Friday, August 30, 2013

Decisions and running answers

It seems like this year has been the year of decisions, many leading me places I had never imagined and taking the road I veered away from in the past. I started the year by walking away from a high paying career with great growth potential to focus on the things that were important to me in life and now I am walking away from a marathon before it even begins. It is amazing how things just feel right at times.

After my post on Monday I bet you were all on the edge of your seats just waiting to know what I decided! Like I said above I decided to not run Milwaukee, the first time I haven’t run a race I registered for when I wasn’t in a cast! Instead I will be running a marathon closer to home two weeks later. There were multiple reasons behind this and honestly I don’t know if waiting an extra two weeks will benefit me enough or not but it makes me feel better. So I have a couple race bibs we won’t be using, any takers?
Mankato Marathon. Bold Race. Exceptional Place.

This decision has brought me a few other opportunities, I am now registered for my 3rd 10K of the year (strange since I haven’t run one since 2008) and plan to be a medical volunteer at TC Marathon. I am also rethinking my fall race plans in other ways too adding in a trail race possibly since I will no longer be right before a marathon. Don’t you just love how tough decisions often lead to better plans?

Based on my new marathon that is now 7+ weeks away I decided to take this week easy, bike some, try a new strength workout and decrease running. Perfect since it has been 100+ heat index, yuck! This has also allowed me to spend more time having fun with O; so far this week we have gone to the pool, run together (her request), rode bikes, walked to get ice cream, played at the “big” playground and swam at home. Yesterday I was reminded why running in the heat sucks, we ran the 3 miles to the playground and I was a puddle before we arrived, the t-shirt I planned to wear when I got there became a towel to dry off instead! Oh well, I was one of the few parents crazy enough to venture out so not many people to comment or give me looks for my chosen attire of shorts and a sports bra! More fun plans to come next week including a race for O and veggie picking with friends. I can’t believe I only have two full weeks left until I go back to work!
Monkey Girl!
Happy Friday! How are you planning to enjoy the long weekend?

My plans are running (Surprise!); a half marathon on Saturday and a 10K/5K double header on Monday. Hoping the weather decides to cool a bit, not too much! Although in true MN fashion it may snow next week! Besides that dinner with friends and some relaxing time at home in between working on fixing the disaster I have made of our office. How is it that cleaning makes things even messier?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Birthday Bash Virtual Giveaway

The miles have been run and the finish lines have been crossed. It’s time to bring to an end Jill and Jen’s birthday celebrations for this year and celebrate your running joy and accomplishments!
Enter below for a chance to win prizes from our wonderful sponsors.
How do you celebrate your birthday? Ever run a race to celebrate? The craziest I have done is Ragnar to celebrate the big 30!
This year Jill and I are giving the presents to you. A few of our favorite things. Share in our birthday fun and link up your race recap. 
The next surprise...Medals! Yes 13 in 2013 medals will be available soon. The cost will be approximately $5 (including shipping) for pre-orders. Watch the Facebook group and our blogs for more details soon!

Giveaway ends 9/7 at midnight EST. Open to us residents only.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Marathon Decisions

Instead of focusing on my upcoming training instead the focus is on a decision I need to make this week about the marathon I have planned. Over the last few weeks I have started to really question my readiness for the marathon. While I know I can finish, I have enough of that lately I want to race well again, reach for the 3:20 goal and finish feeling strong again. I was behind in beginning my training thanks to not listening to my body when this hamstring injury started over a year ago! Instead I continued to run like nothing was wrong resulting in frustrating races and months of rehab. I was finally cleared to run speed with about 1/3 of marathon training left but remain limited on back to back runs and hills.

I am less than 5 weeks from my planned marathon and the logistics of the race and travel while starting a new job also make it rather tough. Combine this with lack of ideal training (for both Matt and I) and we are questioning whether to run. I still want to run a marathon but am looking at other possible options. 1) the following week but a flat course that is 3 hours away but out of state 2) a slightly hilly course 2 weeks later that is 2 hours away but in my home state or 3) a similar course to #2 that is 3 hours away and would still get another state crossed off my list or heck add 4) some other marathon I have no idea about, suggestions? Something near the Twin Cities in late Fall?

