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Still kickin’, more fierce than before…

It’s been over a year! Wow!

Let’s see what I have been able to accomplish in that time:

2013

March – Became a RRCA Certified Running Coach

April – Became a Team Orgeon Certified Long Distance Running Coach

April – Athens Half Marathon – Athens, OH

May – Flying Pig (Half) Marathon – Cincinnati, OH

June – Hatfield McCoy (Half) Marathon – South Wilimington, KY

October – Columbus (Half) Marathon – Columbus, OH

I haven’t done too much in 2014 yet. :)

In the meantime I have been volunteering my time as Membership Director for the non-profit running club I run with (150 members). In addition to that, I have also become one of their coaches. This, plus actual paid work has kept me pretty busy.

But don’t stop there! The husband and I joined a gym and over the last three months have successfully lost 6% of our body fat so far. I am hoping that I’ll be in better shape in a few months than I was when I ran Disney.

Inspired by one of my fellow runners, I am currently studying to become a NASM Certified Persal Trainer. This is more for personal knowledge gain than anything. The ideal end result for me would be to take what I learn and apply it towards running.

My goal for this year is to run a few more half marathons and then prepare for the full in the fall, but going into it already being in really good shape. I am really looking forward to training for and running my 4th full marathon.

Stay tuned!

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in 1/2 Marathon, Blogroll, Charity, Run, Running

 

2012 RunCbus 10 Miler

My hopes for the race was to run a faster per-mile-pace than the 1/2 in Athens:

I had been warned about the hills during the second half of the race. I was ready for that. BUT, during my training I have been taking in water every 2 miles if I went longer than 6. The 10 miler only had 3 waterstops, plus one impromptu one at mile 9-something.

Other than the water stops – let me regress here again: the first one at mile 3.14, second one at mile 5, last one at mile 6.89, plus the impromptu one (where they handed out bottles of water) – I am not complaining. The course was challanging with a visible steady incline from mile 8.5 to 9.5. I checked my Garmin and the elevation changed 130 ft in that mile. The Gamin actually showed an incline from 7.5 to 9.5 but I didn’t really notice it until 8.5. I managed to hold on to an 11 min/mile pace from mile 8 to 9 and then ran a sub 10 the last mile.

The great thing about the race was that my daughter and her boyfriend watched me run. It was nice having them there; it was a special treat. :) The other great thing was the nice New Balance jacket I received for signing up. :) (No medal at the finish line though; can’t have it all)

To make a long story short: My overall mile pace during the Athens’ half was 10:26; it was 10:23 for the 10 miler. Mission accomplished!

Three more weeks until the Capital City Half Marathon!

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in 10, Race Report, Run, Running

 

PR! – Athens Half Marathon April 1, 2012

I entered the race just for fun, to be with friends who love to run like I do (most of them a bit faster than I am). Turns out the stars were alligned just right and a PR was bound to happen.

The hubby drove to Athens (Ohio) with me to cheer me on. That doesn’ t happen to often and I was glad to have him a long. Race packet pick up was prior to the race about a 1/2 mile from the starting line. The place where we picked up the packet was also the finish line. With the packet picked up and bib attached we were off to the starting line, walking through the beautiful Ohio University campus.

Starting Line

Starting Line

The course, which is overall very flat, starts with a very steep downhill part. I was a bit worried about my knee and calf/achilles, after the experience in Mississippi and the following injuries I had. But my body held up! I ran into an old running buddy, Kelly, shortly after the start. She is much faster than I am, but just getting back into running after spitting out her second child. We ran together for a while. She was a tad bit too fast for me, and I dropped back…eventually I got into my stride and I caught back up to her. We, including a runner from West Virginia that Kelly had befriended, ran most of the second half of the race together.

Mile 5 - Kelly is a little behind me (in pink)

At the turn-around point it occurred to me that I could PR if I kept that pace up the second half. However, the first half of the race was on a slight decline, meaning the returning part would be at an incline. But with Kelly at my side, happily cheering me on and keeping my mind occupied with life stories, we were still going strong at mile 10.

The miles just went by so fast, but I did notice that we had slowed down just a little bit. Mile 13 however, made up for it, running my second fastest mile in that race.  We entered the stadium with about 600 yards to go. After the first 200 were behind us, we could see the clock, and Kelly said “You got this!”. She then shouted to our friends, who were waiting for us, “She is going to PR!” and they started cheering like crazy. So loud as a matter of fact that I could hear them all the way on the other side of the track!

Kelly: "Where did she go?"

Kelly high 5-ing while I am dying! :)

Kicking it in!

