Friday, July 25, 2014

16 Days til Steelhead 70.3!!!

16 days until Steelhead 70.3, it is officially PEAK WEEK.  I'm sitting here at work beating myself off because I DIDN'T bike this morning like I was supposed to.  And I kinda don't want to run either!  And the whole thing is silly because it'll be my only day off til 70.3!

There just isn't enough days in the week!!!!

I'll make a game time decision once I get home whether or not I want to swim at the pool tonight.  I really probably should.  But I'm just feeling SO tired today.

Also, I've been avoiding swimming.  Chicago ITU Olympic Triathlon REALLY bummed me out.  It was my slowest swim to date and yet I NEVER panicked and I couldn't stop the water was too deep!  I never turned over on my back.  I just swam.  Apparently REALLY slowly.

So, yeah I've been avoiding the swim.  I went Tuesday morning with CJ to LVAC's Swim Training at 6 a.m.  And it kicked my ass in a good way.  And sorta motivated me.  I'll be back next Tuesday morning.  But I was basically gasping for breath SO OUT OF SHAPE.

I'm not loving running much either.  Last night I completed the Esprit De She 10K.  Barely.  People were encouraging me not to give up.  I musta REALLY looked like I wanted to give up.

At least there was wine after.

And this photo.

Oh right I DO have goals.

We actually got a real life copy of this photo, so I hung it at my desk on the cork board.  When I start feeling mopey I have to look at it and remind myself of the bigger goal.  

But yeah my running hasn't been great lately.  Like the Burgers and Beer 5K?  

Yeah that's me be not able to get by that smiling lady and her TWO children in the stroller.  

Official time was 31:02.  Exactly 10 minute miles.  I guess there is that?

The next day I ran the Strikeout ALS 5K in 29:24.  Not much speedier.  BUT that course was fun since we ran inside the Sox Stadium :)

Okay I've whined enough for today.  I'll try to update more often!!!!  

Thursday, May 15, 2014

4 races in 4 weekends!

I've neglected this blog!

I've been too busy training for Steelhead 70.3.

Actually that's not true I just got done with 4 race weekends in a row!  I'm starting to feel so old those 4 race weekends made me TIRED.

4/19 CARA Lakefront 10 MILER

Nice, fun race put on by CARA my favorite running organization here in Chicago.  Race begins end ends at Montrose and even though it's on the path it has some quirks like running over Cricket Hill!  I ran this race at 9:54 pace which is officially my first endurance race with a 9:xx as a pace!  Afterwards I had ALL the beers and I really mean ALL the beers because people kept giving me their beer tickets!

4/26 Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon

I was hoping for 4:35 and started around right around 10:20 pace and then I bonked at mile 10 and never got it back.  Nice race with GREAT crowd support though!  I wish it was a bit closer to Chicago though as it required a rental car and a hotel room.

5/3 Wisconsin Half Marathon

I got a major PR!  2:07:57!!!  Loved this race.  Weather was perfect.  At the end we got a brat, cheese and local craft beer!

5/10 5th 3rd Bank Grand Rapids 25K

BIG race.  I was tired so I ran it as a training run.  Even with a potty stop and stopping to get ALL the orange slices I managed a 10:46 pace.  I'm planning on training this summer at 11 pace so I'm fine with that finish.

In the coming weeks I'll update this space with links to longer recaps!!!