Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some very good thoughts:)

The more I run the more I want to run.

Iron sharpens Iron.

Once the mind accepts anything the body will respond.

Mind over matter.

Today, again like many training sessions I rolled out of bed completely smashed....feeling exhausted having had a long week and little sleep. I decided not to procrastinate but give an easy run a go, even though a tough tempo was scheduled. Before I knew it I was working my way into one interval, telling myself "just try and see what happens".....completed the first hard 5' and then followed into an easy recovery jog for 1' then back to "just trying and seeing what happens" into the second interval. Giving my self permission to do something easier if my body truly needed it, paired with an open mind to the possibility that in fact I CAN do the scheduled work out, always seems to set me up for success. It is this openness, paired with mercy, that seems to phychologicaly work and, well, being TRUTH FULL with myself. Yes I was legitimately tired, so I bargained with myself initially and gave myself permission to adjust and start with an easy run and see how I felt. Looking later into the run, I was open minded enough to give an interval a try. Then realising that I had energy I was truth fullwith myself to continue on and complete the work out because in truth I could.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

God's message to me

Be true to yourself and your heart and the rest will follow. Being true to myself means: living a highly athletic flourishing life, never compromising my training volume or consistency! Also, projecting this enthusiasm for life and sport to clients, inspiring them and getting them inspired to train.....feeling some of the same feeling that training has brought me.......God's gift of movement. This can and will only be accomplished if I am true to myself: training lots, training hard, living the life of an athlete (this is why I'm good at my job too!) true calling.....God's gift to me. Flourish eternally through God, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit.

(also, just a side note, this thought was re-emphasized to me during a tempo run that I didn't think I could do.....shifted my attitude completed the tempo run with style and fortitude.....realized again the importance of attitude and of course as always how VITAL training and being an athlete is to every component of who I am......this is the way GOD created me!!)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Some of the best things in life are hardest earned. Make a commitement. See it through. Enjoy the work, enjoy the movement......feel the joy in your training. Enjoy the journey. You need to know for yourself. Which to choose: Distance Running or Triathlon.......or both?? Just do it. Train. Train and find out. Do what you love to do: Train. Flourish.

To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift" Steve Prefontaine

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Once the mind accepts anything the body will respond"..... good quote from an exceptional marathoner

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Why do I train.....

My motivation and dedication to keep moving forward and staying consistent eternally in sport lies in the fact that I have a deep love for training and the knowledge that athleticism is God's gift to me, that I must full fill as vitally important component of a Flourishing life specific to who I am. While others may find motivation in continued wins, success, vanity, social ect.... my motivation lies in a foundationally strong place God and love. God giving me the gift. Love, well loving training. That's passion. That's a timeless strong foundation. Sport is forever in my life, not just a passing phase, but a lifestyle that continues forever.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Moving eternally

Moving eternally. Working, working, working, towards my goal, never giving up, looking forward, moving forward, enjoying the continual pursuit of excellence what ever the result may be............the cycle will perpetually continue what ever the result may be: train, in joy, hard work and passion. I'm running towards my goal, never giving up, running forward, repeating the cycle of training, training, training and making higher goals....... in joy and work............ moving in joy, passion and love, eternally perpetually dedicated, because this, yes this, is God's gift to me: movement. True joy to the depths of my soul through, jumping, swimming.........moving, moving..............inhaling..................breathing life's beauty and movement in deeply............... b r e a t h........... awwwwwwww...... hurts so good...... feeling movement to the tips of my fingers, heights of my heart and bright of my soul.......moving eternally in passion, hard, hard work, joy and LOVE.

