This last week was an interesting one in that I ran in a shoe other than an Asics shoe for the first time in twelve years, I got my fifth tattoo which coincidentally matches the tattoo my wife got at the same time in the same place on our legs, and I signed up for not one, not two, but three 2010 races! Oh, and during all of that I managed to get in a couple workout sessions so let’s start with the recap of those.
Tuesday at 4:45am while my wife headed to the club to get her cardio-burn on I climbed on the bike trainer for an hour of steady-tempo pedaling. Nice and steady was the call that day. Then at midday I was out the door for a run in something other than Asics for the first time in a very long time. And I loved the new kicks! More on that later. Stats for Tuesday’s bike: 14.3-miles in 1-hour. Stats for Tuesday’s run: 6.2-miles in 50:49 @ 8:11/m pace.
Wednesday I was again out the door at midday for a run but this picked up the pace just a bit since the new shoes seemed to work fine the day before. The weather was a picture-perfect fall day here in Oregon. Stats for Wednesday’s run: 6.2-miles in 45:38 @ 7:21/m pace.
Thursday I was at the pool for my last swim for a couple of weeks since the new tat would dictate I stay out of the pool for at least that long. I alternated fast sets with drill sets and it felt like a great workout. Each of my faster sets was faster than the previous one. The midday run that day was in the rain and soggy conditions so I kept the pace very easy and it was all good. Stats for Thursday’s swim: 1,800-yards in 36:46 (40:46 w/rest) 9x200 w/30-sec. rests. Stats for Thursday’s run: 6.2-miles in 50:52 @ 8:12/m pace.
Friday I ran a bit longer at lunchtime and for the first time in several months decided to tack on the BIG HILLS of Botticelli and Touchstone. I remembered quickly why I don’t run them during the training season too often. Ouch. But other than those ascents and descents I felt great and it was a nice day for a run! Stats for Friday’s run: 8.5-miles in 1:04:51 @ 7:37/m pace.
And that brings me to today which started with another 4:45AM session on the bike and then a midday run. The weather for today’s run was amazing and I felt the same way. Stats for Monday’s bike: 14.7-miles in 1-hour. Stats for Monday’s run: 6.2-miles in 47:23 @ 7:38/m pace. So the new shoes are Adidas Supernovas and so far I really like them. I have a long-time friend that is also a long-time Adidas employee that would love to get me out of Asics and into Adidas. So much so that she sent me not one but two pairs to try out…for free! One pair was the 2009 model and the other the 2010 model. The 2010 is an intimidating black color that I may save for upcoming races! I can tell the difference in the Adidas from my Asics GT-2140’s. The way the Adidas guides your foot from strike to push-off can actually be felt and at first I was concerned it would cause me some aches and pains but changing my stride but so far that has not been the case at all. I really like them and I’ve given my friend that feedback too.
Now the tattoos…my wife and I have wanted to get matching tattoos for some time but could never quite find a design that we both loved. And our names were NOT an option as that is the kiss of death in relationships. Finally I found a design for the words “Me & You” that is funky cool and looks the same seen upside-down or right-side up. So Friday night we met with our tattoo artist, Mary Jane Haake (Google her!) and she fixed us both up very nicely and now we have our matching tats. Once they heal I’ll post a pic or two.
And lastly…the 2010 races I’ve gotten signed up for to go along with the Boston Marathon in April and the Hood-To-Coast Relay in August. The first one is the Oregon Road Runners 20.10K Annual Run on 1/3/10 that takes place 20-minutes from my home. This will be 12th straight year running that one. The next one is the Vancouver Lake Half-Marathon that takes place on 1/24/10 and is where I set my half-mary PR at seven years ago. And yes, I’m going for new PR seven years older so a sub-1:24 is the goal! And lastly, I signed up for the Lake Stevens Ironman 70.3 that is on 8/15/10 and will be capper on my tri season next year and hopefully with a sub-5 hour finish! 2010 is going to be busy, busy on the race front. Check back to how the training and then the racing goes!