Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Taper Time...Only 12 More Days...!

Sitting here in my hotel room in Seattle where it's heavy rain outside. Good thing I got up early and was able to get in a 6 mile run this morning. This past Sunday I raced my first triathlon. Was a great experience. Lots of room for improvement in the swim, but I made up a ton of time on the bike and run segments. More importantly, I finished injury free and I'm fully recovered now. Looking forward to Chicago Marathon 10/11/09. From all indications, race temperature will be much cooler this year so should be much better for those of us trying to qualify for Boston.

Training schedule is light for me the next 12 days with the main effort being the Mission Bay Triathlon this coming Sunday 10/4/09 in San Diego. It's a sprint with 1/2 mile swim, 12.5 mile bike, and 4 mile run. Essentially the same distances I raced last weekend on similar course so will be good to see how my times improve. After that, I'll do a couple 3 to 5 mile runs and then it's off to Chicago for the big day. A big thanks to my friends and family for their support. Cheers!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

32 Days Until Chicago Marathon!

Time is flying by. Hard to believe race day is only 32 days from now. Seems only a few months ago i was running Chicago, but it's been 11 months! As noted in my previous post, my training is going very good. So nice to be running injury free.

On separate subject, I have my first coaching client. Is a 27 year old mom who is determined to qualify for the Boston Marathon. She's a natural athlete who's raced a lot of triathlons and recently knocked out a 2:01 time at the AFC Half Marathon without much training. We started with a 5K time trial to establish a baseline I then used to create a custom training program. She's signed up to race the Arizona RNR Marathon in January. Her qualifying time is 3:40 so BQ there is an aggressive goal, but based on what she's done the first two weeks of new training program and her natural abilities, I think it is possible. For me, it's fun to help and will be great to see her make it happen.

Have a great week and enjoy the journey!

Monday, September 7, 2009

First post using iPhone app

A quick post to test iPhone app. Have been enjoying the addition of bike and swim to my running workouts. Seems the cross training is helping as I'm definitely getting stronger and faster each week. Went for a 20 mile run on Sunday that started with 4 miles easy at 9:05-9:08 pace and my avg HR only 125. Then picked up pace to 7:05-7:20 range for final 16 miles. Did stop to buy Gatorade twice, but all in all a great run and happy my HR stayed in the 150's even when running at 7:05 pace. Can only attribute it to healthier/stronger cardio due to extra time on bike and swimming.

Chicago Marathon is coming fast. One more month! Current plan is train for 3:10 target race time and run with that pace group so I have 10 minutes of cushion built in for walking at aid stations and the inevitable slow down in pace the last 6 miles. Need to finish with a time of 3:20 or faster in order to qualify for Boston. At the moment, I'm feeling good, injury free and BQ seems very doable. Only time will tell. Happy trails!