Fickle Is As Fickle Does

Busy, busy week. New teacher professional development that goes into the evening Monday night plus open house this week at school. Ack, so much extra time at school. And five week grades are due this week, so I’m pretty swamped trying to catch kids up and stay on top of grading. Egads!

Had some tenderness in my leg after my six mile run over the weekend. I need to remember to go drop off my 30 day renewal for PT so I can get back in there on an as needed basis. My leg always feels so much better after my PT beats up on it for a while. Except for that whole part where my new insurance kicks in my copay is doubling. Yuck.

I’m trying really hard to listen to my body, but I also have races still on my docket for the year, so yeah. Although starting this week I have vowed to get myself back in gym at least one night a week regardless of the weather. And even if I do an hour spin class, I have to lift. I have to strength train. It’s a big contributing factor to not getting injured. Plus I need to work on strengthening a few key muscle groups.

Did I mention Ironman Chattanooga was on Sunday? I’m so sad we ended up not going down. Getting a new teaching job was incredible and I’m very grateful to be teaching again, but it meant choosing between our Disney race or going to Choo and ultimately Disney won. Our family who live in Chattanooga spent the day out spectating and volunteering. They posted so many pictures. I’m so jealous and so sad. My dream of racing Ironman Chattanooga may not happen until 2016 and my heart breaks a little when I think about it.


Did I mention Ironman Chattanooga didn’t sell out for 2015 yet (as I write this at least)? Last year it sold out in 3 minutes of general registration opening. It was the reason I planned to volunteer this year, to guarantee myself a slot. When we didn’t go I figured that was that and I was missing it. I was teaching a seventh grade class at noon when registration opened. But it’s still open. If it had just sold out everything would be so much easier. But that registration page, it taunts me so.

Tracking Cynthia and other’s on Sunday through Augusta and Choo made me yearn to race another long course race. Too bad I’m broke and broken still. Having $500 in unplanned expenses all drop in my lap in one week is a tough pill to swallow. And I just feel like my tri season was stolen from me, having to pull out of my last year for this season. And now IMChoo for 2015 is slipping out of my reach. So now what?


Hello dreams, don’t leave me yet.

Hopefully I can run after school today. My leg was still sore yesterday and I didn’t want to push it. Plus I didn’t get home until after 530pm. And when you’re at work by 7am, that’s a long day.

My brain. It is feeling so fickle.

Yup. That’s all I’ve got. *sighhhhhhhhh*

Run Happy

Oh my gosh. Running, why are you so difficult!?

I ran three times this week.

Tuesday after work I set off hoping to get in four miles. I did three. I took off down my street and headed into town. It was rush hour so I should have just stuck to the neighborhoods. I had cars mad at me for crossing when I had the right of way, almost got nailed more than once, and got stopped for direction by some old people.

Then, just shy of about 1.3 miles, I felt a little pop in my calf. Crap. Stop to stretch, turn around to head home. I stopped once more to stretch about another mile later. And I ended up in my driveway at the three mile mark. Only a mile short of what I was hoping for, but I was having pain in my calf during my run, the first time that’s happened since I got cleared to run again.


I wasn’t terribly pleased with my pace or my leg giving me a hard time. So frustrating.

Took Wednesday off to stretch and ice and felt better Thursday. My plan was an easy and flat two mile run around my neighborhood. Just get out, feel good, and try to have a pain free run. I only did one mile. I had to stop and stretch during it. It was the slowest mile I’ve ever run coming in at 10:51, and that pace was difficult for me. WTFBODY!?

Stretch, ice, be angry. Follow up appointment with my sports med doctor was on Wednesday too. He said since I’m not 100% yet I may need to consider not running ESHM. NOPE. Not an option, sorry. It’s going to be a training run for Disney at this point. I will not get my sub-2 half marathon this year that is for sure, but I will finish my race season with my two big road races. I had my last tri of the season taken from me, I’m not letting go of one of my halves too.

So Saturday Hubby and I set out for five mile. We mapped out a loop that did half around the neighborhood and other half around the high school. I was clipping along great, no pain or issues. And you know what? The run went well. I had a few fast miles, a few slow miles, but I felt great. My legs were good, my calf was fine during the run, I had my breathing in control, found a rhythm, maintained a manageable heart rate. Finally, after a crummy week of running I had a decent run. And we ended up deciding to keep going once we got to the turning point that would have us home at five miles. We hit another block around our neighborhood and I ended up in my driveway at 6.03 miles and an average pace of 10:12. And while normally I wouldn’t be happy with that pace, coming off an injury and just being slower in general, I’m happy with. And I’d be plenty happy if our pace for the whole half marathon was around there.


