Monthly Archives: August 2016

I learned what it takes to be first and did it

Two weeks ago I competed in my first duathlon and came in second. After taking time to look at what I could do better it came down to my transitions.

I focused for two weeks on the running part of the duathlon. I knew if I could get my times down and then spend less time transitioning I should be able to do better. That’s what happened today. I won my group by over two minutes. It came down to both runs being solid and I cut three minutes off my transition.

It feels good to focus on what I could do better and just do it. I’ll probably never get an overall first for an entire race, but today showed me if I compete smart I can win. Maybe that overall first place can happen with a bit more focus!

Decide to dominate!

Nothing wrong with second place

I would have never thought a few years ago I’d be finishing second in a duathlon. 70 lbs lighter and a heck of a lot stronger I just did it. 

Proves that if you’re dedicated you can accomplish anything. I’m not done yet…I’ve got a lot more chapters to write in this book. 

This is what a second place finish in a duathlon looks like. 
Decide to dominate!

All those runs paid off this morning…when the dog attacked

I pretty much run every day…because I like to run. Today was the day that it paid off and probably saved me from what could have turned into a bad situation.

I was running an easy 5K this morning after a hard day on the legs yesterday. I was in the last 1/4 mile and zipping through the park toward my ending point. I naturally always pick up speed toward the end even though I said I wouldn’t today. Off in the distance I saw a gentleman walking his dog, he let him off the leash and threw the frisbee. While I thought it was cute watching the dog run after the frisbee it did go through my mind that we have a leash law and dogs shouldn’t be off lead…you probably see where this is going. I kept running and turned the corner for the last dash. To my surprise the dog dropped the frisbee and started to attack. Yes…I don’t use the word attack lightly. I slowed to hopefully take some fear away as maybe I spooked him. He was coming after me and it wasn’t to play…teeth were showing and he was mad. I sped up and hurdled the dog, he gave chase and I turned it up faster than I have ever run. The dog gave chase for about 50 yards and it was either the owner yelling and running after or the dog just decided to give up. I’m going with the dog giving up as it sounds better as a runner.

As a dog owner it’s tough when these situations happen. I never let my dogs off lead as it’s a law here in my city that you can’t. You never know what a dog will do and this morning I experienced the not so cute side first hand. Yes, I yelled back at the owner to leash his dog…he went on throwing the frisbee like nothing happened.

It truly did make for an interesting morning and once again I find a reason how running has changed my life.

Decide to dominate!