Flourish Eternally.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Attitude paired with Actions is everything

Choose your attitude everyday. "Are you OK with this?", me: "It doesn't matter if I'm OK with this, at this point, I have to choose my attitude and make this situation WORK, I have a goal to achieve and I will achieve it.". Flourish where ever you are, what ever your doing. Actively work at a Flourishing life, through good times and bad. Practice, Practice, Practice. It's not just positive thinking, it's ACTIVE Living, choosing to live to the best of one's capabilities EVER DAY. It's like a race, good patches and tuff moments, but you keep going, going, going to the best of your capability.....and your glad you did, despite that hard moments, it's always better then caving....eventually you get those wins, life wins. One step back, three steps forward. I will not give up. I WILL achieve my goals. Live your best life.


Thursday, October 15, 2009

how timely is this...a great post off of Lucy Smith's blog!

This Post reminds me, as I'm nearing towards my seasons biggest race, that training and being an athlete is not just about one day or one event, but about the journey. A good reminder. I'm going to practice enjoying the ride of sport:)!

Loving Your Game: Enthusiasm in Sport

by lucy ~ July 17th, 2009

Enthusiasm: Strong interest or admiration for a purpose or a cause. Great eagerness.

I was looking for a word to describe those people who always seem thrilled to be training, who look forward to competing and who always have a smile on their face because, to them, sport is fun. I have always admired the athletes who maintain high levels of professionalism and consistency in their sport, a champion’s mentality and a commitment to being the best athlete they can be. We can all experience, on our own level, the true essence of athletic success, by focussing on the experiences and by allowing ourselves to tap into the joy and possibility of sport. Enthusiasm for a chosen path means we approach our endeavours with an energetic attitude of learning and never-ending challenge.

I saw this quality once when I watched world class divers from Britain training at my pool. They were doing intense dry land skills, practising on boxes and mats, displaying phenomenal focus, strength, balance and grace as they coiled and flipped into the air. Their faces were full of concentration as they prepared for each practice flip, but immediately afterward they would visibly relax and look towards the coach and their peers for feedback. One woman executed her back flip then stumbled awkwardly on her landing. She accepted this gaff with a wide laugh, not a self-conscious giggle, and it occurred to me how light-hearted the athletes were, even while training such difficult skills. They seemed to be playing, like big kids. I thought to myself how lucky they were to be so skilled and so competent, yet be so able to enjoy it.

So I started to explore what is the quality that allows some athletes to be focussed on the process of success in a positive, creative way. I say creative, for there will be anxiety and distraction in most athletes’ lives, but athletes can learn to view so-so days and setbacks in a way that is not crippling to their path or their self-esteem. Being an athlete is hard sometimes: there is discomfort and goals unmet. Being a parent is hard too, but nobody said that you can’t enjoy the things that are hard. Most athletes and parents will tell you that the positive payback from what they do far outweighs the negative aspects.

There are those athletes who show up to workouts and march through the drills and sets with discipline and pith. Unsmiling, never satisfied with themselves, their environment, or their coach, they can’t work hard enough, and are rarely satisfied. These are the athletes that in races are fierce, grimacing and uptight, needing to produce a great result to justify their dedication and path. Then there are the athletes who can create a fulfilling career out of serious play and keep it in perspective. I have watched kids run. They run invigorated and full of the joy of pumping their little arms and legs, full of a joy for what their body is doing and how fast they are going. Kids don’t think about what anybody else is thinking of them, there is no self-conscious focus on outcome. Watching young children play, during that time of their lives when they are not yet cognisant of the concept of win or lose has got to be the clearest illustration possible of the joy of human movement. Running is fun.

When I think about my career as an athlete, I think not about the countless races that I have won, nor the money that it pays. I don’t even focus on the many disappointments anymore; they are now experiences that made my career richer. I reflect mainly on the path, and the process that has led me to this point in my life right now, the reason for the many decisions that I have made along the way that have kept me in sport and not moved me out of it. In many ways, I could say that I have found my niche. Being involved in personal excellence, either my own or through coaching others is my mountain to climb. Being part of a vibrant healthy community of athletes and coaches gives me great joy and sustains my enthusiasm for this lifestyle.

