Sunday, January 29, 2012

Pic of Securian

Coach D, David, Jason and Barry...gettin' 'er done...

Securian Half Marathon

What a beautiful for a far as Minnesota is concerned.  Woke up at 6 to get the baby-girl ready for the day...breakfast, Pepsi Max...and the drive in to the sitter.
Got to the race an hour+ early so I could register (last minute as usual), though I did sign up as 'me' and not Rusty Chevrolet :)  Threw on the trainers and ran EASY through the streets of St. Paul for 35+ minutes...and felt NO aches/pains, and had a little spring...yes, it was going to be a good day!
So here's the plan, 7:15's over and over would get the group home in 1:35...and you know how much I love a plan.
Ran into David and Barry a few minutes before the start, Stubs and Jason as well.  Let's get this party started!
Gun goes off, and away we go...downhill to start...TOO fast, slow down!  The first 2+ miles were a loop through DT St. Paul before heading down to the river...3 miles, right on track, but good-golly was it windy, HEAD wind of course!  I felt like the little engine, wanting to pull the train through the wind...
7:10-7:15's felt so easy, just one of those days.  Course was a bit more challenging than I thought, if we weren't going up, we were going down...LOVED IT!
When we got to the turn-around at 7+ miles, HUGE tailwind...NICE!  ...time to build a cushion, and the boyz were hanging TOUGH...D and B still right here...Jason and Stubs had taken off early... 6:57, 6:55, 7:03...and so on...felt amazing.  10 miles in roughly 1:11:45...still plugging away.  Mile 12 was right on track and then after a quick left, BAM a doozy of a one-block up-hill...less than a mile to go, boyz...keep rocking!
Official finish time was 1:33:43, 7:10 average, and after a short cool down, I was able to call it 18 for the morning.  Another solid run :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

Securian Half Marathon

Is it race season already?  I may opt to toe the line this Saturday and pace 1:35 at the Securian Half Marathon...I guess the only reason I won't run is if it's -47 degrees, or if they shorten the course due to the weather...  Join me? 

My new favorite quote...

'Someone is building a base while you're enjoying the off-season...'
...isn't that the truth...

Weekend of training...

`He's still here...he's still rolling...Having survived my crazy drive to Louisiana last weekend, I was able to jump right back into training without skipping a beat...and that's not to say that Louisiana was an 'off' weekend, as I was able to run and workout while I was there, though I did have to take Friday and Monday off cuz I was driving.
Tuesday-Thursday were solid days...2:15 brick on Tuesday, 7+ mile trail-run on Wednesday with Speedy and 2:15 on the trainer at LifeTime on Thursday.
Friday January 20th:  Friday's are Gear West group run days...this morning we did just a hair over an hour...Tom, Jan, Speedy and I hit the snow covered trails early...what a great run with good company.
Friday evening, core...yummy.
Saturday January 21st:  I agreed to meet Tony for a little 8 mile run this morning...early, though I guess 'early' is relative...9:00 a.m. is early for me...7:30 it was.  I ran from home to LifeTime where I met Tony and we ran 8+ miles at 7:40ish pace....and then I ran home.  legs were showing me NO love this should NOT have been that much work :(
Oh, and did I mention it was butt-ass cold? said it was -7 before I left, though it did warm up to -2 by the time we were done.  Funny, -7 and NO wind doesn't seem that bad...I was definitely over-dress...I was shedding clothes faster than a stripper in Vegas...
Solid core and lifting PM.
Sunday January 22nd:  Boy, these early morning workouts are killing me...doesn't anyone workout at 11 or noon anymore?  No wonder we all go to bed at 8:45...
Met Tony at LT Minnetonka for a 2+ hour ride...2 classes back2back.  Sat off to the side and did our own thing, and what a solid workout.  Rode in aero for the first 1:15 and then upped the ante with continuous hills and spins.  Legs felt so strong and alive today, could have ridden all day, but alas, 2:15 is all I had time for...
The second hour class was supposed to be an '80's' class, but none of the music was anything that I listened to in the 80's...Falco, Irene Cara, Cindy Lauper, Bonnie Tyler, Starship...really?  ...that was the softest 80's set I have ever ridden to...but that being said, great class(?) and a solid workout.
Finished the day with core and lifting...again...and I even stretched when I was done...I know, crazy, huh?   
Felling strong and ready to rumble...


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