Saturday, April 15, 2017

All Signed Up...

I am finally signed up all my races for the 2017 Marathon and Triathlon Season. Now I can really get into the business of training and being race ready.
First up on April 30; which is approaching very quickly is the Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon. This will be a super special marathon for me. Not just because it's marathon number 18; but I will get to run through my dad's childhood and my Grandma Ruth's life when they lived on the Jersey shore. I have a time goal but if I can get through the marathon without being an emotional wreck I should be just fine.
First triathlon of the season is the Rev3 Montclair Triathlon on June 18. I have missed doing shorter distance triathlons so much. I feel with focus the last few years on the 70.3 and 140.6 distances I'm ready to see how fast I can go in a short amount of time. This is a true sprint distance; 750 meter open water swim, 12 mile bike, 3.1 mile run. I get to race alongside a bunch of my masters swim team friends from L4 so this should be a blast.
It's about time I do an all girl triathlon; haven't done one of these since the early years of my triathlon career. Irongirl Columbia should be a blast on August 20. Columbia Maryland is a great venue for any triathlon. I'm ready to embrace some girl power as I face a challenging 1000 meter open water swim, 16 mile bike, and 3.1 mile run. The swim is flat; lets hope the swim happens unlike last year. The bike and run are somewhat hilly; but if I can take on the hills of Ironman Lake Placid; I can so do this. Excited to race among awesome ladies all morning.
My "A" race for the season; Ironman 70.3 Atlantic City on September 17. This will be my first ever branded 70.3; and it only took 13 years and 8 of the distance to do it. I went up to volunteer and cheer at IM 70.3 AC last year and had a blast. Stephen Del Monte and his crew are super duper amazing and a put on a fantastic race. The 1.2 mile open water swim in the salt water bay should be interesting. The 56 mile bike course should be interesting going on the Atlantic City Expressway and the 13.1 mile run; mostly ran on the Atlantic City Boardwalk should be something of a treat. I'm happy to have chosen this as my first branded half. Can not wait.
To wrap up my 2017 season; I will head up to Dover Delaware and run the Monster Mash Marathon on October 21. This will be marathon number 19. Its a very small low key marathon; but I'm excited to run around the Dover International Speedway to start the race. It should be interesting and I'm looking to really be trained and prepared for this marathon; unlike past marathons.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Needing To Pull Myself Back Together...

Let's just say I had a very rough weekend. Alongside my training not going well, EVERYONE I know had success. One girl I know from the Women for Tri group on Facebook group ran a stellar marathon in Myrtle Beach and came in second overall for the girls. One of my good friends that used to swim with year round and in high school in the Dallas area got Rookie of the Year in her triathlon club. On the other hand, things went wrong and I completely gave up and bailed on a long run. It wasn't that I couldn't do it physically, but mentally I wasn't sure how to bounce back after my fall two weekends ago.
I guess I'm the only one (a) comparing myself and (b) beating myself up and (c) being hard on myself. Except for a comment back in Lake Placid the day after Ironman, I'm the only one saying I'm not good enough to be in this sport and that I should quit. YES... I'm not as fast as I use to be in the sport of triathlon or running. I am going to take blame however for bad eating habits which caused me to gain a bit of weight over the past few years. That in itself has probably caused the slow down. I know I may be getting off topic here but that right there is what has caused (a) (b) and (c) to happen.
I mean... how many people do I know that actually care about me and love me can say that they have earned their share of these kind of car magnets or stickers? Finishing 17 marathons since 2006 of which 3 of them came during an Ironman triathlon... I'm guessing is pretty impressive and not to shabby. My times haven't been anywhere near glorious for most of the marathons and any of the Ironmans... but at least I was out there respecting the distance and the sport in general. Point made and taken... after my rough weekend of comparisons and beating myself up... I need to pull it together. After all my 18th... yes 18th marathon is only 56 days away.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Not All Training Days End Well...

That sums up today's long run. I wanted to run between 12 and 14 miles in preparation for the New Jersey Marathon on April 30th. Since my fall two weekends ago, I thought I had the strength physically and mentally to do the long run. I didn't. I ended up doing only 2 miles this morning. I'm NOT happy at all. I can only put it past me, regroup, and run Monday when it's a brand new week. Even with the flaws and setbacks in this training cycle for New Jersey, I am hoping to get under 5 hours. I'm trying not to put pressure on myself but for once I'd like to be proud of me and I want others to be proud of me.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Officially Up and Running Again

Since my clumsy yet graceful fall running on Saturday February 18, I am now back to running. Honestly, I was scared to try and run again. I was concerned that my fall caused an injury and that the New Jersey Marathon on April 30th would be erased from my race schedule for this year.
This past Saturday on February 25, I sucked it up and went to the track on a warm and humid morning. I laced up my running shoes and told myself that with others advice to run one loop of the track which is 1/4 of a mile. Well one loop turned into FOUR loops which equaled a whole entire MILE. I didn't by any means take it out but ran a 9 min 19 second mile on the track. The success in the whole thing was that I can safely run again without any pain whatsoever. Since that Saturday, I have ran a handful of times. The furthest I have ran is 3 miles, so I have a long way to go.
On my new-ish toy, my Garmin 735xt I downloaded a quote that is very inspirational right now. I know I am STRONGER than I think. This watch face on the Garmin will lend me a hand when I think I can't do it. I know I can though. I will get through my training and on April 30th when I Run The Shore at the New Jersey Marathon in Long Branch... it will be worth it.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Things Go Wrong...

