Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ironwoman Wednesday: Run

Time for another Ironwoman Wednesday post! Ironwoman Wednesday is a weekly linkup on a variety of triathlon-related topics (that will be announced the week before). It is similar to Tri Talk Tuesday that a few other bloggers started, but the more people talking about triathlon the better!

Gabi at Lean Green Island Girl, Michelle at Ironwoman Strong and I are all training for Ironman Louisville. It is really exciting (and encouraging) to be sharing this journey with these two amazing women!

We've gotten through the swim, open water swimming and the bike, so naturally the next thing to talk about is the run! And what a perfect topic for today's post since it is National Running Day (and we will be running later to celebrate).

 I love running, even in the cold

I say that we started running in April 2011 when we started the Couch-to-5K program, but that isn't entirely true. Both Mike and I ran cross country when we were younger. I even made it through one season in high school, but didn't continue because 3 miles was "too far".

Oh how far I have come.

When we re-started running in 2011, I immediately had dreams of finishing an Ironman. The first year that we ran we didn't even do any triathlons, but we did run quite a few races. We may have built up too quickly, we finished our first half marathon in October 2011, and I was injured for a little while after that race.

After the Fall Foliage Half Marathon

Luckily, I haven't had too many other injuries since then and I have grown to love running even more. I am that "annoying" Facebook friend who incessantly posts about running (and triathlons). But, I do it because if some of my Facebook friends hadn't posted about the C25K program, I may not be doing what I am doing now.

Since our first 5K in June 2011, we have run a lot of races ranging from the 5K distance to the marathon distance. We're even registered to run the Philly Marathon in November, only a few months after Ironman Louisville.

 So close to the end at Musselman 70.3

Running after biking can be a little bit more difficult, especially if it is a long distance like in a Half Ironman or Ironman. Through the use of brick workouts I have been able to train my legs to get used to the "brick" feeling and I even run faster after getting off the bike than I do in solo runs (most of the time).

 I can't not have a photo from the MDI Marathon in a post about running

I know that running three stand-alone marathons prior to our Ironman is not enough to get me through the race, but I do feel more confident in my abilities to push away the negative thoughts that will creep into my head. Running a marathon is a completely different battle than running a half marathon, add 114.4 miles prior to that and I will be running through unknown territory.

All of my great, good, bad, ugly and sit down in the woods on a tree stump and say "I quit triathlon" kind of runs have gotten me to where I am now. Running is like air, I need it to survive. It is who I am, through and through. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now that we have talked about all legs of triathlon, next week we'll talk about how we fuel for it when we discuss nutrition.


  1. Great post! I find myself running faster after a bike workout too, but it might be cause I'm all warmed up and on my normal runs I don't really do a warm up.

  2. Isn't it amazing to look back and see how far you've come? I love that what used to be "long runs" becomes easy with time!

  3. Yep, I totally feel like I run faster off the bike. It seems like I'm more mentally engaged and can push harder coming off the bike. That probably means I'm slacking when I run "normally," though. ;)

  4. The run, now that is the part I love. However, running after biking and swimming I know would be way more tough!

  5. I run faster after the bike too and actually like it better! Although when I read 114.4 miles I have to say my heart did a leap...WOW, we're really doing that in a few months huh?

  6. I only got one brick workout done before I was injured, and it was great. Which sounds weird - "OMG I biked and then ran, and it was awesome." But running only a few miles after a bike ride is totally different than the amount of miles you'll put in after a long-a** bike ride in an Ironman; my hat is off to you. I'm really enjoying your Wednesday posts - thank you! :)

  7. I am so glad you started running. If you hadn't started running than maybe we wouldn't have met on the interwebs and MAYBE I wouldn't have started wanting to run more and further. and MAYBE I wouldn't have ended up with some of the best friends ever. OH MAN, what a sad world that would be. I'm so happy you started running.