Husband’s phone GPS was a bit ahead of mine.

That Saturday run was so important to me. I needed to get over the mental barrier of running more than three or four miles. I needed to run for at least an hour without stopping. I needed to know I could run again. And I feel so confident that I can finish this half marathon in three weeks. There will be no taper for me. Next week we’re going to do a 7-8 miler plus we have the Octoberfest 5k in PA on Sunday. Then the week before the race we’re planning to do a 9-10 miler. Then it’ll be race week. And if we can hit our next two long runs I think I’ll be okay.

I’m so grateful I have a husband who does this crazy stuff with me. It makes such a huge difference when he can relate to what I’m going through and can we run together. Seriously so lucky to have such an awesome, supportive husband who loves to run with me!

Also, my Kinvara’s are going back to Amazon. The honeymoon period was over after two runs. Pain in my shins, tight achilles, and the issue with my calf popping and hurting on my run. They also feel too roomy. And they’re narrow! But the Zoots have a feature that makes them incredibly glove like in their fit and I’ve been spoiled. So I’ll be getting a new pair of Zoot Ultra TT’s instead.

Best workout you had this week? Go!

Friday Five – Favorite Fall Activities

Work is kicking my butt. I have seventh graders doing a coloring project tomorrow and the few eighth graders who won’t be on the field trip will be watching a movie. Sixth graders will be full of energy, as per usual. But mostly, Mrs. Fields needs a quiet Friday from all the kiddos. I chaperoned the Welcome Back Dance Wednesday night and I was up way past my bedtime. But I had fun. The kids tried to teach me some dance moves, namely the wobble. I will make sure next time I chaperone I don’t wear my work dress but instead throw on some jean and sneakers so I can bust some bad dance moves with the kids. I wish I could recommend seeing a middle school dance from an adult perspective to everyone. It’s pretty hilarious and entertaining, but two hours is definitely plenty of time for that!

I’m in need of a little light heartedness and fall goodness in my life right now. I’m tired, sore, and it’s too warm to be fall here in NY right now. Sweaters and boots weather please. So to help myself here I’m playing along with Cynthia, Courtney, and Mar for their Friday Five! And this week’s theme is exactly what I needed- favorite fall activities!


I love fall, that I have made clear. It’s absolutely my favorite season and I love it to pieces.

One of my most favorite-est not a word things to do in the fall is of course pumpkin picking! Ever since we moved to Geneva in September four year ago we’ve gone to the same pumpkin patch about 15 minutes from us. They have a small livestock petting zoo thing, an in the ground giant trampoline, and a huge corn maze. And, of course, pumpkins.


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Some throw back photos from college. How many of you knew I rocked dreadlocks for four years? Because I totally did.

Also, dressing Griswold up in a silly costume always ranks high on my list. He’s been a shark, a dinosaur and a knight in shining armor so far and he has hated every costume ever.



Halloween, duh. You can’t NOT love Halloween. That is a fact. It’s an amazing holiday and now that I’m beyond trick or treating or even big party nights, I enjoy staying home with husband handing out candy, then turning off all the lights and trying to pretend to not be home when we run out. The joys of living on a “rich” street; we get pummeled with trick or treaters!

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More college. My life is clearly not as exciting anymore. But seriously, how’s THAT for a Halloween costume!?

And to branch of Halloween, watching Hocus Pocus is definitely ranked top five on my must do fall activities list. Cult classic that I have loved since it first came out. This movie is the epitome of fall and Halloween. Plus it’s totally awesome and fabulous.

I don’t know if the last one is really an activity per say, but I love the weather so much that just enjoying being outside is most definitely top five for me. Whether it’s raking leaves, hiking, enjoying the changing leaves, or running in the perfectly cool, crisp air, I just cannot get enough of fall weather. And I wish these 70 degree days would shoo so I could enjoy me some sweater and boot weather before the snow starts to fly.

Yay fall! I just want chili, hot chocolate, to wrap up in a hoodie and get the fireplace going. I love the smell of the radiators when they first turn on after summer is over. I just adore fall!