I see enthusiasm amongst new and young athletes, both recreational and elite. When I start working with new athletes, I sense this enthusiasm in their voices as they receive their first training schedules and complete their first training sessions. They are proud of themselves for getting out there, are intoxicated by the sense of goals and possibility that they have placed in front of themselves. The first few times we talk about training and racing I wish I could capture their spirit and energy in a bottle. I remind them often of the feelings that they have now; I ask them to remind themselves about this passion during hard training weeks or times when things are not going so smoothly.

I believe that training for success requires a certain amount of discipline and a good work ethic, and that it is impossible to sustain this dedication without really enjoying your path. But how can we as athletes train so hard and with such dedication while maintaining this lighthearted attitude? How can we keep working so hard day in a day out? What drives us to take such care of our bodies, to get enough sleep, to eat well and keep planning seasons full of intense competition? I believe it is more than discipline and determination, hard work and effort. I believe that work ethic is derived from a sense of enthusiasm and that comes from feeling that your training and racing has a purpose, even if you are the only person who knows what that purpose is. It comes from having dream goals and from believing that no matter what happens you are on the right path.

I look at great athletes, and I see a people who are dancing with the challenge of competition and improvement. I see people who have taken adversity and obstacles and made them into part of the path, not walls or prisons. I see athletes who share enthusiasm willingly–not hoarding their successes–and who reap the rewards of having a hugely supportive community who share their passion and enthusiasm for life. I’m sure you know someone like this in your life, someone who you admire and look up to, not for their success, but for their attitude.

As you look toward the biggest part of your year, I urge you to remind yourself of your goals and dreams for yourself in sport. Your sense of purpose in your training is what is going to fuel your enthusiasm for what you do, it is what is going to give you mental energy to train during the day when it doesn’t come to easily, or the to run on when the discomfort sets in, and the times when you feel busy, tired and pulled by any of life’s great demands. When you see enthusiasm in your peers, recognize it and name it, and hang around that person in practice, learning from them. Just because someone is smiling and having fun doesn’t mean that they aren’t serious.


Monday, October 12, 2009

God will give me the answer

It's been a battle, surprisingly, in paradise. There have been many obstacles and a lot of ups and downs. I'm not sure what to do next: should I stay or should I go. The World Championships are 55 days away, can and should I stay and work around these challenge? Is this the right and smart thing to do?? The reasons and questions have circled and circled through my head. Circular reasoning. Therefore, I'm surrendering to not knowing for now and giving it to God. God will give me the answer, God will show me what to do.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nothing is going to stop me.

I am stubborn in a good way. Nothing is going to stop me. Rock on. Flourish.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Three Great Messages from God

Three great messages/lessons I've learnt from God:

Flourish where ever you are, what ever your doing. Meaning use what you have and make the most of it whether the conditions are ideal or rough.

Choose your attitude each day and make it a positive one. This alone shifts the day's potential for the better!

God has aligned the stars, now I must see this journey through. I will work at this trip and journey in Hawaii and see it through to it's fullest potential, by way of God's will and my hard working actions.


Monday, August 31, 2009

Going to Maui and onward

With this trip signals a bit of a change in my perspective:  I will not give up -ever- on my dream to become a pro athlete.  I'm going to make it happen.  This is my decision:  it's going to happen.  Flourish for God's glory.  I will not rest until I am pro (and who am I kidding, that's when the real work will begin).  It's just going to happen, I won't give up or let anything get in the way. I will be pro.  If you want something to happen, just make it happen.  I will be a pro triathlete.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


Flourish for God's glory; God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

good quote:

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."
With out question, the more and more I train, the more it's reaffirmed to me that this is my destiny to be in sport my entire life.  With out question sport will always be in my life.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A Flourishing Life for God's Glory

"Those who try to hold on to their lives will give up true life.  Those who give up their lives for me will hold on to true life."  Mathew 10:39

This verse I'm sure holds many meanings, for me, or how this verse speaks to me is this:  I must pursue my God given talents in order to live a bright Flourishing Life so that I can give God Glory.

