Tag Archives: trail races

Curve Balls in Life

I don’t know anyone that has a perfect life. There will be curve balls but it is how you react. Many know about my toxic levels of Vitamin D which is rare. First, I became advocate for my own health which you have to do today. I wanted to know why and what causing high levels.  Instead letting the Nurse Partition-er say it is okay to live that way, I wanted to see a specialist. I wanted to feel better, not feel crappy all the time. I am happy I did. My kidneys were causing it to elevate. My 1.25 kidneys has had problems processing red meats, so now it is all meats. Stopping eating them and feel better. Vitamin D at kidney level is good but the higher level is still high.  Cutting back on endurance events has made my kidneys happy too. It is how react and push forward that your life moves forward.

My glass is half full! Now if I can get faster! 

What Did I Learn Today?

Not every workout is going to be good, as I explain to Dan. I am coaching Dan to train for his first triathlon, Eagleman Half Ironman. Checking in, he said yesterday he felt tired and slow running 4 miles. So today he took as rest day, which is okay. My point not all workouts will be good. When the workout is bad and you pushed through, “Self Talk”, makes you mentally stronger for your race. Endurance races are half physical and half mental. Dan was a sprinter in high school then switch to endurance is learning new lessons everyday in his training.

So what did you learn today?

Earth Rock Half Marathon Practice Run

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Tomorrow at 8 AM, there will be group running the Earth Rock Half Marathon course in Amesbury.  We will start at Water Street lower parking lot in Amesbury.
Pam asks that anyone interested email her to let her know that you are planning on attending as well as your average pace so she can group you together.
You will have the option to run the entire course or a 10-mile leg.
Also, you will be in charge of bringing your own hydration.
Pam’s email: pahouck@gmail.com
Happy Running!

What is the Voice In Your Head Saying?

Yesterday, Outside magazine had an interesting article, “The Voice In Your Head Will Make You a Better Runner.” Today, so many runners run with music because of the iPods and smartphones. But when you run a race, many races don’t allow headsets because of safety issues. Triathlons don’t allow any headsets/music at anytime during or you are disqualified.

When you are running with music outside, you are missing the point of the workout. Use nature as your music, birds will sing your way through run to allow you to meditate. Disconnecting from the music/smart phone allows your brain to clear and take a break  from everyday problems to solve issues faster. But it is the self talk that pushes you through the exhaustion  So when real life is challenging, you will be stronger to deal with it in positive, not as threat. Past couple of years, I had many life challenges but I got through it positive attitude.

So next time you run remove yourself from the music to contemplate your life challenges.

 

What is Your Special Place

Cyclists, Runners and Triathletes have special place that they can go to unwind. Last year, when I moved to live on Lake Gardner, I realized I was steps away from running on trails at Woodsom Farm. Today, I just couldn’t do the bike on the trainer but be running outside on this lovely spring day.  When I run to the top of Whittier Hill, I feel I am in the Sound of Music with the views. The pictures below are the views from the top of that hill.

 Woodsom Farm Lake Gardner and Powwow Hill

 A place to sit to contemplate or meditate

I am looking forward in a few weeks when the flowers and leaves on the trees.

Let me know what your special place you like to go to contemplate or Zen or meditate.

Quality vs Quantity Workouts

When you shop for furniture, car, clothes does your decision determine to buy for quality or for quantity. You probably go for quality.

That is how you should determine your workouts especially when you are short time. This has been a crazy week with work and appointments for me. Knowing I have half marathon at the end of the month, I put running before my swim and bike. But I made sure the run workouts are quality then have swim and bike be the recover workouts. Quality run workouts: 1 workout focus on your form; 2nd workout focus on hills and leg speed (cadence); 3rd workout focus on the endurance, the long run.

When you focus on the mileage numbers (quantity)  then you lose focus on the quality, the purpose of the workout. As a triathlete, this can difficult with 3 different sports. Then ask yourself what is your ultimate goals of your races, which quality will be first.

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Couch to 5K Hero Starts April 12th

Download registration form, fill it out and go to Latitude to sign up: CouchTo5KSpring2017