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Feb 26 2014
Happy running: Equipment basics
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True story:
A friend I know who was training for her first marathon was traveling on business when her 18 mile training run was scheduled. Not being familiar or comfortable with the area to do a long run outside the hotel, she did the entire 18 miles on a 12’ X 12’ balcony (you do the math).

Another friend qualified for the Boston Marathon. Missing the opportunity because of a chronic knee issue was not an option, so he trained entirely by walking laps in a pool. The water in the pool provided buoyancy for the knee injury and also resistance. Both completed their events.

The longest run I did before the ‘93 marathon was 16 miles on the Friday before a Sunday marathon. That is NOT an example of “tapering.” Also, half of my cardio training pre-race was aerobic classes. Those stories, in part, are an assortment of knowledge for the HFM Maritime Marathon in June.


To date, training has been sporadic … but on Monday had my first official training run (7 miles/78 minutes). Then Thursday 55 minutes of BC (Boot Camp) type exercises and Yoga (Burpees, Bosu Ball, kettle bells…etc.). Noting my heart rate peaked to 155 bpm. I have a schedule in my head of what I need, but logistics will vary the training. So there will be no spread sheet. Notations are related to accumulations of workout routines and adjustments.


And to the point … some basics related to clothing and gear:
I wear minimalist model shoes, wool toe socks, and lightweight tech clothing. In my closet, at least 6 pair of running shoes rest in various stages of decline. Rotate your shoes. Most of my running is treadmill so shoes last longer; but still 300 miles on a pair of dedicated running shoes is the max. More miles and you could be dealing with joint issues or injuries. If you plan to have new shoes for the event, make sure they have 30-40 miles on them pre-race day. Not just to break them in, but to make sure they fit. NO guarantee that a new pair of the same model and size will feel the same on “experienced” feet, so give time to the selection process.


Any local shoe store recommendations? Input here is appreciated.

Though I have not had blisters, the information improves. So the smart wool toe socks are my choice for training and event.

  • Wool socks; breath, wick, and hug the foot shape
  • Smart wool; washes normally with workout clothes
  • Toe socks; cover each toe and reduce condition for blisters
  • Feet need to be as dry as possible on runs and race days
  • Technical light weight fabrics are preferable to cotton (abrasive when damp)


If you have not considered running, it is inexpensive and accessible to most everyone anywhere.

If you have questions ask a runner. Their responses are usually positive and full of emotion, if not ask another runner. Happy running!!


Learn more about the HFM Maritime Marathon:
maritimemarathon.org

 

 


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