Putting It Into Practice

Training with a sinus cold is not ideal, but after that vicious stomach virus I had earlier this year, it didn’t seem so bad. Once again, perspective is relative. My workouts since Wednesday have been interesting. Now that I know my T pace in the pool (threshold pace) I am able to set time goalsContinue reading “Putting It Into Practice”

Time Trial – Swim

Races and time trials are some of the best ways to monitor progress. My friend asked me if I wanted to swim a time trial with her that her coach gave her to gauge her pace for swim in a half iron distance triathlon. With my race three months away, I agreed – it isContinue reading “Time Trial – Swim”


The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month. – Henry van Dyke A friend of mine posted this quote today on Facebook when I shared the weather forecast here in Cleveland. These words are very true. EspeciallyContinue reading “Spring”

Mixed Emotions

Patience, moderation, frustration, exhilaration, laughter, and sadness. Common feelings and I experienced them all today. My swim this morning went well – I did 16 repeats of 100 meters in my main set – with the goal of descending times with in sets. It was challenging and I felt good. The last 12 repeats IContinue reading “Mixed Emotions”

Rock and Roll Half Marathon USA

Today was a great day to run a half marathon. The rain stayed away and the wind was nonexistent. The course, however, was much hillier than I expected. A total of 30,000 runners participated in both the half and full marathon. Of that, just shy of 20,000 made up the half marathon race. It tookContinue reading “Rock and Roll Half Marathon USA”

Go With the Flow

This morning I went for a light shake out jog on an absolutely beautiful morning. It was a little cool, around 40 degrees, but there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Our hotel is close to the National Mall so I took advantage of running down to the Washington Monument. It is centrally located soContinue reading “Go With the Flow”

Grateful Groove

Traveling to a destination race sometimes is stressful – packing properly, getting to the airport on time, security, flying – none of which I had to deal with today. I drove from Cleveland to Washington DC with my friend (and running coach) and didn’t have to be concerned about time restraints or packing limitations. WeContinue reading “Grateful Groove”

Benefit of a Break

After taking a few days off from writing I am refreshed and ready to share what I have been up to. The weekend was wonderful – I celebrated my birthday with the best of friends as well as time with my father. The sun was shining bright without a cloud in the sky Saturday morningContinue reading “Benefit of a Break”