It’s hard to wake up in the morning and head out for a run when you’re dead tired. It’s hard to make yourself go outside and run in the rain, in the cold or after a long, ruthless day at work. It takes sacrifice, willingness to suffer and plenty of determination. You can’t get that in any store in any country, and that’s what makes running so special.
 
Marc Lindsay, Active.com

(Source: active.com)

Twin Cities Marathon training set to begin this week. Only 62 days until race day.

Twin Cities Marathon training set to begin this week. Only 62 days until race day.

Zero Drop

I recently received a pair of Altra Torin 1.5 Zero Drop shoes in a drawing from the newest running shop in town, 605 Running Co.

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For the past 3+ months, I have been battling IT Band Syndrome in my right knee. Getting healthy has been a struggle both mentally and physically. I’m pleased to find that simply switching to a minimalist shoe has improved my form and reduced the pain in my knee.

Switching to Altra has been more of a test than anything. My whole life, I have been a diehard Asics guy. I have worn the Kayano as long as I can remember. I’m finding now that shoes with built up heels and constriction may have been making me lazy in my running form. Altra, on the other hand, is a great teaching tool. From the first run I took them on, I could feel improved efficiency in my form.

I have only gone on three runs with the Altra Torin 1.5s, but already I am loving them.

Asics GEL-Kayano 20
Weight  11.3 oz.
Heel-to-toe drop  10 mm

Altra Torin 1.5
Weight  9.3 oz.
Heel-to-toe drop  0 mm

Time off

Much to my dismay, I plan on taking about two weeks off from any physical activity in an effort to let my knee heal.

Official training for the Twin Cities Marathon begins in early August. I will focus on core strengthening and weight lifting during this time off. There will most likely be several rounds of disc golf and dog walks mixed in there, too.

Ugh. Injuries really, really stink.

Mileage for week of July 7

Last week, I ran 25.2 miles. This week, I ran 26.4 miles. I will continue increasing my mileage by small gains each week, until the first week of August, when my nine weeks of marathon training begins.