Training Journal – Highly Suggestible

As we have already established by my marathon training, I am very easy to talk into potentially bad ideas. My friend Richard talked me into a marathon. My best friend talked me into the Badass Texas half marathon in three (!!) weeks. And now it seems my spin instructor may have talked me into a triathlon.

A little background here: it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve trained for a triathlon. I’ve actually done one as a matter of fact, a little indoor triathlon at the YMCA in Wisconsin. My proudest moment was not being the last person out of the pool. I am an AWFUL swimmer. I’m also terrible on a bike. So why am I doing this?

I’m a very big believer in conquering your fears. So even though the thought of putting my face in the water gives me panic attacks, I go swimming twice a week. One of my other close friends wants me to go bike riding with her so she can teach me not to leap off my bike instead of stopping it. I’m hoping that I’ll not only gain enough confidence to complete Baby’s First Triathlon, my running will improve as well.

This month my goal is to swim 1/4 mile twice a week, go to spin class twice a week, and run 3-4 times a week. If I have a goal – say, a triathlon to train for – I’ll be more likely to stick to this schedule.

Next stop, Badass Texas half!

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Training Journal – Stronger Every Day!

I’ve had the best week! Last Saturday I ran in the Skyline 10K in Dallas and I am pleased to report that my pace has improved¬†significantly since the Green 6.2; 12:04/mile at the Skyline down from 13:49/mile at the Green 6.2! Told you I’d crush it!

I fully attribute this to my cross-training. I’ve been going to spin class for about a month img_7741now and have been swimming intermittently as well. Tuesday I swam 525 yards, went to spin class for 45 minutes, then finished off with a 5K in which I dropped my pace by 15 seconds (!) from my last time on that trail. Thursday I added a second spin class and let me tell you, getting up at 5 AM is not at all fun. Next week, I’m adding a second 3 mile weekday run as well.

As it turns out, my best friend is also a terrible influence on me! She emailed me and asked if I wanted to join her for the Badass Texas half marathon – hailed as the hottest, hilliest half in Texas – because I am a badass. It’ll be my first half marathon since starting my new training regimen and I’m a little nervous.

img_7722The Skyline half went really well, though, so if I keep up my training I should be able to make a decent show of it. I was surprised by how easily I sustained my pace, even dropping to 11 minutes or lower in places! The miles seemed to fly by and I felt great afterward.

During my last marathon training attempt, I was plagued by shin splints the entire time. There were times that my right leg hurt so badly that I was just limping around work, or forcing myself to get through enough of my warmup that adrenaline would kick in and my muscles would warm out of it. I know, I know, not good for me. This time I’m being smarter.

In addition to the cross-training, I’ve changed my diet and as of today I have lost 10 pounds! I’m training myself to eat more than a pack of energy chews before a heavy training session, and I’m up to a granola bar and a banana. Eating before a run has always upset my stomach so I did most of my fueling mid-run. This way seems to be giving me more energy and I’m glad.

The Skyline Challenge has a time limit of 5 hours to run 22.4 miles, and the Houston Marathon has a time limit of 6 hours to run 26.2 miles. That means to finish both of them I have to keep a pace of 13:30 or lower, so I’ve got some work to do. If I can keep going the way I am now, I’ll be able to do it!

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