Last week I achieved Purple status. Which in Nike+ land, means I logged over 2,500km (1,553mi) since joining NikeRunning.com.
This year I’m training for two marathons: the Illinois Marathon on April 30th and the Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Ramping up my mileage and hitting this Nike+ milestone made me think about all the concerns and questions I had when I ran my first marathon in 2009. I had no idea how to prepare, what to eat, what to buy or how to do it. So today I thought I’d post a blog mapping out the 5 things what worked for me. If you’ve never run a marathon before, hopefully this will help.
When it comes to footwear, I only buy two brands: New Balance for running and Puma for everything else. Except for a pair of Spring Courts, Bostonian wingtips and old Kenneth Coles, that’s all I rock. One brand I’ve never worn is Nike… I think it has something to do with being teased humiliated in junior high for not owning (or being able to afford) Jordans. At age 12, I decided I’d buck the trend of my peers and start wearing Puma Baskets—a brand and style I knew only “true” b-boys wore.
Ditching Nike back in 1991, I never looked back. Even last year when my very seasoned marathon partner, Jared Reeder promised me the Lunarglides would enhance my training and improve my PR—I still didn’t budge. Of course I recognize Nike’s might and influence (I was contacted by their recruiters back in 2005), but besides the Nike+ iPod connection, I pretty much denied the brand access to my wallet and wardrobe. Until now.
The Nike Pro Men’s Winter Tights are by far the best winter running gear I have ever worn. The fit is perfect (generous length, even in a size medium) and provides amazing compression. They’re a beautiful balance of breathable wicking and insulated warmth. When I pull them on it’s like a living organism working symbiotically with my own body to maintain perfect human homeostasis. Seriously, I love these pants.
Anyways, the best part is they’re on sale for $29 at your local Niketown or at the NikeStore online. If you’re running this winter or just looking for something toasty warm to wear under your favorite jeans, get yourself a few pairs—your shivering legs will thank you.