PR at Colorado marathon, FT Collins, CO

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Just a wImageeek after a wonderful Moab trip I did Colorado Marathon, Ft Collins. on May 4th, my third freestanding ever. Few tri-peeps from RMTC did it as well. We met up the night before for a dinner and then we went to bed early since the bus was leaving at 5am to take us up to Poudre Valley.

The morning of the race was a little chilly, but I brought a plastic bag to cover myself. the bus trip took about 45 min. when I arrived to the site, almost everyone needed to go potty. The lines were long, and it took forever. Not enough porta-potty for the amount of people for sure.

We started off pretty easy, lots of people went full out since it’s downhill, but I held  back on purpose since I didn’t want to burn out too early. Until Mile 12 I stayed well with the 4.30 hr pacer, but then they started to take off. I decided to not keep up with them, but just stay in my pace. I had my nutrition down pretty good and even thou I had some pain in my quads and hip flexors I managed to stay in the same pace all the way through. It’s a real pretty marathon running in the valley along the river. Not many spectators the first half, but the second half when we were closer to town there was some great cheers from people. My final pace was 10.35/mile and a finish time of 4.40hrs. That was a PR for me. I was back in the game from my injuries. Now if I could only stay in the same pace in the Ironman..! 😉

 

 

Moab, UT

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Whoa, obviously I’m not good in blogging since last one was in March. I keep forgetting to write. Hook me up on Fb and I’m 100 % connected, but then again this is about my journey. 😉

So after I got back in Brooks my feet has been pretty good. I went for a training camp to Moab, UT with my triathlon Team RMTC in end of April. So much fun, I managed to bike ride 180 miles and swim 2500 yrds in four days. This is the second year I go and I had just as much fun this time. It is so beautiful there.

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Goodbye Newton and hello Brooks again!

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This year has not exactly started the best way I would have wished. Injuries after injuries. First I didn’t think much of it; I was told my pain in my piriformas was due to too much sitting while at the ICU and Craig Hospital with my son Dustin and I just needed to work it out. I did a whole lot of pool running. As time went by I started getting pain from my sciatic nerve down to my calves and achilles. Every time I ran a shorter distance it would flair up. I was treated with dry needling and ART procedure and finally my ART Dr told me it was my shoes that caused it. You would think I should have figured it out but no.

Last year I ran the Ironman in my Brooks, Pure Cadence, they worked great. Then they modified the newer model and they didn’t feel right. So my intention was to try Hoka Ones, but I got convinced to try Newtons instead, I bought them without even test run in them, they felt so good and cushy. I’m pretty much a midfoot strike runner,so I thought it would be fine, but since I also pronate, the Newtons did not give me enough support. In result one muscle issue led to another.

The other day I went back to my old Brooks and ran a 10 miles run and I ended up injury free!! It’s such a relief. Now hopefully I can finally start to increase my milage for the May 3rd marathon.

So what’s the moral of the story? Just make sure to try your shoes out by specialist before you buy them, and don’t buy a pair just because they are cool looking. Afterall, our feet are precious. 😀

 

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You must learn to crawl before you can walk!

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Blogging seems to not be on my strong side. Ugh, why is it I can spend all day on FB and write, but when I need blog I seem to get a brain fart? Speaking of brain, my son Dustin is recovering from a TBI-traumatic brain injury after a long board accident since October 26th, 2013. He inspires me with his determination and strength. He’s recovering so well. The other day he took his first step by himself without any support. Yes, he has to learn to walk again. Before he did this however, he started to crawl. The only reason he decided to crawl was his demand of independency. Now he doesn’t have to wait for me or his dad to get him to one place to the other at home. I also find this quite interesting with the saying you must learn to crawl before walking. I keep this in mind all the time now when I’m training for the Ironman. I can’t just go out and do it tomorrow, I need to train for it one step at a time. On August 3rd I will be ready! 🙂

This month has not been the greatest start for me in working out. I have either been sick, or hurt.  My run is not where I was hoping it would be. Since my son’s accident I have not been consistent. I hurt my right achilles after a 10 K race two weeks ago and now I’m back to water run. I have a marathon coming up May 3, but no need to panic, one step at a time. Oy, oy!
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Ironman Tattoo

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I finally did it! Three years of desire but not committing. I’ve never ever considered a tattoo in my lifetime before then.  Matter of fact I’ve never liked them and I’ve never had a reason to get one. But then I did Ironman Cozumel in 2011 and decided I wanted one. It took until after my third Ironman to get it. I had many discussions about this with other athletes. Some told me they would never put a logo on their body. Hmm, I guess the M-dot is a logo but it signifies more than that. It’s an accomplishment of finishing 2.4 miles swim, 114 miles bike and 26.2 miles run, all within 17 hours.  Do I feel different? Not really, just that it hurt like heck! I’m however proud of what I’ve accomplished. Ironman x 3 and my fourth coming up in August. I’m  51 and I feel stronger and fitter than I felt my whole life. So yeah, I’m proud of my tattoo! 🙂