Also, fall race season is in full swing! So head over to and buy up any fall running and racing needs you may have for 20% off using code TRIGC14!

Anything awesome I left off my list?

Best Halloween costume (you, your kids, or your pets)?

Tri Talk Tuesday – How to Taper For a Race

Holla, it’s Tuesday. I’m already tired and confused as to why it’s not Friday. But maybe that’s just me. I’m here with You Signed Up For What to chat again because it is Tri Talk Tuesday!

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Today we’re talking about the Taper! We’ve discussed the taper before, namely how to keep calm during that time leading up to a race when you’re backing off your training and freaking the bee-jeebus out! Today’s a bit different. This post is very much more along the lines of why we taper and how to taper for a race. Although if you want specific tapering advice shoot me an email!

So, why do we taper?


Tapering allows us time to recover and feel fresh going into a race, first a foremost. We spend so much time training and sometimes we don’t realize just how hard that can be on our bodies. By tapering we allow our bodies and muscles to recover. However, tapering is a balancing act.Finding the right amount of rest compared to the right amount of continuing to workout is super important. If you don’t scale back enough you go into your race still fatigued. If you scale back too much your fitness will begin to regress.

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Sometimes we don’t always taper. I had a jam packed schedule this year including four straight race weekends in a row. There’s no tapering when your races are that close together. And sometimes our fitness is strong enough that for some races that we don’t need to taper. I don’t taper for short distances races like 5k or 10k races. And even sprint triathlons I can get away with a one week or shorter taper. And sometimes when we have a big race on the horizon we train through certain races. Some races are used purely for training and tapering before them is unnecessary.

How long do we taper for? That depends on a few factors, primarily the distance of the race. For most races the taper will be about two weeks. For shorter races you can definitely have a shorter taper. A two week taper would include a cut back in the first week, then a second cutback in the second week, leaving you doing just enough to maintain that fitness you’ve worked so hard to build while letting your body recover for it’s upcoming beating.

Not sure about it yet? A recent study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found a successful taper improves performance by an average of 3%. That may not sound like much, but think about a marathon for a minute. A 3% performance gain during a full marathon means over five minutes difference. Consider someone it trying to qualify for Boston; five minutes is a huge difference when you have a tight and difficult time cut off to try and make. So that 3% suddenly become a huge deal.

So taper, enjoy it, don’t go crazy. I was planning on a one week taper before ESHM in a few weeks, but since I haven’t really upped my mileage over 4 miles yet since starting to run again post injury, I may not taper at all. Fingers crossed I can get a long run in this weekend. I desperately need one!

What was the last race you tapered for?

Tapering: love it or hate it?

***Tri Talk Tuesday will be taking a one month hiatus. We will be revamping, adding a third co-host, and coming back to you on Tuesday, November 4 for more tri chatter. Be on the look out for our comeback theme at the end of October. We’ll still be bantering about triathlon, but the link up will return again in one month!

Worked In and Locked Out

I had so much intention to write up those race reports I’m behind on this weekend. I really did. Instead Husband and I finished the basement remodel. It sucked up a good amount of Friday and most of Saturday. And the time we weren’t working in the basement Saturday we were out running errands. I’ve barely even looked at a computer in the last four or five days. For real.

But to give you an idea, here’s our basement before-



Disgusting, dirty, filthy, random hole in the wall that lead to underneath the front stoop, blood red, disturbing looking space under our house. It was gross, you cannot deny that.

And here it is all done.


That door leads into the unfinished half of the basement. There’s still tons of storage room, Rob is going to build himself a workbench, and all our mechanicals are back there. Works out well.




Griswold approves.





We finished off half of the available square footage. So we gained about an extra 200sqft in total. We added a second living space, redid the laundry room, and took out the creepy middle of the room basement toilet that was in fact a shit volcano when our sewage backed up a few years ago and replaced it. So we now have a functioning half bathroom too. Rob and I have lived together for four years and this is the first time we’ve ever had two toilets. Yup.

In running news, I’m still experiencing some pain and soreness in my leg after runs. I’m not anywhere near the mileage I need to be and I missed my long Sunday morning because my parents came over to take us out to brunch and I just didn’t have time to run before hand. No matter what time I get home from school today I will head out for at least four miles. I know it’s not much, but my life is crazy right now and I’m really still injured. I just need to accept that Empire State will be a painful sufferfest of a half marathon and get through it.

