Marathon Training = Lots of Shoes

by Melissa on July 29, 2014

Even if I weren’t in training for the Marine Corps Marathon, I would probably still have an excessive amount of workout shoes – especially running shoes.  It’s an Achilles heel.

long run sunday

Just a week ago, I broke out a new pair of Mizunos to try out for LOOONNNG distances – the Wave Enigma.  This pair has more cushioning than my Wave Riders and obviously a little more support.  The team at Potomac River Running said it’s a great shoe for increased mileage.

I’ve worn them for an 11 and 13 miler so far and I’m really enjoying them.  Actually, I liked them so much, I wore them a few more times for shorter runs(shhhh, don’t tell). 

new mizunos

You may be asking why I have more than one pair at a time while training?  Other than I really like having a different feel for each run, especially a lighter pair for speedwork and short racing, there is also added benefit to the training process.  When I first started training for long road races, I had one pair of shoes for the entire process. 

The benefits of rotating running shoes during training.

1. Your shoes last longer.  This is a no brainer, but seriously.  You distribute the miles between each pair, therefore helping them wear for a longer time frame. 

2.  Your shoes have time to bounce back.  Each run, especially longer ones, puts lots of pressure on the support and cushioning of the shoe, and giving it more than 24 hours to return to it’s original state.  That way, each run has the optimal amount of cushioning and support that the shoe can provide.

3.  You may actually save money.  You’re probably thinking that you’ll end up spending the same because really you’re still putting in the same amount of miles.  And yes, but this gives you more time between shoe buying time, therefore you can take advantage of sales and when new versions come out.  You’ve given yourself a larger window of opportunity.

4.  Reduced risk of injury.  This is especially true if your shoes are different models.  Here is a quote from Runner Academy

Researchers in a recent study conducted in Luxembourg gathered information on training volume, injury rate, cross-training, shoe usage and other variables from 264 adult recreational runners. During the 5 month study, 87 of 264 runners experienced one or more running injuries that were attributable to their running.

Of the 264 runners, 116 trained in only one style and pair of shoes exclusively and completed 91% of their mileage in the same shoe.

The other 148 were trained in more than one pair and style of running shoe during their training. Runners in this group tended to have a main shoe that they completed 58% of their running in, but they rotated among an average of 3.6 pairs of shoes for their training during the study.

The result was the group that rotated more than one pair of shoes and style of shoes reduced their risk of running related injury by 39%.

Every little bit helps!

5.  Use and strengthen different muscles.  If your shoes are different models, then you’re going to run slightly different in each which helps to strengthen other muscles of your feet and legs.  This can also help reduce risk of injury.

Marathon MizunoSo what do I wear?

For short runs/speed work/5k to 10Ks -  Mizuno Wave Sayonara (middle)

For middle distance/half marathons – Mizuno Wave Rider (right)

For long runs and marathon race day – Mizuno Wave Enigma (left)

Obviously Mizunos are my favorite, but everyone has a different body and running form, so make sure you go to a local running store and get fit for the proper shoe.  I can’t tell you how important it is to wear a good running shoe when you start training or ramping up mileage.

Which is why I took Devin to Potomac River Running on a date night.  Nothing says I care like having your boyfriend fit for running shoes Winking smile

date night running

#injuryfree right Dev?

How many shoes do you have for workouts? Do you rotate running shoes?

And I’m sure many of you are curious who won the ALO Yoga giveaway???? 

Well drummmmrolllll please!

alo yoga winner

Congrats Tanya!  Email me at melissa at eatontherun dot net so I can send you the $50 giftcard!   For everyone else, you can still use the 20% coupon code “ONTHRUN” good through August 30th Smile


Long Run Fuel

by Melissa on July 23, 2014

This weekend we dropped to less than 100 days to the Marine Corps Marathon!  OH MMM GEEEE!!!

Saturday Long Run

And this weekend marked the first weekend where long runs returned to double digits.  While 15 was on the training schedule, 13 was all my body was managing.  After talking with Julie, my coach, I’m really just happy to have gotten the distance up and to start getting back on track with training.  It was also good to have learned a few lessons for fueling my body for 10+ miles.

dried fruit for fuel

The one part of my last marathon that really took a downturn was how I fueled.  In a half marathon, I can get by with just one gel or even nothing.  However, I was starving in the marathon and also the gels made my stomach extremely wacky.  Instead of reaching for a packaged product, I wrapped up some dried fruit (mango and pineapple) and also filled up my Camelbak with Nuun.  This was perfect.  Although, I definitely need to eat more BEFORE the run.  A slice of toast and coffee was not enough.  My belly was grumbling around mile 9 – I couldn’t wait to get home to EAT!

Key Bridge

Also, I’ve noticed the importance of making sure my day to day nutrition is on par consistently.  Going even one day where I skip a meal or don’t drink enough water has affected my training!  Not that this doesn’t matter typically, but it’s a lot more noticeable during marathon training.

For my run I took the Capital Crescent Trail down to Georgetown and then came back to Bethesda.  It was a great morning – humid but cooler than it’s been.  I can tell a lot of the other runners were getting ready for fall marathons too!  Lots of runners who I saw multiple times.  Such great motivation.

