15 September 2005

My first group outing

I am not a "group" person. I don't really like group sports like baseball or football or such. I tend towards solitary activities. I don't mind doing my solitary activities with other people once in a while but basically I prefer to workout alone.

Tonight was my first outing with my marathon training group. Now, having said I prefer to exercise alone, I have discovered that a group is a great way to train for a marathon. So tonight was my first meeting, it's actually the groups 3rd. At first I was a little disappointed as we walked 5.4 miles but then the coach explained that this was base building. We would begin running on Saturday and then slowly build up to the marathon.

I enjoyed it! There is a girl there who has the same goal I do in the marathon and we are very close in pace so hopefully I've found a training partner.

I've noticed some folks including their splits and I think I'll do that so I can look back as I get further in my training and be dazzled by my increase in speed.

Mile 1: 16.26
Mile 2: 15.50
Mile 3: 22.29 (this was actually 1.4 miles)
Mile 4: 15.58
Mile 5: 16.40

Total time: 1:27 Total distance: 5.4 miles

Okay, wouldn't break any records or dazzle anyone but hey it's a start. The important part was my ankles were great. No pain and they feel wonderful now....

Okay, I'm tired. Time to go veg on the couch.....

14 September 2005

Bad, Bad Blogger

I don't know whats wrong with me. Pure laziness I guess. My training has been lacking slightly (though I'm putting that off to the race this weekend:)

I start my marathon training group tonight. I'll be meeting them Mon, Wed, nights and at o'dark thirty Saturday mornings. This throws a wrench into my system and now I have to re-figure my schedule.

Other than that, not much to say. I'm looking forward to my race on Sunday and I'm still debating doing anymore tris this year. I could just focus on marathon training and start next year fresh with the tris. I don't know. I'm really ambivilent about it and I can't make a decision; which is so totally unlike me!!! I don't know. I guess I'll keep thinking about it.

Well, it took me forever to get to work this morning I probably should get some actual work done.

11 September 2005

I know I haven't been around much and it's

bascially because I've been busy. I can't tell you on what but time just really gets away from me lately.

Overall it was avery good week. I ran some, swam some, rode my bike some, did some strength training, and really felt pretty darn good.

Today I went out and did the bike course again. This time I had my computer on. The computer is double edged sword to me. It's good in that I like to see how I'm doing and how I'm improving in different areas. But it's bad in that I will push myself really, really hard if I don't like what I see. So I try not to look at it too often but when I'm climbing a tough hill into a head wind and I'm laying over the handlebars that's when I see it mocking me with 6 mph and I have to stand up and give it all I've got. It just pisses me off because today was supposed to be just a cruise of the course. Oh well.

I also did the run today; at packet pick-up yesterday they changed the course. It was good. I'm still paranoid about twisting my ankle so I ran slow; 5k in 37 minutes; and was super careful. Much of the running will be mental due to my ankle problems. I wore my braces and that gives me alot more confidence. Also, I had a little mantra going as I ran; I am strong, ankles are strong, legs are strong; as silly as it sounds this really seemed to help. The last two times I twisted my ankle I had mental pictures of that happening. This little mantra kept those evil pictures away and things felt good all around. Alas, I think running with the iPod may be out for awhile. Until I'm 100% I need to focus on where my feet are landing and not be distracted by what I'm hearing. But that's okay, it will only be for awhile.

Other than that things have just been moving along. Not sure what my schedule is this week. I have the race on Sunday but it is only a sprint. I'll probably start to focus more on running, since that's where I need the work, and just take 2 rest days before the race. I had planned on doing 2 or 3 more tris this season but I'm rethinking that. I'm not sure yet, have to mull it over some more.

Social media holiday

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