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To train or not to train? What a silly question, right? Of course, I 100% believe in training and being as physically and mentally prepared for a race as possible. The reason why I even brought up the topic was because I came across this article today. Pamela Anderson is running the NYC Marathon this year and mentioned the training she has been doing. She said 12 miles was the longest distance she has run so far. And the best part…she says she has been training for 6 months! Somehow I have a hard time believing this. How do you train for 6 months, for a marathon, and only run 12 miles as your longest run? I don’t wish bad on anyone, so I hope she is able to finish the marathon.

It is funny that I came across that article today because that is exactly how far we ran today for our training. We weren’t sure if the weather was going to hold out for us or not because it looked like this when we got to the lake this morning.

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And like this in the other direction.

DSCN0349The clouds did not look very promising, but we started our warm-up walk anyway. It didn’t look as bad this way, but those clouds just kept circling around and around.

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The ducks were out on the lake this morning during our warm-up walk.

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Have I mentioned that I love running down here? Well, I do! Even when it looks like it did out there today.

Probably the hardest thing for me to figure out, still, is what I should wear when the weather starts getting cooler. I get cold very quickly and easily, especially when we are just starting out and doing our cool down walk, so I tend to overdress. Today, was one of those days where I wasn’t sure what to wear. It was 47 degrees, windy, and very overcast. Here is what I decided to wear for today’s 12 mile run.

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While I wasn’t boiling, it did get warm at times throughout the run. I have to say though, that I LOVE that Nike jacket! I even have 2 of them! The jacket was perfect, but I think the Reebok long-sleeve shirt underneath might have been too heavy. I probably would have been alright in just the shorts too, once I got running. My hands love those Nike gloves though. They are a dri-fit material and lightweight. They are perfect for runs when the temperature isn’t super cold, but not really warm either. My hands stayed nice and warm. I even took the gloves off at mile 4 and they fit nicely into the pockets of my jacket.

This is another reason why training is important. Not only for getting the miles in and time on your feet, but to test out your running gear. Of course we still don’t know exactly what the weather will be like on race day, but if it is anything like today, I know I will be wearing shorts, a short sleeve shirt, and gloves (to start) because I will warm-up. I couldn’t have run in what I had on today for 26.2 miles! No way!

Despite the looming clouds and not being sure how much gear to wear, we had a really good run today. Here is a quick recap…

Today was another drawback week for us, so we only had 12 miles on the schedule. This is the first weekend in 7 that we haven’t run at least a half-marathon. We hit some rain between miles 2 and 3 and then a few sprinkles again at mile 10, so I was thankful for the jacket.

Our splits for today’s run:

1— 9:43
2— 9:29
3— 9:24
4— 9:26
5– 10:13 (2 min. walk)
6— 9:29
7— 9:24
8— 9:21
9– 10:12 (2 min. walk)
10– 9:25
11– 9:36
12– 9:14

Total time: 1:54.55

A great run with some cool running weather. The temperature only increased 1 degree while we were out there, so it was only 48 degrees by the end of today’s run.

Can’t forget the shoes! I love my Mizunos. These are the Wave Rider 16. I have tried a few other brands, but nothing compared to my Mizunos. I even tried a different Mizuno style, but ended up going back to the Wave Riders.

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Our cool down walk was chilly, but it never stops me from stopping to take some pictures. It was starting to look a little better by the time we finished running this morning.

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Running down by the lake is great (oh, and I was wrong yesterday…it is a 6.5 mile loop), but it is so sad seeing so many beautiful dogs down there without homes. There are a lot of wild dogs here. I just want to bring them all home. Here is a beauty that we saw on our cool down walk.

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I came across this post last night and it totally made me laugh! It is 28 reasons why training for a marathon is the worst thing ever. My favorites were:

“But you didn’t know then what you know now. Like the fact that you have to actually train?”

“So you do some research only to find out that the first person to ever run a marathon died shortly thereafter. Yeah, DIED.”

“Because after all, it just takes a few hundred hours of training and some body glide and you’ll be a marathoner in no time.”

What were your favorites?

Reading some of those also made me wonder…

Do you listen to music while you run? 

– I do not. I never have. I use it as a time to think, clear my head, or if it is a long run…to talk to the person I am running with.

How many marathons have you run?

– I am training for my 4th and said I wouldn’t do another one after the first! 😉

How long have you been running?

– I started running on July 12, 2010 and haven’t stopped (for more than a couple of days at a time) since.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Thanks for reading!

~Brooke & Rob