This race was a spur of the moment decision and I'm not going to lie, it was for the medal. Not the 13.1 medal that every finisher gets, but the NY-NJ challenge medal available to the first 250 people who register to run both the Allstate New York 13.1 and either the New Jersey Marathon or Half Marathon.
The Cadence is the shoe I used for my first marathon and I will continue to use them for longer distances. These shoes are for Guidance to Support runners and delivers a lot of support through features such as a wider Nav Band. A reinforced heel counter secures the foot and provides a lot of cushioning for every step you take. The arch support doesn't last as long as the Connect's but with its 4 mm drop it helps you feel a natural foot strike while also proving more stability compared to the other shoes in the Pure Project line. You can also feel the toe off as the shoes are made to lead your foot through the gait cycle. But just like its family, it is a minimalist shoe which only lasts 250-300 miles.
So I figured that since a lot of my friends are starting to run marathons whether it is for the accomplishment of completing either 13.1, 26.2 or they are just starting out on their racing journey, that I would give out training tips and lessons learned from my own experiences when it comes to running in the hottest part of the year...SUMMER.
Every year my mom and I vacation to Sarasota, FL, a beautiful Florida city on the water with gorgeous views of the gulf, clear blue water, white sand and a quaint walking town located across the inter-coastal called Lido Beach. So when I found out that U.S. Road Sports and Entertainment put on a race every March in Sarasota, I had to take advantage. And besides, I am already a huge fan of U.S. Road Sports and the races they put on.