Scenes From A Run

The little town where I live in Central Florida is the host of Ironman Florida 70.3.

Ironman Florida 70.3 Haines City

The park where I do a lot of my runs, hosts the race. It is so fun to see all the people riding and running in tri-suits around the park. I like to think they are discovering what I have known for years, that Lake Eva is a really beautiful place to run.

Lake Eva Ironman Florida 70.3

Lake Eva Ironman 70.3 running path

Lake Eva Ironman 70.3 trees

Lake Eva Ironman 70.3 lake

Lake Eva Ironman 70.3 pretty trees

I ran a little over five miles thinking about how much fun it would be to do a triathlon. This year I plan to spectate again, the race is about five minutes from my house, but would love to do a triathlon someday.

Have you ever done a triathlon?

Ironman Florida Haines City

Did you know that Lance Armstrong came to my town to race?

Lance Armstrong Wins Ironman Florida Haines City

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Ironman Florida moved to Haines City for the next five years because of construction at Disney. This means for the next four years, endurance athletes (and enthusiasts) descend on my favorite park for one week-end in May.

These have popped up all over town for the weeks leading up to Ironman Florida.

J and I decided to check out the race expo. It was the first one I ever attended that was held outside. There was a decent mix of vendors but the amount of food vendors was exciting.

Newton was represented by the FITniche crew.

The walkway which is a part of my regular running route.

It’s hard to make out but one of the swimming cutouts was actually in Lake Eva. One of the complaints by racers was that the water of Lake Eva was only eight feet deep. We have not had much in the way of rain in the past few months.

Another walkway shot and one of the amazing food vendors at the expo.

The results board.

Swim map.

The running route must have been boring. To fit in 13.1 miles, the route needed to be repeated three times. Not sure I would like to run a half that way.

Bike route (much more interesting than the running route.)

Bike area with one bike.

The expo had a great turnout and I am so happy for other people to see the beauty that is Lake Eva. I feel privileged that I live in a community that has such a beautiful park.

Running A Sub-30 5K Week One

Last week was a solid week.

Run A Sub-30 Minute 5K Training Plan

My new training plan (from the June 2012 issue of Runner’s World) is a five-week plan to run a sub-30 minute 5K. This is a big running goal for me in 2012. Week One consisted of speed work, tempo, two easy, and one long run. I was also able to fit two days of double workouts to fit in my new weights routine. I am even starting to feel comfortable and confident moving around the weights area.

It could be in my head, but I am already starting to feel faster. One reason why I have not seen as many gains in my speed is that I find it more comfortable to run at an easy pace. Never wanting to push myself too hard, I relied on the same pace for too long. It seems obvious, but having to push yourself is a concept I am just starting to learn.

The plan is much lower mileage than I am used to being in half-marathon training mode for the past eight months. This is a good thing. I needed a mental break from running long (to me) distances. Focusing on shorter distances is great for Florida this time of year. As I found out on my run on Saturday (which was going to be my six-mile long run) which I totally blew up. The heat just got to me and I had to call it. Luckily, I had time to fit in the run on Sunday (on a treadmill in air-conditioning at the gym).

Even though my run was much less than stellar, I ran at the future site of Ironman Florida and the triathletes were out in full force. Tons of runners and cyclists practicing the route for May 20th. It is so exciting to see other people discover the beauty of Lake Eva and the surrounding area.

Lake Eva

What is the most effective way you have found to get faster?

Things That Are Awesome

Regular readers know that I have a lot going on with recently being laid off. I am working so hard at keeping positive. This past week, I have had a lot of good news and wanted to share.

Fame

(Just kidding, I do not think I am famous now.)

I got my picture in the paper. (I am in the pink. The sign in the foreground, is the sign with my story on it.)

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I spoke to the reporter and was quoted in the article.

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I had so much fun and was glad to be able to participate.

Books

New Books Speak Emma Pretties The Rules of Inheritance

One $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble and lots of browsing in store. I love to read and love to buy books. Book stores are my favorite of any kind of store and I can spend hours in one. (I do know that my choice in books is all over the map, no need to judge.)

Having more time on my hands and a goal of reading 100 books in 2012, I am digging right in. It’s a great way to spend time when you are avoiding spending money plus it takes my mind off my present lack of employment.

Ironman 70.3 Florida

I saw on a local blog that not only is Ironman Florida moving to my small town in Central Florida but they will be here for the next five years. This year, Lance Armstrong will be competing. My first thought is how can I volunteer for this?

I am just so proud that so many athletes will get to enjoy how beautiful Lake Eva is. I feel so lucky to run there regularly.

Ironman Haines City

Ironman 70.3 Florida

Anything awesome happen to you lately?