With about 100 yards to go, I kicked it in some more…don’t know where that came from, and I PRed by 32 seconds! What a great feeling!

Running Friends

Running Friends!

This was my easiest PR ever and so unexpected, it makes it twice as nice. Am I glad that I had signed up to spend the day with friends.

Me, Kelly, and the lady from West Virginia

 

7/13 – 7/19 Recap

7/13 – Ran 4 miles @ work. Ran all 4 miles!

7/14 – 1.15 elliptical @ work and upper body workout

7/15 – Intervals 3 miles @ work…10:09 min/miles

7/16 – 5 miles @ home in the evening, had my daughter ride her bike while I ran…strong upper body workout @ work

7/17 – Rest

7/18 – 8 miler group run, new trail, ran with a friend

7/19 – 5 milers @ home, kids followed me on their bikes…that was fun. 2 minutes faster than 7/16!

Notes: I had a good running week. 25 miles all together and the need to go out and run is still there! I did upper body workout twice. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that next week again. I would like to run 15 miles next Saturday, but the hubby wants to go quadding, so we’ll see how that works out.

Weight:

7/12 – 180.5 lbs

7/19 – 179 lbs

Lost 1.5 lbs…back on track! Had my scheduled “pig out day” for the month on the 18th. I had Peanut M&Ms, some chips, 1/2 donut, and a small french vanilla cappuccino. I enjoyed everything, but felt sluggish after the M&Ms. Now I am back on track and eating healthy. Overall weight loss since 6/22, 8 lbs and 19 to go.

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2009 in Blogroll, Elliptical Rider, Long Run, Run

 

6/29 – 7/5 & June Recap

6/29 – Ran 3.1 miles @ work

6/30 – Elliptical 4.25 miles (45 min) @ work, upper body workout

7/01 – Intervals 3 miles, lunges @ work

7/02 – Elliptical 3.44 miles (30 min) @ work, new upper body workout

7/03 – Rest

7/04 – 8 miles group run

7/05 – Rest

Notes: The group run was nice and I did the 8 at a nice pace. Still going strong with my eating and working out. The 15th is designated at my “pig out day”. I am looking forward to chocolate! ;)

Weight:

6/29 – 182lbs

7/5 – 179.5 lbs

7.5 lbs down and 19.5 lbs to go!

I bought the app ‘iFitness’ to help me choose from a wider variety of workouts. I used in on 7/2 and was sore for two days!

June breakdown:

Running: 61 miles – Elliptical: 15 miles – Biking: 10 – Overall: 86 miles

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2009 in Run

 

Day 13 – Columbus 10k

Comments: Even in the morning I still wasn’t sure if I was going to run the 10k or not. It was not about foot pain. No, because my foot felt fine. It was about the fact that I would spend 2 hours driving; time that I could use at home, working around the house. However, I knew that I would feel better about myself if I ran the 10k.

The starting and finish line where set up right in front of COSI, unlike last year. That was really neat and a great staging area. The race was well managed, plenty of police officers in all the intersections, and the course was well laid out; parts through the Columbus neighborhood, and the last 2 miles on a bike path. The finish line was right on the Scioto River. My only complaint would be the water stations, the first one was at mile one, and none until mile 3. I would have preferred one at mile two instead.

I had a good race. I PRed by 4 minutes. I didn’t expect that, but last years weather was much hotter. I had to force myself to not walk during the last two miles. Usually that’s when my body wins over my mind, and it starts walking without even asking.  My foot hurt on and off, but it wasn’t too bad.

Time: 9:00am

Weather: Not sure, around 70

Shoes: Saucony Progrid Guide 2

Distance: 6.2 miles

Time: 1:08:12

Split: 11:00

Course: Columbus 10k

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2009 in Run

 

Day 5 – Group Run

Comments: I had a great run! It was nice to see familiar faces. There had to have been at least 400 people running, broken down into various pace groups, of course, but that’s a lot of people.

I hung with the 11:00 pace group, we ran 2.75 miles to the water stop, drank and turned around. The group stopped again shortly after mile 5, but I kept on going and finished out my 6 without stopping again. I have not felt this strong in a long time, AND I did intervals the day before. I am very happy about that.

School finals are approaching, I have two final papers to write and one final exam, plus another quiz. I can’t wait for this quarter to be over; just so it can all begin two weeks later again!

Time: 10:00am

Weather: 60, sunny, nice!

Shoes: Saucony Progrid Guide 2

Distance: 6 miles

Time: 1:06:26

Split: 11:05

Course: Olentangy Bike Trail

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Group Run, Long Run, Run, Running

 
 
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