Also, can I tell you about yesterday? I went to school to do work, my usual Sunday afternoon, sadly. I got there around 2pm. Around 330 I left my room to use the bathroom and did not have my keys around my neck. Annnnd, locked out. I could see into my room, my keys on my desk. My wallet, my car keys, every possible thing I needed to get work done. All of it, locked inside. And I was the one and only sad sack soul at school on a Sunday working. Text Bing, no answer. Text assistant principal, no answer. Those were my only two ways to try and acquire a key. Conceed and call Husband to leave work and come get me.


My “locked out at school sucks” face. I don’t get reception in the hallway so I sat in the doorway of the building doing my texting and calling for rescues. Had to be careful not to shut myself out of the building too since my fab was locked in my room as well. So smart.

Only a minute or two before Rob showed up Bing calls me. He had called another teacher who had a building master key and lived right in town to come let me in. So hubby and I tried his break in method until Other Teacher showed up and unlocked my room for me. Then, as a show of my love and appreciation for my fantastic husband who left work to come get me and had offered to drive me back in the morning should we fail to break in, we went to Wegmans and I bought him half moon cookies. And we sat in his car and enjoyed them. Because when life is stressfull taking a cookie break is paramount. True story.

My weekend. Basement reno, brunch, locked out at school, no running. Ughughughughgughguhguhguhgug.

Best part of your weekend?

Worst part of your weekend?

How many miles did you swim, bike, or run?

Life Intervals

Oh. My. Gosh.

I am tired, Batman.

I got to school yesterday at 6:40am. I left school at 4:40pm. I don’t actually have to be there until 730 and I am free to leave at 3. See that? Me too. But I have soooo much work to do. Aside from writing lessons and material for everyday I also have to grade all that stuff, figure out the Infinite Campus system, call parents, file paperwork, attend a gazillion meeting, do a bunch of extra stuff in terms of assessment thanks common core, and just everything. There is so much to do. Everyone one of my planning periods is completely sucked dry because there’s just more stuff to do than time in the day. And if I want to even look at the internet, walk my dog, workout, see my husband, or get anything in the house done, I just can’t be in school all day. Did I mention I was there on Sunday working? I was. And I will be there again this Sunday too. Because that’s just life for me right now. Thank goodness I have fabs to get in to the building 24/7 and a fully functioning printer has finally found it’s way to my room.

Thankfully I get new kids every ten weeks, which also mean I restart my curriculum every ten weeks. So after the first week in November my life will calm down a lot since I’ll have a base of plans to work off. Hopefully.

I wish it was Griswold in the picture. But this fluffly dog will do!

I wish it was Griswold in the picture. But this fluffly dog will do!

I’m also helping Hubs finish up the basement. We are sooooo close to being done. I mean, it’s not my ideal thing to do at 6:30 at night after rushing home from school, running errands, doing dishes, and trying to squeeze some painting in before I completely and utterly crash by 9pm, but Rob’s done so much incredible work down there. It’s the least I can do for him. I’ll be so excited to share some before and after pictures soon. It’s seriously insane!

In other news, I went to the tri club’s track practice Tuesday night. It took all my energy to drag myself there. How do people work out in the evening after long days of life happening? It’s so hard! Can I please run in the morning again?

It was good though, very much needed. Our workout was 3×800-600-400-200. I only did two sets since I’m still not 100% with my leg yet. And consequently I opted to skip my run yesterday. My leg was a bit sore, but it didn’t really start until the afternoon, so obviously being on my feet all day in work shoes isn’t helping.

For my warm up I ran from my house to the track, plus two laps around. That put me at just shy of a mile. Good enough. I live so freaking close to the high school track. I really have no excuse not to go workout there.

My 800’s- 4:33 and 4:40 respectively, meaning a pace of 8:53 and 9:09

My 600’s- 3:35 and 3:32 respectively, making a pace of 9:19 and 8:40.

My 400’s- 2:13 and 2:06 respectively, putting me at a pace of 8:36 and 8:05

My 200’s- 55 and 49 seconds respectively, paces of 7:18 and 6:19

Cool down was just running back home. Total mileage was 3.84. I really should have just ran a bit past my house and gotten to 4 miles. That will bug me for eternity.



