This week I talk running shoes. Walking into a running specialty store and seeing the vast array of shoes can be overwhelming. I talk about the 4 pairs of shoes from Skechers I wear to train and race in: the GoRun Ride 6, the GoRun 5, the GoMeb Razor, and the GoMeb Speed 4.
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My bike was in for repairs all week and I had a big bike focus planned. To pile on, the pool at my condo was closed. It wasn’t the week of training I had planned, but all I could do was make lemonade out of it. I shifted gears to a run focus and reintroduced strength into my plan. I ran every day for a total of 125k, and finished the week with the MEC 15k where I was able to get in a solid tempo effort before a lingering knee/IT band issue flared up over the final couple km’s. Stuff comes up and gets in the way of that perfectly planned training week, all you can do is make the most out of it.
I raced Around the Bay on the weekend. Race went really well. I had a plan to take it easier than I normally would through 10k and then pick it up from there. I feel like I was able to nail the plan and I finished strong in 1:56:38. Also, really happy ‘the hill’ was back this year. Lisa had a great race too, finishing in 2:06:39. Thanks to Robyn for the finish video, and congrats on your first 5k!
Sunday was the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5k. It was my second time doing this race. I really like doing 5k’s as a test of fitness. Anyone who say’s a 5k is easy isn’t running it fast enough! It’s a different pain than a marathon, but hurt’s in it’s own way. I was a little slower than last year, but happy with the result.
I’ve been battling the flu since getting back from California, so training last week was non-existent. With that in mind I decided for this weeks video I would talk about what inspired me to get into triathlon. Unlike most people who were first exposed to triathlon by the NBC Ironman broadcast, my first experience with triathlon was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Seeing Simon Whitfield sprint to gold inspired me as an 11 year-old, and I knew that one day I would complete a triathlon.
This weeks vlog is about the Surf City Marathon. I recorded my thoughts before, and then immediately after the race. My goal was to run 2:48 or better. This was my goal the last time I went after a marathon in Chicago in 2014. When I ran my first marathon in 2012 in 4:47 I couldn’t imagine running a single kilometer in 4-minutes, so it’s been a goal of mine to run a marathon at that pace. I didn’t have big mileage leading into the race, but I was getting in good speed workouts and long runs, and my tempo runs were going pretty well. I felt confident about my chances, but ultimately fell short.