Ask-A-Salty: Should I Ask My Friends to be Spectators?

We recently received a question from Jess, who is ready to race her first Ironman very soon!  (Major kudos to you!)  She has a very supportive spouse who has been with her every step of the way and plans to be there for every minute of the race.  She is wondering if she should also enlist the support of her other friends to help her through the day.  Here’s her more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 7-19-14

Happy Summer!  Seems like the weeks are flying by.  I’m starting to get back on track with training and looking forward to the weeks ahead! 7/13:  Boulder Peak Triathlon (Olympic Distance).  Swim 1,500m; Bike 26+; Run 10K.  Total time:  2:49 and 20th in my age group.  These women are fast on the bike!  The race was fun, and I did better than expected.  A 2 minute swim PR and I more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-29-14

Another week in the books! 6/22:  Travel back from South Dakota to Boulder.  Got in 4 in 31:25 after the storms passed and the soccer game ended.  (Can’t believe how it ended)! 6/23:  21+ miles in the morning–crisp air and sunny.  Weights/core in the evening followed by 1,250m swim. 6/24:  Decided to take a chance on a workout and did 6 x 2 minutes after a 15 minute warm-up.  Got more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-22-14

This week had lots of highlights including my first half ironman of the summer and participating in a community service trip to South Dakota as part of One World Running. 6/15:  Boulder 70.3.  I wasn’t sure what to expect with this race given how I have been feeling recently, but I told myself that I would drop at the first sign of any struggle.  I ended up 5:38, just 8 more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-1-14 to 6-14-14

Hello Salties!  I’ve missed a week posting my log, so I’m playing catch-up.  I’m still adjusting to liquid iron and figuring out goals for upcoming training and races. 6/1:  Spectated at the Boulder Sprint Trialthlon and watched my hubby race.  Since we live so close to the start and finish, I was able to make it a run of 9 miles to/from home with lots of breaks in between to more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 6-1-14

I didn’t hit my goal running mileage for the week, and I also discovered that I’m still struggling with anything under 7:30 pace.  Tried liquid iron for the first time (based on a recommendation from a friend).  I’m hopeful! Sunday:  Weights, followed by 3,000m swim.  Longest swim since Ironman.  I was super hungry throughout the day! Monday:  BolderBoulder!  Had plans to run 43-44 minutes based on some recent training runs, more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-25-14

It’s hard to believe that the unofficial start to summer is here!  This week was much better for me training-wise.  I’m starting to feel much stronger during my workouts thanks to an increase in iron supplement.  The next big race (Boulder 70.3) is about 3 weeks away! Sunday:  Colfax Marathon Relay with the Newton Corporate Team.  My leg was 3.7 miles, and I had plans to push it hard.  But, more » Read more

Boston Strong! 2014 Boston Race Report

In the fall of 2012, I realized that I would turn 40 about three weeks before the 2014 Boston Marathon and I thought… “how cool would it be to have Boston as my first master’s race?” I hadn’t ran the Boston Marathon since 2009, and I hadn’t focused on the marathon distance since New York, 2010. My BQs had run out for 2013, so I had to run a marathon and more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-11-14

This week was all about trying to regain strength and work on getting back into a routine! Sunday:  Miscalculated my route and ended up riding almost 50 miles rather than 35-40.  Oh well, at least I got in some good miles on the bike. Later, I went for a swim (outdoors) for just over a mile. Monday:  Our anniversary!  Two years have flown by, and it’s hard to believe how more » Read more

Vanilla’s Training Log 5-4-14

Well Salties, I had BIG plans for getting back into running and training this week, but my body had a different plan in mind.  On Tuesday, I became ill and ended up in the hospital for 2 days, then I spent the rest of the week resting and easing back into things.   Fortunately, everything seems fine, but I do need to have some additional tests done throughout the month to more » Read more