I had a change of plans for this weekend and was able to take advantage of a HCTR group run out in Bandera. I love to go out there; to me, it is totally decompression time. For whatever reasons, that country just speaks to me. I love being on the trail there, and I really like… Continue reading Bandera Fun Run
I have basically been taking November (and now December) off from serious training, and it’s funny how things have filled that time. For one, I have truly been enjoying the short road runs. I’ve even been heading back to Town Lake trail, which was something I’d avoided for a couple of years because I was… Continue reading Life and Running
I had friends run the 10-miler today. There was a time when I made any race in the Austin area (and a lot outside of Austin); I’ve even raced both days on the weekend. But lately, and by lately I mean the last two years or so, I’ve had no interest in the road racing… Continue reading Do I Need to Get Back to Racing?
OMG, I am tired. My daughter and I drove to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches today for her to visit the school. Four hours driving there, 2.5 hours at the school, four hours back. My body feels worse than it did after either the half Ironman or Palo Duro Canyon 50K. I’m all creaky and… Continue reading College Visits
It’s been awhile since I posted anything. It’s not because nothing has been happening; it’s just that I got behind and then more behind and even behinder…. Basically, I’ve been recovering since Palo Duro Canyon, just gradually getting back into the swing of things. It’s refreshing not to have something looming overhead that I feel… Continue reading Finally, a Post
I got nine hours of sleep last night. Aaaahhhhh…it felt so good to get up this morning! I am one of those folks who really needs 7–8 hours of sleep on a regular basis, and I’ve found that after a big, hard effort, I need tons of sleep to recover. There was a fascinating article… Continue reading To Sleep, Perchance To Dream
Palo Duro Canyon was amazing! For those of you who just want the down and dirty, here’s the Cliff Notes’ version: we drove all day Friday, ran all day Saturday; I finished my 50K in 7:24 and drove back Sunday. For everybody else, Palo Duro Canyon 2007 We left Austin about 6 a.m. (actually, that’s… Continue reading Palo Duro Canyon 50K–What a Race!
Next Saturday is Palo Duro Canyon 50K. We leave early Friday morning; I’m looking forward to the car ride with friends almost as much as the actual race. Sunday, Stephanie, Marcia, and I ran on the Barton Creek greenbelt starting from Zilker Park. I told myself I wouldn’t run for more than 2 hours but… Continue reading Looking Ahead To Palo Duro Canyon 50K
Today I went to the YMCA and swam very easy for 35 minutes. It felt really good; Monday, however, I felt like crap. Not body-wise, but absolutely no energy, very drained. That’s the sun talking to me. Yesterday, I treated myself to a massage (the spa kind, with hot towels and lavendar) and then had… Continue reading Half Ironman Recovery
Longhorn Half Ironman–wahoo! swim=:49:00 I was very happy with this and felt good coming out of the water T1=5:06 slow, but I don’t care (I like my feet clean) bike=3:29:47 Super pumped–this was faster and felt better than I’d anticipatedT2=3:37 in hindsight, I should’ve hit the port-a-pottyrun=2:49:43 Can you say “ouch”? This was a… Continue reading Cliff Notes Version (Until I Get my Real Race Report Written)