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Incredible 6 Mile Run! :-) (long)...with safety tips!

Saturday, August 13, 2011      12 comments

Today I was back to training with my US Fit running group. The 'red' team (10+ min/mile marathoners) was doing 7 miles while the 'blue' team (half marathoners of all paces) was doing 4 miles. My running coach wanted me to do 6 miles. Since all o... Read more

48 Days to Speed: Day 17 - 3x800 intervals & strength training (ouch!)

Thursday, August 11, 2011      5 comments

This morning, I did my 3x800 run...outside in the heat, though at 6:30 in the morning. I started out by running 1 mile at about 12:50. Then, I walked for about 2 mins. I did take walk breaks (actual WALK breaks) between each run. Then, I started... Read more

Scared to Swim...a Followup Post

Wednesday, August 10, 2011      13 comments

First of all, I think you for all of the kind responses to my post about 'scared to swim' this morning! I love SP! You all are so supportive! One of the comments was by LOUDPIPES who asked, 'why are you scared?' Great question!!! And, one I... Read more

I'm a triathlete who is scared to swim

Wednesday, August 10, 2011      16 comments

Scared to swim laps, that is. I have not swam laps since my 2nd sprint tri which was May 10th, I believe. I wasn't sure I ever wanted to do another tri. I was scared during the open water swim. And, swimming laps sounds like drudgery right now. ... Read more

48 Days to Speed: Day 16 - Interval Running & Pilates

Tuesday, August 09, 2011      4 comments

I REALLY doubted my ability to do the interval run my coach assigned me for today. I was to warmup for a mile then do an 11:00 pace for 2 mins followed by an 10:00 pace for 2 mins. I was to repeat this 6 times. Then, finish up 'easy' for a total... Read more

48 Days to Speed: Day 15 - Endurance Spinning

Monday, August 08, 2011      6 comments

I wish I would have kept up with the first 14 days with my running coach like this, but I just thought of it today! So, I'll do a quick, backwards recap at the end. So, today's workout was 45 minutes of endurance spinning. I used to do spin... Read more

Sunday's 5 Miler..WOW!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011      9 comments

I had a great 5 mile run on Sunday! Since my bike fall on Wednesday, I'd taken 3 days off. My back was finally feeling up to it, and I went out and RAN! Here are some stats on my run: Nutrition: I had 6 oz of Lean Body before run. Onl... Read more

Today's Run...a 5K PR

Tuesday, August 02, 2011      13 comments

I enjoyed Zumba with my daughter last night, and a great 3 mile run today. My coach had given me a challenging workout, and I went to bed worried that I couldn't do it. But, I was determined to do my best! My assignment was to run 3 miles.... Read more

Group Ride...& Fall...& Ride!

Thursday, July 28, 2011      8 comments

Last night I went on my first local group ride. It is with a local group & is for beginners/intermediates. I invited a friend along, and we had a great time chatting on the ride back & forth! She is a new friend & started riding last year, but h... Read more

They will tell you 'no', and you will tell them "YES!"

Wednesday, July 27, 2011      12 comments

SUZWARNR posted an incredible Nike quote that really spoke to me. I gave a pretty emotional response - both through my tears & my words! I thought I'd share it here... "All your life you are told the things you cannot do. All your life they... Read more

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

Bike SPEED

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


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