So, I checked out Elizabeth's blog - she got up early and did the Halloween run this morning. Posted a killer time, and collected an age group first place, too. Check it out at Run With Me.

To make up for sleeping in, I went to the pool this morning. Felt pretty good. Here's my workout:
6 x 50 (odd swim, even kick)
3 x 600 (each 600 took about 10 minutes)
1 x 100 (IM)
1 x 100 (Free)
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Then we took our pooch to PetSmart, and ended up with her Halloween costume. Get a load of this:

and this:

Sophie says Happy Halloween!


Sorry to disappoint, but I overslept this morning, and totally missed the Halloween race! And it's a beautiful fall morning, too. So no race report today, or funny pictures. I am off to the pool to try to redeem myself, however. Will let you know how that goes. I also would like to get my dog a Halloween costume today, so maybe I will have funny pictures to post later.
A big shout out to all those running Marine Corps this weekend. Good luck!!


Is that the sun I see??

Finally! I ran this evening, and I could finally see the sun! What a relief. I was so sick of running in the rain and cloudy cold this week. I ran 3 on Monday and Tuesday, took off Wednesday, and did 3 this evening. Will try to do some longer mileage this weekend (the forecast promises prime autumnal weather), and get in the pool. I also need to bring my bike in from the garage, and get it on the trainer. My husband has already been biking, but I need to start. Ugh. Our local rec center is starting spinning classes this winter, and I am excited about that. I used to take spinning classes at my old gym, and thought they were great. I am hoping to do the majority of my tri training through those classes.

I changed the sidebar of my blog to reflect cool races that someday I hope to do. This is by no means a complete list, just some of the top ones. I still haven't finalized my racing schedule for next year - still teetering on 1/2 IM issue. Definitely an Olympic is in the future. Most likely I will do the Cleveland Olympic Tri, because it is local, and would be a good one to tackle for my first Olympic.

There is a 5 mile Halloween race this weekend that I am debating about doing. I am thinking it might be a good idea, because the mileage isn't too bad, and it will allow me to get me some speedwork in, something I haven't done it a while. Maybe I will take some pictures if I go, because there is supposed to be costumes...it could be pretty funny. I'll keep you posted. Tomorrow's Friday! Yippee!!


9 is the new 12

Well, the 12 miler didn't go so hot this weekend. The first six went by in 59 minutes, but it only took 3 more miles for me to completely throw in the towel. It was slightly rainy, and windy. Nothing in particular hurt, but everything in general did. My lower back was sore, and my hips joints felt like they were lined in sandpaper. I finished at 9. I should have pushed the rest of the way through, and sometimes, I can, but I just wasn't feeling it yesterday. I will have squeeze in 6 miler this week, and go 10 next week, or else I will really be hurting on the 6th. The weather this week is going to be less than ideal, too. Rainy with highs of 50. I guess I will have to run between the raindrops, or face the "dreadmill," as the Running Chick would say.


Quick post

Friday - ran 3
Saturday - swim 2000yd
Sunday - have to do a 12 mile run. Hopefully it won't rain...


Decisions Decisions

This week I have been thinking alot about running, swimming, and biking. Unfortunately, I haven't been doing any of those things. The weather near the shores of Lake Erie is cold, wet, and raw. Perfect for staying under the covers, which is what I have been doing most of the week. I am trying to get my race schedule (the big ones) in order for next year, and figuring out my training schedules, too. There are a lot of unanswered questions, though, and that is slowing down the decision-making process. I am trying to decide which marathon(s) and triathlon(s) to do next year.

For my prior marathons, I customized the Hal Higdon programs for myself. This time, I am thinking of trying the FIRST training plan as detailed in August's Runner's World (you only run 3 days a week, but there are more speed workouts and tempo runs than I am used to.) The only problem with this program is I will need to have access to a track, and once the snow starts, I will lose access to my local 400 meter track. So if I want to do the FIRST program, I might have to push my marathon to the fall (not sure if I want to wait that long, though.)

As for my triathlon season...Rae called me out on my delusions of possibly doing a half iron. ARGH!! The training programs I found are all around 18-21 weeks. If anything, I was thinking of doing the Greater Cleveland Half Iron Triathlon, usually held in August. I have to admit, the biking REALLY scares me. Lots and Lots of mileage. I am toying with the idea of really working on the swimming and running, and half-heartedly training on the bike, enough to just get me through a 56 mile bike ride. Not wise, I know, but I am only looking to finish, not finish fast.

I should probably do the Cleveland Olympic Triathlon in July. If I have trouble finishing that, I guess I can bag the GCT in August.

I will be sure to keep the RBFers updated on the finalization of my 2006 race season.


