Training Update August 2018 & Light in the Dark

The past few weeks I have been ramping up my running mileage, and today marks exactly two months till my marathon! As the days get shorter, many of us are back to wearing headlamps and reflective clothing to both see and be seen! It is so important to wear bright clothing and flashing lights in the dark for safety.

Our favorite headlamp for running is the Black Diamond Sprinter. It is lightweight, bright, and rechargeable via USB. It does not bounce around and easily stays in place. There is also a flashing red light in the back allowing people behind you to see where you are. This is my go-to that I have had for several years. 

My favorite non-headlamp light for running is the BSeen LED band. It is super bright and comes in lots of fun colors. I prefer to wear it around my arm or wrist on the side facing traffic. You can choose either steady glow or flashing modes. The band is great for low-light or in combo with a headlamp. It is not rechargeable, but instead has batteries and extras are included when you buy it. 

My favorite dog light is the BSeen LED dog collar. These are also amazingly bright and made these in multiple colors as well. You cut the collar to the appropriate size for your dog, and it is rechargeable via USB. Cassie has had this for two years and it is still going strong. It does not fall off, and she doesn't mind it at all! Similar to the band for humans, this has a steady glow or flashing mode. 

We also love Nite Ize clip on LED light for the dogs (shown in the bottom right above). These are battery operated and do not last very long, but they are easy to clip onto a collar, leash, or other accessories. My favorite is the disco multicolor one, which changes color every couple seconds. 


Here is what I've been up to for running the past three weeks:

8/6/18 - 8/12/18

  • Monday: Rest 
  • Tuesday: 8 miles easy (8:33 pace)
  • Wednesday: 8 miles easy (8:25 pace)
  • Thursday: 10 mile workout = 2 mile warm-up, 6 x 1 mile (6:16 average) with 1 minute recovery between, 2 mile cool down
  • Friday: 8 miles easy (8:36 pace)
  • Saturday: 8 miles easy (8:44 pace)
  • Sunday: 16 mile workout = 3 mile warm-up, 2 x 5 miles at marathon pace (7:08 average) with 1 mile recovery between, 2 mile cool down

8/13/18 - 18/19/18

  • Monday: Rest 
  • Tuesday: 9 miles easy (8:16 pace)
  • Wednesday: 10 mile workout = 2 mile warm-up, 6 mile tempo (6:48 average), 2 mile cool down
  • Thursday: 8 miles easy (8:21 pace) in AM, 3 miles easy (8:30 pace) in PM
  • Friday: 7 miles easy (8:55 pace)
  • Saturday: 10 mile workout = 3 mile warm up, 15 x 1 minute fast (5:46 average) 1 minute easy (7:30), 3 mile cool down. 
  • Sunday: 16 miles easy (8:09 pace)

8/20/18 - 8/27/18

  • Monday: Rest 
  • Tuesday: 9 miles easy (8:21 pace) in AM, 3 miles easy (8:16 pace) in PM
  • Wednesday: 10 mile workout = 2 mile warm-up, 2 x 10 minutes (6:20 average) with 3 minutes recovery between, 4 x 400 meters (5:45 average) with 2 minutes recovery between, 2 mile cool down
  • Thursday: 10 miles easy (8:22 pace)
  • Friday: 8 miles easy (8:26 pace) in AM, 4 miles easy (8:17 pace) in PM
  • Saturday: 9 miles easy (8:22 pace)
  • Sunday: 16 mile workout = 10 miles easy, 5 miles slightly faster than marathon pace (6:55 average), 1 mile cool down

How do you stay light in the dark?