So how did the week go…

Monday: Walk and yoga/core
Tuesday: Strength with trainer. Evening 6 mile run coaching
Wednesday: Core and Run to/from O's dentist and farmer's market (8.5 miles)
Thursday: Morning 12 mile run, walk for coffee and core work
Friday: Spin
Saturday: 8 mile run/walk (helped a new runner finish her longest run of 3 miles) then off to Matt’s triathlon
Sunday: 18.3 miles in nasty heat with a friend who is training for her first marathon. We started at 6am and it was 79 degrees already!

And what’s ahead…

Monday: Strength and Bike tonight
Tuesday: Spin in am and Evening run coaching
Wednesday: Strength and swim
Thursday: Run and core
Friday: Spin??
Saturday: Half Marathon
Sunday: Bike and Strength

How was your week? Stay cool out there! It is nasty here, hot and humid with temps over 100!

Friday, August 23, 2013

A Runner's Birthday

I still remember days of childhood and looking forward to birthdays for months, now as we age it seems like any other day that just comes with a new number at the end and in my case this year a new age group. This year seemed a little different, as O gets older and is even more excited about birthdays it brings back the fun of aging. My day began with a quiet house that was soon interrupted by a little voice running downstairs singing her own version of “Happy Birthday”

Since Matt was home I took advantage of this and headed out for 10 miles (which turned into 12 miles thanks to adding an extra mile out to hit the bathrooms!). I had to try out my new Nathan Intensity on a shorter run. After years of complaining about my fuel belt and the associated back pain I reached out to my Facebook followers and was convinced to try the Intensity. What did I think? It took some getting used to and some frequent readjusting at first but I think I can deal for long runs. The front pockets were super convenient and I had easy access to my phone and fuel had I brought some. I did learn to wash it better before use, yuck! The first sip tasted like nasty rubber. Oops, guess rinsing isn’t enough. I actually felt like it was fixing my running form by pushing me forward slightly since I normally run way too upright. I was surprised that it didn’t feel heavy or awkward; it did get my back extra sweaty but otherwise not bad.

Matt also headed out to run with O and they met me with about 3 miles to go so I had company and was once again greeted by “Happy Birthday Mommy.” We the run with our usual where O gets to run the last ½ mile with me, she loves it and this has become one of the tricks to get her to stay happy the rest of the run (this and snacks, an Etch a Sketch and singing). She of course got to beat me to the finish line at the end of our driveway!

The day continued with fresh corn on the grill and then a walk to get my free Caribou coffee, pumpkin is back, yay! As we sat and drank coffee Matt taught O how to burn wholes in leaves with her magnifying glass, oh joy! And we continued to pick up our CSA veggies/fruit and on the way home I even found a $10 bill on the ground, nice! The rest of our afternoon plans to bike to the beach fell apart when we learned the beach closed last weekend, what? It is still August and there is summer left. We just hung at home and relaxed before heading to dinner with my parents…
Guess who took the picture? Yes, a 3 year old...pretty good work. Per her request she set it all up.
The dinner adventure began with a waiter unfamiliar with gluten free options (luckily we had eaten here for Matt’s birthday and I knew some okay foods). The manager finally decided that my meal would be made in the kitchen rather than on the hibachi grill, perfect but then they seemed to forget. I got my salad and waited while everyone else ate. Soon my food arrived but no brown rice, oh well we’d bring it home for “fried” rice. We continued to wait and the manager apologized multiple times, each time or bill decreasing, nice! We finally left with multiple containers of fried rice for Matt but no brown rice since it wasn’t cooking right. All this meant we tipped and all the food was comped, wow! All that for a slightly delayed meal.
Yes, I am wearing boots in August...only way to hide the compression socks!
We ended the night with gluten free cupcakes and a bottle of local Cab Franc from our winery biking adventures earlier this month. And now I wake up on the lovely Friday in the 2nd half of my 30s and in a new Age Group. Any other runners equate birthdays to new age groups? I get to try out my new age group next weekend. Now I need to get out of the birthday thought and back to better eating!

Have a great weekend, Any fun plans?