Da Du Run Run

Well, I finally get to post my race report from this weekend! I was having technical difficulties with my computer, so, unfortunately, it took me a while to post the couple of race pictures that I took prior to the start. Note how cloudy it is. The wind was really strong on Sunday.

I woke up early, had a few delusions of grandeur with my coffee (see post below), and was off to the race. I luckily convinced my husband to join me, so I was able to skip bike detail, and he pumped the tires, loaded the bikes and water bottles, and we were off!

It was a cold morning, and pretty windy. It wasn’t raining though, so I didn’t mind. The race was held at a local community college, and the race course was a 2 mile loop around the college. It was pretty much a closed course, so I was psyched – no dealing with traffic. The crowd was small, and ranged from the weekend warrior type (there was also an inline skate, biathlon, and 4 mile run being held, as well) to the “Fancy Bike Guy” type. When we pulled in, we parked next to 2 guys with souped-up Trek bikes, and they looked to be serious cyclists. After eyeing up everyone else’s hardware, we picked our spot on the bike racks, and set up camp. It wasn’t until then that I realized I forgot my biking gloves. It worried me just a little, because it was so windy, but I couldn’t do anything about it at that point.

We jogged around a little to warm up, and then lined up for the race. For the Du, we would do 2 laps of the loop, come into the transition area, bike out, and do 6 laps of the loop, bike in and run one last lap. They didn’t supply chips, so there was a lap counter dude strategically placed on the course, and he kept track of everyone’s laps.

I have to say right off that this wasn’t my best race. The first mile split was 8:29, and I felt like I was running through molasses. My left ankle was doing something weird, because it HURT, and my ankles usually never hurt! Knees, yes. Ankles, no. I lost track of my splits after that, because my ankle was really bothering me. I came into the transition area before 40 minutes though. I was never so glad to see my bike! The first part of the 2 mile loop was nice. It was through a wooded area, and the wind was minimal. As you came around out of the wooded area, the wind was STRONG! It felt like I was the only sled dog pulling a 500 pound sled in the Iditarod! Six cold and windy laps later, I was walked out of the transition area. It was 1:33. My husband, who finished way before me called after me to “Run!” I continued to shuffle out. Picture the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. That is what my knees and ankles felt like. I figured the pace I was going was about 10 minutes/mile, and I was pretty close, because my finish time was 1:52:22. I got second in my age group; don’t get excited, though. I was second out of two. My husband posted a respectable time of 1:24:46.

All in all, an ok race for my first duathlon. They had hot chocolate and coffee after the race, and candy bars, bagels and cream cheese. Good stuff. I also got a little trophy for my 2nd place. I would do another. I just hope it isn’t as windy next time. Next stop: half-marathon in November...


Call me crazy, but...

It's 7 a.m. on the 16th, a couple of hours before my Du. I have been up for a little over an hour, it's pitch black out, windy, but thankfully, not raining. I have had my coffee and peanut butter toast, know what I am going to wear, and will be getting myself in the car soon. But what did I JUST do, not 3 minutes before this post?

I printed off a 20 week training schedule for a half-Ironman. This from a girl who: 1) has yet to experience an Olympic distance tri; 2) 9 times out of 10 is afraid of her bike (I mean, seriously, ALL the planets have to be in alignment before I can hop on the Raleigh); has yet to break the 4 hour mark in the marathon...shall I go on?? Maybe it's just that Kona fever is in the air, and I am starting to plan out my race schedule for 2006, and I just read Wil's "Just %^&* Hang in There" post. I am sure that I will snap to my senses later this morning, on mile 6 of the 12 mile bike ride, and my hands are cold, my butt hurts, and a bug just flew up my nose. For sure.



Ok, I am an official RBFer, now! Rae tagged me with the latest runner's chain game floating around in the blogosphere.
Here are the rules:
1. Go into your archives.
2. Find your 23rd post.
3. Find the fifth sentence (or the closest one to it)
4. Post the text of your sentence in your blog along with these rules.
5. Tag five other people.

I am such a newbie, I don't have a 23rd post (11 so far) - I'm workin' on it, though. So here is the fifth sentence of my first post:

"I am not your typical journal keeper - never kept a diary in my life."
What a bizarre turn of events; an avowed non-diarist taking the plunge into the world of *online* diary-keeping!

I tag: Run With Me

As for running this week, I bagged on Tuesday, went for 3 on Wednesday, swam on Thursday, and went for another 3 today. Tomorrow I will swim, and Sunday is the Duathlon! Coolness. I will have a race report to give. This will be my first Du, so I am not quite sure what to expect. Should be fun, as long as it isn't raining. Me and my Raleigh don't like slick roads! I am thinking about 37 minutes for the 4 miler, about 45 minutes for the bike, and 18 minutes for the 2 miler. We'll see how close I come to that prediction. Stay tuned!

