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My half marathon September 24, 2008

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It went ok. I was going strong for the first 9 miles, but didn’t have the base miles to finish as strong as I would have liked. I was 3 minutes slower than last year with about 8 less weeks of training.

I was just out of the camera range in this picture. Damn.

Now What? September 22, 2008

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Well I finally finished my triathlon and I’m still signed up to do Tri Girl Tri in October but I kind of feel like, now what? I know that I’ve got an event to train for still but I feel like doing something new, something different.

I went swimming today and did 2,000 meters with a quick set. I’m going to go for a short run tomorrow, a swim on Wednesday am before the work event, then swimming on Thursday and Friday when I’m in TX hanging out with MELISSA!!!!

It’s gonna be awesome, bloggers unite!

Serious Face, Now September 20, 2008

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The marathon is in six months so I started my serious training a few weeks ago.  I had hoped to start September 1st but that date happened to fall while we were in Scotland and I was NOT going to run on vacation.  Luckily we did a lot of walking, I mean A LOT, so although I didn’t run for a week, I was walking an average of five miles a day and that made up for it.  Okay, it might not have been five miles a day but it felt like it.  Word to the wise: if you ever go to Scotland and visit the William Wallace monument, don’t trust your tour guide who tells you it’s a short ten minute walk from the bottom of the hill to the monument.  It’s a twenty minute HIKE at a 50 DEGREE angle.  Yes, I’m still bitter.

My current routine consists of thirty minute runs Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  I was doing weight training on Tuesdays and Thursdays but our softball season just started so it’s only Tuesdays since  Thursday night is game night.  I save for my loooong runs for Saturday.  Well, sort of long runs.  I’m increasing my distance a mile a week so right now I’m at three miles so Saturday is the day I test my distance.  I haven’t been timing myself on my Saturdays runs but I’m going to assume it’s an hour.  Just kidding…it’s two (at least it feels like it). 

I’m having issues finding a good running route in my neighborhood so I’ve been doing all of my running on a treadmill.  I’m not really fond of that but until I find something, it’ll have to do.  I’m thinking of finding a running partner but it’s hard to find a reliable person in my group of lazy friends.  I don’t mean you or you but I definitely mean you.  Maybe I’ll post something on Craigslist…

In addition to the work-out, I’ve changed my diet as well.  I’ve pretty much avoided meat since the detox and am trying to cut back on my gluten intake.  During the detox, I noticed my body just seemed to function better without gluten so I’m slowly trying to get to a gluten-free diet.  Since I take Thursday off from working out, I also take Thursday off from my diet.  Hey, you can’t play softball without beer!  I mean, I’m sure you can but what fun is that?  But really, I do feel lighter and more alert on this diet so even when the training and marathon are over, I’ll stick with it. 

Hmmm, what else is new?  My old knee injury has decided to come back, which makes running difficult somedays but I’ve been pushing through it.  Who needs a knee anyway?  I’ve been increasing my lower body weight training and am hoping it’ll help but let’s face it, I’m just getting old.  The body is starting to fall apart.  At 27, yay.

3 days to the Philly half marathon September 19, 2008

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I’ve pretty much kept up with my limited training for this weekend’s half marathon.

Until this week. I’ve had about a half gallon of icecream and skipped yesterday and today’s run. Well done Tim,

Pacific Grove Race Recap September 15, 2008

Posted by K in K's Perspective, Team in Training, Triathlon.
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Well Saturday was the big day for me, the Pacific Grove triathlon! Not only did I survive, but I think I did really well! And most exciting for me was the fact that I only walked a teeny bit during the run because I thought I would have to walk, like all of it. In the end, I kicked butt and I finished it in 3:10!

Saturday morning dawned cloudy and a bit chilly. All of us TnT’ers rode out from the hotel at 5:45am to the transition area. I got there, checked in and got my packet, and then went to rack-up my bike. I got everything set up and then watched the first wave start their swim. As I sat there watching the men start the race, I listened to the announcers talk about the Team in Training. All of us TnT’ers (and there was something like 340 at this race) raised $1.2M for this race only. It worked out to $37k per mile for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

There were enough women TnT people for us to have two waves and about a half hour before my wave started, I got my wet suit on. I made my way down to the beach and got myself emotionally psyched up to do the “kelp crawl”. Needless to say, I was not excited about swimming a mile through the kelp. At any rate, I said to myself, “self, we can do this except, we’ll just start kind of towards the back…” This proved to be a bad decision. At any rate, we finally started!

I’m somewhere there in there, Go team! The swim was two laps and I went 13 for the first, 14 for the second and with the run around the little rock thingie that we had to run around, I went a total of 28 minutes for the mile swim. The thing that makes me upset with myself is that I thought I should go in the back of the wave because I hadn’t been swimming as much as I had wanted to and even though I was in slow swimming shape, I was still much faster than most of the wave. I ended up being 12th out of the water in my wave and had I gone out first, i bet I would have been in the top 5 out of the water because I wouldn’t have had to swim around all the peeps in my way. And by the way, swimming through kelp is super creepy and scary. 

I spent about 5:30 in T1, trying to get out of my wet suit, dry off a bit, and get my biking gear on. The bike part was weird at first, I felt all shaky and off but I decided to just alternate between drinking water and sports drink. I also planned to eat while biking so I would have energy and fuel during the run. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my packet of sports beans open and it took me till the third lap and basically lost half of them on the course since i was trying to tear them open with my teeth. How very animal! grr!

I averaged about 22 minutes for each of the four bike laps which gave me a total of 1:29 for the 24 mile bike. I just pushed and tried to be strong since I knew that the bike and swim would be the areas that I could be best at. Here’s me on my bike, in the pink, gray, and white tri kit on my awesome bike (in the back)

Unfortunately, I was 5min again in the transition area. For one, it’s hard to run your bike in when you’re in bike shoes, and two, I had to put on socks since I had biked without them. Oh well. It’s not like I was clamoring to get out on the run since I was most scared of the run. 

My lovely BF snapped this one of me leaving the transition area on to the run:

The run was 6 miles long and I was pretty sure I was going to die. My legs were jelly and I hadn’t been running as much as I should have. My goal was to just to get through it and walk as little as possible. Somehow, I managed to pull it together and kick butt and I only walked the teeniest bit. I managed to keep about a 10 minute mile place for a total time of 1:02 for the total 6 miles. As I rounded the turnaround on the third lap of the run, I said to myself I am almost done, let’s GO! so I pushed myself as hard as I could. I pulled it in and pushed through the finish as strongly as possible.

 I was shaky and ready to collapse, and I was ready to cry because I was so very proud of myself for competing in this event. I didn’t cry, I didn’t collapse though, instead I found my boyfriend and grabbed some sports drink and some food, ate, and stretched. 

All in all, I had a good race and felt very proud about my ability to finish strong. Though I had a great time, I probably wouldn’t do the Pac Grove triathlon again because I don’t like swimming through kelp. I highly recommend this triathlon for the less squeamish and for beginners. The course is flat, beautiful and a great spectator course. 

Next up, Tri Girl Tri in October!

Getting ready September 13, 2008

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It’s 6:45am and my bike and stuff are set. I start at 8:30. Here we go

Tomorrow is The Day September 12, 2008

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This is gonna be short because there’s not much to say except, YIKES!!!! 

Tomorrow is the day that I embark on my most difficult athletic challenge to date – Tomorrow is the Pacific Grove Triathlon. I am nervous and excited and ready for this challenge. I’m going to give my camera to the boyfriend to snap photos while I compete. Afterwards I’ll post a race recap and then i’ll be back to regular posting about working out to get in tip top shape. 🙂