Remember just a few days left to log those miles for the Birthday Virtual. Have you run your's?

Sad, leaves are already changing!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Ragnar: Running on Coffee...

For my 3rd Ragnar I was once again Runner 12, meaning I was the last runner to start and run. We drove down to meet Van 1 at the first major exchange with a van full of food and running gear!

Leg 1 Very Hard: 6.2 miles 45:56 (7:25 avg pace) Pretty sad that this is a 10K PR on a course like this, guess this is what happens when the last 10K I ran was in 2007!

I began running around 6:30p in bright sun and was not thrilled to see my leg was partially on a gravel, dust covered road. I even ran in sunglasses to keep my eyes clear of the flying dirt but yikes I could tell my lungs were not happy! I started out a good pace and the first 2 miles were easy and flat: 7:15, 7:20, then came the uphills on gravel yikes! This got tough but I kept running: 8:45, 8:50 (yep my lack of hill training showed!). But check out the map and Mile 5! 6:30, 6:40. I pass the One Mile to Go sign and try to pass the guy in front of me to make 15 passes. Success and there is my next runner. I pass the bracelet on and they are off.

We are now the off van until about 12:30am and head to find food. I was thrilled to find a small diner in the middle of nowhere that served gluten free food, everyone enjoyed there pasta while I had the best GF veggie sandwich with sweet potatoes (yep they get me every time!). We got to the next major exchange, cleaned up a little and tried to sleep but instead failed at that and talked instead. Soon we got the text saying runner 6 was headed our way…I continued to try for sleep as the others in my van ran but it wasn’t happening. At about 2am we ran through a college town as the kids stumbled home from bars giving us all strange looks. Around 5:30am I was up again.

Leg 2 Hard: 4.4 miles (I took a detour to make 5.0 miles!) 40:42 (8:09 avg pace)

The weather was so much nicer: 50F and slight wind! Long sleeves and shorts were perfect. I started running my rolling hill stretch and soon got to watch the sun rise. I turned from my extreme downhill and was soon running across the river crossing into Minnesota. But I knew this meant repeating the same hill on the other side! After the steep hill I turned and was quickly reminded of the continuous hill I had to run. Around mile 4 I saw a sign and in my sleep deprived mode turned only to be told by the 3rd van to pass me that I had to turn around, this was the van turn only! A little extra credit I guess. I got back on track and was soon seeing the end. A slight downhill and the bracelet was passed J

We were once again off to the next big exchange in hopes of some coffee and sleep. We got there and decided that it was now daytime and sleep was not happening for a few of us. We headed on a mission to find food and once again a great meal: roasted veggies and potatoes with scrambled eggs and salsa and side of fruit. Of course there was plenty of coffee!

The heat grew and the conversations got a little crazier as the collective lack of sleep and caffeine overload caught up. We finally heard from Van 1 and soon we were off again…

Leg 3 Moderate: 4.8 miles 34:40 (7:14 avg pace)

It was hot and 3:30pm, I was feeling the lack of sleep but knew I had to keep running. Unfortunately there is one area in the cities where I hate running and this is it! No clue why, maybe because it is part of many races, a place I trained many times, who knows but I avoid it. About 2 miles in I turned and ran along the river, the path I swear was moving under my feet, yep tired! I just kept going passing runners and happy to know I was still moving. Soon I could see the finish in the distance. I see O off the side and High 5! Soon we were all crossing the finish together…and done!

How the heck did I manage that on no sleep? Each year the sleep gets less but somehow I manage better. I wonder what future Ragnars will bring…

Ragnar Ambassadors 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Marathon Weekly and Getting Closer!

Week 9 and I am over halfway. A strange week with O’s summer dance recital craziness and Ragnar, so no long run and likely a cut back week for miles but the hills! My poor quads are still screaming,

Monday: Core work later and Run fail (hamstring pain) 6 mile walk instead
Tuesday: Spin in am and Strength with trainer, walk 2 miles. Evening 7.5 mile run coaching
Wednesday: Yoga and spin
Thursday: Morning strength and 6 mile interval run, Appointment with sports doc in prep for Ragnar and we have a plan for the next 6 weeks. Can I just say I hate how lingering issues change everything! I can run again but hills suck thanks to avoiding them for the past 18 months!
Friday: Ragnar! 4.5 mile run and 6.2 mile run Hills!!
Saturday: Ragnar! 5.0 mile run and 4.8 mile run (Full Ragnar recap later)
Sunday: Sleep! Run/walk 5.5 miles. No strength thanks to shoulder issue L
A peek at the Ragnar gang!

