Once a triathlete, always…?

Gonna let the bike see a little more light of day

Many moons ago I got started in endurance racing via triathlon. I was into it--I did everything from sprints to half Ironmans (that's what we called 70.3 back then) to an Ironman. But then I started liking running more than triathlon and kind of drifted away. It's been five years now since I've done one. I still keep swimming in my … [Read more...]

What a difference some rest makes

These legs are singing a much happier tune now

I can't believe it's been just a little over a week since my legs completely fell apart on me. I'm very happy to say that this week, they are feeling really great. It took some doing to get here, but I didn't expect to recover quite so fast, I must admit. I spent several days doing nothing more than easy cycling and swimming, and … [Read more...]

The inevitable slowdown

The kids and Connor at the top of the AT hike last year

Yesterday we drove west to the Appalachian Trail to do a family hike. We did this same five-mileish hike last Memorial Day weekend and really enjoyed it, so I thought it would be fun to go back. Now, when I say family hike, I include our 13-year old whippet, Connor. He has always loved to hike with us and I can't think of a time when I've … [Read more...]

Glasses and working out don’t mix

I did have to spend two weeks in glasses before LASIK, but I survived.

I'm six days away from my LASIk appointment and five days into wearing glasses full time in preparation. Let me just say--I am NOT cut out for glasses! I've been a contact wearer since I was 15 (that's a long time ago, trust me) and I just don't know anything different. I am learning that glasses are a major PITA when it comes to working … [Read more...]

Taking my medicine

Nothing makes me grumpier than downtime from running, but that is exactly what I have chosen to do. After Sunday's race debacle, I knew I needed some chilling, but wasn't really sure how to go about it. I decided to pick the brain of a friend who is an experienced coach, doctor, and very strong runner. I figured he might be one of the … [Read more...]

Why I don’t think DNF is a four-letter word

The scarlet letter(s) of endurance sports

Well, because it's an acronym, first off...so not funny, I know. But in all seriousness, in my "race" this weekend, which was just an ugly slog through 13.1 miles, I was tempted many times in the early miles to just DNF. I knew a mile into it that my legs weren't going to cooperate. Still, I went ahead and finished the day, probably … [Read more...]

UGLY!

Let's see...the season started off on a bad foot with Boston and it apparently is going to continue that way. I ran the Cleveland half marathon yesterday and added a new personal worst to my resume. As I told you earlier in the week, my legs just haven't been working for me, and yesterday they really went into shut down mode. It's … [Read more...]

Sitting is the new smoking

I'm not coining this phrase here, btw. Not sure where it came from, but I recently heard it from Working Out Sucks author Chuck Runyon, so I'll tag him with some credit. Anyhow--if you haven't heard, the detrimental effects of being a sedentary, sit on our butts society, have come to light of late. Studies are starting to reveal that … [Read more...]

You’re almost there! (and other annoying phrases)

Last week when I was helping course marshal the GOTR 5k here in town, I was trying to come up with words of encouragement for all the girls as they passed by. It brought to mind all of the words we typically hear when it's us out there racing--the good and the bad. Here then, my list of things to say and not to say to runners as they make … [Read more...]

Is it my legs or my head?

So, the Cleveland 1/2 marathon is this weekend. I told you a week or so ago that I felt like I had blown my Boston recovery. I felt like my legs were maybe coming around on a couple of runs last week. But yesterday, they felt like lead again. I don't have any specific aches and pains. That's not the way to describe it--it's just that my … [Read more...]

The art of the recovery run (and a winner)

When I first started running, I'd always end my week with my long run, then take the next day off. This worked fine, but a few years back I started experimenting with a shorter, very easy run the day after my long runs. This has been routine ever since because I find I get much more out of it than pure rest. Making a run into a good … [Read more...]

No breakfast in bed here

These guys made my day perfect

What I wanted for Mother's Day:  To start  the day with a 2,000-yd. swim. Then go to church. Then run an easy recovery run to my son's soccer game. I wore my Altra Zero Drop Delilahs (have you entered my giveaway for a pair?) and felt completely effortless--it was such a great run. To go on a family hike after the soccer … [Read more...]

They won’t’ always get it

My post yesterday about appreciating those who support our time consuming passion for endurance sports served as a perfect lead in to today's topic, which is: They won't always get it. Months ago I agreed to go out this Saturday night with some friends to see an 80s band. Sounded like fun at the time, and it still does. But, when I … [Read more...]