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!
waking up this morning to run when it was dark outside was a bit of a challenge. the weather has changed (it's colder), it gets dark and stays dark, and i am sore from all of this running. maybe it was just about hitting the twenty mile mark and now i need to heal awhile before the ohio marathon. i guess it's because i am on my feet at work/school more? i am unsure. anyhow, after getting over the mental hurdle of going outside (i wore pants for the first time), running itself was a beautiful thing.
it's always soul-warming... and i think that just getting that beautiful crisp cold air into my lungs, feeling my fingers warm up, being able to see my breath steam in front of me as the sun came up-- all of that is why i run. sigh. even after the little mental war that i had, i truly decided that running this morning was what i wanted to do and holy moly- once you're out there- you'd be hard-pressed to get me to stop moving my feet. and "let me tell you" (as sarah palin would say), now that i am done with this morning's run, i am satisfied. everything hurts, but i am satisfied.
j and i ran our 14 miler last sunday and pretty much ran to campus and back home in a nice long rectangle. i really enjoy running around the neighborhood since i feel like it's a lot more entertaining than running in the woods. however, running at LOTW definitely has its perks. you're alone (pretty much), you're serene and centered- and your one and only focus (besides counting squirrels and birds) is running. it's a beautiful thing when the loudest noise around you is either your shoe hitting the pavement or the ear-pressure inducing exhale from your breath.
this week is cut back week- woo! so i am just running for time... i guess about an hour or so tomorrow. yay for being a little bit more than a month away from the marathon!! yippee!
i started off my 24th year of life with a few miles in the galena hills! it was really fun to have some entertaining ups-and-downs in the terrain. when we got back i did my 12 miler (although i think that it was actually around 11 since it got dark really fast on my way home). yay for running into a new year!