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My 2012 Running and Triathloning Recap

Happy last day of 2012, friends!  How are you spending the last 24 16 hours (and counting) of this year?  Will you set resolutions for 2013?  Even though I’m not one to set goals when the clock strikes midnight (you don’t have to wait for a new year, month, or week to make a change), I do like reviewing what happened this year–on the running and triathloning fronts, of course.  Seeing which races and distances proved successful—and which turned into struggle fests—I can better make my 2013 training schedule and race calendar.  This post has been circulating the running, triathloning, and healthy living blogs recently—and a big thanks to Miss Zippy for conceptualizing this idea—so with the new year only hours away, it’s time to reflect on 2012.

Best race experience?

Running:  The Seneca7 (during pre-Fitness and Frozen Grapes days). (The Boilermaker 15-K was a close number two!)

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This seven-person relay race around Seneca Lake promised everything—running (three legs and double-digit mileage for the day), eating (the swag bags contained nut butter and chocolate!), and lots of laughing.  At the beginning of the day, I didn’t know everyone on Team Run-On Sentences, but there’s nothing like running 77.7 miles to bond people.

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It was literally one of the best days ever, and four of the original Run-On members are looking to get a team together for 2013; I’ll keep you posted!

Triathloning:  Cazenovia Triathlon.

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It was my first triathlon in my hometown—I got to swim in “my” lake, bike on “my” hills, and run on “my” roads—and my family showed up in full force!

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Even though I completed brick workouts in the weeks leading up to the event, doing a true triathlon ignited a passion in me that I thought died during collegiate basketball.  After I crossed the finish line, I was totally hooked; deciding to give this triathlon thing a “tri” (sorry, couldn’t help myself) was a huge turning point for me, and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in 2013.

Worst race experience?

Running:  Tromptown Run (half-marathon).  In hindsight, training for my first triathlon and half-marathon simultaneously wasn’t the best idea.  Doing my first multisport event provided enough of a challenge (not to mention a learning curve!) that I could’ve done without increasing my mileage; if I hadn’t spent so much time running, I could’ve worked more on my swim and bike.  Anyway, this race itself proved to be my toughest run (mentally) of the year.  On the bright side, I can only improve, and looking forward (wayyy forward), I know I can and have run 13.1 miles … for when I train for a half-Ironman.

Triathloning:  Honestly, I didn’t have a disappointing triathlon (thanks to low expectations—ha!), but the swim portion of the DeRuyter Lake Triathlon ended up being especially brutal.  Wind and choppy water equated to my slowest swim split of the season.

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Again, that just means there’s room for improvement.

Best piece of new gear?

Running:  Mizuno Wave Elixirs.

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I’ve been an ASICS girl for the longest time, but I’m really glad I switched over; these sneaks feel so light!

Triathloning:  As a swim-bike-run rookie, I had to get all the necessary gear—tops and shorts, wetsuit, bike, everything.  Today, especially during the winter, I’m grateful for my CycleOps Fluid2 trainer.

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If I didn’t have this apparatus, I wouldn’t be riding regularly.

Best running/triathloning advice you received?

Running:  “Run the mile you’re in.” (I think I read it in Runner’s World.) While running, it’s easy to get caught up the distance or time remaining.  During the summer, heading out for a 10-mile run seemed daunting, so I’d break it up into smaller chunks.  Sometimes, I could handle running five and then another five, or maybe eight plus two, but there would be those days that making it to the next mailbox was the goal.

Triathloning:  A lot of running advice translates to triathloning—don’t try anything new on race day, always have several (“A,” “B,” and “C”) goals and races, etc.  Overall, though, I’m still learning so much about the sport, and my cousin MB has been great putting up with all my questions and offering tips.  Most recently, she told me about her general fueling strategy on the bike.

Most inspirational runner/triathlete?

Runner:  How can I pick one runner?!  Everyone has overcome obstacles, challenged themselves, and pushed past their limits, which sounds inspirational to me.

Triathlete:  Again, same thing. (Although I do have a total soft spot for Craig Alexander now.) Each triathlete has a story to tell, and each has a unique journey that lead them to the swim start.  Inspirational people are everywhere; you just have to look.  I’ll freely admit to tearing up while watching the Ironman World Championships in Kona–crossing the finish line means much more than swimming, biking, and running.  And after being inspired by these athletes, how can you not want to do it too?

