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Triathletes, 40-Somethings, Going for Youth

Triathletes, 40-Somethings, Going for Youth By ANN MARIE GARDNER Published: October 22, 2010

Tough Decisions on Goals

I've made a really tough and reluctant decision, but in the end I know I'll be better for it long-term.  I basically told my coaches I don't want to do the USA Fit Full Marathon; I want to switch to the Half Marathon.

Yesterday's craptastick run in the Houston Half Marathon really only solidified what I've been thinking about doing since probably, well honestly, probably before Redman.

The bottom line is I need to get better at running and truly there is absolutely no rush for me to do a full-marathon right now.  If there is a reason, someone clue me in.

It makes logical sense to me to work on my getting my half-marathon better and more consistent before moving on to bigger things. I'm not afraid of a tough challenge; that's also what gets me into trouble.

Here's my current reality:  Over the last year it's become increasingly difficult to keep my head in the game when it comes to running.  I feel as if I'm just only making backward progress wh…

Things I Love: UnderArmour Catalyst Tee

When I did the Aramco Houston Half Marathon last year, aside from the great feeling of finishing, I got a tech tee that I really, really love. I get tech tees from races all the time... I mean, this has got to be my favorite tee of all time.  I don't even put it in the dryer, because I just don't want to ruin it!

I found out yesterday it's called the "Catalyst" tee.  I also found out you can purchase them from UnderArmour.  I thought they were some special tee only available at the marathon, because they were "eco-friendly", made of plastic bottles. 

I love the tee's flattering fit and wicking properties. Even though it's thin in weight, it does the job well.  The short-sleeved version comes in 9 different colors!  It comes in 7 colors in the long-sleeve too, so I'll probably be picking one up after I check my Winter apparel inventory. :)

Lost at Home!

Thanks for the messages.  I'm okay!

I came down with sinus thing that was bugging me pretty badly.  It took me out of action for about a week.  In spite of it I tried to run anyway, but those runs turned into walks; at least I was out.

This past Tuesday was the first "real" workout I was able to do.  It was track and I had 3 x 1 mile repeats at half-marathon pace. I'm targeting a 5:45 finish so that's about a 13:15 pace.  I ran at my max heartrate on all three and did a 12:05, 12:30 and 13:03.   Nice times for me, but fastermy half-marathon pace.  I know I'll get this pacing thing down... eventually.

This weekend I'm running in the first warm-up race for the Houston Marathon (even though I didn't get in to the actual marathon... no, not bitter... MUCH). It's the Koala/Luke's Locker Houston Half Marthon and Relay.  I'm doing the Half Marathon.  Last year I relayed and I was sick-as-a-dog!  I don't feel like I've been training much c…

And so it begins...

I met with my coaches this weekend to talk about a plan of attack and discuss the approach to the run strategy they are going to have me use.  All-in-all it makes sense and I'm looking forward to learning more and training with an "approach" from the start.  I think that's what was missing for me when I started training with the local running club last year for my first half-marathon.

So I have my plan, my benchmark workouts and my warm-up races all set.  I'll be running 4 days a week as well as doing some biking, swimming and strength training (Yeah!).

What I need to do next is do a lactate threshold test.   I need to accurately determine where my thresholds are, as working in an anaerobic capacity for too long and hinder my weight loss efforts and in order for me to go faster, I need to make sure I can get my Thyroid to cooperate and maximize efforts to lose.

I still have second thoughts, that maybe I'm biting off more than I can physically and emotionally …

Thoughts On Bullying...

Today I saw a former Classmates status set to: "To anyone i ever saw get bullied as a kid, and didn't stand up for, i am sorry. i'd fight 4 you now."  It really got me thinking...

I've read a lot in the media lately about bullying.  In light of recent events it's been in the news, Tweeted, in the status on people's Facebook pages, and subject of general "can you believe..." water cooler talk.  It got me thinking back to my childhood days and how bullying takes so many different forms and from unexpected sources.

I'm certain that at the time I wasn't aware I was being bullied, in many cases, because it was passive-aggressive and by people who I trusted.

I allowed my parents to bully me, well, because they were my parents and they were "concerned" about my weight when I was younger.  I had to keep tight-lipped out of respect for them, but I forgot completely about respecting myself!  Looking back now, I wish I would have underst…

Bfast 10/8

Fage w/Cherry Yogurt
1 whole Ezekiel English Muffin
Laughing Cow Light
2 T. Dried Cranberries
Lazy this morning; didn't make my eggs and whites.  Greek yogurt is a great source of protein too, especially when I don't have it in my took cook anything.  My allergies have me feeling like kah-kah. :(

Calories:  347, Carbs: 57 g, Fat: 6 g., Protein 18 g

Has anyone else ever notice how much sodium is in cottage cheese?  Holy cow!  About 500 g. in 2/3 cup!

Friday Fill-in we go!

