Mindful Run

Six weeks from today is the California International Marathon. That phrase also became one of my mantras today while I ran my 16 mile long run. My run this morning was one of my best longs runs ever. The day was was perfect for running – sunshine, low 50’s and little to no wind. AgainContinue reading “Mindful Run”

An Endorphin Filled Day

Today was bookended by two really good workouts. This morning I went to spin class for an endurance workout that pushed close to my anaerobic threshold, but not quite. The workout is probably as close to road riding as it gets, I finished feeling that I really did put the miles in. My focus isContinue reading “An Endorphin Filled Day”


This has been a good week for swimming. On Tuesday I made it through the entire speed workout I have been building on and today I made it through the entire 3,000 meter endurance swim workout I have been working on completing over the past three weeks. After a 900 meter warm up I wentContinue reading “Charming”


Wednesday mornings have become my speed run workouts while I am training for the marathon. That has to be the biggest change for me after years of doing speed runs on Tuesdays. The workout today called for a mile warm up followed by 12 by one minute fast runs with a one minute recovery jogContinue reading “Powerful”

New Way Of Looking At Things

For the past two weeks I have set out on Tuesday morning to swim a 3,000 meter swim speed workout and fell short. Two weeks ago I did not think to use my inhaler before a swim and started coughing early in. I only swam 1,200. Last week a leg cramp cut me short andContinue reading “New Way Of Looking At Things”

Working on the Kinks

After completing a full week of my new training schedule I am beginning to settle in to it. This morning I was up and at the gym in time for the 6:00 AM spin class. My legs felt fine after running 16 miles yesterday. I only noticed once when I got out of the saddleContinue reading “Working on the Kinks”

Surprises For My Long Run

Honesty and truthfulness are two core values I live by. With that said, I can not lie and must say when it came to today’s run, I was dreading it. The weather forecast called for 60% chance of rain and temperatures in the mid 60’s to lower 70’s – wet, humid, ugly day. What wasContinue reading “Surprises For My Long Run”

Trial, Error, and Preparation

For the next seven weeks until the marathon my Saturday run workout is an easy run ranging from 30 to 60 minutes. Since it is easy and short for a weekend workout, I have also scheduled a swim after my run. This morning I had 60 minutes to run and I decided to use theContinue reading “Trial, Error, and Preparation”

Beautiful Day

As I have written before, autumn in my favorite season and mid-October is my favorite part of the season. It is cool enough to feel the crispness of the air, yet warm enough I don’t have to bundle up to run outside. The leaves are approaching their peak colors and the late afternoon sun isContinue reading “Beautiful Day”