P.S. Congrats to one of my favorite athletes: Suzy Favor Hamilton had a baby girl this past Wednesday. Wisconsin State Journal


Running vs. Blogging

If I spent as much time running as I did blogging, I would be the next Deena Kastor! (ha ha) It's an addiction, I tell you! Anyway, I have been catching up on everyone's race reports from the various marathons this weekend. Kudos to all you runners out there - you rock.

As for me, it managed to stop raining enough to get my 8 miler in on Sunday. It felt pretty good, considering I hadn't run long since my 15K back in September. I took the first two miles with my dog, and the remaining six I took nice and slow. Finished in 1:26:04. I felt good though. I went for a slow three miler today, and still felt pretty good.


Autumn has arrived

Brrr...It's official. Fall is here. It has been raining for about 36 hours, and it's cold, and damp. I couldn't quite face up to a run this morning, so I headed to the pool for a workout, and pilates class after that. The pool was unusually crowded this morning because of swim lessons going on that took up 4 lanes. I was forced to share a lane with someone -- I haven't shared a lane in many years, so I kept an eye out for the little kiddies to be done and scooted over to a free lane asap. Bliss. Ended up going for about 1900 SC meters before jumping out for my class. (The rest of my running week shaped up to be 4 on Wed., 3 on Thurs., and off on Friday.)

Tomorrow, though, no matter what the weather, I have to get out for 8 miles. I will be thinking of all the RBFers out there, and wishing you all well. I am looking forward to the race reports on Monday!


Indian Summer

Ahhh, what a day! It was sunny and warm, about 82 wonderful degrees here in the Buckeye State. A little taste of summer in October. Gotta love it.
Went for a 3 mile run, and then an 8 mile bike ride after work. The bike ride was a little hectic, because the traffic was pretty heavy, it was right around rush hour, and the cars were honking at me, and making me crazy. But other than that, it was really nice to be outside. I will miss days like this when it is dark and cold, like, 18 hours out of every day, and my seasonal depression starts.

I have to start getting some miles in for my half-marathon on November 6! I was thinking in addition to my week day runs, I would do a 10K run on the 9th, the duathlon is on the 16th, 9 miles on the 23rd, and 12 miles on the 30th. My last half was in June, and my time was 2:18 (gah!), so I am looking to shave a few minutes off that time.

I am really enjoying reading about everyone's preparations for upcoming Chicago, New Haven, NYC, etc...Good Luck to all, and can't wait to read the race reports!


More pictures from California

Cycling Vacation Update

Hello All. Back in town from California -- what a trip! Trek Travel has outdone itself yet again! Please pardon my inability to not sound like a commercial, but the cycling was amazing. If you are inclined to try it, GO FOR IT!

Thursday 9/29/05
Arrived in SF. Immediately checked the luggage, and walked around the city. We walked up and down so many steep hills, I had shin splints! Headed down to Fisherman's Wharf and had lunch at Scoma's (excellent seafood in the heart of the Wharf.) We explored Chinatown, Girahdelli Square, Golden Gate Park, and Pier 39.

Friday 9/30/05
We met up with our group (20 people) and one of our guides, Brynn, and headed to Sonoma County to a winery called Clos Pegase. We had lunch, and then headed out for a 30 mile ride. The 30 miles was tough for me, because I haven't ridden more than 20 this summer, and the weather was about 85 degrees, and sunny. There was a killer climb within the first 4 miles, and I was struggling up it. But I eventually made it to our destination: Madrona Manor in Healdsburg.

We stayed here, in the Carriage House. Madrona Manor is a beautiful Victorian Inn, with awesome gardens.

Saturday 10/1/05
Got up early to grab some coffee and get my caffeine fix for the morning. Walked around the grounds, and enjoyed the quiet. I biked 30 miles again today, and most of the group met up and White Oak Winery for lunch. After lunch, some of the hard core cyclists (see photo below) went for an additional 20 or so. Unfortunately, I bagged the second leg. Although, I have to say my guilt got the best of me, and later that afternoon, I went for a 5 mile run, that took me about 45 minutes.

That evening, we went for a nice meal at the Martin Family Vineyards. It was a fun and relaxing evening.

Sunday 10/2/05
We woke up early and skipped breakfast to get on the bikes and go! We got ready and got out on the road by 8 a.m. We went for a short 20 mile ride over some nice rolling hills. No climbing :), and that made me happy. The weather was sunny, but noticeably cooler. After the ride, it was pretty much time to pack up, say good-bye, and head for the airport. We took the red-eye home (ugh), and I took the train from the airport right to work. What a day. All in all, it was a great trip. Can't wait to choose my next one...Maybe the triathlon specific trip with Tim DeBoom in Santa Barbara? Anyone interested?