Maybe I was really sick and it wasn't allergies. I don't know. I refilled my prescription for nasal spray when I filled Beau's antibiotics (apparently I have like 20 refills!) so I am back to nasal doping and while I am still coughing here and there my energy level is back up and I don't feel dizzy or have any of those other symptoms. The air quality yesterday and today was good ( though pollen count is still high). So it could be that. Who knows. At any rate my runs the past 3 days have been much better.
I got in a 6 mile run both Sunday and Monday mornings. And also walked a few miles with the kids in the wagon and then went to the gym for some weights and elliptical cross training in the evening on Monday. Today though(I am so proud after how I struggled last week) I got in 16 miles at 2 hours and 19 minutes. 8:42 pace. In the last few miles I alternated sprinting (Garmin at one point said 5:13 mile!) and walking. First 6 miles I averaged a 8:55 mile-- so a negative split workout. Not too shabby in the rising heat of the day. I should admit though that the first part of my run has much more uphill than the last half. Though all is hilly, just the first half is harder.
I have my eye on a couple of 10ks this month and I am seriously thinking about jumping that tri-train this summer. But I need advice--big time. Here are some of my questions:
--What would be the best distance for me to start with? I can easily swim a mile but have never ridden a bike more than 30 miles and that was only once. Running I think I would be fine with anything less than a marathon.
--Do I have to have someone help me with all the staging or can I do this by myself?
--Good books on training?
--What is up with the fins? I see people at the pool using them. Are you allowed to use them in competition?-- if not what purpose do they serve in training?
--Can I bike in my running shoes? I can't do clips, I fall off the bike.
--Does it matter what sort of bike?
--Do I have to have a wet suit?