today s., j. and i did our very first mini-triathlon.
but first, a little bit of history.
1- i didn't even know how to spell triathlon correctly before starting training. i typed in triathalon. which i thought was correct and then the little red squiggly line corrected me.
2- i had no idea what distance these events would be or how long this sort of event would take. j and i are used to being outside for around 4 hours or so... apparently, this was supposed to take less than 2!
3- i didn't own a bike or really have any experience swimming. my bathing suits no longer fit me and i really needed goggles if i was going to keep my hard contact lenses in my eyes and not have them swimming off down the length of the pool as well.
so. after acquiring a bike (my beautiful trek from indiana!), taking watercise with j. (no, we did not wear frilly suits and do synchronized swimming... but we did do water weights and rope-climbers and even some "marios!"- requires a motion to explain...), and a visit to landsend.com (yay swim sale!) i was set! this summer has been a great new adventure in training for something that would previously be completely unheard of for me, and it was a great step outside of the running-only comfort zone.
we all had a great time today (yay!) and it was really rewarding! maybe this is the start of a whole new type of event... or series of events... for us! thanks to j., we tried something totally new!
training has been going well and it has finally started to stay in the positive digits (weather wise!) so that has made training in the morning much more enjoyable! i think we're only a few weeks away now...
training for the illinois 1/2 has begun! i ran through x'mas break... and yesterday did my first sat. run w/j! how exciting it is. i can't wait to get back into the routine and it will truly be a fun time to run something so close (if not directly down the street) from home!
running outside during ice storms is not advised... so, i didn't do it. although i wanted to, i was quite afraid that i'd slip and fall smack on my face... or worse, a knee/hip/something important! so, i've been doing some indoor running lately which (although it makes me feel like a hamster) is better than nothing. i am excited to start training again with j! happy holidays!
i love my asics and i just got my third pair today. i have now had 1 pair of 2120's and this is my second pair of 2130's. hooray! they're super cute and much more colorful than the last two pairs which were strictly blue-gray-silver-and white. so exciting. i can't wait to try them out this week!
hi! i just registered for the illinois half-marathon and i am pretty excited. i love having a running goal... whether it be miles or time, so i think after two full's a half is in order. i can't wait to get started!!!
j. and i set off on an across the midwest trek in order to get to the columbus marathon in OH. it was an amazing experience and went very smoothly. we started off on saturday morning in a car jam-packed with gatorade (in all sorts of flavors and colors) and snacks ranging from saltine, cheddar bunnies and pretzels (yum!). we got to our hotel (the most beautiful suite ever) across from the expo, picked up our packets and were able to grab dinner and get back to the room with time to study for our monday morning exams. the next morning we got up (after getting up a million times in the middle of the night) to eat b'fast (and b'fast part two at the continental b'fast)... and then off we went
to the start site to run! it was a great time... with challenges starting around mile 20 and then pretty much the hardest last 6.2 miles ever, it was a wonderful and truly satisfying run.
some of my favorite quotes from the run:
"and we nicknamed him "loyalty" "- interesting man talking about his 22lb. cat at 7 am during mile 2
"you OBVIOUSLY don't spend as much time on the couch as i do." -funny lady at mile 23 to a runner ahead of me
"23 miles and your hair still looks nice!" - same lady talking to me as i passed by
"26.2 reasons to run a marathon" (on a sign) "#3- to get away from my spouse/roommate/mother-in law" "#4: because i CAN"
"we did it!"- j.
"it's common"- the man (who has run every single columbus marathon) watching me hobble up the stairs cracking up.
getting ready for race weekend! we're supposed to have a high of 64 (low of 45'ish) on race day and i got 2 fleece(s) from old navy (hooray $15 each!) to wear so that if we lose them we won't be heartbroken. i've got my anatomy flashcards and review sheet ready for the drive... loads of snacks and gatorade... and as soon as the load of laundry is done, i am set to pack! woohoo! here we come, OH-hi-oh!
i am really excited for columbus. j and i are going make a roadtripping weekend out of it and study the way up and back for our monday exams (yes, i know it's poor timing). anyhow, i keep staring at the race map on my desk and printing out directions to and from the start (as well as the convention center). YAY. i also found out that we can have our families track us at: http://www.mtectracking.com:8080/Mtrack/Mtrack?raceid=3 by entering in our bib#/names. woohoo. only... 4 days away!
yes, i am nervous. but it's okay. it's a good nervous. a makes-you-want-to-get-up and outside kind of nervous. it starts off like a think-i-am-going-to-vomit nervousness but that dissolves into a jittery blustery mess that once i put one foot into my running shoe- poof! it's gone. and in that hole fills excitement and a deep desire to just feel breeze on my cheeks. sigh. i am excited and scared. and it's just a week away. marathon number two this year. 2008- my first and (fingers-crossed) second marathon. i am a year older this time, so maybe it will be different. it's in a new place, so that will be fun. and, i am running with one of my best friends, thus- it will be wonderful. i can't wait. i just have to stay hydrated, rested, and stretch... and the rest is up to that day, the weather, and how my body does will be in part due to all of the training runs that have gone into this june/july started process... and partly due to my mental state. this is going to be so much fun! just need to make it to that finish line in one piece and i will have been successful. hooray!
j and i are in the tapering phase of our marathon training and have crossed over the 20 mile peak of last week and are in the double digit decline... it is interesting to have to work through little aches and pains during our runs and i think that my body (overall) is appreciative of the rest. i am working to stay strong so that we can finish strong in exactly two weeks! let the countdown begin!