Saturday, June 14, 2008


It is now less than 50 days until Steelhead. The next 3-4 weeks will be the highest intensity training that I have ever done. This past week was my first taste of the increase and double workout days. By the end of the week my legs were toast.

Today was the first big brick that I've done. Ronda and I headed out on our bikes early. (She is also doing Steelhead). As usual, it was windy on the ride. We did 32 miles. We thought we were moving along at a good clip of 18-20 mph until we were passed by several other bikers who went by us like we were standing still. After the bike, we immediately headed out on a 30 min. run.

Tomorrow holds a 6-8 mile run for marathon training. Storms are possible but what else is new?

Waddling and wishing my friend Dan-Good Luck at Ironman Kansas 70.3 tomorrow............

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Did you ever just get blown away by a picture of yourself? I am talking about not in a good way. It happened to me today and it hit me really hard because it happened after 2 good workouts. (2000 swim followed by 3 mile run). I was feeling good and positive. Then the photos came from the Rockford sprint last weekend.(The photos are back but no posted results yet). I was amazed at the side view on the bike how fat that I looked.

In my mind I have a certain image of myself. That was not the person that I saw on the bike. I feel like a much thinner person especially with my winter weight loss.

I reassured myself because now I am on sugar detox day#4. I've had some good workouts this week. I I think I found a ride that I will fit right into.....

Just kidding!

Waddling finally into Friday............

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


1. How would you describe your running 10 years ago?Ten years ago - I wasn't running at all. My kids were 6 & 8. My daughter who was 8 was training 20 hours per week in gymnastics so I spent most of my time as a taxi.

2.What is your best/worst running experience? Both would be the Chicago Marathon. It was the first marathon that I ran so it was awesome. The second time, I injured my ITB and walked the last 4 miles in pain.

3. Why do you run? I run because I love to eat. Also I love the satisfied feeling it gives me.

4. What is the best or worst piece of running advice that you've been given about running? The best advice is it is not the speed that is important. Also that a priority in training is to get to the starting line uninjured by training smart.

5. Tell us something surprising about yourself that not many people would know. I have thought about this for a long time. There is absolutely nothing exciting or unknown about me.

I am now tagging to answer the same questions:

Iron Snoopy & Vicky

Waddling to read some blogs.............

Monday, June 09, 2008


Today was the first day of turning around sugar overload. I realized that I was in a bad place yesterday after having to run to McDonalds for Sweet Tea after my run. It wasn't that I just drove by and thought it would be nice to stop. The fact was I drove out of my way to get it because of an overwhelming craving. I felt like an addict that needed sugar.

So today was Detox Day 1. I began trying to eliminate as much sugar from my diet as possible. By the afternoon, I was going nuts. Tonight the craving continued. Maybe just something small. But so far so good. I wonder how many days until I notice a difference.

I need to change the subject.

Yesterday was my first day of Chicago Marathon training. The options for week one was 5,7,or 9 miles. I went with the 5 since I had raced on Saturday. The legs were tired but not bad at all. My biggest question was which pace group to train with. I opted for the 11:30 per mile group. The goal is to do your long runs at the pace you want to do the marathon. I just hope to break 6 hours but at that pace I would run a 5:02 Marathon. I will just take one week at a time.
Waddling and trying not to think about sweets...........