It’d be nice to be fast again. Back in my high school track days I ran sub-30 second 200m hurdles. Now I can’t even sprint a sub-30 second 200 without hurdles in my way. Bah.

Anyways, I’m happy to be running again. Although I’m pretty sure I want to go to spinning tonight. Although I didn’t call to reserve a bike and odds are they’re all scooped up by now. Maybe I’ll just run. Ho hum we shall see.

Be on the lookout for a race report from last weekend. Plus I still want to get a post up about volunteering at FLT. So all of that is on the way. And because I failed to mention it on Tuesday, Tri Talk’s theme for next week is taper in honor of Cynthia heading to Ironman 70.3 Augusta on Sunday following TTT next week. So get ready to chat all about tapering!

Tell me what you do for a living and why it’s awesome.

If you could design a track workout, what intervals would you set? Make me a workout!

Tri Talk Tuesday – Planning Your Race Day Plan

Howdy, howdy! Tuesday again and I’m all linked up with You Signed Up For What to chat about triathlon.

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Today we’re talking about race day plans. With Cynthia tapering for Ironman 70.3 Augusta and myself cramming for Empire State Half Marathon, race plans are high on our minds.

Coming off an injury my plan for ESHM is going to be a lot different than I had originally hoped. I signed up the week after completing the race last year. I was gearing to break the two hour mark last year. Hubby and I were running together and in the last three miles his injury flared up and we ended up kind of falling apart during those last three miles. So I registered as soon as I got the early bird email hoping for a sub-2 redemption run this year.

Alas, I’ve spent the last six weeks not running. I’m struggling to regain my running ability in the lasts since I’ve been cleared and my chances of running a sub-2 half at this point are complete gone. Poof, like a puff of smoke. Hell, if I can even run the whole thing I guess I’ll be happy. We’ll see how my long run goes this weekend.

So what’s my plan for ESHM?

Honestly, I’m not sure yet. I don’t have a time goal, although if I had to pick one it would be to just be faster than my half marathon run at Syracuse. I really don’t suspect I’ll be able to run the whole thing, although my competitive nature makes me want to try my damndest. Granted I could plan to run Galloway style. Maybe a 4:1 ratio or something, but really I just want to run.

So, what kind of things go into making a race day plan?

Familiarize yourself with the course- My run at Syracuse was slower than I anticipated because the course ended up being significantly hillier than I had expected. The elevation data on the HIM Cuse website was way off and it totally threw me off my game. Learn the course so you can plan and train accordingly.

Understand your fueling options- Whether you plan to carry everything you need with you or rely on the course aid stations, you should have a game plan. Last year at ESHM I carried my fuel. I ate my shotblocks but I never needed my gatorade, although Hubby did drink it. I had water and HEED offered on the course. Part of your game plan for race day should be to know your fuel strategy.

Read the athlete’s packet- This will let you in on any rules or race need to know’s that are out there. Whether it’s cut off times you need to make to not get pulled or whether you can or can’t listen to music, these are all things you need to know to make the best plan for your race day.

Know yourself- I know I’m coming off an injury. I know this is going to affect the type of race I run in five weeks. I’d be out of my mind if I said I will run the whole run no matter what or my race will be ruined. It’s just ridiculous. And this leads into the last thing to consider…

Be realistic- You know yourself and your training better than anyone else. Make your goals realistic and attainable or be prepared to set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Realistically I know I won’t be running my sub-2 hour half marathon this year. It’s just not going to happen. But I can say with that I am confident enough to have a faster half marathon than my Syracuse run leg.

So my plan for ESHM is still a bit up in the air at this point. Five weeks out is still too far away for me to say for certain I will race one way or the other. But coming off an injury I’m definitely hyper aware of the fact that I need a solid plan going into this race and it is in the font of my mind. But really, what I plan to do on race day is going to depend largely on how the next few weeks go for me. Let the training, and the planning, begin!

Ever gone into a race without a plan? How’d that work for you?

What other things do you consider when making your race day plan?

Training Cram

What a weekend!

Hubby’s birthday weekend and we had a great time. I bought him a new tv for our basement renovation, we went to Hibachi for dinner with both sets of parents, then Saturday we hung out with friends most of the day. Ate soup since the weather was crummy, raced go-karts, and split dessert. So nice.