Week 10 only 6 weeks until goal race, where did it go? This week I also cross in to a new age group, yikes! It seems there are certain ages that are tougher than others and 35 is one! Oh well, let the fun begin as birthday week kicks off tonight with a happy hour with my running group J

Monday: Run and core (I hope, taking puppy to the vet for what I think but hope isn’t an Achilles' rupture L ) Still catching up on sleep from the weekend, yikes I think I am more tired now than I was on Saturday!
Tuesday: Spin in am and Strength with trainer. Evening run coaching
Wednesday: Core and swim
Thursday: Morning run, family bike to the beach and afternoon strength (what better way to spend a birthday)
Friday: Spin
Saturday: Easy run then off to Matt’s triathlon, strength later
Sunday: 16-18 miles

How was your week? What was the best workout? Have you dealt with a long term injury that made you change training?

Have a great week and enjoy the run J

Friday, August 16, 2013

Five on Friday: Dance, Run and Pumpkin Bars

Early Morning Runs:
I am back, so far this week two pre-sunrise runs and I love it! Why did it take me so long to get back to this? The bad part is in a few months it will be done for winter L Honestly what can be better than the cool morning air, the peaceful sounds and watching the sun rise as you run? I love the way I feel after an early workout, it is so awakening and no matter how tired I start I am always feeling better than 2 cups of coffee after! Isn’t it nice to know that the workout is done, no letting time or other commitments get in the way of something later in the day.

All Taped Up
Another appointment with my sports chiro yesterday and I am once again taped and ready to run. She still wants me to avoid hills (or at least take it easy on hills) and no more doubles! (After this weekend of course). I am also to cut out my recovery runs since I seem to be fine with long runs until after. This past weekend I ran 20 miles on Saturday, 3 on Sunday and Monday was bad on the leg. So the new plan push the speed, run long but rest in between.

Dance, Dance, Dance
Last night was summer dance recital, this not nearly the production of the spring show. No costumes and a short show with only a few dances. It was a little chaotic and you sure could see the difference in this and O’s last show (and practice) but she had fun and got to dance with her friend who has now moved to the other side of the cities L
Love this picture!
Guess where I am this weekend? Yep, in a van with 5 other women running 200+ miles! Super excited to be out there running again. The last time I did this race was the day I turned 30 J Believe me I got a lot of strange comments when people heard how I was spending my 30th birthday. Doesn’t everyone run 200+ miles and life in a van for the big birthdays? No, honestly it does push me out of my comfort zone, needing to be in control of things, sleeping at a normal time, planning meals and instead just letting things happen.

Crazy Baking
This week has been crazy baking week for some reason, I think once I start I just get on a roll and go with it. First Pumpkin Spice granola, then Lemon Cashew Bites and yesterday a new Pumpkin Protein Bar
Pumpkin Protein Bars
1 cup pumpkin puree
½  cup date puree
¼ cup molasses
1 cup oats
1 cup flour (I used oat)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 ½- 2 cups add ins (Raisins, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, etc)

Combine pumpkin, date puree and molasses. In separate bowl mix remaining ingredients then add wet to dry. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press down. Bake 30 min at 350F.

Have a great weekend. Any fun plans?

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"How do you do it?" Fitting it all in...

I feel like he most frequent question I get is “How do you do it?” This is often follow by some form of…”I can’t run because…I’m a mom, I don’t have time, my kids need me, etc.” Yes, I get it, everyone’s life is different but I always said that being a mom wouldn’t take away parts of me. I have run and trained through having a baby, motherhood, grad school and working multiple jobs. So, yes with planning and time management it can be done.

