My Next Race: Run Melbourne
To start the celebrations, I thought I'd share the details of the next big race that I've registered for: Run Melbourne Half Marathon!
The race is on Sunday July 26, and is here around Melbourne. This was the only half marathon I ran last year, before I hurt my knee. Here is the course map:
It's an area of Melbourne I know really well, and I have run many times in the past. On the edge of the Botanical Gardens (around the 17km marker on the map) is a big hill, but luckily you run down it, rather than up.
I'm getting excited!
My New Running Shoes: Asics Kayanos
In preparation, I realised it was time to buy some new running shoes. A couple of years ago I went for a running shoe fitting, and it was advised that the best running shoes for me are the Asics Kayanos. Which just happen to be pretty much the most expensive running shoes you can buy (in normal sports retail stores). And you can't import Asics from overseas (ie. no online buying!). I'm constantly on the hunt for shoe bargains.
I found these Asics Kayano 20 runners on eBay a few weeks ago, at a store that sells pre-owned running shoes - Apparel Save.
At first, I wasn't sure about buying pre-owned, but when I got my pair, they were in great condition, only a little discolouration on the white sections, and at less than half the price (including postage from the US), I was sold! I'll be keeping an eye out for this eBay seller in the future.
My Asics Running Plan
And lastly, I'm going to use the My Asics website training plan for my half marathon preparation. You enter some details about yourself (age, gender, recent race results, goal race), and it provides you with a race plan, divided into different stages - Pre-Conditioning, Getting Faster, Going Further, Race Simulation. There is also an app you can download to your smart phone, that syncs to the website.
You can also set your goal race time, and the number and intensity of the training sessions you want to do each week. I've opted for three, high intensity sessions - so I can keep up my strength training too. Then, as you complete each run, you track it on the website/your app. There are graphs about how you are going compared to the plan. You will even get an alert if they recommend you to reassess your goal pace (ie. you've missed a bunch of runs, or you're not hitting the paces you need at that stage of the plan).
I've started this week, and I'll see how it goes! And, of course, I'll let you know how I'm going along the way.
What is your next big race? Which are your go to running shoes?