I’ll be running the TC 10 Mile here in Minneapolis on October 5th! It’s a lottery system for entry, and I haven’t been selected for this race since 2011 so I’m pretty excited.
I’m coaching over 50 marathoners who run the same course plus 16.2 miles. Now I’ll be able to be at the start with them, run with them for a few miles, and then stick around to cheer for them at the finish. I’ll have quite a few other people I’m coaching for the TC 10 also if they are lucky enough to get an entry. So far I have 16, but now that the lottery results are out I’ll get a few more.
A (relatively) short race to look forward to! Takes my mind off of the half iron coming up this Sunday, at least for a few minutes.

I’ll be running the TC 10 Mile here in Minneapolis on October 5th! It’s a lottery system for entry, and I haven’t been selected for this race since 2011 so I’m pretty excited.

I’m coaching over 50 marathoners who run the same course plus 16.2 miles. Now I’ll be able to be at the start with them, run with them for a few miles, and then stick around to cheer for them at the finish. I’ll have quite a few other people I’m coaching for the TC 10 also if they are lucky enough to get an entry. So far I have 16, but now that the lottery results are out I’ll get a few more.

A (relatively) short race to look forward to! Takes my mind off of the half iron coming up this Sunday, at least for a few minutes.

runningthegoodrace said: How did y'all decide to do IMFL? Wisconsin is closer!!

Wisconsin is closer! And really hilly! And Mike has done it already and isn’t hot about going back again. There are several factors involved, from timing of the races to other personal stuff. I would like to do it, though, and at some point I think it will work out to make it happen. Thanks for asking! 

I’m done. A four hour ride plus a 30 minute run outside in the heat and humidity. 

Next weekend is Chisago Half Iron. No rest for the weary!

I’m done. A four hour ride plus a 30 minute run outside in the heat and humidity.

Next weekend is Chisago Half Iron. No rest for the weary!

urbanfitopia said: Hey Beth! With all your coaching and personal training, what kind of things to you do to stay injury free?

Let me start off by saying I love this gal. She is always positive and encouraging. If you aren’t following her already, you should!

I used to lift weights when I just ran and through my first Ironman season. I will go back to it after IMFL, but I just don’t have time and I worry about accidentally injuring myself. I’ve seen it happen- people hurting themselves lifting too much while training. Strength is good. But there needs to be time for recovery, too.

My suggestion is to find a great massage therapist or sports chiro and make them a part of your team. I see my massage person every other week and my chiro at the first sign of pain. The massage therapist stretches me out, does fascia release, keeps all the parts moving. I couldn’t keep going without either of them and they know it. Build a team to support you!

tridiesel said: -Are you following the TdF? - Top 3 bucket list races for you - favorite race you have done

I’m not following the TdF only because I don’t understand it. I don’t get the unwritten rules. I’m willing to give it a try if someone can explain it to me.

Top 3 races:
NY Marathon because I was training for that race when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Didn’t get to run. Had to watch everyone else run while I recovered from surgery. I feel the need to finish what I started.

IM Wisconsin. Because it’s the most common IM for people around here to do. The hills would be a challenge after the flats of IMFL and I feel ready to do it.

Boulder 70.3 is on my list of possibilities for next year. Three times at IMFL is enough I think, so maybe an earlier season half to see if I can work on speed.

Great questions!! Thanks for asking- I’m 2:45 into 4 hours so was glad for the break. :)

Thank you

For the questions! It’s really helping. Going to save the next one to answer in 30 minutes to give myself something to look forward to. You are the best!

turtleseyeview said: What is your nutrition plan for longer rides/runs?

Thanks for asking! I use EFS Nutrition on the bike. One 20 oz bottle an hour and one serving of EFS Liquid Shot. Then Bonk Breaker Bars as needed. On the run, I use the course sports drink at every water stop except when I take a GU. I take that with water every 45-60 minutes. Works for me!

Chris, I’m watching Orange is the New Black right now. Then going to try and start watching The Walking Dead. My teenagers watch it but I don’t know if I can handle it. 

Mike (my husband) knows I’m not cooking, so apparently Smart Ass is for dinner. :). He’s gearing up to bike next to me so he knows the score.

Chris, I’m watching Orange is the New Black right now. Then going to try and start watching The Walking Dead. My teenagers watch it but I don’t know if I can handle it.

Mike (my husband) knows I’m not cooking, so apparently Smart Ass is for dinner. :). He’s gearing up to bike next to me so he knows the score.

Decided to ride my 4 hours of my brick today inside watching Netflix. I’m just getting started- a long way to go. Send me an ask and if it isn’t lewd, crewd, or socially unacceptable, I’ll answer.

Decided to ride my 4 hours of my brick today inside watching Netflix. I’m just getting started- a long way to go. Send me an ask and if it isn’t lewd, crewd, or socially unacceptable, I’ll answer.

More Work, More Running

Running for a job is awesome. I make hardly any money at all, but really, getting paid to run with people is a good gig. But it’s different having a job that relies so heavily on my physicality. 

