Type: Recovery Run
Distance: 4.0 miles
Average Pace: 8:03 min/mile
Average Heart Rate: 151 bpm
This was a good run. My quads were tired from my ride yesterday. Why you ask? I am not sure at all. Throughout the run I felt challenged and my perception was that I was pushing my pace. I stretched after a quick warm-up, but I never felt like I was extending my stride. I would love to get down to a track in the next couple of weeks and really reach on each stride. I think I am going to count steps like I count strokes at the pool. I am hopeful that I can really stretch and improve my efficiency while running.
On the iPod: “This is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan and “Here I Come” by The Roots. Unlike my hillbilly bone, there are no apologies necessary for these two songs. Try using them both for your next tempo run. Great song selection.
Fitness Blogs You Should be Reading
There are lots of good fitness blogs out there on the net webs. I really try to read as many as time will allow. The new app I have for my iPad — Flipboard — is really helping me get to more of the blogs that I have in Google Reader. My life is such that my time is very precious to me and when I can double up on activities, I do. Sometimes when I am riding on the trainer I spend time reading the blogs in my Google Reader. The piece that is missing is there is no platform to leave comments in Flipboard.
Reading through my posts for the last week or so I notice a theme — I am becoming that grumpy old man that my wife accuses me of from time to time. I turn 40 this year, so I am far from old, but I have noticed lately that my attitude is a little more critical. So, I thought I would take the opportunity to share with you people some of the blogs that I follow. Religiously.
That doesn’t mean these are the only ones I follow. I have about 200 in my Google Reader and will read most of them at least once a week. If it is listed here, it means that I read the blog for tips related to triathlon, running, cycling, swimming, or nutrition. I will also try to make a similar post each week to let you know who else you should be reading AND the why behind the listing. These are my suggestions for this week…
Geek Turned Athlete — Nicole is an awesome blogger who provides great nutrition and training information. She just started her IMAZ training yesterday and I am excited to see how well she does at that race. She is a military wife, and that almost automatically makes me a fan.
TriTawn — Tawnee is a SUPER fast triathlete and provides tons of insight into her training and sports conditioning. She is very well connected in the tri community and was even sent to Kona as a freelance writer for a tri publication. She doesn’t post daily, but definitely worth the add to your Google Reader.
Sarah Tris — Bottom line, Sarah is awesome. She is a normal person with a normal family who is doing two Ironmans next year. Seriously. She is in week 6 of her training and I love her narrative style. If you are doing any type of triathlon in 2011, you owe it to yourself to visit her blog. Frequently.
Manderz New Life — Amanda has a fantastic story that is very inspiring. At one point she weight 276 lbs. and now she is just under her goal weight of 169 lbs. She accomplished this goal through controlled nutrition and exercise. I love her blog.
One Hour Ironman — Bob is awesome. Seriously. I love this guy. He balances work, family, and tri training. I missed the chance to meet him at Ironman St. George in May 2010, but my gut tells me that he and I will connect sometime in the future.
Tiffany’s Spartanette Training Blog — Tiffany’s blog is one of the first I subscribed to. She was a grad student at UT San Antonio in Exercise Phys or something related. If you want to see how to incorporate strength training into your endurance training, she knows her stuff and posts her workouts all the time. If you are her friend on Facebook, you can also follow her on her epic trips to my hometown, Dallas. Of course, she skips all the great restaurants because they aren’t “healthy”. Whatever.