I believe God gives us dreams, talents and passions which we are all uniquely gifted in for God's Glory.  Essentially, pursuing one's gifting is true living- it may not always be the easiest path or widest route, but true living is taking risks and pursuing our unique true gifting and talents.  It's like a ripple effect, when I'm actively working at my gifting in sport I'm happier, joy full, filled with's like a ripple effect that opens opportunities to give God the Glory and introduce others to Him by illustrating a Flourishing life.

It's not always easy to follow your heart in a society that pushes "box living", materialism, the dependence on money for comfort and 9-5 jobs.  My security is in God.  My security is in Jesus living strong in my heart.  As a result of this, I have a burning desire to live effectively, passionately pursuing God's path for my life, which vitally means pursuing my talents even if the path is not always clear or visible, in faith I move forward......all I know is I must pursue my God given gift in sport for God's Glory.

God is truth. God, Jesus and Holy Spirit is Love.


Friday, July 31, 2009

Live in Truth - Flourish

Be truthful to yourself and your calling.  Flourish in your life through God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Brush the dust off and GO.

1:20 comfortable, cruisey run

God is the ultimate coach.  Listened to what my mind, body and spirit needed today (contrary to "training peaks" and both coaches): steady, cruisey running....feel better already.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

When a door closes a window opens

In faith, I know that when a door closes God opens a window.  Even when I don't see that window right away or understand why a particular door closed, in faith I choose to believe in God's greater purpose and vision.  

For instance, this week I was planning on racing the "zone 91.3 8k", which I was pretty excited about since there would have been great opportunity to medal.  I woke up this morning feeling low-energy, sneezy, coughy and dizzy: the aftermath of perhaps last week's flu virus.  So after a good cry of frustration, a chat and prayer with mom, a discussion with my coach the conclusion was reached that racing wouldn't be the wisest decision.  Next week's training will also be on the lighter side.  Ok, fine, I'm actually ok with this because I know God has a greater vision and I'm sure there are some great lessons to be learnt.  God's shown me His better plan countless times before, even when I can't see it right away, but in hindsight I can usually see His greater in faith I know it's all good, He's got it covered all I need to do is: try my best in my own humanly way, have faith, pray, and live an optimal flourishing life!!  So this small obstacle today, is a great example of many of other life's dilemma's and how God is there in the midst of it creating a better purpose.

So what did I learn and what helped me today:

1-Praying and truly wanting God's will to be done
2-Chatting with mom (mom's are great!)
3- Looking at the bigger picture
4-Taking a closer look at my nutrition and adjusting some things (later post to come)
5-Sleeping, lots of sleeping (12 hours last night, and two naps!)!
6-Lots of Veggies (Veggies are becoming more and more the foundation of my diet!)
7-then some training, easier then usual, but still a good sweat!  My brain and endorphins still needed a pick me up!
8- Knowing that God will deliver me from this sickness because His gift to me is Sport.

I can see now that this low energy has forced me to take a closer look at my nutrition and focus even more on veggies as the foundation!  God's nutrition!

I'm looking forward to some cruisey fun training tomorrow-flourish!

Monday, July 20, 2009

My body screamed for exercise

So after sleeping much of the week away due to sickness and sleeping a record of 12 hours on Sunday, not including naps, today I am officially feeling much better.  I woke up this morning with out my alarm at 5 am ready to go!  I ate my gluten free muffin then was off to my trainer for an hour followed by a cruisey 6k run.  Very nice way to start the morning and wow my body was sure delighted by the training, it felt as though my body was screaming for exercise.  Our bodies get so attuned mentally, physically and spiritually to working out, and to go with ought for several days was very tough.  Another reminder, of how adaptation works and changes every cell in one's body right down to the cognitive and nervous the point that you can't function with out proper stimulus...that being a good workout for the athlete!  So I'm very happy and thank full for today and being back into the training mode full on!

Friday, July 17, 2009

no more denial...I am sick!

So, after denying that I am sick for about a week....guess what?  Full on, I am sick and my body is telling me so....hope to feel better soon!  Off to see the doc!

