Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekend thoughts

These past few weeks have been nothing but crazy. I haven't posted in a while because mainly there is nothing special going on right now.

I have been doing all that I need to do training wise but have felt the need to push it further. I know consistency and repetition get you somewhere in triathlon but cant it be switched up once in a while?? I get board with the same workouts day in and day out.

So because of this I joined a running group through the local YMCA where I can have some coached workouts with one of the best runners in the area. For FREE if you are a Y member. SO for the past 5 weeks I have been working with a running coach, and a Triathlon coach...funny huh? I am not going to lie. Its freaking hard work. I want to be faster, then I need to put the time on the feet, do my tempos, hill repeats, speed work.

For the past few weeks, I have noticed a decrease in my times. I have been feeling more confident in my running. Today was a different story. I felt sluggish starting, all the way to the finish of my run. I dont know if it was a combination of nutrition, the lower leg work I did, the ice that was so slippery, lack of rest. Who knows?! All I know is that I pushed through the 10 plus miles and felt accomplished at the end. I felt that even though I felt crappy, what didn't kill me made me stronger. It was a tough run for me and Ill put it in the bank as mileage on my feet.

One thing I do know is that my feet were happy with me today.

I have been battling some foot issues to my right foot. Feels fine with running but then I notice that my calf starts bothering me with my long runs. So, I decided to divorce my lovey Saucony and choose Brooks one more time. I love them! They are a little but more of a stability shoe than Im used to but they were much better on the feet. No foot issues, no calf issues!! PLUS! The ride is awesome, the tox box is wide, and I love the color. Granted they are the mens version because I liked the color better. Womens shoes are too girly for me! I like bold colors when running! The bolder the better. I did notice though that my foot was heel striking a bit more in these shoes. Definately something I need to look into more, and pay attention to when running in these shoes.

I have a 1/2 marathon to mentally prepare for next weekend. This next week will be me envisioning a good race with the proper nutrition, hydration and everything in between going into it. I have goals I would like to meet. I have to envision those goals.  I feel like my longer mileage is just not where I want it to be right now. But I am still going to move forward and see how I do with this race.

Happy training~


  1. That's awesome that you have access to the running group and coaching. That will definitely help you reach your goals! :)

    Love the shoes!!!

  2. Kevin is the best! My Iron Girl run time decreased 4:30 from 2010 to 2011. You'll see the benefits from working with him for sure! :)

  3. I moved back to a brooks as well. So far so good!

    Good luck this week end!

  4. My hubby ordered me a pair of these..hoping they work for you!