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4x400 speed workout (& a 5K PR!)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011      4 comments

On my schedule from my new running coach today was a 4x400 speed workout. I was supposed to run 1 mile as a warmup and 1 mile as a cool down. And, basically, we use the McMillan Running Calculator to figure out how fast I should be going. My tim... Read more
What makes a good coach/trainer?
Tuesday, July 26, 2011      4 comments

One of my groups had this question posted today. I wrote a response and thought I would share it here, too! Great question!!! I've had 3 different personal trainers and I just hired a running coach last week. Here's some of what I've found ... Read more
Are you pushing yourself enough? (I'm not!)
Monday, July 25, 2011      13 comments

When I lift weights, I feel I really push myself. When I run, I thought I was pushing myself. But, my running coach thinks I'm being too comfortable! And, from today & the past couple of months, I think she's right! Today was a TREADMILL TE... Read more
Sunday, July 24, 2011      13 comments

Today I got my bike out of the garage. How excited it must have been! She's just sat there with air slowly leaking out of her tires for almost 2 months. Shame on me! But...I'm back into training mode!!! I have faithfully worked out 6 days/week f... Read more
"Long Run" of 4 Miles
Saturday, July 23, 2011      7 comments

It seems like it's been awhile since my long runs were 'only' 4 miles. In late April through early June, I'd worked up to long runs of 6-8.5 miles. But, then the HEAT & the vacations happened. So, I've not been doing 'long' runs. Today, tho... Read more
One Year Ago Today...
Friday, July 22, 2011      4 comments

I enjoyed reading SanDiego John's post which showed what he'd posted a year ago. So, I looked back to see what I'd posted. I was in the middle of Coach to 5K, the running program where I started at the beginning of last June. I'm amazed at how f... Read more
New Running Coach & Pilates Reformer
Wednesday, July 20, 2011      6 comments

So, I went for an initial consult with a running coach today. She is the same coach who talked me back into the water after I panicked during an open water swim clinic before my sprint triathlon. She trains both runners & triathletes. The c... Read more
First Run with Group
Saturday, July 16, 2011      7 comments

So, yesterday I signed up for a running group which culminates in a half marathon (or marathon) in January here in Houston. I am running the HM that day, so I signed up for that group. I was just a little nervous as it actually started last week... Read more
My Goals & Upcoming Races (as shared with perspective coach)
Friday, July 15, 2011      6 comments

I contacted a possible running coach today. She told me to send her a detailed email about my goals. This is what I sent her... Thanks for the phone call! I did have a little trouble with our phone connection, so please forgive me if I ask ... Read more
My Plans & Fears
Friday, July 15, 2011      6 comments

Here's an email I sent my sister-in-law today. She's now scheduled to run her first marathon in less than 90 days. She's also starting to consider an IronMan triathlon and sent me a link to a blog about 4 moms training for an IM in 2012. ... Read more
Another 1st...Waterskiing!!!
Monday, July 04, 2011      12 comments

This weekend I learned to waterski! Yep! I'm 41, and I've tried twice before (about ages 10 & 17), but I actually learned to waterski this weekend! Yesterday was my fi... Read more
A Bad Run...What's That?
Friday, June 24, 2011      10 comments

I feel like my past 7 runs have been good...or even great...runs! That's amazing to me! Usually I have 1 or 2 or 3 'good' runs, and then a 'bad' run. Well, I've been on an incredible streak! So, it was bound to happen. Today... I had... a bad ru... Read more
Where do I go from here?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011      14 comments

I had another great run today. That's 6 in a row!!! Wow!!! I decided to kind of 'repeat' my great run on the beach from Friday. If you'll remember, I did a mile in incredible time for me! Then, we did some high knees, running back... Read more
What can happen when someone BELIEVES in you!
Sunday, June 19, 2011      31 comments

I am still in FL & having a wonderful time. We are having a great vacation...and I've had 3 wonderful morning runs on the beach! My last run was Friday. My sister-in-law, the one who got me started running, got up at 6 am to run on the beac... Read more
Beach Run...the Beauty & the Pain
Monday, June 13, 2011      10 comments

We are in Florida for vacation. This morning, I got up at 6:20 & headed to the beach for a run. We'd walked on the beach last night and I was 'itching' to run on the beach. I had just read a little article that said the best way to run on t... Read more

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