Here are my excuses:
1) I got into grad school and have been working my little running arse off. Did I mention the program is at night and I'm still working full time? Thankfully I have a summer break coming up and I'll graduate in December, but man.....I'm tired.
2) Um.. Yeah. That's all I got. I didn't stop training, but I did scale waaaaaay back on the mileage.
I was talking to Todd about my apprehension about letting my training go, giving up my mileage base, and all of those running diva fears, when he reminded me that I ran six marathons in exactly 2 years (bookended by the Rock N' Roll Arizona Marathon, 2009 and 2011). That really put things in perspective for me, so I figured it was okay to cool the running jets for a little bit and focus on some other stuff like, oh, I don't know, getting a Masters Degree?
So I decided to sign up for a Triathlon instead.
I know, that makes a lot of sense, right? It seemed like a neat idea at the time (and it still does, to be honest).
So I joined the Y and started (trying) to swim. Then I bought a bike and started riding (which I love).
Man, training for a triathlon takes a LOT of work and time. Not exactly what you would heap onto the plate with an extra serving of overtime at work with a side of grad school. Oh well.
So here's the recap of the last 2 years' worth of races and times (as I can recall them).
January 2009: Rock N Roll Arizona- 5:11
Ocober 2009: Nike Women's Marathon- 5:05
December 2009: Las Vegas Rock N Roll- 4:35
March 2010: Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon (TNT Alumni Run)- 1:59 and something
June 2010: Rock N Roll San Diego- 4:30
October 2010: Mt. Lemmon Marathon (yes, it was up Mt.Lemmon- 6,000 feet elev. gain)- 6:09
January 2011: Rock N Roll Arizona- 4:10. (I know, right? I beat 2009's time by an HOUR!)
March 2011: Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon- 2:02 (but I was in a tutu)
Todd ran his first full marathon at the Rock N Roll Arizona and finished in 4:45. I was SO PROUD of him!
And since Blogger has changed a few things, now I can't upload that picture....
Anyway, that's what's up, I'll be back more now that summer's here.
My first Tri is on July 3rd, the Firecracker Triathlon. http://www.tritucson.com/FCTinf.htm
I'm really looking forward to it, and hopefully I'll have some pictures to share!