Thursday, July 16, 2009


Re-setting the system by way of rest is needed now and again when I'm training my system "hard" over a period of high volume weeks.  I was at the completion of a big training block when I felt the intense urge to completely rest and take a break from all obligations: work, training and socializing....sorta of like a mini-vacation/spa at home.  This has turned out to be remarkably rewarding in that I am finally able to enjoy my rest, relax and "just be" for once.  This to me is a sign that I'm learning to truly listen to God and what my body is telling me, and have peace in that.  Just as I find true peace and fulfillment is pursuing my God given purpose as an athlete, whether it be in the completion of a great workout, race or training block, I am now beginning to find peace in needed rest.  The fantastic thing about this is that I know by resting now I will rock later.  I'm actually enjoying my rest, amazing!  My new motto, rest today, rock tomorrow!  Meaning rest and rejuvenate so that you can truly absorb the training effect, grow stronger and ultimately become fitter.  

Not only that but I'm starting to feel mentally more rejuvenated and have discovered some interesting things in regard to listening to my body closely, the first already mentioned and the second in regard to nutrition.  I have been really paying close attention to what my body has been calling for, and have discovered that at all times I "crave" healthy foods, but the macro nutrient profile changes upon training and resting periods.  For example, during high volume blocks my body calls for protein, produce, fruits and veggies and a little carbohydrate from non-gluten grains.  During this resting period I am finding that my body is not calling for any animal protein but instead a teensy bit more complex carbohydrates (from non-gluten grains, fruits, veg) , Raw foods, fruits, nuts and of course, as usual, LOTS or VEGGIES!  Interesting how if we truly listen to the signals God has implemented in our bodies we will live optimally according the phase and season that our lives our in!  God is amazing!

Lesson learnt:  Listen to you body, rest when you truly need it.... so that you can rock on and get fitter!!  Rest today, rock tomorrow!


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Say a little prayer and go.

This seems to be the week of challenging work outs, well because in fact it is.  The last couple of days have been a mental battle in the morning with fatigue and wanting to take the day off.  With the same mental strategy of last post paired with a little prayer, this morning I found myself doing  up my shoe laces with out thought - just doing it.  Said a little prayer and by God's grace, what do you know I'm out the door having a fabulous awesome run with good energy!  Two things I learned again: #1When you're feeling truly fatigued say a prayer #2Give it a go, be strong, and see what happens.  God is awesome and he got me through today's 18k with great energy, thank you God!!  I made a human choice to go, and God provided the energy!!  He transcended where I was at - with a little prayer, choice and faith- and provided me with a great run.

Be willing to let God work, and He will amaze you.

This is the Gift that God has given me, athleticism, and I want to give Him Glory through it.
Through the day to day training, races, interactions with my clients etc...I choose to continually work at this athletic ability and gift to full fill God's purpose for my give Him Glory via His gifting.  God has planted the seed of athleticism and I need to let it grow.


Thursday, June 25, 2009


I'm always amazed at how resilient the human body can be.  One moment your tired and the next thing you know you've managed to complete a day's worth of work and work outs.  Today was one of those days where I woke up to my alarm at 5 am and definitely could have stayed a little longer in the cocoon of my bed.  Nevertheless, I reminded myself that this week is a high volume week, I have big goals and a super focus for the next 3 years and well a FLOURISHING life!  

It really helps to remind myself of the bigger picture when I'm feeling tired.  Another thing I discovered, is that when normal fatigue is setting in to be good to myself and adjust the work out accordingly.  For example I had a tempo run planned at a 5k pace for the morning, and was barely awake upon rising; so I decided that I would start out with my warm up and see how I felt afterwards.  If my body was not responding I'd adjust the plan and go for a cruisey 1 hour run.  Well, what do you know, and this is what i find fascinating about our bodies, after my 20min run warm up I came around and hammered out an incredible 5k pace tempo run! Awesome.

