The Runners Lounge Take it and Run Thursday: where people with a passion for running and blogging get to share knowledge, inspiration and dirty little running secrets.
This week the editors are changing it up. Instead of sharing knowledge or answering one of their questions, we get to ask a question – and then wait feverently for some kind blogger/runners to answer them.
So, here are my questions.
1. Would it be foolish to run three marathons this year?
I just finished the Boston Marathon and I’m ready to start my next training program. Ideally I’d like to compete in a marathon in July and The Portland Marathon in October. Is that too much? A little background info: I averaged 55 miles/week during my last training program and peaked at 65 miles/week. I’ve had no injuries other than a tight piriformis. I do little or no crosstraining, but I’m trying to get better at that.
2. Should I invest in a Garmin Forerunner 405?
I currently run with only a stop watch and am totally in the dark about distances and pace. I always assume that I run a 9 min/mile pace which is probably not right – I’m pretty sure I’m quicker than that, but I can’t be sure. Is a heartrate monitor/ GPS device worth the price?
3. I like gadgets, I like clothes – What cool running accessory am I missing?
Examples might include, but are not limited to: the coolest sports bra I didn’t know existed, the most comfortable running shorts in the galaxy, the best GU-like product I haven’t tried, the cutest tank top that will make me feel feminine, even at mile 22, when all I want to do is melt into the pavement.