Been so many weeks since I have blogged last that I really need to right now. So much has been going on in my training that I want to share. I am going to start off by saying I'm proud of myself for what has happened since Saturday.
So 10.64 miles was the distance when I stopped running. I had a 12 miler planned but as soon as I got to the sidewalk that ran by the tennis courts at the East Potomac Park Tennis Center, my run was OVER. I have a long history of being CLUMSY when I run. Well Saturday showed that it was true. I missed the crack in the sidewalk and went down. All the sudden a few runners and cyclists that saw what happened came over to see if I was ok. I let out a hard cry because I had fallen over and hit my knees and palms on the concrete pretty bad. There was blood coming out of my knees and my palms of my hand. A runner suggested I go over to the Tennis Bubble to get cleaned up, which is what I did. After what was 30 minutes of cleaning the blood up and bandaging myself up, I got a ride to the Smithsonian metro station from a tennis bubble patron and metro-ed back to Bethesda where I had started my run earlier that morning. While on metro I had a little kid tell me that I had plenty of boo boo's... he was so right. Until Sunday night when my boyfriend Joe, pulled rocks and dirt and gravel out of me; the pain in my knees sucked. Apparently my knees had gotten infected before he cleaned it out very well.
I ended up doing nothing on Sunday, then on Monday and Tuesday I swam with my pull buoy because I was afraid to kick and hurt myself more. The picture is from right before masters swim practice on Tuesday night with Lane4 Swimming at Stone Ridge School in Bethesda. I hate pulling and I NEVER ever use the pull buoy. Monday when I swam on my own I just swam 2 by 500s free to see if I could withstand being in the water. Yay... I could. I ended up asking my masters coach Stephen if there was something, anything I could work on Tuesday night to improve my freestyle technique since I was swimming aimlessly. I worked on my catch during freestyle by doing underwater recovery and ended up skulling a bit, which brought me to moving no where fast anytime soon.
Today because it was mildly warm for the end of February, I got Speedy my road bike out and went for a spin. I said I would take it easy. Hah... 17.5 mph average on a flat road over 10.35 is NOT I mean NOT taking it easy by any means. But oh man did it feel good to just ride. Tomorrow's high are supposed to hit the 70s... I'm definitely riding again.
I only say YAY ME because usually with the depression I have a set back would bring me down. But I didn't let my clumsy fall on Saturday bring me down. I'm proud of myself for that.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tropical Splash Meet

Today I swam in my first masters meet of 2017. I don't think I've ever had as much fun at a swim meet as I did today. I swam the 50 short course yards breaststroke, the 100 short course yards breaststroke, and the 200 short course yards butterfly. My swim were decent but not great. I haven't really swam the breaststroke events in quite a while. I was pleased with a 46.44 in the 50 breaststroke and a 1:40.64 in the 100 breaststroke. I knew I had a good breaststroke, but I didn't know I had speed in me. After swimming a 3:13.90 in the 200 butterfly, I give the distance a new found respect. My time in the fly was not as fast as it could have been but that's because I psyched myself out before. Because this was a yards meet I thought "it's a shorter pool and it'll be easier to swim". Boy was I wrong. I kept a consistent pace through the eight lengths, but it was tough. After I got out of the pool I actually felt a little sick. Unlike most meets where I get ribbons in all events, I only got a first place ribbon in the 200 butterfly. I was fourth in both breaststroke events. I can't complain because today I worked hard and swam hard and my results showed so I'm pleased.
The real big fun of the meet came that I got to see many swim friends. There were a handful of friends that I was reunited with. But, the one new friend I finally got to meet was this girl Kathleen. She swim on the masters team in Reston Va. I know her through the #swimstory group on facebook. She had watched me swim the 400 individual medley at the Solstice Meet in Germantown in December but we didn't meet until today. I love her to pieces. She had a great meet as well. Did I mention I love masters swim meets? I now can't wait until the Albatross Open at the end of March.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Motivation To Reach My Goals...

Just so I record how my goals are coming along for the season, I made my version of a vision board. Besides my race schedule, which is FINALLY set in stone, I have a place to record when I reach milestones in hitting my mileage goals. Fortunately, it's only the middle of January and I have alot of the year left. It's unfortunate last week I had the flu and was barely able to train. But thankfully I have a somewhat planned training schedule for myself in my little binder. It shows which discipline I need to do each day. In the boxes that are not blacked out I'll write the distance I did each day.
Crossing my fingers this works. So excited that I am able to train this week. As my countdown says, I only have 103 Days till my first marathon of 2017 and my eighteenth marathon lifetime since 2006, can't wait to train and Run The Shore on April 30th.