There are a few things I really like about running. But then, there are things I really hate about running. Hate. Continue reading
Week 1 of condensed marathon training went surprisingly well. I made some mistakes, but managed to hit all of my runs and most of my lifts. My long run on Sunday was…rough. Rough in that, I thought I could do the nine measly miles without water. Continue reading
Now that the Nation’s Triathlon is over (race report in the works), I can focus on training for the Marine Corps Marathon which I recently signed up for. I only have 7 weeks left until the marathon, and I already know it’s going to be rough to get myself in marathon shape in that time. But, I’ve written a decent marathon training plan for myself, and I thought I’d share it here, week by week, as I progress through the plan. Continue reading
Two days before the race, at 10am, The Nation’s Triathlon sent out an email titled “Important: Swim Portion Cancelled.” Every one of the thousands of triathletes got that email, and by 10:30, the Nation’s Triathlon Facebook page was blowing up with angry triathletes. Triathletes are as good-a-natured bunch as they come, but you mess with their race day schedule, and they will cut you. Continue reading
Looking back on my first year doing triathlons, I’ve realized that I’ve completely changed as a person. My entire life has changed, my mindset has changed, and my athleticism has changed. I have experienced countless learning mistakes with triathlon, although I have yet to start the run with my helmet still on! So, in honor of my one year triathlon-aversary, and all the growing pains that come with it, I thought a list of things no one told me was appropriate. Continue reading
In typical triathlete style, I tend to (well, try to) plan everything. Now, do I always follow that plan? Absolutely not. Life gets in the way, stuff happens. Plans get derailed. One of my goals I’m working towards is running a full Ironman in 2017. I’m shooting for IM Maryland, because it’s so close to me, and frankly, because the course is pancake flat. As part of my IM prep, I plan on running at least one marathon leading up to the race. I had originally planned to run a marathon in April/May of 2017, but last night I threw the plan out the window for once and registered for the Marine Corps Marathon. …Which is happening in less than 60 days. Crap. What was I thinking??
Does anyone have any good marathon training tips?? Any tips for prepping in a hurry?! It’s two months away!
Literally everyone is busy. Constantly stressed, always busy. However, the weird humble-bragging about being busy has got to stop. Please, Millennials, stop bragging about how “busy” you are – none of us are that big of a deal. Everyone is busy; busy is the new normal. But, if busy is the new normal, how do you fit in your fitness goals with your career goals? Continue reading
One of the things I’ve come to neglect in training is…drum roll please…stretching. I have never been flexible. Ever. In school, for the President’s Physical Fitness Test, the stupid straight leg stretch would consistently pull my score down. My toes and I aren’t super familiar, and my hamstrings are tighter than Guantanamo Bay. Continue reading
This is part III of my (accidental) weightlifting series. If you want to read part II or part I, they’re hyperlinked! I didn’t envision this as a series, but I’m realizing that I actually have a lot to say on the subject of weightlifting and triathlon training.
One of my weak points in triathlon is the swim. My swim technique leaves a lot to be desired, and my musculature frequently falls short when it’s needed. Continue reading
Last week I published a post titled “Triathlon Training and Weightlifting” where I ran through one of my typical leg-day workouts. I really do think weightlifting can easily get ignored when all you want to do is get out on your bike. But weightlifting is important for so many reasons, including: finding and correcting imbalances, strengthening stabilizer muscles, recruiting the core muscles in different ways, and generally creating well-rounded athletes. I wanted to follow that post up with a Part II, running through my Tuesday – Arms workout. It’s below; let me know what you think! Continue reading