Getting a Running Baseline for Training

This week I (Sarah) started my running training. The first thing I wanted to do was get a running baseline for my training. It will help me to know where I am really starting from and make a smart plan for getting to my goals. What is my goal? I would like to be able to run a 10 minute per mile pace half marathon by May. In June I.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/24/2017 Workout: Bike Trainer and Treadmill

Today was my first focused two-workout day.  It was going to be a brick workout with a 12-mile ride and a 3-mile run.  Unfortunately because the workouts are still indoors, so I had to breakup the workouts. I don’t base any performance goals on these workouts.  The treadmill and bike trainer do not provide real-world scenarios.  “Speed” and “time” are irrelevant to me on these workouts.  I would like to.. Read More

Sarah’s Workout Plan for the Week of 1/23/17

I am sure nothing can stop me now. We had the month long winter storm of a quarter century. Then as soon as the weather let up, I go a wicked cold after not getting sick for a long time. I am tired of my own whining and complaining and delaying. But I still share because it is the reality for so many. There must be a joke about getting.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/21/2017 Workout: Rock Climbing

I went to the rock gym to get some climbing in. I was hoping to push out a few 5.11’s. Unfortunately, that drive went away rather quickly when I attempted my first 5.11- and wasn’t able to solve the problem. Usually in situations like this, I will do a few 5.10’s to get back up to trying 5.11 again. I knew that I probably wasn’t going to capture the 5.11’s.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/21 Swim Workout

It was another winter day here.  It was 24 degrees when I got to the pool.  At this rate, the snow will be here until May.  If you have goals, it is important that weather is not a reason why they aren’t accomplished.  It is important to work around the weather. It began snowing again while I was in the pool.  gratefully it was only trace accumulation.  It has been.. Read More

The Importance of Good Running Shoes

I bought new running shoes this week. My Brooks Pure Cadence’s had many miles on them and were starting to cause a pain in my heel when I ran, which really means that I wore them much longer than I should have. So, knowing that have put my money in on the Oregon Epic Relay and will be putting a lot of miles on these feet in the next few.. Read More

Shaun’s 1/17/2017 Workout: 30 minute trainer ride

There is still 20″ of snow out and the roads are covered in slush and ice.  It is another indoor workout day.  Here is my workout profile: I can see right off the bat that I need to focus on bringing up my cadence.  I didn’t realize it was so low until I looked at this profile.  I thought I was just riding at what I usually ride at:  84… Read More

Moving the Treadmill for Increased Workouts

I heard the other day that we have received 50 inches of snow since the beginning of December. We are close to the mountains and get snow regularly, but our precipitation is just not generally enough for that. Plus, we have had very cold temperatures. This unusual weather caused an elementary school roof collapse, which has taken the kids our of school for 9 days now. They may go back.. Read More

First Time Athlete or Returning Athlete? Heart Rate, Heart Rate, Heart Rate…

There is a returning story from recovering heroine addicts.  Their first dose was small.  As their addiction kicks in, so does their ability to consume more.  Hopefully, they are able to get into recovery.  Now what happens many times when a heroine addict relapses and goes back to the drug, their body is not able to absorb the drug and over-doses occur.   This summer I have a goal:  To.. Read More