Get Up Early
For me early is 4am at times since I frequently worked at 7am or sooner, heck my sleeping in days were 5:30am spin class! It takes time to get in the habit but by adding a few minutes each day it gets easier. I used to hit the bike trainer for an easy workout, this transitioned to spin class or runs of hills or intervals. I feel so awake and refreshed by a morning workout. With “practice” I have even gotten my body used to 1 hour workouts without fuel in the morning.

Stay Up Late
While I am more of a morning person I have done a night workout. It helps that I meet a group of other running moms- MRTT. We meet after the kids are in bed and run, not only for the exercise but the social and stress relief.

Frequently I need to make a quick trip to the grocery store for a couple things, what better way to do it than run. I throw O in the BOB and we are off. Not only does it give me a run but it limits the extras I can come home with! We also bike to run errands, walk to the gym, run to/from the playground. Be prepared for comments; I don’t know how many times I have been asked if I need a ride home or If I really walked to the store (nope I ran)! Other options are to run while the kids are at an activity, all Fall I used dance class to get in speed intervals around a 1 mile loop nearby.

Take Advantage of Gym Child Care
Most gyms offer child care starting at 3 months, yes we have gone through phases where O hated it and we would back away for a time but now she loves it! Heck she requests to go play at the gym J Last week she was upset when we had to leave. Not only do I get in my workout but she gets to play, run around the gym or even do yoga class.

Schedule Workouts
Look at your schedule and figure out where you can fit things in and put them in your planner. Many of my friends do lunchtime workouts, something I’ve never been able to do with my work. There is always time to fit in a workout, I have been known to study on the elliptical or bike trainer.

Bring the Kids With
Since early on I have run many miles with O, it is normal to her. I know I have mentioned it many times but BOB was a guaranteed nap for the about a year (still is sometimes)! She accompanied me on many of my training runs, we’ve done hours together out on the trails. Now we bike, do yoga or just go for walks. Not only does this get in a workout but it teaches your kids healthy habits.

Supportive Family
I have to thank my husband and mom for their support too. It really helps that Matt runs too and we understand each other. We have split long runs with the BOB or weekend days, or workouts. We’ll go to the pool and take our turns swimming laps while the other plays with O in the kid’s pool. My mom is such a help for races we are both doing. While not everyone has family nearby it helps to connect with other moms. Share babysitting while you work out and help out each other.

I just hate when women say they can’t work out because they have kids. It frustrates me and while I know that most people don’t want to do frequent double days like I do or even train for a marathon I think we need to stop discouraging moms from taking a little time for themselves. Running makes me a better mom and I (we all) deserve time for ourselves J How do you fit in a workout in a busy schedule? 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Marathon Weekly Recap

You think I'm crazy because I run?

Week 8 meant I am hallway to my race, yikes! It isn’t that I have any doubt in finishing but I am lacking the intensity and level of training I hoped to achieve this summer meaning I can likely kiss my PR hopes good bye L Although after this weekend’s 20 miler I am feeling better on the training.

Monday: Core work, run 4 mile to/from store and evening 5 mile hills with friends
Tuesday: Spin in am and Strength with trainer 2 mile walk. Evening 7 mile run coaching
Wednesday: Spin
Thursday: Morning intervals 6 miles (45:35) and strength Evening 5 mile hill run with friends
Friday: Spin
Saturday: 20.7 mile run in 2:57 (8:34 avg pace) and biking (23.7 miles) to a couple wineries J What an adventure on road bikes through a knee high field and over mushy dirt roads for about 3 miles!
Sunday: 5k but with a friend on the course for her tri (Matt swam with the MRTT gang first) and strength and 1.5 mile walk

Week 9 and I hit the halfway point! A strange week ahead with O’s summer dance recital craziness and Ragnar, so no long run and likely a cut back week.

Monday: Core work later and evening run with friends
Tuesday: Spin in am and Strength with trainer. Evening run coaching
Wednesday: Yoga and spin
Thursday: Morning strength and run, Appointment with sports doc in prep for Ragnar!
Friday: Ragnar!
Saturday: Ragnar!
Sunday: Sleep J Short run and strength.

How was your week? What’s ahead? 

