I'm feeling good about 2012 so far. I'm making some good plans....I think, although it looks pretty similar to last year. I've registered for 3 events so far including the 1/2 marathon, the Denver Century and Boulder 70.3. So I've got some commitments, some thing to train for, a place to start and a kind of plan in place.
Good workouts this week. Nothing crazy but I did manage to bike and run 3 times and swim twice! Yes I was in the pool two times in one week! Considering I've only swam twice since Boulder in August, twice in one week is a major achievement! During that first swim I spent some time thinking about my running. I had just finished a run on the treadmill. I hate the TM. It always feels so hard and it's so hot in there...wait I"m getting off subject and whiney, so I was thinking how running just never seems to get any easier, I never seem to get any faster, and I never seem to be able run any farther. Well of course I had one of those ahh-ha moments. Now I've had this thought before, it's not as if I don't know this but I finally think I realized that if I want to have some different results I'm going to actually have to do something different. Exactly what that something different is, I'm not sure, but I suspect what it comes down to is I just need to run more.
Overall I think I'm getting past some of the "aches" I've been dealing with recently. The sciatica/piriformis thing that I was dealing with is gone. The other hip issues that I had for weeks seems better, The really tight calves that I've had since switching to the Kinvara's is better. I attribute much of this to the fact that my boys (have I told you how great they are?) got me a "stick" impostor for Christmas and I've been a rolling fool. However I am still dealing with some lower back pain, which comes and goes and my mild case of plantar fasciitis. It's not awful but my arches are defiantly sore in the mornings when I get up. Some days they are worse then others. So I've been trying to figure out what is aggravating them. I'm hoping it is not the Kinvara's because I love the way they feel when I run and I haven't noticed that they are more sore after I run. More I'm thinking it is the shoes I wear everyday. So I'm in need of some new work shoes. I don't spend that much time on my feet at work but on a typical weekend I seem spend most of my time "running" around. I need a casual shoe that is not an athletic shoe. Do you notice problems with your everyday shoes? What kind of shoe do you wear or find that helps with your PF?
Ok so here's a question for you. During a chat with Jill the other day she said that she thought it would be best to run at least one marathon before thinking about an Ironman. I've read that it's not necessary to have completed one before. I'm on the fence still about if/when I will complete a marathon, I've tried to find a way to get one in this year but I'm just not sure it will happen. However an Ironman for 2013 is looking like a possibility. So I'm wondering what your thoughts/experience is with this. Should I plan to get a marathon in sometime this year or early 2013?
And as a final thought I just have to throw this out there