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Challenging myself, going outside my comfort zone, and ultimately making a lifestyle change.

Running/triathloning ups?

Tackling new distances—like my first 10-Kvolunteering at the Ironman 70.3 Syracuse and with New York Runners in Support of Staten Island, and finishing my first sprint triathlon.

Running/triathloning downs?

Where I was mentally during my half-marathon; and honestly, the end of the triathlon season bummed me out.  In terms of confidence, I hit a turning point during my third tri, and I felt like I was starting to somewhat figure out what I was doing.  That’s off-season motivation, though!

Surprise of the year?

The fact that I started triathloning—and having people call me a triathlete.  I still can’t wrap my head around it sometimes!  If you told me one year ago—when I was a wee college senior—that I would be swimming, biking, and running after graduation, I probably would’ve looked at you in complete disbelief and had a good laugh.  Now, though, it seems like such a logical transition, and I can’t picture myself not triathloning.

Let’s hear about your 2012:  favorite race?  Best piece of new gear?  Surprise of the year?

What Day Is It?

After my “special talents” post, you knew this was coming.

It’s October 3.

Dinner

Last night’s meal was one of my favorites—spicy shrimp with cilantro and lime.

Jasmine rice upped the ante.  I don’t remember the last time I’ve had rice—let alone a starch with dinner—so it was a tasty treat.

Plus roasted broccoli and mushrooms.

Workout – Running

This morning’s 50-minute run was relatively uneventful, except for the surprising warm weather—the thermometer read 60 degrees.  In October.  In Central New York.  Crazy! (Just for reference, we’ve had snow on Halloween; this heat wave is unprecedented.) Needless to say, a grey t-shirt was a poor apparel choice.  Oops.  Anyway, after my run, I completed some upper- and lower-body work including squats and bicep curls.

Breakfast

A warm workout called for a cool morning meal—protein smoothie for the win!

Into the blender went one frozen banana, spinach, frozen blueberries, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb protein powder.  In case one Jay Robb-based item wasn’t enough, I also ate a slice of protein-packed pumpkin bread.

To celebrate Oct. 3, my mom and I went to Fleet Feet. (Not that I need a reason to celebrate Oct. 3 or go to Fleet Feet; let’s be real.) Say hello to runner heaven.

She wanted walking sneakers, and I realized I’ve had my Asics Gel-Cumulus 14’s for about six months.

[Back when they were brand-spankin’ new.]

These sneaks have seen a ton of races.  I bought them before the Seneca7, and I’ve worn them for the Nate Race, 4th of July 10-miler, Boilermaker 15-K, Fleet Feet’s Runapoolza, and the Tromptown Run, my first half-marathon.  Not to mention three triathlons—Cazenovia, Skinnyman, and DeRuyter–and a slew of college races Before Fitness and Frozen Grapes (BFFG).  They’ve seen a lot of pavement (and a lot of Central New York) and logged a lot of miles, so it was time for a new pair.

In total, I tried on four options (Asics, New Balance, Nike, and Mizuno), and these New Balance 870V2’s were the front-runners for a while.

Ultimately, though, I went with the Mizuno Wave Elixirs.

They fit my feet perfectly, and they’re lighter and more aerodynamic than my old Asics.

Lunch

With a boatload of roasted veggies leftover from last night’s dinner, a huge salad was in order.

Beneath the veggie mound, there’s spinach, apple slices, and blackened tofu.  Yum!

Not going to lie, I’m going to take my new sneaks out for short jog in a bit.  As soon as I started lacing them up, Zelda thought she was getting a w-a-l-k.

Zelda’s pretty pleased with herself today:  Runner’s World named greyhounds as one of the best dogs for “brisk shorter runs” and “going fast.”

I could probably PR at my next 5-K if Zelda ran with me; when we go for “walks,” she pulls me along!  What brand of sneakers do you wear?  Do you have a different pair for running, other forms of cardio, and strength training?  How many pairs of sneakers do you own?  Do you ever go running with your dog?