|My training calendars - there is a lot of miles there!|
I got new shoes over the weekend. One of the things that my therapist and I determined needed to change right away was my shoes. I have been running in Asics Gel Nimbus for a year now - I have lost four toenails since the end of October - two were removed by my step-mom who is also nurse (super helpful!) and the other two have fallen off on their own just in the last few weeks. It turns out that the toe box on the Asics is just not quite wide enough for me and when I started increasing my miles it ended up taking a toll on my poor feet! So, I have jumped in to some Brooks Adrenaline 11s to see how they feel. The toe box is definitely wider and they feel good - I will be testing them out on the treadmill for the first time tomorrow. I want to take them for a spin indoors first - just in case they are not what I need and can bring them back! It's too gross outside in MN right now to test drive them outdoors. I am hopeful that they will help with my toes and overall with the added distance coming up.
And, I have to tell you I am loving my physical therapy - I have only seen him twice but he is awesome. I have another appt on Friday morning. I am going to put a whole post together. The issue with my hip is pretty common and has a very simple resolution so I want to be sure to share the complete story with you all in case anyone else is struggling with the same pain! More on that later.
In addition to following Hal Higdon's marathon training plan, I have also decided to go back to my running roots and add in some Galloway method as well. Any mileage over 6 miles I will be running intervals - I will run for one mile and then take a 30-60 second walk break. I have found over the last several months that my legs stay fresher and feel stronger when I am taking the walk breaks. It has been a proven method for many of the runners I follow online so I am going to give it a try. I didn't opt for the Galloway marathon training plan however because he has a very different structure than Higdon. Hidgon's longest distance pre-marathon is 20 miles, Galloway's longest distance pre-marathon I think is actually 26 or 28 miles. Higdon's philosophy is that training and adrenaline will carry you the last 6 miles - and I feel that will be the best for me. But, I am staying open - who knows, I may get half way through the training and feel that I need to switch. That's the beauty - I can do that at anytime!
So, here goes nothing! Fargo Marathon here I come! 123 training days remaining!
|Me and the girls post Resolution Run on 12/31/11|