Wednesday, January 30, 2013

PR to Kick the Year OFF!!

When I skid into the last tri race of the season last year with major burn out I knew I needed to switch things up so I set my sights on reaching a new Half Marathon PR.  It was nice to focus on something fresh and really put some life back into my drive.

Fast forward to race day.....

I toed the line of the Charleston Half Marathon.  Perfect race day temps of 45 degrees. The wind would be a factor later in the race but not so much at the start.

Mile 1-3
I was very mindful not to start out to fast.  The 1:45 pace group slowly paced me and for a second I thought about trying to hang.  No...stick with the plan.

Mile 4 - 7
Taking my nutrition as planned I plugged away. At mile 6 my music crapped out and for a minute I panicked.  I knew the demons would come out to play and I would have to drown them out.

Mile 8 - 11
I realized at this point that if I could stay on target I would pass my original target.  Focus... spit... nutrition... keep moving forward.

Mile 12 - 13.1
As the 19mph wind gust bacame a factor I knew that I was entering the pain cave.  I would be deep in this the last mile and even questioned how my legs were moving forward.

Finish line - 1:48:56!!!!!

Only my Rev3 Teammates know my SECRECT to how you guarantee a race PR!!  #YUMYUM

BIG REV3 Team and Racing line up coming up next.  This year has started off with a BANG!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Back to The Pool

Last October I slid into a huge case of BURN OUT!  I stretched my race season way too long and even though I thought I could push through it I could not.  So as a result I took some time off, mixed things up, and began a new focus on reaching a new Half Marathon PR.  Race if a week from this Saturday (1/19).  

So for two months I ran and did continue to ride some.  Skipped some ride days here and there but did not swim one single stroke.  The time away from the pool was enjoyed and somewhat missed.  As January arrived I dove right back in and was pleasantly surprised at how excited I was to be moving in the water again.

So far I have hit an 1800, 2400, and 2800 meter swim.  Not bad for jumping right back in.  I am not at all focused on the time of my sets.  There is plenty of time for that. :)

On the food front.... my new obsession...KALE CHIPS!  *note - your body will let you know when you have eaten too much. LOL!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Constant Change

One thing we can all count on is constant change in our lives.  Some of it is welcomed and some is not. Anyone that knows me would know that I like to focus on the positive change.  Why waste energy on the bad...right?

Some good change in my life is the fact that I am kicking off 2013 with a cleaner plate palate.  I am now moving into my fourth week and with each day I can see the benefits of this change in my body.  More restful sleep, a lot less of a bloated feeling (woman will understand this), and ... well just a better balance in my body overall.  Much more to come about this but for now I am thrilled to have broken the cycle that I was spinning around in.

Another positive change is setting new race goals for 2013.  I actually thought this would be my return year to Ironman but by fate it will not.  Instead I will take a journey this year and enjoy lots of different races venues with my hubby and some amazing friends.  How could this be bad?

First up this year will be setting a new PR at a Half Marathon on January 19th.  Not wasting anytime diving into a very exciting year.

As I set out for my last long run of 2012 I decided what a better way to finish the year off than to run each mile for someone I am thankful to have in my life.  How is that for focus?

So what is your focus?  Don't waste a minute looking back!