Second work out of the day was scheduled to be a big 4000M swim, in the PM after work.  I took a nap (bad decision) and woke up groggy realizing that it was now time for my swim or at least a shot at a swim.  This is my phycological strategy:  If I'm fatigued or really not feeling well, I'll try the planned work out, adjust if needed or take a day off.  But more often then not I'd say 90-95% of the time my body comes around and I have a great work out.  "You never regret going, but you'll regret missing a session" a client of mine once said!  So again, I managed a respectable 4000M swim in the PM for a second hard session of the day.  It's amazing what God allows our bodies to do if we trust in him, are willing, have a sense of persistence and of course WORK HARD!

This is a reminder to myself that when you feel like you can't you most likely can.  Give it a shot see where it goes and you will amaze your self.  I don't believe in an "all or nothing" approach in relation to life or training.  I believe in optimal living; trying your best and working at a truly  flourishing life.  With regard to training, a work out can always be tailored down or UP depending on the day and accompanying energy and circumstances.

I can and I will.  Get after it:)


Sunday, June 14, 2009


"Win or lose, you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much.  Success is measured by what you have done in preparation for competition."

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The happiest I've ever been

I've never been so happy in my life as I am now.  This, in part, is how I know I'm on the right path.  Everyday I wake up with a smile on my face knowing I am pursuing my dream- this is why I'm happy, I get to work at pursuing that dream everyday!  Life is awesome.  I love my life.  Being active, healthy, free (not tied down to anyone!!) and pursuing my couldn't be better!  Running the trails, swimming laps, drinking merlot, cruisin in my car, hanging with is great.  Rocking to my own beat.  Living my best life.  Hard work and hard play.  Flourish.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1:38, and getting quicker.....

The Oak Bay Half was a semi successful day, clocking in at 1:38 and making 4th in my division.  Everything went great, except for the final 1500M when my calves started to cramp and consequently, to my dismay, I had to slow my pace to a jog-no fair!!  Otherwise I would have been on target for a 1:34-1:36ish.  Good learning experience, I guess I actually need to drink more then one small sip of water on course!  Nevertheless, I felt really good on race day, which is a rare occurrence and shows me that some positive physiological changes are occurring with regard to my aerobic and anaerobic system.  Good race, solid performance.  I will get speedier!

Monday, May 11, 2009


John 15: 1-4

"I am the true vine; my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit.  And he trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit.  You are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you."

John 15: 16-17

"You did not choose me; I chose you.  And I gave you this work: to go and produce fruit, fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you anything you ask for in my name.  This is my command : Love each other."

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A lesson well learnt

It isn't over until it's over.  Today, I learned a valuable lesson that I'm sure will help me in future racing endeavours to come: how you feel at the beginning of a race can change in an instant, with hard work, perseverance and a prayer.  

Today was the 4th time I've entered the TC 10k, and with the eventual goal of dropping my time to a sub forty (38-39) as the long term, my coach and I decided that a good target for this race would be a 41-43 10k.  With this in mind, I was anxious and excited to start the race this morning...I had been dreaming of racing all week.

The first 3km felt like death.  I'm not sure if it was my breakfast or starting too quickly, but my stomach turned into a knotty mess of side stitches so painful I had to slow down and seriously considered quitting several times.  After 3.5km I decided I would run to the end of the TC turn around and reassess how I felt and whether I should continue due to the fact that I would most likely have to slow down!  Many thoughts where rushing through my head, the pain, how crappy it would feel to quit, my excellent splits, the pain again ect.....  And this, is where I believe God came in, for some reason, perhaps beyond my control, I didn't quit.  Despite the pain, I kept on hammering and before I knew it I was descending down the 7km mark.  At this point, the K's became much more effortless and God allowed me to run freely, fluidly and pass a lot of runners along the way.  Before I knew it I was surging to the finish for a personal best 10k of 43:40.  It is by God's grace that I was able to muscle through a race, that I previously thought I would have to quit, and achieve a Personal Best.  Thank you God!

