It is Time to Stop Experimenting as Much
Over the course of the next 13 months I am looking to start using running equipment that I will be using to train for the Marine Corps Marathon 2013 under 3:30.
There are new and not so new innovations that can help runners train more efficiently and effectively, as well as reduce downtime due to the little aches and pains we all seem to collect when training hard.
This past year has been about finding out what running equipment works for me and doing a lot of experimenting with different shoes, apps, clothes, socks, etc. It is now getting the equipment that I will be using to prepare for MCM2013.
I have gotten the running shoes choices down to three manufacturers that I will choose between. Making this decision is something that really want to do soon and really is not an easy decision. This way I am not experimenting with the next “new” great shoe that comes out over the next year, instead of focusing on my training goals.
Ideally I will have my primary model identified and run in that model most of 2013.
What am I looking for?
- a lighter weight shoe (preferably around/under 10 oz.)
- promotes forefoot/midfoot landing
- a little more cushiony feel than firm
- lower drop (4-8 MM) I am not sure that zero drop is right for me or not yet?
- a sole that will last 300-400 miles (500 would be even better).
- closed mesh upper – I run on too many dirt roads and on dirt shoulders/ditches to have an open mesh.
One company has a bit of a lead over the others, but I looked at a couple of their newer models at a store today and well, I refuse to do shoe surgery again when I buy a new pair of shoes. So I may need to look at more of their models and models from the other companies a lot closer.
Sorry Amanda over at Miss Zippy, I want to focus on my running and let the electronics take care of the mundane things like mile splits, approximately how far I am running. mapping courses and the other things that GPS watches or apps can do.
I have to choose between getting a basic GPS watch or going ahead and biting the bullet and getting another smart phone, so I can use one of the various GPS Apps (probably Nike+ or Garmin Connect).
The smart phone can do a lot more, but is bulky and I would have to wear a belt of some kind to have it with me, since I don’t like the arm holders. Then there is the data bullet and 2 year plan that I would have to bite no matter which carrier, I choose. The GPS Apps works fine without using a data plan, but as far as I know there is no way to turn off the data upload, when I just want to use GPS and running 40-60 miles a week would eat up a 2GB data plan pretty quickly.
I am really up in the air, which way I should go with this, both have their pros/cons, Maybe do both – get a cheaper GPS watch and then get a Droid Phone, then it is an extra $30.00 a month for 2GB of Data.
Decisions, Decisions. I have a feeling that either way, I will end up with a less expensive GPS watch.
These are often overlooked, but play a huge part in how your feet feel during a race or training run. I have found out that compression style socks whether ankle or full-length don’t work for me when I am running. They cram my toes together too much. I prefer to let my toes splay out. I have found some socks that I like a lot, but still am not completely happy with them.
Who knows maybe I need to try a pair of toe socks and see how they work.
I like compression gear. I have compression: socks, calf sleeves, knee sleeves, shorts and shirts. However, I don’t wear the socks during my runs, I found for me they work better after the run. The compression shorts I wear on almost every run – they are the best thing I have found to prevent chafing and help my legs feel better during a run. the shirts prevent under arm and nipple chafe, but I usually wear them under other shirts, I am not “buff” enough to run in them too much in public .
I don’t have sunglasses so I almost always wear a hat when I am running. I am finding that my hat from JackRabbitCaps is becoming my go to hat for running. It is comfortable and wicks sweat away.
I definitely need to update my running shorts, they are all large and extra large from the early part of the last decade – so it is time. I have plenty of tech t-shirts and cotton shirts, so this isn’t a problem. Outerwear, like running jackets, gloves/mittens, hats/head bands, wind pants, I am in pretty good shape. Although I do need to look at getting some winter running pants/tights to get me through the winter.
The vents mmm I mean holes in the sides aren’t supposed to be there.
The reality is that
I am going to figure out which shoes I will be running in sooner rather than later. The GPS system I will be using to track my approximate mileage I want in place by the new year so that I can get used to it and have 2013 data there and available to do keep track of how I am doing or if I break down and get a coach.
Ah the problems of a modern runner, sometimes it almost seems it would just be easier to go back to running like I did back in the 70’s – slather on the Vaseline, start my stopwatch, go run and then write down things in my training log.
Naw too many of the modern running accessories do make it easier to keep track of our running and help reduce down-time due to the aches and pains we tend to get. Plus if I ever break down and get a coach, it is easier for them to manipulate data electronically, than it is in a spreadsheet or this blog .
So it is time to stop experimenting and figure out what works for me. Then after MCM 2013, I can go back to experimenting , which I actually love to do.
Is there any go to pieces of equipment that I absolutely need or should be using, that will help me prepare for and finish the MCM 2013 that I missed?