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Last fall I got a chance to see the ProForm Boston Marathon GSX treadmill at the Runner’s World Half Marathon. I was amazed at its features including the ability to use Google Street View to see real routes and experience road changes on the treadmill, the crazy incline changes from 6% decline to 20% incline and how fast you can set it to — 15 mph.
According to ProForm, this is the only home treadmill that can go this fast.
Recently Tyler Andrews of Concord, Mass., broke a record for a treadmill half marathon on the ProForm treadmill, which included setting his speed at 15 mph in the final 2 minutes to hit 1:07:18, breaking the record by 11 seconds. (Read more at Runner’s World.)
This treadmill is available exclusively at Gym Source. Visit their website for more information.
As I become less public about what’s going on with my running, I’m finding myself to be happier about what’s going on. I have no problem not posting here for the past month; as always I know something could trigger me to write every day.
For now, though, don’t expect that.
Taking a little bit of time to reflect at the end of a month is good enough for me right now. I hesitate to call February “great,” but it was far better than any month last year. I’m coming away from this month knowing that if it didn’t snow for a couple of days and if the month was just one more day long, I’d have 100 running miles.
I’m also keeping my Shamrock PR goal in mind, although this winter has been tough. I’m not stressing myself out about the race and will determine a race plan in another week or so.
So with all this said, here are some numbers from the past month:
This month I just wanted to get things “right.” I didn’t want to get through the end of the first month of the year wishing I had done more. Getting consistency back with EVERYTHING I do was what was important.
Two things happen when I don’t blog so much — either something terribly wrong or something going totally right. I don’t go silent for anything in between.
Training this month has been tough … it’s been insanely tough with the continued arctic plunges and polar vortex nonsense. In the first few weeks of the year, though, there’s been a constant — I’ve continued to run. I’ve also dropped a few pounds. I’ve eaten a ton better.
Things are going so well with my training that I don’t want to talk about them too much. So I won’t.
My apologies for anyone who has had trouble with #RunChat’s website recently — we’ve had a few server issues and are currently working on them. So instead of waiting, you’ll get this week’s information here on my (somewhat neglected) blog!
This week we’re excited to announce that the ZOOMA Women’s Race Series is back to sponsor #RunChat! The ZOOMA race series holds races throughout the year around the country “to inspire women to live healthy, happy, and active lives.”
ZOOMA says on its website that “our primary goal is to execute events that cater to the real needs and wants of women runners.”
As part of this week’s #RunChat you can get a 10% discount to any ZOOMA race (yes, guys, you can run too!) when using the code runchat while registering for a race.
We also have a chance for you to win a ZOOMA race entry! All you have to do is tweet the following by filling in the blanks before 7:55 p.m. ET Sunday, Jan. 26. You then must answer at least one question during Sunday’s #RunChat (8 p.m. ET).
Entries are now closed!
This week ZOOMA also launched a blogger contest on Facebook. The blogger who best embodies ZOOMA’s mission to inspire women to lead healthy, happy and active lives (based on the most votes) wins a trip for themselves to ZOOMA Napa Valley (airfare, 2 nights hotel, race entry) as well as a trip for a blog reader that they can give away on their blog. Click on the image below for more information.
Somewhere along the way I stopped being so goal-oriented. I think after the disappointment that was the 2012 Richmond Marathon, I needed to take a break from the intense focus that comes with a time goal.
The dominoes just fell from that point on and ever since then I’ve been taking a wait-and-see-how-it-goes approach.
Well, that will certainly never work if I’m going to want to PR ever again.
A week or so ago as I was finalizing my plans (yes, I actually made a training plan) for the Shamrock Half, I posted something to Twitter about the race. Someone asked me if my goal was a PR.
My response was lame. I said I had to wait a few weeks to see how training was going.
Really? That’s my response these days? While there is some element of truth to that, I can’t wait to set a goal. I have to set up something and then readjust as training gets underway.
If I don’t, then what the hell is my focus?
If I get into training and find that I have to change things, that’s a much easier adjustment than suddenly creating a goal a quarter of the way into things.
So on this 8th day of the year 2014, I’m once again shifting my focus to the Shamrock Half on what I set a couple of years ago, but fell just shy — sub 1:40.
I have some work to do to get there. A lot of work. And less than 10 weeks to do it.
I certainly feel a lot better, though, putting that goal out there and then seeing where things take me over the next few weeks rather than waiting.