It’s good to be back to training and setting my sights on longer races and distances.  It was fun to run and race a little shorter!

How do you fuel for longer training runs?

Don’t forget to enter the Alo Yoga Clothing giveaway!  $50 is on the line!  Plus you get a 20% discount code till the end of August :)


ALO Yoga: A Review

by Melissa on July 18, 2014

Back in May, ALO yoga reached out to me and asked if I would like to try some of their clothing.  I can tell you one thing, fitness clothing shopping to me is better than any other type of shopping.  Hands down.  Yes, this girl likes to get dressed up and walk the walk, but give me a stretchy pair of pants and a sports bra any day.

I picked out an outfit and I’ve spent the past month taking it through spin classes, runs, and even yoga.  What I can tell you about the clothing from ALO is that it is super comfortable and extremely versatile. 


From their Spring/Summer collection I chose the

- Mesa Tank (crystal white/black)

- Illusion Capri (black/white metal space dye)

- Inhale Sports Bra (no longer available)

(All photos courtesy of DMc Content)


I’m really sad the sports bra is no longer available because it is extremely flattering and has such a great look to it.  Typically I’m not one to run in just a sports bra, but it’s  hard to not to want to show this one off!


Of all the items I tried though, the Illusion Capri was my favorite.  The style is unique and the fabric feels like butter.  I wore these to teach spin, run, and take a yoga class.  Perfect in all 3 settings!


I’ve been truly grateful for the opportunity to try each piece.  ALO will be a brand I reach for regularly!  Quality truly matters when it comes to fitness clothing. 


As you can see, I had a lot of fun showing off how versatile the pieces were!  DMc Content followed me around as I twisted, turned, stretched, and ran these clothes around the block!  It was a workout!


Are you interested in trying some ALO clothing for yourself!?  I hope so!

Eat on the Run and ALO Yoga are teaming up to give one reader $50 towards an online purchase.  YAY!  Here’s how to enter:

1.  Leave a comment on this post sharing which piece of clothing you’d like to try out (definitely recommend the Illusion Capri) — to find  your favorite, head over to

For extra entries:

2. Post the giveaway on your Facebook linking back to Eat on the Run and ALO Yoga.

3. Post one of the above pictures on your Instagram with @eatontherun and @aloyoga in the post! Then I can follow back!

Winner will be picked next Sunday July 27th 2014 at 11:59pm ET.

In the meantime, you can order with the code ONTHRUN – which is good for 20% off until 8/31/14!

aloyoga widget

I can’t wait to hear what you think of ALO Yoga clothing!


What is your favorite brand of fitness clothing?  Have you discovered a new brand recently?

Credits and Acknowledgements:  Huge thank you to DMc Content for all these photos for this sponsored post.  ALO Yoga sent me these clothes for free.  All opinions and comments are my own.


Stay Hydrated

by Melissa on July 16, 2014

So between a week of extreme stress and high temperatures, I’m learning the hard way what dehydration can do to the body.  My marathon training has kind of gone down the tubes, however I know exactly where to go to get back on track – again one of the other reasons it’s 100% beneficial to have a coach (thanks Julie!). 

The past couple days I’ve been pretty vigilant about my water intake and also making sure I’m getting enough calories (healthy).  To supplement this, I had a great idea for a lower calorie, more refreshing smoothie that would help with post long workout/run hydration.

I kept thinking about this salad I had while home for the weekend!  Watermelon, arugula, cherries, and bleu cheese!  I couldn’t believe how versatile watermelon could be. 

watermelon salad 

Not to get too far off topic, but I had such a great weekend, probably one of the most relaxing in a very long time – also glad to have my travel buddy with me to explore the mountains :)


Ok…so back to business…

What is this smoothie that I’m talking about!?! 

Watermelon Smoothie 2

Yes, it looks like a margarita, but don’t let it fool you ;)  It’s packed with delicious high antioxidant fruits and hydrating coconut water!  Best part?  It’s only 3 ingredients! 

Summer Watermelon Smoothie

  • 1.5 cups frozen cubed watermelon
  • 0.5 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 – 8oz container coconut water
  • shredded coconut optional (to line rim)

Blend the first 3 ingredients together and you’ve got yourself a hydrating and delicious summer smoothie.  The frozen watermelon almost gives it a slushie consistency!

Watermelon Smoothie 3

Watermelon is such a great summer food because of it’s high lycopene content.  There is some research to support that foods high in lycopene (such as tomatoes and watermelon) may help reduce sunburn!  Not a reason to stop wearing your sunscreen but obviously a reason to increase consumption of these types of fruits into your diet.  And for us runners with a fall marathon (half marathon) on the ticket, we are logging a lot of miles in the sun this summer!  Which is another reason I included berries into the mix.  Berries are high in antioxidants which may help reduce sun damage and also help with post workout recovery.  Now that’s something to write about!

Let me know your favorite way to stay hydrated! And just for fun, let me know your favorite summer (alcoholic) beverage ;)

For me, nothing beats Nuun and I love a good summer ale!



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Quinoa Tabbouleh

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