Coffee & macarons

Don't forget to enter my Triathlon Race Entry Giveaway

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Thoughts and Running for Clarity

Normally I am full of ideas on what to write and while I have a few in my head I am just lacking clarity and don't know where to start so I just want to write some thoughts and today get back to why I began this blog; to write what was on my mind...

This past week has been a little crazy and stressful all around. I know I haven't said much about the surgery I had last week but while I am feeling better I am still without answers, so we wait more. Could be another week before the doctor has things back to discuss. I do have some answers to explain things that have been happening over the past few years and did find out that my hemoglobin is low and after looking at other labs, likely iron deficiency anemia, thanks to Tracy for her consult, got to love having sports minded physician friends J. I began on iron and hope to see a difference in the next month or so.

Since Friday we have also been dealing with a sick puppy. Every time I think about bringing him in he gets better for a day or two but then is sick again. After a call with the vet I spent Monday boiling hamburger and rice, yuck! He’s lucky I love him enough to do things that truly disgust me. Fingers crossed now that we are back on real food he is finally better.

It truly is amazing how kids can sense stress and react despite not truly knowing. I Over the past couple weeks O has been in prime form lately with hitting and yelling! It is tough when kids can't use words (or have the words) to express their frustrations and react in a less than ideal way. I have tried it all and am open to more suggestions. I keep hearing 3 ½ to 4 is the tough age and this is “normal” What has worked for other parents? We have tried it all: time outs, taking away toys/rewards, rewarding good behavior, ignoring the hitting, removing her from the situation, talking, etc.
Yes, that is pink hair!
In order to deal with this stress I run, I bet you’re not surprised! Twice this week I ran with my moms running group and have even gotten in a great morning run to think and run some intervals. I got the best compliment yesterday when someone pointed out “my runner legs” J Matt and I decided to take a “relaxing” Saturday to de-stress tomorrow. While many would laugh at our relaxing plans this sounds perfect: start the morning with a long run 16-20 miles then we’re going to bike to a couple local wineries to do some wine tasting. Yes, an active relaxing day J Does this sound relaxing to you or are we just crazy?

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend, Any fun plans? Fingers crossed for a healthy dog and good answers soon. My big plans today include spin class and finding new music for my iPod.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Triathlon Tips for Runners: Win a Free Race Entry

As a long time runner and through many injuries I keep talking about becoming a true triathlete to focus on the cross training. Yes, I have done two in the past; one indoor and one in a lake and yikes the lake swim nearly killed me! It has been many years but I am ready to go for it again. Awhile ago I asked Laura from Mommy Run Fast for her advice on going from runner to triathlete. Below is a combination of advice from us both...

The lake swim is what gets the best of most of us “non swimmers”. The thought of swimming with others and near weeds, fish etc. is not the best feeling. My first open water tri the water was cold and my breathing suffered.  Take a few deep breaths and think back to your childhood when the lake was no more than a big bath tub, jump in a have fun!

Per Laura: “You should aim for two- three swims per week, of about double the race swim mileage.  Master’s swim groups can be a great place to gain tips and be given workouts with swimming drills to improve your performance.”

Make sure to get in open water practice too (and plenty of it!). While pool swimming is one thing and comes much easier to most of us, lake swimming can be tough. The lack of lane lines, walls and ability to keep direction can be tough.
Guess I didn't take my own advice! Wetsuit next time...
The best advice given to me was to get a wetsuit! At least in the Midwest most triathlons are cool enough to be wetsuit legal and the extra buoyancy is nice plus the suit will help with fatigue and body temperature. Also have good goggles that won’t fog up.

It is often said the race is won or lost on the bike. While there is no need to run out and buy fancy equipment such a tri or road bike, bike shoes and clip pedals it sure is fun! You will see everything from mountain bikes to high end tri bikes. You will need a helmet for sure but all else is optional.

While you can just wear your running shoes, your stroke will be more efficient is you are clipped in; allowing for both a push and pull on the pedal. This will take practice to get in and out of pedals without falling so make sure to have time to work on it and know that a fall will happen!

Per Laura “Spinning classes are a great way to build leg strength and endurance, but it is important to get in as much outdoor riding time as you can.  Approximately 1-2 spin classes and 1-2 outdoor rides a week is sufficient.”

