REGISTERED FOR MY FIRST IRONMAN 70.3 PRINCETON

O boy… Time to hit the pool, hit the pool again, hit the pool some more, and after that… o yea, hit the pool!  I am confident I can get through the bike and run segments(maybe not as fast as I’d like), but am nervous about the 1.2 mile swim.  While I certainly have some time to train between now and September, I have much work to do.  I have relaxed just a tad in my training after my Marathon this year, and now plan to pick it back up, starting with with a heavy swim, moderate bike (trainer this time of year due to the weather), and moderate run workout plan.

I am competing in this event with my Sister and Brother-in-law, which makes it all the more exciting!  I will begin posting weekly recaps of my training at the end of this week.  My goal for my first half is 5 and half hours… we will see!  While I have the most time to gain during the bike segment, the swim segment is most certainly my biggest weakness.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to properly train in a pool for this type of event?  I often find myself in triathlons becoming overly excited during the swim, and needing to calm down before I can continue on.  I believe that’s much easier to do during a .5 mile swim, as opposed to a 1.2 mile swim, on a much bigger stage as well!

Suggestions????  Anyone else out there register for Princeton??? Registration just opened today!!!!

Picking up the Pace – Marathon Training

Well, I’m about 4 weeks into my Marathon training and everything is running smooth to date.  I’ve managed to log every run thus far from the Hal Higdon training plan, with only missing one scheduled day.  I have also started working back in some swim workouts, as I have been running so much lately, I have forgotten how much I love to swim.

Throughout the past 4 weeks my pace has generally been anywhere between 9:30 and 10:00 miles for runs longer than 10 miles.  I do still try to work some speed into shorter workouts, however very carefully as I have been afraid to re-injure the Arch of my left foot.  This morning I took it easy the first few miles, and then picked it up as much as I could for the last 2.  It was nice to know that I still had the gas left in the tank when I needed it!

(this mornings short WORKOUT RECAP)

Mile One:  9:45

Mile Two: 9:31

Mile Three: 9:44

Mile Four: 8:58

Mile Five: 8:15

Mile Six: 6:44

I am going to pick my pace up a bit in the long runs, and see if I can hold a 9:00 to 9:30 pace over 16 miles this weekend… Stay tuned for the results!

Just how EFFECTIVE is KT TAPE

So, a few days ago I wrote a post about registering for my first Marathon.  Since then, I have found and began following the Hal Higdon Novice 1 Marathon Training guide.  However, due to the short time (8 week) that I have to prepare, I have fast forwarded to week 8 of his guide.  While this is most certainly not recommended, due to the gradual buildup in mileage that his plan is designed around, I was already a fairly active runner, logging no less than 15 miles in a given week.

My first week calls for a total of 39 miles, and so far I have already logged 15.  I have began to feel a bit of Arch Pain in my left foot, which I believe is related to a prior injury from earlier in the season.  After contacting a friend of mine who works for Inside Track on the West Shore, he suggested I try using KT Tape.  I have seen many athletes, including football players, hockey players, track athletes, and even my own sister wearing this “neon colored tape,” but never really knew what in the world it was.  After he explained how it worked, I figured for 12 bucks, what could possible go wrong.

Today at work, I followed the instructions found on their website and applied the proper pieces to my foot where I am experiencing the soreness.  THE SORENESS WAS INSTANTLY GONE!  It has now been 6 hours since I applied the tape, and I feel like I could run right now.  I would recommend this tape to anyone experiencing soreness due to running.  Now, rest assured if my foot turns green or falls off tonight, I’ll be sure to update this post tomorrow, however, as of now I am 100 percent SORENESS FREE!