I’ve never raced go-karts like this before. They topped out at 45mph! It was so much fun. Took me a few laps to figure it out but once I did I had a great time whipping around the track. I did have to wear a size small helmet and ended up getting a booster seat because I’m too short to push the pedals all the way down. Whompwhompshortgirlproblems.

I may have also had raspberry hard cider. Did you know that is really a thing? Because it totally is. Delicious!


We had a race this weekend. There’s going to be a really long story that goes along with it, so stayed tuned for the race report. It’ll be an interesting read.

Running is hard.


I’m trying hard. Hubby and I ran Sunday morning and he left me in the dust. We stuck together the first two miles then I started sucking wind and suffering. We were single file on a road with no shoulder the third mile and he pulled way ahead of me. SO SLOW.

And the worst part- that pace nearly killed me. I was so winded, suffering, struggling. I tried to focus on my form but it’s hard when you’re suffering. I made it, barely. But I am determined. I have two half marathons plus a few more 5k’s on my radar through the end of the year, so I am bound and determined to keep running.

So, since I’m dead set on getting the most out of my training before Empire State I’ll be doing a tempo run tomorrow, intervals Wednesday, spinning Tuesday and Thursday, then a long run on the weekend. And by long run I mean I plan to run for an hour and however much distance I cover is what I’ll cover. I’m leaning towards a one week taper just based on my limited time to train. Fingers crossed I can get myself into semi-half marathon shape in the next four weeks!

Favorite speed workout?

Do you have a running or training buddy? 


Bright Running Ahead

You guys.

I did it. I ran.

My PT cleared me to do a short steady state run finally. And it’s good timing too with a 5k on the docket for Saturday. So I ordered myself up some new shoes, threw some Sweat Pink laces into them, and headed out.


Only 2 miles, that’s all I was told to do so that’s all I did. Um, please don’t laugh at my pace. That is seriously the slowest steady state run I think I can ever remember running, especially for such a short distance. I mean, I was trying to keep it easy, but yeesh! My focus was to keep my average HR at 175 or lower.


dingdingding. Winner winner chicken dinner. Kind of high, but within my comfort zone, so it’s fine. Pretty much anything under 180 I can maintain. S’all good.

Did I mention I bought new shoes?

love my Zoot Ultra TT‘s and they were incredible to race all my triathlons in this summer. But I’ve been running in them since the spring and planned to retire them after FLT and get regular runners for the fall. But you better believe I am a believer in the Zoot’s for tri season. They will be my tri season shoes for life.

And before my Zoots I was running in Brooks Pure Flow 2. I liked my Brooks, I did. I wish I could say I loved them because they are definitely the cutest running shoes I’ve ever owned. But they gave me terrible, raging, horribly painful hot spots on my archs. So as much as I want to have all the hot pink Brooks, I cannot.

Back in May I raced the Rat Snake and broke a cardinal sin- I tired something new on race day. And if one could commit this sin, I did so in the highest of fashion. I raced 11.2 miles of the most technical, hilly, and flooded trails humanly possible in shoes I had never run in before. I was trying to save the life of my Brooks so I opted to race in a pair of Suacony’s I had won through a give away. Verdict? I LOVED THEM!

So I’ve kept that thought in the back of my brain since May and I knew when I was ready to break up with my Zoot’s I’d be buying another pair of Sauconys. Enter the Saucony Kinvara 4! Yes I went with the 4, yes I know the 5 is out, I like to not spend half my paycheck on shoes believe it or not.

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They are fantastic! Lightest weight show I think I’ve ever owned. Great support, very comfy, very cute. Minimalist, zero drop, all that jazz. Bottom line- love them. I especially love the highlighter yellow and pink combo, because bright shoes definitely make you faster not really. I think I’m going to be very happy with these. Although don’t hold me to that yet. I’ve only run in them the one time so far.

So there it is. New shoes. Finally running again. Fingers crossed I don’t have my worst 5k time ever this weekend. Everything.

And one last awesome bit of news- is now giving 20% off your purchase when you use the code TRIGC14!!! So head over and buy yourself something nice!


Bright colors or neutral colors for running shoes?

What are you currently running in?


Tri Talk Tuesday – Skills for Life and Running

Oh Tuesday, back again. Sneaking up on me again. Where do these weeks keep going? Cynthia and I are linked up for another round of tri banter and chatter!

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Except, today I may not be totally on topic; triathlon that is.

