Saturday, January 26, 2013

Questions and Answers

I haven't written a questions and answers post in awhile and after reading Hollie's post yesterday, I thought that it was time for another one!  I asked on my blog's Facebook page if people had any questions for me and I got a few responses.

Remember that you can always email me at fromcouchtoironwoman@gmail.com (which some of you have) or connect with me on my Facebook page with any of your other questions!

How did your knees/joints handle the training?

Now I wasn't sure if this person meant training in general or for an Ironman (which we haven't done yet), so I'm just going for training in general. 

 These feet put a lot of miles on them

When we first started running, I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to continue because my knee hurt so bad.  I figured out how to run more appropriately (mid-foot strike) and I fixed that problem.  Unfortunately, during training for our first half marathon I had the wrong shoes, Nike Frees, and I got not one but TWO injuries. 

 Sad day

The first injury was an overuse injury on my left foot. I had really bad pain, so bad I thought I had a stress fracture, on the top of my foot.  My second injury was peroneal tendonitis on my right foot.  I had to stop running for awhile and eventually everything went back to normal.  Now I have my beloved Sauconys and I haven't experienced pain like that again.

 Some of my loves

I do get some twinges and tweaks here and there, but I just use the stick or take a rest day. Doing three different sports helps too, you can change it up when you need to!

What's your worst triathlon discipline?

Hands down, biking. That's true for both of us.  

 Us with our bikes

We were both swimmers growing up, for me I started when I was 8 and stopped my second year of college, and we swam on a Masters swim team for a little while. Running has come pretty easily/naturally for us, but we really have to work at biking.

I hope that the workouts I'm doing this winter on the bike will help me get faster, plus we're going to buy new pedals, clip-in shoes, and aero bars. 
  
When do you plan to do your first Ironman?

This year we are doing our first Olympic distance triathlon and our first 70.3.  Our plan is to do our first Ironman in 2014, and we decided on Ironman Louisville.  We can register for it in August!

How did you get started in this?

I've talked about this a few times on the blog, but about 6 months after our wedding I felt like we needed to do something. I had seen Couch-to-5K mentioned on Facebook and I was intrigued.  As I mentioned before, I wasn't sure if my knees could handle it but I'm so glad they did!

We did the Couch-to-5K, Bridge-to-10K and then a half marathon training program from April 2011 to October 2011.  

Finish our first 5K together, wearing cotton

I got the idea in my head to do an Ironman from my dad, he was talking about how he used to do triathlons (with rowing instead of swimming).  Why I couldn't just be satisfied with a sprint triathlon, I'm not sure. (Well, I like to go big or go home I guess). We've done two sprint triathlons and one duathlon so far, and I'm excited for this season!

Are you ever going to have kids?

Haha, well I guess I said that I would get real on the blog so here it is: no, probably not. 

We aren't in the position to have kids right now, we need a better house (in general), Mike needs to pay off his student loans and we train too much.  Plus, I don't really see kids in my life plan.  I always said I would adopt if I ever had kids, and that remains true. 

Things could change, but for us, I just don't see it happening. And that's fine, I'm not really concerned with living up to the "traditional family" standard (if that even exists anymore) and it's really our decision.

I like this cutie

Now, I'll hang out with your kids and then give them back at the end of the day. Just because I don't want any, doesn't mean I don't like them. 

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask and I can include them in a future post sometime!

24 comments:

  1. Ironman? You rock. Also love that you are open about your family plans... there is no right or wrong way to be a fam. :)

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    1. Thanks, for both things! I agree, no right or wrong :)

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  2. We have the same feeling about kids...not interested right now...or maybe ever. Our dogs are our babies :)

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    1. Exactly! And they can be just as much work sometimes, and more expensive depending on what kind of trouble they get into.

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  3. Another person in the no kid camp! Nothing wrong with it but not for us either. Just wait until virtually everyone in your circle of friends have them...they stop asking the question then! :)

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    1. Luckily most of our friends already know this about us, and we got some questions from some family members but not too many.

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  4. A 70.3 and Ironman! Girl, you are my hero!

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  5. I haven't had the best luck with Nike sneakers either--they were our team schools in college, and they totally tore up my feet. Boo. :( Hope you're having a great weekend!

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  6. Nike Free's hate my feet and want them to die. I wore them ONCE and then I threw them into the closet and haven't touched them since.

    We have been married 10 years and always get the kid questioned asked. We do want kids....Whether biologically or thru adoption, it doesn't matter. We have a passion for adoption (hence why I'm getting a degree in social work) so who knows. Just because we've been married so long doesn't mean we should have children. I love going against the grain.

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    1. Nike Frees are ok cross trainers, but other than that I don't like them!

      Nothing wrong with being married for forever, you would have been really young if you had kids right after you got married!

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  7. It's amazing how the wrong shoes can cause so much trouble.

    We are a no child family, and it works for us.

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  8. I think, wait no. I KNOW my knees hurt more when I was overweight than when I started running marathons. Haha! This was fun to read.

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  9. I always appreciate when other people are so honest about the 'kid thing' because it's something very relevant to Danny and I at the moment. A lot of people in our day to day life seem horrified when we say that children may not be in our future, like we are making some horrible decision...
    The caption under your first 5k picture made me laugh! I wore cotton for my first 5k too... I didn't repeat that mistake :)

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    1. Haha cotton is bad, for running!

      I'll definitely be honest if people ask, I hate when people assume you are going to have kids. It's a big pet peeve of mine.

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  10. So happy you found the shoes for you. Love it! And if you want to play with my kids - I'll send them down!!! They do make it harder to train for things.

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    1. Me too!

      And sure send them down! :)

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  11. I am also in the no kids camp but I screwed up and had poor birth control practices ;) now I have Logan :P lol but he is a cutie!!! and he has definitely improved my life. I am all for people who don't have kids. Due to my environmental views I actually wasn't into procreation and wanted to adopt as well :)

    I loved that you answered my question ;) I was really just trying to be funny!

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    1. Haha he is a cutie, that's why he's in the post ;) And I'm glad he has improved your life, that's why he came into your life :)

      I don't mind answering, I'm definitely not ashamed of it and now people know :)

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  12. Oh em gee, I really hope to be ready for a 2014 Ironman too, and Louisville was high on my list. How will you know you're ready?

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    1. Haha we won't ;) No I think that if we finish our 70.3 successfully and Mike finishes a marathon (he DNF'ed our first one), then we should be in good shape.

      We probably could have done one this year, but I wanted to do a 70.3 first. And save some money since it is expensive!

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  13. I am so excited to follow your ironman training! I need to get my head in the training game!

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  14. So, you probably don't know this but I recently got transferred to Metropolis, IL and live in Paducah, KY. If I'm still here by then, want a spectator for Ironman Louisville?

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    1. YES!! I didn't know that but now that I know, if you are still around then we would LOVE to have you spectate.

      But I want to see you before then, so I'm going to look into other races and we are going to go see you sometime soon! It's only a 12 hour drive and we could scout out the Louisville course, and maybe do a practice run/ride/swim, on the way.

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  15. I'm so excited for you guys to do Ironman Louisville! If you want a cheering section we will make the trip up there to support you guys and help in any way we can.

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