{Wisconsin Marathon Training-Week 10}

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This week presented several opportunities for cross training and enjoying winter outside. Overall mileage was disappointing, but we moved our long run to tomorrow so we both felt more like running. Ryan has a cold and we both stayed up WAY too late on Saturday night. Staying up until 3:30 in the morning does not make you want to run your long run. Oops!

Monday-5 miles (Sarah)

Easy miles outside

Tuesday-8 miles (both I us)


Wednesday-Ice Skating for 1 hour




Thursday-4 miles

Friday-New Sneaks for both of us

Ryan needed new shoes and I forgot mine, so we stopped at a sporting goods store. Ryan tried on three pairs of shoes-Asics Gel Nimbus (too cushioned), Mizuno Wave Riders (not enough cushion/support), and the Brooks Glycerine (a perfect balance of cushion and support). I bought the latest version of the same shoe I have earlier versions of and love-Mizuno Wave Rider 17’s.

Saturday-6 mile snow trek to Apostle Island Sea Caves


After over four hours hiking through the snow and ice we were wiped. We decided to count those miles as our run.
A full post with lots of pictures coming later this week!

Sunday-Hour long yoga class
Moved our long run to Monday.

Ryan’s Tip of the Week-See Sarah’s tip

Sarah’s Tip of the Week-When training for your first marathon one of the most important purchases you will make is your running shoes. It is extremely important that you purchase shoes that fit your feet and your body. Initially I purchased shoes based on trial and error. Most shoes I’ve purchased, I’ve been very happy with minus a few exceptions. Over the years my shoe styles have changed slightly.

Training for my first few marathons I felt I needed the extra cushioning of the Asics Gel Nimbus for my joints. I also got lots of miles out of this style of shoe, usually around 450-500 miles, which did wonders for my wallet. I stuck with this style of for a long time. Once you find a shoe you love, buy multiple pairs. I often buy the same older style of shoe in multiple colors when the newer model comes out to save money.
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It usually only takes buying the wrong shoe one time to make you realize how significant the right shoe is. Training for my second marathon I thought I needed a more expensive shoe since I was a more serious runner. I bought a “better” pair of shoes, or so I thought. Eight miles out on a sixteen mile out and back run and I was in significant pain. When I got home I had a blister on each arch, both two and a half inches in diameter. I had to drain the blisters multiple times a day, and the foolish act on my part left me sidelined from running for more than a week. Once you find a shoe you love, don’t think buying a more expensive pair is better. The best shoe it the one that fits you well.
As my training has progressed over the past years I wanted a less bulky and lighter shoe, but that would still provide comfort for long training runs. I found that perfect combination in the Mizuno Wave Rider’s. Every year they’ve updated the shoe I find they only get better.
When deciding on what shoes are right for you I’d recommend going to your local running store and having them perform a gait analysis while watching you run on a treadmill. With the right fitting shoe you can enjoy more pain-free miles, decrease your chance of injury, and perform even better on your runs. I also like to keep two pairs of running shoes in the rotation so the first pair can bounce back after a long run. This is also a benefit when the roads are wet and sloppy. Dry shoes make happy feet!

Total Weekly Miles-23 miles + ice skating + yoga class

Happy Training!

{Motivation Monday-New Shoes}

One of the best motivators to workout is new workout gear. With running, a new pair of shoes makes me smile each time I put one foot in front if the other and am looking down. My knees also thank me and always let me know when a new pair is needed. This is by the way the ONLY time my knees ever bother me for all those people out there that use this as a reason not to run!

Each new pair of running shoes comes with the new running shoe smell that I’ve come to associate with hope, excitement, and butterflies in my stomach. Yes, I spend time sniffing my new running shoes often those first days because we know they won’t smell like that for long!

My new running shoes!

Why am I smelling my running shoes? The smell of new running shoes takes me back to my high school cross country and track days when new shoe smell meant a new season was about to begin. Hard work in the form of hill repeats, tempo runs, intervals, and repeats was all before you. New goals were being written down and imagined in that new shoe smell. Dreams of races, new PR’s, and conference championships were all waiting in that new shoe smell. That smell was both crazy exciting and nerve wracking at the same time! Today one whiff of that new running shoe smell and I am 16 again, butterflies in my stomach, about to start a new season of cross country.

Today new shoe smell brings with its new laces the promise of great runs in the future. Perhaps a new PR will happen in these shoes, a beautiful new trail discovered and explored, or a new favorite race ran. The hope in the new shoe smell is only limited by where your feet take them. Who knows where these new shoes will take me?
Where will your shoes take you?

Happy Monday!