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IMTX 2014 training, week 1.

by Christa on January 6, 2014

in IMTX,Running,TNT,Triathlon

It’s a new year! And as of January 1st, I’m working out again. As you might know, I’m registered for a little event on May 17th – my second go with Ironman Texas. I’m hoping this year will go a little more as planned, but will take another finish, PR or not!

I have to start slow. The training I’m doing is also taking into account other “races” I have planned – quotes because I might not be up to actually racing but rather participating (if I can’t push it come race day).

Thanks to Jess for putting together my running plan! She designed a training calendar to lead me up to March 1st – The Woodlands Marathon. But then I also had to integrate our bike rides and swimming. I am planning to fundraise for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Team in Training program again, as a participant in Galveston 70.3 – I’ve done this one before too! So we will have some team runs and rides! Looking forward to being able to do distance again.  Check out my fundraising page to donate! 

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So my regimen began on Wednesday of this past week – 3 easy miles! I stuck to a 4:1 running/walking interval to ease myself back into things. I was running at ~10:30/mile pace.

It was so much fun, and I was so happy to come home to this little face!

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She loves lying on her side.

Thursday was a recovery – three miles of walking.

Friday was another easy 3, about the same pace. Went to the loop with Marisa – it was chilly out!

6 weeks postpartum on Friday.  I still have a belly, but all in good time.

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Saturday I planned to run with the Galveston team, but I’m really a slave to Rachel’s schedule (not so much anymore, thanks to today’s happenings) and she wasn’t having any of it in the morning. So Aimee, Jess, and I rode bikes at Memorial picnic loop.

15.5 miles in exactly one hour! I was glad, I wanted to stick to 15mph average on my first day on a bike in almost 6 months!

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I was very happy to be back in the saddle.

Then Steph (she came in town for the day) and I took Rachie on a 2 mile walk.

Sunday was my longest run yet – 5 easy miles. I was definitely feeling it at the end. I still averaged between 10:30-11:00/mile. Not bad. I can’t wait to get back to my old pace, or at least run HARD again. I plan to ask the doc this week if it’s ok to push myself or if I need to still take it easy.

I made Shane take a photo because I thought my outfit was cute – love my sparkly Sweaty Band.

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Hooray for off days!  Princess Rachel likes em too.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jess January 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm

That’s a “light” training schedule?!? *head spins* I’ll never be cut out to be an Ironman. I’m just hoping I can motivate myself to some day have that glorious 3.1 (yes, 3.1 and not 13.1) sticker on my car. I want to be a runner, I really do, I’m just so unmotivated! How do you do it?!?

BTW, I nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award. Do with it what you will.


Christa January 10, 2014 at 8:07 am

You can totally do a 5K! Let me know if you want me to send you a training plan. Thanks for the Sunshine Award! I will get on it :)


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