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2011 Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Race Name: Rock n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon

Date: December 4, 2011

Distance:  Marathon

Footwear: Inov-8 f-lite 195

Time: 4:40:31

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.

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By on December 7, 2011 in Race Reports

2011 Chicago Marathon

Race Name: Bank of America Chicago Marathon

Date: October 9, 2011

Distance: Marathon

Footwear: Inov-8 f-lite 195

Time: 5:35:18

I left Las Vegas as a “runner” and returned home as a marathoner, having completed the Chicago Marathon.

A good friend of mine, Ryan (different than the Ryan that posts here), with whom I talk running quite a bit, lives in Northwest Indiana. We decided that we each wanted to run a marathon so I told him that if he wanted to run one I would fly out and run the Chicago Marathon with him. Go big or go home, right? It was supposed to be his first full marathon and my second, but an IT-band injury in February of 2011 disrupted my training enough to prevent me from sticking to my original plan. As a result it was a first for both of us, which worked out for the best.

Thanks to another IT-band injury in the other knee (did I didn’t really know what I was doing as far as training went?), my plans for a fast marathon were altered, and I focused my training for the 2011 Las Vegas Marathon in December, with the Chicago Marathon being a “fun run” with no time goal in the middle of my training. To add to the disruption of the IT-band injury, I welcomed my second child into our family in July, a mere three months before my first marathon. Nothing like waking up six times in a night to help you amp up your mileage  and feel rested. There was also another, very personal family tragedy that I won’t talk about here, but it both hurt my training and propelled me to new levels of mental strength and determination at the same time.

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By on October 12, 2011 in Race Reports