.
There has been a huge amount of controversy regarding the City and NYRR’s decision to run the NYC Marathon this weekend. As much as I love this race and as hard as you work for this one day, as much as I want it to go on, I think it is crazy to see this race go as planned while people remain homeless, without adequate food, power or heat. Many parts of NYC, Long Island and NJ are still in horrible shape and need help. Rather than boycott I have chosen to use it as an opportunity to try to do something good. Please donate via the below link to the American Red Cross and support my run. And anyone else running please sign up and join this to spread the word. Thanks you. Jon
I have a ridiculous collection of running shoes that i have amassed over the course of training for close to 100 races over the last 7 years. I have tried just about everything over the years (Asics, Adidas, Brooks, Saucony, etc) but my running brand of choice has been Nike. Running shoes are a tricky thing. When you find something that works, you don’t want to switch it up but eventually companies discontinue the shoe you love and force you to try something new. I usually buy up whatever stock I find of the shoe i am currently using and try to delay the switch as long as possible. I have loved the Nike Lunar Trainer 2 for last 3 marathons i have trained for but they are starting to disappear. I have enough to get me through this year. I change them every 200-250 miles depending on how they are wearing, which is about every 4-6 weeks depending upon where i am training wise. As far as this collection, I think they would be better served to donate them than to dominate my closet. Would love to see them end up in Kenya or Ethiopia.
New running technology always scares me. All the barefoot talk is a lot of hype. I do not disagree that all the motion control and technology may hurt more than help but we live in a society where we don’t build the muscles over time that would enable us to run barefoot without getting hurt. Those who do, grew up walking and running barefoot from birth. I do believe less is more in a shoe. Flat, simple and neutral shoes are what i run in. Currently I am using the new Nike LunarRacer 2 and loving them. I am skeptical that the Newtons are a natural way to run. And then i just came across these. They look interesting to me.