Back in the pool!

Early this morning, I went to the George J. Meyers swimming pool in Arvada, purchased my punch card and  got back into the pool after taking a year off from swimming. 

Although the Calgary 70.3 is 8 months away, I needed to start swimming again to build up my fitness. This snow storm that we just had forced me to stop running for a couple days while the snow melts and gave me a reason to get back into the pool.

The pool was great. There are 16+ swim lanes, so no waiting for a lane to open up like I used to have to do at 24 Hour Fitness. I “only” swam for thirty minutes today, but I’m already a little sore. That’ll teach me for neglecting upper body workouts. 

My next step…get back on the bike saddle and rebuild my cycling endurance!

2016: My running year in review

2015 is coming to a close. This has been my most successful year in terms of running accomplishments. First and foremost, I have managed to stay healthy most of the year. Besides the occasional shin splints or lingering cramp, I have been fortunate this year.

I’ve ran more miles this year than ever before (over 1011 and counting with 20 days to go!); this makes me simultaneously happy and sad. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve ran so much this year, but it makes me sad that I probably won’t be breaking this record in the near future, as I turn my focus back to triathlon.

I retained a running coach for a little less than half of the year. Having a coach provided me external accountability to do my training, guidance and structure to my race training and giving me the confidence to run more. I don’t think my marathon PR would’ve happened without him.

Where I ran in 2015
Where I ran in 2015

Cities and states I ran in:

  • Arvada, Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Anaheim, Huntington Beach and San Francisco, California
  • Miami Beach, Florida
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Rapid City, South Dakota

Races ran:

  • 10K – Five
    • Colorado Marathon 10K
    • Arvada Park to Park 10K
    • BolderBoulder
    • Arvada Turkey Trek
    • Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run
  • Half Marathon – Four
    • Surf City Half Marathon
    • Miami Beach Half Marathon
    • Arvada Harvest Festival Half Marathon
    • Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
  • Marathon – One
    • Portland Marathon

I PRed every distance this year!

  • 10K – 52:23 (Bolder Boulder) then I broke that record again, 49:43 (Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run)
  • Half Marathon – 1:53:42 (Surf City)
  • Marathon – 4:22:30 (Portland)

What’s on deck for 2016? I have two things on my calendar right now: Surf City half marathon and Ironman 70.3 Calgary. I’m getting back into triathlon after taking all of 2015 off. I’ll be logging far fewer running miles this year, but I’m excited to get back into the pool and start riding my new bike. I will add more races (BolderBoulder? Some local Arvada races? A sprint triathlon?) in the future though.

Race Report: Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run 10k

I finally broke 50 minutes in the 10k race distance last week during the Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run turkey trot! I used to run the trail that this race was partially on when I first started running as a hobby back in 2007.  So it was a bit of a hometown race for me.

It was a little windy and chilly race morning, but it was nothing compared to the 18 degree start at the Arvada Turkey Trek 10k I ran the Saturday before. I warmed up a little bit before the race with a 1/4 mile jog; I would have been well served to warm up for at least 1 mile, but I had to wait in line at the porta potty. Priorities, people.

I seeded myself in the middle of the pack and had to deal with a little bit of congestion the first half mile. After 3/4 miles in, it was pretty much open road, so I picked up the pace slightly. I stepped up the pace again during mile 3, when I first started seeing the ultra fast runners already on their way back. Once I did the turn myself, I saw that there were a lot of runners behind me. That was a big psychological boost, so I kept up my pace.

By mile 5, I couldn’t believe my pace and time. I even had a shot at breaking 50 minutes if I kept up the pace. “I don’t know if I’ll be in this good of running shape for a while,” I reasoned, and decided to take the pain and go for it. We were running on the trail by then and were off the graded road, so I was feeling great. I crossed the finish line with an official time of 49:43! I may have only broke 50 minutes by 17 seconds, but gosh darn it, I broke it.

My Garmin splits:

Mile Time
1 08:21.8
2 08:09.5
3 07:59.9
4 07:51.4
5 07:54.2
6 07:34.3
7 01:55.9
Summary 49:47:00

Overall: 103/590
Male: 86/275
Men 30-34: 6/25