This weekend is the big Chicago Triathlon! Largest Triathlon event in the world! I did it last year, and am happy this year to be volunteering & supporting my hubby! I am signed up for one my tri, but really I think my focus for the late summer & fall is turning to running.
I was reviewing the Chicago Triathlon videos on YouTube and found these that I like:
1. The 2010 Music Video – I love the “move along” song:
2. The 2012 Video – gives you more insight into the “tri-life”… and the Asian girl Masumi is a friend of mine!
Also: I am hosting a Divvy Bike pass giveaway through to 8/27… enter now!
At this weekend’s Madison Mini Marathon race, I beat my own expectations. I knew I could finish a half mary, but wasn’t sure about my speed & PR-ability given that I’ve been focused on triathlon this summer and taking it easy since Racine.
I was hoping to beat my 2:12 PR, aiming to go with the 2:10 pace group. My 2:08 was completely unexpected.
But this does lead me to want to train more. I want to put in more speed, more intensity. The 2:00:xx is within reach for this year.
I’m going to put in the hard work. I’m going to dedicate myself to this training plan.
I’m trying to decide on my race(s) for the fall. On the list are:
- October: Either the Prairie State Half or the Des Plaines River Trail Half
- November: Potomac River Trail Half Marathon (MD)
I started this week on my training. I am following the FIRST half marathon training schedule from Runner’s World. It’s got a great-for-me starting point for how to do my tempo runs, and how to do speedwork. I’ve played with these before, once or twice, but never as a part of a plan. I’m going to do my best to stick to them. The runs, the paces, the intervals, all of it. The plan only requires 3 days a week of running, so other days can be cross-training days or potentially easy run days for me.
I tried to execute my first real track workout as part of this plan on Tuesday, when it was super hot and there was an air quality alert (I didn’t know about until later). I was supposed to do 4 x 400 m, and I did 3 of the 4. On the 3rd interval, I wimped out halfway through, but rallied for the end.
Wednesday was a tempo workout, which I attempted at the gym on the treadmill. I’m not sure if it was a lack of recovery, but I struggled on this one as well (3 miles @ tempo 10K pace). I stopped after 1.75 miles.
I think I’m going to take the long run easy this weekend, and re-attempt these workouts after a better rest next week. Since I’ve got 2 key races, and my training plan targets an October race, I think this will be OK. I’m OK as long as I see progress – but would really like to get to my 2 hour goal!
What other Fall Races are you doing? Convince me to sign up!