Triathlon, Part 3 – the Run + Final Thoughts

So here is the last part and wrap-up of the completion of my first triathlon. In case you missed it, you can read about the swim HERE and the bike HERE.

The run ended up to be my strongest portion of the triathlon. After slogging through the bay and biking hard for 12.5 miles, I was concerned my legs would not be up to the task, but I guess from running for almost 14 years, the muscle memory kicked in and I had a really great run.

In fact, I have to say, that all I’ve read over the years about how cross training improves your running, is absolutely true.

Because I felt like I was one of the last people to finish (and yes, I know, that is not a terrible thing for my first race) and I am competitive, I knew I really had to try to dig deep and run hard.

Usually my legs are pretty wobbly after biking, but I guess the running gods were with me, adrenaline overtook the wobbles, and I was able to get a good cadence down pretty quickly. Soon it became my goal to pick off the runners ahead of me. I ended up passing 23 people! It was a great motivator and added some fun to the run.

Here is a pic of me right before the finish line high five-ing my kids. (See the family resemblance? lol!!! We are all very happy the race is just about over.)

Though I finished 200th out of 259, turns out the for the run portion, if that had been a separate race on it’s own, I finished 96th out of 259. I did the two miles in 17:12 (an 8:36 pace), which is pretty darn fast for me, especially after the swim/slog and bike. So that made me feel good.

After all races, there is always refreshments. There were tons of fresh bagels. I love me a fresh, doughy bagel, but rarely have them because they are too carb-y and a lot of calories, so it is a real treat on the rare occasions when I do eat one. It is not a trigger food, just something I pass on. Well, let me tell you, I had myself a cinnamon-raisin bagel with some cream cheese and it was the best bagel I ever had! I so enjoyed it.

Overall, it was a great first experience. The swim not being a true swim was both good and bad. As a negative – it did not allow me to really see how I would do, but on the other hand, being the swim is my weakest link, it was kinda nice not to swim the whole time.

I have to admit, as I had been warned, I have been bitten by the tri bug. I am going to sign up to do another one that is in mid September. I want to really be able to do the full swim and just experience the whole event again. I love having a goal and I love the training.

Other notes:

This was the first getaway/vacation I ever went on where I did not bring my calorie book and little notebook to keep track of every morsel I ate. That was freeing and empowering!

On Sunday night, the evening of race day, I started to get cramps and woke up with them on Monday morning and found that Aunt Flow had come to visit. Bless the T.O.M. gods for waiting 24 hours to send her over! (TMI?)

Have a great weekend everybody!

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  1. Rita @ The Giggly Bits
    21 August 2010, 11:28 am

    That’s so fast! Holy, how awesome. It’s the cross training part fantastic? I couldn’t believe what an impact it had on the running speed. Why just run when you can do all 3 and get faster. Can’t wait for your next one! Congrats on the amazing accomplishment. I can honestly say I know exactly how that feels, right down to the bagel.
    Rita @ The Giggly Bits´s last blog post ..Got Wisdom

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks and lol! loved your comment about the bagel!! i know you can totally relate to all of it.

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  2. Jody - Fit at 52
    21 August 2010, 12:48 pm

    Can I say too much how amazing you are!!! Nope, I can’t.. YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!! And now another one!!! A true crazy woman!! You go there!!! I am in awe! I have never wanted to do one of these & know I won’t.. nope, not even to challenge myself so I bow down to you! 🙂

    Are those your kiddos???
    Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog post ..Saturday Funny!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks so much, jody. i am in awe of you and hope i can look like YOU in 10 years when i’m 52!!
    yup, those are my kids. =)

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  3. Karen
    21 August 2010, 2:19 pm

    I think you did amazing! And I love that you are bit with the bug. The bagel was well-deserved and I am trying not to drool thinking about it. Lucky about TOM – the timing of that fella (cause we all know he must be a guy).
    Karen´s last blog post ..Going against the Grain

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, karen! i’m glad i was bit my the bug too. i love having the goal on the calendar and the training. yes, very grateful TOM (and lol! yes, probably is a man!) gave me a break!

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  4. amanda
    21 August 2010, 4:56 pm

    Wow what an excellent run after your swim and biking! You rock!! I am not a huge bagel person either and not a trigger food. But I can imagine it really hit the spot…I have noticed that with some foods I haven’t eaten for whatever reason.
    amanda´s last blog post ..Clothing Swaps

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks! i was shocked that i still had the legs in my run to do well. the running stars must have aligned for me. =)

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  6. Lisa
    21 August 2010, 9:26 pm

    I completely agree! The “race bug” is 100% true. I decided to do a 5k last year (my first race) and since then I am constantly looking for other races and planning things to participate in! I can’t get enough!
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Seven Miles Saturday

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it becomes an obsession, doesn’t it? a great one too! we are so lucky to feel that way. i love having found a new passion.

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  7. Kristine
    22 August 2010, 3:19 pm

    Congrats on the tri! That’s a great running time, especially after swimming and biking!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, kristine! i really was afraid my legs would have ran out of gas by then too, but was so happy that they didn’t.

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  8. Sagan
    22 August 2010, 11:40 pm

    You have such a supportive family – that’s great. And the triathlon sounds like a wonderful experience for you. I’m so glad that you enjoyed it! You seriously rock.
    Sagan´s last blog post ..America the Beautiful

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you are right, sagan, i am lucky. it was a great experience and i look forward to doing it again next month!

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  9. MB
    23 August 2010, 10:44 am

    Congrats on completing the Tri. You are a rock star!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i don’t know about being a rock star, but thanks! =)

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  10. Katie @ Health for the Whole Self
    23 August 2010, 11:32 am

    I am so excited for you!!! Awesome job! You make me want to do a tri, too. 🙂

    And congrats on not bringing your calorie journal on the trip – that is HUGE!!! How awesome to feel so free and liberated!
    Katie @ Health for the Whole Self´s last blog post ..Smile Therapy

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks, katie! you should do a sprint tri, it’s fun to train because you get to work on three different activities.

    and yes, thanks, it was very liberating not bringing that dog-eared calorie book along and obsessing over everything i put in my mouth.

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  11. Kyle
    29 August 2010, 2:43 pm

    Super duper congratulations on your tremendous accomplishment. Wow…you have a rock hard bod too!

    So sorry for being absent lo these many weeks, but I wanted to at least catch up and give you my standing-o for your first tri. wow.
    Kyle´s last blog post ..Mt PealeMt Schmeal!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    thanks so much, kyle! rock hard bod? um, don’t know about that, you only see part of it in the pic =)
    no worries, sometimes life does not allow us much blog time. i go through that myself. it was sweet of you to pop by for the standing-o. if it makes you feel any better, i’m totally absent now while i’m on vacay. well, ok, i’m just responding to comments on my blog, but scouts honor, nothing else. =)

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