The lesson learned:  mental fortitude, strength and trust in God are paramount in racing effectively.  The race isn't over until it's over, and things can turn around for the better!  Yeah 43:40.....and counting the days until a 39 10K!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I like being high

I love the natural high of a good run.  Seriously, I think my body is hard wired to crave and need the lift of a good workout on a daily basis.  I need my daily dose of endorphins.  

What a wonderful gift it is to run, swim, cycle and workout in general!  I truly know and believe that exercise or freedom of movement is a gift from God for us to enjoy!  Living life to the fullest, on a broad scale means attempting, for the most part, to make the most of each day!  For me, because of my life's path, this means specifically training on a daily basis and making the most it whether my energy is so-so or flying high.  I view training and exercise as a true gift and purpose that God has given me and many others.

Today's run was excellent, well actually it was a "brick" workout.  The bike end of things didn't feel all that great, but I managed to "muscle my way through it" in hopes of a better run.  A better run was in store, indeed.  I hit my stride as soon as I begun and took nearly 3 minutes off my previous "comfortable pace" for my 10k run (which turned out to be around 11k).  I think this was in part due to my spectacular new racers, man did they ever feel great, and an increase in lactate threshold capacity (all those fartlek and tempo runs!).

Feeling very happy, endorphins are flying....peace!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Blasting around the trails

I love running.  Love, love, love running.  

I woke up today, feeling not altogether that energetic after the week's higher volume and realized today it was raining and my coach had scheduled a long run.  Oh well, tough, get on the runners, hit the trails and "just do it"  (I'm a big fan of this "just do it" slogan...a little corporate I know, but it actually has great personal value).  My legs felt a little like cement after yesterday's weights and intence spin, but I kept moving trying not to think about the fatigue my legs.  After a couple loops around the trail, there was one long hill which to my dismay I felt like was  "mission impossible" to run up; but, I never walk up this hill so I wasn't about to start, even if that meant jogging, instead of running...oh no!  Nevertheless, I kept on moving and by half way through the run I felt like I was running a descent clip.  That's one of the things I love and find fascinating about sport, how your body and mind can feel fatigued to start and before you know it your singing to the tunes on your ipod and having an altogether awesome time.  This is a great lesson, you'll never regret going, working out that is, but you'll usually regret passing up a training session.

All and all, I had a great run and enjoyed the scenery.  I passed some cute little animals sprawling about, including little dogs and bunny's.  Yes, this is an additional motivating factor to get out and run...ha ha.  Next time I may have to bring my cell so I can take a picture of some of my finds....including a very dear little white dog that appeared to be covered in mud from his adventures.  Love it!

Good run....endorphins are flying high!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Race flats....or Training shoes??

I've been doing a lot of reading about Newton Shoes and minimalist running, and have come to the conclusion that maybe I should give the whole minimalist approach a go!  So the idea, as I understand it, is that contrary to past theories on running form and shoe construction we should actually be running with less cushioning and support.  I guess it's the whole idea "less is more", which make sense if you allow the body to more naturally respond to a given surface (trail or concrete) it will better be able to respond by adapting to one's natural stride or gait.  With that in mind, after my first training session today I was on a mission to find the lightest trainer/racer possible and try this whole "natural running" thing out.  I'm super excited, in a geeky endurance athlete way, to see how my body responds to the flats....I'm thinking it's going to be an excellent ride!  I feel faster just looking at them...awesome!

Friday, April 10, 2009

Into the world of blogging I come.  I'm not too sure what to expect from the whole thing.....more then anything this is a way for me to communicate with family and friends so that they know, through all my busyness, training and working that, yes, in fact I am still alive.  

So where do I go from here?  Well for starters, as my family and friends know, I like to train a LOT and have undertaken triathlon and competitive running more seriously within the last year with the intention of "making something" of myself within the sport.  So I guess, this blog is a journal or public documentation of my journey into the sport of Triathlon and competitive running!!  So welcome to the training life of Mell...updates to come!!