Wednesday, October 23, 2013

dare i say it...

dare i say it...(i think i like running) but don't tell anyone.  Today might have been the straw that broke the camels back - I've been growing to like it a little more with each passing week but today, today was the day I felt like I really like it.  Perhaps even loved it.  Maybe it was the track - there is something about the sound of the track.  Maybe bc my foot hitting the track is louder than my panting or the pounding of my heart.  For some reason today just felt good.  Perhaps the real reason is bc I'm getting better - I never thought I'd get faster and now I am...everyday it seems I get a little bit faster and I like it.  I can admit it - I'm shallow like that.  Getting better at something makes me feel better.  Everyday I say to my Girls on the Run, "it's not about how fast you go or about winning it's just about moving forward - just like in life, just keep moving forward".  However, after 4 years of being in this triathlon game - just moving forward is not enough for me (don't tell my girls).  I've been so frustrated that I wasn't getting faster and then finally something clicked and I AM getting faster.  Hot damn - it's true: you get out of it what you put into it...who knew?

I started out in triathlon already loving cycling, now the running has come...oh swimming, my swimming - when will you come around??

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Speed (blog loaded with boring stats).

When I first joined Team  Lipstick in 2010, I never, ever, ever thought the day would come that I would not only enjoy running (enjoy might be a little strong but go with it) but that I would also see results in my own performance.  I assure you, you've never met a slower, run-hating, complaining miserable member of a triathlon team in all of your life.  But finally something clicked last year and continues to click this year - the only way to get better is to work harder.  This year I've been working hard on endurance and speed - both are getting better and I look forward to continue to crush my PRs with each race.  

This morning at practice we did 1 mile repeats - we do these once a month.  Each month I am completely nervous that there is just no way I can improve.  Yet each month I shock myself and get faster - I keep wondering at what point is that the pinnacle of speed for me?  Thankfully I haven't gotten there yet.  I'm now on a mission to continue to crush my times and going further.

Here are some run results from the past 4 years of my races:

Diamond Girl Triathlon (4 mile run) - August 2010

 Dottie's House Triathlon (5K run) - October 2010

Bassman Triathlon (5k run) - May 2011

Opt-In 5K April 2012

Cupid's Chase 5K March 2013

Arboretum 5K - September 2013

Here are the results from the 1 Mile repeats - one from last month, the other from this morning.  It's amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it.  Now if I could set my mind to folding the mass amounts of laundry piled up in this house, I'd be perfect!