Sunday, February 24, 2008

Run Baby Run

Over the past four years, running has become a part of me. I was always training for a marathon. After my Miami marathon, I took about two weeks off from running and pondered my next move.

What marathons should I do in the spring?
Should I focus on local trail races or 5K races?
Should I train for a 50 mile ultra marathon?

And of course I struggled with a question most runners face .... what running shoes should I wear? I experimented with a handful of shoes last year, following all the advices from so-called experts. I haven't found a pair of running shoes that won't give me blisters, blood clogs or loose toe nails after long runs.
ASICS GEL-Kayano® 14
My shoes of choice are still ASICS GEL-Kayano®. I took my Kayano's out for a snowy 13 mile run yesterday. I ran at comfortable pace and still finished under two hours. I'm probably going to switch shoes every weekend for the next month.


Saturday, February 16, 2008


Hair's the story
Originally uploaded by reflexblue

Gliding is when you do nothing in the water, but you still move fast. It sounds simple, but it took me almost two years of regular freestyle swimming to finalize glide. I had to learn to relax until the water and let my body momentum push myself forward.
I finally got this concept two weeks ago. Gliding reduces my stroke count by at least 3 per length of the pool. I use less upper body strength, and increase my endurance. Now when the coach says 100 EZ, I happily put out.