Apr 30, 2010

Ready to Run

Wrapped up my training today with a 2-1/2 mile easy run around Huron High School's track. I used this time to contemplate my race strategy for Sunday's Pittsburgh Marathon. As Ryan Hall said pre-Boston, I'm going to run "free" and let the day dictate my pace. Rain/thunderstorms are in the forecast, which may be a good thing because temps will be in the 60's (would they cancel a marathon due to lightning?) .

I'm ready to run and proud of myself for whipping into decent shape over the past 8-10 weeks. I love to run and the challenge of running a marathon (especially to a father of twin toddlers) is no less daunting than it was prior to the first time I ran 26.2 seven years ago.

T-Minus 2 days until marathon 16

Apr 20, 2010

12 Days and Pasta!

Twelve days remain until the Pittsburgh Marathon and I'm feeling good about both the quantity and quality of running I've done over the past 6-8 weeks. An additional 2-3 weeks of focused training would be ideal as it would add to my confidence... but since I'm out of time, I have to trust in my intuition as a runner to tell me where I stand fitness-wise. So next week I'll probably have my race strategy worked out, along with my race outfit, pre-race dinner plans, etc. Teresa has a friend who lives in Pittsburgh whose Dad is "famous" for his spaghetti. Call me selfish, but I would love a homemade pasta dinner!

Apr 8, 2010

And just like that...

...I'm back to swimming again and having an indoor track to run on. The YMCA opened on Monday so Teresa and I took the boys up there last night to get our membership cards and take a look around. They offer child watch so we got the little dudes checked into the play area (which is pretty awesome) and took our time walking through the brand-new facility highlighted by an aquatics room featuring a family pool and a competitive 8-lane pool. The second floor has all the exercise equipment and the indoor track. The indoor track is not the best as it has only 2 lanes and half of it runs through the exercise equipment. There are a ton of treadmills though (all equipped with TV's) so if it's crummy outside and crowded on the track, there's always plan C. As a family, we will take full advantage of all the programs available, including kiddie swim lessons, spin classes, 'Mom-and-Me' Yoga, etc. The new Y will definitely bring a better quality of life to those who make the most of it.

This morning I hit the pool for 20 minutes, ran 2 miles and squeezed in 25 minutes of strength training.