I spent $30 bucks on this image - it's going everywhere. That's me (duh) at the race this past Sunday. Pros - both feet off the ground, which is good to see. Not too much waist fat showing. Pretty cool angle on the legs. Arms look muscle-y. Cons - I think I'm held up by the combo high arms/clenched fist action. Need to work on that.
I started marathon training this past Monday. The first day was six miles - and it was hard. What - I can't PR and then bounce right back? Inconceivable! After that first run, however, I have to say all the rest were super great. The one that I had the most nervousness about was on Tuesday - 5 miles easy + 5 miles moderate = 10 miles total. I've done 10+ miles multiple times but for some reason this was overblown in my mind. Happily I really got into it and ended up with a great run - followed by a series of great runs all the way through this morning. I'm feeling extremely confident about this training schedule - but talk to me in 19 weeks when I'm approaching the race!
I also am going to be finishing a running streak on July 4 - the Runner's World streak. I am totally looking forward to it - I think I need a rest!
Today's run was 4 miles - breaking in new shoes! Well, relatively new; they were a pair of orange Ravenna 2s that I got several months ago when I saw they were releasing a new model. Wearing them really made me realize how beat down my three pairs I run in (Asics 2160, 2150, and Ravenna 2s) are. They are all in the 250-300 mile range.
I want to get another new pair of running shoes, and right now I am drooling over the Mizuno Wave Elixir since I saw someone wearing them at the 10K. I'm also thinking of the Inspires as a more day to day shoe. I might get both. I'm worth it! Plus saving my knees is worth it.