My life has felt beyond chaotic lately and with running being so limited for me now and my tri season over, I will admit, I haven’t done much of the skill development most are probably thinking of when they see the theme for this week. But honestly, I have been building my skills. Lots of them. All of them.

How is that you might ask?

We posted way back when about that training-life balance, but I feel like right now I’m in a tailspin of trying to rebalance my life. Balance is the skill I’m working on. Work, life, training, PT, upkeep on my house, my marriage, all of it.

Work is such a drain on me right now. Starting a new job is tough, but coming off working out of an office doing public health the last almost three years, jumping back into teaching is like a million times more work with nowhere close to the amount of quiet work time or downtime. I use every second of my planning periods doing work and this week I’m stuck on hall duty in the morning, meaning the extra half an hour I go in early to work is now off the table. I still can’t print from my classroom so I’m dealing with that ever mounting frustration. Teaching three grades, being on my feet all day, meeting all my new co-workers, learning all my new students, trying to fit in, trying to stay ahead in my planning, trying to keep up with all the extras beyond teaching that are required. It’s just overwhelming.

My only basis for comparison is my year at Rochester where I was treated horribly, made to jump through hoops just to survive, and hated every second of my professional life. It’s hard for me to not have the horrible feelings and emotions I dealt with then resurface now. I’m in such a nice district and school, but I’m so nervous and anxious that for whatever reason that will all crumble. I’m nervous I won’t do well, or the administration won’t ask me back. And it’s all crazy, I know it is, but I just can’t shake not feeling good enough. And I’m trying so hard to work on developing my teaching, my classroom management, my professionalism. I want to do great. I just hope I can start to shrug off my insecurities and just enjoy being back to doing what I love.


And I have yet to come home from school yet and not have a million things I need to get done or places I need to be. I still have PT twice a week, yesterday was running a dozen errands, crappy ones too like paying our homeowners insurance. Byeeee moneyyyyy. I just feel busy.

Oh, and you saw where I mentioned my marriage? My new schedule does not play nicely with Hubby’s. When I worked 9-5 at the Council we saw each other for an hour or so in the morning then again for another hour when I was home for lunch. But now that my schedule has shifted back two hours and I can’t go home for lunch, we don’t see each other. I leave the house by 630am, when Rob is still sleeping because he doesn’t get home from work until 1130 or midnight, which by then I’m long since passed out. We literally are going to bed Sunday night and not seeing each other again until I get home from school Friday afternoon. It really freaking sucks.

And running, ha! Working out, oh yeah, let me just carve some time and headspace out for this! I haven’t swam since Iron Girl, the only biking I’ve done is a handful of solo spins on the spin bike, and I’ve just started “running” again in the last week or so. The rest of me is so busy I’ve been keeping strictly to my prescribed runs from my PT and nothing extra. I want to be doing more, but I’m just so overwhelmed by everything else. I guess this is my most tradition “skill” I’m working on right now. I have two half marathons, the first of which is less than six weeks away, and I’m only running two miles of intervals one or two times a week right now. I should take bets on how much people think I’m going to crash and burn during my October race because a hundred bucks says I’m a god awful mess for it.


I was running yesterday and thinking about my October half. It was supposed to be my A road race this year. It was supposed to be my sub-2 hour half marathon. And now, now if I can even finish it’ll be a miracle. I was doing two minute run intervals and felt like I was completely suffering. I just raced a half Ironman two months ago, finished well under 7 hours, and with energy to spare. And now over five weeks off running and I feel like I’m so far behind I’m sitting six feet under square one.

I tried to focus on my form a bit today. I look at my race photos and cringe because my form is disturbingly awful when I run. I did four of my many two minute intervals on focus on form – run like normal – focus on form – run like normal. And wouldn’t you believe what happened the two where I didn’t focus on my form 10:26 and 10:13 respectively. The two where I did 9:56 and 9:52 respectively. All my other intervals where I didn’t focus on my form were all over the ten minute per mile mark. And this didn’t cost me any extra effort. Looks like my next skill I’ll be chewing through will be my running form.


I’ll get there. I’m registered for a 5k this weekend and my plan is to run the whole thing no matter how slow or terrible it feels. It’ll be my first “training run” for half marathon “training.” And at the end of everything I will remember why I love to run, and teach, and enjoy life. All the craziness, it will always be worth it.

Next week’s theme is RACE PLAN! Have a race coming up? Let us know how you plan to crush it!