Before I had kids, I was an accountant. My body could be totally falling apart, and as long as my brain was working and I could sit at a computer, I was good to work. 

But now, working more means running more. I was asked to coach another training class that occurs during the session I’m already coaching. This is a 5K/10K group that is racing in September. There is quite a bit of administrative work to be done, but I agreed since the actual run days are days I am not already coaching.

It took a few hours for me to realize that coaching two more days means also running two more days on top of the Ironman training I’m already doing. With my marathon group, the runs are long enough that I can count it for my training. These miles will be additional miles and the class will be my third workout for the day. The runs should be relatively short, but it’s on top of an already heavy training load. 

We shall see! I love coaching and I can tolerate a lot of miles a week if I run most of them slow enough. It sure is a lot different than corporate finance!

Second workout of the day was my third swim of the week- and it’s done. Getting the final swim done always feels fantastic since it’s such a hassle to get to the pool three times for an hour or more. Today I had to go to my “back-up” pool, but as you can see it wasn’t crowded which was awesome. So glad to be done!

Second workout of the day was my third swim of the week- and it’s done. Getting the final swim done always feels fantastic since it’s such a hassle to get to the pool three times for an hour or more. Today I had to go to my “back-up” pool, but as you can see it wasn’t crowded which was awesome. So glad to be done!

New shoes! 
I just can’t break my morning cardio routine. I coach on Wednesday nights and I usually run for about an hour with the group. Last night it was hills. But yesterday, I just couldn’t not do a morning workout, so I biked for an hour on the trainer. And I couldn’t not do something this morning, so I ran. Just 5 easy miles around the neighborhood, but it filled the bill.
For whatever reason, swimming doesn’t seem to count. I’ll still have to swim later today, but it doesn’t fill my morning sweat requirement. 
Cardio need fulfilled- time to move on with the rest of the day. It’s our daughter’s 18th birthday! Yipee!

New shoes! 

I just can’t break my morning cardio routine. I coach on Wednesday nights and I usually run for about an hour with the group. Last night it was hills. But yesterday, I just couldn’t not do a morning workout, so I biked for an hour on the trainer. And I couldn’t not do something this morning, so I ran. Just 5 easy miles around the neighborhood, but it filled the bill.

For whatever reason, swimming doesn’t seem to count. I’ll still have to swim later today, but it doesn’t fill my morning sweat requirement. 

Cardio need fulfilled- time to move on with the rest of the day. It’s our daughter’s 18th birthday! Yipee!

Week #14 of 30

No fun pictures of today’s brick workout, but it was good. A 3:30 bike + 30 minute run capped off a nice week of training. I had a flat right at the half way point but got it changed and we wrapped it up with no issue. This week, I hit just over 14 hours of training and everything is going fine. Kind of boring to say that it’s going fine, but boring is good. No injuries, tired as expected, getting the training sessions done. 

Just so this post isn’t totally dull, here is a picture of me and Mike at the Basilica Block Party last night. We saw Train and they were incredible! A gorgeous night to be at an outdoor music festival. 

I’m closing in on being half way done with the training plan and my first half iron distance triathlon is two weeks away. I’m going to use it as a training day, so I’m not too worried about it. I’ve done it twice before and a third time I did the bike leg as part of a relay. It’s a tough course and if it’s hot it can be brutal on the run, but it’s not my “A” race so it’s all good. :)

Liquid Motivation

Probably the hardest thing, I think, about triathlon training is finishing up one hard workout and having to get yourself psyched up to do another workout in the same day. At least three of the five weekdays, I have two workouts a day with the second workout being a swim. I generally do my workouts back to back. 

I just got done with my bike+run transition/brick workout, and now I have to get myself out the door and to the pool for a 3,000 yard swim. 

Don’t judge me, but here is my liquid motivation:

I finish one workout, drink a Diet Mountain Dew, eat my favorite protein bar, then it’s on to the next workout. After that, time for another Diet Mountain Dew with lunch. I don’t drink coffee or tea, and really don’t drink any other caffeine at all. But something about the taste and the cold and the bubbly just make me happy after a workout.

Enough procrastinating! Time to grab my drink and head to the pool!

Home from my ride and greeted, as usual, by this guy. He knows enough from his experience with cars to not get in front of me as I ride up the driveway. He does, however, run up to me and try to smell my feet which doesn’t work out so well as I am trying to pedal uphill and then trying to un-clip before I fall over and squish us both.
But he’s just so cute I can’t stay frustrated with him for very long. 
Awesome ride on a beautiful day! 

Home from my ride and greeted, as usual, by this guy. He knows enough from his experience with cars to not get in front of me as I ride up the driveway. He does, however, run up to me and try to smell my feet which doesn’t work out so well as I am trying to pedal uphill and then trying to un-clip before I fall over and squish us both.

But he’s just so cute I can’t stay frustrated with him for very long. 

Awesome ride on a beautiful day!