Suit up!

The past ten days I lamented and stressed over the weather forecast for marathon day.  The chance of rain swayed from 80% to 10%, and then back up to 90%.  The temps were another tricky factor.  The days before and after were showing anywhere from highs in the 50’s to highs in the low-mid 40’s.

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A strong start but a tougher finish

My long runs have been a challenge for me ever since that 21-miler a couple of months ago.  They continue to be the bane of my existence, but I still keep trying to circumvent the problem, so I can actually kill as many runs above 20 miles, that I can.  The White Rock Marathon is but 40 days away, and I am still not yet satisfied with how my feet are holding up on the latter miles.

Saturday I headed out at about 7:30 to see just how far I could get.  My goal was a 20+, as for whatever mileage was after that, I would consider it as a cupcake bonus cherry on top.

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Dear #runmeter

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Dear #runmeter why do you keep giving me links to invalid maps? Getting really irritated here.

UPDATE: Uh because dummy, your iPhone’s GPS chip has slowly started to die…. and it did eventually.  When I bought my new iPhone 4S, everything worked perfectly.

 

 

 

Small bites of a big ass run

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  The lightning finally calmed itself down this morning, so I put on my resurrected Novara Buzz hydration backpack, with the replacement Platypus bladder, and headed out the door for my longest run ever.  Imagine Mr Movie announcer voice echoing … Continue reading

It’s been HOW long???

Life got REALLY REALLY crazy busy lately!  I have still not started running again, but have been staying very active.  I took on a new sport and have been trying to improve in it – swimming.  I have not had a proper swimming lesson in YEARS.  By YEARS I mean DECADES.  By DECADES I mean not since I was a wee little kid and we all had to take lessons as a part of summer water safety at the Dallas Recreation Center.  I am definitely rusty!

One evening a guy who was swimming a couple of lanes over from me approached me as I was about to grab my things to leave the pool area. 

“Excuse me.  May I make a suggestion?”

“Sure!”, I replied.  I mean after flailing in the water trying to get my laps in, I was most appreciative of an offer of help. 

“Try pressing your chin into your neck; that will help keep your legs afloat when you swim.”

I thanked him and have been focused on using his advice every time I hit the water.  I have yet too have perfected this.  Maybe it’s just the massive running muscles in my legs that are sinking me?  Ha!  I need to work on form.   I did make a good purchase last week, that has helped me some; a pull buoy. 

A pull buoy looks like an indented yoga block, that you hold between your legs as you swim.  It keeps the lower body afloat, but also prevents you from kicking and also adds drag to the swimming.  It makes for a great upper body workout! 

So until I can run, this along with biking will be my endurance exercise.   I actually am starting to really enjoy swimming; I just can’t wait until I can run again!