Started the day bright and early (well, not too bright, gloomy and rainy) to do the Run Tex Freedom 5k this morning. My friend Emily came in last night from 2 days on the road and, well she wanted to do it! So I obliged. We took off from our house around 7:30, drove near the start and then jogged in. Picked up our chips, chatted to some friends and by 8:00 (8:15?) we were off. It is one heck of a lovely day here for July 4th, rain rain rain! It just won’t stop. But that is ok, if there is anything I enjoy doing in the rain (besides swimming) it is running.

We took off and I felt good, strong the first mile. But I tried to keep it under control, as my approach was that this was just a really good Tempo workout. I came through mile 1 in 5:40 (someone was calling out the pace, I never start my watch) which was good but not terribly fast. Then I got passed by a girl, she just cruised by me! I didn’t like that. But, I also knew that in a 5k I usually don’t have ‘another gear’ so I just kept her right in front of me. We turned around and then came to mile 2 in what they said as 11:15, which meant…wow! I dropped my pace to a 5:35 second mile. I then moved past the woman leading, which I was fortunately able to do with ‘relative’ ease, and finished with anything I had left. I came through in a 17:41, which I’ll take! I think my best time is around 17:20-17:30 so that is no too far off, for a bit of a last minute race decision and running on somewhat tired legs. Emiliy and her brother Eddie finished right around 22 minutes, only 3 seconds apart! Eddie beat Emily, I don’t know why she let him do that. 🙂 In any case it was a fun start to the 4th! I’ll hit up a hard-ish bike ride later and then we’ll prep for our big bash, which we plan to grill out for. We’ll see, hopefully mother nature gives us a small window this evening of good weather! Happy 4th to ya’ll, from Austin. Yee-Haw. And thanks for reading!


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I have heard how hot it gets here in Austin (this is my first summer here), and I now believe it. I ran yesterday (long by my standards, 1 hr 30 min) and it was H-O-T. Of course, I went at about 9:30 which was already too ‘late’ to beat the heat. I stopped at the awesome water stops supplied by Run Tex here in town (they supply 2 different water stops all the time, always fully stocked with ice cold water) and still I struggled to finish. I am glad I don’t have a GPS because I don’t think I would have wanted to know my pace! But I just tell myself, ‘It makes you stronger’. Today is a ‘down day’, I did a 4000 swim this morning and a long, easy pull set. It is funny, I get so antsy on ‘easy days’. I will use the evening to do some yoga, something which I love to do but rarely find the time for when training is heavy. I like to get in 1-2 good, solid 30 min- 1 hour sessions/week of a mix of yoga and pilates. Since I don’t strength train, this works for me as excellent stretching and strengthening work, as well as getting the little kinks out from hard training. That is about all I got…I have a friend coming in town Tuesday for 4th of July so I am hammering out work now to prepare to chill out with her! And we may even ‘jump into’ the Firecracker 5k, which is at 8:00 AM July 4th. I figure, a good way to get my speed work in for the week!


Well, I finally started me up a blog. Just keeping up with the Jones’, you know. It is incredible how technology is constantly ramping up, I swear…I have yet to buy an IPOD. Are the outdated yet? Probably.

I wanted somewhere to put down some daily thoughts, just short updates unlike my small novels of race reports. And since this blog thing is free and quite simple, I figured it’d be the perfect segway into a little training ‘journal’.

So I’ll get going on it, and hope to be able to update this daily or at least a few times each week. I hope ya’ll are well and if in Austin, staying out of this heat as much as possible. Today Derick and I took part in a ‘long ride’ together, which ended up being even longer than expected. He flatted about 1:30 into it, and then once we got it fixed, we were hesitant to keep heading out of town with only one spare tube. So, we headed back towards home to ‘re-load’. By then I began feeling pretty ‘bonky’, so well, I got whiney. He got irritated (understandably)…we found ourselves at home about 45 min later, at which point he decided 2:15 was long enough. 🙂 I headed back out for about 1:20 to give myself a 3:30 ride time, which was plenty as I find I am still recovering a bit from Lubbock. Every Saturday I say I’ll get up and ride at 7:30 or 8:00 am, to avoid the heat, why do I never do it? 10:00 rolls around and I am still at home. Next Saturday, I will. And hopefully the comfy bed and the fact that it is a Saturday will not lead me astray from my plans! Tonight we have a friend coming into town, so we’ll take him to my favorite Tex Mex in Austin, Polvos and maybe have a thirst-quenching magarita or two. Tomorrow will be a long-ish run (1:20) and then only 2 weeks until Geneva ITU race in New York!

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