Now this is the easy part! Just get me here and life is good again. Remember you will be hitting the run after both a swim and a bike. If you choose to change shoes tri laces will be such a help. I love my Lock Laces for the ease of getting in and out of shoes. The other helpful  item is a race belt to attach your bib.

Per Laura “it is really helpful to practice a “brick” workout, where you go immediately from the bike to a run so your legs can get a feel for the sensation of running on tired legs.”

This sensation is strange and you will feel like your legs are barely moving but teaching yourself to run on these tired legs will be key. As a long distance runner this tired leg sensation is familiar and being comfortable with running longer than the total run distance is another helpful tip.

Are you ready to tri? As a kick off to my birthday celebration I have an entry to See Jane Run Triathlon to give to one of you! It is in California so be prepared but you have until October 5th to plan.

See Jane Run Triathlon

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Esprit de She Duathlon

On Sunday I had the decision to make on whether at two days post surgery the better option was a long run (which I knew I would push) or a sprint duathlon (which I knew I could at least take the bike portion easy), I chose the duathlon and knew I would take it easy and have fun with it. (I should say I was cleared by my doc, I am not being stupid. She told me normal activity on Saturday but then rephrased it to “other’s normal activity” and resume workouts on Sunday!). 

I was excited to check out another Esprit de She event and finally do a duathlon this summer. It did mean getting up early both days this past weekend since we went to cheer Matt on at his triathlon Saturday, but O was a trooper and loved cheering. She got to finish daddy’s race with him and was all smiles!

Luckily Matt is an expert at packing for multi-sport races and before I knew it all my bike gear was in the car and ready to go. I grabbed the rest and we were off on the long drive. I checked in, grabbed my chip and was asked if I was racing elite, uh no! The first lesson of the day was always look at bike in/bike out before picking transition spot. I naturally assumed that like most other races it was bike in one end and bike out other, wrong! It was the same end of both and guess where I was; the furthest spot from the exit! Anyone who has tried to run in bike shoes knows it sucks and loses a lot of time. Next time look first!

I met up with a few friends, one who was doing her first duathlon, and headed to the start. As we were told to line up by age, once again we made the assumption that they would separate waves, but again wrong! All were started at once but thanks to my birthday in a couple weeks I was behind 4 other age groups (not fun since the 35-39 age group happened to be one of the fastest!). We were off and I spent much of Run 1 weaving to pass the runners in front of me. It was a 2 mile run out and back on a narrow path. I hit the turn around and fought the urge to push harder not knowing what may happen to my insides from being messed with on Friday! I see transition and glance at the clock Run 1: 14:06

Run 1
Transitions are my weakness his was no exception considering the distance I needed to cover to exit. I changed shoes, grabbed my helmet and wove my way through the narrow transition trying to avoid people sitting in the middle of the path, ugh!

I think over the summer I have been outside biking less than 10 times and wow did I feel this! The course was hilly and my quads were feeling it. Now was my turn to be passed by everyone who I had passed! The bike was an 11 mile course on rolling hills. Somehow my right calf decided to cramp up on the bike, what? I was actually keeping good pace but wow was I happy to see the turn to transition Bike: 41:10 16.03 mph
See the lone bike in front? Yep, my poor choice of transition spot since bike in/bike out was at the far end!
Another long walk to my end spot in transition, changed shoes, got rid of LS shirt and grabbed my hat and was off. Again my strength so on a mission to pass other runners J I always dread the first mile or so when you barely feel like you are moving, but love looking down and realizing it is much faster than it feels! Hit the turn around and decide to push a little more, my insides all feel like they are staying put so why not! Turn the final corner and there is the finish. Run 2: 14:36
Really I did bike, just no proof!

1:11:54 2 mile run/11 mile bike/ 2 mile run

 I wait for my friends to finish and head to the after party; mimosas and lots of fresh fruit, yum! Luckily I brought myself a granola bar figuring the lack of GF food so I actually had something to eat. We sat outside enjoying the weather and letting the kids run around and play. I love duathlons but always remember how much I need to work on biking. And after the race I want a new bike! I’m jealous of Matt’s P3 J