Marathon Training – Weeks 14 and 15

I can honestly say that I’m ready for the marathon!! Especially after Saturday’s 22(.81) mile long run!

Did you hear that?! I ran almost 23 miles!!! And it didn’t suck!!

Switching my long runs to Saturday, and using :30/:30 run/walk intervals have made all the difference. And I also bought a(nother) new pair of shoes just for long runs – the Brooks Launch 2. They have just enough forefoot cushion, and the arch support is perfect! I bought them on Friday and wore them Saturday. No break-in period needed. No blisters. They are awesome! So that means I have the shoe choice narrowed down to either the Launch or the Newton Fates.

Brooks Launch 2
Brooks Launch 2
Newton Fate
Newton Fate

My husband bought me the Camelbak marathon vest as an early birthday present because I was worried about how to carry fuel/water, etc…  I’ve tried different fuel belts but none of them have worked out (I have no hips). The vest was wonderful! No chafing, plenty of storage pockets, adjustable. I only filled it halfway because I was worried about carrying an extra 6-7 pounds (it holds 70 ounces), so there was some sloshing that took a little while to get used to, but overall it was comfortable and I highly recommend it!

Still smiling at mile 22 :)
Still smiling at mile 22 :)

Another early birthday present I received was a Gymboss timer (thanks Natalie!!!) and it worked out perfect also. It was very easy to set up, and when the timer ran out I only had to push 2 buttons to restart it. I clipped it onto the shoulder of the vest so that I could hear it over my music, and it was plenty loud enough.

And here’s how the last 2 weeks of training went:

Week 16. Only ran 4 days and still got in 30 miles!
Week 15. Only ran 4 days and still got in 30 miles!

Week 14

I really don’t mean to go 2 weeks between postings. I think time just gets away from me. I will try to do better :) Have a great week everyone!

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10 thoughts on “Marathon Training – Weeks 14 and 15

  1. Seriously, you look like you just stepped out there. Fresh as a daisy Girl! You are going to kill that marathon! The GymBoss sounds pretty cool! I’ll have to check in to that. And your new shoes look super comfy.

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  2. Yay!!! You are totally ready!!!
    You’re very welcome…..it’s good to have an extra in case Lucy gets to one ;-)

  3. I like the Launch too. Good high-mileage, neutral, cushioned trainer for the experienced runner with clean form. Reminds me of the original Nike Pegasus, or the old Gel Cumulus. The problem with shoe companies is they feel the need to ‘improve’ these basic neutral cushion shoes by adding technology – then I can’ run in them any more..,
    C-,

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