If I were to say I needed to focus on any one of the three sports in triathlons, I think running is where I would start. It is the final test in each race and after a few terrible finishes in my half-ironmans last year, I want to make sure this doesn't happen again. THere was more to it then just the training but you have to start somewhere.
Since early December the Gallaghers have offered up their home for us to meet at and run a few loops around their neighborhood. Once again in true Tri-Fusion style we finish it up with a awesome dinner and chit chatting.
Last week I really wanted to test myself and see how far along I was in my training. I hadn't really ran much over the holidays and just wanted to get an idea on where I was at physically and mentally in running.
After a brief discussion with Nate and Eric we were off to run a 8-9 mile loop and a fairly fast pace. My legs were feeling good and I wanted to test them. Our pace slowly picked up until we were cruising right along at sub-7 minute miles. I would have thought we were flying except for the fact that Roger passed us like we were standing still.
Overall the run was great and I know for a fact that I have never ran that far at a 7:04 pace especially this early in the season. As long as my body allows me to improve I am going to keep a strong commitment to running and hope for some strong results.
I also joined 2 of the 3 best A+ workout partners (Jessi was doing a swim workout that I am kinda glad I missed:) for a run on the centennial trail.
Tiffany, Tim and I scheduled a run downtown in hopes of encouraging some more Tri-Fusion members to join in. Since the weather was beginning to warm up the trail had a great compacted path to follow.
The run was definitely not the longest or most difficult run I have done but it was an absolute blast. We were dogging MOST of the puddles and it was nice to change up the scenery and try something new.
With a new focus on getting stronger and faster at running, I know without these workouts I would be right back at the beginning.
I would like to also thank the Gallagher's for hosting our headlamp runs every Thursday. They open their house to all of us week in and week out. They provide a great dinner and the social aspect is top notch. I can't count how many great stories have been told and how many more have yet to be shared. Stan when are you coming back?