I have changed the appearance of my blog. I didn’t like how things were laid out and the purple. I could have changed the color, I know but I wanted a more streamlined look. In the process I have screwed up where things were located on the menu. I’m not sure this one is better – but I’m still working on it.
As I was messing around with my blog and happen to notice my count down widget and it is now at 6 months! Man….time is passing quickly. I’m glad I still have plenty of time….I’m glad I have plenty of time….I’m starting to feel nervous! Planning hasn’t extended past Dublin yet. Meaning I’m still deciding what to do after the marathon. I’m meeting a girlfriend there and we are still volleying around what we want to do next. It’s exciting, but I need to get a move on. I’m slooowly going through Rick Steves “Ireland” book. Which is phenomenal by the way. So I need to decide where and what to see next. I have already received a change of itinerary from my friends at Aer Lingus ~ thank goodness it’s nothing big, but dang!
This weeks training was decent. I continue to focus on strength training and can see much improvement and lessening of pain in my left knee and lower back. Honestly, strength training is something I should always keep as part of my routine, but I tend to let that go. Sometimes I have a tendency just to want to ride and run.
I ran twice this week. The goal was to get up to 4 miles comfortably. The first run was great. I felt good and had a decent pace. The second run can only be described as Sir Sucks A lot. I was dragging. It was funny because my body felt fine but I was breathless. I had to stop and walk a bit then picked up and ran the rest. Had a great ride, of course:
Was able to complete 23.3 miles. The weather here has been great lately. I love this cycling jersey! You can’t see it but there is a big cat on the front.
I was going to make Sunday my rest day, but I decided to go to South Mountain for a little hike. I had every intention of just going up one of the mountains and ended up on a nice 2.79 mile hike on the rim of about three of the mountains there. It was a trail that I’ve never taken before and ended up being really neat.
Pretty steep going down. I should have brought my hydration pack but I was carrying a water bottle. So I was doing the one hand shimmy.
Phoenix behind me.
This was really interesting. As I was ascending there was this nook that was barred up. A guy was there trying hard to take a photo. I asked what is this and he said it was graffiti from the 1500s of Friar Marco de Niza. So, I Googled and sure enough a Spanish explorer. Amazing. You can see 1539 towards the bottom. Click here to find out more:
I completed 85.52 miles in March ~ a heavy climb from the 35 in February. I hope to keep climbing. I am about 1200 miles from the halfway point. I am still excited about my journey. So many new experiences to have. This week I completed 34.07 miles. There are 6905.34 miles waiting. Happy Miles to You!!