On September 12, my husband and I completed a challenging duathlon: bike: approximately 30 miles and run: 4.3 miles on trails (less than the 5 miles advertised, which I'm glad!). My husband had a flat two miles into the bike course, just after I got called for drafting behind him. (I didn't know that following less than 18 feet behind the cyclist in front of you is considered drafting, and I was farther behind him than I ride sometimes when we're just out riding/training.) So I had to basically ride the course alone, as it took him at least 15 miles to get going again. I briefly glimpsed him behind me in the run, as part of the course was a loop. I was slow on the run--did a lot of fast walking--as I'm not good on rough surfaces and my legs were very, very tired! In fact, I didn't really run-RUN until the end, when the course goes back across the open field toward the finish. I heard someone behind me and didn't want whoever it was to pass me, so I put the "pedal to the metal!" (Never did see who was behind me, although it wasn't my husband. I had to wait at least a few minutes before he finished.) We both won age group medals, because there were only three ladies n my age group, and my husband was the only one in his age group of the men! (There were only 27 single competitors, and 3 or 4 teams, who were separate, of course.) http://messymonkeys.blogspot.com/2009/09/first-duathlon.html
The following month, my husband and I both did a half marathon in the beautiful Eastern Washington town of Leavenworth (the one with the Bavarian theme). We arrived Friday night, and camped in our trailer up in the canyon west of town. The marathon/half marathon was staged at a fish hatchery just out of Leavenworth. Race time 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 3. The course had some hills, plus a mile or so of trails through a park. Plus beautiful scenery! I was doing well for the first 7 miles, then my muscles got really stiff, especially my adductors and my groin, so the last half, especially the last 3 miles, were tough. I would jog a little, then walk, then jog a little. My heart rate went way down because I was going so slow! My chip time was 2:44:44, so I wasn't too unhappy. But next time I do a half marathon, I guess I'd like to be better trained so that my muscles don't complain so much, and so I can get my time closer to 2:30! http://messymonkeys.blogspot.com/2009/11/oktoberfest-half-marathon.html
Lately, since the beginning of October, my husband and I have been doing a "boot camp" exercise class once a week on Monday nights, where we intersperse running with various strength exercises, upper/lower body/core, etc. There is a lot of variety, so it has been quite fun! I am hoping to strengthen my legs and core especially, and in addition to boot camp, I am trying to work in speed work. I got new running shoes again--going back to a neutral shoe (Asics Gel Nimbus 11). I went through 2 pairs of Asics 2140's in 8 months and the outside of the heel wore down excessively, so while the shoe "expert" thought I needed stability shoes, they seemed to overcorrect my pronation, so that I ended up supinating, going by the uneven heel wear. I put Dr. Scholl's arch supports (orthotic inserts) into my new shoes, but am also going to try Spenco Q-factor insoles, once they arrive in my Amazon.com order.
Winter is coming, and I am thinking about buying snow shoes, just in case we get a lot of snow like last year. Hard to tell whether the snow is going to just stay in the mountains and hills or hit us here down in the lowlands, too.
Next up: a 5K on December 5, in which I'll try to beat my time from last year!