Showing posts from February, 2013

Jay's Virtual Duathlon (Day 54 of 100 Days Challenge)

My friend Jay (fellow Trail Nerd & Mud Babe) decided to set up a virtual indoor duathlon and invited me. I definitely thought it would be a fun way to do today's training. I really hope she sees this so she doesn't think I ditched her just because I'm not on Facebook right now. If you know Jay send her a message with a link so she can read this & if you are Jay and are reading this, leave me a comment and let me know you saw it and how your virtual duathlon went! First of all, I need to wrap up yesterday since I didn't post at all what I did. Yesterday ended up being an unwanted rest day. I tried to got to the YMCA after work for a long swim, but they closed early because of "bad weather." Didn't make sense since the snow from the day before had mostly melted from the streets and parking lot and the sun was out, but whatever. So all I ended up doing was 30 min of push ups, crunches, squats & stretching before bed to get the minimum to keep th…

Day 52 of the 100 Days Challenge (AKA Winter Storm Q)

  Well, what an interesting day! Last night we had Winter Storm Q (yes, they actually named this storm Q, not me) bearing down on us. The predicitons were grim. 10-15 inches of snow plus sleet and possibly even the dreaded freezing rain. Okay, sounds bad, sure, but I've been living in Kansas almost my entire life. I know how this work. 10-15 inches predicted = 2 inches actualy; 2 inches predicted = 10-15 inches actual. No biggie. I was more concerned with the possibility of freezing rain. With freezing rain comes very trecherous roads and often, power outages. It wasn't predicted to start until around midnight last night, so I went to bed not sure what I was going to wake up to find.
I woke up to not much really. I got up at 6:15 am and it had just started to snow. It wasn't snowing terribly hard, but steady, and there was just a light dusting on the ground. Okay, this storm was WAY over predicted, right? Well, not so fast. Just a few minutes later, as I was feedin…

Day 51 of the 100 Days Challenge

When I decided to shut down my Facebook page indefinitely, some of my friends asked me to continue posting my daily workout updates on my blog since I can't post them on FB. I'm not sure why anyone is so interested in what I do for workouts on a day-to-day basis, but apparently a few folks are. That definitely makes me feel good and I really hope they draw some sort of inspiration from what I do. Well, as for today, it was officially day 51 of the 100 Days Challenge! Unofficially, it is my 52nd consecutive workout day. I worked out on New Year's Eve, but didn't start the challenge until New Year's Day, so my personal streak is actually one day longer than my streak for the Challenge.
Over my lunch break I went down to the fitness center at my work and did my Tempo Run from my half marathon training plan. I did a 1 mile warm up @ 9:42, 4 tempo miles @ 8:17, then a 1 mile cool down @ 9:37. Total of 6 miles in 52:27 (8:50 avg pace). At least that's what the treadm…

Updates, A New Friend & A FB Break

Well, I've missed my last few weeks updates so I've got a lot to cover with this post. Sorry about that, not sure why I haven't been doing my updates. I've missed 3 weeks of updates & am currently in Week 8 of my Garmin Half Marathon training. I won't rehash everything from those missed updates, but suffice it to say, things have been going mostly well. I have been fighting a sinus infection which has caused a handful of missed workouts or mediocre efforts, but I've been getting it done for the most part and I continue to improve. It's been an interesting year so far & I've had some mental highs & lows already, but I'm doing my best to stay strong and continue to fight for good results; the results I really want & need to see this year.

Let's start with my overall feelings of how things are going. As most of you will recall, last year I had the goal of running my first 50 miler last fall and my first 100 miler earlier this month…