Running: Back to Basics

Running: Back to Basics

I started running again a couple weeks ago.  I took a few weeks off from training last year. I took forty-nine weeks off actually.  I haven’t really done anything since Rocketman 70.3 in May. To say that running now is frustrating would be an understatement.  It’s frustrating, humbling, and depressing.  My three-mile runs are filled…

Event traffic backed up on Matthews Bridge on Gate River Run race day.

Missing the Gate River Run

After Jen and I took up running, our first Gate River Run, which serves as the U.S. 15k Championship, was in 2007.  I had barely started running at that point (Jen had recently completed her first half-marathon with Team In Training) and I recall smoking a cigarette in the parking lot before we walked to the…

Running Plan from the New York Times RunWell site

Free Training Plans at RunWell

Running plans for varying skill sets and of several different methods are available now through the New York Times RunWell program.  You can get a plan customized to your season schedule by the following Olympians and running groups: The Olympian Jeff Galloway coaches runners to stay injury-free with his unique run-walk method. Greg McMillan, a marathoner and…

2013 Rocketman Triathlon

I headed down to Titusville, Florida this weekend for the inaugural Rocketman Half-Ironman Triathlon, which boasts one of the most unique race courses in the triathlon calendar.  The week leading up to the race had been constant rain storms and wind across most of Florida, so I had been watching the weather reports fairly actively…

New Running Shoes

Three Months to Marathon

With only three months until Disney Marathon Weekend, I’ve run myself right down to the wire.  If I start training tonight, which I did, I would have time to ramp up to 20 miles, then taper for two weeks before the marathon.  It’s unfortunate I didn’t start training a few weeks earlier like I had…

Ironman 70.3 Miami

2010 Ironman 70.3 Miami

I competed in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Miami half-Iron distance triathlon on October 30, 2010 in downtown Miami, Florida. This race would be my second WTC/Ironman event of the four half- and full-Iron distance events I’ve raced in the past two years. The race was plagued with problems starting well before race day and certainly…

B2B Ironman

2009 Beach2Battleship Ironman Triathlon

Introduction I chose Beach2Battleship in Wilmington, NC as the venue for my first Iron distance triathlon based on a number of factors. First, the location is much less likely to experience hot weather on race day, as opposed to Ironman Florida, which is on the same date. The course is known to be more or…

BikeMS Cycling

2009 BikeMS Cycle to the Shore

On October 3 and 4, I will be cycling more than 170 miles to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis. Formally called the MS-150 Ride, this event starts in Jacksonville and takes cyclists down to Daytona, where they stay overnight before heading back the following day. This is my first time doing the event as…

Running to Finish Line at Gulf Coast Triathlon

2009 Gulf Coast Half-Iron Triathlon

I chose the Gulf Coast Triathlon as my first half-Ironman event, mostly because several friends from my triathlon club were also doing it. The event is held in Panama City Beach, Florida near Pensacola. I’m from Florida, so I’m not sure why I didn’t think about the fact that this is a race in a…

Me with my Cannondale Six13 road bike at 2009 Katie Ride for Life

2009 Katie Ride for Life

Yesterday was the 2009 Katie Ride for Life, a cycling event for novices to serious riders to participate and raise funds to increase awareness of the importance of organ and tissue donation and encourage Floridians to make a positive decision about donation. It offers several courses, ranging from 31-miles (50 kilometer) to 100 miles. I…