Contingency Plans

This morning my run workout was thirty minutes easy, shake out the legs. I was able to run right within my desired race pace and keep my heart rate right in zone two. Two days before a marathon, this should make me happy. While I am happy at my progress, I still have feeling ofContinue reading “Contingency Plans”

It Never Rains In California?

Today was a complete rest day. Normally I would go to bed by 9:30, which I did last night, and get up around 4:30, which I did not do today. I slept in until 7:15. It felt wonderful. Then I checked my messages. I find a post on Facebook from the California International Marathon thatContinue reading “It Never Rains In California?”

Heart Rate and Hard Way Learning

This morning I had my last speed run workout before the race this weekend – and it was fantastic. The past four weeks my trainer has me doing fast intervals – today I did four repeats of 1,000 meters with a 200 meter jog in between. On a treadmill I equated it to .62 mileContinue reading “Heart Rate and Hard Way Learning”

Shaken, Not Stirred at Dawn…With a Twist

This morning was my last swim before the race this weekend. And I only swam 1,000 meters. My pace was good, I have a feeling I have kicked it up a notch. The last few swims I have seen my times have consistently improved over what was my former “average” pace. When I get backContinue reading “Shaken, Not Stirred at Dawn…With a Twist”

Buddy System

Yesterday I wrote about a very good swim workout that had a lot to do with swimming with my friend. We kept each other going and honest to the workout. In a comment, IowaTriBob¬†mentioned he missed a workout buddy. What a great word to use. Buddy. A quick Google search came up with this descriptionContinue reading “Buddy System”

A Good Day of Workouts and to Choose Light

The first real snow fall of the season started last night. Fortunately it was enough to make everything look pretty, but not enough to require snow plowing. I decided to run at the gym since it was an easy run and I planned a swim after. My run was very good – I stayed inContinue reading “A Good Day of Workouts and to Choose Light”

Don’t Wait

Don’t wait. Life is unpredictable. That was a written in a text I received yesterday morning from a friend I swim with. I had sent out several “Happy Thanksgiving” messages and he and I were chatting a bit after I swam. He had run the local Turkey Trot that morning and now is considering aContinue reading “Don’t Wait”

Speeding Up and Slowing Down

This morning I ran a speed workout that is designed to really push my limits. Two weeks ago I did a similar workout where I had two sets fast at 18 minutes. I didn’t quite make it through the entire time, but I definitely felt the effects of the workout. Today’s workout was three setsContinue reading “Speeding Up and Slowing Down”