1. My favorite month is December because I love how the cold weather makes everything smell fresh!

2. Nothing like a fresh breeze.

3. I love to sniff David Yurman's fragrance.

4. Candy Corn is what I like to have as a treat for breakfast. KIDDING (but it was my first thought)

5. The hobby I enjoy most is duh, triathlon.

6. 26 1 mile repeats? oh my!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Darren and Cass' first duathlons tomorrow my plans include v'teering at packet pick-up and Sunday, I want to watch the Ironman World Championships!

I like it!

Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.

George Sheehan

Thursday 13

1)  So I get a text from my coach yesterday, "Are you ready to be a runner?"  I'm sorta already throwing up in my mouth at the thought of my first full marathon.

2)  Speaking of running... I have a half-marathon exactly 17 days.  Again, what was I thinking so close to Redman?  I just want some more  downtime.  I think.

3)  The new 5150 Triathlon series -- 5150 = police code for escaped lunatic.

4)  It's been nice being home and not training so much :) 

5)  I came home to a completely clean house yesterday.  Soooo nice!  I'm totally grateful I can have help.

6)  Cassie is doing great in school.  She went 7 weeks all "green".  She came home yesterday with her first "yellow" for behavior (she interrupts the teacher during directions).  You would have thought she lost her puppy (if she had one).  I was both disappointed and proud.  Proud because it was the first thing she told me and she wasn't afraid to tell me the truth.

7)  My food bloggin…

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PM Snack 10/6

Fage 2% Greek Yogurt w/Peach
1/4 Large Honeycrisp Apple
Calories:  161
Carbs:  26 g
Fat:  2 g
Protein 10 g

Lunch 10/6

Orrowheat 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin
1 oz. Cabot 50% less Fat Lowfat Cheddar Cheese
Sliced Mezzetta Peperoncini's
10 Medium baby Carrots
3 T. Athenos Greek Hummus w/ Lemon juice (YUM!)
1/4 of a large Honeycrisp Apple
Calories:  334
Carbs:  46 g
Fat:  10 g
Protein:  24g

Just Wetsuits!

So for Redman my plan was to RENT a wetsuit, and I did just that.  Well, in the end, not "just."  Unfortunately there was some miscommunication and I didn't receive the wetsuit until the Friday evening before I would leave for Redman on the next Wednesday.  I was supposed to have it a week-and-half earlier, so that if I had any fit issues there would be time enough to resolve them.

When I still had not received the wetsuit a week before my race I followed up.  I got super nervous when the lady stated, "I have you down for a full wetsuit."

To which I replied, "Ummm, no."

I wasn't feeling very warm and fuzzy.

They also didn't have me down for receiving it early, and she went on to tell me she would "do her best" to get it out to me, but that returns were slow.  

I couldn't help but think, "Do your best?"  "WTF?"  "I have the biggest race I've ever committed to... I don't know if your "best&qu…

B'fast 10/6

1 Ezekiel English Muffin (whole muffin is 2 svgs!)
1 wedge Laughing Cow Light
1/2 C. Daisy 4% Cottage Cheese
1 C. Nectarines, diced
2 T. Sliced Raw Almonds
2 T. Dried Cranberries
Calories:  374
Carbs:  50 g
Fat:  9g
Protein:  26 g

Lunch 10/4

Orrowheat 100% whole wheat Sandwich Thin
5 oz. Grilled Chicken Breast
1/4 small Avocado
1 thin slice Cabot 50% less Fat Cheddar
1/3 of Lg. Honeycrisp Apple
1/3 of Med. Cucumber Peeled
Calories:  402
Carbs:  37g
Fat:  12g
Protein:  42g

B'fast 10/4

1 Egg & 2 Egg Whites
1/2 C. Fresh Spinach
1/8 C. Organic Valley Shredded Italian Blend
2 T. F&W Rancho Salsa Verde
1/2 plain Ezekiel English Muffin
6 T. Half-n-Half for Coffee

7 Years :)

October 3rd was my 7 year anniversary.  Everyday I consider myself lucky to have my Husband by my side to see our life together through ups and downs.  There's no one I know, who is more kind, loving, caring and supportive partner-for-life than he is to me.  I love you sweetie!

"To get the full value of a joy, you must have somebody to divide it with." - Mark Twain -

AM Snack & Lunch 10/1

Had b'fast early today; needed snack!
Nature Valley Granola Bar
Calories: 190
Carbs:  29g
Fat:  6g
Protein:  4g

In the end, I really only ate 1/2 of this:

2 Svgs Green Giant Steamer Broccoli & Carrots
4oz. Chicken Breast
1/2 C. Brown Rice
Calories:  325
Carbs:   34g
Fat:  6g
Protein:  36

Breakfast 10/1

1 Whole Ezekiel English Muffin (that's 2 srvgs)
1.5 oz. Boar's Head Low Sodium Ham
1/2 oz.  Organic Valley Shredded Cheese
1/4 of a large Honeycrisp apple (YUM!)
6 T. Horizon Half-n-Half for Cauuffffeeee!
Calories:  379
Carbs:  43g
Fat: 11g
Protein:  21g