Race Name: Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Date: December 4, 2011
Footwear: Inov-8 f-lite 195
After finishing the Chicago Marathon in October I hit the streets hard to prepare for the Las Vegas Marathon, my second full marathon. Unfortunately, a couple weeks before the race I went out on an interval run to test out a new pair of shoes (Inov-8 Bare-X 200) and made a terrible error. With “barefoot” shoes I usually remove the insole for a closer-to-the-ground, more flexible feel in the shoe. Well, turns out it’s best if you remove them both rather than just one. Six miles later and I had one inflamed achilles tendon, just in time for it to affect the marathon I’ve been training for.
Being a night race, I had to prepare for it differently than if it was a morning race, mostly by watching what I ate and making sure I wasn’t tired or sluggish by race time. Ended up having real oatmeal and blueberries for breakfast, and then a bean and chicken burrito for lunch, and lots of water. For dinner I stuck with a Clif Bar and banana, which is my normal breakfast before a morning race.