108 miles in 12 weeks: Check

Today I completed the Nike+ goal I set back in March to run 108 miles in 12 weeks. I am pleased to say I finished one day early and only fell behind (by 3 miles) once over the 12 week period and quickly recovered.

Nike+ Goal - 108 miles in 12 weeks - Finished June 21, 2008

What’s next? I start a Nike+ 12 week, half-marathon training program tomorrow. If things go as planned and I avoid injury with the increased mileage and frequency, I will register for a race in the fall. Notice in the picture below, I will more than double my miles over the next 12 weeks from 108 to 233! Wow, this is going to be nuts.

Nike+ Goal - Half-Marathon in October - Start June 22, 2008

Of course, I need gear and gadgets to keep me motivated so, following the recommendation of our strength trainer, Michael, I dropped by Everyday Athlete this morning before my run to get fitted for a proper set of running shoes and pick up some specialized running socks. The specialist watched me run and had me try 5 different shoes. About 40 minutes later, I walked out with a pair of Saucony ProGrid Omni 6 Moderate Medium (size 12 1/2) to replace the Nike Air Pegasus (size 12) that have been with me since I started running consistently back in December. The Nikes carried me close to 200 miles but the stability, fit and comfort of the Sauconys are noticeably better. I’ll need all the help I can get to complete my half-marathon goal. Wish me luck.

As for the socks, I’ve started getting blisters as the weather has gotten warmer. The specialist told me the most important thing was to get away from cotton and go with synthetics. I chose a few pairs of nylon/polyester/spandex blends to see which make and style I prefer. High-end running socks are ridiculously expensive at $12-$14 per pair…however, they do feel great. 🙂 I probably don’t need those for anything under 10 miles so I also grabbed a 3@$10 pack for shorter distances. I can’t afford to be sidelined by blisters so hopefully the less expensive socks will be equally effective as the high-end, super silky, extra wicking ASICS Kayano Low Cut socks I ran in today.