Monday, April 30, 2012

IT Band? Is that why my leg hurts?

Photo Credit Rice University
I along with many runners have been blessed with the dreaded IT band strain. At times, I wish it was my knee joints because I know that through icing it will go away faster. IT bands, on the other hand, do not. I usually get hit with IT Band issues while running in over worn shoes or uneven pavement. And after my marathon in Philadelphia I could barely walk because I had strained it so much by running on the uneven course.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

So you want to run a Half Marathon

"We all have dreams.  In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort."
                                           --Jesse Owens

Photo Credit Peter Mooney on Flickr
A friend of mine recently brought up the topic of running and of course I became very excited. She proceeded to tell me that she was considering running a half marathon and wanted to know if there is a specific training program that I follow or recommend.

Now let's just be clear, when I started my racing I never really had the interest of following a training program but if that is what you want to do then go for it. But if here is what I told her and what I will tell all of you novices.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Motivation and Determination

"Keep your dream in front of you. Never let it go regardless of how far-fetched it might seem."
                --HAL HIGDON

I am constantly inspired but so many athletes in the world today. Those who run marathons and triathlons especially. But none inspires me more than those individuals with disabilities.

Flying Pirate Half Marathon

Kitty Hawk, NC
April 22nd, 2012
Finish Time: 1:49:30
AG 25-29: 10th

The starting line is a neutral zone where all preconceptions go out the window. Once you cross that line, it's just you and your motivation to help put one foot in front of the other to get you to cross that finish line.

Photo Credit Zach Frailey from Flickr
Rain rain go away come back not when I'm running. Well, that wasn't the case this past Sunday. Saturday was beautiful, 75 degrees, the sun was out; it couldn't have been more perfect. But that all changed overnight. Rain, wind, and thunderstorms. The perfect combination for our race on Sunday. Thankfully the wind calmed and the storms were on pause but the rain was in a constant pour that made my shoes feel like 5 pounds but lets just say, major motivation was needed this weekend and I haven't been this sore after a race since my marathon.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Nautica South Beach Triathlon

Miami Beach, FL
April 1st, 2012
Classic Distance
1/2-mile swim, 19-mile bike, 4-mile run
Finish Time: 2:04:43
AG 25-29: 16/57

"True Success" in this world is not determined by how much money you make, or by how many possessions you have. But by the positive impact you have on other people as you work towards your goals and dreams in life.

It's official, I am hooked.

Even though it was a rather stressful weekend due to getting my bike to Florida, it ended with the most amazing experience and the most fun I have had in any race. On Sunday April 1st, I ran my first ever triathlon in sunny south Florida, a place where I called home for 3 years on the infamous south beach.

Going into the race I was more nervous about the bike just because I had been practicing in the countryside of Maryland where the elevation can get up to 1500 ft above sea level compared to Miami which is at sea level, so it was a big difference in speed. That and I was nervous about getting a flat.